Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to Get Dream Balls

The main way of getting Dream Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is by outbidding others at the auction house.

Dream Balls are a rare type of Pokeball. They are extremely effective against Pokemon that have been put to sleep.

However, the auction house can seem a little complex at first sight and players may have issues accessing it or winning each bid on Dream Balls.

Also, another amazing Poke Ball is the Dusk Ball, which makes it easier to catch Pokemon in caves or at night. For more details on how to get Dusk Balls in the game, consider checking out our relevant article.

In this guide, I will explain how to get dream balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and showcase how the auction system works.

How to Get Dream Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To find Dream Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, players will need to travel to Porto Marinada. There, they can access the auction house.

The auction house in Porto Marinada.

Players will need to get the Water Gym Badge in Cascarrafa City to unlock the auction house.

In the auction house, players will be able to find a huge variety of items. The important part is that these items rotate daily.

Your best bet to get Dream Balls is to check the auction house daily until you find Dream Balls on sale.

How to Quickly Rotate the Auction House in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet preview banner.

Waiting for the auction house to reset daily means it can take days or even weeks until you get dream balls. However, there is an easy workaround: switching the date from the Switch settings to the next day.

Here’s what you’ll need to do for this to work:

  1. Close Pokemon Scarlet/Violet
  2. Select System Settings from Switch’s Main Menu
  3. Go all the way down to System and then Date and Time
  4. Simply change the day to any other day in the future
  5. Re-open Pokemon Scarlet/Violet

If you followed these steps properly, the auction will display different items. Keep changing the day until you get the item you need.

How Auctions Work in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

catching a shiny dark type pokemon in scarlet and violet

When you find an item you’re interested in, the seller will inform you of the auction starting price. However, don’t be fooled. This is only the starting price and you’ll need to spend more before getting the items.

Specifically, you will be faced with two other potential buyers. Everyone will take turns bidding.

To win the auction, simply keep bidding until your opponents give up. This can happen from the first bid, or even take as many as 10 bids before they decide it’s not worth it.

The only setback is that certain items, like Dream Balls, can’t be bought anywhere else. Thus, you might end up spending way more than they’re worth. On the other hand, you might get lucky and spend less, if your opponents forfeit quickly.


To sum up, that’s everything you need to know on how to get Dream Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

All you need to do is beat the Gym in Cascarrafa City and then travel to Porto Marinada to participate in the auctions.

Also, now that you’re near Porto Marinada, consider checking out our guide on how to get Ditto in the game. It’s an extremely useful Pokemon for breeding and it can be found near the auction house.

Are you planning to use Dream Balls? What do you think about the auction system in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? Let us know in the comments below.

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