|Quick Ball Acquisition Methods|
|1||Available at the following shops for 1000p each: the Poké Marts in Pastoria City, Canalave City, Snowpoint City, and the Pokémon League; the shop in Celestic Town||Yes|
|2||Solaceon Town—Given to you as a reward for bringing a requested Pokémon to the Pokémon News Press reporter||Yes|
|3||Route 222—Inside a Poké Ball in the patch of grass just southwest of the Sunyshore City entrance gate (requires either Rock Smash or Surf)||No|
The easiest way to obtain Quick Balls in Pokémon Platinum is to check certain shops like the marts in Pastoria City, Canalave City, and Snowpoint City. A handful of stores in the Sinnoh region offer Quick Balls for 1000p each.
You also have a chance of picking up three free Quick Balls per day by showing a requested Pokémon to the reporter at Celestic Town’s Pokémon News Press.
Besides those two repeatable methods, there is also an easy Quick Ball available for you to pick up at the eastern side of Route 222, just outside of Sunyshore City.
How Do Quick Balls Work?
Quick Balls are a type of special Poké Ball that has a higher catch rate when used at the start of an encounter with a wild Pokémon.
If thrown on the first turn, a Quick Ball will have four times the catch rate of a regular Poké Ball; otherwise, Quick Balls and Poké Balls will have the same catching strength.
You can compare the catch rates between Quick Balls and the more common Poké Ball types using the following table:
|Type of Poké Ball||Catch Rate Modifier|
|Quick Ball (at the beginning of an encounter)||4x|
|Quick Ball (all other times)||1x|
Quick Balls’ catching odds are high enough to justify keeping in stock, and they’re especially useful when catching some of the weaker wild Pokémon.
Just keep in mind that using a Quick Ball at the start of a battle leaves no time for weakening the opponent first, which diminishes those odds somewhat.
However, Quick Balls can also work well on Pokémon that roam from place to place, like Cresselia and Mesprit.
Since these Pokémon will retain any damage you deal to them from encounter to encounter, you can get to a point where a first-turn Quick Ball will have the highest chance of capturing them of any Poké Ball out there.
Acquiring Quick Balls
Quick Balls are far less common than regular types of Poké Balls. But they’re more common than some special types like Dive Balls, since those can’t be purchased in any store.
The following sections list all the ways you can find Quick Balls in Platinum.
Method 1: Poké Marts (Repeatable)
There are five shops in Sinnoh that offer an unlimited stock of Quick Balls, purchasable for 1,000p each. These shops are:
- The Pastoria City Poké Mart
- The Canalave City Poké Mart
- The Snowpoint City Poké Mart
- The Poké Mart inside the Pokémon League
- The Mom and Pop shop in northwestern Celestic Town
This is by far the easiest method of accumulating Quick Balls, but they’ll only become available for purchase in the second half of the game. They can also be quite expensive, costing nearly as much as Ultra Balls.
Method 2: Pokémon News Press (Repeatable)
A cheaper but less reliable way to get Quick Balls is to bring specific types of Pokémon to the Pokémon News Press reporter in Solaceon Town as he requests them.
This can be done much earlier in the game than the previous method.
To start, Fly to Solaceon Town and enter the News Press building next door to the Pokémon Center.
You’ll find two men inside; the one on the left is who you’ll be speaking to.
Note: Save your game before talking to this guy.
The man will introduce himself as a reporter for the Pokémon News Press. He needs help writing an article, and he will task you with showing him a certain species of Pokémon that he can report on.
The Pokémon he asks for will always be a random species of Pokémon that you have owned at some point (any of the “Obtained” Pokémon in your Pokédex).
The Pokémon that the reporter asks to see isn’t necessarily one that you currently own—for instance, he may ask for a Pokémon you once owned but that has since evolved or been traded.
But saving the game before speaking to him allows you to reset and try for an easier request.
When you get a request you can complete, go out and place that Pokémon in your party.
Note: Again, save your game before speaking to the reporter.
Return to the reporter and speak to him. When he sees you have fulfilled his request, he will experience what appears to be a moment of sublime inspiration.
As a reward for bringing him the Pokémon, the reporter will hand you a Heart Scale and three Poké Balls of a certain model. The type of Poké Balls he gives you is random, but this is why saving your game beforehand is useful: it allows you to reset and try again until you receive the Poké Balls you want.
Do this until the reporter gives you the Quick Balls.
The Pokémon News Press request can be repeated once per day.
It’s a slow method of obtaining Quick Balls, and it can require a lot of game resets if you’re unlucky, but it’s the only repeatable way of getting them in Pokémon Platinum without having to spend a ton of money on them.
Method 3: Route 222 (Step-by-Step)
There is also a single Quick Ball on Route 222, just outside of Sunyshore City. This is a very easy item to get—you’ll just need a Pokémon that knows either Rock Smash or Surf.
With a Pokémon that knows one of those moves handy, Fly to Sunyshore and head west from the Pokémon Center.
Exit Sunyshore City through the gate in the southwestern corner of town.
On the other side of the gate on Route 222, head up the staircase.
Cut straight across the road and step onto the beach.
Turn south by the easternmost fisherman on the coastline. Either use Rock Smash to remove the boulder on the narrow path that leads to the grassy area, or use Surf to go around it.
Then head for the Poké Ball item in the middle of the tall grass.
Pick up the Poké Ball to add a Quick Ball to your Bag.