Master Ball

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Master Ball
Master Ball
Master Ball
Master Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
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The Master Ball (Japanese: マスターボール Master Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation I. It can be used to catch a wild Pokémon without fail.

The Master Ball, like all Poké Balls, is spherical in shape. The top and bottom halves are divided by a horizontal black band, on which the button is found on all Poké Balls. The top half of the Master Ball is purple, with a white letter "M" on the front, with a pink circle on either side. Master Balls are developed by Silph Co.

In the core series games


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Manual activation

When used from the Bag in a wild encounter, it catches the wild Pokémon without fail (with the exception of the ghost Marowak in Pokémon Tower).

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, throwing a Master Ball will bypass the Poké Ball throwing mechanic, and will instead show a cutscene of the Master Ball catching the chosen Pokémon. If used on Legendary Pokémon in these games, they will attempt to smack the ball away, but will still be caught anyway.

The Master 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.

As a Pokémon's Poké Ball

From Generation VI onward, bred Pokémon inherit their Poké Ball from their parents. However, the Master Ball and Cherish Ball cannot be passed down via breeding; instead, they act as a regular Poké Ball for inheritance purposes.

Held item

Fling will fail if used while holding a Master Ball.


Games Description
Stad A Ball that captures any wild Pokémon without fail.
GSC The best Ball. It never misses.
The best Ball that catches a Pokémon without fail.
FRLG The best Ball with the ultimate performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.
The best Ball with the ultimate level of performance. It will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.
The best Poké Ball with the ultimate level of performance. With it, you will catch any wild Pokémon without fail.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Silph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
GSC New Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges) Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
RS Magma HideoutR/Aqua HideoutS (entrance sealed after defeating Tate and Liza) Lilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
E Aqua Hideout Lilycove Department Store (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
FRLG Silph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni)
Colo. Agate Village (from Eagun after reading his incomplete email inside Realgam Tower)
XD Pokémon HQ Lab (from Professor Krane after clearing the Cipher Key Lair)
DPPt Team Galactic HQ (from Cyrus after defeating him) Jubilife TV (match all 5 digits in the Pokémon Lottery Corner)
HGSS New Bark Town (from Professor Elm after earning all eight Johto Badges) Goldenrod Radio Tower (match all 5 digits in the Lucky Channel)
BW Opelucid City (from Professor Juniper after earning all eight Badges), Castelia City Pokémon Center (from a man in black for having Pokémon from 50 different original Trainers)
B2W2 Mistralton City (from Professor Juniper), Plasma Frigate (from Colress after defeating him during the post-game) Join Avenue (grand prize from Raffle Shops)
XY Poké Ball Factory (from president after defeating Celosia and Bryony) Loto-ID Center (match all 5 digits)
ORAS Team Magma HideoutOR/Team Aqua HideoutAS Pokémon Lottery Corner (match all 5 digits)
PMC Mine Cart Adventure (all levels)
SMUSUM Aether Paradise (from Gladion after defeating Lusamine) Loto-ID Center (match 5 digits), Festival Plaza (Lottery shop: Big Dreams first prize)
PE Silph Co. (from president after defeating Giovanni) Cerulean Cave
SwSh Postwick (from Professor Magnolia after becoming Champion) Any Pokémon Center (match all 5 digits in the Loto-ID)


Generation V
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The Master Ball was distributed at Pokémon Center stores throughout Japan from November 19 to December 3, 2011. It was also distributed at the Tohoku Pokémon Center individually from February 28 to March 16, 2012, due to the Tohoku Pokémon Center not being open at the time of the initial distribution.

Wonder Card
マスターボール プレゼント
いよいよ 646しゅるいの ポケモンの
じょうほうが あきらかに!
マスターボールを うけとって
まだつかまえていない ポケモンを
てにいれるための ぼうけんに でよう!

Bag Master Ball Sprite.png
マスターボール プレゼント
ポケモンを あそんでくれて
おくりものは ポケモンセンタ-にいる
はいたついんから うけとってね!

Generation VI

A Master Ball was available to players via a serial code. Players who saw Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in theaters could download a special stage for The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon. After clearing that special stage players received a serial code to obtain the Master Ball. The serial code could be used to obtain the Master Ball in Japanese region Pokémon X and Y from July 19 to October 15, 2014.


In all languages, the distribution text and title are in Japanese, but the Wonder Card uses the Pokémon Movie 2014 type text in the language of the receiving game.

マスターボール プレゼント
ポケモンえいがを げきじょうに
みにきてくれて ありがとう!
やせいの ポケモンを かならず
つかまえる ことが できる
マスターボールを プレゼント!

マスターボール プレゼント
てくれて ありがとう!
おくりものは ポケモンセンターにいる
配達員から ってね!

Cameo appearances

Pokémon Stadium 2

In Pokémon Stadium 2, Master Ball appears in the mini-game Furret's Frolic. It is the largest ball in that mini-game, appearing later than the rest and being worth 5 points.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

In Pokémon XD, Master Balls are used in the Battle Bingo game. The player starts with two and can gain an extra one from one of the ? spaces.

Pokémon Dream World

A Master Ball-themed rug from the Dream World

A decorative rug themed after the Master Ball could be found in the Hero's Catalogue in the Dream World.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

The villainous team leaders in Team Rainbow Rocket keep their Pokémon in Master Balls.



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Artwork from
Generation I
Artwork by
Ken Sugimori


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In-battle sprite in
Generation II
Sprite from
Furret Frolic's
instruction screen in
Stadium 2
In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
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Summary sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
In-battle sprite in
Generation V


Furret Frolic Master Ball.png Master Ball battle 3DS.png Master Ball model SSB4.png Master Ball PE.png Master Ball VIII.png
Model from
Furret Frolic in
Stadium 2
In-battle model
X, Y, Omega Ruby,
Alpha Sapphire
, Sun, Moon,
Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Model from
Super Smash Bros.
for Wii U
Model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
Model from
Generation VIII

In spin-off games

In Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!

The Master Ball card is available in Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!.

TCG2 F55 Master Ball.png
Master Ball (GB2)

In the Pokémon Pinball series

In Pokémon Pinball, the Master Ball multiplies bonus points by ×4. In Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, the Master Ball multiplies bonus points by ×5.

The Master Ball does not have the same use as in the core series, since catching a Pokémon is always guaranteed, even with a regular Poké Ball.

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Sprite from
Sprite from
Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Poké Ball trophy mentions the Master Ball, identifying it as the strongest variety of Poké Ball.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the Master Ball appears as a throwing item. It functions much like the Poké Ball item, but only summons rare and Legendary Pokémon, Zoroark, or a Goldeen.

Trophy information

NA: These valuable, powerful balls can capture any wild Pokémon. In Smash Bros., hard-to-find Pokémon often pop out of them. You can easily identify a Master Ball by the distinct purple appearance and large M on the top. A Pokémon within a Master Ball may turn the tide of battle.

PAL: A rare type of Poké Ball that never fails to catch a Pokémon. Throw one in this game, and the Mythical or Legendary Pokémon inside will come to your aid. Master Balls are easy to identify due to their purple colour and the large M on them. Use one to quickly turn the tide of any battle!

In the anime

A Master Ball in the anime

In the main series

In Beauty and the Beach and A Hot Water Battle, Misty has a beach ball that was decorated to look like a Master Ball. This Master Ball beach ball reappeared in Pikachu's Ice Adventure. In The Song of Jigglypuff, a picture of a Master Ball appeared on a billboard on a building.

In Whiscash and Ash, Sullivan attempted to use a Master Ball in a last-ditch attempt to catch Nero, an oversized wild Whiscash that had long eluded him. However, Nero swallowed the Master Ball and disappeared back into the water, not being caught. At the end of the episode, Nero was seen playing with the Master Ball on its tongue.

A Master Ball appeared in Which One ~ Is It?, a Japanese ending theme from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In Pokémon Origins

A Master Ball in Pokémon Origins

The Master Ball never made an actual appearance in Pokémon Origins, only appearing in Silph Co. president's secretary's demonstration in File 3: Giovanni. She mentioned that the Master Ball was still in development, and only existed as a prototype. She also told that it was why Team Rocket had taken over their office building; they intended to accelerate the development of the Master Ball and then steal it when it would be completed, making sure they would be the only ones possessing it. After Team Rocket was driven out of the building by Red, it was mentioned that the development of the Master Ball was being put on hold for a while.

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

In Mewtwo Strikes Back!, Dr. Fuji attempted to use a Master Ball to catch Mew, but failed.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In And Mewtwo... Three!, Blaine was revealed to be in possession of a Master Ball. Soon afterwards, Red used it to catch Mewtwo for Blaine.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

In (Violent) Earthquake! Cyrus's Consuming Ambition, Cyrus gave Hareta a Master Ball as recognition for him having moved his emotions, telling him to bring it with him to Mt. Coronet. In Bonds Connect Across Space-Time..., the Master Ball fell out of Hareta's pocket at the Spear Pillar, and Professor Rowan told him about its capability to catch any Pokémon without fail. In an attempt to stop the battle between Dialga and Palkia, Hareta tried to use the Master Ball to catch Palkia, but Palkia, having total control over space, was able to make itself disappear out of Master Ball's way and then smack it aside.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Red used a Master Ball in The Legendary Pokémon Appears!! to catch Articuno.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi obtained a Master Ball from the Silph Co.'s president in Saffron City as thanks for rescuing his company from the hands of Team Rocket.


In the TCG

Master Ball
Main article: Master Ball (Gym Challenge 116)

The Master Ball was introduced as a Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in English during the Original Series in the Gym Challenge, and in Japanese during the Original Era in the Extended Sheet 2. It has been reprinted as a Trainer card in the Japanese-exclusive Intro Pack Neo (in the Neo Era), the Japanese-exclusive Pokémon VS expansion (in the VS Era), the English e-Card Series (the Japanese e-Card Era), and the English EX Series (the Japanese ADV Era and PCG Era). It was reprinted as an Ace Spec Item card during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW era), in the Plasma Blast expansion in English and the Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck in Japanese.

As a Trainer card, this card allowed the player to look at the top 7 cards of their deck and add one Pokémon card from those cards to their hand, then shuffle their deck. As an Ace Spec Item card, this card allows the player to add 1 Pokémon card from their deck to their hand.

The Master Ball was also featured as a card in Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!


A Master Ball in Pokémon GO

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 大師球 Daaihsī Kàuh *
掌門球 Jéungmùhn Kàuh *
掌門精靈球 Jéungmùhn Jīnglìhng Kàuh *
究極寵物小精靈球 Gaugihk Chúngmaht-Síujīnglìhng Kàuh *
精靈球 Jīnglìhng Kàuh *
Mandarin 大師球 / 大师球 Dàshī Qiú *
掌門球 / 掌门球 Zhǎngmén Qiú *
魔獸球 Móshòu Qiú *
究極神奇寶貝球 Jiūjí Shénqí-Bǎobèi Qiú *
终极神奇宝贝球 Zhōngjí Shénqí-Bǎobèi Qiú *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Meesterbal*
Finland Flag.png Finnish Mestaripallo
France Flag.png French Master Ball
Germany Flag.png German Meisterball
Italy Flag.png Italian Master Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 마스터볼 Master Ball
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bola Mestra*
Master Ball*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Bola Mestra
Russia Flag.png Russian Мастер-Болл Master-Boll
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bola Maestra
Spain Flag.png Spain Master Ball
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Master

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