Strange Ball

The Strange Ball (Japanese: ストレンジボール Strange Ball) is a placeholder Poké Ball introduced in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. It is used to represent the Poké Balls of Pokémon when they were caught in a Poké Ball that does not exist in the current game.

Strange Ball
ストレンジボール
Strange Ball
Bag Strange Ball HOME Sprite.png
Strange Ball
Scarlet and Violet artwork
Introduced in Generation VIII
Pocket
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls (Satchel)
Generation IX Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

In the core series games

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Pokémon caught in Poké Balls that do not exist in that game instead display a Strange Ball as their Poké Ball.

Pokémon Sword and Shield do not feature Strange Balls; Pokémon caught in Hisuian Poké Balls are displayed in standard Poké Balls instead, with Pokémon HOME storing the original ball server-side. When returned to HOME, these Pokémon will regain their original balls.

The Strange Ball is only defined as an item in Legends: Arceus, Scarlet, and Violet. In Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, it does not exist as an actual item, only as a graphic displayed for Pokémon with a ball ID value that doesn't match any ball found in the game.

Effect

Manual activation

Legends: Arceus

The Strange Ball cannot be legitimately obtained as an item, so it cannot normally be used. If it were to be obtained by hacking, when used from the satchel in a wild encounter, it would attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with the same catch rate as a typical Hisuian Poké Ball (0.75×).

Unlike other Poké Balls in Legends: Arceus, the Strange Ball cannot be thrown by the player in the overworld, as it only appears in the satchel menu, but not in the throwable item menu in the lower-right of the screen. It is only usable if selected from the satchel menu during a battle.

Scarlet and Violet

The Strange Ball cannot be legitimately obtained as an item, so it cannot normally be used. If it were to be obtained by hacking, when used against a wild encounter, it would attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with the same catch rate as a typical Poké Ball (1×).

As a Pokémon's Poké Ball

Bred Pokémon inherit their Poké Ball from their parents. However, the Strange Ball, Master Ball, and Cherish Ball cannot be passed down via breeding; instead, they act as a regular Poké Ball for inheritance purposes.

Description

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Acquisition

The Strange Ball cannot be obtained in any game.

Gallery

Sprites

   
Bag sprite from
Legends: Arceus
Summary sprite from
Legends: Arceus

Trivia

  • The Strange Ball and Park Ball are the only Poké Balls that cannot be a Pokémon's own Poké Ball, due to Pokémon displayed in Strange Balls retaining their original Poké Ball's index number.
  • The Park Ball, Cherish Ball, and Strange Ball are the only Poké Balls in the core series games that have never been obtainable in any core series game.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 奇異球 Kèihyih Kàuh
Mandarin 奇異球 / 奇异球 Qíyì Qiú
  French Étrange Ball
  German Rätselball
  Italian Strange Ball
  Korean 스트레인지볼 Strange Ball
  Spanish Extraña Ball

See also



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