Hello, my dear PUCLonians, and Happy Easter to all those of you who celebrate it! Being Italian, I’ve never gone on an Easter Egg hunt, but I know for sure which round, colorful things I’d love to find tucked away in some corner of my garden…
… Poké Balls! Yes, of course, chocolate eggs are delicious, but I bet anyone here would rather have a Poké Ball any day of the year, right? Especially if it had a Pokémon inside…
Especially if it had me inside!
Oh, Whimsicott, I might die of happiness then. Which I guess would be sad, after all. Anyway, Poké Balls! We’ve come a long way from the time when different Balls were maybe a slightly different shade of gray. Nowadays, there are 26 kinds of Poké Ball, each with their own design and mostly with unique capture and release animations, and that’s only in the main series games! And with Gen VI bringing the chance to pass down Poké Balls with breeding, having your perfect Pokémon in your favorite Poké Ball is a very popular endeavor. (I just hope you don’t want, say, an Aegislash in a Dream Ball. Ahem.)
Uhm. You know, we really should get me a more fashionable Poké Ball…
Well, that’s not really possible, but feel free to think up which Poké Ball you’d like your replacement to be in.
You act all nice and sweet, but you’re actually evil inside, you know?
Aw, come on, you know I joke because I love you. Anyway, I’m a huge fan of color coordination (and of cool conceptual associations), so whenever I have a chance to match a Pokémon to a Poké Ball that I think particularly suits it, I’ll grab it. But there are some Balls that are just better than some others, and not just because they coordinate well with most of my favorite Pokémon. So here are my Top 5 Poké Balls!
Number 5 – Premier Ball
This elusive little Ball is one of the most elegant you can find. People at large seem to think that about Luxury Balls, but I am really not a fan of those. The Premier Ball is way less blocky, and it has a simple, clean elegance that I really like. I also like the fact that, unless you’re in Lumiose City, it’s hard to have stacks of these, and since it has a normal Poké Ball catch rate, it’s not the most common Poké Ball around. The Premier Ball is a favorite of mine for catching shinies; not that I have a lot of experience with that, but I am very happy that I was able to use one for my DexNav shiny Oddish, Ohana, who will one day be a beautiful pink Bellossom in a beautiful white Poké Ball.
But TheShiniest is not in a Premier Ball…
Hey, he just popped up as I was breeding your VGC equivalent. You know, you don’t look a gift Rapidash in the mouth, lest it Flamethrower you in the face.
Number 4 – Moon Ball
The Moon Ball looks fantastic, and it has the added bonus of being an Apricorn Ball. I absolutely adore Apricorn Balls: their looks, their concept, and everything that surrounds them. The loops one has to go through to obtain Pokémon in them in Gen VI make them even more valuable. The Moon Ball is my favorite of those, despite it being essentially useless, because, well, unless the Legendaries pull another Black & White on us, I am so going to be on Team Moon. Moon beats Sun any day of the week. I am still extremely salty that the fantastic 4IV Shadow Sneak Moon Ball Ralts that I got from Wonder Trade, and that I bred my Mega Gallade from, was a male. I name my Mega Gallade Mamoru, and how perfect would it have been to have a Pokémon named after Tuxedo Mask in a Moon Ball?
Oh, boy. That would have been so great.
Alas, passing down Poké Balls is yet another thing in which girls rule undefeated.
Number 3 – Heal Ball
Besides looking like a delicious Strawberry Cream Chupa Chups, the Heal Ball releases bright, pink starry sparkles when a Pokémon comes out of it. I like to imagine it’s essentially luminous, intangible pink glitter, which makes this ball a must for most Fairy types, especially the pink ones. Both of my Clefable, ChocoBerry and ChocoBerry (hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), are in Heal Balls, making them about the most delicious thing imaginable. See, I named them ChocoBerry because Cleffa look like strawberries with their ears dipped in chocolate. And if they’re wrapped in a Strawberry Cream Chupa Chups…
You do realize you’re drooling over a Pokémon, right? And it’s not even a Swirlix!
Man! A Swirlix in a Heal Ball! That would be so sweet…
You’re scaring me.
Hey, it’s just a mental association! You know how I am about strawberries. And if you don’t, just think about how you are about Pecha Berries, and you’ll have a pretty good idea.
Mmmhhh… Pecha Berries…
Yup, that’s pretty much it.
Number 2 – Dream Ball
Among the most exclusive Balls, the Dream Ball joins a lovely design with perhaps the most evidently unique release animation… and the stress-free way it could catch anything without fail in the Entree Forest just adds to its charm. Unfortunately, unlike with Apricorn Balls, it’s now impossible to go back and get more Pokémon in Dream Balls, except for the few that are catchable with the Dream Radar software. But I do have a Dream Ball Hidden Ability female Sentret, named Hope, that I caught in my Black game and brought over to Gen VI… if I ever manage to breed a shiny Frisk Furret down from it, I’ll have one of the pinkest things you’ve ever seen!
And one of the most useless.
Shhh, Whimsicott, you know my Furret plush has enough self-esteem issues as it is.
It’s not my fault that it can’t stand on its own. Blame the manufacturers.
Anyway, the Dream Ball is as pink as it is pretty. But you know pink is not actually my favorite color…
Number 1 – Dive Ball
Yes, of course, blue is my favorite color. So when you have a Ball with such a nice, wavy design, in fantastic shades of blue and white, which also releases bubbles alongside the Pokémon within it… well, it just had to be my favorite, right?
I guess. I personally wouldn’t look too good inside one, I think.
I mean, until they make a similar Poké Ball, that releases feathers with the Pokémon! Or rainbows! Or… well, you get my drift. But I think even after that, the Dive Ball will stay my favorite for catching Water-type Pokémon. In fact, one of my proudest Ball-related achievements is the fact that my competitive Suicune, Maestrale, is inside a Dive Ball (which means that, in order to get a good IV spread, I had to catch a Legendary Beast in the equivalent of a Poké Ball, multiple times. Such fun, folks.)
I know we already have a bajillion kinds of Poké Balls, but I do hope we get a couple more in Gen VII… or maybe the return of Apricorn Balls! What about you? Would you want more? Do you think we have too many already? What are your favorites? Is there a Pokémon you simply must have in a certain Ball? Let me know in the comment section, or tell Snag tomorrow after reading his Anything Goes column on his own favorite Poké Balls! For now, once again, Happy Easter, and don’t eat too much chocolate! (I think I already did that for you. Ow.)
Until next time,
The Fluffiest Whimsicott