Lure Ball

The Lure Ball (Japanese: ルアーボール Lure 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 in fishing encounters.

Lure Ball
Lure Ball
Bag Lure Ball Sprite.pngBag Lure Ball IV Sprite.png
Lure Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
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 Blue 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. If the encounter is a fishing encounter, it has a 3×GSCHGSS/5×SMUSUM/4×SwSh catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 410/4096× (~0.1×).

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Lure Ball was changed to function like the Dive Ball due to the removal of fishing, and has a 4× catch rate modifier if used while the Pokémon is currently on or in water.[1] In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet v1.1.0 and previous versions, due to a glitch, it will only ever have a 1× catch rate modifier, regardless of the capture conditions.[2] This bug was fixed sometime between v1.1.0 and v3.0.0.[1]

The Lure 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 turn (as well as the ball prior to Generation IV).

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Lure Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Lure 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 for Pokémon hooked by a rod.
A Poké Ball for catching Pokémon hooked by a Rod when fishing.
XYORAS A Poké Ball that is good for catching Pokémon that you reel in with a Rod while out fishing.
A Poké Ball that is good for catching Pokémon that you reel in with a rod while out fishing.
SV A somewhat different Poké Ball that is more effective when catching Pokémon in or on the water.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town Azalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
HGSS Route 32 (×2) Azalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Geothermal Power Plant
SwSh Hulbury Stadium
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIA Cram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)
BDSP Event
SV Reward for registering 300 Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex Porto Marinada auction
Academy Ace Tournament
SVID Item Printer (Poké Ball Lotto)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SM Global mission items All June 20 to July 31, 2017
SwSh Poké Times rare Poké Balls All December 20, 2019 to January 15, 2020
The Isle of Armor promotion packs All May 22 to 28, 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

NPC usage

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Fishermen keep their Pokémon in Lure Balls.



Artwork from
Generation II
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


In-battle sprite in
Generation II
Summary sprite from
Generation IV
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 Lure Ball in the anime

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

In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Ash and Misty each received a Lure Ball made for them by Kurt.

In The Totodile Duel, Ash and Misty both wanted to catch a wild Totodile, and simultaneously threw their Lure Balls at him. One of the Lure Balls caught him, but it was unclear whose Ball it was. As Ash and Misty both wanted Totodile for themselves, Brock declared a match to decide who would get to keep the Big Jaw Pokémon. In the end, Ash won the match, allowing him to keep Totodile, while Misty kept the remaining Lure Ball.

In Trouble's Brewing, Sumomo was revealed to keep her Vaporeon in a Lure Ball.

In A Corsola Caper!, Misty used her Lure Ball to catch a Corsola.

In Octillery The Outcast, a Lure Ball was featured on a poster for the Whirl Cup.

In Dueling Heroes, Christopher was revealed to keep his Kingdra in a Lure Ball attached to the end of a fishing line.

In Found You, Fuecoco!, the Lure Ball was mentioned in one of Nidothing's videos.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

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

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

In Off Course with Corsola, some of the Pokémon that Crystal had caught for Professor Oak were seen in Lure Balls. Later in the same chapter, Crystal caught a Corsola in a Lure Ball.

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

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke!, Gold used Lure Balls given to him by Kurt to help him save a group of Slowpoke from drowning in the flooding Slowpoke Well.

In A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos!!, Black was revealed to keep his Gyarados in a Lure Ball.

In Let's Survive This Sea Battle, a ship captain lent Gold his Remoraid, which was contained in a Lure Ball.

In the TCG

Lure Ball
Main article: Lure Ball (Skyridge 128)

Debuting in the Skyridge expansion, the Lure Ball is different from the basic Poké Balls in that it draws from the discard pile rather than the deck. For each heads flipped, with a maximum of three, an Evolution card can be returned from the discard pile and put into the hand. It was reprinted in Celestial Storm.


Green Lure Balls in the anime
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and the TCG, Lure Balls are shown to have a green outer coloring; however, in official artwork, they are shown to have a blue outer coloring. Starting in Generation V, the Lure Ball's color is changed to the blue in the games as well.
    • However, the Celestial Storm reprint of the Lure Ball card, released in 2018, reuses the artwork from its original TCG print, depicting the Lure Ball as green.
    • In the anime, Lure Balls have switched their color scheme twice. In their early appearances, they were colored green, before switching to blue later in the Johto arc. However, upon the anime's switch to full digital animation in Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid, Lure Balls regained their green coloration, and have maintained it ever since.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 誘餌球 Yáuhneih Kàuh
Mandarin 誘餌球 / 诱饵球 Yòu'ěr qiú
  French Appât Ball
  German Köderball
  Indonesian Bola Lure
  Italian Esca Ball
  Korean 루어볼 Lure Ball
  Polish Lureball
Portuguese   Brazil Bola Isca
  Portugal Bola Isca
Spanish   Latin America Bola de Atracción
  Spain Cebo Ball
  Turkish Cazibe Topu
  Vietnamese Bóng Lure


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