In the world of Pokemon, choosing the right Pokeball can make all the difference in capturing a wild pokemon. With a wide array of options available in PokeMMO, each type of Pokeball has its unique strengths and best-use scenarios.
This guide will walk you through the characteristics and ideal applications of various Pokeballs, shedding light on their effectiveness in different situations.
Also, if you are starting out in PokeMMO, the best region to quickly unlock a majority the Pokeballs available is the Sinnoh. Once you defeat the elite 4 in that region, all marts will sell most of the good ones like Timer Ball, Quick Ball, Net Ball etc.
The Classic Pokeball ($200)
The Pokeball is the quintessential choice for low-level Pokemon encounters. Its universal application makes it a reliable tool for catching a wide range of creatures. When used in conjunction with techniques like False Swipe and Spore, the Pokeball’s effectiveness is even more pronounced. It’s also an essential tool for breeders, as the Pokemon’s offspring inherits the ball it was bred in. For shiny breeders, having a substantial stockpile of Pokeballs is crucial to a successful breeding session.
The Great Ball ($600)
Slightly more potent than the standard Pokeball, the Great Ball is an excellent middle-ground option. It’s particularly effective for capturing higher-level Pokemon. Some trainers argue that the Great Ball is an optimal choice for catching elusive creatures like Ditto. With a catch rate of 1.5 times that of a Pokeball, the Great Ball offers an advantageous balance of cost and effectiveness.
The Ultra Ball ($1200)
For trainers looking to bolster their Pokedex, the Ultra Ball is the go-to choice. With a catch rate twice that of a Great Ball, it ensures a higher likelihood of successful captures. While it’s pricier, the Ultra Ball’s efficiency in capturing a wide range of Pokemon makes it a valuable asset for any seasoned trainer.
The Dive Ball
This specialized Pokeball shines when capturing water-dwelling Pokemon. With a catch rate of 2.5 times that of a standard Pokeball, it’s particularly effective for underwater encounters. The Dive Ball’s unique property can be a game-changer for trainers exploring aquatic environments.
The Dusk Ball ($1350)
In caves or during nighttime, the Dust Ball takes the spotlight. Its catch rate increases to an impressive 2.5 times in these conditions, making it the top choice for nighttime hunting or spelunking expeditions. When used correctly, the Dust Ball is arguably the most potent option for capturing elusive creatures like Ditto.
The Heal Ball ($300)
While not particularly favored for its capture capabilities, the Heal Ball offers an intriguing feature. It not only captures Pokemon but also restores their HP and eliminates any status conditions. This can be useful for trainers on a journey who want to immediately use their newly caught Pokemon in upcoming battles.
The Luxury Ball ($1000)
Aesthetically pleasing, the Luxury Ball also serves a practical purpose. It enhances the rate at which a Pokemon’s friendliness grows, making it a valuable tool for breeding endeavors. While it may be pricier than some alternatives, trainers can often find Luxury Balls at more reasonable prices on the Global Trade Link.
The Nest Ball ($1000)
Designed for encounters with lower-level Pokemon, the Nest Ball finds its niche in specific scenarios. While it may not be as commonly used, it can offer a time-saving alternative when encountering weaker creatures, especially in the wild. However, its cost relative to its effectiveness may limit its widespread use.
The Net Ball ($1350)
With its dual effectiveness against water and bug type Pokemon, the Net Ball offers a strategic advantage in certain encounters. Sporting a catch rate of 2.5 times, it’s a reliable choice for trainers targeting these specific types. I find this quite good when catching any water or bug Alpha Pokemon when they have low health and has a status effect present (sleep, paralysis).
The Premier Ball
Often overlooked, the Premier Ball boasts a base catch rate equivalent to a Great Ball. When trainers can acquire these at a reasonable price, they effectively serve as more economical alternatives to their Great Ball counterparts.
The Quick Ball ($1200)
This Pokeball has gained prominence due to recent buffs, particularly its remarkable effectiveness on the first turn. With a catch rate that spikes to five times the norm, it’s an excellent option for trainers looking to snag Pokemon swiftly, especially for Alpha Pokemon or in unique circumstances.
The Repeat Ball ($1250)
Initially a favorite for capturing Ditto, the Repeat Ball’s price increase has somewhat diminished its popularity. It shares the same catch rate as a Dust Ball for Pokemon species already in the Pokedex, but trainers should opt for Dust Balls when targeting Ditto to save on costs.
The Timer Ball ($1200)
A powerhouse for extended battles, the Timer Ball’s catch rate can reach up to four times the norm after a significant number of turns (11 rounds). This makes it an indispensable tool for Alpha farmers, offering an effective strategy for enduring long battles and ultimately securing the capture. I always use this after 11 turns and your catch rate will sky rocket. Do keep in mind that you may still get unlucky at times.
The Master Ball (Priceless)
An untradeable rarity, the Master Ball is the ultimate guarantee for capturing any Pokemon. With an unparalleled 100% catch rate, it’s reserved for only the most exceptional circumstances, particularly when facing a shiny Pokemon in a critical situation. I would not even use them for catching the new legendaries either (Entei, Suicune and Raikou). You can catch them easily eventually with just Pokeballs or Timer Balls.
Each pokeball offers distinct advantages, ensuring there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. If anything, use only Pokeballs if you do not care much about efficiency or time.
Hope this helps and you can check out some of the other guides here:
- PokeMMO Beginners Guide (Resource List)
- Catching Alpha Pokemon
- PokeMMO Mods
- Changing Regions in PokeMMO
- Johto Walkthrough for Beginners
- Johto EV and Shiny Hunting Locations