How to Get More Pokeballs in Pokemon GO


Finding and catching Pokemon in the real world is an absolute blast in Pokemon Go — but only if you have the tools you need to do the job right! If you’re running short on Pokeballs, there are plenty of ways to get more. Learn them all in our guide, How to get more Pokeballs in Pokemon Go.

Hang out at a PokeStop

Pokestops are the gift that keep on giving in Pokemon Go. Visiting one trigger a prize wheel that, when spun, awards items. More often than not, those items are Pokeballs. Even better, Pokestops refresh every few minutes. Grab a folding chair, fill a cooler with some frosty pops, and don’t forget to bring your portable battery charger. You can top up your stock of pokeballs and enjoy a nice afternoon outdoors.

Also, you might just get lucky like this guy. Gamezebo contributor Rob Rich has an office that’s situated just above a Pokestop, so he never has a problem getting more pokeballs.

Evolve your trainer

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Like all RPGs, there’s a leveling component to Pokemon Go — and it doesn’t just affect your Pokemon. Your trainer will level up too, and trainer levels are awarded with plenty of goodies. Among those goodies are more Pokeballs to help restock your capture supplies.

The more you play, the more you’ll level up — but focusing on certain aspects of gameplay will earn experience points more quickly. You’ll earn 500XP for each new Pokemon captured, 100XP for every other Pokemon captured, 200XP for each Pokemon hatched, 50XP for each Pokestop visited, and 500XP for each Pokemon evolved.

Good throws will award XP too, so be sure to toss those Pokeballs perfectly. And if you can activate the Lucky Egg item, it will double your XP for 30 minutes, so use it wisely!

Failure is not an option (maybe?)

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File this one under rumor: some players are reporting that Pokeballs can be picked up after failed capture attempts if timed just right. We’ve yet to meet anyone (other than the people online claiming they’ve done it) who can get this to work, so it could just be a mean trick. But if you want to try it, there are two variations we’ve heard about:

  • Tap on the ball as quickly as possible after failure
  • Let the ball roll on the ground for a moment before tapping

Best of luck on this one. If you can get it to work, please let us know in the comments below.

Get out your wallet

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Pokemon Go is the top grossing app on the App Store by far, so at least some of you reading this aren’t afraid to spend a little money. If you’re somehow too far from a Pokestop to make our previous suggestion worthwhile, or if you’re not leveling as quickly as you’d like, you can always use the in-app currency, Pokecoins, to acquire more Pokeballs. 20 Pokeballs will cost you 100 Pokecoins, 100 Pokeballs will cost you 460 Pokecoins, and 200 Pokeballs will cost you 800 Pokecoins.

You can earn Pokecoins in-game (becoming a gym leader and successfully defending is a great way to earn passive income), but you can also buy Pokecoins with real cash. Here’s what you’ll get for your money:

  • 100 PokéCoins – $0.99
  • 550 PokéCoins – $4.99
  • 1,200 PokéCoins – $9.99
  • 2,500 PokéCoins – $19.99
  • 5,200 PokéCoins – $39.99
  • 14,500 PokéCoins – $99.99

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