The eponymous Poké Ball is the most ubiquitous kind of Poké Ball across the entire Pokémon franchise. It is frequently used to represent the Pokémon series as a whole, such as in the Pokémon series' icon in the Super Smash Bros. games.
In the core series games
- In Pokémon Crystal, during a Rooftop Sale at the Goldenrod Department Store, Poké Balls can be bought for 150 each.
- In Pokémon Black, Poké Balls can be bought in Black City's Marketplace for 10000 each if Rich Boy Pierce is present in the city.
If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead set to 0.1×.
The Poké Ball cannot be used in situations in which Poké Balls cannot be used, such as in wild battles with two or more opponents currently present or against a trial Pokémon. If used in a Trainer battle (except if used as a Snag Ball on a Shadow Pokémon), the opposing Trainer will deflect it, wasting the ball. If used on the ghost Marowak, it will dodge it, wasting the ball.
Fling fails if the user is holding an Poké Ball.
Outside of battle
In the core series games prior to Generation VII, as well as in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, all NPC Trainers keep their Pokémon in standard Poké Balls. The same also applies to the Pokémon Stadium games, Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon Battle Revolution.
In addition, in the Pokémon Stadium games, the player's Pokémon are also shown being sent out from standard Poké Balls, regardless of their actual Poké Ball.
Pokémon Stadium 2
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
- Office Worker
- Trial Guide
- Trainers who share the same model as any of the above (e.g. Flareon User and Teacher)
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In spin-off games
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Poké Balls can be used during wild Pokémon encounters to attempt to capture a wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1×.
The player starts the game with 50 Poké Balls and is awarded additional Poké Balls when they level up to any level from 2 to 11.
Poké Balls can also be repeatable obtained by
In addition, the player can purchase Poké Balls with PokéCoins in the Shop at the following rates:
Finally, Poké Balls can be included in limited-time Box deals.
Super Smash Bros. series
In the Super Smash Bros. series, Poké Balls mainly appear as items which a character can pick up and throw to release a random Pokémon. Most Pokémon will perform a direct attack against the characters on the stage, but some may have other effects. Like many other items, the Poké Balls also do damage simply by hitting other characters.
The Poké Ball also features in a couple of other ways in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Brawl, in The Subspace Emissary, Pokémon Trainer is shown to push the button on the Poké Ball to send out his Pokémon, a mechanic that has not been shown in the anime.
These balls are used to catch and contain wild Pokémon. Most Pokémon must be weakened in some way before they can be caught, but once they're inside a Poké Ball, they enjoy their new home, since Poké Balls contain an environment specially designed for Pokémon comfort. Master Balls are the strongest type.
"An item used for capturing Pokémon and calling them out into battle. Pokémon live in these items which despite appearances, actually contain a wide, comfortable Pokémon-friendly world inside them. In Super Smash Bros., Pokémon give temporary support to who calls them out. You never know which you will get, but some are devastatingly powerful."
NA: An item used to call out different Pokémon. Which Pokémon emerges is a mystery, but it will aid whoever threw the Poké Ball. Some of the Pokémon contained inside are extremely powerful and will really intensify the battle. It's definitely worth beating your opponents to these!
PAL: A ball holding one of any number of Pokémon just waiting to burst out and help you in battle. Which kind will it be? Well, that's a surprise, but whichever one it is, it'll definitely up the intensity of the battle! If you see one, make sure you're the one to grab it!
In the anime
In the main series
In the anime, the basic Poké Ball is the most commonly used of all varieties, with other varieties rarely being used at all, especially prior to the Sun & Moon series. The vast majority of Pokémon are shown to be stored in regular Poké Balls, to the point that large collections of Poké Balls are usually almost exclusively standard Poké Balls. Even Ash's Pikachu, the most prominent Pokémon in the anime which spends all of its time outside with Ash, has a plain Poké Ball that differs from others only by the small yellow lightning bolt symbol on it, as seen in Pokémon - I Choose You!. This could be due to the games not keeping a track of the Poké Ball that a Pokémon was caught in prior to Generation III, making the anime not showing Pokémon in non-standard Poké Balls concordant with the games.
In Pokémon Origins
Poké Balls were seen in every episode of Pokémon Origins, starting with the starter Pokémon's Poké Balls in File 1: Red. When Red started out as a Trainer, he typically caught and stored his Pokémon in Poké Balls. As he, his Pokémon, and the Pokémon around him grew stronger, he eventually started using Great Balls and Ultra Balls instead.
In Pokémon Generations
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Poké Balls are numbered on the outside, on the button, so that a Trainer knows which member of their team they are sending into battle. Trainers must obtain a Pokémon Trainer's license before they are legally allowed to purchase Poké Balls.
It is also possible for a Pokémon to be placed inside a Poké Ball without it being owned by a Trainer. In Days of Gloom and Glory, Meowzie steals a Poké Ball from a shop and puts her kitten in it so that it will not be hurt by a flood affecting the city.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Poké Balls have been seen in the Pokémon Adventures manga since the very beginning, first appearing in A Glimpse of the Glow. Like other Poké Balls in Pokémon Adventures, regular Poké Balls are semi-transparent from the top, allowing the Pokémon inside to be seen. Like in the anime, most Trainers keep their Pokémon in regular Poké Balls, although its variations have been seen more commonly in it than in the anime.
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
In Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, Poké Balls are depicted as solid, with no visual identification as to which Poké Ball is which. In Special Chapter - Get Pikachu!, it is revealed that when Shu met Pikachu, Pikachu's Poké Ball had been abandoned in a forest because it was defective and it was causing Pikachu's electricity to be released throughout the surrounding area.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
In Pokémon Pocket Monsters, Poké Balls are often shown as transparent to identify when a Pokémon is inside. They usually have their typical appearance from far away, suggesting that they may not always be transparent, or are only see-through from up close. Pokémon appear to be able to see the world outside of their Poké Balls, as shown in Bring Down the Powerful Opponent Onix!!, when Clefairy sees Pikachu inside his Poké Ball, and they talk to each other. In Introducing the Pokémon Clefairy!!, when Green is choosing Charmander as his starter Pokémon, he is shown to be able to pick up and lift Charmander directly from the Poké Ball without throwing it first.
In the TCG
- Main article: Poké Ball (Jungle 64)
The Poké Ball was introduced as an Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Original Series (the Japanese Original Era). First released in the Jungle expansion, it was reprinted in the Japanese Hanada City Gym and Kuchiba City Gym Theme Decks. It was later reprinted in the EX Ruby & Sapphire expansion, with new artwork by K. Hoshiba and an updated effect. This print was used until the release of EX Unseen Forces, which featured new artwork by Shin-ichi Yoshikawa. This print was used throughout the rest EX Series, and the first part of the Diamond & Pearl Series, up until the release of Majestic Dawn expansion. This print featured new artwork by Ryo Ueda.
It was later reclassified in Japan as an Item card during the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series, though the English prints did not adopt this naming convention until the release of the Black & White expansion. The HeartGold & SoulSilver print featured new artwork by Hideaki Hakozaki, and the Japanese Battle Starter Decks featured yet another new illustration by Noriko Hotta. This card was released again in the Black & White expansion with new artwork by Yuri Umemura. This print was later released in the Boundaries Crossed expansion. This card was reprinted again during the XY Series in the English Kalos Starter Set with new artwork by 5ban Graphics. This print was later reprinted in the English XY Trainer Kit, and in the Generations expansion.
Poké Ball was reprinted again during the Sun & Moon Series as part of the Sun & Moon expansion with new artwork by Ryo Ueda. As of this print, when the player plays it, they flip a coin. If the coin shows heads, they may search their deck for a Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into their hand, shuffling their deck afterwards.
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