Apricorn Balls are special Pokeballs found in Generation 2 Pokémon games. They haven’t been commonly featured, although they have appeared in a few games since their debut.
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Apricorns were present in the previous mainline games, Pokémon Sword and Shield, but there are no Apricorns available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Meaning that Apricorn Balls can’t be crafted, but they can be bought instead.
What are Apricorn Balls in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
Apricorn Balls are special Pokeballs made from all sorts of Apricorns. Traditionally, the player would gather them from Apricorn Trees and bring them to an NPC that would use them to craft Pokeballs with special effects.
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Apricorns come in different colors and these colors affect what kind of effect the crafted Pokeball will have. Their special effects are very conditional, but give a great advantage when used in their fitted situations.
Here are the various Apricorn colors, Apricorn Balls and their effects.
|Black Apricorn||Heavy Ball||More effective at catching heavy Pokémon and less effective at catching lighter Pokémon.|
|Blue Apricorn||Lure Ball||Increased chance of catching the Pokémon if encountered through fishing.|
|Green Apricorn||Friend Ball||Pokémon caught using this ball will be immediately friendly with the player.|
|Pink Apricorn||Love Ball||The catch rate of wild Pokémon is greatly enhanced if they are the same species but different gender of the Trainer’s Pokémon.|
|Red Apricorn||Level Ball||Success of catching wild Pokémon is increased the larger the level gap between it and the Trainer’s Pokémon.|
|White Apricorn||Fast Ball||Increased chance of catching a Pokémon that has a base Speed stat of 100 or more.|
|Yellow Apricorn||Moon Ball||Increased chance of capturing a Pokémon that belongs to an evolutionary line that uses Moon Stones.|
Where can you get Apricorn Balls in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
As mentioned before, there are no Apricorns available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet so they can not be crafted. However, they are available to be purchased in the Porto Marinada Market.
Do not forget that in order to gain access to the Porto Marinada Market auctions you will have to finish Kofu’s Gym Challenge first.
If you want to get your hands on one of these balls, bear in mind that you should bring a large amount of money with you. Bidding for any kind of Apricorn Balls will begin at 100,000 Pokedollars! And the price will only go higher during the bidding, possibly reaching 200,000 Pokedollars or more.
You can also get Apricorn Balls from winning the Academy Ace Tournament that is accessible post-game. It is a very small chance however, so it might be better to purchase them instead.
Apricorn Balls are a series of Pokeballs that are hard to come by and pretty expensive. Some of them have special conditions that, under the right circumstance, can make them four times or even eight times more effective than a regular Pokeball at capturing Pokémon.
Apricorn Balls will undoubtedly benefit your situation when used for their niches. Plan ahead of time and save enough money for the type of Apricorn Ball you want to acquire!