The first "Pokéball" -or at least a
capture device with this
resemblance- is thought to have existed almost 3000 years ago.
It was incredibly large and made from stone - a prototype containment artefact for an
Claydol created somewhere in the Izabe Islands near
The specific engravings upon this artefact have inspired the designs of the many Pokéballs that followed.
Early handheld Pokéballs were known as "Apricles", due to being constructed from the specially-treated shells of
Apricorns - an odd, pithy fruit grown more for its material use than its nutritional value. Due to the small Apricorn crops and the time it took to grow them, Apricles were very rare and only available to those with a considerable amount of wealth.
The first mass-produced Pokéballs came into existence in the 1930s, when
the father of
Samuel Oak offered his schematics to a
Johtoan engineering firm. Though still fairly cumbersome at around 8cm in diameter, these alloy-based devices gained the title "Pocket Ball" due to their nigh compact nature. As the popularity of Pocket Balls spread, the creatures these devices were designed to
capture were reclassified as "Pocket Monsters". The usage of their names and consequential shorthand versions spread from Johto, across
The discovery of Digita Material five years later gave Pokéballs the ability to
minimize to 3cm diameter for portability.
In 1998, a DNA recognition upgrade was
applied to Pokéball devices. This was to prevent the capture
of anything BUT a Pokémon. However it is possible to dupe
the device should a living organism contain mixed DNA.
Newer versions of Pokéballs thrown at humans have been known to
cause temporary paralysis due to exposure to the DNA recognition system. Work is
currently being undertaken to resolve this.
While the presence of Pokéballs in modern
Ocian lifestyles is now accepted as normal, controversy
remains over their use.
Linking procedure is considered by some people to be
enforced, despite manufacturers' insistence that Pokéballs
reject Pokémon that exhibit no desire for human association.
concerned that the ability to keep large numbers of Pokemon
in suspended states devalues people's view of Pokemon as
living beings. While there have been some measures taken to
allow only 6 Pokemon to be handled at any one time, this
concern still remains.
consistently emphasize the device's use as transportation
and not storage - advising trainers to allow their pokémon
to roam freely at least once a day to prevent disorientation
from Pokéball stasis.
There is a great debate as to a pokémon's
level of awareness while inside a Pokéball. While pokémon
are kept in a sleep like state without need for oxygen or
food, their level of awareness depends on the pokémon in
question combined with the mood they were in upon being
returned to their Pokéball. Aggravated states cause aura
flux which interferes with a
Pokéball's Cryocite network.
During the few seconds
between Pokéball activation and pokémon release, the Pokéball initiates a
procedure not unlike those of dream states, allowing the pokémon to "wake up"
over the course of -what seems to its own mind- several minutes. This means
released pokémon will always be alert and ready for instruction. Of course there
are sometimes exceptions.
Psychic pokémon are known
to be generally more aware of their surroundings while inside a Pokéball, due to
pokémon have been known to become travel sick as a result of being stored in
Pokéballs, contributing to their personal dislike of them.