Friend Ball

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Friend Ball
Friend Ball
Friend Ball
Friend Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
Generation II 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

The Friend Ball (Japanese: フレンドボール Friend Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation II. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon. Pokémon caught in a Friend Ball become more friendly.

It is one of Kurt's signature Apricorn Poké Balls, and is made from Green Apricorns.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png150


Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it attempts to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1×. If caught, the Pokémon's friendship is set to 200. (It has no effect on the friendship of Pokémon hatched in a Friend Ball.)

If used on an Ultra Beast, the catch rate modifier is instead always set to 0.1×.

The Friend 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, the opposing Trainer will bat the ball away, wasting the item.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding a Friend Ball.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Friend Balls cannot be held. This is to prevent them being held by a Pokémon traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, where the item does not exist.


Games Description
GSC A Ball that makes Pokémon friendly.
A Poké Ball that makes caught Pokémon more friendly.
A strange Poké Ball that will make the wild Pokémon caught with it more friendly toward you immediately.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Azalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
HGSS Azalea Town (Grn Apricorn)
SMUSUM Heahea CityUSUM, Malie City
SwSh Turffield Stadium
Events (@poke_times Rare Balls, The Isle of Armor Promotion Pack Week 2)
Wyndon Stadium
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Green Apricorn)

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Pokémon Breeders keep their Pokémon in Friend Balls.



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori


Ultra Ball Friend Ball battle II.png Friend Ball summary IV.png Friend Ball battle IV.png Friend Ball battle V.png
In-battle sprite in
Generation II
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
In-battle sprite in
Generation V


Friend Ball battle 3DS.png Friend Ball VIII.png
In-battle model from
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Generation VIII

In the anime

A Friend Ball in the anime

In Going Apricorn!, a Friend Ball appeared in a fantasy during Maizie's explanation about Apricorn Poké Balls.

In the manga

A Friend Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

In Teddiursa's Picnic, Gold received a Friend Ball from Kurt. In the next round, he used it to catch a Teddiursa for Maizie.

In Slugging It Out with Slugma, a Friend Ball was seen amongst Crystal's set of Apricorn Poké Balls.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Chuck keeps his Pokémon in Friend Balls, as seen in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon with his Poliwrath and in Let's Fight For The Future!! with his Primeape.

In the TCG

Friend Ball
Main article: Friend Ball (Skyridge 126)

Debuting in Skyridge, the Friend Ball allows the player to search their deck for a Pokémon of the same type as one of the opponent's Pokémon. It was later reprinted in Celestial Storm.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 友友球 Yáuhyáuh Kàuh
Mandarin 友友球 Yǒuyǒu Qiú
France Flag.png French Copain Ball
Germany Flag.png German Freundesball
Italy Flag.png Italian Friend Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 프랜드볼 Friend Ball
Poland Flag.png Polish Przyjacielski Ball
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bola Amiga*
Bola Amizade*
Poké Bola Amiga*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Bola de Amizade
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bola Amigo
Spain Flag.png Spain Amigo Ball
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Friend

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