After the recent announcements of Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond on the 25th anniversary of the series, one fan has recreated the new Pokéball design in stunning photorealism. Set in the distant past, these ancient Poké Balls are the basis on which the capture technology in the series eventually becomes.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus appears to be set in the real-life Meiji era of Japan, set from 1868 to 1912, during which Japan moved from being an isolated feudal society to a more modern, industrialized nation. This time was a period of growth for Japan, representing a significant change in how Japan has become the country it is today. The game takes inspiration from this time, with new settlers entering into the continent of Sinnoh and building the first village in the whole region. Players will set out on a brand new adventure, exploring the region way before Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’s events, in a Sinnoh that is still wild and packed with Pokémon.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the past, so the technology usually used to capture Pokémon in the franchise has yet to be invented. Instead, the Poké Balls used in Arceus are hand made, with a wooden finish. In the trailer for this new game, players could get a glimpse of the older Poké Balls, prompting one fan to create their own interpretation of what more kinds of these designs would look like.
The Safari and Primer balls are generally available in most Pokémon games, but Arceus may be the expectation. The Safari ball is usually only obtained at a Safari park, where players are allowed into a zone specifically for catching Pokémon only found in the region. When used, a Safari ball has a catch rate modifier of 1.5x on wild Pokémon. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Safari balls can be crafted in the Cram-o-matic.
The Premier ball is a special kind of Pokéball that was only added to the series in Pokémon Sapphire and Pokémon Ruby. This ball is usually purchased from a store in-game, with the item description stating that these balls were created in commemoration of some event. Players can get one Premier ball per 10 other Pokeballs bought at once. Premier balls can also be crafted by using a Cram-o-matic.
Neither of these may be an option in Arceus, since Poké Balls seem to be more of a handcrafted item that players might need to seek out instead of purchasing at a store. Hopefully, as it gets closer to the release date in early 2022, Nintendo will release more information on the game and how classic Pokémon mechanics will be adapted to fit this new setting.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set to release on Nintendo Switch in early 2022.