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Love Ball
ラブラブボール
Lovey-Dovey Ball
Love Ball
Love 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
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

The Love Ball (Japanese: ラブラブボール Lovey-Dovey 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 a Pokémon of the opposite gender to the Trainer's Pokémon.

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

Contents

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
GSC
HGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
N/A PokémonDollar.png150
SMUSUM N/A N/A

Effect

Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon. 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×.

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.

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.

Held 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.

Description

Games Description
GSC For catching the opposite gender.
HGSS
BWB2W2
Poké Ball for catching Pokémon that are the opposite gender of your Pokémon.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
A Poké Ball that works best when catching a Pokémon that is of the opposite gender of your Pokémon.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
SMUSUM Malie City, Heahea CityUSUM

Apperance

Artwork

SugimoriLoveBall.png
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori

Sprites

Poké Ball Love Ball battle II.png Love Ball summary IV.png Love Ball battle IV.png Love Ball battle V.png
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

Love Ball battle 3DS.png
In-battle model from
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In the anime

A Love Ball in the anime

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

In The Professors' New Adventure!, a chandelier stand based on a Love Ball was seen during Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet's wedding.

In the manga

A Love Ball in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In For Pikachu's Sake!! The Search For The Missing Farfetch'd, Whitney was shown to have received a Love Ball from Kurt.

Trivia

  • 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

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 甜蜜球 Tìhmmaht Kàuh
Mandarin 甜蜜球 Tiánmì Qiú
France Flag.png French Love Ball
Germany Flag.png German Sympaball
Italy Flag.png Italian Love Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 러브러브볼 Love-Love Ball
Poland Flag.png Polish Miły Ball
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Bola de Amor
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bola de Amor
Spain Flag.png Spain Amor Ball
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Love



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