20 Best PokéBalls in Pokémon Games

20 Best Poké Balls in Pokémon Games

The Poké Ball is an essential item in the Pokémon franchise. It allows a trainer to capture wild Pokémon and thereby strengthen their team and advance on their journeys. The Poké Ball was initially just a simple red-white ball, but as the franchise evolved, different types of Poké Balls have been introduced with different effects.

In this guide, we are going to bring you a list of the best and most useful Poké Balls in the Pokémon video games. The Poké Balls are going to be ranked from 20th to 1st place.

Best Poké Balls

The list is going to contain a diverse list of Poké Balls, introduced since Generation I of the video games. These balls all have the same function, but their functionality is quite different, as some are focused on specific types or conditions, while others are of a general nature. Here are the 20 best Poké Balls in the franchise:

20. Heal Ball

The chance of catching corresponds to that of a normal Pokéball. However, in contrast to other balls, the Pokémon is completely healed and can therefore be used immediately in a fight.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtRoute 205Pt, Oreburgh CityJubilife, Oreburgh, Floaroma, Eterna, Hearthome, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSCherrygrove, Violet, Azalea, Ecruteak, Olivine, and Viridian Poké Marts
BWRoute 3, Chargestone Cave
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common job?” survey)
Striaton, Nacrene, Castelia, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Route 16, Abundant Shrine
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common job?” survey)
Virbank, Castelia, Lentimas, and Victory Road Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 7, Dendemille TownLumiose (North Boulevard and Centrico Boulevard) and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASVerdanturf Town Poké Mart
Route 103 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Fan Miguel), Route 110 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Fan Isabel)
SMUSUMRoutes 2 and 3, Hau’oli City, Seaward Cave, Paniola Ranch, Aether ParadiseUSUMRoute 2 Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
SwShRoutes 3 and 5Central Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (20 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Pink Apricorn)

19. Dusk Ball

At night and in caves (with the exception of the miracle caves in Hoenn), the chance of catching with a Dusk Ball since the seventh generation has been three times as high as that of a normal Poké Ball, and up to the sixth generation it is 3.5 times as high under these conditions. Otherwise, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtOreburgh City, Iron IslandPtSolaceon, Snowpoint, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSBlackthorn, Frontier Access, Vermilion, Lavender, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Fr
BWStriaton CityDriftveil, Opelucid, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Mistralton Cave, Striaton City, Twist MountainSpringSummerAutumnDriftveil, Lentimas, Opelucid, Victory Road, and Icirrus Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 9, Poké Ball Factory, Frost Cavern, Terminus Cave, Victory RoadCyllage and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
Lost Hotel (shaking trash cans)
ORASFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 120 (20% chance after a rematch with Delinquent Sharlene or Street Thug Gomez)
SMUSUMRoute 14, Diglett’s Tunnel, Memorial Hill, Vast Poni CanyonRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShGalar Mine No. 2Southern Hammerlocke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Black Apricorn)

18. Premium Ball

The Premier Ball corresponds to a normal Poké Ball and has no other effects.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERustboro CityAny Poké Mart, Lilycove Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
FRLGTrade
DPPtAny Poké Mart, Celestic Town shop, Veilstone Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
HGSSAny Poké Mart, Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket, buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
BWAny Poké Mart, Shopping Mall Nine (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
B2W2Any Poké Mart, Shopping Mall Nine (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Funfest Mission (Enjoy Shopping!)
XYPoké Ball Boutique
Any Poké Mart (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
ORASRustboro CityAny Poké Mart, Lilycove Department Store (buy 10 or more of any type of Ball at once)
SMUSUMHeahea City Ferry TerminalUSUMAny Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
PEAny Poké Mart, Celadon Department Store (one received for each 10 Poké Balls of any type bought at once)
SwShAny Poké Mart (one received for each 10 Poké Balls of any type bought at once)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)
SwShCTMax Lair Dynite Ore trader (1 Dynite Ore)

17. Love Ball

This ball is specially designed for Pokémon of the opposite sex. The chance of catching Pokémon of the same species and of the opposite sex increases to eight times that of a normal Poké Ball. Genderless Pokémon are not affected by this effect.

Due to a developmental error, the effect is reversed in the second generation and affects Pokémon of the same species and gender. Genderless Pokémon are also affected here.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwShBallonlea Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Pink Apricorn)

16. Friend Ball

The Friend Ball has the same chance of catching as a Poké Ball, but the ball increases friendship to 200 points. If a Pokémon hatches out of an egg and inherits the ball from its parents, the friend ball has no effect.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwShTurffield Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)

15. Net Ball

The Net Ball has been specially developed for Bug- and Water-ype Pokémon, which is why the chance of catching these Pokémon is three times as high as that of a normal Poké Ball. For Pokémon of another type, however, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEMossdeep CityMossdeep Poké Mart
FRLGRocket Hideout, Outcast Island, Rocket WarehouseRoute 12 (reward for a record-breaking Magikarp)
DPPtEterna ForestPtOreburgh, Eterna, Hearthome, Solaceon, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSAzalea, Ecruteak, Blackthorn, Frontier Access, and Viridian Poké Marts
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second place)We
BWPinwheel Forest, Cold Storage
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The first Pokémon you picked?” survey)
Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Lostlorn Forest, Mistralton City, Pinwheel Forest
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The first Pokémon you picked?” survey)
Virbank, Castelia, Driftveil, Humilau, and Victory Road Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoutes 4, 12, 15, and 19Lumiose City (North Boulevard), Cyllage, and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASMossdeep CityRustboro Poké Mart (after speaking to scientist on Route 116)
Petalburg Woods (20% chance after rematch with a Bug Catcher James), Route 120 (20% chance after a rematch with Bug Maniac Brandon)
SMUSUMRoute 9, Melemele Meadow, Kala’e BaySM, Brooklet HillPaniola Town Poké Mart
Route 7 (reappears occasionally)
SwShHulburyCentral Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

14. Fast Ball

This ball was developed in the second generation to catch fleeing Pokémon such as Entei, Raikou and Suicune. With these, the chance of catching should be four times that of a normal Poké Ball. However, due to a development error, this bonus is only activated for some Pokémon.

In the fourth generation, the effect was changed so that the corresponding bonus is activated for Pokémon with a basic initiative of 100 or more. For all other Pokémon, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea TownAzalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwShWild Area (Rotom Rally)
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)

13. Great Ball

Like the Poké Ball, the Great Ball is used to catch Pokémon, but its chance of catching is 1.5 higher than that of the Poké Ball. So it is better suited to catch stronger Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RBY
RGBY
Route 4, S.S. AnneLavender, Saffron, Fuchsia, Cinnabar, and Indigo Plateau Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
GSCRoute 32, Union CaveC, Glitter LighthouseGSEcruteak, Olivine, Mahogany, Blackthorn, Indigo Plateau, Pewter, Cerulean, Lavender, Saffron, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store, Just a Souvenir Shop (after defeating Team Rocket)
Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale (before becoming Champion)C
Route 44 (random gift from Fisher Wilton)C
Purchased by the player’s Mom
RSERoutes 109, 110, 117, and 115, Petalburg Woods (×2), Rustboro City, Jagged PassPetalburg (after earning 4 Badges), Slateport, Mauville, Verdanturf, Fallarbor, Lavaridge, and Fortree Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (levels 1-40)E
Trainer Hill consolation prizeE
FRLGRoutes 4 and 11, S.S. Anne, Pokémon TowerLavender, Saffron, Fuchsia, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, Four Island, Six Island, and Seven Island Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
Two Island vendor (before upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoutes 207Pt, 208, 209Pt, 211DP, 212DP, 211Pt, and 213Pt, Oreburgh City, Eterna ForestDP, Wayward Cave, Lost Tower, Pokémon MansionDP, Great Marsh, Celestic TownAll Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges), Veilstone Department Store
Pokémon News Press
Pickup (levels 1-40)
HGSSRoute 32, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Slowpoke WellAll Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store, Just a Souvenir Shop (after defeating Team Rocket)
Pickup (levels 1-40)
BWRoutes 2, 3, 4, and 5, Striaton City, Pinwheel Forest, Passerby Analytics HQAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
Pickup (level 1-40)
White ForestW (Robbie)
B2W2Route 20, Virbank City, Passerby Analytics HQ, Striaton CityAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
Pickup (levels 1-40)
Hidden Grotto (5% chance)
Join Avenue (Antique Shop, souvenir)
Virbank Complex (exchange for a Poké Ball, daily)
XYRoutes 4 and 5, Santalune CityAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Santalune City, Route 5, Route 4
Pickup (level 1-40)
ORASRoutes 109, 110, 117, and 115, Rustboro City, Petalburg Woods, Jagged Pass, Meteor FallsAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (level 1-40)
SMUSUMRoute 4, Trainers’ School, Hau’oli City, Hau’oli Cemetery, Verdant Cavern, Melemele Meadow, Ten Carat HillAll Poké Marts (after clearing 4 trials), Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop, General Store)
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
Pickup (level 1-40)
PERoutes 4, 5, 11, 2, 10, and 16, Pewter City, Mt. Moon, Rock Tunnel, Lavender Town, Team Rocket Hideout, Silph Co.
Received from Campers and Picnickers after defeating them (except in Gyms)
All Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Celadon Department Store
Cerulean Cave
SwShRoute 2, Motostoke, Galar Mine, Motostoke OutskirtsAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
SwShIoACram-o-matic

12. Beast Ball

The Beast Ball is used to catch Ultra Beasts, which is why it is five times as effective as an ordinary Poké Ball. It is also possible to catch other Pokémon with it, but this is much more difficult as it only has a catch rate of 0.1 for normal Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
SMRoutes 2, 8, and 13, Seafolk Village, Aether ParadiseRoutes 2, 8, and 13, Seafolk Village (during the UB Missions, if the player has no Beast Balls in their Bag)
USUMAltar of the SunneUS/Altar of the MooneUM, Poni GroveAether Paradise
SwShStow-on-Side
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShCTMax Lair (after catching Necrozma from a Dynamax Adventure)Max Lair Dynite Ore trader (150 Dynite Ore)

11. Luxury Ball

The chance of catching with the Luxury Ball is the same as that of a normal Poké Ball, but an additional point is added for actions that increase the friendship of a Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEAbandoned Ship
Lilycove City Quiz LadyE
Any Contest Hall (prize for winning a Contest with a Pokémon that has won a Master Rank Contest before and already has a Ribbon of the won category and rank)
FRLGResort Gorgeous (reward from Selphy)
DPPtPokémon MansionPtSunyshore and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Su
BWPokémon League and Undella Poké Marts
Black City shop (Fredrick)B
B2W2Route 13, N’s CastleUndella, Humilau, and Victory Road Poké Marts
Funfest Mission (Enjoy Shopping!)
XYSycamore Pokémon LabPoké Ball Boutique
ORASMauville City, Sea MauvilleVerdanturf Poké Mart
Route 104 (20% chance after a rematch with Lady Cindy or Rich Boy Winston)
SMUSUMRoute 15, Malie GardenRoute 2 Poké Mart
SwShRoute 8Southern Wyndon Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (100 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Black Apricorn)

10. Dive Ball

This ball was specially developed for use underwater. Pokémon that are found underwater have a 3.5 times higher chance of being caught than a normal Poké Ball.

Since Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green, this effect no longer only applies underwater, but also for Pokémon that are hit by fishing or surfing. This special effect does not work on the land, which means that the chance of catching is equivalent to that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEAbandoned ShipMossdeep Poké Mart
FRLGTrade
DPPtRoute 223PtPokémon News Press
HGSSTrade
BWCold Storage, Wellspring CaveUndella Poké Mart
Village Bridge, Black CityB/White ForestW (Jacques)
B2W2Routes 3 and 17, Seaside CaveUndella and Humilau Poké Marts
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Fisherman Devon), Village Bridge
XYRoute 16, Azure BayPoké Ball Boutique
Ambrette Town (trade for a Poké Ball; daily)
ORASSea MauvilleFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 125 (20% chance after a rematch with Sailor Ernest)
SMUSUMRoutes 8 and 15, Brooklet Hill, Hano Beach, Kala’e Bay, Ula’ula BeachUSUMRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)
SwShRoute 9All Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

9. Lure Ball

This ball is specially designed for catching Pokémon lured by fishing. With these, his chance of catching is three times that of a normal Poké Ball. In all other cases, however, his chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea TownAzalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
HGSSRoute 32 (×2)Azalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Geothermal Power Plant
SwShHulbury Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 1)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

8. Level Ball

The chance of catching with this ball depends on the level of your own Pokémon compared to the level of your opponent. If your own level is the same or even lower, the chance of catching corresponds to that of a normal Pokéball.

If your own Pokémon is stronger, the chance of catching it is twice as high. If your own level is at least twice as high, a level ball has four times as high a chance of catching it. If your own level is four times as high as that of the opponent, the chance of catching it is eight times as high as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Red Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Red Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwShHammerlocke Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Red Apricorn)

7. Nest Ball

This ball is specially designed for weak Pokémon. The chance of catching depends accordingly on the level of the Pokémon to be caught.

The Nest Ball in Pokémon from level 30 corresponds to a normal Poké ball, below level 20 it has three times as high a catch chance. Between level 20 and 29 he has twice as high a chance of catching.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERoute 120, Magma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutSEVerdanturf Poké Mart
Verdanturf Town (Battle Tent)E
FRLGRocket Hideout, Resort Gorgeous, Rocket WarehouseWater Path (reward for a record-breaking Heracross)
DPPtRoute 210PtEterna, Hearthome, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSPewter and Vermilion Poké Marts; Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Mo
BWCastelia, Driftveil, and Pokémon League Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Routes 8 and 19, Pinwheel ForestCastelia, Driftveil, Lentimas, Victory Road, and Accumula Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 13, Reflection CaveLumiose City (North Boulevard), Cyllage, and Snowbelle Poké Marts; Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRoute 120, Team Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutASVerdanturf Poké Mart
Route 116 (20% chance after a rematch with Schoolkid Jerry or Schoolkid Karen)
SMUSUMRoutes 1, 2, and 3; Lush JungleRoute 2 Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShRoute 4Central Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)

6. Timer Ball

This ball is specially designed for long-lasting fights. While the catch chance in the first nine rounds corresponds to that of a normal Poké Ball, it increases from the tenth. From the first use, the chance of catching increases by one every nine rounds, with the maximum chance of catching four times the chance of catching a Poké Ball.

Accordingly, the chances of catching with this Poké Ball are twice as high between the 10th and 19th rounds and three times as high between the 20th and 29th rounds as with a Poké Ball.

In Pokémon Black and White, the ball has been further developed so that the catch chance increases to four times the catch chance in the tenth round.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSETrick House (Second Puzzle)Rustboro Poké Mart (after receiving a Repeat Ball from the Devon Employee on Route 116)
FRLGTwo Island vendor (after upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoute 207PtCelestic, Canalave, Snowpoint, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Sa
BWCastelia City, Chargestone Cave, Icirrus City, Challenger’s CaveOpelucid and Pokémon League Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Route 12, Castelia City, Striaton CityOpelucid, Victory Road, and Icirrus Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoutes 19 and 17; Geosenge Town, Poké Ball FactoryCoumarine, Snowbelle, and Lumiose (South Boulevard) Poké Marts; Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRustboro Poké Mart (after speaking to scientist on Route 116)
Route 119 (20% chance after a rematch with Pokémon Ranger Catherine and Pokémon Ranger Jackson)
SMUSUMBlush MountainPaniola Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShAll Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)

5. Poké Ball

The Poké Ball is the most common of all balls. With the receipt of the Pokédex, the player already receives his first Poké Balls. Since they are initially the only way to catch Pokémon, they are also an elementary part of the journey and should not be missing under any circumstances.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RGBY/RBYProfessor Oak’s Laboratory, Viridian ForestViridian, Pewter, Cerulean, and Vermilion Poké Marts
GSCRoute 31, New Bark TownCherrygrove (after the catching tutorial), Violet, Azalea, Ecruteak, and Viridian Poké Marts; Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale (before becoming Champion)C
Route 44 (random gift from Fisher Wilton)C
Purchased by the player’s Mom
RSERoutes 104, 106, and 110, Littleroot Town, Petalburg Woods, Rusturf Tunnel, Granite Cave, Lilycove CityOldale (after obtaining the Pokédex), Petalburg, Rustboro, Slateport, and Mauville Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
FRLGProfessor Oak’s Laboratory, Viridian ForestViridian, Pewter, Cerulean, and Vermilion Poké Marts
DPPtRoutes 202, 203, 205DP, 207, 208DP, 211DP, Oreburgh MinePt, Great MarshAll Poké Marts, Celestic Town shop, Veilstone Department Store
HGSSRoutes 29 and 31, Dark Cave, Violet CityAll Poké Marts (after learning how to catch Pokémon), Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
BWRoutes 1 and 2, Accumula Town, DreamyardAll Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine, Black City shopB
B2W2Route 20, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Virbank City, Accumula TownAll Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Join Avenue (Antique Shop, souvenir)
Hidden Grottoes
XYRoutes 2 and 18, Santalune Forest, Couriway Town, Poké Ball FactoryAll Poké Marts
ORASRoutes 104, 106, and 110, Littleroot Town, Rusturf Tunnel, Granite Cave, Lilycove CityAll Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
SMUSUMRoute 1, Trainers’ School, Hau’oli CityAll Poké Marts, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop, General Store)
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM (repeatable if the player has no Poké Balls to catch Nebby)
PERoutes 3, 4, 9, 10, and 22, Viridian Forest, Silph Co., Cerulean Cave
Received from Youngsters, Lasses, Bug Catchers, Gentlemen, Sailors, Beauties, Gamers, Super Nerds, Rockers, Hikers, Black Belts, Poké Maniacs, Engineers, Fishermen, Bird Keepers, Punk Guys, Roughnecks, Swimmers, Channelers, Jugglers, Burglars, and Tamers after defeating them (except in Gyms)
Packaged with Pokémon Center 2019 Birthday Chansey
All Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
Cerulean Cave
SwShRoute 2, Postwick, Motostoke, Tower SummitAll Poké Marts (after meeting Leon on Route 2)
Rolling Fields, Motostoke
SwShIoACram-o-matic

4. Repeat Ball

This ball uses the data of already caught Pokémon to increase the chance of catching it if you try to catch the same species again. If a copy of the Pokémon is already registered in the Pokédex, the chances of catching it since the seventh generation are 3.5 times and up to the sixth generation three times as high as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERoute 116Rustboro Poké Mart (after receiving a Repeat Ball from the Devon Employee on Route 116)
FRLGTwo Island vendor (after upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoute 224Canalave and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Tu
BWDriftveil CityPokémon League Poké Mart
White ForestW (Miki)
B2W2Routes 2 and 23Victory Road and Accumula Poké Marts
XYRoutes 20 and 21, Anistar CityCoumarine and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRoute 116Rustboro City Poké Mart (after speaking to the Scientist on Route 116)
Route 110 (20% chance after a rematch with Collector Edwin)
SMUSUMUla’ula Meadow, Poni WildsSMPaniola Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShWyndon Poké Mart (South)
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Red Apricorn)

3. Quick Ball

Since the fifth generation, the Quick Ball has five times the chance of catching a normal Poké Ball in the first round. In all subsequent rounds, however, he has the same chance of catching as the Poké Ball. In the fourth generation, the Quick Ball has four times as much chance of catching in the first round as the normal Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtRoute 222PtPastoria, Canalave, Snowpoint, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSPewter, Cerulean, Vermilion, Saffron, Lavender, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Th
BWCastelia City
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common hobby?” survey)
Opelucid and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Black CityB/White ForestW (Ryder)
B2W2Castelia City
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common hobby?” survey)
Opelucid, Victory Road, Icirrus, and Accumula Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Pilot Leonard)
XYLumiose City (South Boulevard), Poké Ball Factory, Victory RoadCoumarine and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 114 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Maniac Steve)
SMUSUMRoute 11, Paniola Town, Wela Volcano ParkRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShRoute 7Southern Wyndon Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Yellow Apricorn)

2. Ultra Ball

Like the Poké Ball, the Ultra Ball is used to catch Pokémon, but its chance of catching is significantly higher than that of the Poké Ball and also higher than that of the Great Ball. So it is best suited to catch strong, rare, or even legendary Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RBY
RGBY
Route 23, Seafoam Islands, Victory Road, Cerulean CaveFuchsia, Cinnabar, and Indigo Plateau Poké Marts
GSCRoutes 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. SilverBlackthorn, 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
RSERoutes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Mt. PyreFortree, Mossdeep, Sootopolis, Ever Grande, and Battle FrontierE Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (all levels)RS/(levels 1-90)E
FRLGRoute 23, Silph Co., Seafoam Islands, Mt. Ember, Victory Road, Four Island, Icefall Cave, Green Path, Cerulean CaveFuchsia, 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)
DPPtRoutes 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 MountainAll 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)
HGSSRoute 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. SilverAll Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Radio Tower Pokémon Lottery Corner (1 digit)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
BWRoutes 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 BridgeAll 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)
B2W2Routes 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, DreamyardAll 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)
XYRoutes 6 and 8, Camphrier Town, Laverre City, Victory RoadAll 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)
ORASRoutes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Safari Zone, Mt. Pyre, Victory RoadAll 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)
SMUSUMRoute 8, Hau’oli City, Ten Carat Hill, Royal AvenueAll 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)
PERoutes 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
SwShRoute 6All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (all Apricorns except Black, Blue and White)

1. Master Ball

The Master Ball is the best of all Poké Balls, and it is guaranteed to catch every Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RGBY
RBY
Silph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
GSCNew Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges)Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
RSMagma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutS (entrance sealed after defeating Tate and Liza)Lilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
EAqua HideoutLilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
FRLGSilph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
DPPtTeam Galactic HQ (from Cyrus after defeating him)Jubilife TV (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
HGSSNew Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges)Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
BWOpelucid City (from Professor Juniper after earning all eight Badges), Castelia City Pokémon Center (from a man in black for having Pokémon from 50 different original Trainers)
B2W2Mistralton City (from Professor Juniper), Plasma Frigate (from Colress after defeating him during the post-game)Join Avenue (grand prize from Raffle Shops)
XYPoké Ball Factory (from president after defeating Celosia and Bryony)Loto-ID Center (match all 5 digits)
ORASTeam Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutASPokémon Lottery Corner (match all 5 digits)
SMUSUMAether Paradise (from Gladion after defeating Lusamine)Loto-ID Center (match 5 digits), Festival Plaza (Lottery shop: Big Dreams first prize)
PESilph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)Cerulean Cave
SwShPostwick (from Professor Magnolia after becoming Champion)Any Pokémon Center (match all 5 digits in the Loto-ID)
SwShCTFreezington (from Peony after the first Dynamax Adventure and becoming Champion)

20 Best PokéBalls in Pokémon Games

20 Best Poké Balls in Pokémon Games

The Poké Ball is an essential item in the Pokémon franchise. It allows a trainer to capture wild Pokémon and thereby strengthen their team and advance on their journeys. The Poké Ball was initially just a simple red-white ball, but as the franchise evolved, different types of Poké Balls have been introduced with different effects.

In this guide, we are going to bring you a list of the best and most useful Poké Balls in the Pokémon video games. The Poké Balls are going to be ranked from 20th to 1st place.

Best Poké Balls

The list is going to contain a diverse list of Poké Balls, introduced since Generation I of the video games. These balls all have the same function, but their functionality is quite different, as some are focused on specific types or conditions, while others are of a general nature. Here are the 20 best Poké Balls in the franchise:

20. Heal Ball

The chance of catching corresponds to that of a normal Pokéball. However, in contrast to other balls, the Pokémon is completely healed and can therefore be used immediately in a fight.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtRoute 205Pt, Oreburgh CityJubilife, Oreburgh, Floaroma, Eterna, Hearthome, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSCherrygrove, Violet, Azalea, Ecruteak, Olivine, and Viridian Poké Marts
BWRoute 3, Chargestone Cave
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common job?” survey)
Striaton, Nacrene, Castelia, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Route 16, Abundant Shrine
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common job?” survey)
Virbank, Castelia, Lentimas, and Victory Road Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 7, Dendemille TownLumiose (North Boulevard and Centrico Boulevard) and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASVerdanturf Town Poké Mart
Route 103 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Fan Miguel), Route 110 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Fan Isabel)
SMUSUMRoutes 2 and 3, Hau’oli City, Seaward Cave, Paniola Ranch, Aether ParadiseUSUMRoute 2 Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
SwShRoutes 3 and 5Central Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (20 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Pink Apricorn)

19. Dusk Ball

At night and in caves (with the exception of the miracle caves in Hoenn), the chance of catching with a Dusk Ball since the seventh generation has been three times as high as that of a normal Poké Ball, and up to the sixth generation it is 3.5 times as high under these conditions. Otherwise, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtOreburgh City, Iron IslandPtSolaceon, Snowpoint, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSBlackthorn, Frontier Access, Vermilion, Lavender, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Fr
BWStriaton CityDriftveil, Opelucid, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Mistralton Cave, Striaton City, Twist MountainSpringSummerAutumnDriftveil, Lentimas, Opelucid, Victory Road, and Icirrus Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 9, Poké Ball Factory, Frost Cavern, Terminus Cave, Victory RoadCyllage and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
Lost Hotel (shaking trash cans)
ORASFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 120 (20% chance after a rematch with Delinquent Sharlene or Street Thug Gomez)
SMUSUMRoute 14, Diglett’s Tunnel, Memorial Hill, Vast Poni CanyonRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShGalar Mine No. 2Southern Hammerlocke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Black Apricorn)

18. Premium Ball

The Premier Ball corresponds to a normal Poké Ball and has no other effects.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERustboro CityAny Poké Mart, Lilycove Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
FRLGTrade
DPPtAny Poké Mart, Celestic Town shop, Veilstone Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
HGSSAny Poké Mart, Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket, buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
BWAny Poké Mart, Shopping Mall Nine (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
B2W2Any Poké Mart, Shopping Mall Nine (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Funfest Mission (Enjoy Shopping!)
XYPoké Ball Boutique
Any Poké Mart (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
ORASRustboro CityAny Poké Mart, Lilycove Department Store (buy 10 or more of any type of Ball at once)
SMUSUMHeahea City Ferry TerminalUSUMAny Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart (buy 10 or more Poké Balls at once)
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
PEAny Poké Mart, Celadon Department Store (one received for each 10 Poké Balls of any type bought at once)
SwShAny Poké Mart (one received for each 10 Poké Balls of any type bought at once)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)
SwShCTMax Lair Dynite Ore trader (1 Dynite Ore)

17. Love Ball

This ball is specially designed for Pokémon of the opposite sex. The chance of catching Pokémon of the same species and of the opposite sex increases to eight times that of a normal Poké Ball. Genderless Pokémon are not affected by this effect.

Due to a developmental error, the effect is reversed in the second generation and affects Pokémon of the same species and gender. Genderless Pokémon are also affected here.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Pnk Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwShBallonlea Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Pink Apricorn)

16. Friend Ball

The Friend Ball has the same chance of catching as a Poké Ball, but the ball increases friendship to 200 points. If a Pokémon hatches out of an egg and inherits the ball from its parents, the friend ball has no effect.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwShTurffield Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)

15. Net Ball

The Net Ball has been specially developed for Bug- and Water-ype Pokémon, which is why the chance of catching these Pokémon is three times as high as that of a normal Poké Ball. For Pokémon of another type, however, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEMossdeep CityMossdeep Poké Mart
FRLGRocket Hideout, Outcast Island, Rocket WarehouseRoute 12 (reward for a record-breaking Magikarp)
DPPtEterna ForestPtOreburgh, Eterna, Hearthome, Solaceon, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSAzalea, Ecruteak, Blackthorn, Frontier Access, and Viridian Poké Marts
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second place)We
BWPinwheel Forest, Cold Storage
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The first Pokémon you picked?” survey)
Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil, and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Lostlorn Forest, Mistralton City, Pinwheel Forest
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The first Pokémon you picked?” survey)
Virbank, Castelia, Driftveil, Humilau, and Victory Road Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoutes 4, 12, 15, and 19Lumiose City (North Boulevard), Cyllage, and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASMossdeep CityRustboro Poké Mart (after speaking to scientist on Route 116)
Petalburg Woods (20% chance after rematch with a Bug Catcher James), Route 120 (20% chance after a rematch with Bug Maniac Brandon)
SMUSUMRoute 9, Melemele Meadow, Kala’e BaySM, Brooklet HillPaniola Town Poké Mart
Route 7 (reappears occasionally)
SwShHulburyCentral Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

14. Fast Ball

This ball was developed in the second generation to catch fleeing Pokémon such as Entei, Raikou and Suicune. With these, the chance of catching should be four times that of a normal Poké Ball. However, due to a development error, this bonus is only activated for some Pokémon.

In the fourth generation, the effect was changed so that the corresponding bonus is activated for Pokémon with a basic initiative of 100 or more. For all other Pokémon, the chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea TownAzalea Town (Wht Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwShWild Area (Rotom Rally)
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)

13. Great Ball

Like the Poké Ball, the Great Ball is used to catch Pokémon, but its chance of catching is 1.5 higher than that of the Poké Ball. So it is better suited to catch stronger Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RBY
RGBY
Route 4, S.S. AnneLavender, Saffron, Fuchsia, Cinnabar, and Indigo Plateau Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
GSCRoute 32, Union CaveC, Glitter LighthouseGSEcruteak, Olivine, Mahogany, Blackthorn, Indigo Plateau, Pewter, Cerulean, Lavender, Saffron, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store, Just a Souvenir Shop (after defeating Team Rocket)
Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale (before becoming Champion)C
Route 44 (random gift from Fisher Wilton)C
Purchased by the player’s Mom
RSERoutes 109, 110, 117, and 115, Petalburg Woods (×2), Rustboro City, Jagged PassPetalburg (after earning 4 Badges), Slateport, Mauville, Verdanturf, Fallarbor, Lavaridge, and Fortree Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (levels 1-40)E
Trainer Hill consolation prizeE
FRLGRoutes 4 and 11, S.S. Anne, Pokémon TowerLavender, Saffron, Fuchsia, Cinnabar Island, Indigo Plateau, Four Island, Six Island, and Seven Island Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
Two Island vendor (before upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoutes 207Pt, 208, 209Pt, 211DP, 212DP, 211Pt, and 213Pt, Oreburgh City, Eterna ForestDP, Wayward Cave, Lost Tower, Pokémon MansionDP, Great Marsh, Celestic TownAll Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges), Veilstone Department Store
Pokémon News Press
Pickup (levels 1-40)
HGSSRoute 32, Ruins of Alph, Union Cave, Slowpoke WellAll Poké Marts (after earning 3 Badges), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store, Just a Souvenir Shop (after defeating Team Rocket)
Pickup (levels 1-40)
BWRoutes 2, 3, 4, and 5, Striaton City, Pinwheel Forest, Passerby Analytics HQAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
Pickup (level 1-40)
White ForestW (Robbie)
B2W2Route 20, Virbank City, Passerby Analytics HQ, Striaton CityAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
Pickup (levels 1-40)
Hidden Grotto (5% chance)
Join Avenue (Antique Shop, souvenir)
Virbank Complex (exchange for a Poké Ball, daily)
XYRoutes 4 and 5, Santalune CityAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Santalune City, Route 5, Route 4
Pickup (level 1-40)
ORASRoutes 109, 110, 117, and 115, Rustboro City, Petalburg Woods, Jagged Pass, Meteor FallsAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (level 1-40)
SMUSUMRoute 4, Trainers’ School, Hau’oli City, Hau’oli Cemetery, Verdant Cavern, Melemele Meadow, Ten Carat HillAll Poké Marts (after clearing 4 trials), Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop, General Store)
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
Pickup (level 1-40)
PERoutes 4, 5, 11, 2, 10, and 16, Pewter City, Mt. Moon, Rock Tunnel, Lavender Town, Team Rocket Hideout, Silph Co.
Received from Campers and Picnickers after defeating them (except in Gyms)
All Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge), Celadon Department Store
Cerulean Cave
SwShRoute 2, Motostoke, Galar Mine, Motostoke OutskirtsAll Poké Marts (after earning 1 Badge)
SwShIoACram-o-matic

12. Beast Ball

The Beast Ball is used to catch Ultra Beasts, which is why it is five times as effective as an ordinary Poké Ball. It is also possible to catch other Pokémon with it, but this is much more difficult as it only has a catch rate of 0.1 for normal Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
SMRoutes 2, 8, and 13, Seafolk Village, Aether ParadiseRoutes 2, 8, and 13, Seafolk Village (during the UB Missions, if the player has no Beast Balls in their Bag)
USUMAltar of the SunneUS/Altar of the MooneUM, Poni GroveAether Paradise
SwShStow-on-Side
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShCTMax Lair (after catching Necrozma from a Dynamax Adventure)Max Lair Dynite Ore trader (150 Dynite Ore)

11. Luxury Ball

The chance of catching with the Luxury Ball is the same as that of a normal Poké Ball, but an additional point is added for actions that increase the friendship of a Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEAbandoned Ship
Lilycove City Quiz LadyE
Any Contest Hall (prize for winning a Contest with a Pokémon that has won a Master Rank Contest before and already has a Ribbon of the won category and rank)
FRLGResort Gorgeous (reward from Selphy)
DPPtPokémon MansionPtSunyshore and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Su
BWPokémon League and Undella Poké Marts
Black City shop (Fredrick)B
B2W2Route 13, N’s CastleUndella, Humilau, and Victory Road Poké Marts
Funfest Mission (Enjoy Shopping!)
XYSycamore Pokémon LabPoké Ball Boutique
ORASMauville City, Sea MauvilleVerdanturf Poké Mart
Route 104 (20% chance after a rematch with Lady Cindy or Rich Boy Winston)
SMUSUMRoute 15, Malie GardenRoute 2 Poké Mart
SwShRoute 8Southern Wyndon Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (100 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Black Apricorn)

10. Dive Ball

This ball was specially developed for use underwater. Pokémon that are found underwater have a 3.5 times higher chance of being caught than a normal Poké Ball.

Since Pokémon Fire Red and Leaf Green, this effect no longer only applies underwater, but also for Pokémon that are hit by fishing or surfing. This special effect does not work on the land, which means that the chance of catching is equivalent to that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSEAbandoned ShipMossdeep Poké Mart
FRLGTrade
DPPtRoute 223PtPokémon News Press
HGSSTrade
BWCold Storage, Wellspring CaveUndella Poké Mart
Village Bridge, Black CityB/White ForestW (Jacques)
B2W2Routes 3 and 17, Seaside CaveUndella and Humilau Poké Marts
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Fisherman Devon), Village Bridge
XYRoute 16, Azure BayPoké Ball Boutique
Ambrette Town (trade for a Poké Ball; daily)
ORASSea MauvilleFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 125 (20% chance after a rematch with Sailor Ernest)
SMUSUMRoutes 8 and 15, Brooklet Hill, Hano Beach, Kala’e Bay, Ula’ula BeachUSUMRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)
SwShRoute 9All Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

9. Lure Ball

This ball is specially designed for catching Pokémon lured by fishing. With these, his chance of catching is three times that of a normal Poké Ball. In all other cases, however, his chance of catching is the same as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea TownAzalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
HGSSRoute 32 (×2)Azalea Town (Blu Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Geothermal Power Plant
SwShHulbury Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 1)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

8. Level Ball

The chance of catching with this ball depends on the level of your own Pokémon compared to the level of your opponent. If your own level is the same or even lower, the chance of catching corresponds to that of a normal Pokéball.

If your own Pokémon is stronger, the chance of catching it is twice as high. If your own level is at least twice as high, a level ball has four times as high a chance of catching it. If your own level is four times as high as that of the opponent, the chance of catching it is eight times as high as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
GSCAzalea Town (Red Apricorn)
HGSSAzalea Town (Red Apricorn)
SMUSUMHeahea CityUSUM, Mount Hokulani
SwShHammerlocke Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Red Apricorn)

7. Nest Ball

This ball is specially designed for weak Pokémon. The chance of catching depends accordingly on the level of the Pokémon to be caught.

The Nest Ball in Pokémon from level 30 corresponds to a normal Poké ball, below level 20 it has three times as high a catch chance. Between level 20 and 29 he has twice as high a chance of catching.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERoute 120, Magma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutSEVerdanturf Poké Mart
Verdanturf Town (Battle Tent)E
FRLGRocket Hideout, Resort Gorgeous, Rocket WarehouseWater Path (reward for a record-breaking Heracross)
DPPtRoute 210PtEterna, Hearthome, Pastoria, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSPewter and Vermilion Poké Marts; Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Mo
BWCastelia, Driftveil, and Pokémon League Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Routes 8 and 19, Pinwheel ForestCastelia, Driftveil, Lentimas, Victory Road, and Accumula Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoute 13, Reflection CaveLumiose City (North Boulevard), Cyllage, and Snowbelle Poké Marts; Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRoute 120, Team Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutASVerdanturf Poké Mart
Route 116 (20% chance after a rematch with Schoolkid Jerry or Schoolkid Karen)
SMUSUMRoutes 1, 2, and 3; Lush JungleRoute 2 Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShRoute 4Central Motostoke Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)

6. Timer Ball

This ball is specially designed for long-lasting fights. While the catch chance in the first nine rounds corresponds to that of a normal Poké Ball, it increases from the tenth. From the first use, the chance of catching increases by one every nine rounds, with the maximum chance of catching four times the chance of catching a Poké Ball.

Accordingly, the chances of catching with this Poké Ball are twice as high between the 10th and 19th rounds and three times as high between the 20th and 29th rounds as with a Poké Ball.

In Pokémon Black and White, the ball has been further developed so that the catch chance increases to four times the catch chance in the tenth round.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSETrick House (Second Puzzle)Rustboro Poké Mart (after receiving a Repeat Ball from the Devon Employee on Route 116)
FRLGTwo Island vendor (after upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoute 207PtCelestic, Canalave, Snowpoint, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Sa
BWCastelia City, Chargestone Cave, Icirrus City, Challenger’s CaveOpelucid and Pokémon League Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2Route 12, Castelia City, Striaton CityOpelucid, Victory Road, and Icirrus Poké Marts; Shopping Mall Nine
XYRoutes 19 and 17; Geosenge Town, Poké Ball FactoryCoumarine, Snowbelle, and Lumiose (South Boulevard) Poké Marts; Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRustboro Poké Mart (after speaking to scientist on Route 116)
Route 119 (20% chance after a rematch with Pokémon Ranger Catherine and Pokémon Ranger Jackson)
SMUSUMBlush MountainPaniola Poké Mart, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShAll Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoACram-o-matic (White Apricorn)

5. Poké Ball

The Poké Ball is the most common of all balls. With the receipt of the Pokédex, the player already receives his first Poké Balls. Since they are initially the only way to catch Pokémon, they are also an elementary part of the journey and should not be missing under any circumstances.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RGBY/RBYProfessor Oak’s Laboratory, Viridian ForestViridian, Pewter, Cerulean, and Vermilion Poké Marts
GSCRoute 31, New Bark TownCherrygrove (after the catching tutorial), Violet, Azalea, Ecruteak, and Viridian Poké Marts; Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Department Store rooftop sale (before becoming Champion)C
Route 44 (random gift from Fisher Wilton)C
Purchased by the player’s Mom
RSERoutes 104, 106, and 110, Littleroot Town, Petalburg Woods, Rusturf Tunnel, Granite Cave, Lilycove CityOldale (after obtaining the Pokédex), Petalburg, Rustboro, Slateport, and Mauville Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
FRLGProfessor Oak’s Laboratory, Viridian ForestViridian, Pewter, Cerulean, and Vermilion Poké Marts
DPPtRoutes 202, 203, 205DP, 207, 208DP, 211DP, Oreburgh MinePt, Great MarshAll Poké Marts, Celestic Town shop, Veilstone Department Store
HGSSRoutes 29 and 31, Dark Cave, Violet CityAll Poké Marts (after learning how to catch Pokémon), Just a Souvenir Shop (before exposing Team Rocket), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
BWRoutes 1 and 2, Accumula Town, DreamyardAll Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine, Black City shopB
B2W2Route 20, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Virbank City, Accumula TownAll Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Join Avenue (Antique Shop, souvenir)
Hidden Grottoes
XYRoutes 2 and 18, Santalune Forest, Couriway Town, Poké Ball FactoryAll Poké Marts
ORASRoutes 104, 106, and 110, Littleroot Town, Rusturf Tunnel, Granite Cave, Lilycove CityAll Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
SMUSUMRoute 1, Trainers’ School, Hau’oli CityAll Poké Marts, Thrifty Megamart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop, General Store)
Route 1 (sometimes received from Mom after healing at home)USUM
Altar of the SunneS/Altar of the MooneM (repeatable if the player has no Poké Balls to catch Nebby)
PERoutes 3, 4, 9, 10, and 22, Viridian Forest, Silph Co., Cerulean Cave
Received from Youngsters, Lasses, Bug Catchers, Gentlemen, Sailors, Beauties, Gamers, Super Nerds, Rockers, Hikers, Black Belts, Poké Maniacs, Engineers, Fishermen, Bird Keepers, Punk Guys, Roughnecks, Swimmers, Channelers, Jugglers, Burglars, and Tamers after defeating them (except in Gyms)
Packaged with Pokémon Center 2019 Birthday Chansey
All Poké Marts, Celadon Department Store
Cerulean Cave
SwShRoute 2, Postwick, Motostoke, Tower SummitAll Poké Marts (after meeting Leon on Route 2)
Rolling Fields, Motostoke
SwShIoACram-o-matic

4. Repeat Ball

This ball uses the data of already caught Pokémon to increase the chance of catching it if you try to catch the same species again. If a copy of the Pokémon is already registered in the Pokédex, the chances of catching it since the seventh generation are 3.5 times and up to the sixth generation three times as high as that of the Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RSERoute 116Rustboro Poké Mart (after receiving a Repeat Ball from the Devon Employee on Route 116)
FRLGTwo Island vendor (after upgrading the Network Machine with the Ruby and Sapphire)
DPPtRoute 224Canalave and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSGoldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Tu
BWDriftveil CityPokémon League Poké Mart
White ForestW (Miki)
B2W2Routes 2 and 23Victory Road and Accumula Poké Marts
XYRoutes 20 and 21, Anistar CityCoumarine and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASRoute 116Rustboro City Poké Mart (after speaking to the Scientist on Route 116)
Route 110 (20% chance after a rematch with Collector Edwin)
SMUSUMUla’ula Meadow, Poni WildsSMPaniola Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShWyndon Poké Mart (South)
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Red Apricorn)

3. Quick Ball

Since the fifth generation, the Quick Ball has five times the chance of catching a normal Poké Ball in the first round. In all subsequent rounds, however, he has the same chance of catching as the Poké Ball. In the fourth generation, the Quick Ball has four times as much chance of catching in the first round as the normal Poké Ball.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
DPPtRoute 222PtPastoria, Canalave, Snowpoint, and Pokémon League Poké Marts
Pokémon News Press
HGSSPewter, Cerulean, Vermilion, Saffron, Lavender, and Fuchsia Poké Marts, Safari Zone Gate
Goldenrod Department Store lottery (second prize)Th
BWCastelia City
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common hobby?” survey)
Opelucid and Pokémon League Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Black CityB/White ForestW (Ryder)
B2W2Castelia City
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete “The most common hobby?” survey)
Opelucid, Victory Road, Icirrus, and Accumula Poké Marts, Shopping Mall Nine
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Pilot Leonard)
XYLumiose City (South Boulevard), Poké Ball Factory, Victory RoadCoumarine and Snowbelle Poké Marts, Poké Ball Boutique
ORASFallarbor Poké Mart
Route 114 (20% chance after a rematch with Poké Maniac Steve)
SMUSUMRoute 11, Paniola Town, Wela Volcano ParkRoute 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)MUM
SwShRoute 7Southern Wyndon Poké Mart
All Watt Traders (50 W)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (Yellow Apricorn)

2. Ultra Ball

Like the Poké Ball, the Ultra Ball is used to catch Pokémon, but its chance of catching is significantly higher than that of the Poké Ball and also higher than that of the Great Ball. So it is best suited to catch strong, rare, or even legendary Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RBY
RGBY
Route 23, Seafoam Islands, Victory Road, Cerulean CaveFuchsia, Cinnabar, and Indigo Plateau Poké Marts
GSCRoutes 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. SilverBlackthorn, 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
RSERoutes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Mt. PyreFortree, Mossdeep, Sootopolis, Ever Grande, and Battle FrontierE Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
Pickup (all levels)RS/(levels 1-90)E
FRLGRoute 23, Silph Co., Seafoam Islands, Mt. Ember, Victory Road, Four Island, Icefall Cave, Green Path, Cerulean CaveFuchsia, 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)
DPPtRoutes 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 MountainAll 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)
HGSSRoute 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. SilverAll Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges), Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
Goldenrod Radio Tower Pokémon Lottery Corner (1 digit)
Pickup (levels 1-90)
BWRoutes 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 BridgeAll 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)
B2W2Routes 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, DreamyardAll 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)
XYRoutes 6 and 8, Camphrier Town, Laverre City, Victory RoadAll 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)
ORASRoutes 119, 123, and 126, New Mauville, Safari Zone, Mt. Pyre, Victory RoadAll 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)
SMUSUMRoute 8, Hau’oli City, Ten Carat Hill, Royal AvenueAll 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)
PERoutes 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
SwShRoute 6All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Badges)
SwShIoACram-o-matic (all Apricorns except Black, Blue and White)

1. Master Ball

The Master Ball is the best of all Poké Balls, and it is guaranteed to catch every Pokémon.

Acquisition

GamesFinite methodsRepeatable methods
RGBY
RBY
Silph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
GSCNew Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges)Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
RSMagma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutS (entrance sealed after defeating Tate and Liza)Lilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
EAqua HideoutLilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
FRLGSilph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
DPPtTeam Galactic HQ (from Cyrus after defeating him)Jubilife TV (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
HGSSNew Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges)Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
BWOpelucid City (from Professor Juniper after earning all eight Badges), Castelia City Pokémon Center (from a man in black for having Pokémon from 50 different original Trainers)
B2W2Mistralton City (from Professor Juniper), Plasma Frigate (from Colress after defeating him during the post-game)Join Avenue (grand prize from Raffle Shops)
XYPoké Ball Factory (from president after defeating Celosia and Bryony)Loto-ID Center (match all 5 digits)
ORASTeam Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutASPokémon Lottery Corner (match all 5 digits)
SMUSUMAether Paradise (from Gladion after defeating Lusamine)Loto-ID Center (match 5 digits), Festival Plaza (Lottery shop: Big Dreams first prize)
PESilph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)Cerulean Cave
SwShPostwick (from Professor Magnolia after becoming Champion)Any Pokémon Center (match all 5 digits in the Loto-ID)
SwShCTFreezington (from Peony after the first Dynamax Adventure and becoming Champion)
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