Moon Ball

Moon Ball
ムーンボール
Moon Ball
Moon Ball
Moon 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
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Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

The Moon Ball (Japanese: ムーンボール Moon 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 Pokémon that evolve by using Moon Stone and their evolutionary relatives.

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

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
GSC
HGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
N/A  150
SMUSUM
SwSh
N/A N/A

Effect

Manual activation

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

The Moon 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.

Generation II

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, while it is intended to be more effective against Pokémon that evolve by using Moon Stone and their evolutionary relatives, due to a glitch, it always has a 1× catch rate. (Instead, the Moon Ball is more effective against Pokémon that evolve by using a Burn Heal, but there are no such Pokémon.)

Generation IV onward

Starting in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the wild Pokémon is part of an evolutionary family that includes a Pokémon who evolves by using a Moon Stone, it has a 4× 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×.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Moon Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Moon 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 A Ball for Moon Stone evolvers.
HGSS
BWB2W2
A Poké Ball for catching Pokémon that evolve using the Moon Stone.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
A Poké Ball that will make it easier to catch Pokémon that can evolve using a Moon Stone.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Ylw Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town (Ylw Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwSh Circhester Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 1)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Yellow Apricorn)

Appearance

Artwork

 
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori

Sprites

       
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

   
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 Moon Ball in the anime

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

In Trouble's Brewing, Satsuki was revealed to keep her Jolteon in a Moon Ball.

In the manga

 
A Moon Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

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

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

Trivia

  • In Generation II, the Moon Ball's catch rate is mistakenly boosted when used on Pokémon that evolve using a Burn Heal rather than a Moon Stone, so in practice the rate is never boosted. In Generation I the Moon Stone's index number was 0x0A, but in Generation II this index corresponds to the Burn Heal (the Moon Stone instead having the index number 0x08)—the Moon Ball's code mistakenly references the Moon Stone's original index number, preventing the Moon Ball's boost from ever applying.
  • Skitty and Delcatty are the only Pokémon whose evolution line involves a Moon Stone that cannot be caught in a game in which Moon Balls are obtainable, meaning that their catch rate can never be boosted by the Moon Ball.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 月亮球 Yuhtleuhng Kàuh
Mandarin 月亮球 Yuèliàng Qiú
  French Lune Ball
  German Mondball
  Italian Luna Ball
  Korean 문볼 Moon Ball
  Polish Księżycowy Ball
  Portuguese Bola Lua
Spanish   Latin America Bola Luna
  Spain Luna Ball
  Vietnamese Bóng Moon




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