Poke Balls are arguably the most essential item in every Pokemon game because they capture and store Pokemon. One can say the same in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, as the game’s primary goal is to catch every Pokemon in Hisui Region. However, Poke Balls are considered new inventions in this iteration as this game is set way before modern Pokemon games.
One type of Poke Ball in Pokemon Legends: Arceus is the Great Ball. The Great Ball has a better chance of successfully catching a Pokémon than the standard Poke Ball, making it a better version of the regular Poke Ball.
Also introduced in Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a new mechanic called Crafting. With Crafting, you can make items instead of buying them. With Crafting, you can create various items like Poke Balls, healing items, and more using ingredients found all over the Hisui region. In this guide, you will learn how to craft Great Balls.
You can not craft right from the start of the game, but you unlock the function early on. After completing the Galaxy Team’s Entry Trial, players can start the Basics of Crafting mission, which is the game’s third mission.
For the Basics of Crafting mission, Akari or Rei will teach you how to craft items by introducing you to the Craftworks, where you can find a Workbench to create things. There is a Workbench in the Craftworks in Jubilife Village and at the campsite.
After that, you will receive another mission where you have to work on Research Tasks. As you proceed on this mission, you will reach a part where Akari or Rei will instruct you to catch a Buizel. To do so, you will have to battle first. Then, Akari or Rei will teach you to see a Pokemon perform a specific move during battle to complete some research tasks. Finish these tasks, and Akari or Rei will reward you with a Crafting Kit for completing the challenges so far.
So, what is the difference between the Crafting Kit and the Workbench in the Craftworks or at the campsite? The Workbench lets you craft items using the ingredients you have in your satchel and the items you have kept in storage. Again, you can only access Workbenches in the Craftworks or the campsite. On the other hand, apart from the fact that you can use it anywhere, the Crafting Kit only allows you to craft using only the items you have in your satchel.
Crafting Great Balls
To obtain the crafting recipe for Great Balls, you must first achieve a Third Star Rank. Captain Cyllene will be the one who will give you the recipe. To craft Great Balls, you need one Apricorn, one Iron Chunk, and one Tumblestone.
These crafting materials can be purchased, but you can easily find them all around the overworld, so you do not have to spend a single Pokemon dollar. However, if you do not have time to farm for items, the option to purchase them is still there.
You need to find Apricorn trees to obtain some Apricorn. These trees are found all over the Hisui region, specifically in these zones: Obsidian Fieldlands, Alabaster Icelands, Cobalt Coastlands, Coronet Highlands, and Crimson Mirelands. There are three Apricorn trees located northwest of Horseshoe Plains in Obsidian Fieldlands, and you can obtain at least fifteen Apricorns from this zone alone. To get Apricorn from the trees, you would need the help of your Pokemon. Aim and throw one of your Pokemon to a tree; then, your Pokemon will come out and strike the tree to harvest the Apricorn. The selected Pokemon will also gain experience for helping you out.
After catching or defeating Pokemon, Apricorn can also be obtained, specifically Starly, Staravia, Staraptor, and Kricketot.
Additionally, you can pay Colza 500 Pokemon Dollars to plant Apricorn harvests at the Farm in Jubilife Village to get plenty of Apricorns.
Alternatively, it is possible to purchase Apricorn for 40 Pokemon Dollars in the Craftworks by talking to Anvin.
Iron Chunks are jagged silver stones you can find and pick up from the ground. You can easily find them in all areas of the Hisui region: Obsidian Fieldlands, Crimson Mirelands, Cobalt Coastlands, Coronet Highlands, and Alabaster Icelands. However, if you are looking to farm for some Iron Chunks, you can go to the western part of the map of the Obsidian Fieldlands.
Iron Chunks can also be obtained by catching or defeating Pokemon, specifically Bronzor, Bronzong, Riolu, Lucario, Glalie, and Nosepass.
Alternatively, it is possible to purchase Iron Chunks for 200 Pokemon Dollars in the Craftworks by talking to Anvin (given it is already added to his wares).
It is worth mentioning that Iron Chunks can also be obtained from harvesting ores (like the ore that will be mentioned next) around the Hisui region.
To obtain some Tumblestone, you need to find rust-colored stones all over the Hisui region. To get Tumblestones from these rocks, you would also need the help of one of your Pokemon. You can also do this by throwing out one of your Pokemon, and it will come out to strike the rocks and harvest the Tumblestone! You can obtain at least ten Tumblestones in the Horseshoe Plains at Obsidian Fieldlands alone.
Tumblestones can also be obtained after catching or defeating Pokemon, specifically Geodude, Graveler, Machop, Machoke, Golem, and Magikarp.
Alternatively, you can also purchase Tumblestone from Anvin in the Craftworks for 60 Pokemon Dollars.
Now that you know how to craft Great Balls in Pokemon Legends: Arceus, start farming for some Apricorn, Iron Chunks, and Tumblestone, craft as many Great Balls as you want, and continue the mission Arceus has bestowed upon you to go and catch ’em all!