Friend Ball

The Friend Ball (Japanese: フレンドボール Friend Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon. Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball become more friendly.

Friend Ball
Friend Ball
Bag Friend Ball Sprite.png
Friend Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
Generation II Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls (HGSS)
Generation V Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items (Poké Balls)
Generation VI Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IX Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls

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

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A  150


Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1×. If caught, the Pokémon's friendship is set to 200 in Generations II through VII, or 150 in Generation VIII[1]. It has no effect on the friendship of Pokémon hatched in a Friend Ball.

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

The Friend 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 item.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Friend Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Friend 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.


Games Description
GSC A Ball that makes Pokémon friendly.
A Poké Ball that makes caught Pokémon more friendly.
A strange Poké Ball that will make the wild Pokémon caught with it more friendly toward you immediately.
SV A somewhat different Poké Ball that makes a wild Pokémon more friendly toward you immediately after it's caught.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwSh Turffield Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)
BDSP Events (Apricorn Poké Ball Set)
SV Reward for catching 260 Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex Academy Ace Tournament, Porto Marinada auction

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Pokémon Breeders keep their Pokémon in Friend Balls.



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


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


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 Friend Ball in the anime

In Going Apricorn!, a Friend Ball appeared in a fantasy during Maizie's explanation about Apricorn Poké Balls.

In the manga

A Friend Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

In Teddiursa's Picnic, Gold received a Friend Ball from Kurt. In the next round, he used it to catch a Teddiursa for Maizie.

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

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Chuck keeps his Pokémon in Friend Balls, as seen in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon with his Poliwrath and in Let's Fight For The Future!! with his Primeape.

In the TCG

Friend Ball
Main article: Friend Ball (Skyridge 126)

Debuting in Skyridge, the Friend Ball allows the player to search their deck for a Pokémon of the same type as one of the opponent's Pokémon. It was later reprinted in Celestial Storm.


The promo naming error
  • A Kids' WB promo that aired during the fourth season showcasing the various Apricorn Poké Balls incorrectly referred to the Friend Ball as the "Stun Ball."

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 友友球 Yáuhyáuh Kàuh
Mandarin 友友球 Yǒuyǒu Qiú
  French Copain Ball
  German Freundesball
  Indonesian Bola Friend
  Italian Friend Ball
  Korean 프랜드볼 Friend Ball
  Polish Przyjacielski Ball
Portuguese   Brazil Bola Amiga*
Bola Amizade*
Poké Bola Amiga*
  Portugal Bola de Amizade
Spanish   Latin America Bola Amigo
  Spain Amigo Ball
  Vietnamese Bóng Friend

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