Light Ball

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Light Ball
でんきだま
Electric Orb
Bag Light Ball Sprite.png
Light Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
Pocket
Generation II Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation III Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation IV Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Held items)
Generation VI Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Generation IX Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Fling
Power 30
Effect Paralyzes the target

The Light Ball (Japanese: でんきだま Electric Orb) is a type of held item introduced in Generation II. It boosts the stats of a Pikachu that holds it.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
GSC
RSEFRLG
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
BDSP
N/A $50
SMUSUM
SwSh
N/A $500
SV N/A $250

Effect

In battle

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Generations II and III

If held by a Pikachu, it doubles its Special Attack.

Generation IV

If held by a Pikachu, it doubles the power of its moves.

Generation V onward

If held by a Pikachu, it doubles both its Attack and Special Attack. It is compatible with Cosplay Pikachu, Pikachu in a cap, and Gigantamax Pikachu.

Outside of battle

Pokémon Emerald onward

If held by either parent of a Pichu when the Egg is produced, the Pichu that hatches will know the move Volt Tackle. From Generation VI onward, if a Pichu knows Volt Tackle this way (and was bred in Generation VI onward), it can be taught Volt Tackle again at the Move Reminder if it forgets the move.

Description

Games Description
GSC An odd, electrical orb. (HOLD)
RSEColoXD A hold item that raises the Sp. Atk of Pikachu.
FRLG An orb to be held by a Pikachu that raises the Sp. Atk stat. Touching it may cause a shock.
DP An item to be held by Pikachu. It is a puzzling orb that raises the Sp. Atk stat.
PtHGSS An item to be held by Pikachu. It is a puzzling orb that raises the Attack and Sp. Atk stat.
BWB2W2 An item to be held by Pikachu. It is a puzzling orb that raises the Attack and Sp. Atk stat.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwShBDSP
An item to be held by Pikachu. It's a puzzling orb that boosts its Attack and Sp. Atk stats.
SV An item to be held by Pikachu. It’s a mysterious orb that boosts Pikachu’s Attack and Sp. Atk stats.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Held by the initial Pikachu from Pokémon Yellow if traded to Generation II
RSE Event Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
FRLG Event Trade
XD Pokémon HQ Lab (×2; held by Eagun's two Pikachu during the post-game battle)
DPPt Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
HGSS Mt. Silver Cave (held by Red's Pikachu)
Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
PW Yellow Forest
PBR Held by Secret Gift Pikachu
BWB2W2 Event
XY Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
ORAS Route 120 Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
SMUSUM Resolution Cave Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
SwSh Event Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
SwShIA Cram-o-matic (Electric: 82-90 points)
BDSP Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)
SV Held by 7★ Tera Raid Pikachu (Poké Portal News) Held by wild Pikachu (5% chance)

Distribution

Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SwSh Cramorant Max Raid Battle items All February 10 to 28, 2021
As a held item

For Pokémon distributed in Generation I games, the Pokémon must be traded to a Generation II game for the item to appear.

Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
RBY Nintendo Power Pikachu North America October to November 1, 1999
RSEFRLG All Nippon Airways Pikachu Japanese December 5 to 25, 2004
Yokohama Pikachu Japanese March 19 to April 3, 2005
GW Pikachu Japanese April 25 to May 8, 2005
Sapporo Pikachu Japanese July 1 to August 21, 2005
Party of the Decade Pokémon United States August 8, 2006
Top 10 Distribution English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Various
DP 2007 TCG World Championships Pikachu United States August 10 to 12, 2007
McDonald's Pikachu Japanese May 30 to June 19, 2008
Nintendo Zone Pikachu United States November 17 to December 31, 2008
DPPt Character Fair Pikachu Korean July 24 to 26, 2009
DPPtHGSS Ario Pikachu Japanese November 21 to 23, 2009
Ash's Pikachu Japanese July 15 to August 10, 2010
Nintendo Zone Pikachu Germany July 31 to August 27, 2010
7-Eleven Pikachu Japanese August 20 to September 5, 2010
Ash's Pikachu United States, Canada January 30 to February 13, 2011
February 9 to 20, 2011
Ash's Pikachu Korean February 1 to 28, 2011
BW Singing Pikachu Japanese July 30 to September 4, 2011
Pikachu Festival Pikachu Japanese March 23 to April 8, 2012
Pika Pika Carnival Pikachu English, Japanese May 11 to 20, 2012
Summer Carnival Pikachu Korean July 14 to August 29, 2012
2012 World Championships Pikachu United States August 12, 2012
Summer 2012 Pikachu English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Various
BWB2W2 Pokémon Center 15th Anniversary Pikachu Japanese May 29 to June 4, 2013
July 3 to 7, 2013
Strongest Class Pikachu Hong Kong, Taiwan July 26 to 30, 2013
August 15 to 20, 2013
XY Atsuto Uchida Pikachu Japan June 15, 2014
ORAS PGL Pikachu All September 1 to October 29, 2015
Pokémon Center Online Pikachu Japanese February 16 to August 31, 2016
XYORAS 7-Eleven Ash's Pikachu Japanese July 18 to September 30, 2015
Pokémon Center Ash's Pikachu Japanese August 24 to 30, 2015
Pika Pika Pokémon Spa Pikachu Korean July 2 to September 30, 2016
SwSh Ash's World Cap Pikachu All October 30 to November 30, 2020
Game Freak's Singing Pikachu All February 25 to March 25, 2021
Ash's World Cap Pikachu Japan August 11 to September 30, 2022

Gallery

Artwork

Bag Light Ball SV Sprite.png
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Light Ball in Pokémon: Magikarp Jump

Pokémon: Magikarp Jump

In Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, Light Ball is a Friendship Item that is received as a reward after beating the Friend League. It summons Pikachu as a helper Pokémon.

Trivia

  • Because Pikachu cannot be found in the wild in Unova, Thief and similar moves no longer permanently steal items held by Trainers' Pokémon from Generation V onward, and Poké Transfer does not transfer held items, the Light Ball cannot be obtained in Generation V outside of events. However, it is coded to be an item held by wild Pikachu, with a 1%*BW/5%B2W2 probability.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 電氣球 Dihnhei Kàuh
Mandarin 電氣球 / 电气球 Diànqì Qiú
France Flag.png French Balle Lumière*
Ballelumiere*
Germany Flag.png German Kugelblitz
Italy Flag.png Italian Elettropalla
South Korea Flag.png Korean 전기구슬 Jeongi Guseul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Bola Luminosa*
Bolaluminosa*

External links



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