Level Ball

The Level Ball (Japanese: レベルボール Level 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 the higher the player's Pokémon's level is than the wild Pokémon's.

Level Ball
レベルボール
Level Ball
Bag Level Ball Sprite.png
Level 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 Red 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 with the following catch rate modifiers:

  • 1× if the player's Pokémon is less than or equal to the level of the wild Pokémon
  • 2× if the player's Pokémon is at a higher level, but less than double, the level of the wild Pokémon
  • 4× if the player's Pokémon is more than double, but less than four times, the level of the wild Pokémon
  • 8× if the player's Pokémon is at a level at least four times that of the wild Pokémon

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, due to what is seemingly a coding mistake the wild Pokémon's remaining HP and status are ignored when calculating the catch rate; only the wild Pokémon's level is used for calculation if using a Level Ball.

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

The Level 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).

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Level Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Level 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

Games Description
GSC A Ball for lower-level Pokémon.
HGSS
BWB2W2
A Poké Ball for catching Pokémon that are a lower level than your own.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSP
A Poké Ball that makes it easier to catch Pokémon that are at a lower level than your own Pokémon.
SV A somewhat different Poké Ball that becomes more effective the lower the level of the Pokémon compared to your own Pokémon.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Red Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town (Red Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwSh Hammerlocke Stadium
Event
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIA Cram-o-matic (Red Apricorn)
BDSP Event
SV Reward for registering 280 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 May 16 to June 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 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 Level Ball in the anime

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

In the manga

 
A Level Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

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

In Slugging It Out with Slugma, Crystal caught a group of Slugma in Level Balls. They reappeared in a flashback in The Final Battle IV.

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

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

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

In It Takes Xatu to Tango, Crystal threw a Level Ball at Arceus in order to estimate its strength. As the Ball had no effect on the Alpha Pokémon, she decided to use a Heavy Ball instead.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In For Pikachu's Sake!! The Search For The Missing Farfetch'd, Gold received a Level Ball from Kurt as thanks for helping to save the Slowpoke in the Slowpoke Well from drowning. In Let's Fight For The Future!!, he used it to capture and stop the rampage of the Black Tyranitar. The Ball containing the Black Tyranitar was then sealed underneath a statue in Cianwood City.

In the TCG

 
Battle Styles hyper rare print of Level Ball
Main article: Level Ball (Next Destinies 89)

The Level Ball was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). It was first released in the Japanese Psycho Drive expansion and the English Next Destinies expansion, with artwork by 5ban Graphics. During the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era), it was reprinted in the Japanese Bandit Ring expansion and the English Ancient Origins expansion with new artwork by Toyste Beach. During the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era), it was reprinted again in the Japanese Rapid Strike Master expansion and the English Battle Styles expansion, as both a Regular card and a hyper rare card featuring new artwork by Ryo Ueda. This card allows the player to search their deck for a Pokémon that has 90 HP or less and put it in their hand.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 等級球 Dángkāp Kàuh
Mandarin 等級球 / 等级球 Děngjí Qiú
  French Niveau Ball
  German Levelball
  Indonesian Bola Level
  Italian Level Ball
  Korean 레벨볼 Level Ball
  Polish Ważny Ball
Portuguese   Brazil Bola de Nível
  Portugal Bola de Nível
  Russian Уровневый Болл Urovnevyy Boll
Spanish   Latin America Bola Niveladora
  Spain Nivel Ball
  Turkish Seviye Topu
  Vietnamese Bóng Level



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