Cherish Ball

The Cherish Ball (Japanese: プレシャスボール Precious Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation IV. Event Pokémon are often contained in a Cherish Ball.

Cherish Ball
Precious Ball
Bag Cherish Ball Sprite.png
Cherish Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation IV
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Poké Balls)
Generation VI Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Catching PocketPE)
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IX Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

In the core series games

From Generation IV onward, event Pokémon are usually distributed inside a Cherish Ball, unless they are distributed as Eggs. This is the only way to obtain a Pokémon in a Cherish Ball.


Games Cost Sell price


Manual activation

The Cherish Ball cannot be legitimately obtained as an item, so it cannot normally be used. If it were to be obtained, when used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it would attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1×.

As a Pokémon's Poké Ball

From Generation VI onward, bred Pokémon inherit their Poké Ball from their parents. However, the Cherish Ball, Master Ball, and Strange Ball cannot be passed down via breeding; instead, they act as a regular Poké Ball for inheritance purposes.


Games Description
A quite rare Poké Ball that has been specially crafted to commemorate an occasion of some sort.
A quite rare Poké Ball that has been crafted in order to commemorate a special occasion of some sort.
SV A quite rare Poké Ball made to commemorate a special occasion of some sort.


The Cherish Ball cannot be obtained in any game.

NPC usage

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Ace Trainer Deanna keeps her Tropius in a Cherish Ball. This is a reference to Shokotan, who Deanna shares her Japanese name with. Shokotan's Tropius was the first event Pokémon distributed in a Cherish Ball.



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
Summary sprite from
Battle Revolution
In-battle sprite in
Generation V


In-battle model from
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
Model from
Generation VIII

In the manga

A Cherish Ball in Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

In Victini - A New Friend!, Monta received a Victini contained in a Cherish Ball as a prize from an event.

In the TCG

Cherish Ball
Main article: Cherish Ball (Unified Minds 191)

The Cherish Ball, first found in the Japanese Espeon & Deoxys-GX Tag Team GX Starter Set, allows the player to search their deck for a Pokémon-GX, reveal it, and add it to their hand. The player then shuffles their deck. A Secret Full Art card later appeared in the Japanese Miracle Twin expansion; both prints appeared in the English Unified Minds expansion, with artwork by 5ban Graphics. An alternate artwork print, illustrated by Ryo Ueda, appeared in the Japanese Alter Genesis expansion and as one of the Yellow A Alternate cards in English.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 貴重球 Gwaijuhng Kàuh
Mandarin 貴重球 / 贵重球 Guìzhòng Qiú *
珍貴球 Zhēnguì Qiú *
寶物球 Bǎowù Qiú *
  French Mémoire Ball
  German Jubelball
  Indonesian Bola Cherish
  Italian Pregio Ball
  Korean 프레셔스볼 Precious Ball
  Brazilian Portuguese Bola Estima
  Russian Драго-Болл Drago-Boll*
Охраняющий Шар Okhranyayushchit Shar*
  Spanish Gloria Ball
  Thai พรีเชียสบอล Precious Ball

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