clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor guide: How to make Poké Balls from Apricorns

Feed Apricorns to the Cram-o-matic to get special Poké Balls

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

A bird-like robot makes a whirring sound Image: Nintendo/Gamefreak, The Pokémon Company via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion finally allows players to get more rare Poké Balls. You can do this using Apricorns.

Apricorns are ball-like fruit found around the Isle of Armor from shaking trees. Certain biomes on the island produce specific Apricorns.

Once you get a bunch of Apricorns, you’ll want to take them to the Cram-o-matic at the dojo. This unlocks shortly after you first arrive at the dojo and it’s sitting in the room to the right. You’ll have to supply the Cram-o-matic with four items in order to get one randomly.

The more Apricorns of a specific color you put into the machine, the higher chance you’ll have to get the rare ball counterpart. If you put in four Apricorns of one color, you’ll have a 1% chance to get the rare ball for that respective color. You’ll also have a 0.1% chance to get a Safari Ball or a Sport Ball.

Note that there is a very high chance that you’ll end up with Poké Balls, Great Balls, Quick Balls, and other Poké Balls you can get at the store. If you’re looking for rare Poké Balls specifically, you’ll need a lot of Apricorns.

You can see what Apricorn colors you’ll need to get the respective rare ball below.

  • Red Apricorns: Level Ball
  • Yellow Apricorns: Moon Ball
  • Green Apricorns: Friend Ball
  • Blue Apricorns: Lure Ball
  • Pink Apricorns: Love Ball
  • Black Apricorns: Heavy Ball
  • White Apricorns: Fast Ball

Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon