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.
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.
18. Premium Ball
The Premier Ball corresponds to a normal Poké Ball and has no other effects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. Master Ball
The Master Ball is the best of all Poké Balls, and it is guaranteed to catch every Pokémon.