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 0. It cannot be sold in Generation VI onward, but a number of other items also cannot be.
Master Ball locations
|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|
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.
| Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama,
Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka
|Japanese||November 19 to December 3, 2011||February 28 to March 16, 2012|
Pokémon Stadium 2
A decorative rug themed after the Master Ball can be found in the Hero's Catalogue in the Dream World.
|Appearance in-battle in Generation II|| Appearance in-battle and on the Status screen in
|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|
In the spin-off games
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, the Poké Ball trophy mentions the Master Ball, identifying it as the strongest variety of Poké Ball.
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
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.
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
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
In the Pokémon Zensho manga
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.
|Master Ball||T||Extended Sheet 2|
| Red Deck
|Gym Challenge||116/132||Yamabuki City Gym|
| Chikorita Half Deck
Totodile Half Deck
|Expedition Base Set||143/165||Base Expansion Pack||061/128|
| Latias Half Deck
Latios Half Deck
|EX Deoxys||88/107||Deoxys Constructed Starter Deck||012/015|
|Rayquaza Constructed Starter Deck||012/015|
|PLAY Promotional cards||018/PLAY|
|EX Delta Species||99/113||Holon Research Tower Water Quarter Deck||009/015|
|Mew Quarter Deck||008/015|
|EX Power Keepers||78/108||World Champions Pack||089/108|
|Plasma Blast||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
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