Safari Ball

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Safari Ball
Safari Ball
Safari Ball
Safari Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
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Generation II Bag Poké Balls pocket icon.png Poké Balls
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)
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The Safari Ball (Japanese: サファリボール Safari Ball) is a type of Poké Ball introduced in Generation I. It can be used to catch wild Pokémon during a Safari Game.

In the core series games


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When used in a wild encounter, it will attempt to catch the wild Pokémon with a catch rate modifier of 1.5×.

The player can only have these Poké Balls in their possession during a Safari Game.


Games Description
A Ball used in the Safari Zone for catching wild Pokémon.
A special Ball that is used only in the Safari Zone.
FRLG A special Ball that is used only in the Safari Zone. It is finished with a camouflage pattern.
A special Poké Ball that is used only in the Great Marsh. It is decorated in a camouflage pattern.
A special Poké Ball that is used only in the Great Marsh. It is recognizable by the camouflage pattern decorating it.


When the player participates in a Safari Game, they receive 30 Safari Balls exclusively for use within the Safari Game. They are not placed in the player's Bag, and any unused Safari Balls are returned at the end of the Safari Game.

In Pokémon Yellow only, if the player does not have the required PokémonDollar.png500 to enter the Safari Zone, they can instead pay all of their money and receive a number of Safari Balls proportional to the amount paid. If they have no money, they can enter for free and receive a single Safari Ball.

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Safari Zone
RSE Safari Zone
FRLG Safari Zone
DPPt Great Marsh
HGSS Safari Zone



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori


Safari Ball III.png Safari Ball summary Colo.png Safari Ball summary XD.png
In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
Summary sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness
Safari Ball summary IV.png Safari Ball battle IV.png Safari Ball battle V.png
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
In-battle sprite in
Generation V


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

In the anime

A Safari Ball in the anime
A Safari Ball in Pokémon Origins

In the main series

In EP035, Kaiser gave Ash and his friends 30 Safari Balls to be used within the Kanto Safari Zone. Ash attempted to catch various rare Pokémon with them, but he ultimately ended up using all of his Safari Balls on nothing but Tauros. The Safari Balls containing Ash's Tauros reappeared in Showdown at the Po-Ké Corral; however, for an unexplained reason, whenever Ash has subsequently used one of his Tauros in a battle, it has been sent out from a standard Poké Ball.

A Safari Ball appeared in Which One ~ Is It?, a Japanese ending theme from Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, also marking the debut of the Ball's in-game design in the anime.

In Pokémon Origins

In File 4: Charizard, Red was seen catching a Chansey with a Safari Ball.

In the manga

A Safari Ball in Pokémon Adventures
An early Safari Ball in Pokémon Adventures
A Safari Ball in Pokémon Zensho

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Safari Balls first appeared in Long Live the Nidoking! and A Hollow Victreebel, where Red received some from the robotic Safari Zone guide called Pidgebot, eventually catching a huge herd of Safari Zone Pokémon with them.

In A Skuffle with Skorupi, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum entered the Great Marsh and received some Safari Balls to be used during the Safari Game, intending to catch a Grass-type Pokémon for Platinum to use against Crasher Wake. However, in the end, they failed to catch a single new Pokémon.

In Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down, Silver received some Safari Balls while entering the Johto Safari Zone. He tried to use one on an Arbok, but Eusine stopped him, due to him having violated the Safari Zone's no-battling rule by attacking the Arbok with his Weavile.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

In Fuchsia City, Satoshi received some Safari Balls while entering the Safari Zone.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 狩獵球 Sáulihp Kàuh
Mandarin 狩獵球 / 狩猎球 Shòuliè Qiú *
原野區寶貝球 Yuányěqū Bǎobèi Qiú *
野生原野精灵球 Yěshēng Yuányě Jīnglíng Qiú *
野生原野寶貝球 Yěshēng Yuányě Bǎobèi Qiú *
丛林球 Cónglín Qiú *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Safaripallo
France Flag.png French Safari Ball
Germany Flag.png German Safariball
India Flag.png Hindi सफारी बॉल Safari Ball
Italy Flag.png Italian Safari Ball
South Korea Flag.png Korean 사파리볼 Safari Ball
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bola Safári*
Safari Ball*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Bola de Safari*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Safari Ball
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Mästarboll*
Tamil Flag.png Tamil சஃபாரி பால் Safari Ball
India Flag.png Telugu సఫారీ బాల్ Safari Ball
Thailand Flag.png Thai ซาฟารีบอล Safari Ball
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Safari Topu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bóng Safari

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