The only way to get a Silk Scarf in Platinum is at the Prize Exchange in Veilstone City. Each Scarf costs 1000 Coins, which you can get at the Game Corner next door.
Silk Scarves are Hold Items that boost the holder’s Normal-type moves by 20%.
Silk Scarf Location
The Silk Scarf is found in the Veilstone City Prize Exchange building, next door to the Game Corner on a raised strip to the south of the Pokémon Center.
From the Veilstone Pokémon Center, head down the staircase and take the main street southward.
Take the next staircase you see, and the blue-roofed Prize Exchange Building will be right in front of you.
Speak to the clerk in the booth and you’ll find the Silk Scarf at the top of the list of prizes.
Each Silk Scarf costs 1000 Coins.
You can only get coins at the Game Corner next door, either by winning them from the slot machines, or by buying them from the clerk using PokéDollars.
The PokéDollar-to-Coin exchange rate is 1000 dollars for 50 coins (or 10000 for 500).
So to buy enough coins for a Silk Scarf, it would cost 20,000 PokéDollars.
Silk Scarf Details & Uses
The Silk Scarf is a Hold Item that increases the power of Normal-type moves by 20%.
This can be handy item since more damage is never a bad thing.
And Pokémon with predominantly Normal-type moves could often use an extra edge, since Normal moves are not super-effective against any Pokémon type.
Silk Scarves serve this purpose well.
They can give an especially nice boost to one of the most lauded Normal-type attacks, Return, which is powered by the friendship between the user and its trainer.
A maxed friendship rating will result in Return having a base power of 102, and a Silk Scarf will boost it to approximately 122. This makes for an attack as powerful as SolarBeam, but with no drawbacks.
The Silk Scarf will also boost Hyper Beam’s base power to a staggering 180.
That said, there are arguably better held items to use later in the game.
- The Life Orb offers a 30% boost to all types of physical and special attacks, at the modest cost of 10% of the holder’s maximum HP.
- Choice Bands, Choice Specs, and Choice Scarves are also great. They lock the holder into a single move, but offer a 50% boost to Attack, Special Attack, or Speed, respectively.
It should also be noted that Silk Scarves do not power up non-damaging Normal moves. So a Pokémon can’t boost its attack any further with Swords Dance by equipping a Silk Scarf, for instance.
Still, for Normal-type Pokémon who tend to be at more of a disadvantage than other types, the Silk Scarf can make them much more capable attackers.
Miscellaneous information about Silk Scarves:
- If a Silk Scarf is flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the move will have a base power of 10.If a Silk Scarf is flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the move will have a base power of 10.
- Although it isn’t recommended due to its initial costliness, a Silk Scarf can be resold for 50 PokéDollars.