Nine different kinds of Pokéballs appear for use in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and each is craftable from raw materials scattered across the Hisui Region. Players need to explore and forage continuously to meet an ever-present need for Pokéballs—since “catching them all” is no longer enough in Legends. After all, the goal this time around is to fill out the first-ever Pokédex, and you will need all the balls.

PokéballRecipeRank Learned
Standard Pokéball1 Apricorn, 1 TumblestoneDefault
Great Ball1 Apricorn, 1 Tumblestone, 1 Iron Chunk3 Stars
Ultra Ball1 Apricorn, 2 Tumblestones, 2 Iron Chunks6 Stars
Heavy Ball1 Apricorn, 1 Black Tumblestone1 Star
Leaden Ball1 Apricorn, 1 Black Tumblestone, 1 Iron Chunk4 Stars
Gigaton Ball1 Apricorn, 2 Black Tumblestones, 2 Iron Chunks7 Stars
Feather Ball1 Apricorn, 1 Sky Tumblestone2 Stars
Wing Ball1 Apricorn, 1 Sky Tumblestone, 1 Iron Chunk5 Stars
Jet Ball1 Apricorn, 2 Sky Tumblestones, 2 Iron Chunks8 Stars

Every recipe requires Apricorns, Iron Chunks, and Tumblestones, which come in three varieties—regular Tumblestones, Black Tumblestones, and Sky Tumblestones. Each of these three stones corresponds to three classes of Pokéball in Pokémon Legends, and the strongest balls require more stones and Iron Chunks—naturally.

Best Spots to Farm and Forage for Raw Materials

Black Tumblestones make balls for sneaking up and throwing close, the Heavy Balls, Leaden Balls, and Gigaton Balls. Sky Tumblestones are for balls to pelt far off, Feather Balls, Wing Balls, and Jet Balls. Find Tumblestones by having your Pokémon attack likewise-colored crystals scattered across Hisui, typically on cliffsides, rock sides, and slopes in the terrain.

However, Iron Chunks are required for all three of the more advanced classes of Pokéballs, especially the Ultra, Gigaton, and Jet Balls that call for two chunks each. You’ll frequently need to farm for Iron Chunks, scattered in abundance across the Crimson Mirelands. Apricorns are also needed, one shell each, for every ball. Usually, we could find enough from a grove of three brown trees northwest of the Horseshoe Plains in the Obsidian Fieldlands.

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Better Pokéball Recipes with Higher Galaxy Team Rankings

Pokéball recipes become available from Cyllene at Galaxy Hall when a player earns research points with Professor Laventon and increases their star ranking (rather than gaining gym badges, as in previous Pokémon games). Standard Pokéballs are available from the get-go.

  • First-Star Rank affords the recipe for Heavy Balls and introduces the game’s first special class of balls meant for catching Pokémon while exploring outside of battle—specifically if the Pokémon is physically close to the player. Heavy, Leaden, and Gigaton balls are most effective with stationary, otherwise occupied Pokémon on the ground and cannot be thrown far
  • Second-Star Rank awards the player with a recipe for Feather Balls, which can travel much farther than Heavy Balls and are suited to catching Pokémon that fly close rather than far. Their light-blue design clearly derives from Sky Tumblestones
  • Third-Star Rank brings back the familiar and wins the recipe for Great Balls, which are more effective than the standard Pokéball when it comes to catching Pokémon in battle. Key to strategy, chances of capture increase even more once the target’s health is low and it is dealing with a status-inducing condition such as drowsiness or paralysis
  • Fourth-Star Rank provides a recipe for Leaden Balls, an improvement to that of Heavy Balls, since these weigh down and trap close-range, ground-based Pokémon with even greater efficacy
  • Fifth-Star Rank awards the recipe for Wing Balls, a faster and farther-flying upgrade from Feather Balls.
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  • Six-Star Rank introduces the top tier of catching effectiveness with the Ultra Ball. This is the most powerful ball used in battle. Note that standard, Great, and Ultra Balls may also be used outside of battle, but they aren’t as effective as the other two types of balls
  • Seven-Star Rank gives the player the recipe for Gigaton balls—the best in close-range catching
  • Eight-Star Rank, after the majority of story progression, you’ll be rewarded the recipe for Jet Balls and the ability to finally catch Pokémon that had previously flown too far out of reach

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Much like the earliest Pokédex entries, these recipes are bonafide historical records of the Sinnoh Region’s past. They represent the very beginnings of people-Pokémon relations, and literally in a nutshell, were the precursor to the myriad fine balls available in Pokémon’s present time.

For more Pokémon content, check out this Quick Capture Guide for Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

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