Can you recover Pokeballs that miss when trying to catch Pokemon?

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    The lost pokeballs usually roll all the way to one of the nearest pokestops. ;)
    – Theyna
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:44
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    NOTE: Lots of downvoted answers on my post...please site sources that may be able to back up your answers. A lot of people are saying that this is possible but not providing any proof. Thanks.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:43
  • @ChaseC sources don't prove anything. I just wish people would actually try something that they heard about before spreading it.
    – Aequitas
    Jul 20, 2016 at 1:29
  • Also see this related question: Why can't you just pick up your balls?, which is looking for a canonic explanation for this behavior.
    – scenia
    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:06

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No, every throw regardless of if it misses, hits and breaks out, or hits and captures will use 1 of which ever Pokeball you're using.


Every time you throw a Pokeball, it is subtracted from your inventory and you will not get it back, no matter what.

Tapping a Pokeball does not recover it. Instead, it just despawns it and allows the next throw to happen quicker.

Pokeballs are common enough that losing a few won't harm you at all, fortunately.


I have not seen any mention of any way to do so. I presume they expect you to continually restock PokéBalls by visiting PokéStops and spinning the picture - I've collected a lot of Pokémon (thus have thrown a lot of PokéBalls) and have never gone below 100 PokéBalls available (you often get 3 when interacting with a PokéStop).

  • It depends on how active you are + how many PokeStops are in your area. For example, there is exactly one PokeStop between my work and my home, so I get a max of 6 PokeBalls a day if I stop there before and after work. I'm just a casual player so I don't care that much, but if I really wanted to I could go downtown and collect a lot more every day as well.
    – Mage Xy
    Jul 15, 2016 at 18:25

It works for me on great balls but I haven't tried it on anything else. I also had the ar off. If you recover it, the ball glows and disappears from the battle field. I believe there was also an animation at the bottom of the screen but I only caught it out of the corner of my eye so I didn't see what it was. I know it worked because I encountered a Pokemon having only 2 great ball left. My first throw missed; I taped it as it was rolling and it glowed and vanished. I caught the Pokemon with the second great ball. When I finished I checked my bag again and low and behold I still had 1 great ball. So I know for sure that it works with great balls.

  • Nope, this still doesn't work
    – Elva
    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:31

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