From this question's answer, it looks like Pokémon can call for help an unlimited number of times. This is great for quickly getting EVs or finding rarer Pokémon, but it interferes when I'm trying to catch the Pokémon I found, since I can't throw a ball when there are two Pokémon on the opposite side of the field.

For instance, last night, I was attempting to catch a Golbat to fill out my Pokédex since I didn't feel like evolving my Zubat. However, while weakening the Golbat, it called for help. For roughly 5-6 turns in a row, I would KO its ally Golbat and it would call another in the same turn, making it impossible to catch.

Is there a way to prevent Pokémon from calling for help, to prevent situations like this?

3 Answers 3


High HP (as % of total) Pokémon are less likely to call for help.

A major status ailment (poison/badly poison, sleep, burn, paralysis, but NOT confusion, attraction, etc) prevents calls for help.

  • I might not understand your problem - You were complaining about a golbat calling for other golbats right? The way to prevent it from calling more is to status the golbat you want to catch (paralysis is most reliable since it lasts forever & doesn't do damage) then KO the other one
    – Kevin L
    Nov 22, 2016 at 15:08
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    OH, I misread what you said about status conditions, I thought you'd said it causes them to call for help, my bad.
    – Vemonus
    Nov 22, 2016 at 15:09
  • Don't feel bad about not noticing because I read it how you meant it to be written...
    – Vemonus
    Nov 23, 2016 at 12:33
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    This answer is not correct. I do not have a better answer yet, as I am still investigating, but I can say with certainty that poison and paralysis do NOT prevent calls for help.
    – AdamP
    Nov 23, 2016 at 15:03
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    I tested poison and paralysis yesterday during the Grass trial. Neither condition prevent the Pokemon from calling for help. Though I realize I have not tested these outside the trial. Perhaps this is trial specific behavior? More testing is needed for sure.
    – AdamP
    Nov 23, 2016 at 15:30

Totem Pokemon can always call for help.

In a normal encounter, calling for help can be prevented by inflicting a status ailments or decreasing accuracy.

  • I have no idea what this is trying to say.
    – Vemonus
    Dec 3, 2016 at 4:27
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    @Vemonus I edited to what I think the author meant, though I question the accuracy portion of the answer.
    – Schism
    Dec 3, 2016 at 5:37
  • @Schism ah thanks, it's readable now, but yeah, I'm not so sure about decreasing accuracy.
    – Vemonus
    Dec 3, 2016 at 5:38

Yawn is your best friend. Hold back, false swipe is your goon.

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