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Headcanon #1 - The Pokeball by Vuro Headcanon #1 - The Pokeball by Vuro
This first one might seem a bit odd, since this is the first time I've ever done an infographic! Oof, it looks more like a textbook than anything else...

Anyhow, I should clarify that my headcanons for the Pokemon World (which apply to my Nuzlocke) are made from the information given in the games and the anime as well as my own inference. For example, I've seen a really melodramatic post going around saying something along the lines of, "What happens if a Pokemon trainer is killed while traveling miles away from civilization? The Pokemon inside their Pokeballs, trapped because their trainer can't let them out, can only wait, wondering desperately when their trainer will let them out again." At least in the anime, we see Pokemon bursting from Pokeballs whenever they please over and over again (namely Psyduck and Oshawott), which makes this tragic scenario impossible.

If you have any question about the stuff said here, let me know! I'd also like to hear some feedback as to how this can be made easier to read.

EDIT: I absolutely cannot believe how popular this got! I'm immensely flattered by all the comments and +favs! Thank you!

So you know, I will be making more infographics in the future and I will probably expand upon Pokeballs at a later time. You may also reference this headcanon in your own Pokemon stuff if you like!
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:iconjust-call-me-j:
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Makes sense
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Sasoriryu Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and then twitch plays pokemon =w=
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Yojomaid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Thanks for putting some ideas that I'd thought of earlier into words and improving them!
I especially like the explanation for how the Pokémon were caught before the advent of the balls, and the fact that they COULD break out if they choose so. Possible plot points and stealing of good fan ideas ahoy! (When I start a story-based run where I actually have a trainer, that is.)
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
This just made my day.
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TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, this is about right. :)
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JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
See, I always figured the pokeball was something that only worked because pokemon have a natural ability to convert energy into mass, thus explaining their ability to create massive amounts of water, or way too many razor leaves, and things like that. If you then argued that people reverse-engineered that into other technology, it could explain how you can fit so many things in your backpack, or how they can teleport poke balls and things of that nature...

But again, that's just how I figured it worked.
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
YES, THIS WAS THE EXACT CONCEPT I WAS STRUGGLING TO WRITE DOWN WHEN I MADE THIS.

When I was writing this, the only term I could come up with was "a state of matter LIKE data that is compatible with computers" and that meant that Pokemon were not explicitly what we know as data (but most people seem to have taken that to mean "a state of matter that IS data." From the get-go, I really wanted to stress that Pokemon were being converted into an energy that could be transported by computers.

When I do an expansion on this, I'm going to clarify that when a Pokemon enters a Pokeball, it does not become data (like a Digimon), but a form of energy that can by transferred like computer data.
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JessieShadowhold Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, if you clarify that they are raw, sentient energy, that just happens to be able to be interpreted as code (electron is a 1, no electron is a 0), it allows for all sorts of things in the pokemon universe, like Porigon being a digital pokemon, and how pokemon can take rediculous amounts of damage before they 'faint' (we all know differently, they die) and things like that. 

If they can convert energy into mass and vice versa, it explains so much!

You can totally take that and put it on an expansion of this. You have offical permission and stuff.
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EggplantWarrior Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, hello recently accepted headcanon, how are you?
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AuthenticInk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Wow this is great, I hope you make more in the future! :)
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Lady-Angelkitten Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually really cool! I almost wish this was actual pokemon canon. Maybe if it was, PETA wouldn't freak out about pokemon.
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Oh, I'm sure PETA would still complain. :b After all, it's still possible to force a Pokemon into a Pokeball; you just gotta exhaust it to the point it can't struggle anymore!
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Lady-Angelkitten Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but it's not like it's being killed. |I
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Dog-Of-Awesome Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Headcanon accepted!

May I refer to your headcanon  in my nuzlocke's comments in case of questions?
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Absolutely! I'd be so flattered. u///u
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Dog-Of-Awesome Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay Thanks,
 I just wanted to ask ahead, rather than find out later that you think it's stealing.
I'm starting a no trainer dicelocke, and I think having a solid headcanon about how pokeballs work, could keep my comic consistent.
With your canon as a framework, I shouldn't get confused.

Love your cursedlocke by the way!
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BluePawProductions Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
I love the escape-and-recapture game visual. XD
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phoeniqx Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is totally a legit headcanon for Pokemon, I agree 100%! Well. Not that my agreeing to it will make it official or whatever (no matter how much I wish it would. :giggle:).

In any case I love it! Any chance of doing an expanded infographic on the different types of pokeballs? Net ball, Premium ball, etc.? :) I think you'd make a really great job on thinking up headcanons for those. If you think it's too much people around would be really happy to help you out in the thinking department (coughlikemecough). :meow:

Anyway that's just a suggestion...thing but I really do hope you consider it! :D Great job again on the infographic! :la:
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I'd love to address the different types of Pokeballs! I was already planning on doing an expansion on this, and the different Pokeballs definitely need some explaining since I forgot to go into why certain Pokeballs work much better than others.
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silent-shy-serenity Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Nice job. You did a really nice job explaining this! :)
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Predicon-Mike-1994 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^ This is actually kinda neat! I well thought out, totally cool and humane headcanon for Pokeballs! Awesome work!
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Steve1345 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
>None of them misused the ball
>None of them misused
>None misused

I can't begin to fathom how they wouldn't succumb to the temptation.
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Since legendaries are extremely hard to find, it's probably kind of hard for a non-villain to find some means of misusing the Masterball. The few trainers who win Masterballs most likely use it on a Pokemon that's giving them a a really hard time, like a Fearow or a Tentacruel!
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Steve1345 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I was pretty skeptical, considering some people...

But the last part totally won. Bravo.

New restriction: Masterballs can only be used on the following Pokemon:

>Fearow

>Tentacruel
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peaceNpencil Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
haha this seriously make me feel like there rlly a pokeball in real world :P
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sonicsilver12 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's one interesting story before I go to school
thanks a lot xD love this
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artfreak0924 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I hope im not the only one to have read the grey box text in the voice of Dexter, the first pokedex
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tolmir Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
and it's the only think you can throw at a pokemon without it being called pokemon-abuse , because throwing knives are to mainstream ^^
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TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What happens if a pokeball runs out of power? And can this even happen?
Doer the save data (the pokemon inside) be forever lost, or would the pokeball just lose function?
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vince-aran Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
maybe they're solar powered, or draw energy from some other source in the environment?
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TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good hypothesis about how they work, but it doesn't really answer my question.
They work perfectly fine in caves and at night, so if they're solar powered, then they must have a battery. But what if that battery is removed, or it goes dead?
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vince-aran Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
that's why i added "some other source in the environment"
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Scyoni Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it has a 1% autoshutoff, where it'd eject the pokemon right before going dead? 
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TheyCallMeSage Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's certainly plausible.
But what if the latch is broken, so the pokeball can't open?
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flamegod7 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Details any Pokemon fan deserves to know.
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KuroBlanc Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Though this all is wonderful and very close to the already existing canon, pokemon can stay trapped in or by their pokeballs.

In the early pokemon series, a ninetails was left awaiting the return of its master and could not be free of where it stayed until its pokeball was destroyed. At the same time, many pokemon have been released or wandered away from their pokeball and were no longer connected to their respective trainers...

So perhaps pokeballs work like a tracking chip, and once you go beyond a certain distance, the bonds are no longer valid?
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Yeah, I've seen that episode and took it into consideration. Since it's so old, I decided not to count it because a lot of stuff in early Pokemon canon no longer seems to apply to the continuity, such as all the real-world fish that used to appear! (on top of that, it almost seemed as if the Ninetales' bond to the Pokeball was more sentimental than anything else). I'm constructing my headcanon based on the most recent continuity. c:
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KuroBlanc Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah you're discounting the early series.... But the early series does have a link to the early mangas and games as well... I personally wouldn't discredit those. While the TV show does contain some canon for the overall pokemon universe, I always felt it was never as valid as what was displayed in-game or in the manga -- where the manga and games tend to have more violence and adult content.

How pokemon are released and how they escape from captivity still applies to the later incarnations of the series (an example being with Paul's chimchar).

I feel that though sentimentality may be a part of a pokemon's obedience and willingness to be contained, the pokeball itself may have some sort of technology that imprints on the pokemon. This imprint is what keeps them connected to their pokeball, and results in the well known "trainer ID".  A broken pokeball, the pokemon choosing to physically distance itself, or the trainer authorizing release are the only ways for this imprint being invalid.

There are a number of ways pokemon can be controlled-- through hypnosis and disruptive energy transmissions-- but the technology of imprinting seems to have been available for some time. In episode 198, it is shown pokemon within a certain range of the borders of an ancient city, could be controlled by whomever wore a specialized mask and scepter. It didn't matter who the previous owner was, (when in the limits of the city) the pokemon would only heed the command of the wearer. In essence, the entire city was a giant, archaic pokeball -- and leaving the boundary of the city resulted in the pokemon regaining its will or obedience towards its original owner.

It is also shown that pokemon will have a transference of allegiance towards their owners almost immediately upon trading... even though the pokemon may be unsure of its new trainer, it will obey whomever is the designated owner of the pokeball.

As far as winning masterballs goes, I feel that's just an ingame mechanic, to keep a steady supply available to those who want to catch their free-roaming legendaries... like how rare candies are also awarded for people who like to do EV training. Items such as the Masterball,  HMs, TMs, evolution stones, hold items, etc, have been shown to be exceptionally rare in the Television show and in the manga... so while at-the-ready in-game, I think these things are necessary only to progress the story.

Pokemon are dangerous unruly beasts, and require a certain special skill to be able to tame them. Being a trainer is life-threatening, and in the manga, only very few under the age of 16 are licensed to be full-fledged trainers. I think you would need one hefty piece of technology to keep those suckers contained.

The pokemon world contains super advanced technologies-- with transportable, compacted vehicles and buildings; teleportation; and the ability to create virtual, mechanical, and genetically-altered pokemon. In this, Pokemon are shown to be capable of existing as data within the pokeball for an inordinate amount of time -- ancient pokeballs have been unearthed containing what are probably pokemon that are eons old.  I don't feel like taking your pokemon out of the ball is constantly required... but in not doing so I'm sure it poses a detriment to the pokemon's physical and mental health.

But this is all just speculation at best. :?
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Vuro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I should probably also mention I'm not considering the manga (Pokemon Special) at all, as it's not an official part of the canon (I also don't like it very much, personally. >>; ). Since the anime is official, I'm much more partial to including it in my headcanons.

I'm not totally sold on the imprinting capabilities of Pokeballs. Keep in mind that when a Pokemon is traded to someone with few badges, it's very hard to command. I believe that as far as controlling Pokemon, respect is a very big issue. When catching a Pokemon, an amount of respect is earned. If a trainer shows that they have a great deal of experience, a traded Pokemon will be much more willing to obey. As for stolen Pokemon, I imagine fear is what mainly keeps those Pokemon in line, and even then, it may be hard to keep them in Pokeballs (I'm mainly thinking back to the episode in which Cassidy and Butch were introduced - they had to keep all their stolen Pokemon in cages).

As for Masterballs, I decided to include those because they'll turn up in Cursedlocke at a later point.

I'll also have to disagree that the majority Pokemon are unruly beasts. Dangerous, absolutely, but they've been shown to have functioning communities and some even have a measure of civility. I also think their understanding of language gives them better ability to reason and bond with trainers, so many of them don't need to be tamed. However, I would say unruly Pokemon most certainly exist (especially those that live in more dangerous environments or are simply prone to bad temperaments, like Gyarados) and need a hefty amount of discipline before they can be ordered around.

(Sorry if I missed quite a few of your points! You've definitely thought a lot of these things through, and it's given me a lot of food for thought!).
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KuroBlanc Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Satoshi Tajiri has claimed that the manga was closer to his portrayal of the pokemon world, and always had very little involvement with the anime. So from an artistic standpoint, the manga's stories are canon.

But I do see where you're headed with your theories-- despite this, I still lean more towards the canon involved in the manga and games as the two tend to coalesce more thoroughly.
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NahXIII Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
heres a question why does the 3d and 2d pokemon games and anime make the size of a large pokemon (an legendary for example) different from one another?
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Wolfdrums19 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice,I like how this was done and it honestly sounds like "real" science is being explained behind the Pokeball.
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kingboomy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
very nicely done start to finish
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ultimatestarfire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
Whoa... just whoa!!! I has been playing pokemon for a very long time, and the pokeball is one of the most mystery things on pokemon world!!! Your explain is something that make more sense than other internet headcanons about this mystery!!! Thank a lot!!!
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kushamisaru Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wait, so this isn't canon?

I could've sworn it was!

Well, it's my headcanon too then.
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StickFigureofDiscord Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic! This really gets me thinkin! I dont know if you have considered this. But I have come to the conclusion that pokemon are all variants of a singular digital species. (Thus why you can have a Walord mate with a skitty). I am assuming that the original pokemon is porygon, and it was through years of research deviations in the digital genetic code were able to produce the vast multitude of species we know today. As far as i can tell, legendaries are infertile mixed breeds of test species to create new powerful ones (like breeding a lion and a tiger to make a liger, more powerful but cannot mate). Just a theory. 
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Mahouko-Chama Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Gosh. This headcannon is what I've had for years! xD

T
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MagickFire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, your head canon about the inside of the ball is pretty much just like mine except that I just said that it recreated the landscape that specific pokemon felt most comfortable in. 
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Capripopcorn1224 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gods everything makes so much sense now. Thank you!
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ZekromLordOfThunder Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
A Caterpie!
Go! Master Ball!!
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