Other wireless capabilities of Poké Balls are shown in , as when the electricity of the city is down, claims that the "Poké Ball Management System" was no longer working without power. There has been no mention of any such system since.
Poké Balls are not always at full size. Pressing the button on the front will convert it between its full size, about the size of a , to a smaller size, about that of a , and back again. The larger size makes throwing the ball easier, while the smaller one makes for easier storage on a belt clip, in pockets, and in Bags.
Poké Balls are able to be decorated to no ill effect, with several Poké Balls that have been painted with special colors being seen in the anime. Additionally, a can be used in combination with to create special effects when the Pokémon is sent out.
Prior to the invention of Poké Balls, Pokémon were referred to as magical creatures (Japanese: ), indicating that the name Pokémon, short for Pocket Monster, did not come into common parlance as a term until Poké Balls allowed the various magical creatures to be stored easily.
|RSE||A Ball that works better on Pokémon caught before.|
|FRLG||A somewhat different Ball that works especially well on Pokémon caught before.|
|Colo. XD||A Ball that works better on Pokémon caught before.|
|A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon species that were previously caught.|
|BWB2W2||A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon species that were previously caught.|
|XYORAS||A somewhat different Poké Ball that works especially well on Pokémon species that have been caught before.|