Ball Guy

Ball Guy
ボールガイ Ball Guy
League Card Ball Guy.png
Ball Guy's League Card from Sword and Shield
Gender Unknown
Eye color Unknown
Hair color Blonde (TW)
Hometown Unknown
Region Galar
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Game animation cameos Assistant

The Ball Guy (Japanese: ボールガイ Ball Guy) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In the core series

The Ball Guy is the mascot of the Galar Pokémon League. Over the course of their Gym Challenge, the player will meet a person dressed in a Ball Guy mascot costume in or near each Stadium Lobby, who will give them a variety Poké Ball with each meeting. It is later revealed that the person dressed as the Ball Guy is not sanctioned by the Pokémon League and has been acting of their own volition. Their true identity is unknown. The player can receive the Ball Guy's League Card outside of Motostoke Stadium after they become Champion. The Ball Guy mascot will also reward the player after defending their title in Wyndon Stadium or winning the Galarian Star Tournament.

League Card

This is a transcript of the back of the Ball Guy's League Card in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

"This mysterious figure has taken it upon himself (herself?) to dress up in the fashion of the Pokémon League's official mascot. The mysterious individual is known to many as "the Ball Guy" but in point of fact, all are mystified when it comes to this person's true identity or age or even gender. While the Ball Guy is known for her (his?) habit of handing out rare Poké Balls here and there around Galar, it's a mystery as to why or even where these balls come from. It's all very mystifying..."

Items given

Gym Challenge

Item Location Games
  Poké Ball In front of Motostoke Stadium  Sw  Sh 
  Friend Ball In Turffield Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Lure Ball In Hulbury Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Level Ball In Hammerlocke Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Heavy Ball In Stow-on-Side Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Love Ball In Ballonlea Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Moon Ball In Circhester Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 
  Dream Ball In Wyndon Stadium's lobby  Sw  Sh 

Champion Cup victories

Each time the player wins a Champion Cup tournament or a Galarian Star Tournament during the post-game, the Ball Guy will give them one of the following rewards.

Item Location Games
  Wishing Piece From the Ball Guy after the day's first tournament win  Sw  Sh 
  Poké Ball ×100 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Great Ball ×5 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Ultra Ball ×5 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Fast Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Level Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Lure Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Heavy Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Love Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Friend Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Moon Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Net Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Nest Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Repeat Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Timer Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Luxury Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Dive Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Dusk Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Heal Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Quick Ball ×3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Beast Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Rare Candy ×1-3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Life Orb From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Toxic Orb From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Flame Orb From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Iron Ball From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Nugget ×1-3 From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 
  Big Nugget From the Ball Guy after winning a tournament  Sw  Sh 

In events

As part of a campaign by the @poke_times twitter run by The Pokémon Company, the handle was taken over by the Ball Guy. During this time, the twitter posted this retweet campaign, promising rare Poké Balls if players retweeted it enough times. Eventually, all goals were met, and a set of nine total Poké Balls, including the Apricorn Balls, Dream Ball, and Beast Ball, were distributed via universal, region-free serial code. The distribution ended on January 15th, 2020.

Code Poké Balls Link
K0UN1NMASC0T   Level Ball
  Moon Ball
  Fast Ball
[1]
1YAHAYA   Heavy Ball
  Lure Ball
  Beast Ball
[2]
0KUGAFUKA1B0RU   Love Ball
  Friend Ball
  Dream Ball
[3]

In the anime

 
The Ball Guy in Pokémon Evolutions

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, an unmasked Ball Guy was seen sitting at a table in Wyndon.

In The Gathering of Stars, a Ball Guy was seen outside the Wyndon Stadium.

Pokémon Evolutions

The Ball Guy appeared in The Champion, dancing at the Wyndon Stadium before the start of Victor and Leon's Championship Match.

In the manga

 
Casey's Ball Guy mask in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield chapter

Casey is a fan of Ball Guy. She owns a Ball Guy mask and was first seen using it to scare Marvin in Wow!! That's One Big Pokémon.

The actual Ball Guy was first seen in PASS12 at the Motostoke Stadium. They were seen reacting in pain when Kabu loudly congratulated Casey and Hop for beating the first three Galar Gyms.

They were then seen again in PASS16 at the Ballonlea Stadium, bringing dry towels to Henry and Marvin after they got wet during their earlier training.

In the TCG

 
Full Art print of the Ball Guy
Main article: Ball Guy (Shining Fates 57)

The Ball Guy was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Shiny Star V expansion before debuting in English in the Shining Fates expansion, with artwork by Hitoshi Ariga. It was also released as a Full Art card in the same Japanese and English expansions, with artwork by the same artist. It allows the player to search their deck for up to three Item cards with the word "Ball" in their name, put them in their hand, then shuffle their deck.

Names

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 阿球 A Kàuh
Mandarin 阿球 Ā Qiú
  French Ball Masqué
  German Ballduin
  Italian Ballino
  Korean 볼가이 Ball Guy
  Brazilian Portuguese Cara da Bola
  Spanish Bolifacio



Non-player characters in the core series games
Galar Professor MagnoliaMumHopBedeMarnieSoniaLeon
SordwardShielbertMustardKlaraAveryHoneyHydePeonyPeoniaCalyrexBall Guy
Team YellMacro CosmosDanGym LeadersMorimotoCara LissJackWatt Traders


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