In the core series games
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 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 item.
Fling fails if the user is holding a Lure Ball.
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
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Generations IV and V
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X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
In the anime
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 the manga
Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys
In the TCG
- 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.
- 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
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