Choice Scarves can be purchased from the southwestern Exchange Service Corner kiosk in the Battle Frontier. They cost 48 BP each, and this is the only way to get Choice Scarves in the game.
The Choice Scarf is one of three “Choice” items (the others being the Choice Band and the Choice Specs). When given to a Pokémon to hold, the Choice Scarf boosts their Speed stat, but locks them into using only one kind of move.
Getting a Choice Scarf
Choice Scarves can only be found in the Battle Frontier, which is only accessible in the post-game.
It’s the huge building to the northeast of the Pokémon Center in the Battle Zone’s Fight Area.
After entering the building, go straight through the Entrance Hall and enter the door to the north.
In the middle of the Main Hall will be several kiosks making up a central marketplace. This is the Exchange Service Corner.
Speak to the clerk at the southwestern kiosk (the one with the blue and white striped canopy).
Scroll through her inventory until you find the Choice Scarf listing.
Each Choice Scarf costs 48 Battle Points (BP). You can win BP by fighting in the Battle Frontier’s various facilities.
Choice Scarf Details & Uses
The Choice Scarf boosts the holder’s Speed stat by 50%, but locks them into using only the first move selected after they’re sent out to battle.
Choice Scarves are possibly the most prevalent Choice Items in PvP play, since so many competitive strategies revolve around being able to outpace the opponent.
They’re often given to Pokémon with very high Attack or Special Attack stats to turn them into heavy-hitters that can quickly knock down an opponent’s early-game defenses.
And while it seems like being locked into one move is a massive drawback, it doesn’t have to be.
Much of competitive play is geared towards strategically switching Pokémon to combat an opponent’s ever-changing offensive tactics. And if you’re switching out a lot, the move lock condition means very little.
This can also be just as viable in a typical playthrough of Pokémon Platinum, but it depends on how you’d use it.
The only way to master Choice Items is by testing out various strategies yourself and sticking with what works for you. But there is almost always room for at least one Choice Item user in a given Pokémon team.
Miscellaneous Info about Choice Scarves
- A Choice Scarf can be sold for 100 PokéDollars, although this is not a great idea due to its initial costliness and inherent value.
- If a Choice Scarf is flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the move will have a base power of 10.