Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Where to Get Dusk Balls

Dusk Balls make it easier to catch wild Pokemon at night or in dark places like caves. Dusk Balls have been a fan-favorite and date back to some of the oldest games in the franchise.

However, Dusk Balls aren’t available from the get-go. If you want to quickly catch everything and complete the Pokedex, Dusk Balls are probably your best option.

If you prefer to showcase your Pokemon in style, consider checking out our guide on how to get Beast Balls.

In this guide, I will explain how to get Dusk Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet as well as how to use them efficiently.

How to Get Dusk Balls

Shop at the Poke Mart to buy Dusk Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Thankfully, there are three ways to get dusk balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. However, each of them requires progressing into the late game.

First, players can buy Dusk Balls at any Poke Mart for 1,000. This can only be done after getting 7 Gym Badges in the game.

Second, players can buy them from Delibird Presents shops for 1,000. These can be found in the cities of Cascarrafa, Levincia, and Mesagoza. Similarly to the Poke Mart method, this also requires getting 7 Gym Badges first.

Lastly, Dusk Balls can be purchased from the auction at Porto Marinada. While this can be more expensive and is based on luck, it’s still another way to get Dusk Balls.

How to Use Dusk Balls

Dusk Balls have a 3x catch rate when used at night or in caves. To understand how big this is, keep in mind that Ultra Balls have a 2x catch rate at all times.

Thus, Dusk Balls are better and cheaper than Ultra Balls if used properly.

However, when used during the daytime, their catch rate is only 1x, which makes them as good as a simple Poke Ball.

Day and Night Cycle Explained

Nighttime in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

As for the Day and Night cycle in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, things are fairly straightforward.

First, players are unable to alter the cycle by messing with Switch’s internal clock. Instead, patience is the only option.

There are four in-game times in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Morning (6 minutes)
  • Day (30 minutes)
  • Evening (6 minutes)
  • Night (30 minutes)

In total, a whole day lasts 72 real-life minutes, with 30 of them being considered nighttime. To maximize the efficiency of Dusk Balls, hold your catching sessions during the 30 minutes of nighttime.


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

The best way to get Dusk Balls is by getting 7 Gym Badges and buying them from Poke Marts or Delibird Presents shops for 1,000.

To maximize their efficiency, use them in caves or during the 30 real-life minutes of nighttime.

One of the best uses for Dusk Balls is farming Paradox Pokemon for Booster Energy, one of the best items in the game. For more details, consider checking our full guide on how to get Booster Energy.

What do you think about Dusk Balls in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? What’s your go-to Ball for catching wild Pokemon? Let us know in the comments below.


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