How to Get a Master Ball in Pokemon GO
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Master Ball Debuts in Pokemon GO in May

After teasing a new type of Poke Ball on May 15, 2023, Niantic announced the Master Ball will come to Pokemon GO. It won’t be an item people can buy. Rather, the announcement noted the first one will be one people will need to earn. It will be a Special Research reward starting on May 22, 2023.

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How to get a Master Ball in Pokemon GO

So far, Niantic only revealed one opportunity to get the can’t miss Poke Ball in the game. It noted the Special Research: Let’s Go in Season 10: Rising Heroes will offer the first Pokemon GO Master Ball reward. Between May 22, 2023 and June 1, 2023, people will apparently be able to get it. Should this questline be completed, they’ll get a single Master Ball.

This means there will be five total types of Poke Balls in Pokemon GO. The Poke Ball, Great Ball, and Ultra Ball are all used for normal catching while exploring. The Beast Ball only is used if you take part in an Ultra Beast Raid. Finally, if you face a Team Rocket member or a normal Raid and get a catching opportunity at the end, then the Premier Ball will appear as the one you can use.

Pokemon GO is available on Android and Apple iOS devices. As a reminder, Niantic recently removed accessibility features by changing how Remote Raid Passes work.


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