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Poké Ball
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Official artwork of the Poké Ball.
Universe Pokémon
Appears in SSB
Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Item class Throwing/Summoning
Article on Bulbapedia Poké Ball
When thrown, the ball opens up, and a Pokémon™ pops out. The Pokémon that appears is random; it performs its special skill then leaves.
Super Smash Bros. instruction booklet description

The Poké Ball (モンスターボール, Monster Ball) is an item from the Pokémon series.

Origin[edit]

A Poké Ball in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, having just caught a wild Pokémon.

Poké Balls are the most important items in the core Pokémon games and several spin-offs, where they are used by Pokémon Trainers to catch wild Pokémon, store caught Pokémon and conveniently carry them around. Several different types of Poké Balls exists, which mostly increase the likelihood of catching a wild Pokémon in specific conditions. During battles, Pokémon are sent out by trainers by throwing the Poké Ball into the battlefield, which releases the chosen Pokémon with a burst of light. The Poké Ball serves as the series symbol for the Pokémon series.

Since the Poké Ball's debut in the Smash series, the characteristic sound effects from the Pokémon anime have been incorporated into its design. From Brawl onwards, the Poké Ball makes a distinct, hollow noise when it lands on the battlefield. The sound, initially used only when switching Pokémon in the games, was first associated with landing Poké Balls in the anime. This behavior was later incorporated into the games starting with Gold and Silver, and has since consistently appeared in each subsequent installment.

Use[edit]

Pikachu being released from a Poké Ball in its on-screen appearance.

When thrown, it releases a random Pokémon upon landing. Each Pokémon has a different effect, such as attacking the summoner's opponents, changing the properties of the stage, and inducing status effects. The Pokémon available change between games, with every new release adding several Pokémon which tend to come from the most recent generations. Not every Pokémon returns in subsequent games, with some being replaced in function by newer Pokémon and some others disappearing completely.

Since Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Poké Ball makes a unique sound effect when it hits the floor (the Poké Ball bouncing sound from the Pokémon games and anime), thus alerting players to its presence even if it appears off-screen. Also, reflecting a thrown Poké Ball will change its ownership, and the Pokémon summoned from it will belong to the reflector rather than the thrower.

In the first Super Smash Bros., up to 4 Poké Balls can be on-screen at the same time; this number was increased to 12 in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, it was reduced to 3 in Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS the limit is only 1, perhaps due to limited rendering power.

Another version of the Poké Ball, the Master Ball, was introduced in Smash 4, which has the same function as the Poké Ball but only releases Legendary Pokémon, with a couple of exceptions.

Non-item Poké Balls appear during the on-screen appearances of most playable Pokémon in every game except for Melee, and are thrown by the Pokémon Trainer for his Pokémon Change. Only Mewtwo and Lucario do not emerge from a Poké Ball during their on-screen appearances.

Damage[edit]

In SSB4, damage varies based on distance. Projectiles thrown point-blank do more damage. Projectiles thrown or dropped vertically will do more damage at greater distance. However, in most cases, the Poké Ball either does fixed damage, or doesn't even hit.

SSB Melee Brawl SSB4
Throw 16% 13% 13% 13%
Up tilt throw 17% 12% 12% 12-15%
Down tilt throw 13% 15% N/A 15%
Dash throw 21% 15% 15% 15%
Forward smash throw 20% 16% 13% 16%
Up smash throw 21% 12% 12% 15-18%
Down smash throw 13% 19% N/A 19%
Aerial throw 18% 15% 15% 13%
Aerial drop N/A 12% 12% 5-12%
Aerial up tilt throw 20% 12% 12% 13-15%
Aerial down tilt throw 21% 15% 15% 12%
Aerial forward smash throw 21% 15% 15% 13%
Aerial up smash throw 24% 12% 12% 12-15%
Aerial down smash throw 24% 15% 15% 12-15%

List of Pokémon in Poké Ball and Master Ball[edit]

Pokémon in these tables are listed by their order in the National Pokédex.

Starter Unlockable
# Pokémon Move Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. 4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
460 Abomasnow Blizzard, Ice Punch No No No Yes Yes
063 Abra Teleport No No No No Yes
493 Arceus Gravity No No No Yes Yes
144 Articuno Icy Wind No Yes No No No
015 Beedrill Take Down Yes No No No No
182 Bellossom Sweet Scent No Yes Yes Yes Yes
760 Bewear No No No No Yes
009 Blastoise Hydro Pump Yes Yes No No No
438 Bonsly Tackle No No Yes No No
251 Celebi Fly No Yes Yes No No
113 Chansey Softboiled Yes Yes No No No
006 Charizard Flamethrower Yes Yes No[1] No[1] No[1]
650 Chespin Seed Bomb No No No Yes Yes
152 Chikorita Razor Leaf No Yes Yes No No
035 Clefairy Metronome Yes Yes No No No
155 Cyndaquil Flamethrower No Yes No No No
491 Darkrai Dark Void No No No Yes Yes
702 Dedenne Discharge No No No Yes Yes
386 Deoxys Hyper Beam No No Yes Yes Yes
132 Ditto Transform No No[2] No No Yes
133 Eevee Take Down No No No Yes Yes
101 Electrode Explosion No Yes Yes Yes Yes
244 Entei Fire Spin No Yes Yes Yes Yes
103 Alolan Exeggutor N/A No No No No Yes
653 Fennekin Incinerate No No No Yes Yes
661 Fletchling Peck No No No Yes Yes
282 Gardevoir Reflect No No Yes Yes Yes
649 Genesect Techno Blast No No No Yes Yes
487 Giratina Dragon Breath No No No Yes Yes
673 Gogoat Take Down No No No Yes Yes
118 Goldeen Splash Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
383 Groudon Overheat No No Yes No No
316 Gulpin Swallow No No Yes No No
106 Hitmonlee Jump Kick Yes No No No No
250 Ho-Oh Sacred Fire No Yes Yes No No
686 Inkay Topsy-Turvy No No No Yes Yes
385 Jirachi Fly No No Yes No No
647 Keldeo Secret Sword No No No Yes Yes
109 Koffing Smog Yes No No No No
382 Kyogre Hydro Pump No No Yes Yes Yes
646 Kyurem Icy Wind No No No Yes Yes
380-381 Latias and Latios Steel Wing No No Yes Yes Yes
249 Lugia Aeroblast No Yes Yes Yes Yes
792 Lunala Moongeist Beam No No No No Yes
490 Manaphy Heart Swap No No Yes No No
183 Marill Tackle No Yes No No No
802 Marshadow No No No No Yes
648 Meloetta Echoed Voice No No No Yes Yes
052 Meowth Pay Day Yes No Yes Yes Yes
376 Metagross Earthquake No No Yes Yes Yes
151 Mew Fly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
778 Mimikyu No No No No Yes
146 Moltres Fly, Sky Attack No Yes Yes Yes Yes
446 Munchlax Pickup No No Yes No No
095 Onix Rock Slide Yes No No No No
501 Oshawott Surf No No No Yes Yes
484 Palkia Spacial Rend No No No Yes Yes
393 Piplup Surf No No Yes No No
233 Porygon2 Tackle No Yes No No No
771 Pyukumuku No No No No Yes
026 Alolan Raichu No No No No Yes
243 Raikou Spark No Yes No No No
212 Scizor Metal Claw No Yes No No Yes
495 Snivy Razor Leaf No No No Yes Yes
143 Snorlax Body Slam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
791 Solgaleo Sunsteel Strike No No No No Yes
665 Spewpa Stun Spore No No No Yes Yes
121 Starmie Swift Yes No No No No
120 Staryu Swift No Yes Yes Yes Yes
245 Suicune BlizzardSuper Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate
Aurora BeamSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
684 Swirlix Cotton Spore No No No Yes Yes
785 Tapu Koko No No No No Yes
777 Togedemaru No No No No Yes
175 Togepi Metronome No Yes Yes Yes Yes
255 Torchic Fire Spin No No Yes No No
201 Unown Take Down No Yes No No No
003 Venusaur Earthquake No Yes No No No
494 Victini Victory Star No No No Yes Yes
037 Vulpix No No No No Yes
037 Alolan Vulpix No No No No Yes
461 Weavile False Swipe No No Yes No No
110 Weezing Smog No Yes No No No
202 Wobbuffet Counter No Yes Yes No No
716 Xerneas Geomancy No No No Yes Yes
145 Zapdos ThunderShock No Yes No No No
571 Zoroark Fury Swipes No No No Yes Yes
Total 13 29 30 40 55

List of Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

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There are thirteen Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros.. Unlike later games, all Poké Ball Pokémon are depicted as 2D sprites.

Pokémon Rarity Move Description Damage
Charizard Common Flamethrower Charizard scorches opponents with intense flames, alternating between left and right. 6% per hit
Blastoise Common Hydro Pump Blastoise projects jets of water from its cannons. It pushes itself backwards as it does so, and may even fall off the stage as a result. 6% per hit
Beedrill Common Take Down The summoned Beedrill flies off screen and returns within a reckless swarm of them. 12% per hit
Clefairy Common Metronome Clefairy uses one of the other moves of the other Pokémon. -
Meowth Common Pay Day Meowth hurls numerous coins in various directions. 6% per hit
Onix Common Rock Slide Onix travels to the top of the screen and unleashes an avalanche of boulders. 12% per hit
Hitmonlee Common Jump Kick Hitmonlee will attempt to perform a powerful kick on the nearest opponent. 24%
Koffing Common Smog Koffing will juggle and damage opponents caught within its filthy gas. 3% per hit
Chansey Common Softboiled Chansey will release several eggs. The eggs usually contain items, but they sometimes act as dangerous explosives. 22% (explosive egg)
Goldeen Common Splash Goldeen flops on the ground, causing no damage in the process. 0%
Starmie Common Swift Starmie flies to the nearest opponent and shoots them with star-shaped rays. 3% per hit
Snorlax Uncommon Body Slam Snorlax leaps off the screen and returns larger. It descends with the force of its full body weight. 22%
Mew Rare Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage. It is extremely rare and gifts the summoner with bonus points. 0%

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

There are twenty-nine Poké Ball Pokémon in Melee.

Pokémon Rarity Move Description Damage
Venusaur Common Earthquake Venusaur shakes the terrain, severely damaging the grounded opponents around it as a result. It previously appeared as a stage hazard on Saffron City. 18%
Charizard Common Flamethrower Charizard scorches opponents with intense flames, alternating between left and right. 2% per hit
Blastoise Common Hydro Pump Blastoise projects jets of water from its cannons. It pushes itself backwards as it does so, and may even fall off the stage as a result. 8% per hit
Clefairy Common Metronome Clefairy will randomly perform one of four attacks: Gust, Fire Spin, Waterfall, or Selfdestruct. -
Electrode Uncommon Explosion Electrode self-destructs after three seconds and is capable of damaging its summoner. With good timing, a player can throw it last second. 30%
Weezing Rare Smog Weezing will juggle and damage opponents caught within its filthy gas. It is the successor to Koffing. 3% per hit
Chansey Common Softboiled Chansey will release several eggs. The eggs may contain items, heal 7% of damage, or explode. -
Goldeen Common Splash Goldeen flops on the ground, causing no damage in the process. 0%
Staryu Common Swift Staryu flies to the nearest opponent and shoots them with star-shaped rays. If successful the opponent is trapped until Staryu disappears. It is the successor of Starmie. 1% per hit
Snorlax Uncommon Body Slam Snorlax leaps off the screen and returns larger. It descends with the force of its full body weight. 20%
Articuno Rare Icy Wind Any opponent caught within Articuno's range will be launched vertically and sometimes frozen solid. 25%
Zapdos Rare ThunderShock Zapdos will begin to discharge electricity. Any opponent caught within this attack will be unable to move. 81% max.
Moltres Rare Sky Attack Moltres will fly off the stage, damaging opponents it comes in contact with. It previously appeared as an aesthetic cameo on Saffron City. 40%
Mew Rare Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage. It is extremely rare and gifts the summoner with bonus points. 0%
Chikorita Common Razor Leaf Chikorita releases a flurry of leaves in a horizontal trajectory. 4% per hit
Cyndaquil Common Flamethrower Cyndaquil unleashes powerful flames from its back. 2% per hit
Togepi Uncommon Metronome Togepi will randomly use one of five moves: Night Shade, Magnitude, Powder Snow, Hypnosis, or Leech Seed. -
Bellossom Common Sweet Scent Bellossom causes opponents within its range to fall into a deep sleep. 0%
Marill Common Tackle Marill runs across the stage, hitting and stunning opponents in the process. Opponents can knock Marill off the stage. 1% per hit
Unown Uncommon Take Down The summoned Unown flies off screen and returns in a hazardous swarm. It is the successor to Beedrill. 5% per hit
Wobbuffet Common Counter Wobbuffet acts as punching-bag. It will deal back the amount of damage performed on it, even if the summoner is the one who hits Wobbuffet. -
Scizor Uncommon Metal Claw Scizor charges while flailing its claws, then performs a leaping kick as it jumps off the stage. 15% per hit
Porygon2 Common Tackle Porygon2 will immediately launch itself in a horizontal trajectory, knocking opponents it comes in contact with in the opposite direction. 25%
Raikou Rare Spark Raikou will occasionally unleash sparks of electricity that shock opponents within its range. 25% per hit
Entei Rare Fire Spin Entei produces a massive pillar of fire, trapping opponents within its vertical range. 72% max.
Suicune Rare Blizzard Powerful gusts of snow swirl around Suicune, trapping opponents who are within its range. 36% max.
Lugia Rare Aeroblast Lugia flies to the background of the stage and releases waves of energy over the portion of the stage in front of it. 20% per hit
Ho-Oh Rare Sacred Fire Similar Lugia, Ho-Oh will fly to the background of the stage and releases powerful flames over the portion of the stage in front of it. 2% per hit
Celebi Rare Fly Celebi gracefully flies off the stage. It is very rare and rewards the player who summoned it as a result. 0%

Ditto was also planned, but cannot appear from a Poké Ball in the final game. It was originally intended to transform into its summoner and fight alongside them as a CPU player. However, it was removed due to technical difficulties with implementing its behavior. Ditto is still accessible through hacking, but it just cries "Metamon!" (its Japanese name) and then disappears.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

There are thirty Poké Ball Pokémon in Brawl.

Pokémon Relative frequency Move Description Maximum damage
Meowth 30 Pay Day Meowth returns after having been absent from Melee. It will hurl coins in a horizontal trajectory and will switch the direction it's oriented to face opponents. 246%
Electrode 40 Explosion Electrode self-destructs after three seconds and is capable of damaging its summoner. During the last second, it can be picked up and thrown with good timing (with a smash throw having OHKO power). It will occasionally fail to detonate, making it available to be thrown as a projectile. 30%(self-destruct), 37%(throw), 40%(smash throw)
Goldeen 40 Splash Goldeen flops on the ground, causing no damage in the process. 0%
Staryu 30 Swift Staryu flies to the nearest opponent and shoots them with star-shaped rays. If successful the opponent is trapped until Staryu disappears. 38%
Snorlax 30 Body Slam Snorlax leaps off the screen and returns larger. It descends with the force of its full body weight. 20%
Moltres 4 Fly Moltres will fly off the stage, but it will damage opponents it comes in contact with. 40%
Mew 0 Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage. It is extremely rare and spawns a collectible CD. If all music has been unlocked, it will spawn a sticker instead. 0%
Chikorita 30 Razor Leaf Chikorita releases a flurry of leaves in a horizontal trajectory. 8%
Togepi 20 Metronome Togepi will randomly use one of five moves: SmokeScreen, Earthquake, Powder Snow, Hypnosis, or Leech Seed. 10-25%
Bellossom 30 Sweet Scent Bellossom causes opponents within its range to fall into a deep sleep. 3%
Wobbuffet 30 Counter Wobbuffet acts as punching-bag. It will deal back the amount of damage performed on it, even if the summoner is the one who hits Wobbuffet. 1-20%
Entei 5 Fire Spin Entei produces a massive pillar of fire, trapping opponents within its vertical range. 72%
Suicune 4 Aurora Beam Suicune shoots a powerful horizontal beam. It has the potential to OHKO an opponent. 35%
Lugia 3 Aeroblast Lugia flies to the background of the stage and releases waves of energy over the portion of the stage in front of it. It is an OHKO move. 30%(flight), 20%(Aeroblast)
Ho-Oh 3 Sacred Fire Similar to Lugia, Ho-Oh will fly to the background of the stage and releases powerful flames over the portion of the stage in front of it. 80%
Celebi 0 Fly Celebi gracefully flies off the stage and leaves a trail of trophies behind it. 0%
Torchic 30 Fire Spin Strong flames radiate from Torchic. 40%
Gardevoir 30 Reflect Gardevoir produces a reflective sphere around itself that the summoner can use to protect itself from projectile attacks. 0%
Gulpin 30 Swallow Gulpin swallows a nearby opponent. Its digestive juices damage the opponent until they are released. 22%
Metagross 30 Earthquake Metagross causes the terrain beneath its feet to quake, trapping and damaging opponents in the process. It is the successor to Venusaur. 104%
Latias & Latios 30 Steel Wing One of the two Eon Pokémon is summoned and flies off screen. It will them shoot across the stage in tandem with the Eon Pokémon that was not summoned. Interestingly, Latios and Latias have a high frequency of being spawned despite being considered Legendary Pokémon in their own franchise. They are the successors to Unown. 10%/hit
Kyogre 5 Hydro Pump Kyogre homes-in on an opponent and releases a consistent stream of water that pushes them off the screen. It usually causes an OHKO. 6%
Groudon 5 Overheat Groudon's heated body damages opponents who come in contact with it. Although mostly stationary while summoned, its large bulk makes it difficult to avoid. 15%
Jirachi 0 Fly Jirachi quietly flies off the stage, leaving a trail of stickers behind it. 0%
Deoxys 3 Hyper Beam Deoxys appears in its Attack form. It silently ascends to the top of the stage, where it will proceed to unleash a vertical beam of energy. Deoxys has the potential to OHKO opponents. 30-60%
Piplup 30 Surf Piplup slides across the stage in a jet of water. It will carry anyone caught in its stream off screen, giving it the potential to OHKO opponents. -
Bonsly 30 Tackle Bonsly is unique in that it can be picked up and thrown as a heavy projectile. When not being held, Bonsly will harmlessly walk back and forth across the stage. 30%
Munchlax 30 Pickup The prevolution of Snorlax. Munchlax will idly walk across the stage. However, it will run towards items once they have spawned and eat them. It will never eat an Assist Trophy, Poké Ball, or Smash Ball. 0%
Weavile 30 False Swipe Weavile quickly dashes from left to right across the stage, slashing wildly with its claws. Opponents caught within its track are left stunned. 20%
Manaphy 4 Heart Swap Manaphy uses its signature move to temporarily swap the characters. 0%

Pokémon with a given frequency of 0 are assigned a combined 1/493 chance of appearing, independent of the rest of the frequency system. It should also be noted that at the time that this game was made, there were only 493 Pokémon, probably resulting in the variable of the Pokémon appearing.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

There are forty Poké Ball Pokémon in Smash 4.

Pokémon Relative frequency Move Description Maximum damage
Meowth 32 Pay Day Meowth will hurl coins in a horizontal trajectory and will switch the direction it's oriented to face opponents. 284%
Electrode 32 Explosion Electrode self-destructs after three seconds and is capable of damaging its summoner. With good timing, a player can throw it at the last second. It will occasionally fail to detonate, making it available to be thrown as a projectile. 30%
Goldeen 40 Splash Goldeen flops on the ground, causing no damage in the process. 0%
Staryu 32 Swift Staryu flies to the nearest opponent and shoots them with star-shaped rays. If successful the opponent is trapped until Staryu disappears. 38%
Eevee 40 Take Down Eevee slams its body into opponents. 40%
Snorlax 32 Body Slam Snorlax leaps off the screen and returns larger. It descends with the force of its full body weight. 78%
Moltres 8 Fly Moltres will fly off the stage, but it will damage opponents it comes in contact with. 160%
Mew 5 Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage, dropping treasures as it goes. 0%
Togepi 34 Metronome Togepi will randomly use one of five moves: Smokescreen, Earthquake, Powder Snow, Hypnosis, or Leech Seed. 40%
Bellossom 32 Sweet Scent Bellossom causes opponents within its range to fall into a deep sleep. 3%
Entei 8 Fire Spin Entei produces a massive pillar of fire, trapping opponents within its vertical range. -
Suicune 8 Aurora Beam Suicune shoots a powerful horizontal beam. 73%
Lugia 10 Aeroblast Lugia flies to the background of the stage and releases waves of energy over the portion of the stage in front of it. 270%
Gardevoir 34 Reflect Gardevoir produces a reflexive sphere around itself that the summoner can use to protect itself from projectile attacks. 0%
Metagross 32 Earthquake Metagross causes the terrain beneath its feet to quake, trapping and damaging opponents in the process. 48%
Latias & Latios 8 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. 70%
Kyogre 8 Hydro Pump Kyogre homes-in on an opponent releases a consistent stream of water that pushes them off the screen. It usually causes an OHKO. 32%
Deoxys 8 Hyper Beam Deoxys appears in its Attack form. It silently ascends to the top of the stage, where it will proceed to unleash a vertical beam of energy. -
Abomasnow 40 Blizzard;
Ice Punch
Abomasnow creates powerful gusts of snow around its body. Those within its range are trapped. Abomasnow will launch trapped opponents with Ice Punch. 66%
Palkia 12 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 12 Dragon Breath Giratina will unleash a powerful whirlwind that will push opponents off-screen. 2% per hit
Darkrai 12 Dark Void Darkrai causes nearby oppponents to fall asleep. As they sleep, their damage percentage gradually increases as a result of Darkrai's Bad Dream ability. 34%
Arceus 12 Gravity Arceus will launch mid-air opponents downward. If the stage is not below them, they will be meteor smashed in an OHKO. 0%
Victini 12 Victory Star Victini will boost the attack power of its summoner as well as granting super armor. 0%
Snivy 38 Razor Leaf Snivy releases a flurry of leaves in a horizontal trajectory. It is the successor to Chikorita. 84%
Oshawott 38 Surf Oshawott slides across the stage in a jet of water. It will carry anyone caught in its stream off screen, giving it the potential to OHKO opponents. It is the successor to Piplup. -
Zoroark 12 Fury Swipes Zoroark will dash back and forth, wildly slashing its claws. If it hits someone, it will take them to the top of the stage and rapidly slash them, and after a while, meteor smash them back down and disappear. Similar to Greninja's Final Smash. 38%
Kyurem 12 Icy Wind Kyurem appears in its Neutral form. It will releases icy gusts from its sides that will freeze opponents within its range. 12% per hit
Keldeo 12 Secret Sword Keldeo appears in its Resolute form. It leaps and performs a large slash with its horn. 198%
Meloetta 10 Echoed Voice Meloetta attacks with sound waves that bounce across the stage. 12% per hit
Genesect 12 Techno Blast Genesect fires a beam from the cannon on its back. The blast can break through walls. 124%
Chespin 42 Seed Bomb Chespin releases a flurry of explosive seeds. 110%
Fennekin 42 Incinerate Fennekin releases a small fireball that bursts into a large pillar of flames upon impact. Opponents will take repeated damage. 148%
Fletchling 40 Peck Fletchling will hop across the stage, damaging opponents with its potent beak. 88%
Spewpa 40 Stun Spore When attacked, Spewpa releases a flurry of spores that will cause temporarily stun opponents. Even if the summoner is the only character in range of Spewpa's spores, they will not be affected. 27%
Gogoat 40 Take Down Gogoat charges across the stage, allowing the player who summoned it to ride it during its attack. 15% per hit
Swirlix 40 Cotton Spore When an opponent is caught by Cotton Spore, they move slower than normal. 0%
Inkay 40 Topsy-Turvy Inkay attacks the ground, causing grounded opponents to trip. 25%
Dedenne 42 Discharge Dedenne radiates an x-shaped blast of discharged electricity. It slowly rotates counter-clockwise. 29%
Xerneas 12 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%

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

There are fifty-five Poké Ball Pokémon in Ultimate. Certain Pokémon cannot be summoned on certain stages.

Pokémon Relative frequency Move Description Maximum damage
Alolan Raichu Targets opponents as it flies around the stage dealing 8.0% per hit, often hitting opponents multiple times and damaging upon contact with Raichu. Duration of 11 seconds. Resembles Wild Charge.
Vulpix Shoots Fire similar to Ness's Pk Fire dealing 2.0% damage, 14-16 times per attack (around 28-32%). Attacks 4 times, over 13.5 seconds. Will turn to face opponents and aim up to 4-5m in either direction
Alolan Vulpix Shoots horizontal blasts of ice out in either direction dealing 14% (very close range, 0-1m) 13% (close range, 1-3m), 11% (mid range, 3-4m), and further out (4-7m) will instead hit opponents multiple times dealing an initial hit of about 1.8-2.1%, with 1-2 strong follow up hits (1.7%), and 3 weak follow up hits (1.2%) At further distances only the last few hits may apply . Regardless of distance, Alolan Vulpix will also freeze opponents for around 0.8 seconds
Meowth Pay Day Meowth will hurl coins in a horizontal trajectory and will switch the direction it's oriented to face opponents.
Abra Teleport Abra doesn’t cause any attacks that do damage, but it will approach the opponent and try to teleport them offstage. It will teleport them three times before disappearing.
Electrode Explosion Electrode self-destructs after three seconds and is capable of damaging its summoner. During the last second, it can be picked up and thrown with good timing (with a smash throw having OHKO power). It will occasionally fail to detonate, making it available to be thrown as a projectile.
Alolan Exeggutor Alolan Exeggutor does not attack; rather, it stands where it was thrown and its tall trunk/neck acts as a barrier, effectively splitting the stage in two. Fighters hoping to get around Exeggutor must go over its head or under whatever platform it is standing on.
Goldeen Splash Goldeen flops on the ground, causing no damage in the process.
Staryu Swift Staryu flies to the nearest opponent and shoots them with star-shaped rays. If successful the opponent is trapped until Staryu disappears
Ditto Transform Ditto will transform into the character that threw the Pokè Ball and will fight alongside them. However, similar to certain Assist Trophies, Ditto can be damaged like a regular fighter. It was originally planned to be in Melee, but was scrapped due to technical difficulties.
Eevee Take Down Eevee slams its body into opponents.
Snorlax Body Slam Snorlax leaps off the screen and returns larger. It descends with the force of its full body weight.
Moltres Fly Moltres will fly off the stage, but it will damage opponents it comes in contact with.
Mew Fly Mew gracefully flies off the stage.
Togepi Metronome Togepi will randomly use one of five moves: Night Shade, Magnitude, Powder Snow, Hypnosis, or Leech Seed.
Bellossom Sweet Scent Bellossom causes opponents within its range to fall into a deep sleep.
Scizor Metal Claw Scizor will jump around the stage until it’s near an opponent, it will attack them by rapidingly slashing its claws. Returns after its absence from Brawl and Smash 4.
Entei Fire Spin Entei creates a column of flame that surrounds its body, dealing continuous damage and massive knockback.
Suicune Aurora Beam Suicune fires a beam of ice in front of it, freezing opponents.
Lugia Aeroblast Lugia fires a powerful vacuum of energy from the background.
Gardevoir Reflect Gardevoir wanders the stage and generates a passive shield that reflects projectiles.
Metagross Earthquake Metagross stomps the ground, burying opponents in its perimeter.
Latias & Latios Steel Wing When either Latias or Latios are summoned, they fly around the stage at high speed, knocking away opponents in their path.
Kyogre Hydro Pump Kyogre glides around the stage and fires blasts of water that push away opponents without damaging them.
Deoxys Hyper Beam Deoxys appears in its Attack Forme. It flies to the top of the stage and fires a beam of energy straight down, similar to Aura Storm.
Abomasnow Blizzard; Ice Punch Abomasnow creates an icy wind around its body that freezes opponents, then attacks with Ice Punch to knock them away.
Palkia Spacial Rend Palkia flips the stage upside down for a brief period of time, similar to its appearance on Spear Pillar.
Giratina Dragon Breath Giratina appears in its Altered Forme. It breathes spirals of wind that deal minimal damage but knock opponents away, similar to Mario Finale.
Darkrai Dark Void Darkrai draws opponents towards itself and puts them to sleep, gradually damaging them with the ability Bad Dreams as they doze.
Arceus Gravity Arceus meteor smashes opponents in the air.
Victini Victory Star Victini will grant its summoner a Final Smash regardless of circumstance.
Snivy Razor Leaf Snivy shoots leaves in front of it, which deal minimal damage and knockback.
Oshawott Surf Oshawott glides on a wave of water that pushes away opponents caught in its path.
Zoroark Fury Swipes Zoroark dashes around the stage while swiping its claws; if it captures an opponent, it drags them to the top of the stage for repeated damage then meteor smashes them, in a similar manner to Secret Ninja Attack.
Kyurem Icy Wind Kyurem appears in its Neutral Forme. It releases vortexes of icy wind on either side, which freeze opponents caught within.
Keldeo Secret Sword Keldeo appears in its Resolute Forme. It rushes towards opponents and slashes them with its horn, dealing large amounts of knockback.
Meloetta Echoed Voice Meloetta appears in its Aria Forme. Its voice manifests as damaging music notes that bounce around the stage, affected by the terrain.
Genesect Techno Blast Genesect jumps around the stage, firing energy bolts and large laser beams.
Chespin Seed Bomb Chespin releases seeds around its perimeter and detonates them, damaging nearby opponents.
Fennekin Incinerate Fennekin breathes pillars of fire that linger on the stage, similar to PK Fire.
Fletchling Peck Fletchling hops around the stage and pecks anyone in its way for minimal damage and knockback.
Spewpa Stun Spore When approached, Spewpa creates a cloud of spores that paralyze opponents.
Gogoat Take Down Gogoat charges around the stage, ramming into opponents; its back acts as a platform, allowing fighters to ride it.
Swirlix Cotton Spore Swirlix creates a pink cloud that slows nearby opponents in a similar fashion to the Timer.
Inkay Topsy-Turvy Inkay trips nearby opponents.
Dedenne Discharge Dedenne jumps and creates a rotating field of electricity around its body.
Xerneas Geomancy Xerneas grants its summoner increased knockback and super armor, in the same fashion as the Gold Fighters on Golden Plains.
Bewear Bewear will move around the stage and let out a devastating uppercut to a nearby opponent. Resembles Brutal Swing.
Pyukumuku Pyukumuku will shoot out its hand as a counterattack, upon being attacked by the opponent. It can be thrown like a regular item by the character who summoned it.
Togedemaru Togedemaru will summon a thunderbolt to send out a large electric field, and then roll around to repeat the process. Resembles its signature move Zing Zap.
Mimikyu Mimikyu will grab the opponent and drag them into its cloth, where it will damage the opponent. At the end of the attack, Mimikyu will instantly KO the opponent, if they’re at high percentage. Resembles its signature move Let's Snuggle Forever. 23.4%
Tapu Koko Tapu Koko will let out a large net of electricity to deal multiple hits to opponents. It also releases multiple electrical beams while attacking.
Solgaleo Sunsteel Strike Solgaleo will teleport around the stage, while unleashing a powerful beam of flame. 90%
Lunala Moongeist Beam Lunala will teleport to the background of the stage upon being summoned. It will shoot out a large light beam that will drag towards the top of the screen. 108%
Marshadow Marshadow will stun the opponent from its shadow, and then appear next to them and throw a powerful punch. Resembles its signature move Spectral Thief. 117%

Trophies[edit]

Melee[edit]

Trophy in Melee.
Poké Ball

These balls are used to capture and contain wild Pokémon. Most Pokémon must be weakened in some way before they can be captured, but once they're inside a Poké Ball, they enjoy their new home, since Poké Balls contain an environment specially designed for Pokémon comfort. Master Balls are the strongest type.

Game Boy: Pokémon Red & Blue

Brawl[edit]

Trophy in Brawl.
Poké Ball

An item used for capturing Pokémon and calling them out to battle. Pokémon live in these items which, despite appearances, actually contain a wide, comfortable, Pokémon-friendly world inside them. In Super Smash Bros., Pokémon give temporary support to whoever calls them out. You never know which Pokémon you'll get, but some of them are devastatingly powerful.

Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

SSB4[edit]

The Poké Ball trophy appears in both versions of the game. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver Trophy Box.

Trophy in for 3DS.
Trophy in for Wii U.
Poké Ball
North America An item used to call out different Pokémon. Which Pokémon emerges is a mystery, but it will aid whoever threw the Poké Ball. Some of the Pokémon contained inside are extremely powerful and will really intensify the battle. It's definitely worth beating your opponents to these!
Europe A ball holding one of any number of Pokémon just waiting to burst out and help you in battle. Which kind will it be? Well, that's a surprise, but whichever one it is, it'll definitely up the intensity of the battle! If you see one, make sure you're the one to grab it!
Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
3DS: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (10/2013)

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Charizard is the first (and so far only) Poké Ball Pokémon in the series to become a playable character in later installments.
  • The chance of encountering Mythical Pokémon in the games of the series has varied depending on the number of Pokémon available in the main Pokémon series upon the Smash game's release.
    • Mew has a 1 in 151 chance of appearing in Super Smash Bros., referencing the number of Pokémon available in Generation I.
    • Mew and Celebi each have a 1 in 251 chance of appearing in Melee, referencing the number of Pokémon available in Generation II.
    • Mew, Celebi, and Jirachi each have a 1 in 493 chance of appearing in Brawl, referencing the number of Pokémon available in Generation IV.
    • Mew has a 1 out of 720 chance of appearing in Smash 4[citation needed], one less than the number of Pokémon available in Generation VI, as Volcanion was not revealed until long after the game's release.
    • Mew has a 1 in 809 chance of appearing in Ultimate[citation needed], referencing the number of Pokémon available in Generation VII.
  • In Melee's Training Mode legendary Pokémon do not appear, and a few Poké Balls may not release any Pokémon at all, possibly to prevent the player from grinding for Mew and Celebi.
  • Mew, Goldeen, Snorlax, Moltres, Electrode and Charizard are the only six Poké Ball Pokémon to appear in all five Super Smash Bros. games. Charizard, Electrode, and Moltres appear in some capacity in every game, with Charizard being playable since Brawl and Moltres and Electrode occasionally appearing in the background of Saffron City. Only Mew, Goldeen, and Snorlax remained as Poké Ball Pokémon in all appearances.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, all Poké Ball Pokémon models are reused from Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, all Poké Ball Pokémon models are reused from Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon Battle Revolution. Starting with Super Smash Bros 4., all Poké Ball Pokémon now use models made entirely from scratch.
  • Every Generation IV Poké Ball Pokémon introduced in Brawl had its Poké Ball role removed in Smash 4, with only Piplup and Manaphy being changed into background characters on Kalos Pokémon League.
  • The Staryu and Koffing evolution lines are the only Poké Ball Pokémon to replace another member of their evolution line in later installments.
  • Vulpix is the first Poké Ball Pokémon to appear alongside an alternative version of itself, being its Alolan Form.
    • Likewise, Raichu, Vulpix, and Exeggutor are the only Pokémon who appear in their Alolan forms.
  • Totodile, Tepig, and Froakie are the only members of their region's starters that haven't appeared as Poké Ball Pokémon.
    • Likewise, Torchic and Piplup are the only members of their region's starters that have appeared as Poké Ball Pokémon.
  • Alola is the only region in which none of its starter Pokémon appear as Poké Ball Pokémon.
  • Kanto is the only region to have all three of its starter Pokémon appear as Poké Ball Pokémon.
    • Likewise, it is the only region to have starter Pokémon appear in their fully evolved forms rather than their first-stage forms, with all three being fully evolved.
  • Out of the 23 Poké Ball Pokémon that have a signature move, only 11 of them use it when summoned.
  • Smash 4 is the first game to have:
    • A summonable Ghost-type Pokémon.
    • A summonable Fire-type Pokémon that does not use a move with the flame effect.
    • A summonable Grass-type Pokémon that uses a move with no elemental effects.
    • At least two summonable Dark-type Pokémon.
    • A summonable Pokémon that can use two moves in the same game.
    • No summonable Poison-types.
  • Although no two of the same Pokémon can appear in a battle at the same time, this is possible in Training Mode.
  • Many of the Pokémon use moves that they cannot normally use in the games. For example, Goldeen cannot learn Splash in the Pokémon games.
  • All Pokémon from Smash 4 return in Ultimate. This makes Ultimate the first game where no Pokémon from the previous game were removed from the next installment.
  • Meowth and Scizor are the only Poké Ball Pokémon to be cut and return in a later installment.
  • All new Pokémon in Ultimate are solely either Generation I or Generation VII Pokémon.
  • All Pokémon say their names like in the anime, with the exception of Porygon2, which uses its cry from the games. Neither of Porygon's evolutions have made an appearance in the anime due to the infamous episode, EP038.
  • Some Poké Ball Pokémon cannot appear in a Pokémon-related stage that features said Pokémon in the background in Ultimate: for example, Electrode cannot be summoned in Saffron City, Scizor cannot be summoned in Kalos Pokémon League, and Palkia cannot be summoned in Spear Pillar. Interestingly enough, despite having Moltres appear in the background of Saffron City, Moltres can still be summoned there.
  • Moltres is the only Pokémon whose move changes between games, but its functionality stays the same.

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  1. ^ a b c Became a fighter.
  2. ^ Only available via Action Replay, and doesn't use Transform.