In the core series games
When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon. It has an increased catch rate modifier in certain encounters.
The Dive 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 the ball, wasting the item. If used on the ghost Marowak, it will dodge the ball, wasting it.
If used underwater, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. In Fire Red and Leaf Green, since there are no underwater areas, it will always have a 1× modifier
Generation IV onward
If used while surfing, fishing, or underwater, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier.
| A Ball that works better on Pokémon on the ocean floor.
|| A somewhat different Ball that works especially well on Pokémon deep in the sea.
|| A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon that live in the sea.
|| A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon that live underwater.
| A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well when catching Pokémon that live underwater.
|| Finite methods
|| Repeatable methods
|| Abandoned Ship
|| Mossdeep Poké Mart
|| Route 223Pt
|| Pokémon News Press
|| Beautiful Beach (5000+ steps), Blue Lake (3500+ steps)
|| Cold Storage, Wellspring Cave
|| Undella Poké Mart|
Village Bridge, Black CityB/White ForestW (Jacques)
|| Routes 3 and 17, Seaside Cave
|| Undella and Humilau Poké Marts|
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Fisherman Devon), Village Bridge
|| Route 16, Azure Bay
|| Poké Ball Boutique|
Ambrette Town (trade for a Poké Ball; daily)
|| Sea Mauville
|| Fallarbor Poké Mart|
Route 125 (20% chance after a rematch with Sailor Ernest)
|| Mine Cart Adventure (all levels)
|| Routes 8 and 15, Brooklet Hill, Hano Beach, Kala'e Bay, Ula'ula BeachUSUM
|| Route 8 Poké Mart|
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)
|| Route 9
|| All Watt Traders (50 W)|
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
|| Cram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
In Pokémon Sun, Moon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Swimmers and Surfers keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the following Trainer classes keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls:
Additionally, Nessa keeps her Pokémon in Dive Balls.
In the anime
In the manga
In other languages