GS Ball

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GS Ball
GS Ball
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GS Ball
Pokémon Crystal artwork
Introduced in Generation II
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

The GS Ball (Japanese: GSボール GS Ball) is a Key Item exclusive to Pokémon Crystal. It is a special and mysterious Poké Ball whose design appears to be a reference to Pokémon Gold and Silver, the first core series games of Generation II, as the ball has the letters "GS" inscribed upon it and is colored both gold and silver.

An NPC in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon mentions the GS Ball, claiming that it stands for greatest smith's ball (Japanese: ガンテツすごいボール Gantetsu's Superb Ball) or Gold-Silver Ball (Japanese: ゴールドシルバーボール Gold-Silver Ball).

In the games


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After obtaining the GS Ball, the player needs to take it to Kurt, who will analyze it for a day. After it has been analyzed and returned, Ilex Forest becomes restless, and the player must place it on the Ilex Forest shrine, which will summon a level 30 wild Celebi.


Games Description
The mysterious Ball.


Games Method
C (cartridge) EventJP
C (VC) Pokémon Communication CenterJP/Goldenrod City Pokémon CenterINT


In the original Japanese release of Pokémon Crystal, players could obtain a GS Ball as an event item from the Trade Corner attendant through the Mobile System GB and the Pokémon News Machine at the Pokémon Communication Center in Goldenrod City.

For the original Western localizations, the distribution event was adapted to the Goldenrod Pokémon Center but was never used. It is possible to use a modified version of the Celebi Egg glitch to spawn the GS Ball as a held item.

In the Virtual Console releases, the GS Ball no longer requires an event distribution as in the original games. It can be obtained after entering the Hall of Fame upon exiting the Pokémon Communication Center in the Japanese version or the Goldenrod Pokémon Center in the Western localizations.

In the anime

The GS Ball in the anime

In the anime, Professor Ivy was the first character to possess the GS Ball. She called upon the help of Professor Oak to study it, but couldn't figure out how to open it. Ivy tried to open it with hacksaws, hammers, crowbars, power drills and lasers, but to no avail. At one point, Ash tried simply calling a Pokémon to be released, but this did not work. The ball also couldn't be transmitted via PC.

In Pallet Party Panic, Professor Oak tasked Ash with retrieving the GS Ball from Professor Ivy's laboratory, located on Valencia Island in the Orange Archipelago, and bringing it back to Oak for him to study.

Ash obtained the Ball two episodes later, in Poké Ball Peril, and updated Oak on his progress. He put off completing the errand in the next episode so he could compete in the Orange League, a move which Oak approved.

In Fit To Be Tide, Misty scolded her Psyduck for bouncing the Ball up and down on its head.

In A Way Off Day Off, Ash compared the GS Ball to a standard Poké Ball while everyone else was sleeping.

After a brief mention by Misty in The Underground Round Up, Ash finally gave Oak the GS Ball after returning to Pallet Town in A Tent Situation, but Oak put it away to examine later. The GS Ball was then last sucked in by Team Rocket's Super Sucker. When the trio's balloon was torn, the GS Ball was rescued with all the other Poké Balls.

In The Rivalry Revival, Oak's studies on the ball proved to be extremely difficult, with Tracey even admitting that no new information was gathered. Oak gave it back to Ash, asking him to deliver the GS Ball to Poké Ball researcher and manufacturer Kurt of Azalea Town in Johto.

In Once in a Blue Moon, Ash took the Ball out to polish it when it is stolen by a Quagsire. Ash, Misty, and Brock chased after the Quagsire before getting the Ball back by the end of the episode.

In A Shadow of a Drought, the group arrived in Azalea Town, and Misty reminded Ash about the errand. The delivery was made in Going Apricorn!, and Ash broke the news to Oak in A Farfetch'd Tale. Its last appearance was in a flashback in No Big Woop!.

In an interview with Masamitsu Hidaka in 2008, it was explained that the GS Ball was originally going to contain a Celebi that was to be the star of a large arc of the Johto saga. However, it was decided that Celebi would be the star of the fourth movie, so the story arc was viewed as redundant and shelved. The Ball was left with Kurt with the hopes that viewers would eventually forget about it. This concept would later be recycled with Meloetta during Pokémon the Series: Black & White.

For every episode of Pokémon: Johto League Champions, three GS Balls are seen alongside the title card and the name of the episode. Each Ball is situated on a corner of the title card; there are two GS Balls on the two bottom corners and one on the top right corner.

In the manga

The GS Ball in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

The GS Ball was created by the Masked Man in The Last Battle XII using a net made from the feathers of Lugia and Ho-Oh to capture Celebi at the Ilex Forest shrine in The Last Battle XIV. Only the feathers of the two Legendary Pokémon could contain Celebi and prevent their holder from suffering the ill effects of time travel. Gold was able to use his Pichu, Pibu, to destroy the ball and set Celebi free.


A "GS Ball" is one of three dummy items in Korean Gold and Silver
  • In the Korean versions of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the dummy item Teru-sama with ID 0x73 is labeled "GS Ball" (Korean: GS볼 GS Ball). This item ID is the same one used by the GS Ball in Crystal and Pokémon Stadium 2, and is called Teru-sama in Japanese and Western Gold and Silver.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese GS球 GS Kàuh
Mandarin GS球 / GS球 GS Qiú
Finland Flag.png Finnish GS-pallo
France Flag.png French GS Ball
Germany Flag.png German GS-Ball
Italy Flag.png Italian GS Ball
Sfera GS*
South Korea Flag.png Korean GS볼 GS Ball
Poland Flag.png Polish GS Ball
Spain Flag.png Spanish GS Ball
Sweden Flag.png Swedish GS-bollen
Turkey Flag.png Turkish GS Topu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng GS

Greatest smith's ball

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鋼鐵超級厲害球 Gongtit Chīukāp Laihhoih Kàuh
Mandarin 鋼鐵超級厲害球 Gāngtiě Chāojí Lìhài Qiú *
钢铁的帅气球 Gāngtiě-de Shuàiqì Qiú *
France Flag.png French Giga-Super Ball
Germany Flag.png German Genialer Superball
Italy Flag.png Italian Giga Super Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 굉장히 스페셜한 볼 Goengjang-hi Special-han Ball
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gula suprema

Gold-Silver Ball

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 金銀球 Gām'ngàhn Kàuh
Mandarin 金銀球 / 金银球 Jīnyín Qiú
France Flag.png French Gold Silver Ball
Germany Flag.png German Gold-Silber-Ball
Italy Flag.png Italian Gold Silver Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 골드실버볼 Gold-Silver Ball
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gold Silver Ball

See also

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