Can we talk about Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Poké Balls for a second?

The brand-new open-world Pokémon video game appears like an excellent instructions for the series, however setting it in ye olden times has ramifications that we require to talk about, too. Specifically, what on the planet is going on with these proto-Poké Balls present in Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

Per the main description, the gadget visualized above varies from the balls we utilize in later video games:

The Poké Balls of old were obviously constructed a little in a different way from the ones we understand so well. They were made primarily of wood, and steam puffed from their tops when Pokémon were captured.​

Diehards like Polygon’s Julia Lee fast to keep in mind that currently, there’s some harshness with what’s currently been developed about the Pokémon world. Specifically, that hollowed-out ‘apricorns’ were what everybody utilized prior to basic Poké Balls. However let’s state that maybe various areas had various methods for recording beasts way back when.

a Poké Ball in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, complete with wood and metal latch

Image: Game Freak/Nintendo, The Pokémon Company

Is that … a zipper? Or maybe a latch? You’re telling me that, eventually, I’ll be able to catch and retain Arceus — the god of all Pokémon and an apparent key part of the story here — because a tiny piece of metal will keep him in place? I’m dead.

I know this doesn’t matter at all, but it’s still hilarious to think about. Steampunk Pokémon. Or, if you’d like, Poké Balls designed by Tetsuya Nomura. Imagine getting hit on the head with one of these wooden beasts? I enjoy the absurdity of all of it.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.