Dark Ball

If you were looking for the Poké Ball known as Dark Ball in Japanese, see Dusk Ball.

A Dark Ball (Japanese: ダークボール Dark Ball) is an anime-exclusive Poké Ball variation that was featured in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. Similar to the "Mewtwo Balls" from Mewtwo Strikes Back, Dark Balls are able to catch Pokémon that already belong to a Trainer, as opposed to catching wild Pokémon only.

A Dark Ball


The only person who has been seen using a Dark Ball is the Iron-Masked Marauder. He claimed that any Pokémon captured with a Dark Ball will become evil and their power will increase to the highest level. The Pokémon loses its freedom and will obey all commands of its master.

The Iron-Masked Marauder used a Dark Ball to capture a Tyranitar owned by a Pokémon poacher and bring it under his control, even though it already belonged to someone. Later, he caught a Celebi in a Dark Ball as well.

The control of a Dark Ball can be fought and even broken if the Pokémon has enough willpower. Should this happen, the Dark Ball that captured it will be destroyed. This happened to Celebi after it had been captured by Iron-Masked Marauder, although it nearly lost its life in the process. Conversely, if a Dark Ball is destroyed, the Pokémon it was used to capture will be freed from its influence and return to its normal state (as happened with the Marauder's other three Pokémon).


  • Pokémon captured with the Dark Ball have similar characteristics to Shadow Pokémon. Both Shadow Pokémon and Pokémon captured with Dark Balls supposedly have their power increased and both are described as being "soulless".
  • The Pokémon who are caught with Dark Balls seem to have their skin color darkened. Celebi is the exception, instead developing a blank, lifeless expression with narrowed pupils.
  • The Dusk Ball introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is called the Dark Ball in Japanese but the name was changed in localizations to avoid confusion.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 漆黑球 Chāthāk Kàuh
Mandarin 黑暗球 Hēi'àn Qiú *
黑色神奇寶貝球 / 黑色神奇宝贝球 Hēisè Shénqí-bǎobèi Qiú *
  Danish Dark Ball
  Finnish Sysipallo
  French Dark Ball
  Icelandic Sortubolti
  Italian Dark Ball
  Norwegian Mørkball
  Swedish Mörkboll

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