How to get more Poke Balls in Pokemon Go

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Poke Balls, Great Balls, and Ultra Balls are essential items in Pokemon Go, as you’ll need them to catch and grow your collection – so here’s how to get more of them for free.

Just like in the mainline games, the goal of Pokemon Go is to catch ‘em all. To do this, you’ll need a healthy stock of Poke Balls at your disposal, but it’s far too easy to run out of them – especially when you’re chasing rare Pokemon with a low catch rate.

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Getting your hands on them isn’t as easy as in the mainline games like Scarlet & Violet, but there are a few different methods you can use to stock up on more Poke Balls, Great Balls, and Ultra Balls in the game, which we’ll explore in detail below.


How to get more Poke Balls for free in Pokemon Go

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There are a few different ways to get Poke Balls in Pokemon Go, but the easiest method is to spin every PokeStop you see while you’re out exploring. When you do this, you’ll get a selection of items that usually includes Poke Balls, Great Balls, or Ultra Balls.

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If you live in an area that doesn’t have many PokeStops, you might need to make a special trip to a busy town or city. There are usually loads of PokeStops in these areas, so you should be able to earn a lot of Poke Balls in a short amount of time.

Another popular method to get more Poke Balls is to complete Timed Research, Field Research, and Special Research tasks. These often appear during special events and usually require you to complete tasks involving catching, exploring, or battling.

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It’s worth pointing out that while Timed Research and Special Research quests are usually free, you will sometimes need to purchase a ticket from the in-game shop to access them, which means the Poke Balls you get for completing them aren’t technically free.

Another slightly less lucrative method to get free Poke Balls is to make sure you claim your Daily Free Box every day from the in-game shop. These will usually only contain a few Poke Balls, but it’s still worth doing as it only takes a few seconds of your time.

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Our final recommendation to get more Poke Balls in Pokemon Go for free is to trade as many Gifts with Friends as you can. Every time you open a Gift, you’ll be given a random selection of items that usually includes at least a few Poke Balls.

How to buy more Poke Balls in Pokemon Go


If you’re not getting enough Poke Balls using the methods above, or you live in a rural area without access to PokeStops, you can purchase a set of Poke Balls or a box containing them from the in-game shop using PokeCoins.

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A pack of 20 Poke Balls costs 100 PokeCoins, which will set you back $0.99 (or £0.79) in real-life money. You can earn PokeCoins for free by defending Gyms, but this can be quite time-consuming and there’s a limit of 50 PokeCoins per day.

Our best advice is to avoid using real-life money to buy Poke Balls where possible, as the cost is quite high for what they are – and you could burn through a lot of money if you start to rely on this method.

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How to get Great Balls in Pokemon Go

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While regular Poke Balls are available as soon as you begin your Pokemon Go journey, you’ll need to reach Level 12 before you can start earning Great Balls from PokeStops.

Great Balls increase your chance of catching a wild Pokemon by 50% so it’s definitely worth stocking up when you can. You can get Great Balls using the same methods as Poke Balls, although they are slightly less common.

How to get Ultra Balls in Pokemon Go

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If it’s Ultra Balls you’re looking for, you’ll need to reach Level 20 in Pokemon Go before you can start earning them from PokeStops.

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Ultra Balls double your chances of catching a wild Pokemon, making them the best option for catching rare creatures. They’re the best type of Poke Ball, but your chances of getting them via the usual methods are quite low.

What other Poke Balls are available in Pokemon Go?

While standard Poke Balls, Great Balls, and Ultra Balls are your only options when catching regular wild Pokemon, there are actually two more types of Poke Ball that only appear in specific situations.

First up is the Premier Ball, which you’ll only be able to use in two scenarios: When catching a Shadow Pokemon after defeating a member of Team Go Rocket, or when catching a Pokemon that you’ve defeated in a Raid Battle.

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Next up is the Beast Ball, which serves a similar function as the Premier Ball except it only appears when you’ve defeated an Ultra Beast in a Raid Battle and you’re attempting to catch it.

Premier Balls and Beast Balls work differently than regular Poke Balls, as the amount you’re given to use when catching a Pokemon will depend on how well you performed in battle. They also won’t appear in your item bag as you can’t collect them.

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That’s everything you need to know about getting more Poke Balls! Check out some more Pokemon Go guides below:

How to catch Ditto | Best Eeveelutions | All regional exclusives | Field research tasks | Promo Codes for free items | How to get Pinap Berries | Spotlight Hour schedule | How to defeat Giovanni | Rarest Pokemon | Best Mega Evolutions | Community Day schedule | How to get Raid Passes | Team Go Rocket Grunt guide

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