Iron Ball

The Iron Ball (Japanese: くろいてっきゅう Black Iron Ball) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It grounds the holder and lowers their Speed.

Iron Ball
くろいてっきゅう
Black Iron Ball
Bag Iron Ball Sprite.png
Iron Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation IV
Pocket
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Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Held items)
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Fling
Power 130

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
BDSP
N/A  100
SMUSUM
SwSh
N/A  2,000
SV  20,000  5,000

Effect

The Iron Ball halves the holder's Speed and makes it grounded. Due to being grounded, it becomes susceptible to damaging Ground-type moves; Rototiller; Arena Trap; the entry hazards Spikes, Toxic Spikes and Sticky Web; and terrain, even if it is Flying-type, has the Ability Levitate, or is under the effect of Telekinesis or Magnet Rise. An Iron Ball does not prevent Magnet Rise or Telekinesis from being used successfully.

Generation IV

If held by a Flying-type Pokémon, its secondary type determines the effectiveness of Ground-type attacks that hit it.

Even if the holder has Klutz or is affected by Embargo, its Speed is still halved by the Iron Ball.

Generation V onward

If held by a Flying-type Pokémon, it takes 1× damage from Ground-type moves, regardless of its other types. This does not apply during Inverse Battles or if the holder is grounded by any other effect.

All of the effects of the Iron Ball are negated by Klutz, Embargo, and Magic Room.

Description

Games Description
DPPt A Pokémon hold item that cuts Speed. It makes Flying-type and levitating holders susceptible to Ground moves.
HGSS
BWB2W2
A Pokémon held item that cuts Speed. It makes Flying-type and levitating holders susceptible to Ground moves.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It lowers Speed and allows Ground-type moves to hit Flying-type and levitating holders.
SwShBDSP An item to be held by a Pokémon. It lowers Speed and allows Ground-type moves to hit Flying types and holders that are levitating.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. It lowers the holder's Speed stat and makes the holder vulnerable to Ground-type moves even if it is a Flying type or is levitating.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Stark Mountain, Iron IslandDP Underground
HGSS Mt. Mortar Fighting Dojo (held by Blue's Machamp during rematches)
Pickup (Lv. 41-60)
PBR Shop (9600 Poké Coupons, after beating Sunny Park Colosseum)
BW Battle Subway (48 BP)
Pickup (Lv. 31-50)
B2W2 Battle Subway/PWT (12 BP)
Pickup (Lv. 41-60)
DW* Icy Cave
XY Battle Maison (48 BP)
Pickup (Lv. 41-60)
ORAS Battle Maison (48 BP)
Pickup (Lv. 41-60)
Held by wild Mawile (5% chance)
SMUSUM Team Rocket's CastleUSUM Battle Tree (16 BP)
Held by wild Mawile (5% chance)USUM
SwSh Bridge Field (Digging Duo)
Wyndon Stadium
Held by wild Mawile (5% chance)
SwShIA Hidden recurring item (Potbottom Desert)
SwShCT Giant's Foot
BDSP Stark Mountain, Iron Island Grand Underground
SV Delibird Presents (Levincia Branch, after completing the main storyline)

Gallery

Artwork

 
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

Sprites

   
Underground sprite from
Diamond, Pearl and Platinum
Grand Underground sprite from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl


In the manga

 
An Iron Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl arc

Diamond and Pearl found an Iron Ball amongst the metal items drawn out of the ground in Celestic Town by the magnetic field from Cyrus's Magnezone. It later appeared as an item that was used in conjunction with Lax's Fling in Platinum's Gym battle against Fantina in Mirages of Mismagius II.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 黑色鐵球 Hāaksīk Titkàuh
Mandarin 黑色鐵球 / 黑色铁球 Hēisè Tiěqiú
  French Balle Fer
  German Eisenkugel
  Italian Ferropalla
  Korean 검은철구 Geomeun Cheolgu
  Spanish Bola Férrea
  Vietnamese Cầu sắt đen

External links



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