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 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.
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.
|| A Ball for Pokémon hooked by a rod.
| A Poké Ball for catching Pokémon hooked by a Rod when fishing.
|| 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.
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
In Pokémon Sun, Moon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Fishermen keep their Pokémon in Lure Balls.
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 it. One of the Lure Balls caught it, 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 it. 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 the manga
In the TCG
Green Lure Balls in the anime
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the TCG, and their early anime appearances, Lure Balls are shown to have a green outer coloring; however, in official artwork and later anime appearances, they are shown to have a blue outer coloring. In later games, the Lure Ball's color is changed to the official blue color.
In other languages