|Timer Ball Acquisition Methods|
|1||Available at the following shops for 1,000p each: the Poké Marts in Canalave City, Snowpoint City, and the Pokémon League; the old couple’s 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 207—Found inside a Poké Ball on the ledge above the entrance to Mt. Coronet (requires Rock Climb, Strength, and Surf)||No|
The easiest way to stock up on Timer Balls is simply to buy them from the handful of shops that offer them. But if you want to save money, you can instead earn Timer Balls by taking Pokémon requests from the Pokémon News Press reporter in Solaceon Town—however, this method is much slower and far less dependable than buying Timer Balls directly.
There is also a single Timer Ball you can pick up on Route 207 on a ledge above Mt. Coronet’s opening.
How Do Timer Balls Work?
Timer Balls are special Poké Balls that have a higher catch rate in encounters that last a high number of turns.
The catching strength of a Timer Ball starts out the same as a regular Poké Ball on the first turn. But it becomes as strong as an Ultra Ball by the tenth turn. And then eventually it reaches maximum strength after thirty turns have passed.
Each passing turn increases the catch rate of Timer Balls by about a tenth of a point, as shown in the table below:
|Number of Turns Passed||Timer Ball Catch Rate Modifier|
Timer Balls are more effective on Pokémon that have a lot of PP among their moves.
The reason for this is the last-ditch move Struggle: after a Pokémon has exhausted the PP of all of its moves it will resort to using Struggle, which inflicts damage on both the target and the user.
For example, Dialga has 50 total PP allotted for its moves, while Giratina only has 30.
Timer Balls’ peak efficacy kicks in at the 30th turn, but by then Giratina is likely on its way to knocking itself out with repeated uses of Struggle, giving you a very narrow window in which to use full-strength Timer Balls.
Dialga, meanwhile, will still have at least 20 turns left once Timer Balls hit their highest catch rate.
Acquiring Timer Balls
The following sections list all the ways of acquiring Timer Balls in Pokémon Platinum. Keep in mind that none of these methods will be available until close to the midpoint of the game.
Method 1: Poké Marts (Repeatable)
There are four shops in Sinnoh that offer an unlimited stock of Timer Balls, purchasable for 1,000p each. In order of accessibility, these shops are:
- The old couple’s shop in Celestic Town
- The Canalave City Poké Mart
- The Snowpoint City Poké Mart
- The Poké Mart inside of the Pokémon League
Method 2: Pokémon News Press (Repeatable)
A cheaper and sooner (if slower) way to get Timer Balls is to bring specific types of Pokémon to the Pokémon News Press reporter in Solaceon Town as he requests them.
To take a News Press request, Fly 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 report 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.
Note: Save your game again before speaking to the reporter a second time.
Then return to the reporter and speak to him.
When he sees you have fulfilled his request, he will be noticeably thrilled.
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 Timer Balls.
The Pokémon News Press request can be repeated once per day.
Method 3: Route 207 (Step-by-Step)
Finally, there is a single Timer Ball available on Route 207.
You’ll likely see this Timer Ball long before you’ll actually be able to reach it. It’s high up on a ledge above the entrance to Mt. Coronet, and you’ll need Pokémon with the following Hidden Moves to get to it:
This means you won’t be able to snag this Timer Ball until you’ve defeated Leader Candice at the Snowpoint City Gym.
Once you have all three HMs, Fly to the Oreburgh Pokémon Center and head north along the main road.
Take the stairs at the northern entrance to leave the city for Route 207.
Go down the small staircase leading to a pit, where there is a muddy slope in the middle of the north wall.
Ride your Bicycle in fourth gear to make it up the slope.
At the top, take an immediate right into the canyon by the Honey Tree.
Travel all the way to the east until you come to Mt. Coronet’s entrance, then head inside.
In the cave, use Surf to cross the small waterway to the north.
On the other side of the water, walk over to the rocky wall and use Rock Climb to scale it, then head upstairs.
In the next room just go north and take the left turn, ignoring the staircase.
Turn south and use Strength on the boulder in your path to push it further southward.
Push the boulder until you can head up the next staircase, then immediately turn left and start moving southward on this raised platform.
Exit Mt. Coronet through the opening in the southwestern corner of the chamber.
Now that you’re out on the ledge, head for the Poké Ball item directly south of you.
Pick up this Poké Ball to add a Timer Ball to your Bag.