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(happy 2010, folks.)
(due to the recent overhaul of this page, I once again give you the first article Bulbapedia ever featured: The Poké Ball!)
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A '''[[Poké Ball]]''' (Japanese: '''モンスターボール''' ''Monster Ball'') is a type of [[item]] that is critical to a {{pkmn|Trainer}}'s quest, used for {{pkmn2|caught|catching}} and storing {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}. Both a general term used to describe the various kinds as well as a specific term to refer to the most basic among these variations, Poké Balls are ubiquitous in the modern Pokémon world. Up to six Pokémon can be carried with a Trainer in Poké Balls, while any number of other Poké Balls can be held in the [[bag]] for later use.
The '''[[History of Pokémon|history of the Pokémon media franchise]]''' spans over a decade from when work began officially on the first game to now, and has roots even older. It started simply enough as a hobby of [[Satoshi Tajiri]], who as a child had a fondness for catching {{wp|insect}}s and {{wp|tadpole}}s near his home in suburban {{wp|Tokyo}}. Over time, Tajiri decided to put his idea of catching creatures into practice because it would give children the same thrill as he had.
 
   
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The strength of a Poké Ball is determined by how much it raises a [[wild Pokémon]]'s [[catch rate]], and may in fact vary depending on the conditions of the battle. Poké Balls limit the power of Pokémon contained inside, taming them, though they do not cause the Pokémon inside to always obey the Trainer.
With the help of [[Ken Sugimori]] and other friends, Tajiri formed [[Game Freak]] and much later the design studio known as [[Creatures]]. When Tajiri discovered the [[Game Boy]] and the [[Link cable|Game Boy Link Cable]], it gave him the image of insects traveling along the wire, which led to concept for a new game called ''[[Capsule Monsters]]''. After several failed attempts at pitching this idea to [[Nintendo]], Tajiri's new friend [[Shigeru Miyamoto]] pitched it to the company, and Nintendo began to fund the project, spending six years developing the games that would become a worldwide sensation. Before the first Pokémon games were released in Japan in 1996, Nintendo decided to change the name "Capsule Monsters" to "Pocket Monsters."
 
   
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Stylized Poké Balls are used in many places to symbolize Pokémon in general: the logos of both [[Battle Frontier]]s feature a Poké Ball in their design, while several Poké Balls can be seen in every Pokémon Center. The headgear of the protagonists of [[Hoenn]], [[Kanto]], and [[Sinnoh]]-based games feature Poké Ball designs, as do the [[bag]]s of the protagonists of [[Johto]]-based games.
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Revision as of 09:35, 1 February 2010

Poké Ball

A Poké Ball (Japanese: モンスターボール Monster Ball) is a type of item that is critical to a Trainer's quest, used for catching and storing Pokémon. Both a general term used to describe the various kinds as well as a specific term to refer to the most basic among these variations, Poké Balls are ubiquitous in the modern Pokémon world. Up to six Pokémon can be carried with a Trainer in Poké Balls, while any number of other Poké Balls can be held in the bag for later use.

The strength of a Poké Ball is determined by how much it raises a wild Pokémon's catch rate, and may in fact vary depending on the conditions of the battle. Poké Balls limit the power of Pokémon contained inside, taming them, though they do not cause the Pokémon inside to always obey the Trainer.

Stylized Poké Balls are used in many places to symbolize Pokémon in general: the logos of both Battle Frontiers feature a Poké Ball in their design, while several Poké Balls can be seen in every Pokémon Center. The headgear of the protagonists of Hoenn, Kanto, and Sinnoh-based games feature Poké Ball designs, as do the bags of the protagonists of Johto-based games.

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