In the core series games
When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon.
In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, while it is intended to be more effective against Pokémon of the opposite gender, due to a glitch it has an 8× catch rate modifier against Pokémon of both the same species and gender as the player's active Pokémon, having a 1× modifier otherwise.
Starting in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the wild Pokémon is the same species as but the opposite gender to the player's active Pokémon, it has an 8× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 0.1×.
The Love 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.
Fling fails if the user is holding a Love Ball.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Love 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.
|| For catching the opposite gender.
| Poké Ball for catching Pokémon that are the opposite gender of your Pokémon.
| A Poké Ball that works best when catching a Pokémon that is of the opposite gender of your Pokémon.
In the anime
In the manga
- In Trouble's Brewing, it was shown that each of the Kimono Sisters kept their Pokémon in an Apricorn Poké Ball. Although Koume's Flareon's Poké Ball was not shown, the pattern on her kimono indicates that it would be a Love Ball.
In other languages