Pokemon Sword and Shield: A guide on all Pokeballs
Pokeballs have been a defining item in every Pokemon game so far and Pokemon Sword and Shield are no different. There haven't really been any new Pokeballs added in the game but there are special Pokeballs found throughout the Galar region.
Pokeballs have come so far that the Nintendo Switch even has a "Pokeball Controller" you can use for the console. This was introduced in Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee and Pikachu and you can still use this controller to get Mystery Gifts and catch Pokemon in-game.
There is also a "Ball Guy" in every Gym you go to and usually talking to him will give you free Pokeballs.
Here is a short guide on the Pokeballs in Pokemon Sword and Shield and where to find them.
#1 Poke Ball
Where to find: Poke Center (200), items on the ground
The Poke Ball is the first and most basic item you get in Sword and Shield, just like in every other Pokemon game. These are the most common Poke Balls and you can find them in Poke Centers. Pokeballs are recommended to catch Pokemon between Level 1-15.
#2 Great Ball
Where to find: Poke Centers (600), items on the ground
The Great Ball is the second best type of Poke Ball and it is also easily available in Poke Centers. You can get free Great Balls from NPCs and by finding them. You'll need a Gym Badge before they start becoming available in Poke Centers. Great Balls are useful for catching Pokemon between Level 16-25.
#3 Ultra Ball
Where to find: Poke Centers (800), items on the ground
Ultra Balls are one of the best Pokeballs in the game. You will unlock these at Poke Centers after progressing in the game and getting more Gym Badges. It is better than Pokeballs and Great Balls and are recommended for catching Pokemon over Level 25.
#4 Master Ball
Where to find: Professor Magnolia
The Master Ball is the best ball in the game. It will capture any Pokemon with a 0% chance of failure, including Legendaries. You get the Master Ball from Professor Magnolia after completing the Pokemon League. You will only get one copy of this Pokeball in the game so use it wisely.
#5 Premier Ball
Where to find: Poke Center
Premier Balls are a "commemorative item used to celebrate an event of some sort" by their description. However, its really just as powerful as a Pokeball. If you purchase 10 Pokeballs, Great Balls or Ultra Balls in a Poke Center, you'll get 1 Premier Ball for free.
#6 Friend Ball
Where to find: Motostoke, Turrfield, Wyndo Stadium (Ball Guys, Free)
Catching a Pokemon with a Friend Ball will make the Pokemon Friendly to you immediately. It's recommended to catch an Eevee or a Woobat or Pokemon that require friendship to level up since it will be a bit faster. You can only get these from Ball Guys and you can't buy them.
#7 Lure Ball
Where to find: Hulbury, Wyndo Stadium (Ball Guys, Free)
You can only get Lure Balls for free from Ball Guys. Lure Balls are more effective in catching Pokemon you encounter while fishing with a rod.
#8 Quick Ball
Where to find: Wyndon Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (500 Watts), Route 7 (free)
Quick Balls have the best success rate if you use them in the very first turn of an encounter. It can also fail due to not weakening Pokemon but the odds are much better than regular Pokeballs.
#9 Repeat Ball
Where to find: Wyndon Poke Center (1000)
Repeat Balls work best on Pokemon you have already caught before. This is useful especially if you're catching Pokemon for breeding purposes.
#10 Luxury Ball
Where to find: Route 8 (free), Wyndon Poke Center (3000)
Luxury Balls are the most expensive Pokeballs. After you catch a Pokemon with, its friendship level with you will increase at a much faster rate. Luxury Balls are a much better version of Friend Balls.
#11 Net Ball
Where to find: Hulbury (free), Motostoke Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (50 Watts), Wyndon Stadium (Ball Guy)
Net Balls are a very niche type of Pokeball. It has a better catch rate against Water and Bug Type Pokemon. Sword and Shield has plenty of them around.
#12 Heal Ball
Where to find: Motostoke Poke Center (300), Watt Trader (20)
Heal Balls restores the HP and eliminate status conditions of Pokemon you catch. It's the second cheapest Pokeball but it's also the worst one. In Sword and Shield, you can access your PC any time and sending your Pokemon to your PC will heal them automatically after which you can withdraw them at any time.
#13 Nest Ball
Where to find: Motostoke Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (50 Watts)
Nest Balls are used to capture Pokemon which are more effective the lower in level the Wild Pokemon is
#14 Moon Ball
Where to find: Circhester (Ball Guy)
Moon Ball has a better catch rate against Pokemon who evolve with a Moon Stone. There's only 2 Pokemon in Sword and Shield this is useful for: Clefairy and Munna.
#15 Dream Ball
Where to find: Wyndon Stadium (Ball Guy)
Dream Balls have a higher catch rate for Pokemon who are asleep in battle.
#16 Dive Ball
Where to find: Motostoke Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (50 Watts), Route 9 (free)
Dive Balls are similar to Lure Balls and they work best for Pokemon who live underwater. But they can be used for both fishing as well as surfing encounters.
#17 Level Ball
Where to find: Hammerlocke Ball Guy (free), Wyndon Ball Guy (free)
Level Balls are used to catch Pokemon that are lower in level than your Pokemon.
#18 Love Ball
Where to find: Ballonlea Ball Guy (free), Wyndon Ball Guy (free)
Love Balls are more effective when catching Pokemon of the opposite gender.
#19 Heavy Ball
Where to find: Stow-on-Side Ball Guy (free), Wyndon Ball Guy (free)
Heavy Balls are used to catch heavy weight Pokemon. The heavier the Pokemon, the better the success rate.
#20 Dusk Ball
Where to find: Hammerlocke Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (50 Watts), Galar Mine No. 2 (free)
Dusk Balls are more effective in catching Pokemon at night or in dark areas such as caves.
#21 Timer Ball
Where to find: Hammerlocke Poke Center (1000), Watt Trader (50 Watts)
Timer Balls are the opposite of Quick Balls. The more turns there have been in a battle, the more effective a Timer Ball becomes.
#22 Beast Ball
Where to find: Stow-on-Side, Wyndon Ball Guy
We're not sure why this Poke Ball exists. It has the least success rate of all Poke Balls but it does look pretty cool.
#23 Fast Ball
Where to find: Finish 10 Rotom Rally (free), Wyndon Ball Guy
Fast Balls are effective for Pokemon who have a high speed or a higher speed than yours. A good strategy is to switch out to your lowest speed Pokemon which makes Fast Balls much more effective.Modified 27 Nov 2019, 20:52 IST