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The Cherish Ball (Japanese: プレシャスボール Precious Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation IV. Event Pokémon are often contained in a Cherish Ball.
In the core series games
From Generation IV onward, event Pokémon are usually distributed inside a Cherish Ball, unless they are distributed as Eggs. This is the only way to obtain a Pokémon in a Cherish Ball.
The Cherish Ball cannot be legitimately obtained as an item, so it cannot normally be used. If it were to be obtained, when used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it would attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1×.
As a Pokémon's Poké Ball
From Generation VI onward, bred Pokémon inherit their Poké Ball from their parents. However, the Cherish Ball, Master Ball, and Strange Ball cannot be passed down via breeding; instead, they act as a regular Poké Ball for inheritance purposes.
The Cherish Ball cannot be obtained in any game.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Ace Trainer Deanna keeps her Tropius in a Cherish Ball.
Scarlet and Violet
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Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
In the manga
Be the Best! Pokémon B+W
In Victini - A New Friend!, Monta received a Victini contained in a Cherish Ball as a prize from an event.
In the TCG
- Main article: Cherish Ball (Unified Minds 191)
The Cherish Ball, first found in the Japanese Espeon & Deoxys-GX Tag Team GX Starter Set, allows the player to search their deck for a Pokémon-GX, reveal it, and add it to their hand. The player then shuffles their deck. A Secret Full Art card later appeared in the Japanese Miracle Twin expansion; both prints appeared in the English Unified Minds expansion, with artwork by 5ban Graphics. An alternate artwork print, illustrated by Ryo Ueda, appeared in the Japanese Alter Genesis expansion and as one of the Yellow A Alternate cards in English.
- The first event Pokémon to be distributed in a Cherish Ball was Shokotan's Tropius.
- In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Ace Trainer Deanna's Tropius being contained in a Cherish Ball is likely a reference to this. This is further supported by her Japanese name being Shōko.
- In Pokémon Platinum, if the player hacks Cherish Balls into the game and uses one to catch the in-game Regigigas, the game considers it having been obtained from an event and thus unlocks the Rock Peak, Iceberg, and Iron Ruins.
- Despite the fact that a hatched Pokémon can never be contained in a Cherish Ball, six Eggs containing Pokémon that hatch with Cherish Balls were distributed in Japan and South Korea in 2017.
- The Cherish Ball and Park Ball are the only Poké Balls introduced in the core series games prior to Pokémon Legends: Arceus that cannot be obtained in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- The Cherish Ball bears a striking similarity to the Origin Ball from Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
In other languages
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