Master Ball

Art of the Master Ball by Ken Sugimori
Master Ball artwork for Pokémon Red and Green

The Master Ball (Japanese: マスターボール Master Ball) is a variety of Poké Ball introduced in Generation I, and arguably the rarest of all Poké Ball variants. It is guaranteed to catch any wild Pokémon that it is thrown at (with the exception of the ghost Marowak and Kyurem while it is under Ghetsis's control). While it shares this attribute with both the Park Ball used within Pal Park and any Poké Ball used on Kalos Route 2, Route 101ORAS, or in the Entree Forest, the Master Ball can be obtained and used outside of these specific areas without losing that attribute.

The Master Ball, like all Poké Balls, is spherical in shape. The top and bottom halves are divided by a horizontal black band that is interrupted for the button found on all Poké Balls. The top half of the Master Ball is purple, with a white letter "M" on the front, and has a pink circle on either side.

Master Balls are developed by Silph Co.


In the games

The Master Ball has been present in every main series Pokémon game. Usually, only one Master Ball is available to the player per saved game, although from Generation II onwards, additional Master Balls can be won from luck-based events such as Lucky Channel drawings, Pokémon Lottery Corner drawings, and Raffle Shops.

From Generation III to V, the Master Ball is the only item that cannot be sold that is not a Key Item, an HM, or a TM*. In Generations I and II, it can be "sold", but for PokémonDollar.png0. It cannot be sold in Generation VI onward, but a number of other items also cannot be.

Master Ball locations

Generation Game(s) Location Requirements Notes
I Red, Blue, and Yellow Silph Co. Talk to the president of Silph Co. after defeating Giovanni
II Gold, Silver, and Crystal New Bark Town Talk to Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges
Goldenrod Radio Tower Match all 5 numbers in the Lucky Channel
III Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Magma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutSE None The entrance is blocked off after defeating Tate and LizaRS.
Lilycove Department Store Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner
Pokémon Colosseum Agate Village Receive and read the incomplete email from Eagun in Realgam Tower Eagun's email is cut off before it can mention the Master Ball; Eagun will not give the Master Ball if the player has received the email but not read it.
Pokémon XD Pokémon HQ Lab Talk to Professor Krane before heading to Citadark Isle
FireRed and LeafGreen Silph Co. Talk to the president of Silph Co. after defeating Giovanni
IV Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Galactic Veilstone Building Defeat Cyrus
Jubilife TV Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner
HeartGold and SoulSilver New Bark Town Talk to Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges
Goldenrod Radio Tower Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner
V Black and White Opelucid City Meet Professor Juniper in town after earning all eight Unova Badges
Castelia City Pokémon Center Talk to a man after the player has had outsider Pokémon with at least 50 different original Trainers The man will no longer give out gifts after the Master Ball.
Black 2 and White 2 Mistralton City Meet Professor Juniper for the first time in town
Plasma Frigate Defeat Colress after entering the Hall of Fame
Join Avenue Grand prize from Raffle Shops The higher the shop's rank, the higher the chance of getting a rare prize.
VI X and Y Poké Ball Factory Defeat Celosia and Bryony The player is given a choice between the Master Ball or a Big Nugget, but receives both items regardless of their choice.
Lumiose City Match all five numbers in the Loto-ID Center
Omega Ruby Team Magma Hideout None
Alpha Sapphire Team Aqua Hideout None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Secret Base None A Secret Pal may obtain a Master Ball when asked to "pick something up".
Lilycove Department Store Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and X and Y PokéMileage Club—Mine Cart Adventure None
VII Sun and Moon Aether Paradise Defeat Lusamine


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The Master Ball was distributed at Pokémon Center stores throughout Japan. It was also distributed at the Tohoku Pokémon Center individually due to it not being built at the time of the initial distribution.

Game language Duration
Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama,
Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka
Japanese November 19 to December 3, 2011 February 28 to March 16, 2012

Wonder Card

マスターボール プレゼント
いよいよ 646しゅるいの ポケモンの
じょうほうが あきらかに!
マスターボールを うけとって
まだつかまえていない ポケモンを
てにいれるための ぼうけんに でよう!

Bag Master Ball Sprite.png
マスターボール プレゼント
ポケモンを あそんでくれて
おくりものは ポケモンセンタ-にいる
はいたついんから うけとってね!

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Stadium 2

Master Ball as seen during the Stadium 2's mini-game
Furret Frolic Master Ball instructions.png

In Pokémon Stadium 2, Master Ball appears in the mini-game Furret's Frolic. It is the largest ball in that mini-game, appearing later than the rest and being worth 5 points.

Pokémon XD

In Pokémon XD, Master Balls are used in the Battle Bingo game. The player starts with two and can gain an extra one from one of the ? spaces.

Pokémon Dream World

A Master Ball-themed rug from the Dream World

A decorative rug themed after the Master Ball can be found in the Hero's Catalogue in the Dream World.


Master Ball battle II.png Master Ball III.png Master Ball Master Ball summary Colo.png Master Ball summary XD.png Master Ball summary IV.png Master Ball battle IV.png Master Ball battle V.png Dream Master Ball Sprite.png
Appearance in-battle in Generation II Appearance in-battle and on the Status screen in
Generation III
Bag sprite from FireRed and LeafGreen onwards Pokémon's summary sprite from Pokémon Colosseum Pokémon's summary sprite from Pokémon XD Pokémon's summary sprite from Generation IV onwards Appearance in-battle in Generation IV Appearance in-battle in Generation V Appearance in the Dream World

Flavor text

Games Description
Stad A Ball that captures any wild Pokémon without fail.
GSC The best Ball. It never misses.
RSEColo.XD The best Ball that catches a Pokémon without fail.
FRLG The best Ball with the ultimate performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.
The best Ball with the ultimate level of performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.
The best Poké Ball with the ultimate level of performance. With it, you will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

In the two Pokémon Pinball titles, the Poké Ball that serves as the pinball is capable of being upgraded to a Great Ball, an Ultra Ball and a Master Ball. However, this serves solely as a score multiplier, as catching a Pokémon is always guaranteed, even with a regular Poké Ball.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Poké Ball trophy mentions the Master Ball, identifying it as the strongest variety of Poké Ball.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

The Master Ball makes its official Super Smash Bros. debut as a throwing item. It functions much like the Poké Ball item, but only summons Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, Zoroark, and Goldeen.

Trophy information

NA: These valuable, powerful balls can capture any wild Pokémon. In Smash Bros., hard-to-find Pokémon often pop out of them. You can easily identify a Master Ball by the distinct purple appearance and large M on the top. A Pokémon within a Master Ball may turn the tide of battle.

PAL: A rare type of Poké Ball that never fails to catch a Pokémon. Throw one in this game, and the Mythical or Legendary Pokémon inside will come to your aid. Master Balls are easy to identify due to their purple colour and the large M on them. Use one to quickly turn the tide of any battle!

In the anime

Master Ball in the anime

In the main series

In Beauty and the Beach and A Hot Water Battle, Misty has a beach ball that was decorated to look like a Master Ball. This Master Ball beach ball reappeared in the Pikachu short Pikachu's Ice Adventure. In The Song of Jigglypuff, a picture of a Master Ball appeared on a billboard on a building.

In Whiscash and Ash, the fisherman Sullivan attempted to use a Master Ball in a last-ditch attempt to catch Nero, an oversized wild Whiscash that had long eluded him. However, Nero swallowed the Master Ball and disappeared back into the water, not being caught. At the end of the episode, Nero was seen playing with the Master Ball on its tongue.

Master Ball in Pokémon Origins

In Pokémon Origins

The Master Ball never made an actual appearance in Pokémon Origins, only appearing in Silph Co. president's secretary's demonstration in File 3: Giovanni. She mentioned that the Master Ball was still in development, and only existed as a prototype. She also told that it was why Team Rocket had taken over their office building; they intended to accelerate the development of the Master Ball and then steal it when it would be completed, making sure they would be the only ones possessing it. After Team Rocket was driven out of the building by Red, it was mentioned that the development of the Master Ball was put on hold for a while.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red used his Pika to capture Mewtwo for Blaine with a Master Ball given to him by Blaine in And Mewtwo... Three!.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

A Master Ball appeared under Professor Rowan's possession in Bonds Connect Across Space-Time... at the Spear Pillar. In an attempt to stop the battle between Dialga and Palkia, Hareta tried to use the Master Ball to capture Palkia, but Palkia, having total control over space, was able to make itself disappear out of Master Ball's way and then smack it aside.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Red used a Master Ball in The Legendary Pokémon Appears!! to capture Articuno.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi obtained a Master Ball from the Silph Co.'s president in Saffron City as a thanks for rescuing his company from the hands of Team Rocket.


In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Master Ball.

Master Ball
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Master Ball T       Extended Sheet 2 Uncommon  
      Red Deck
Green Deck
Gym Challenge   116/132 Yamabuki City Gym    
      Chikorita Half Deck
Totodile Half Deck
      Pokémon VS Common 141/141
Expedition Base Set Uncommon 143/165 Base Expansion Pack Uncommon 061/128
      Latias Half Deck
Latios Half Deck
EX Deoxys Uncommon 88/107 Deoxys Constructed Starter Deck   012/015
      Rayquaza Constructed Starter Deck   012/015
      PLAY Promotional cards   018/PLAY
EX Delta Species Uncommon 99/113 Holon Research Tower Water Quarter Deck   009/015
      Mew Quarter Deck   008/015
EX Power Keepers Uncommon 78/108 World Champions Pack Uncommon 089/108
Plasma Blast Rare Holo 94/101 Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck   017/018


  • The Poké Ball amount bug is often known as the Master Ball glitch, due to Master Balls commonly being used in this glitch.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese マスターボール Master Ball
Chinese Cantonese 大師球 Daaihsī Kàuh *
掌門球 Jéungmùhn Kàuh *
掌門精靈球 Jéungmùhn Jīnglìhng Kàuh *
究極寵物小精靈球 Gaugihk Chúngmaht-Síujīnglìhng Kàuh *
精靈球 Jīnglìhng Kàuh *
Mandarin 大師球 / 大师球 Dàshī Qiú *
掌門球 / 掌门球 Zhǎngmén Qiú *
魔獸球 Móshòu Qiú *
究極神奇寶貝球 Jiūjí Shénqí-Bǎobèi Qiú *
终极神奇宝贝球 Zhōngjí Shénqí-Bǎobèi Qiú *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestaripallo
France Flag.png French Master Ball
Germany Flag.png German Meisterball
Italy Flag.png Italian Master Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마스터볼 Master Ball
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Bola Mestra
Russia Flag.png Russian Мастер-Болл Master-Boll
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bola Maestra
Spain Flag.png Spain Master Ball
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Master

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