All 26 different known types of Poké Balls.

A Poké Ball (sometimes spelled as Pokéball) is a round device used in the Pokémon series to catch and contain Pokémon. The Poké Ball also serves as a symbol for the series.

There are many types of the Poké Ball, such as the Great Ball or Ultra Ball. The term can be used to describe the basic style of ball, or for the entire group.


While the specific way of how Poké Balls work remains unknown, they can reduce a Wild Pokémon's size and capture them. However, most of the time, Pokémon that haven't been weakened in battle can escape from the Poké Ball, bursting it open and leaving it useless. Once a Pokémon is caught, that Poké Ball will be only used to contain it, allowing the trainer to release it in case he or she would like to battle with it. The trainer can then recall it at any time.

The size of a Poké Ball can be conveniently reduced by pressing the button in the middle, allowing a trainer to carry them more easily. Before releasing the Pokémon inside, they need to press the button again to return it to its normal size. When a Poké Ball catches a new wild Pokémon and the trainer already has six in his or her team, the new Pokémon will automatically be transferred to the trainer's storage system. In case the trainer wants to get rid of a Pokémon, he or she can release the Pokémon from its Poké Ball to the wild again. However, the Poké Ball can't work again after this and must be tossed away.

Interestingly, a Pokémon hatched from an egg will be automatically put in a standard Poké Ball, even if the trainer is carrying none of them. However, this is not the case for a Shedinja's appearance after a Nincada evolves into Ninjask. The trainer in this case needs to have a standard Poké Ball in his or her bag and a free space in his or her party to contain Shedinja.

Different types of Poké Balls

Name Description
Pokéball Sprite Poké Ball

It has a simple red and white design, and it's the most known kind of Poké Ball
Great Ball Sprite Great Ball It is slightly better than the regular Poké Ball.
Ultra Ball Sprite Ultra Ball It is twice as good as a regular Poké Ball.
Master Ball Sprite Master Ball

A very rare Poké Ball that never fails in an attempt to catch a Pokémon.
Safari Ball SpriteSafari Ball It can used only in the Safari Zone, in which regular wild Pokémon battles can't be made, so the process of catching is more difficult.
Level Ball Sprite Level Ball

A type of ball whose catch rate becomes better according to how much difference there is between the trainer's Pokémon's level and the wild Pokémon's.
Lure Ball Sprite Lure Ball

A ball that works better with Pokémon found by fishing.
Moon Ball Sprite Moon Ball

The potential of this ball increases if the Pokémon attempted to catch can evolve by a Moon Stone.
Friend Ball Sprite Friend Ball

It has the same chance to catch as a regular Poké Ball but makes the Pokémon more friendly to the trainer as soon as it is caught.
Love Ball Sprite Love Ball

A ball that works better if the trainer's Pokémon and the wild Pokémon have opposite genders.
Heavy Ball Sprite Heavy Ball

A ball whose catch rate increases as the weight of the targeted Pokémon does.
Fast Ball Sprite Fast Ball

A kind of Poké Ball that works better with Pokémon that like to flee from trainers. It is normally associated with Raikou, Entei and Suicune.
Sport Ball SpriteSport Ball A ball that is only used to capture Pokémon during a Bug-Catching Contest.
Premier Ball Sprite Premier Ball

They act the same way as a regular Poké Ball but has a completely white design and is given as a gift when ten or more Poké Balls are bought at once.
Repeat Ball Sprite Repeat Ball

A ball that works better if the trainer has registered the Pokémon already in his or her PokéDex.
Timer Ball Sprite Timer Ball

A type of ball that works better as more time passes since an encounter with a wild Pokémon.
Nest Ball Sprite Nest Ball

A kind of ball that becomes better if the level of the targeted Pokémon is lower.
Net Ball Sprite Net Ball

A Poké Ball that works better with Bug and Water-type Pokémon.
Dive Ball Sprite Dive Ball

A type of ball that works better with Pokémon found underwater.
Luxury Ball Sprite Luxury Ball

A Poké Ball that makes the Pokémon caught more friendly.
Heal Ball Sprite Heal Ball

A regular Poké Ball that heals a Pokémon as soon as it is caught.
Quick Ball Sprite Quick Ball

A kind of Poké Ball that works better the sooner it is used in battle.
Dusk Ball Sprite Dusk Ball

A ball that works better in dark places or at night.
Cherish Ball Sprite Cherish Ball

A type of ball inaccessible by anyone, and from an unknown origin. Event Pokémon are given in Cherish Balls since Generation IV.
Park Ball SpritePark Ball A type of Poké Ball to be used only in the Bug Catching Contest in Johto. The are also used in the Pal Park in Sinnoh.
Dream Ball SpriteDream Ball A type of Poké Ball that can only be obtained when in an encounter with a Pokémon caught through the Dream World.
Beast Ball SpriteBeast Ball A type of Poké Ball that works better when trying to catch Ultra Beasts. However, they are awful at catching regular Pokémon.

Other Balls

GS Ball

The GS Ball is an enigmatic ball that can't be used to catch Pokémon, and can't be opened at all, not even by the Poké Ball expert in Kurt. However, it has some relation with the Pokémon Celebi, as the player can place it in the Ilex Forest Shrine to make it appear.

Snag Balls

Snag Balls is a term that refers to any poké ball trown using the Snag Machine that has the ability to catch other trainers' Shadow Pokémon.

Old Ball

The Old ball is an early version of the poke ball that uses a knob to open the ball. It appeared in Pokemon 4ever

Super Smash Bros.


A Poké Ball in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The Poké Ball appears in all of the Super Smash Bros. games, from which they become a projectile item that upon impact of a hard surface, releases a Pokémon at random. They are also used by the character Pokémon Trainer as he tosses out his Pokémon to fight. The Master Ball can also be found and used.


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