• Bubapedia Error 503 Backend fetch failed

    Our technical staff are continuing to monitor the wiki to try and resolve these ongoing issues that are impacting page and image loading. We apologize for the inconvenience. We'll update as soon as we've got more information on this for you.

  • Check out our new Mysterious Garden forum style if you haven't already - we're sure you'll love it!
  • If you are finding yourself unable to log in, you should be able to fix the issue by following the following process.
    1. Close all browser tabs with any part of Bulbagarden open.
    2. Delete all Bulbagarden.net cookies (and if possible, any cached site data for Bulbagarden) from your browser.
    3. Close and reopen your browser, open a new tab, and log into the forums on the new tab.
    If you've followed this process and are still having issues, please contact us via the "Contact us" link at the bottom of the forum.

What's your least favorite Pokeball?

GLXdazza

Paint It Black
Joined
Mar 18, 2009
Messages
1,496
Reaction score
0
- Repeat Ball
- Heal Ball
- Dive Ball (Gen IV)
- Moon Ball

Most useless goes to Heal Ball.
 

Camille

Call of Fate
Joined
Feb 26, 2015
Messages
1,535
Reaction score
600
Love Ball, I've always believed that it should have been 4x effective when used on a Pokemon of different species, but the opposite gender than your Pokemon. For example, if you are trying to catch a male Axew and send out a female Cinccino, it'd be 4x effective on Axew. Currently, it is just too gimmicky to use.
 

CynthiaLover

Geek of the Games
Joined
Dec 23, 2009
Messages
4,486
Reaction score
4,013
Pronouns
He/Him
The standard red and white model. Not only is it really bland and has a catch rate that's only ever good at the very start of the game, but it's plastered everywhere in the Poke-world. Plus, in some games, buying them in bulk is the only way to get the more aesthetically pleasing Premier Ball, even if it's really no better in practice. Its release animation is also rather boring. On top of that, up until Gen 7 where certain trainer classes would use different balls, everyone and their grandmas used the red and white model. I mean, if Great Balls and such exist, why aren't they used at all instead of everyone running around with the standard model? If it wasn't for the player the various other models would probably be discontinued due to lack of sales. Again, Gen 7 fixed that to a degree, with certain trainer classes actually using different models, but even so it's still rather exclusive. Sure, maybe early route trainers like Youngsters, Lasses, and School Kids can use the regular model, since they tend to be the first opponents you face, but you'd think that the deeper in the game you go the more you'd see other trainers use different balls. Again, Gen 7 fixed it and Gen 8 took it somewhat further, it still strikes me as odd that you only really see the standard red/white model almost everywhere. As a result I really, really despise the standard model Poke Ball.

Second place goes to ALL the Apricorn Balls. For me, they fall into the "great concept, bad execution" scenario. Mainly due to one very glaring factor: they're too specialized. They suffer from crippling overspecification, having extremely precise requirements to use properly. It didn't help matters that they suffered glitches in Gen 2, making them even more useless. The Friend and Level Ball are decent, as at least their "requirements" aren't too bad, but all the others are just blegh with their oddly specific natures. They're just not practical. Plus, it took until Gen 7 to actually get good release animations. Thankfully Gen 3 fixed that by taking the concept and making more practical balls with broader ranges of effectiveness, with following gens expanding on it. But I seriously don't see the appeal of the Apricorn Balls at all! And yet the fandom worships them like they're Arceus' gift to mankind. Granted, Legends Arceus is introducing more Apricorn Balls, but they're just the early versions of the standard Poke/Great/Ultra Balls, with a few sub-breeds (like the Heavy Ball in that game being a literal heavy ball, thus it can't be thrown as far). But, in general, I feel the Apricorn Balls are just trash and don't deserve this sacred status the fandom has for them.
 

Puddle

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 15, 2009
Messages
1,117
Reaction score
2,053
Pronouns
he/him
Probably the Cherish Ball, because I like to catch all my Pokemon in the classic red and white balls (sorry @CynthiaLover!) and it bothers me when event Pokemon come in something different!
 
Last edited:

SpinyShell

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2019
Messages
4,601
Reaction score
6,984
Probably the Heavy Ball. I really like its design and color scheme, as well as its gen 7/8 animations. Runnerups include the Moon Ball and Dive Ball.

I misread the title. As for my least favorite, it would probably be either the regular Pokéball, Great Ball, or Repeat Ball. The former are the plainest Pokéball’s in my opinion, and the Repeat Ball, while useful, doesn’t look the best and had my least favorite animation up to gen 7.
 
Last edited:

Esserise

Operating without a T-437
Joined
Oct 18, 2012
Messages
8,022
Reaction score
22,048
Pronouns
he/him
I'm not sure what my problem with it really is, but for some reason I just find the Great Ball to be very off-putting.

I'm also not a very big fan of the Ultra Ball, but at least its color scheme is relatively neutral - my problem is more with the pattern. I would also like the Master Ball a whole heck of a lot more if there wasn't that cheesy "M" stamped in the middle. Having something white right there looks good, though, so if it were like a star shape or something, that'd probably be much more to my taste.

I don't really love Nest or Sport Balls, either. But I like pretty much every other Ball type, to varying degrees.
 

Daenerys

(◔_◔)
Joined
Jun 24, 2017
Messages
1,988
Reaction score
7,636
Pronouns
Ze/Zem/Zir
The Heal Ball is pretty much useless outside of the beginning of the games. Moon Balls used to be really freaking bad in G/S/C too since they didn't work the way they were meant to because of an oversight. I also hate Premier Balls since they're basically Poke Balls with a different design and same effect and also Cherish Balls for being impossible to buy.
 

CharizardFan7

Though I'm also a Blaziken fan
Joined
Aug 30, 2021
Messages
1,798
Reaction score
2,356
Pronouns
He/Him
I'd have to say the Timer Ball. I've just never really been a fan of it's design, I don't really like the color scheme, either. I'm also not a fan of the standard red and white either, because as stated above, they are absolutely everywhere.
 

Daenerys

(◔_◔)
Joined
Jun 24, 2017
Messages
1,988
Reaction score
7,636
Pronouns
Ze/Zem/Zir
I'd have to say the Timer Ball. I've just never really been a fan of it's design, I don't really like the color scheme, either. I'm also not a fan of the standard red and white either, because as stated above, they are absolutely everywhere.
It might not look great but it comes in handy, especially against Legendaries. I caught most of the R/S/E Legendaries in Timer Balls.
 

Shiny Celebi

Phantom Thief
Joined
May 14, 2010
Messages
29,767
Reaction score
2,698
Pronouns
Any. Not picky
Luxury Balls for the effect an colors,Dive Ball for coloring, Moon Ball and Premier Ball cause they give you them for free when you buy Pokeballs
 

Silverwynde

#UnovaConfirmed
Joined
Mar 20, 2007
Messages
12,408
Reaction score
1,228
Pronouns
She/her/hers
Honestly? Heal Ball. It loses its usefulness the later you get into the game and I just don't like the color scheme.
 

Almonds

Lovely
Joined
Jul 12, 2011
Messages
14,649
Reaction score
4,552
Timer Ball. I'm not a fan of the clock effect.

Also, the Master Ball. I just wish they'd give out at least one more guaranteed and not through lotteries.
 

Keith

Ash’s Badge Cleaner
Joined
Feb 19, 2021
Messages
169
Reaction score
391
Pronouns
He/Him
Probably great balls. I tend to use those the least.
 

PikachuSmasher

"Nai! Try! LETS HAVE A FIGHT!"
Joined
Mar 7, 2021
Messages
421
Reaction score
417
Pronouns
He/Him
Great Balls. Usually I catch half of my team in the beginning of the game from the first till third gym and use them until I unlock Ultra Balls. In the times I have used Great Balls, they usually take a while to catch. Also I once threw a Master Ball in a game thinking it was a Great Ball, so that left a bad taste in my mouth
 

Neo Blaze

At least let me dream a little
Joined
Jan 12, 2008
Messages
7,185
Reaction score
5,799
Pronouns
He / Him
I have always been very conflicted on the Quick Ball, because in terms of usability it's my favorite Poké Ball (especially since I'm a collector) and the one I use the most, but in terms of design I don't like it all. I just think the color scheme is ugly and I never use it on Pokémon I intend to use a lot.

However, I think the Heal Ball is the worst overall Poké Ball. It has both an unappealing color scheme and it's completely useless.
 

Frozen Fennec

Beta Content Nerd
Joined
Feb 18, 2020
Messages
739
Reaction score
401
Pronouns
She/Her
Love Ball
Moon Ball
Nest Ball (this ball in particular is pretty useless unless you are going for an aesthetic choice to catch a Pokémon)
 

Sakuraa

Perfect Pawmi
Joined
Mar 20, 2013
Messages
5,514
Reaction score
3,145
Since Gen 5, it's been the basic Pokeball because I became sick of how we had an array of Pokeballs to choose from, yet everyone in the game would only use the basic one. Thank goodness they FINALLY changed that in Sun and Moon. Since Gen 5, I've made an effort to use a different, non-basic Pokeball for each of my party members whenever I play through a game (not counting gifts where I'm forced to use a basic Pokeball).
 

BigBadButterfree

Professionally Befuddled
Joined
Mar 3, 2013
Messages
1,401
Reaction score
2,063
For how useful the net ball is, I unfortunately really hate the design. The net is also reflected in the animation when sending out the pokemon, which I love how different balls do that, but I don't like it on the net ball.
 
Please note: The thread is from 10 months ago.
Please take the age of this thread into consideration in writing your reply. Depending on what exactly you wanted to say, you may want to consider if it would be better to post a new thread instead.
Top