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[[Image:Pokeball.jpg|thumb|right|A Poké Ball as seen in [[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]]]
A '''Poké Ball''' (Japanese: '''モンスターボール''' ''Monster Ball'') is a type of [[item]] critical in any {{pkmn|Trainer}}'s quest. It is used for {{pkmn2|capturedcaught|capturingcatching}} and storing [[wild Pokémon]]; a {{pkmn|Trainer}} may carry as many Poké Balls and ball variants as he or she desires. However, a Trainer may only carry up to six [[Pokémon]] at a time in their [[party]]. Therefore, if a Trainer owns more than six Pokémon, they may be stored in a [[Pokémon storage system]], and withdrawn or deposited at any [[Pokémon Center]]. There are four different basic levels of Poké Ball, and over a dozen variations on the Poké Ball design throughout the games.
 
A Poké Ball's strength is determined by how much it raises a wild Pokémon's [[catch rate]]. Many Poké Balls' strengths change based on certain conditions.
==Mechanics==
[[Image:Open PokeBall.gif|frame|right|Interior of a Poké Ball from the anime]]
Though the technology behind the workings of a Poké Ball remains unknown, the basic mechanics are fairly simple to understand. In a {{pkmn|battle}}, once the opposing [[wild Pokémon]] has been weakened, the {{pkmn|Trainer}} will throw a Poké Ball at it. Assuming the Poké Ball hits it and is not dodged or hit back to the Trainer, the Poké Ball will open, convert the wild Pokémon to an energy form, pull the energy into its hollow center, and then close. The wild Pokémon will then be given the chance to struggle to try and escape the Poké Ball. If it escapes, in the anime, the Poké Ball flies back towards the Trainer, while in the games, the Poké Ball bursts open and cannot be reused. If it does not escape, the wild Pokémon will be {{pkmn2|capturedcaught}}.
 
As seen in anime episodes like ''[[AG065|Gulpin it Down!]]'' and ''[[AG104|Claydol Big and Tall]]'', normal Poké Balls have difficulty capturingcatching extremely large and heavy Pokémon, to the point that the Pokémon will not even be taken entirely into the Poké Ball. The latter of these episodes shows how ancient civilizations overcame this issue: to capturecatch and hold a very large Pokémon, they constructed a very large Poké Ball out of stone. However, giant stone Poké Balls are nearly impossible to use, so with the advancement of technology a better solution came in the form of Heavy Balls.
[[Image:PokeballWrong.PNG|thumb|left|Common misspelling, "Pokéball", seen in an official Pokémon [[A Sneak Peek at Pokémon|promotional video]]]]
Besides capturingcatching new Pokémon, Poké Balls are also used to store capturedcaught Pokémon. A Trainer can have six Poké Balls with Pokémon in them at one time. When starting a battle, he or she can throw out one or more of these onto the battlefield, and they will open, releasing their Pokémon quickly. When a Trainer wants to recall their Pokémon, they simply hold up the Poké Ball and point it at their Pokémon, and a beam will come from the Poké Ball's button, converting the Pokémon into energy again and drawing it back in. If this beam hits a person for any reason, that person will be momentarily stunned. Also, some Pokémon know how to enter and leave their Poké Balls at will, several examples being [[Jessie's Seviper]] (only when {{p|Zangoose}} are involved), [[Jessie's Wobbuffet]], [[May's Skitty]], and more famously, [[Misty's Psyduck]] and [[Brock's Croagunk]]. Also, if a Pokémon is being sent out, but does not wish to exit its Poké Ball, when the flash of light emerges from the Poké Ball, it will make a u-turn back to the open ball, turn red, and re-enter the Poké Ball. This happened in ''[[EP031|Dig Those Diglett!]]'', when [[Gary Oak]] attempted to send out several unnamed Pokémon to battle the wild {{p|Diglett}}. It also happened when {{Ash}} attempted to send out his {{AP|Squirtle}} (though before he threw the ball, {{AP|Pikachu}} yelled something to Squirtle), and when numerous Trainers attempted to send out their Pokémon.
[[Image:Chimchar release.jpg|[[Paul]] releasing {{AP|Chimchar}}|thumb]]
Poké Balls are not always at full size. Tapping the button on the front can convert it from full size, about the same size as a {{wp|Baseball (object)|baseball}}, to a miniature size, about the same size as a {{wp|Table tennis#The ball|ping-pong ball}}. This smaller size is more useful for storage, being small enough to carry in pockets or on belts.
 
Poké Balls presumably can communicate with a Trainer's [[Pokédex]], since the system updates itself with new capturedcaught Pokémon information, and keeps track of how many full Poké Balls the Trainer has on-hand. If the Trainer catches a new Pokémon while their team of six is full, it will be transported to the [[Pokémon storage system]] they are using. They also have the ability to "mark" their capturescatches - as shown in ''[[DP002|Two Degrees of Separation]]'', when Dawn attempts to capturecatch [[Ash's Pikachu]] - so that they cannot be capturedcaught by other Poké Balls afteronce capturescaught. This has shown some inconsistency in the series, particularly in older episodes such as in ''[[EP073|Bad to the Bone]]'' when Jessie throws a Poké Ball at [[Otoshi]]'s Doduo which has to be reflected by Otoshi himself, like in the games.
 
When a Pokémon is released from its ball, it usually has a burst of light come out with it, which varies depending on the Ball the Pokémon is contained in (normally a white light in the anime).
 
==Poké Ball accuracy==
Poké Balls obviously do not always succeed in capturingcatching the Pokémon (except where Master Balls are concerned), but in some cases, it's possible for a Poké Ball to not even come into contact with the wild Pokémon.
 
*In [[Generation I]], there was a chance that a Poké Ball could miss the target, the message coming up "You missed the Pokémon!". This usually happens within the [[Kanto Safari Zone|Safari Zone]] or while battling a {{p|Chansey}}, {{p|Snorlax}} or [[Legendary Pokémon]]. In the case of the Legendary Pokémon, a [[status ailment]] such as [[Paralysis]] would need to be inflicted upon it in order for the thrown Ball to hit its target.
*In [[Lavender Town]]'s [[Pokémon Tower]], the [[Literal ghost|ghosts]] would dodge any thrown ball, as would the ghost of the {{p|Marowak}} (even after being unmasked by the [[Silph Scope]]).
*In [[Generation IV]], if in a [[double battle]] with two wild Pokémon and one of the five partners, the player needs to knock out one of the Pokémon before attempting to capturecatch the other. If not, the game does not allow either to be capturedcaught, with the message of "It's no good! It's impossible to aim when there are two Pokémon!" This is a contradiction to {{g|Colosseum}} and {{g|XD: Gale of Darkness}}, in which it is possible to snag a Pokémon even when there are two on the opponent's side of the field, although it's possible that the abilities of the [[Snag Machine]] somehow negated this issue.
 
==Types of Poké Ball==
The Master Ball is the final and best upgrade of the Poké Ball, as well as the most rare. It was developed by [[Silph Co.]], but only a few were created before [[Team Rocket]] invaded and the project was discontinued. Master Balls are now given only to esteemed Pokémon researchers. Because of this, only one can be found normally in each game (though it can be won in all other generations after the first; it is the grand prize for the [[Lucky Channel|Lucky Number show]], [[Lilycove Department Store|Lilycove City's Lottery]], and at [[Jubilife TV]]). It could be sold for {{PDollar}}0 in Generations I and II, but in later Generations the Poké Marts would refuse it.
 
The Safari Ball is the only one of the original Poké Ball forms that is not considered one of the basic Poké Ball types. When playing a game in the [[Safari Zone]], thirty of these will be provided to capturecatch Pokémon with. If the game ends before all thirty are used, the remainder are returned when leaving the Safari Zone. It is as strong as a Great Ball, but catching Pokémon is often more difficult with it due to the fact that there are no formal {{pkmn|battle}}s with Pokémon in the Safari Zone.
 
=====List of Master Ball locations in the games=====
 
=====[[Super Smash Bros. Melee]] Trophy information=====
These balls are used to capturecatch and contain wild Pokémon. Most Pokémon must be weakened in some way before they can be capturedcaught, but once they're inside a Poké Ball, they enjoy their new home, since Poké Balls contain an environment specially designed for Pokémon comfort. Master Balls are the strongest type.
 
====In the anime====
Beyond any doubt, the original Poké Ball is the most commonly used type of Ball in the anime. The vast majority of Pokémon are stored in regular Poké Balls, to the point that large collections of Poké Balls can be seen with no variations among them. Even [[Ash's Pikachu]], which spends all of its time out of its Poké Ball, is shown to have a regular Poké Ball with a little lightning bolt drawn on it in ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]''. On the other hand, the Great Ball and Ultra Ball upgrades are very rare or even non-existent.
[[File:Master ball.png|left|thumb|[[Sullivan]]'s Master Ball]]
A Master Ball has been seen in ''[[AG075|Whiscash and Ash]]''. It was used by [[Sullivan]] in his attempt to capturecatch a {{p|Whiscash}}. However, despite the fact that the Master Ball cannot be escaped from, he did not catch the Whiscash; instead, the Pokémon swallowed it whole and escaped back into the water. However, much time prior, a Master Ball sort of appeared, albeit as a beach ball in ''[[EP018|Beauty and the Beach]]'', and after in ''[[EP167|A Hot Water Battle]]''.
 
Safari Balls were seen in [[EP035]]. In this episode, {{Ash}} received thirty with which he could capturecatch Safari Zone Pokémon. However, despite his best efforts to catch other Pokémon, he ended up using all thirty to capturecatch a herd of {{AP|Tauros}}. They appeared in Safari Balls in ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Po-Ké Corral]]''; however, in all subsequent airings they have been in regular Poké Balls.
 
[[Image:Rice Ball Poké Ball.jpg|right|thumb|A [[rice ball]] inside Ash's Poké Ball]]
Occasionally, an [[item]] will be caught instead of a [[Pokémon]], such as a [[rice ball]] or something else that would be smaller than the Poké Ball. The greatest example, if not the only, is when {{Ash}} tried catching [[Ash's Primeape|Mankey]] in ''[[EP025|Primeape Goes Bananas]]''. These, however, are just jokes. For example, in a commercial for [[Kids' WB!]], Ash caught a talking sock singing that Ash couldn't catch him.
 
If a Poké Ball is used to try to capturecatch a human, the human will get shocked with electricity instead of being capturedcaught.
 
Named in ''[[H014|Journey to the Starting Line]]'', the Poké Ball a Pokémon is temporarily held in before being given to beginning [[Pokémon Trainer]]s is called a "starter Poké Ball". In the anime only, a Pokémon is held in one of these temporary containments which do not 'mark' the Pokémon, so it can then be assigned to one of the six regular Poké Balls given to the Trainer. Starter Poké Balls look identical to regular Poké Balls, but are occasionally marked with some form of identification, such as a lightning-bolt or writing, such as the one which held [[Ash's Pikachu]]. In the games, however, the player is simply given 5 Poké Balls plus the Pokémon, already assigned a ball.
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The Park Ball is much like the Safari Ball absent in the Generation II games, including being equal to a Great Ball in strength. It is used in the [[National Park]] during their [[Bug-Catching Contest]]. Twenty Park Balls are provided for this, and the Pokémon can be battled before they are capturedcaught. However, while all twenty balls can be used and catch Pokémon before the contest ends, only one Pokémon can be kept for the contest judging.
 
Most of the Poké Balls available in Generation II, however, are the custom Poké Balls crafted by [[Kurt]]. This Poké Ball expert can be found in [[Azalea Town]], and once per day he will craft an [[Apricorn]] into a special Poké Ball based on its color. Because of the much larger variety of Poké Balls available, Generation II was the first generation to introduce a [[bag]] with a separate pocket for Poké Balls.
 
====In the anime====
In ''[[EP161|The Bug Stops Here]]'', {{Ash}} and {{an|Casey}} compete in the Bug-Catching Contest and use Park Balls to capturecatch {{t|Bug}} Pokémon. Ash wins the contest with a {{TP|Casey|Beedrill}}, but gives it to Casey instead.
 
The custom Apricorn Poké Balls were seen and used a few times during the anime. In ''[[EP143|Going Apricorn!]]'', Ash, [[Misty]], and [[Brock]] receive Fast Balls from Kurt, and by the end of the episode Brock uses his to capturecatch [[Brock's Forretress|a Pineco]]. By the end of the next episode, ''[[EP144|Gettin' The Bugs Out]]'', Ash and Misty receive Lure Balls, and Brock receives a Heavy Ball. In ''[[EP151|The Totodile Duel]]'', both Ash and Misty tried to capturecatch a {{AP|Totodile}} with their Lure Balls, with Ash succeeding. Later, in ''[[EP213|A Corsola Caper!]]'', Misty got a second chance to use her Lure Ball, capturingcatching a {{TP|Misty|Corsola}} with it. The other two Fast Balls and the Heavy Ball were not seen or mentioned again, but a different Heavy Ball was used in ''[[AG065|Gulpin It Down!]]'' to capturecatch a giant {{p|Gulpin}}.
 
====In [[Pokémon Special]]====
All of the third generation Poké Balls were developed by the [[Devon Corporation]].
 
In this generation, the type of Ball used to capturecatch a Pokémon was kept track of by the game itself, so that when Trainers sent out their Pokémon, the type of effect could vary. In this way, two Balls with the same effectiveness, such as the Safari Ball and Great Ball, or Poké Ball and Premier Ball, would differ.
 
In Generation III, the Luxury Ball is rare, second only to the Master Ball; however, it is available for normal purchase in Generation IV. One can be found on the [[Abandoned Ship]], and others can be obtained from winning Master Rank [[Pokémon Contests]]. It is also given in {{v2|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}} by [[Selphy|Lady Selphy]] for showing her the Pokémon she asks for. Taking advantage of being able to track what kind of Ball a Pokémon is in, rather than applying a flat happiness bonus like the Friend Ball did, it heightens the rate at which the [[Happiness]] of the Pokémon capturedcaught with it increases.
 
The Premier Ball is given with every purchase of ten or more Poké Balls in [[Hoenn]], [[Orre]], and [[Sinnoh]] Poké Marts. However, it is not different from regular Poké Balls in any manner except appearance.
| [[Image:BallHealstatus.png]] Heal Ball <br><small>(ヒールボール ''Heal Ball'')</small>
| 1×
| Fully heals a capturedcaught Pokémon
| {{PDollar}}300
|- align="center" style="background: #fff"
|}
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All of the Generation I and Generation III Poké Balls are also available, though the Dive Ball can only be obtained randomly through the man in [[Solaceon Town]] upon showing him the Pokémon he asks for, or transferred ahead held by a Pokémon via [[Pal Park]]. The Park Ball is used as a temporary containment for show. It is the only Poké Ball (aside from the [[Snag Ball]]) with the ability to override another Poké Ball's "mark" on a Pokémon. AfterOnce capturecaught, the Pokémon is put into the Poké Ball it was capturedcaught in. Whether the Park Ball would work on a regular [[wild Pokémon]] not already capturedcaught is not known.
 
Cherish Balls cannot be acquired for use without [[cheating]]; instead, they contain Pokémon distributed at {{pkmn2|event}}s.
[[Image:Seadraspe.PNG|thumb|right|{{Special|Yellow}}'s {{p|Seadra}}'s Poké Ball in [[Pokémon Special]]]]
[[Image:Pkballdengeki.PNG|thumb|right|A Poké Ball in [[Electric Tale of Pikachu]]]]
In the [[Pokémon Special]] manga, one can see the miniature of the Pokémon inside the Poké Ball; the type of ball doesn't matter. Already capturedcaught Pokémon can be re-capturedcaught, as shown when Red re-catches Misty's Gyarados.
 
In the [[Electric Tale of Pikachu]] manga, however, the center of a Poké Ball has a small number to differentiate it from others.
In one chapter of this series, Ash suggests to have a large Poké Ball built as a trap to capturecatch a giant Haunter (Black Fog). The plan succeeded, but Haunter used Explosion from inside, destroying the trap in the process.
 
==Other Poké Balls==
 
; [[Snag Ball]]s
: Though not a Poké Ball in its own right, this is seen in {{pkmn|Colosseum}} and {{Pokémon XD}}. It is a ball that has been modified using the [[Snag Machine]]. It is capable of [[snagging]] a [[capturedcaught Pokémon]] during a [[Pokémon battle]] as if it were wild.
 
===In the anime===
 
; Mewtwo's Poké Balls/Clone Balls
: Marked by an eerie eye incorporated into their design, these Poké Balls were created and used by {{an|Mewtwo}} in ''[[Mewtwo Strikes Back]]''. They can be moved around easily with Mewtwo's {{t|Psychic}} powers, and they can capturecatch any Pokémon, including those which have already been capturedcaught by a Trainer, and Pokémon which are already inside their Poké Balls. Mewtwo used these to gather Pokémon to be cloned. Mewtwo's Poké Balls do not make the same sound as regular Poké Balls when they open, but otherwise their function is the same. Some Pokémon fans on the Internet refer to them as '''Shadow Balls''', but this is misleading because this type of Poké Ball has nothing to do with [[Shadow Pokémon]]; '''Shadow Ball''' is also the name of {{m|Shadow Ball|a Ghost-type Pokémon move}} first seen in the same movie.
 
; [[GS Ball]]
[[Image:Vicious.jpg|thumb|200px|[[Vicious]] holding a Dark Ball]]
; [[Dark Ball]]s
: These were used by [[The Iron Masked Marauder]] in ''[[Celebi: Voice of the Forest]]''. Presumably technology of [[Team Rocket]], these Poké Balls will take over the mind of any Pokémon caught by them, making them turn into mindless servants of whoever caught them, as well as raise them to the highest level. These were used to capturecatch multiple Pokémon, including {{p|Celebi}}. The Poké Balls were quite powerful in the movie as one of them was used to catch a {{p|Tyranitar}} without any problem.
[[Image:Chansey PokeBall.PNG|right|200px|thumb|A disguised [[Nurse Joy]] holding [[Nurse Joy's Chansey|her Chansey's]] Poké Ball]]
 
:A Poké Ball design marks the floor of most Pokémon Centers. Sometimes the roofs are also designed to look like a Poké Ball.
 
:The first Pokédex entry given in the anime was for the Poké Ball: "While being trained, a Pokémon usually stays inside its Poké Ball. However, there are many exceptions. [[Ash's Pikachu|Some Pokémon]] hate being confined. To capturecatch a Pokémon, you ''usually'' have your own Pokémon battle with the other."
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