Trainer uses Master Ball to catch common Pokemon

UNOVA – When Basil left his mother and hometown at the age of ten, he hoped to see his name in print, but probably not for this. The up-and-coming trainer, who racked up eight gym badges in just a matter of weeks weeks, may have destroyed his only hope at catching one of the legendary Pokemon in the region. The reason? He accidentally used his only Master Ball to catch a common Rattata.

“I ran into a Rattata in the grass, and I’m trying to complete my Pokedex, so I figured it’d be an easy catch,” Basil told reporters. “I nearly knocked him out in a single hit. I reached into my bag, felt a round ball--I didn’t know it was the Master Ball!”

Basil claims that he realized his mistake almost instantly, but it was too late; the ball was already soaring towards the Rattata, which was captured. Now he’s got a low-level Pokemon he’ll likely never use in battle and no guaranteed way to catch the legendary creature he’s been hoping to find.

As most people know, Master Pokeballs are extremely rare; a trainer might only get one for his or her entire career. Trainers tend to guard them carefully, unleashing them only for the most hard-to-capture legendary Pokemon. The story of Basil’s mistake quickly spread throughout Unova, which he says is affecting his reputation as a trainer. “No one respects me,” he said dejectedly. “I’m a laughingstock. At Pokemon Centers, at gyms, I’m the guy who used a Master Ball on a Rattata. Even the preschoolers make fun of me right before they force me to battle!”

Basil reluctantly admits he can’t exactly blame people for laughing. “Who does that?” he said out loud. “What kind of trainer am I? Maybe I should’ve stayed home, become a… actually, I have no idea what adults do if they’re not catching, raising, or stealing Pokemon.”

Despite his costly error, Basil still plans to make the journey to challenge the Elite Four. He hopes that beating them, a feat few have managed, will help people forget about the Master Ball incident. “It’s like all the great stuff I’ve done doesn’t matter. I’m ten years old, and I live on my own in the wilderness and fight wild animals. I have eight gym badges! But no,” he says sadly, “I’m just the kid who threw away a Master Ball.”

Basil’s new Rattata, meanwhile, is happily learning new skills in Unova’s Pokemon Day Care.

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  • GameManiac - October 7, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Only once in Pokemon Blue, I used a Master Ball on a Lv.20 Horsea. Now, I save them for those roaming legendaries.
  • SpadesSlick - October 7, 2013 2:35 a.m.

    The only time using a Masterball on a common Pokemon is justified is if it's shiny and you don't want to take any chances. Or if you're a cheating motherfucker with an action replay.
  • g1rldraco7 - October 6, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    I remember learning how to clone Pokemon in my copy of Pokemon Crystal and I cloned a bunch of master balls. Those legendary Pokemon were a breeze, but I had one left and I released the Pokemon holding onto the master ball into the wild and man did I feel stupid. Then the next day when i went to restart my game, it said data corrupted >.<
  • winner2 - October 6, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    One thing I don't get is why can't you just release a pokemon and keep the ball it was in? What makes that impossible?
  • GOD - October 6, 2013 9:43 p.m.

    Immediately got the same idea while reading this....
  • C.King - October 6, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    ... i can't believe i never thought of that! maybe i codes locks or something like how u can't catch someone else's pokemon, so the ball sets itself for the contained pokemon only. alternate answer: the rattata marked his territory while inside...
  • JarkayColt - October 7, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    That's an interesting in-game explanation for why you can't re-use the ball. I also figured that possibly, to release the Pokémon, the Ball must be destroyed, similarly to how it's destroyed when a wild Pokémon breaks out rather than laying about to be picked back up. I think the practical reason though is that there are some Balls that aren't intended for your Bag. For example, you could release a Pokémon from a Safari Ball, Sport Ball, Cherish Ball etc but those Balls aren't supposed to be used from the Bag, and often aren't even programmed to do so. It also means that you could release a Pokémon you got from the GTS to obtain a special Ball that wasn't originally yours, or, to get infinite Pokéballs by hatching Eggs and just releasing the hatched Pokémon. However, that does raise another question; where do those Pokéballs come from? Certainly not from your Bag. Does the Day Care Man give you it alongside the Egg or what?
  • C.King - October 7, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    with the hatchlings i think it like imprinting on you so its loyalty guaranteed with no resistance so the basic pokeball is symbolic. shedinja however is a subject of interest maybe it is ur nincada that is torn apart inside about whether or not it really wants to open up to you and thus the split evolution which produces a weakened shell of his former self without the strength to resist being re-caught and a ninja loyal to his master.
  • GameManiac - October 7, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    In terms of the anime, that's probably canon. Paul released a Starly and then his Chimchar.
  • SpadesSlick - October 6, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    When I was 7 I used my masterball on a Drowzee in pokemon blue. Immediately realizing my mistake, I went to the pokecenter and released it thinking this would give me my masterball back. So then I was out a pokemon and a pokeball.... needless to say I was crushed.
  • C.King - October 6, 2013 4 p.m.

    my worst use of the master ball was on the first relicant i saw, it looked so weird and i broke out of the many ultraballs i threw, so i thought it was something special. and then i had to chase latios for so long across hoenn slowly withering down his health with my ninetale's fire spin and switching to wobuffet, i accidentally burned latios and panicked since he was like a turn or 2 from dieing but got em with the ultraball just in time! most satisfying catch ever!
  • pl4y4h - October 6, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Masterballs to me are like rocket launchers in an fps, I always hoard it for a later date but the later date never comes and i tough it out with ultra balls
  • shawksta - October 6, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    You cant really blame them THIS exists, aka Oak was behind it all:
  • J-Fid - October 6, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    I saw and saved that pic a few weeks ago, because it actually happened to me!
  • JarkayColt - October 6, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    Oh, I wasteful it is depends on whether or not that Rattata is in the top percentage. I used the Master Ball from Blue on Zapdos. Not really a problem considering there weren't that many legendaries back then. Nowadays I just hoard them. Most of my legends and Radar Shinies from Gen IV were caught in Master Balls that I cloned in Emerald. I know, sounds pretty cheaty, but it's much faster soft resetting for good Legends if you have plenty of Master Balls. Gen V ruined my fun though lol. I used my Master Ball from White 2 soft resetting for Virizion because I wanted one for my team, I didn't care about any of the other legends, pfft. At least the newer games give you a small chance of getting another via the lottery/raffle draws in the event that you wasted it on a Rattata.
  • J-Fid - October 6, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    My very first Master Ball catch was on a Fearow in my Blue Version. I had never seen it before, so I threw it. Same thing happened in my SIlver Version, the only difference was I used it on the much better Skarmory, which I actually used on my team.
  • Hobogonigal - October 6, 2013 11:33 p.m.

    Wow, I did the exact same thing on Poke'mon Crystal when I was younger! I saw a Skarmory and having never seen one before, thought it was awesome, and yup, there went my Master Ball. Can't believe there's someone out there who did the same thing!
  • J-Fid - October 7, 2013 7:03 a.m.

    It just goes to show you how amazing the Pokemon Skarmory really is.
  • Cyberninja - October 6, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    I don't know I have 2 master balls just sitting there and White 2, maybe I should use one to catch something stupid
  • Frieza - October 6, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    Wow. It took his trainer weeks weeks to get all eight badges? HA! When I was on my journey, it only took me a matter of days days!

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