'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Apricorn Guide: How to Make Special Pokeballs

The Johto region added Apricorn Pokeballs, one of the coolest features to the Pokémon series and they are making a return in The Isle of Armor DLC.

These special Pokeballs gave trainers a better chance at catching certain Pokémon, but in later generations became a great way to showcase your Pokémon in battle. In Sword and Shield, having Pokémon in special Pokeballs is on full display in the Dynamax cutscene in battles.

While the Apricorn Pokeballs were limited to mystery gifts and the Pokeball Guy giving one of each during the story to trainers, The Isle of Armor DLC gives trainers more opportunities to get more.

Trainers will need access to the Cram-o-Matic machine and a little luck, but the Apricorn Pokeballs can be crafted in the DLC. Here's a handy guide to help you do it.

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The special Apricorn Pokeballs can be crafted in The Isle of Armor. The Pokemon Company/NewsGeek

HOW TO OBTAIN APRICORNS

Apricorns can be found as a hidden item on the floor usually near trees. You can also find some by shaking berry trees, but that's not guaranteed.

There is also an NPC who will give you four apricorn in exchange for 100 Watts. However, her location on The Isle of Armor changes every day and the apricorn she gives is random.

CREATING APRICORN POKEBALLS

To create Apricorn Pokeballs, trainers will need to use the Cram-o-Matic in the main dojo. You'll gain access to the Cram-o-Matic by talking to Hyde (Honey's son) in the dojo and give him the Watts he needs to power his machine.

Once the Cram-o-Matic is up and running, you can feed it up to four items to have it spit out a new item.

In regards to the Apricorn Pokeballs, trainers simply have to feed it up to four of the color-specific apricorns to receive one of the special Pokeballs. However, the Pokeball that is spit out depends on the color of the apricorn and is random. The more apricorns you put in, the higher the chance of getting an Apricorn Pokeball.

Trainers can put different colored apricorn in the mix at the same time, but the odds of which Pokeball comes out will be split. For example, if you put two apricorn (one of each color) the odds of getting a Pokeball from their group will be 50 percent.

Here's a list of the Pokeballs created by feeding the Cram-o-Matic apricorns with the percentage of when they appear.

Black Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Dusk Ball (<25%)
  • Luxury Ball (<25%)
  • Heavy Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

Blue Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Dive Ball (<25%)
  • Net Ball (<25%)
  • Lure Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

White Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Premier Ball (<25%)
  • Timer Ball (<25%)
  • Fast Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

Red Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Ultra Ball (<25%)
  • Repeat Ball (<25%)
  • Level Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

Green Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Ultra Ball (<25%)
  • Nest Ball (<25%)
  • Friend Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

Yellow Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Ultra Ball (<25%)
  • Quick Ball (<25%)
  • Moon Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

Pink Apricorn

  • Pokeball (<25%)
  • Great Ball (<25%)
  • Ultra Ball (<25%)
  • Heal Ball (<25%)
  • Love Ball (1%)
  • Safari Ball (.1%)
  • Sport Ball (.1%)

The Isle of Armor DLC is available now for Nintendo Switch.

Have you been lucky to get Apricorn Pokeballs? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.