Of the 23 different Pokéballs you can find in Pokémon Sword & Shield, the Quick Ball is one of the best across the entire list. There are tons of balls for different situations, but when you need to catch something quick and fast, there are few better ways to do it than this cheap and effective ball.

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This particular Pokéball has been an item in Pokémon games for several generations, and one that’s important to know about. Here’s where you can easily find and buy them, as well as all the trivia you can learn about the speediest ball you can get.

10 Where to Find Them

There are three key places you can get them in Pokémon Sword & Shield without breaking your wallet. The first is a single Quick Ball on Route 7 in the grass just before the tunnel, but it's only a one-time find. For more, you also have a chance of getting some from Ball Guy each time you take on a tournament in Wyndon Stadium, but his list of gifts is random and less certain.

The last place to find them is through Pokéjobs, missions you can send your boxed Pokémon on to get experience, higher stats, and several miscellaneous items. Taking on any jobs with star ratings of 7, 8, or 9 has a chance of your Pokémon returning with some, so you can easily have a small supply if you keep a regular eye on what jobs are available each day.

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9 Where to Buy Them

If these methods aren’t as consistent, the easiest way to get tons of this handy trainer tool is to buy them, and thankfully there’s a bountiful supply from a few different places. The most consistent place is from the Wyndon City Pokécenter, where the store will sell them for a little more than an Ultra Ball and will never run out of stock.

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If you’re short on cash, another way to purchase them is through Watt Traders in the Wild Area. The challenge with this is that these sellers rotate their item selection each day, so there’s no certainty which will be selling them. Thankfully, given that there are seven of them you can talk to, there’s often bound to be at least one with Quick Balls on hand.

8 What They Actually Do

The in-game description for Quick Balls is fairly unclear, saying that it has a more successful catch rate at the start of a wild battle. While it’s not incorrect, it’s a massive understatement, as Quick Balls will increase the capture rate to five times better than a Pokéball if you use it on the first turn of an encounter, higher than nearly any other Pokéball in the game.

This does have a downside that you don’t have a chance to inflict a status condition or damage to a Pokémon before you capture it. But with such a high capture rate, it’s worth throwing one right at the start and works most of the time.

7 How Effective They Are

Figuring out how effective Quick Balls is possible when comparing it to its peers, very few of which have a capture rate as high as they are. Ultra Balls, for example, will always be only twice as good as a standard Pokéball, making it more consistently useful throughout a battle but still nowhere near as effective.

Even compared to other unique and specialty Pokéballs, the Quick Ball’s are a huge step up from its competitors. Simple conditional balls like Dusk Balls and Repeat Balls are only three times as powerful as a Pokéball. The Quick Ball is high enough that it can catch even legendary Pokémon efficiently, and take the long grind out of capturing the desired Pokémon.

6 First Available in Sinnoh, and Improved in Alola

Quick Balls aren’t the oldest novelty Pokéball, but have certainly been around for a while. Their first appearance came from Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, two games that introduced tons of Pokéballs including the spooky Dusk Ball and elegant Heal Ball.

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As for its effect, it’s changed for the better since its introduction. Originally, the Quick Ball only had four times the effectiveness of a Pokéball, but with Pokémon Sun & Moon it was increased to five and has remained ever since. Since you don’t have time to battle when you use one, this power boost brought these balls right to the top of the list of need-to-have items.

5 Rarely Appears in the Anime

Outside of the games, Quick Balls have seldom seen the light of day. There’s one quick appearance of one during a credit sequence for the Diamond & Pearl anime, and there’s one in Team Rocket member James’s Pokéball collection, but otherwise, it's hardly appeared on-screen, let alone directly named.

In fairness, this kind of item is better left for games than the anime. Half the fun of the show is the challenges and determination it takes for Ash to catch a new partner. With Quick Balls, many of the episodes would likely end way too quickly.

4 Extremely Common as a Mystery Gift

Mystery Gifts have been a great way for trainers to get special items and Pokémon through wi-fi and special events, but Quick Balls especially have shown up more than a lot of different items throughout history. Games and bundles have been coming with Mystery Gift codes to redeem for several Quick Balls as early as Pokémon X & Y.

This is a spectacular tradition to have with new releases. Having something that works for every Pokémon and can make capturing harder targets simpler for new players and make things far easier, and are just as welcome in future Pokémon games.

3 Unique Animation

Like many Pokéballs, the Quick Ball also has a unique animation as your Pokémon is released from it. While it isn’t exceptionally unique like the Net Ball showing fishing net, or the small clocks that appear with a Timer Ball, Quick Balls have a much faster and more tasteful surge of blue and yellow light.

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While it’s simple, for something so useful it’s perhaps for the best that this Pokéball doesn’t stand out when it opens. It already has an incredibly loud color scheme on it that some trainers might not find appealing, so having your Pokémon come out in a slightly different colored glow than a Pokéball is a welcome effect.

2 Better than a Fast Ball

The Quick Ball is far from the only speed-centered Pokéball. Many trainers may not be immediately sure about what makes its counterpart, the Fast Ball, so much better. Sporting a much more basic orange and yellow color palette, you would think this might be a more aesthetically pleasing alternative.

The fact is, they are fully different. The Fast Ball is far more specific in its usage, becoming four times more likely to capture Pokémon that can run away from you, like the legendary dogs from Pokémon Gold & Silver. Even with that unique ability, its power is still weaker than the Quick Ball. Unless you want a different look, leave your Fast Balls at home.

1 Uncommon in the Trading Card Game

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Outside of the mainline Pokémon games, Quick Balls work somewhat differently in the tabletop world of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, since catching new Pokémon is not exactly the goal. Instead, the card titled Quick Ball simply showcases the speed of this item, even if it can’t be used for its intended purpose.

This card debuted in the Mysterious Treasures set as a Trainer Card, and let you reveal cards from their deck until they reveal an evolution card. Later, in the Sword and Shield base set, it appeared again as an Item card with the ability to discard a card and search your deck for a Basic Pokémon. Both are strong effects to get what you need real quick, even if it’s a Pokémon you already technically own.

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