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    Default Why do people always assume pokeballs are uncomfortable? Are they right?

    I always assumed that Pokeballs that pokeballs were very comfortable. I mean you are turned to energy moves around a lot so it is not like you can get claustrophobic and in the anime resting in the pokeballs seem to do a lot for the pokemon. I even go as far as to say that's part of the reson pokeballs work is because they are comfortable. So I get annoyed when people make the old joke about how fucked up pokemon is by saying people cram them into balls cause if you look at it is not cramming.

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    I think according to Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Poké Balls are comfortable.
    That still doesn't mean that Pokémon enjoy being in them though... especially since in the anime Ash's Pikachu (and in Yellow Version the starter Pikachu) are specifically mentioned to not like being in Poké Balls.
    Also it's sort of like imprisonment... if you are captured by the police / military and forced to remain in a room for a long time (even a luxury hotel room) then you still might not like it.

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    The only instance I can think of where a Pokemon was shown inside its Pokeball was at the end of the "Hypno's Naptime" episode of the Anime, where Misty's new Psyduck looked very cramped. Maybe that's where the assumptions come from.

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    Regardless to that episode evidence, it seems kind of illogical for them to be comfortable or not. When a pokemon is put into a pokeball it is retracted into the ball in sort of holographic form, and when the ball is opened it is in that same form until it comes out. Therefore it seems as if they are in a sort of hibernation state inside the pokeball, and therefore it can't really be either--since they are a form of light instead of their bodily form. Thats why it makes sense that a huge snorlax can fit inside a miniscule great ball. Maybe if we had weight and height specific pokeballs less people would be questioning whether the balls are comfortable.

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    Since most Pokemon seem totally fine in the anime with being in a PokeBall, chances are they are confortable, or probably remain as a mass of energy/light.

    It's no different for a dog being required to remain in a cage or on a chain. You become the owner of the Pokemon, so it is your responsibility to keep them from potentially causing problems.
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    The whole concept of keeping Pokémon in Poké Balls is somewhat vague, in the anime at least. Pokémon are shown to need to be kept outside their Poké Balls, as seen by the fact that Prof. Oak owns a huge amount of land to allow the Pokémon to run free and he constantly feeds them all, etc. And also there's the fact that Ash tends to let his Pokémon come out of their Poké Balls often, and he feeds them, etc. It makes it seem like, if you leave a Pokémon in a Poké Ball for too long, especially with no food, it will die or something. This is contradicted by other episodes though, where a Poké Ball has been shown to have been left ome place for a very long time, maybe years or even decades, without the Pokémon coming out and they seem perfectly fine.

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    I think not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian
    One article addresses the question why Pokémon would go into a Poké Ball. According to this article, this behavior is based on instinct. A weakened Pokémon will curl up tight in an effort to heal itself. The Poké Ball was invented to take advantage of that protective instinct.

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    Mind the anime and videogames are different things.


    However, it must be noted that pokémon are aware to an extent of their surroundings even inside of the pokéball, getting closer to the trainer just by being with them.

    And then there are the different types of pokéballs... In particular, the Luxury Ball seems to show that they in fact can be more or less comfortable.


    The principal reason N seemed to make a big deal about it, and probably that Pikachu and others, is the confinement part. Generally a Pokémon can't get out unless called upon, so it does limit them.
    But there isn't really anything wrong with being inside it itself, given the pokémon isn't even in a physical state. The problem is not being able to freely interact with the outside, which is why they are often let out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity Mk-II View Post
    Mind the anime and videogames are different things.


    However, it must be noted that pokémon are aware to an extent of their surroundings even inside of the pokéball, getting closer to the trainer just by being with them.

    And then there are the different types of pokéballs... In particular, the Luxury Ball seems to show that they in fact can be more or less comfortable.


    The principal reason N seemed to make a big deal about it, and probably that Pikachu and others, is the confinement part. Generally a Pokémon can't get out unless called upon, so it does limit them.
    But there isn't really anything wrong with being inside it itself, given the pokémon isn't even in a physical state. The problem is not being able to freely interact with the outside, which is why they are often let out.
    Still, some pokemons can leave their pokeballs to their own will. Look at how Ash's Oshawott leaves his pokeball even when he's not called upon.

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    I don't know what's up with that... perhaps those Poké Balls are defective / don't work properly. None of the Pokémon were able to escape Mewtwo's balls and obviously they all wanted to, so it's not entirely up to will.
    Pokémon have been shown to refuse to come out of thier Poké Balls though, e.g. the Diglett episode.

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    Yeah sometimes they have control as it seems like Diglett or Oshawott or Psyduck. Weird enough Charizard or Exadrill come out when they are ordered despite not wanting to obey.

    It seems Pokemon know what is going on in the outside world as well, something that has always made me wonder but when a Pokemon is released from it's pokeball and told to use Flamethrower before it even comes out and attacks the right target without fail, so they must have some way of knowing what's going on outside.
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    In one episode Ash got lost with Sceptile and drop its pokeball. They went to sleep on the ground and Sceptile was uncomfortable, Ash apoligized saying he knows Sceptile would be more comfortable in its ball
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    I imagine luxury balls have "luxury" in the name for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Kyurem View Post
    I imagine luxury balls have "luxury" in the name for a reason.
    Perhaps the "luxury" comes from the fact that it is more comfortable than the standard PokeBall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity Mk-II View Post
    Mind the anime and videogames are different things.


    However, it must be noted that pokémon are aware to an extent of their surroundings even inside of the pokéball, getting closer to the trainer just by being with them.

    And then there are the different types of pokéballs... In particular, the Luxury Ball seems to show that they in fact can be more or less comfortable.


    The principal reason N seemed to make a big deal about it, and probably that Pikachu and others, is the confinement part. Generally a Pokémon can't get out unless called upon, so it does limit them.
    But there isn't really anything wrong with being inside it itself, given the pokémon isn't even in a physical state. The problem is not being able to freely interact with the outside, which is why they are often let out.
    Honestly, I think the main reason N would have against it is that it represents a symbol of Pokémon's subservient status to humans since the general relation is that Pokémon are only to exist outside when called.

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