Ball Saver

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The Ball Saver (Japanese: ボールセーバー Ball Saver) is a feature that saves the ball in Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire.

In both games, the Ball Saver Light (Japanese: ボールセーバー・ライト Ball Saver Light) is a light that is turned on as long as the Ball Saver is available.

Overview

Ball Saver Light

In Pokémon Pinball, the Ball Saver Light is a blue "Saver" text at the bottom of either the Red Field or the Blue Field. That light is on as long as the Ball Saver is active. It starts to blink when there are 10 seconds left, and then blink faster when there are 5 seconds left. If the ball falls down the hole but is saved by the Ball Saver, the text "Ball saved" appears at the bottom of the screen.

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, the Ball Saver is either Latios in the Ruby Field or Latias in the Sapphire Field. Unlike the previous game, it starts to blink when there are 5 seconds left.

Saving the ball

If the ball falls through the hole at the bottom while the Ball Saver is active, then the ball goes back to the Plunger Lane (the initial position outside the main field, at the bottom-right corner) and the player does not lose that ball.

In Pokémon Pinball, the ball goes automatically to the initial position and is automatically launched through the Plunger Lane with no input needed from the player.

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, either Latios or Latias catches the ball and brings it to the Spoink in the Plunger Lane, after which point the player is required to launch the ball by pressing the Right Flipper button (the same button pressed to launch the ball at the start of the game).

Acquisition

These are the various ways to turn the Ball Saver on.

Acquisition Time (seconds)
Pinball Pinball RS
Launch the current ball for the first time
(either after starting the game or losing the previous ball)
24 60
Receive from the Slots 30, 60, or 90
Buy from the Mart (10 coins) 30
Buy from the Mart (20 coins) 60
Buy from the Mart (30 coins) 90
Start the Catch 'em Mode 60
Start the Evolution Mode
Start the Egg Mode 30

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, at the start of the current ball (either after starting the game or losing the previous ball), the Ball Saver time starts when the player presses the Spoink to launch the ball. For instance, if the player holds the Spoink for 60 seconds without launching the ball, the Ball Saver time runs up.

In both games, the Ball Saver remains active for the expected time even if the current mode ends before the Ball Saver timer runs out.

Timer changes

In Pokémon Pinball, if the ball falls in the hole at the bottom but is saved by the Ball Saver, the current Ball Saver time limit increases by 1 second. This additional time is used launching the ball through the Plunger Lane. For instance, if the ball is saved 5 times during the Catch 'em Mode, then the time will run out after 65 seconds (the default 60 seconds, plus 5 falls × 1 second).

In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, if the ball falls in the hole at the bottom but is saved by the Ball Saver, the current Ball Saver time limit decreases by 3 seconds. For instance, if the ball is saved 5 times during the Catch 'em Mode, then the time will run out after 45 seconds (the default 60 seconds, minus 5 falls × 3 seconds).

Scores

The player does not gain any points for activating the Ball Saver or using it to save the ball.

Gallery

Slots

English Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver 2.png
Japanese Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Japanese 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Japanese.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Japanese 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Japanese.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver 2.png
French Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver French.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver French.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver French.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver French.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver French.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver French 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver French.png
German Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver German.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver German.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver German.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver German.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver German.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver German 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver German.png
Italian Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver Italian 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver Italian.png
Spanish Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png Pinball 30 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png Pinball 60 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png Pinball 90 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball RS 30 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball RS 60 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver Spanish.png Pinball RS 90 Sec Ball Saver Spanish 2.png
30 seconds
(Pinball)
60 seconds
(Pinball)
90 seconds
(Pinball)
30 seconds
(Pinball RS)
60 seconds
(Pinball RS)
90 seconds
(Pinball RS)

Ball Saver Light

English
Japanese
Pinball saver on.png Pinball saver off.png Pinball Ruby saver on.png Pinball Ruby saver off.png Pinball Sapphire saver on.png Pinball Sapphire saver off.png
French Pinball saver on French.png Pinball saver off French.png Pinball Ruby saver on French.png Pinball Ruby saver off French.png Pinball Sapphire saver on French.png Pinball Sapphire saver off French.png
German Pinball saver on German.png Pinball saver off German.png Pinball Ruby saver on.png Pinball Ruby saver off.png Pinball Sapphire saver on.png Pinball Sapphire saver off.png
Italian Pinball saver on Italian.png Pinball saver off Italian.png Pinball Ruby saver on Italian.png Pinball Ruby saver off Italian.png Pinball Sapphire saver on Italian.png Pinball Sapphire saver off Italian.png
Spanish Pinball saver on Spanish.png Pinball saver off Spanish.png Pinball Ruby saver on Spanish.png Pinball Ruby saver off Spanish.png Pinball Sapphire saver on Spanish.png Pinball Sapphire saver off Spanish.png
On
(Pinball)
Off
(Pinball)
On
(Ruby Field)
Off
(Ruby Field)
On
(Sapphire Field)
Off
(Sapphire Field)

Ball saved

English
Japanese
Pinball saved.png Pinball RS saved.png Pinball Ruby saved.png Pinball Sapphire saved.png
French Pinball saved French.png Pinball RS saved French.png Pinball Ruby saved French.png Pinball Sapphire saved French.png
German Pinball saved German.png Pinball RS saved German.png Pinball Ruby saved German.png Pinball Sapphire saved German.png
Italian Pinball saved Italian.png Pinball RS saved Italian.png Pinball Ruby saved Italian.png Pinball Sapphire saved Italian.png
Spanish Pinball saved Spanish.png Pinball RS saved Spanish.png Pinball Ruby saved Spanish.png Pinball Sapphire saved Spanish.png
Pinball Pinball RS Ruby Field Sapphire Field

The Poké Ball held by Latios or Latias may be a Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, or Master Ball, depending on the type of Poké Ball used by the player.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, the color palette of the Ball Saver sprites depends on the language.
    • In the English, Japanese, and Spanish versions, the darker sprite with yellow numbers is the main sprite that appears in the Slot and the Mart when nothing was selected yet. The brighter version with white numbers appears when the Ball Saver has been selected.
    • In the French, German, and Italian versions, the opposite is true. The brighter version with white numbers is the main sprite that appears in the Slot and the Mart when nothing was selected yet. The darker sprite with yellow numbers appears when the Ball Saver has been selected.

In other languages

Ball Saver

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ボールセーバー Ball Saver
England Flag.png English Ball Saver
France Flag.png French Sauveur de Bille
Germany Flag.png German Ball Saver
Italy Flag.png Italian Ripesca-Palla
Spain Flag.png Spanish Salvabolas

Ball Saver Light

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ボールセーバー・ライト Ball Saver Light
England Flag.png English Ball Saver Light
France Flag.png French Témoin Sauveur de Bille
Germany Flag.png German Ball Saver Anzeige
Italy Flag.png Italian Display Ripesca-Palla
Spain Flag.png Spanish Marcador del Salvabolas