Dive Ball

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Dive Ball
Dive Ball
Dive Ball
Dive Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
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Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls

The Dive Ball (Japanese: ダイブボール Dive Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation III. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon, being more likely to succeed in water encounters, originally specifically underwater encounters.

Dive Balls were first developed in Mossdeep City.

In the core series games


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When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon. It has an increased catch rate modifier in certain encounters.

The Dive 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 (except if used as a Snag Ball on a Shadow Pokémon), the opposing Trainer will deflect the ball, wasting the item. If used on the ghost Marowak, it will dodge the ball, wasting it.

Generation III

If used underwater, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. Since there are no underwater areas in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, it will always have a 1× modifier in those games.

Generation IV onward

If used while surfing, fishing, or underwater, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier.


Games Description
A Ball that works better on Pokémon on the ocean floor.
FRLG A somewhat different Ball that works especially well on Pokémon deep in the sea.
DPPtHGSS A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon that live in the sea.
BWB2W2 A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon that live underwater.
A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well when catching Pokémon that live underwater.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RSE Abandoned Ship Mossdeep Poké Mart
FRLG Trade
Colo. Trade
XD Trade
DPPt Route 223Pt Pokémon News Press
HGSS Trade
PW Beautiful Beach (5000+ steps), Blue Lake (3500+ steps)
BW Cold Storage, Wellspring Cave Undella Poké Mart
Village Bridge, Black CityB/White ForestW (Jacques)
B2W2 Routes 3 and 17, Seaside Cave Undella and Humilau Poké Marts
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Fisherman Devon), Village Bridge
XY Route 16, Azure Bay Poké Ball Boutique
Ambrette Town (trade for a Poké Ball; daily)
ORAS Sea Mauville Fallarbor Poké Mart
Route 125 (20% chance after a rematch with Sailor Ernest)
PMC Mine Cart Adventure (all levels)
SMUSUM Routes 8 and 15, Brooklet Hill, Hano Beach, Kala'e Bay, Ula'ula BeachUSUM Route 8 Poké Mart
Festival Plaza (Ball Shop)
SwSh Route 9 All Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Swimmers and SurfersUSUM keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the following Trainer classes keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls:

Additionally, Nessa keeps her Pokémon in Dive Balls.


Artwork by
Ken Sugimori


Dive Ball III.png Dive Ball summary Colo.png Dive Ball summary XD.png Dive Ball summary IV.png
In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
Summary sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
Dive Ball battle IV.png Dive Ball summary PBR.png Dive Ball battle V.png
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
Summary sprite from
Battle Revolution
In-battle sprite in
Generation V


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In-battle model
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Generation VIII

In the anime

A Dive Ball in the anime

A Dive Ball appeared in Which One ~ Is It?, a Japanese ending theme from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl.

In A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!, multiple Dive Balls were seen at the Poké Ball Factory.

In We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!, Lana caught her Eevee, Sandy, in a Dive Ball.

In Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!, a Dive Ball appeared as a part of James's Poké Ball collection.

In JN081, Abel was shown to keep his Nidorina and Phanpy in Dive Balls.

In the manga

A Dive Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald chapter

A Dive Ball first appeared in A Sketchy Smattering of Smeargle while Emerald was thinking which of his Poké Balls he should use to catch Jirachi.

More of Emerald's Dive Balls were seen in Sneaky Like Shedinja II, The Final Battle III, and The Final Battle V.

Sword & Shield chapter

In PASS08, Nessa's Drednaw was shown to be housed in a Dive Ball.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 潛水球 Chìhmséui Kàuh
Mandarin 潛水球 / 潜水球 Qiánshuǐ Qiú
France Flag.png French Scuba Ball
Germany Flag.png German Tauchball
Italy Flag.png Italian Sub Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다이브볼 Dive Ball
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bola Mergulho
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Dive bola
Bola Mergulho*
Russia Flag.png Russian Дайв-Болл Daiv-Boll
Spain Flag.png Spanish Buceo Ball
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Drive

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