Safari Ball

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Safari Ball
Safari Ball
Bag Safari Ball Sprite.png
Safari Ball
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
Generation I Bag Key Items HGSS pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation III Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation IV Bag Poké Balls HGSS pocket icon.png Poké Balls
Generation V Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items (Poké Balls)
Generation VI Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items

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


Games Cost Sell price


Generation I to VII

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.

Generation VIII

Starting in Pokémon Sword and Shield's The Isle of Armor Expansion, the Safari Ball can now be obtained outside of a Safari Game and used in regular wild encounters. The Safari 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. If used in a Trainer battle, the opposing Trainer will bat the ball away, wasting the item.

The Safari Ball's catch rate modifier is now 1×SwSh/1.8×BDSP.


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.
SwSh* A special Poké Ball that was used in the Safari Zone in the Kanto region and in the Great Marsh in the Sinnoh region.


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
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic
BDSP Great Marsh



Artwork by
Ken Sugimori


Safari Ball III.png Safari Ball summary Colo.png Safari Ball summary XD.png Safari Ball summary IV.png
In-battle and
Summary sprite from
Generation III
Summary sprite from
Summary sprite from
XD: Gale of Darkness
Summary sprite from
Generations IV and V
Safari Ball battle IV.png Safari Ball summary PBR.png Safari Ball battle V.png
In-battle sprite in
Generation IV
Summary sprite from
Battle Revolution
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
Meowth painted with a Safari Ball pattern

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 A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!, while Safari Balls themselves did not appear at the Poké Ball Factory, Meowth was briefly painted on with the Safari Ball's camouflage pattern, revealing that these Balls are made at the factory. This is also the first time that the games' design of Safari Balls has appeared in the anime, outside of openings and endings.

Pokémon Origins

A Safari Ball in Pokémon Origins

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

In the manga

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

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

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.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

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.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

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.

Pokémon Zensho

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 *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Safaribal
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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