How I spent 10,000 Pokédollars to catch a Lunala in a Moon Ball

Firstly, happy new year!

Ever since Game Freak made it easier to catch Pokémon in pretty much any Poké Ball, I’ve tried to match the ball’s colours/themes with the Pokémon itself. This comes in handy when the Pokémon is red/orange/yellow, already in my Pokédex, and I have Repeat Balls. But for legendaries (outside of Tera Raids where the catch rate is 100% on all balls), it’s a little trickier.

My latest attempt was at catching Lunala in a Moon Ball. A purple ball would have worked just fine but the only purple Poké Ball is a Master Ball which would have felt like a waste when I didn’t need to use it. So the next best option was a Moon Ball. I quickly looked up the odds of catching it in a Moon Ball while in the red and asleep and found that there was about a 6–7% chance per throw. Not great but not the worst. My problem? I only had three of them.

I already had Pokémon ready to bring it into the red and put it to sleep:

  • Brutus the Breloom, with Spore and False Swipe
  • Clippers the Scizor, with False Swipe
  • SprayCharles the Blastoise, with Yawn and Icy Wind

Immediately, I spotted an issue: Lunala is a Ghost-type is immune to False Swipe, a Normal-type move. Because of that, I just used Brutus’s Bullet Seed, hoped it wouldn’t hit 5 times and KO (spoiler alert: it did a few times), put it to sleep and throw balls. This strategy didn’t work.

Plan B was a little more involved. I still used Brutus’s Bullet Seed strat but swapped into SprayCharles when it was in the yellow to Icy Wind and Yawn before throwing balls. I got some triple jiggles but they all broke out. Damn you! The only thing that could guarantee 1HP on Lunala was False Swipe but how could I use it? That’s when I looked it up and Google jogged my memory:

Foresight! Oh. It’s not been available since Gen 7. Crap. Odor Sleuth! Oh. It’s not been available since Gen 7 either. Double crap.

Further searches brought up an interesting item that I’d seen in passing during my Violet playthrough: the Ring Target. It costs Pokédollar symbolA Pokédollar symbol, similar to the Japanese yen symbol or Russian ruble.10,000 and removes move immunity. Great, I thought, I’ll just give that to Brutus and fire away. But then I realised the Ring Target only removes immunity from the Pokémon holding it. I was starting to feel very silly given how many hours I’ve been playing this game alone, never mind the whole damn franchise over the last quarter century!

Finally, my brain kicked into gear. I had Gholdengo in my team and it could Trick the Ring Target onto Lunala, then Brutus could False Swipe and Spore and then I’d throw balls. I tried it the first time and while False Swipe connected (yay!), none of my 3 balls caught it (boo!)

But then I tried it a second time.

Ball 1: No shakes.
Ball 2: Three shakes… broke out
Ball 3: 1… 2… 3…


And here it is.

a screenshot of Lunala

I named it Spectra, after the Spectral bat, one of the largest bat species in world.

my character in Pokémon Violet, posing with Lunala
my character in Pokémon Violet, posing with Lunala who is asleep

I’m excited to use Lunala when they allow Restricted Pokémon in VGC. It’s a bit of a beast.

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