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| Introduced in Generation II
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The Heavy Ball (Japanese: ヘビーボール Heavy Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon, being more likely to succeed the heavier the Pokémon is.
It is one of Kurt's signature Apricorn Poké Balls, and is made from Black Apricorns.
In the core series games
When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon.
The Heavy Ball is more effective against heavier Pokémon and less effective against lighter Pokémon, varying based on several discrete weight groups. The modifiers used are listed below.
If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 0.1×.
In all games except Pokémon Sun and Moon, if using the Heavy Ball would cause the wild Pokémon's catch rate to become negative, it is instead set to 1. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, it is instead set to 0, making it impossible to successfully catch such a Pokémon with a Heavy Ball in those games.
The Heavy Ball cannot be used in situations in which Poké Balls cannot be used, such as in wild battles with two or more opponents currently present or against a trial Pokémon. If used in a Trainer battle, the opposing Trainer will bat the ball away, wasting the item.
Fling fails if the user is holding a Heavy Ball.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Heavy Balls cannot be held. This is to prevent them being held by a Pokémon traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, where the item does not exist.
|| A Ball for catching heavy Pokémon.
| A Poké Ball for catching very heavy Pokémon.
| A Poké Ball that is better than usual at catching very heavy Pokémon.
In the anime
A Heavy Ball in the anime
In Going Apricorn!, a Heavy Ball appeared in a fantasy during Maizie's explanation about Apricorn Poké Balls.
In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Brock received a Heavy Ball made for him by Kurt. It has not been seen or mentioned since.
In Gulpin it Down, Nurse Joy gave Professor Jacuzzi a Heavy Ball to catch a giant Gulpin.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Teddiursa's Picnic, Silver received a Heavy Ball from Kurt, crafted from a Black Apricorn he had given to the man earlier. He used the Ball in the next round to catch a wild Ursaring that was attacking Gold and Maizie.
In Suddenly Suicune I, Crystal attempted to catch Suicune in a Heavy Ball, but it soon broke out of it, much to Crystal's shock.
In Absolutely Azumarill, several Heavy Balls were seen in a basket full of Apricorn Poké Balls that Mirei delivered to Crystal.
In It Takes Xatu to Tango, Crystal tried to catch Arceus in a Heavy Ball, but even though Arceus was momentarily sucked into the Ball, it quickly broke out of it.
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
In The Great Search! Let's Rescue The Slowpoke!, Gold used a Heavy Ball given to him by Kurt to save an especially large Slowpoke from drowning in the flooding Slowpoke Well.
In the Pokémon HeartGold SoulSilver: Pokédex Completion Comic manga
Soul used a Heavy Ball he received from a female Trainer to catch a Steelix.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
A Heavy Ball appeared in Get the Legendary Pokémon!. Red intended to use it to catch one of the Legendary beasts, but ended up accidentally using it on a Ditto instead.
In the TCG
- Main article: Heavy Ball (Next Destinies 88)
The Heavy Ball is an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game introduced during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Next Destinies expansion, it was reprinted in the Japanese Master Deck Build Box EX before being reprinted worldwide for the BREAKthrough expanstion. This version was included in the Japanese The Best of XY compilation.
When a player uses a Heavy Ball, they are allowed to search their deck for a Pokémon with a Retreat Cost of 3 or more, reveal it, and put it into their hand. The user shuffles their deck afterward.
- In Pokémon Sun and Moon only, a Heavy Ball will always fail to catch a Pokémon whose weight is less than 220.46 lbs (100.0 kg) and whose catch rate is less than or equal to 20. This is because the game will set the catch rate to 0 when the catch rate becomes negative due to the -20 modifier that is applied. The only catchable Pokémon that this affects are Beldum and the guardian deities.
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