Completing your Pokédex can be a daunting task, you’ll need to travel all over the in-game world and encounter countless Pokémon to find the ones you need. So when you do finally run into that fabled Bellsprout, you need to know which Poké Balls to use and which balls not to use. Some of these Poké Balls can be a ‘noob trap’, what I mean by this is you read their abilities and think “oh cool, I’m going to get a ton of them”. This list will rank the 10 worst Poké Balls ever and it’ll hopefully save you both time and money!
Safari Poké Balls are not included!
10. Love Ball
This Poké Ball actually has an insanely high catch-rate of 8x :O….On Pokémon that are a different gender to the current Pokémon you have out….and they need to be the same species..
Yeah, you can see why this ball is so useless. I can imagine it’d be decent for catching more legendary Pokémon, like if you obtain a Mewtwo online before obtaining the one in-game. Even then though, don’t bother wasting money on the Love Ball.
9. Luxury Ball
With a 1x catch-rate, there’s barely any reason you’d bother to use this Poké Ball. It does have the effect of making the caught Pokémon’s friendship raise faster, so it’s not the worst Poké Ball in the world. It’s still quite pointless though as it costs nearly as much as an Ultra Ball.
8. Great Ball
Like the Luxury Ball, the Great Ball isn’t horrifically bad but it’s only useful in a very short period of time throughout your adventures. The gap between Poké Ball and Ultra Ball is small, the Great Ball fills this gap and that’s about it for the rest of the game. It has a 1.5x catch-rate which is OK aside from the mentioned situation, there’s no reason to purchase this Poké Ball.
7. Level Ball
For how difficult it is to obtain, you’d think the Level Ball wouldn’t be as underwhelming as it is. The higher level your Pokémon is compared to the wild Pokémon you’ve encountered, the higher the catch-rate of the Level Ball, up to a massive 8x. The problem is, any Pokémon with a level low enough to hit the higher catch-rates will be caught easily with a normal Poké Ball. You might want to stock one or two Level Balls in your inventory but I doubt you’ll ever make use of them.
6. Dive Ball
In the Hoenn games, the Dive Ball has a 3.5x catch-rate on any Pokémon encountered while underwater. Of course, no other games have the diving feature so the effect is replaced with any Pokémon encountered while surfing or fishing. You’ll get very little usage out of your stock of Dive Balls, the catch-rate is decent in the right situations but those situations are few and far between.
5. Lure Ball
Under no circumstances would this be even worth considering acquiring, it has a 3.5x catch-rate while fishing but as I pointed out before, so does the Dive Ball which has more opportunities to be effective. When you’re fishing, you’re likely looking for certain Pokémon which don’t need a 3.5x catch-rate ball to catch anyway.
4. Dusk Ball
With a standard catch-rate of 1x, increased to 3.5x at night or in a cave, you’d be forgiven to thinking you should throw a couple of these into your backpack. While there are some legendary Pokémon who can be encountered in caves, you’ll mostly encounter low level Pokémon who would be easily caught regardless of the ball you’re using.
3. Moon Ball
We’ve all been there, catching Pokémon like Clefairy has always been a struggle. The Moon Ball has a 1x catch-rate on all Pokémon except those that evolve with a Moon Stone, which it increases to a 4x catch-rate. The sheer situational aspect of this ball makes it collect dust for the majority of your play-time.
2. Premier Ball
Buy 10 or more Pokéballs at the same time and receive a free, 1x catch-rate Premier Ball. There it’ll chill in your inventory, taking up space and will never be used. Of course they are free so you can’t complain too much but they’re free for a reason, this ball sucks.
1. Repeat Ball
I literally can’t think of a single condition where this ball would be used over any other. It has a 3.5x catch-rate on Pokémon already registered in your Pokédex but why would you be trying to catch such a Pokémon? Maybe your friend gave you a legendary but you have to give it back, so you go to catch it yourself and make use of the Repeat Ball. Even then, there’s a good 10+ other balls that would be much, much more effective in that situation.