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So far I've only managed to get an item from battle after using the move Surf. This knocked down a stone pillar that was in the background and gave me a hard stone, I believe.

I have tried a lot of other moves when I see stones, berry trees and sandpiles in the background, but can never get them drop an item. So what all moves will affect these? Also, are they area specific? For example will only certain berry trees be in Route "X"?

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I think you should have done a quick search before asking, googling "pokemon xy background items" gives me serebii's description page about this :) – Jerry Nov 5 '13 at 5:15
@Jerry when I looked it up a couple days ago I couldn't find anything on it. Just remembered to post my question about it. – C-dizzle Nov 5 '13 at 13:05
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There are several background objects that drop items when you use certain moves:

  • Trees - Air Cutter, Twister, Blizzard
    • Routes 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19, Ambrette Town, Cyllage City, Azure Bay
  • Grass - Razor Leaf, Petal Blizzard
    • Routes 5, 7, 10, 11, 19
  • Stalagmite - Surf, Muddy Water
    • Caves
  • Boulder - Rock Slide
    • Caves and routes
  • Snowpile - Rock Slide, Hyper Voice
    • Route 17
  • Ice Crystal - Rock Slide
    • Route 17
  • Hardened Sand - Rock Slide
    • Route 9, 18
  • Luminous Boulder - Rock Slide
    • Glittering Cave
  • Sandpile - Rock Slide, Hyper Voice
    • Route 8, Cyllage City
  • Sandpile - Heat Wave
    • Route 8, 13, 19

These background objects can all be distinguished by the fact that they are directly behind the opposing Pokemon.

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