Ultra Ball

If you were looking for the Poké Ball with the Japanese name of Ultra Ball, see Beast Ball.

Ultra Ball
ハイパーボール
Hyper Ball
Ultra Ball
Ultra Ball
Artwork from Pokémon Global Link
Introduced in Generation I
Pocket
Generation I Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation II Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation III Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
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Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

The Ultra Ball (Japanese: ハイパーボール Hyper Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation I. It is an improved variant of the Great Ball that can be used to catch wild Pokémon.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
RGBY/RBY
GSC
RSEFRLG
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
 1200  600
SMUSUM  800  400
PE  500  250
SwSh  800  400

In Pokémon Crystal, an Ultra Ball costs  1000 during the Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale.

Effect

Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild Pokémon encounter, it will attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 2×.

If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead set to 0.1×.

The Ultra 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 it, wasting the ball. If used on the ghost Marowak, it will dodge it, wasting the ball.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding an Ultra Ball.

Description

Games Description
Stad A Ball for catching wild Pokémon. More effective than a Great Ball.
GSC A Ball with a high rate of success.
RSE A tool for catching wild Pokémon.
FRLG
Colo.XD
A better Ball with a higher catch rate than a Great Ball.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
An ultra-performance Ball that provides a higher Pokémon catch rate than a Great Ball.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
An ultra-high performance Poké Ball that provides a higher success rate for catching Pokémon than a Great Ball.
SwSh An ultra-high-performance Poké Ball that provides a higher success rate for catching Pokémon than a Great Ball.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RBY
RGBY
Route 23, Seafoam Islands, Victory Road, Cerulean Cave Fuchsia, Cinnabar, and Indigo Plateau Poké Marts
GSC Routes 4, 42, and 44, Goldenrod Department Store, Burned Tower, Mt. MortarC, Team Rocket's HideoutC, Goldenrod Radio TowerC, Goldenrod TunnelC, Tin Tower, Whirl Islands, Mt. Silver Blackthorn, Indigo Plateau, Viridian, Cerulean, Vermilion, Saffron, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale (after becoming Champion)C
Route 44 (random gift from Fisher Wilton)C
Goldenrod Radio Tower (2 Blue Card points)C
RSE Routes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Mt. Pyre Fortree, Mossdeep, Sootopolis, Ever Grande, and Battle FrontierE Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (all levels)RS/(levels 1-90)E
FRLG Route 23, Silph Co., Seafoam Islands, Mt. Ember, Victory Road, Four Island, Icefall Cave, Green Path, Cerulean Cave Fuchsia, Cinnabar, Three Island, Indigo Plateau, Four Island, Six Island, Seven Island, and Trainer Tower Poké Marts, Two Island vendor (after saving Lostelle)
Treasure Beach (reappears occasionally)
Colo. Pyrite Cave, Agate Village, The Under Subway, Snagem Hideout Outskirt Stand (after Duking's first email)
Pickup (all levels)
XD Phenac City, Realgam Tower, Snagem Hideout, Cipher Key Lair, Citadark Isle
Realgam Tower (Battle CD 13, 26, and 30 completion prizes)
Gateon, Agate, Pyrite, and Phenac Poké Marts, Outskirt Stand
Pickup (levels 1-90)
DPPt Routes 210, 212Pt, 215, 217, 221, 222, 223Pt, 224Pt, 225, 228DP, and 230Pt, Mt. Coronet, Valor Lakefront, Great MarshDP, Floaroma Meadow, Fuego Ironworks, Iron Island, Team Galactic HQ, Acuity Lakefront, Victory Road, Stark Mountain All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Veilstone Department Store (regardless of Badge count)
Jubilife TV Pokémon Lottery Corner (1 digit)Pt
Pokémon News Press
Pickup (levels 1-90)
HGSS Route 4, Goldenrod Department Store, Ecruteak City, Burned Tower, Cliff Cave, Union Cave, Team Rocket HQ, Goldenrod Radio Tower, Goldenrod Tunnel, Mt. Mortar, Bell Tower, Whirl Islands, Victory Road, Seafoam Islands, Cerulean Cave, Mt. Silver All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Radio Tower Pokémon Lottery Corner (1 digit)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
PW Town Outskirts (0+ steps)
BW Routes 4, 7, 8, 14, and 15, Dreamyard, Nacrene City, Liberty Garden (requires Liberty Pass), Anville Town, Driftveil City, Mistralton Cave, Twist Mountain, Icirrus City, Moor of Icirrus, Opelucid City, Victory Road, Village Bridge All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Shopping Mall Nine
White ForestW (Miho)
Big Stadium and Small Court (from Youngster Kevin and Lass Dana)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
N's Castle (repeatable if the player has no Poké Balls to catch ReshiramB/ZekromW)
B2W2 Routes 1, 2, 6, 12, 13, 15, and 23, Aspertia City, Castelia SewersSpringSummer, Driftveil City, Relic Passage, Relic Castle, Lostlorn Forest, Mistralton Cave, Chargestone Cave, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Victory Road, Dragonspiral Tower, Twist Mountain, Pinwheel Forest, Wellspring Cave, Dreamyard All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Shopping Mall Nine, Join Avenue (Antique Shop, Raffle Shop, souvenir)
Hidden Grotto (2% chance)
Big Stadium and Small Court (from various Trainers)
Pickup (levels 1-90)(4-30% chance)
XY Routes 6 and 8, Camphrier Town, Laverre City, Victory Road All Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges)
Lumiose City South Boulevard Pokémon Center (60 PM)
Lumiose City (Sycamore Pokémon Lab, for a Poké Radar chain of 1-10 of a specified Pokémon)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
ORAS Routes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Safari Zone, Mt. Pyre, Victory Road All Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges), Lilycove Department Store
Mauville City PokéMileage Center (60 PM)
Secret Base ("Pick something up" with Secret Pal)
Routes 102, 104, 117 (20% chance after rematches with Youngster Calvin, Lass Haley, and Teammates Anna & Meg, respectively)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
Sky Pillar (Delta Episode; repeatable if the player has no Poké Balls to catch Rayquaza)
PMC Mine Cart Adventure (all levels)
SMUSUM Route 8, Hau'oli City, Ten Carat Hill, Royal Avenue All Poké Marts (after clearing 4 trials)
Festival Plaza (Lottery shop: eighth prize, Confuse Ray Haunted houses, Ball ShopMUM and General StoreM)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
PE Routes 12, 15, 16, and 20, Team Rocket Hideout, Pokémon Tower, Silph Co., Seafoam Islands, Pokémon Mansion, Victory Road, Cerulean Cave
Received from Ace Trainers after defeating them (except in Gyms)
All Poké Marts (after earning 4 Badges)
Cerulean Cave
SwSh Route 6 All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges)
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (all Apricorns except Black, Blue and White)

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Stadium 2

In Pokémon Stadium 2, Ultra Balls appear in the mini-game Furret's Frolic. They are worth three points each.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, the following Trainer classes keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls:

Additionally, Lusamine, Faba, Guzma, Plumeria, Ryuki, Molayne, Sina, Dexio, Grimsley, Anabel, Wally, Colress, and Cynthia keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the following Trainer classes keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls:

Additionally, Rose, Leon*, Mustard, Honey, Peony, and Peonia keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Appearance

Artwork

 
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori

Sprites

         
In-battle sprite in
Generation II
Sprite from
Furret Frolic's
instruction screen in
Stadium 2
In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
Colosseum
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

Models

       
Model from
Furret Frolic in
Stadium 2
In-battle model
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
Model from
Generation VIII

In spin-off games

 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO

Ultra Balls can be used during wild Pokémon encounters to attempt to capture a wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 2×.

Description

Games Description
GO An ultra-performance ball with a higher catch rate than a Great Ball.

Acquisition

The player is awarded Ultra Balls for leveling up to any level starting from 20. They may also be obtained by completing certain Special Research tasks.

Ultra Balls can also be repeatably obtained by

Ultra Balls are also sometimes available in limited-time boxes sold in the Shop.

Pokémon Pinball series

In Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, the Ultra Ball multiplies bonus points by ×3.

Gallery

   
Sprite from
Pinball
Sprite from
Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

In the anime

 
An Ultra Ball in the anime

Main series

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

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

In A Glaring Rivalry!, Gladion was revealed to keep his Lycanroc in an Ultra Ball.

A pair of Ultra Balls appeared in Team Rocket's boss fantasy in Let Sleeping Pokémon Lie!.

In Acting True to Form!, an Ultra Ball appeared as a part of James's Poké Ball collection.

In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, Leon used an Ultra Ball in an attempt to catch Eternatus, only for Eternatus to break out.

 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Origins

In File 3: Giovanni, Giovanni was shown to keep his strongest Pokémon, Rhyhorn and Rhydon, within Ultra Balls.

In File 4: Charizard, Red used Ultra Balls to catch the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo.

 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon Generations
 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Pokémon Generations

In The Scoop, an Ultra Ball was used by a Trainer to catch a Deoxys in outer space.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Leon was seen holding an Ultra Ball near the end of Letter.

Three Ultra Balls containing Bea's Pokémon appeared in Training.

In The Gathering of Stars, Mustard was shown to keep his Mienshao in an Ultra Ball.

 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon Evolutions

Pokémon Evolutions

In The Champion, Leon's Aegislash and Charizard were shown to be kept in Ultra Balls.

In the manga

 
An Ultra Ball in Pokémon Adventures

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Haunting My Dreams, Ash attempted to catch a giant Haunter known as the Black Fog with an Ultra Ball, but the Ghost Pokémon used Self-Destruct just before the ball could hit it, choosing to kill itself rather than be caught by a human.

Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Elite Four members keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Red, Green & Blue chapter

In Holy Moltres, Team Rocket was shown to have caught the Legendary birds in Ultra Balls.

Sword & Shield chapter

In PASS19, Gordie and Melony were revealed to keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

In the TCG

 
The Ultra Ball
Main article: Ultra Ball (Dark Explorers 102)

Before being printed as its own card, an Ultra Ball can be seen in the artwork of Rocket's Sneak Attack, from the Team Rocket expansion.

The Ultra Ball, debuting in Dark Explorers, has the player discard 2 cards from their hand to search the deck for a Pokémon.

Trivia

  • The Ultra Ball includes a stylized H in its design. This is due to its Japanese name, Hyper Ball.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 高級球 Gōukāp Kàuh
Mandarin 高級球 / 高级球 Gāojí Qiú
  Finnish Ultrapallo
  French Hyper Ball
  German Hyperball
  Hindi अल्ट्रा बॉल Ultra Ball
  Italian Ultra Ball
  Korean 하이퍼볼 Hyper Ball
  Polish Ultraball
Portuguese   Brazil Ultra Bola*
Ultra Ball*
Ultrabola*
  Portugal Bola Ultra
  Russian Ультра-Болл Ul'tra-Boll
Spanish   Latin America Ultra Bola
  Spain Ultra Ball *
Ultraball *
  Swedish Ultraboll
  Tamil அல்ட்ரா பால் Ultra Ball
  Telugu అల్ట్రా బాల్ Ultra Ball
  Thai ไฮเปอร์บอล Hyper Ball
อัลตร้าบอล Ultra Ball *
  Vietnamese Bóng Hyper




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