Fast Ball

The Fast Ball (Japanese: スピードボール Speed Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon, being more likely to succeed against Pokémon that are fast or quick to flee.

Fast Ball
スピードボール
Speed Ball
Bag Fast Ball Sprite.png
Fast Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
Pocket
Generation II Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls (HGSS)
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
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IX Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

It is one of Kurt's signature Apricorn Poké Balls, and is made from White Apricorns.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
GSC
HGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
N/A  150
SMUSUM
SwShBDSP
SV
N/A N/A

Effect

Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon. It has an increased catch rate modifier against certain species of Pokémon.

The Fast 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, the opposing Trainer will bat the ball away, wasting the player's turn (as well as the ball prior to Generation IV).

Generation II

If the wild Pokémon is Magnemite, Grimer, or Tangela, the Fast Ball has a 4× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier.

While it is intended to be more effective against all Pokémon that can flee, due to a glitch, it is only effective against the first three Pokémon in the list of Pokémon that have a 10% chance of fleeing (these three being Magnemite, Grimer, and Tangela). The code was intended to instead check the three tables of Pokémon that have a chance of fleeing (Pokémon that have a 10% chance to flee, Pokémon that have a 50% chance to flee, and Pokémon that always flee).

Generation IV onward

If the wild Pokémon has a base Speed stat of 100 or more, the Fast Ball has a 4× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier.

If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 410/4096× (~0.1×).

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Fast Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Fast Balls cannot be held. This is to prevent them being held by a Pokémon traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, where the item does not exist.

Description

In Generation II games, the Japanese item description mentions 「にげあしの はやい ポケモン」 (Pokémon that are quick to run away), but in the localization this was adapted as "fast Pokémon" instead.

Games Description
GSC A Ball for catching fast Pokémon.
HGSS A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch fast Pokémon.
BWB2W2 A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch Pokémon which are quick to run away.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSP
A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch Pokémon that are usually very quick to run away.
SV A somewhat different Poké Ball that is more effective when catching Pokémon that are usually very quick to run away.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town Azalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwSh Wild Area (Rotom Rally)
Event
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIA Cram-o-matic (White Apricorn)
BDSP Event
SV Reward for registering 240 Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex Porto Marinada auction
Academy Ace Tournament
SVID Item Printer (Poké Ball Lotto)

Distribution

Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SM Global mission items All August 8 to September 30, 2017
SwSh Poké Times rare Poké Balls All December 20, 2019 to January 15, 2020
The Isle of Armor promotion packs All May 29 to June 4, 2020
Japanese Pokemon Scraps 2020 Japanese November 20, 2020 to April 30, 2021
Pokémon Adventure 25 items South Korea April 26 to September 30, 2021
BDSP Apricorn Poké Ball Set All November 19, 2021 to February 28, 2022

Gallery

Artwork

     
Artwork from
Generation II
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

Sprites

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

Models

   
In-battle model from
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Generation VIII

In the anime

 
A Fast Ball in the anime

In Going Apricorn!, Ash, Brock, and Misty each received a Fast Ball from Kurt. Brock used his Fast Ball to catch a Pineco later in the same episode; Ash and Misty's Fast Balls have not been seen or mentioned since, although Ash's Fast Ball makes a cameo appearance in the fifth Japanese opening theme, Ready Go!, and the dub opening theme for Pokémon: Master Quest, Believe in Me.

In Trouble's Brewing, Tamao was revealed to keep her Umbreon in a Fast Ball.

In the manga

 
A Fast Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In Teddiursa's Picnic, a Fast Ball appeared in a fantasy during Maizie's explanation about Apricorn Poké Balls.

In Slugging It Out with Slugma, a Fast Ball was seen amongst Crystal's set of Apricorn Poké Balls.

In Surrounded by Staryu, Crystal used Fast Balls to catch a group of Staryu.

In Off Course with Corsola, some of the Pokémon that Crystal had caught for Professor Oak were seen in Fast Balls.

In Absolutely Azumarill, several Fast Balls were seen in a basket full of Apricorn Poké Balls that Mirei delivered to Crystal.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke!, Gold used Fast Balls given to him by Kurt to help him save a group of Slowpoke from drowning in the flooding Slowpoke Well.

In the TCG

 
Fast Ball
Main article: Fast Ball (Skyridge 124)

The Fast Ball allows the player to go through their deck, turning over cards one at a time until they find the first evolution card, and then taking that into their hand, shuffling afterward. It debuted in Skyridge.

Trivia

  • In official artwork and in-battle from Generation V onward, the Fast Ball is shown to be red. However, its Bag sprite and Pokémon Global Link artwork are orange, and it appears orange in-battle in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • The Fast Ball includes a stylized S in its design. This is a reference to its Japanese name, Speed Ball.
  • In Generation II, despite the Fast Ball's intended effect to be more effective against Pokémon that can run away from battle, its English item description in Generation II instead implies that it is more effective against fast Pokémon in that generation. Conversely, from Generation V onward, its description implies it is more effective against Pokémon that can run away, when in fact it is more effective against fast Pokémon in those generations. As a consequence, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only games in which the Fast Ball’s English description actually matches its effect.
  • In Pokémon Gold and Silver: Complete Pokédex (page 21), this item is incorrectly described as follows: "Use a Fast Ball when you're trying to catch a Pokémon that runs away quickly, such as Raikou or Skarmory."
    • In Generation II games, the 4× catch rate modifier does not actually apply to Raikou or Skarmory as explained above, and wild Skarmory do not flee from battles nonetheless (unlike Raikou). However, this catch rate modifier does apply to Raikou from Generation IV onwards.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 速度球 Chūkdouh Kàuh
Mandarin 速度球 Sùdù Qiú
  French Speed Ball
  German Turboball
  Italian Rapid Ball
  Korean 스피드볼 Speed Ball
  Polish Szybki Ball
Portuguese   Brazil Bola Rápida*
Poké Bola Veloz*
  Portugal Bola Veloz
Spanish   Latin America Pokébola (Bola) Rápida
  Spain Rapid Ball
  Turkish Hız Topu
  Vietnamese Bóng Speed



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