|Repeat Ball Acquisition Methods|
|1||Available at the following Poké Marts for 1,000p each: Canalave City and the Pokémon League||Yes|
|2||Solaceon Town—Given to you as a reward for bringing a requested Pokémon to the Pokémon News Press reporter||Yes|
|3||Route 224—On the right side of the island, southeast of the white rock (requires Rock Climb, Surf, and Waterfall)(requires National Pokédex)||No|
Repeat Balls are extremely rare throughout most of the game. Only two Poké Marts (Canalave City and the Pokémon League) sell them directly, and you won’t have access to either of those marts until late in your adventure.
You can get Repeat Balls much earlier by taking Pokémon requests from the Pokémon News Press in Solaceon Town, but this is a much slower and less reliable way of accumulating them.
Besides the two repeatable methods, you can also grab one free Repeat Ball on an island on Route 224. Bear in mind that this Route will remain closed off until after you’ve entered the Hall of Fame and received the National Pokédex upgrade.
How Do Repeat Balls Work?
Repeat Balls are special Poké Balls that have a high catch rate when used on Pokémon you’ve already caught before (listed as “Obtained” in your Pokédex). Against Pokémon you’ve never caught, Repeat Balls have the same catching ability as regular Poké Balls.
The following table compares the catch rates between Repeat Balls other Poké Balls:
|Type of Poké Ball||Catch Rate Modifier|
|Repeat Ball (when used on a Pokémon the player has caught before)||3x|
|Repeat Ball (all other encounters)||1x|
Whether or not Repeat Balls will be useful to you depends on how you’re playing the game.
If you’re strictly into collecting one of every Pokémon, you may never have a need to touch a Repeat Ball.
However if you’re breeding Pokémon in order to create the most powerful offspring, you’ll often need to catch several of the same species in order to find those with the most preferable Natures to pass down. In this case, Repeat Balls are far superior to Ultra Balls.
Repeat Balls are also helpful when chaining with the Poké Radar to search for shiny Pokémon; that is, catching or defeating the same Pokémon over and over to boost your odds of encountering a shiny version of that Pokémon.
Since catching (instead of knocking out) each Pokémon in a chain will give a 10% boost to the likelihood that the next Pokémon will be of the same species, having a ton of Repeat Balls on hand before starting the process can make a huge difference.
Acquiring Repeat Balls
The following sections list all the ways you can add Repeat Balls to your stock.
Keep in mind that Repeat Balls are among the hardest Poké Balls to get your hands on throughout most of the game, and you’ll only have unlimited access to them once you arrive in Canalave City.
Method 1: Poké Marts (Repeatable)
There are two shops in Sinnoh that offer an unlimited stock of Repeat Balls, purchasable for 1,000p each. These shops are:
- The Canalave City Poké Mart
- The Poké Mart located inside the Pokémon League
Canalave City doesn’t become reachable until about 75% of the way through the main game; although this is the easiest method of getting Repeat Balls, you’ll have to wait a while before you can use it.
Method 2: Pokémon News Press (Repeatable)
A sooner—but far less reliable—way to get Repeat Balls is to bring specific types of Pokémon to the Pokémon News Press reporter in Solaceon Town as he requests them.
To take a Pokémon request, head to Solaceon Town and enter the Pokémon 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 write an article on.
The Pokémon he asks for will always be a random species of Pokémon that you have seen or owned at some point.
The Pokémon that the reporter asks to see isn’t necessarily one that you currently own, 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. Then return to the News Press building.
Note: Save your game again before speaking to the reporter a second time.
When the reporter sees you have fulfilled his request, he will become exceedingly enthusiastic.
As a reward for bringing him the Pokémon, the reporter will hand you a Heart Scale and three Poké Balls of a specific 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 Repeat Balls.
The Pokémon News Press request can be repeated once per day. While it is a gradual method of obtaining Repeat Balls, it’s the only repeatable way of getting them in Pokémon Platinum without having to spend a ton of money.
Method 3: Route 224 (Step-by-Step)
After you’ve entered the Hall of Fame and received the National Dex from Professor Oak, a cave will open up inside Victory Road that leads to the post-game Route 224. You’ll find one Repeat Ball inside a Poké Ball on this Route.
There are no locations close to Route 224 that you can Fly to, so you’ll have to make a lengthy voyage through Victory Road every time you want to go there.
You should stock up on Max Repels and healing items, just in case.
You’ll also need Pokémon with the following Hidden Moves:
- Defog (optional but recommended)
- Rock Climb
- Strength (if this is your first time visiting Route 224)
When you’re ready to make the exhausting trek, Fly to the Pokémon League. Head outdoors and Surf down the waterfall.
Step ashore and enter Victory Road to the southeast.
Once inside, head south down the wide corridor.
Cross the bridge and use Rock Climb to descend the rocky wall.
Head west once you hit the ground, then turn north to pass under the bridge.
Make a left turn at the Veteran trainer, head up the stairs behind him, and cross the bridge below you moving eastward.
Pass eastward under the next bridge and through the newly-accessible entrance to the next cave chamber.
In the next chamber, climb down the two staircases and head through the doorway.
If this is your first time passing through the new cave, Marley will accompany you at this point and you will be unable to use Surf. In this case you will need to take the longer route to the north (which requires Strength to move the boulders).
Otherwise, use Surf on the water to the east.
Surf northward and disembark at the square-shaped patch of land to the east.
Climb down the staircase and head southward.
Circle around the rectangular lake and head north, passing the two Ace Trainers.
Wind your way through the stone maze going east.
Head eastward until you can climb down the stairs at the far end of the pathway. Then Surf across the next lake.
Head all the way to the northeastern corner of the cave, then take the exit to your right.
The next room just contains one long staircase—climb it and head through the entryway at the top.
Now you’ll be on Route 224.
Turn northward here and descend the staircase.
Continue northward until you reach Veteran Armando, then take a right.
Head east across the beach, passing Black Belt Carl.
Turn north at the corner and start heading up.
Wind through the various trainers as you head steadily northward.
Climb the sets of stairs until you find two descending staircases to your right. Take them down to the ocean and use Surf.
Surf to the right and step onto the island with two Poké Balls on it. Then head up and use Surf again to reach the Poké Ball item in the northeastern corner.
Pick up the item to add a Repeat Ball to your Bag.