Dive Ball

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Dive Ball
Dive Ball
Bag Dive Ball Sprite.png
Dive Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
Generation III Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Poké Balls)
Generation VI Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IX 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. It was first developed in Mossdeep City.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
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N/A PokémonDollar.png500
SV PokémonDollar.png1,000 PokémonDollar.png250


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. In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Phenac Stadium is considered an underwater area, so the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier there.

Generation IV to VIII

If used while surfing, fishing, or underwater, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 410/4096× (~0.1×).

Generation IX

If used while the Pokémon is currently on or in water, the Dive Ball has a 3.5× catch rate modifier; otherwise, it has a 1× modifier. This does not count for Pokémon flying above the water due to a glitch, except for Tropius.


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.
SV A somewhat different Poké Ball that is more effective when catching Pokémon in or on the water.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RSE Abandoned Ship Mossdeep Poké Mart
FRLG Trade
Colo.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
DW* Sparkling Sea
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 Wild Area Watt Traders (50 W)
Hammerlocke Poké Mart (Southern Pokémon Center)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIA Fields of Honor, Loop Lagoon, Insular Sea (hidden recurring item)
Cram-o-matic (Blue Apricorn)
SwShCT Frigid Sea Snowslide Slope Watt Trader (50 W)
BDSP Eterna City (from the Underground Man after creating a Secret Base) Pokémon News Press
SV Casseroya Lake, Glaseado Mountain, East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five)
Reward for registering 170 Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex (×10)
All Poké Marts (after earning 5 Gym Badges), Porto Marinada auction
SVTM Chilling Waterhead, Fellhorn Gorge, Kitakami Road, Kitakami Wilds Peachy's (after earning 5 Gym Badges)
SVID Canyon Biome, Coastal Biome, Polar Biome Vending machines (Terarium)
Item Printer (Poké Ball Lotto)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SwSh New Year's 2020 Dive Balls All December 31, 2019 to January 30, 2020
SV Variety Ball Sets Japan November 18, 2022 to March 7, 2023
Miscellaneous items: Rare Candies, Max Revives and variety ball set Japanese April 13 to October 2, 2023

NPC usage

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

Swimmers and Surfers keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Nessa keeps her Pokémon in Dive Balls.

The following Trainer classes keep their Pokémon in Dive Balls:



SugimoriDiveBall.png Bag Dive Ball SV Sprite.png
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


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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 Mad About Blue!, Gorman was shown to keep his Nidorina and Phanpy in Dive Balls.

In The Future I Choose!, Ludlow was revealed to keep his Quagsire in a Dive Ball.

In the manga

A Dive Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

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 arc

In Toasty!! Battle Against Toxapex, Nessa's Drednaw was shown to be housed in a Dive Ball.

In the TCG

Dive Ball in the TCG
Main article: Dive Ball (Primal Clash 125)

Dive Ball was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era). It debuted in English in the Primal Clash expansion, with artwork by Toyste Beach. In Japan, it debuted in the Tidal Storm expansion. It allows the player to search their deck for a Water-type Pokémon and put it into their hand.


  • In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, a Sailor in the Mossdeep City Poké Mart mentions that Dive Balls and Net Balls are only made in Mossdeep. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Sailor instead mentions that they used to be Mossdeep's specialties.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, Phenac Stadium is considered an underwater location, so the Dive Ball has an increased catch rate in that location. Because Dive Balls are not normally available in those games, and trading is only unlocked during the postgame, the player cannot have Dive Balls in their possession until the postgame. The only catchable Shadow Pokémon that can appear in Phenac Stadium during the postgame are the Shadow Pokémon in the Card e Room, which is exclusive to the Japanese version of Colosseum and only accessible after scanning an appropriate e-Reader card; thus, these are the only Pokémon in either game for which the Dive Ball's increased catch rate can apply.

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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