Poke Balls
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Next year, Game Freak is venturing into uncharted territory with the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus for Nintendo Switch.

It takes place in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl's Sinnoh region and transports the series back to a time when Pokémon roamed freely in much harsher environments.

The official game site for this upcoming Switch release has shared some additional information about this "long-gone era" and perhaps one of the highlights on the page is a look at the Poké Balls of old. Here's a description and some artwork:

"The Poké Balls of old were apparently built a little differently from the ones we know so well. They were made mostly of wood, and steam puffed from their tops when Pokémon were caught.​"

What Poké Balls once looked like in the Sinnoh region
What Poké Balls once looked like in the Sinnoh region (Image: Pokémon)

According to a number of Pokémon sources, the wooden build doesn't match Johto's history of Poké Balls originally being made out of Apricorns. Sinnoh is its own region though (and this may be a different period), so perhaps it did things differently.

So, what do you think of the old-style Poké Ball that puffs steam out of the top? Leave a comment down below.

[source legends.pokemon.com]