The Poké Ball is one of the most iconic symbols from the Pokémon franchise.
Although it is famous and almost everyone knows what it does, it’s never been the only tool for catching Pokémon in the franchise. In fact, there are a myriad of other Poké Balls, ranging from the Lure Ball to the elusive Master Ball.
If you’re playing Pokémon Violet or Scarlet, there are a handful of important Poké Balls that you should be aware of. They range in design, function, price, and origin, but they’re all important to have a good understanding of as you go throughout Paldea.
Here’s a complete Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Poké Ball guide.
All Poké Balls in Scarlet & Violet
One of the most important things for players to understand in Pokémon is the types, strengths, and weaknesses in their team. In a similar fashion to Pokémon types, Poké Balls also have different uses and strengths.
Regardless of whether you choose Pokémon Scarlet or Violet, you will come across a mountain of Poké Ball types as you explore Paldea. There are many more types of Poké Ball nowadays than the first few generations of Pokémon had.
You can find lots of Poké Balls dotted around the different regions in the game as random item pick-ups, you can buy them from Poké Mart vendors, and you can also find them on the Porto Marinada Auction House.
The standard Poké Ball is a device for catching wild Pokémon. You throw it like a ball at a Pokémon and it catches them, keeping them safe and letting you keep them in your party or in one of your PC boxes.
Although all Poké Balls work pretty much the same way, this is simply the standard one that you’ll be able to get at the beginning of the game.
The regular Poké Ball can be found in many different areas throughout the open world, as can the majority of the other Poké Balls in this article. You can also buy them from the regular Poké Mart vendor for 200 Pokédollars each.
This is a stronger version of the standard Poké Ball that gives a higher success rate for catching Pokémon.
You can purchase Great Balls for 400 Pokédollars.
This is a very strong Poké Ball that provides an even higher success rate for catching Pokémon than a Great Ball.
You can buy Ultra Balls for 600 Pokédollars each.
This is a unique Poké Ball that helps when you’re trying to catch Pokémon who are in or on a body of water.
You can buy a Dive Ball for 1,000 Pokédollars.
Dusk Balls are ideal for catching Pokémon during the night, or when exploring dark places like caverns or mountain passages.
Dusk Balls are available for purchase at the price of 1,000 Pokédollars each.
Heal Balls are particularly handy if you want to add a Pokémon that you just caught directly to your team. As the name suggests, they heal up the Pokémon inside the ball and remove any status conditions that it has, too.
You can buy a Heal Ball for 300 Pokédollars each.
Luxury Balls are ideal for catching Pokémon that you want to build a high level of Friendship with. They’re extra comfy Poké Balls that increase Friendship and make the Pokémon inside much happier than a standard Poké Ball.
They’re quite expensive, costing 3,000 Pokédollars for one.
Nest Balls are unique Poké Balls that increase in effectiveness when used on lower level wild Pokémon. The lower the level, the better the performance.
You can buy Nest Balls for 1,000 Pokédollars apiece.
This type of Poké Ball is the best for catching Bug and Water type Pokémon.
You can buy a Net Ball for 1,000 Pokédollars.
Repeat Balls are the best kind of Poké Ball to catch a Pokémon in that you’ve caught before.
You can purchase Repeat Balls for 1,000 Pokedollars each.
This Poké Ball is best used in the first round of a battle. The longer the battle goes on, the less effective it becomes.
You can get Quick Balls for 1,000 Pokédollars each.
This kind of Poké Ball becomes better at catching Pokémon in longer battles. The more turns there are, the more effective the Timer Ball is.
Timer Balls cost 1,000 Pokedollars each.
Dream Balls work most effectively when you’re trying to catch a Pokémon that is asleep.
You can find Dream Balls in the Porto Marinada Auction.
Fast Balls are the ideal Poké Ball for catching Pokémon that usually run away quickly when you initiate a battle with them.
Similar to Dream Balls, you can get Fast Balls in the Porto Marinada Auction.
If you’re looking to boost your Friendship level with a Pokémon, Friend Balls are the perfect pick. They help increase Friendship substantially after capture.
Friend Balls are available in the Porto Marinada Auction.
Heavy Balls work most effectively when you try to capture a Pokémon that is physically heavy. The heavier the Pokémon is, the better this Pokéball works.
You can get Heavy Balls via the Porto Marinada Auction.
Level Balls work most effectively when you are trying to catch a Pokémon that is a significantly lower level than your own Pokémon.
Level Balls are available through the Porto Marinada Auction.
Love Balls work most effectively when you attempt to catch a Pokéball that is a different gender to your current Pokémon.
You can find Love Balls at the Porto Marinada Auction.
Lure Balls are ideal for bringing along when fishing, as they work most effectively on Pokémon that you fish up from bodies of water.
You can get Lure Balls in the Porto Marinada Auction.
Premier Balls are unique Poké Balls with an interesting design. They don’t offer any particular function or an increased capture rate.
You can get Premier Balls in the Porto Marinada Auction, and you can also get them as a freebie whenever you purchase 10 of any kind of Poké Ball from a Poké Mart.
This is the best Poké Ball in the game, and it offers a 100% capture rate. It’s a Poké Ball that has always been tied to completing the main story of a game in some fashion and Pokémon Violet & Scarlet are no different.
Without spoiling it too much, you get the Master Ball from Director Clavell after finishing one of the final missions in the game called The Way Home.
What to Do Next
Now you know about all the different kinds of Poké Balls in the game, make sure to read up on the best TMs in the game. This will help you strengthen your team further and help balance out any weaknesses that your Pokémon might have, too.
You may have noticed that some of the Poké Balls in this game can be quite pricey, so it’s worth having a good money farming method under your belt. There’s a few ways to earn money quickly in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, and it’s very useful to find one that works for you if you’re setting out to catch every Pokemon in the game.