Nest Ball

The Nest Ball (Japanese: ネストボール Nest Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation III. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon, being more likely to succeed against lower-level Pokémon.

Nest Ball
Nest Ball
Bag Nest Ball Sprite.png
Nest Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
Generation III Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation V Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items (Poké Balls)
Generation VI Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IX Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
 1000  500
SV  1000  250


Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon. If used against a low level Pokémon, it has an increased catch rate modifier, calculated as follows:

  • From Generation III to IV,  ×, minimum 1×
  • In Generation V,  ×, minimum 1×
  • From Generation VI onward,  × if Pokémon's level is between 1 and 29, 1× otherwise
Level Catch rate modifier
Gen. 3-4 Gen. 5 Gen. 6+
1 3.9 4 4
2 3.8 15974/4096 (~3.9) 15974/4096 (~3.9)
3 3.7 15564/4096 (~3.8) 15564/4096 (~3.8)
4 3.6 15155/4096 (~3.7) 15155/4096 (~3.7)
5 3.5 15475/4096 (~3.6) 15475/4096 (~3.6)
6 3.4 3.5 3.5
7 3.3 13926/4096 (~3.4) 13926/4096 (~3.4)
8 3.2 13516/4096 (~3.3) 13516/4096 (~3.3)
9 3.1 13107/4096 (~3.2) 13107/4096 (~3.2)
10 3 12697/4096 (~3.1) 12697/4096 (~3.1)
11 2.9 3 3
12 2.8 11878/4096 (~2.9) 11878/4096 (~2.9)
13 2.7 11468/4096 (~2.8) 11468/4096 (~2.8)
14 2.6 11059/4096 (~2.7) 11059/4096 (~2.7)
15 2.5 10649/4096 (~2.6) 10649/4096 (~2.6)
16 2.4 2.5 2.5
17 2.3 9830/4096 (~2.4) 9830/4096 (~2.4)
18 2.2 9420/4096 (~2.3) 9420/4096 (~2.3)
19 2.1 9011/4096 (~2.2) 9011/4096 (~2.2)
20 2 8601/4096 (~2.1) 8601/4096 (~2.1)
21 1.9 2 2
22 1.8 7782/4096 (~1.9) 7782/4096 (~1.9)
23 1.7 7372/4096 (~1.8) 7372/4096 (~1.8)
24 1.6 6963/4096 (~1.7) 6963/4096 (~1.7)
25 1.5 6553/4096 (~1.6) 6553/4096 (~1.6)
26 1.4 1.5 1.5
27 1.3 5734/4096 (~1.4) 5734/4096 (~1.4)
28 1.2 5324/4096 (~1.3) 5324/4096 (~1.3)
29 1.1 4915/4096 (~1.2) 4915/4096 (~1.2)
30 1 4505/4096 (~1.1) 1
31+ 1 1 1

If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 410/4096× (0.1×).

The Nest 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 (except if used as a Snag Ball on a Shadow Pokémon), the opposing Trainer will deflect the ball, wasting the item. If used on the ghost Marowak, it will dodge the ball, wasting it.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Nest Ball.


Games Description
A Ball that works better on weaker Pokémon
FRLG A somewhat different Ball that works especially well on weaker Pokémon.
A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on weaker Pokémon in the wild.
A somewhat different Poké Ball that becomes more effective the lower the level of the wild Pokémon.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RSE Route 120, Magma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutSE Verdanturf Poké Mart
Verdanturf Town (Battle Tent)E
FRLG Rocket Hideout, Rocket Warehouse Water Path (reward for a record-breaking Heracross)
Resort Gorgeous (hidden recurring item; group C)
Colo. Outskirt Stand
XD Outskirt Stand
DPPt Route 210Pt Eterna, Hearthome, Solaceon, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSS Pewter and Vermilion Poké Marts; Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Mo
PW Sinnoh Field (500+ steps)
BW Castelia, Driftveil, and Pokémon League Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2 Routes 8 and 19, Pinwheel Forest Castelia, Driftveil, Lentimas, Victory Road, and Accumula Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
XY Route 13, Reflection Cave Lumiose City (North Boulevard), Cyllage, and Snowbelle Poké Marts; Poké Ball Boutique
ORAS Route 120, Team Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutAS Verdanturf Poké Mart
Route 116 (20% chance after a rematch with Schoolkid Jerry or Schoolkid Karen)
PMC Mine Cart Adventure (all levels)
SMUSUM Routes 1, 2, and 3; Lush Jungle Route 2 Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwSh Route 4 Central Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)
BDSP Hearthome, Solaceon, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
SV Asado Desert, Casseroya Lake, Dalizapa Passage, Tagtree Thicket, East Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Three), South Province (Area Five), West Province (Area One)
Reward for catching 90 Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex
All Poké Marts (after earning 3 Gym Badges), Porto Marinada auction

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Team Skull Grunts keep their Pokémon in Nest Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Team Yell Grunts and Spikemuth Gym Trainers keep their Pokémon in Nest Balls.



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
Summary sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
Summary sprite from
Battle Revolution
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

Nest Balls in the anime

Main series

A Nest Ball appeared in Which One ~ Is It?, a Japanese ending theme from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl.

In A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!, multiple Nest Balls were seen at the Poké Ball Factory.

In Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!, a Nest Ball appeared as a part of James's Poké Ball collection.

A Nest Ball in Bidoof's Big Stand

Bidoof's Big Stand

A Nest Ball appeared in Bidoof's Big Stand, where a Trainer used one to catch the titular Bidoof.

In the manga

A Nest Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

A Nest Ball first appeared in A Sketchy Smattering of Smeargle while Emerald was thinking which of his Poké Balls he should use to catch Jirachi.

More of Emerald's Nest Balls were seen in Sneaky Like Shedinja II, The Final Battle III, and The Final Battle V.

In the TCG

Hyper rare Nest Ball
Main article: Nest Ball (Sun & Moon 123)

The Nest Ball was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese SM Era). It was first released in the Japanese Collection Moon expansion and the English Sun & Moon expansion, with artwork by Toyste Beach. A Secret print of the card with artwork by the same illustrator was released in the same sets. It was reprinted in the Japanese GG End subset with artwork by Ryo Ueda. During the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era), it was reprinted again in the Japanese Scarlet ex expansion and the English Scarlet & Violet expansion, as both a Regular card and a hyper rare featuring artwork by the original illustrator, Toyste Beach. The card allows the player to search their deck for a Basic Pokémon and put it onto their Bench. Afterwards, the player shuffles their deck.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 巢穴球 Chàauhyuht Kàuh
Mandarin 巢穴球 Cháoxuè Qiú / Cháoxué Qiú
  French Faiblo Ball
  German Nestball
  Indonesian Bola Nest
  Italian Minor Ball
  Korean 네스트볼 Nest Ball
Portuguese   Brazil Bola de Ninho
  Portugal Bola Ninho
  Russian Гнездо-Болл Gnezdo-Boll
  Spanish Nido Ball
  Vietnamese Bóng Nest

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