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Master Ball

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Sugimori art of the Master Ball

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 unique in the aspect that 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). It shares this attribute with the Park and Dream Ball used within Pal Park and the Entralink, respectively. However, unlike these Poké Balls, the Master Ball can be obtained and used outside of these specific areas.

The Master Ball, like all Poké Balls, is spherical in shape. The top and bottom halves are divided by a horizontal black band, on which is the button found on all Poké Balls. The top half of the Master Ball is purple, with a white letter "M" on the front, with 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 (except Generation V), additional Master Balls can be won in Lucky Channel and Pokémon Lottery Corner drawings, but only if the drawn number exactly matches the ID number of one of the player's Pokémon.

The Master Ball is the only item that cannot be sold that is neither a key item, an HM, nor a TM*. In Generations I and II, it can be "sold", but for PokémonDollar.png0.

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.
II Gold, Silver, and Crystal Goldenrod Radio Tower Match all 5 numbers in the Lucky Channel.
III Ruby Magma Hideout None Entrance is blocked off after defeating Tate and Liza.
III Sapphire, Emerald Aqua Hideout None Entrance is blocked off after defeating Tate and LizaS.
III Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Lilycove Department Store Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner.
III Pokémon Colosseum Agate Village Receive and read 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.
III Pokémon XD Pokémon HQ Lab Talk to Professor Krane before heading to Citadark Isle.
III 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.
IV Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Jubilife TV Match all 5 numbers in the Pokémon Lottery Corner.
IV HeartGold and SoulSilver New Bark Town Talk to Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges.
IV HeartGold and SoulSilver 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.
V Black and White Castelia City Pokémon Center Talk to a man after the player has outsider Pokémon with at least 50 different original Trainers. The man will no longer give out gifts after the Master Ball.
V Black 2 and White 2 Mistralton City Meet Professor Juniper for the first time in town.
V Black 2 and White 2 Plasma Frigate Defeat Colress after entering the Hall of Fame.
V Black 2 and White 2 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.
VI X and Y Loto-ID Center Win the highest prize. The player has to match all the five numbers in one ticket.

Distribution

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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
Tohoku
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!

*ふしぎなカード
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
ありがとう!
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's the biggest ball in that mini-game, appearing later than 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 could be found in the Hero's Catalogue in the Dream World.

Appearance

Master Ball battle II.png Master Ball III.png Master Ball 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 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.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
The best Ball with the ultimate level of performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.
XY 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 will make its official Super Smash Bros. debut as a throwing item. It will summon rare and Legendary Pokémon.

In the anime

Master Ball in the anime

In the main series

The Master Ball first appeared in Beauty and the Beach, and again in A Hot Water Battle. However, the Master Ball in these episodes was not an actual Master Ball; rather, it was a beach ball owned by Misty, which had been decorated to look like a Master Ball. Another Master Ball appeared in The Song of Jigglypuff; again, this was not an actual Master Ball, but on a billboard on a building.

An actual Master Ball made its only true appearance in Whiscash and Ash. It was used by a fisherman named Sullivan in a last-ditch attempt to catch Nero, an oversized wild Whiscash that had long eluded him. As the Master Ball is reputed to successfully catch any wild Pokémon without fail, Sullivan was sure that using the Master Ball would work. This, however, was not the case, as Nero unexpectedly swallowed the Master Ball and disappeared back into the water. 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

Master Ball in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

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 silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
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
  21
22
      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
 

Trivia

  • The infinite ball glitch is often known as the Master Ball glitch, due to Master Balls commonly being used in this glitch.
  • Foongus and Amoonguss, both of whom have designs based on the Poké Ball, are colored similarly to the Master Ball in their Shiny forms.


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