Do Heavy Ball variants work the same way in battle?



  • The intent of the Heavy Ball, Leaden Ball, and Gigaton Ball seems to be that they have a higher catch rate than the basic balls in exchange for a much shorter throwing arc, rewarding you for sneaking up right next to a Pokémon.

    But if you engage in battle first, there's no aiming involved and distance isn't a concern, you simply automatically hit the target. Do the balls' increased catch rates still apply in this case? If so, does it mean those balls are always the best option for catching alphas or if you fail to sneak up on an aggressive mon?



  • This part of your question is not fully accurate:

    have a higher catch rate than the basic balls in exchange for a much shorter throwing arc

    While Heavy Balls, Leaden Ball, and Gigaton Balls indeed cannot be thrown as far, this factor is not what provides the higher catch rate. These pokéballs provide a higher catch rate if the Pokémon has not noticed you.

    [Heavy Balls] are thrown in a shorter arc and do not travel as far as the standard Poké Ball, but are highly effective when used to attempt a capture against a Pokémon that has not yet noticed the player.

    https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Heavy_Ball#Pok.C3.A9mon_Legends:_Arceus , emphasis my own

    and

    Heavy Balls are a special variety of Poké Ball that are more effective at catching Pokémon that haven’t yet noticed you

    https://legends.pokemon.com/en-us/gameplay/ , emphasis my own

    So to answer your question, using heavy balls and its upgraded versions do not provide its additional catch rate while in battle.




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