In the core series games
In a wild encounter, it can catch a single wild Pokémon without fail (with the exception of the ghost Marowak in Pokémon Tower and Kyurem while it is under Ghetsis's control).
A Master Ball can be held, but it will have no effect. Fling will fail if used while holding a Master Ball.
|| A Ball that captures any wild Pokémon without fail.
|| The best Ball. It never misses.
| The best Ball that catches a Pokémon without fail.
|| 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.
The Master Ball was distributed at Pokémon Center stores throughout Japan from November 19 to December 3, 2011. It was also distributed at the Tohoku Pokémon Center individually from February 28 to March 16, 2012 due to the Tohoku Pokémon Center not being open at the time of the initial distribution.
| 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|
てにいれるための ぼうけんに でよう！
| ポケモンを あそんでくれて|
A Master Ball was available to players via a serial code. Players who saw Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in theaters could download a special stage for The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon. After clearing that special stage players received a serial code to obtain the Master Ball. The serial code could be used to obtain the Master Ball in Japanese region Pokémon X and Y from July 19 to October 15, 2014.
In all languages, the distribution text and title are in Japanese, but the Wonder Card uses the Pokémon Movie 2014 type text in the language of the receiving game.
| ポケモンえいがを げきじょうに|
やせいの ポケモンを かならず
つかまえる ことが できる
Pokémon Stadium 2
Master Ball as seen during the Stadium 2's mini-game
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.
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.
A decorative rug themed after the Master Ball could be found in the Hero's Catalogue in the Dream World.
In spin-off games
Pokémon Pinball series
In Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, 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.
Super Smash Bros. series
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.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Master Ball model in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Master Ball appears as a throwing item. It functions much like the Poké Ball item, but only summons rare and Legendary Pokémon or a Goldeen.
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
Master Ball 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.
Master Ball in Pokémon Adventures
Master Ball in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
Master Ball in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Master Ball in Pokémon Zensho
In the TCG
Master Ball in Pokémon GO
- The Master Ball is present in the game data of Pokémon GO, but is unused.
- The infinite ball glitch is often known as the Master Ball glitch, due to Master Balls commonly being used in this glitch.
In other languages
|| 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 *
|| 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 *
|| Master Ball
|| Master Ball
|| 마스터볼 Master Ball
| Brazilian Portuguese
|| Bola Mestra (TCG, The Official Pokémon Handbook)|
Master Ball (manga)
|| Мастер-Болл Master-Boll
|| Latin America
|| Bola Maestra
|| Master Ball
|| Bóng Master