Master Ball

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Master Ball
A Master Ball as it appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Universe Pokémon
Appears in SSB4
Item class Throwing/Summoning
Article on Bulbapedia Master Ball

The Master Ball (マスターボール, Master Ball) is an item from the Pokémon series which appears in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Like the Poké Ball, the Master Ball releases a Pokémon when thrown, but unlike the ordinary Poké Ball it is almost guaranteed to release a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. The only exception is the dud Pokémon Goldeen, which deals no damage. Legendary Pokémon can appear from both types of Poké Balls, but a Master Ball is far more likely to contain them. Similarly-functioning Poké Balls previously appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee in Event 37: Legendary Pokémon.

List of Master Ball Pokémon[edit]

Pokémon in this table are listed by their order in the National Pokédex.

Pokémon Relative frequency Move Description Maximum damage
Goldeen - Splash Goldeen flops around the stage until it disappears or falls off the edge of the stage. It is completely harmless and does not affect gameplay in any way. 0%
Moltres - Fly Moltres will fly up and off the stage, but it will heavily damage opponents it comes in contact with. 40%
Mew - Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage, dropping treasures as it goes. 0%
Entei - Fire Spin Entei produces a massive pillar of fire, trapping opponents within its vertical range. 72%
Suicune - Aurora Beam Suicune shoots a powerful horizontal beam, freezing anyone it hits. 35%
Lugia - Aeroblast Lugia flies into the background and fires powerful blasts of wind in random directions. -
Latias & Latios - Steel Wing One of the two Eon Pokémon is summoned and flies off screen. It will then shoot across the stage in tandem with the Eon Pokémon that was not summoned, pushing away opponents that weren't hit by their attacks . 50%
Kyogre - Hydro Pump Kyogre slowly chases an opponent releases a consistent stream of water that pushes them off the screen. It usually causes an OHKO. 0%
Deoxys - Hyper Beam Deoxys appears in its Attack Forme. It silently ascends to the top of the stage, where it will proceed to unleash a vertical beam of energy. 38%
Palkia - Spacial Rend Palkia will use its signature move to flip the perception of the stage, similar to Skull Kid. It previously appeared on the Spear Pillar stage. 10% per hit
Giratina - Dragon Breath Giratina will unleash powerful whirlwinds that will blow opponents off-screen. 2% per hit
Darkrai - Dark Void Darkrai throws vortexes of shadow at the nearest opponents, sucking them in and causing them to fall asleep. As they sleep, their damage percentage gradually increases as a result of Darkrai's Bad Dreams ability. 34%
Arceus - Gravity Arceus will stomp the ground three times, immediately wrenching foes from the air to the stage. If the stage is not below them, they will be meteor smashed in an OHKO. 0%
Victini - Victory Star Victini will boost the attack power and launch resistance of its summoner and his/her allies. 0%
Zoroark - Fury Swipes Zoroark will trap an opponent and slash the opponent multiple times like most trapping final smashes. 38%
Kyurem - Icy Wind Kyurem appears in its Neutral Forme. It will releases frigid gusts from its sides that will freeze opponents within its range. 12% per hit
Keldeo - Secret Sword Keldeo appears in its Resolute Forme. It leaps and performs several large slashes with its horn. 198%
Meloetta - Echoed Voice Meloetta attacks with sound waves that bounce across the stage. 12% per hit
Genesect - Techno Blast Genesect jumps around while shooting blasts from the cannon on its back. It can also stop and fire a large laser beam. The beam can penetrate walls. 124%
Xerneas - Geomancy Xerneas uses its signature move to boost the stats of every player in the battle. However, it will give the biggest boost to its summoner. 0%

Trophy information[edit]

Master Ball
North America These valuable, powerful balls can capture any wild Pokémon. In Smash Bros., hard- to-find Pokémon often pop out of them. You can easily identify a Master Ball by the distinct purple appearance and large M on the top. A Pokémon within a Master Ball may turn the tide of battle.
Europe A rare type of Poké Ball that never fails to catch a Pokémon. Throw one in this game, and the Mythical or Legendary Pokémon inside will come to your aid. Master Balls are easy to identify due to their purple colour and the large M on them. Use one to quickly turn the tide of any battle!
Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon X and Y (10/2013)



The Master Ball as it appears in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

In the Pokémon series, the Master Ball is by far the rarest of all Poké Ball variants, with the player usually able to only legitimately obtain one per save file without resorting to lottery-based minigames or trading. Whereas all other Poké Ball types may fail at capturing a wild Pokémon under certain circumstances, a Master Ball will catch any wild Pokémon without fail regardless of their health and status: legendary Pokémon, with their very low catch rate, are thus a prime target for it.

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