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.
It is one of Kurt's signature Apricorn Poké Balls, and is made from Blue Apricorns.
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 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 an increased chance of catching Pokémon on or in water. However, due to a glitch, it will only ever have a 1× catch rate modifier, regardless of the capture conditions.
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.
Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Fishermen keep their Pokémon in Lure Balls.
Scarlet and Violet
|In-battle sprite in
|Summary sprite from
|In-battle sprite in
|In-battle sprite in|
|In-battle model from
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
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 HZ005, the Lure Ball was mentioned in one of Nidothing's videos.
In the manga
Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter
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 round, 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
- 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
|This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.|