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The Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball explained and when you should use it

Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball
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The Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball is a reward (or sorts) for becoming a Champion – if you know where to look for it. The Beast Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield isn't like the other PokeBalls in the game... in fact, it specifically states that it has a "low success rate for catching a Pokemon." Even with that in mind, there are some great uses for the item in the end-game. 

The Beast Ball is specifically designed to help you capture Ultra Beasts in Pokemon Sword and Shield's The Crown Tundra DLC. If you purchased the expansion, released in 2020, you'll have a new area to explore and new Pokemon to catch. We'll get into all of that below, including how to find more Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Balls and where you can use them. 

How to get the Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball

Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball

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Before you can get your hands on a Beast Ball in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you need to become the Champion of Galar. In essence, beat the game. Done that? Good stuff.

Now, head to Stow-on-Side and speak to the bloke behind the bargain stall. He'll have a singular Beast Ball for you. You can also obtain more from Ball Guy whenever you take part in the tournament, but the items he gives you are random so there's no guarantee. Unfortunately, this is the only way to get more than one in the base game. You can however use a Yamper in battle as it knows the Ball Fetch ability, so the first failed throw of a battle will be returned to you. If you want to flex on people with your Beast Ball and not permanently lose it, anyway.

With the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra DLC, you can now purchase as many Beast Balls as you like. These can be obtained by visiting the Dynite Ore Collector inside the Max Lair entrance on Slipper Slope. The NPC should be standing in front of a Sableye, and will sell Beast Balls for 150 Dynite Ore each. As a reminder, Pokemon Sword and Shield Dynite Ore can be earned by participating in Dynamax Adventures and Max Raids. 

What does the Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball do?

Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball

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The Beast Ball was introduced in Pokemon: Sun and Moon to help with the catching of Ultra Beasts. If you use this special PokeBall on a normal Pokemon it has a very low chance of success, but it made catching rare Mythical and Legendary Pokemon much easier. 

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, these rare PokeBalls have far less utility. In fact, there aren't any Ultra Beasts in the base game. You'll need the Crown Tundra DLC (released in 2020) to really make use of the Beast Balls, as they will help you catch the Ultra Beasts roaming around the Crown Tundra area. Make sure you have a few of these equipped before heading into Dynamax Adventures, as they will help you catch the following Ultra Beasts. 

  • Buzzwole 
  • Blacephalon
  • Celesteela
  • Guzzlord
  • Kartana 
  • Nihilego
  • Pheromosa
  • Stakataka 
  • Xurkitree 

And that's it! Use the Pokemon Sword and Shield Beast Ball to easily catch Ultra Beasts in the Crown Tundra DLC, otherwise they'll just be taking up room in your inventory. 


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