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Old May 13th, 2013 (04:09 AM).
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Have you ever been playing the game and hunting an elusive Pokemon for a very long time? (Yes, emerald Feebas Hunters, I sympathize with you..) Or perhaps come across a rare or shiny Pokemon, only to find that you're short on Pokeballs or have none at all and missed the chance to catch it? Share your experience below. I've lost that Shny Makuhita in Emerald. I literally flung the Gameboy on the floor, but that's not the point... xD
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Old May 13th, 2013 (06:18 AM).
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I think that happen to me just in the first times i played pokemon; because now the first thing I buy are pokeballs, at the beginning of the adventure I buy 10 on 10 pokeballs, even near the end of the adventure i had have more pokeballs than other items like revives, paralize heals, hyper potions.

Some monster have escape from me but when they make explosion or use roar or some other nasty moves.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (06:47 AM).
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It only happened once when I was trying to catch an Clefairy in Mt Moon on pokemon Leafgeen. I finally found one and knocked it's health to red then found out I had no pokeballs in my bag.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (07:41 AM).
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Argg, that's a really annoying thing to have happen. I can't recall any particular times it happened to me, but I know it has. And I was extremely frustrated. XD
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Old May 13th, 2013 (08:21 AM).
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This has literally only happened to me once. After catching a Pikachu in Viridian Forest, I didn't replace the Balls I'd used to catch it, and then BAM, Shiny Metapod. I wouldn't mind, but Metapod has a reasonably easy catch-rate, so I wouldn't have needed to do much, had I the Pokéballs... :/
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Old May 13th, 2013 (08:33 AM).
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Happened to only once. When I was trying to catch Regirock. Good thing that I saved before battling him
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Old May 13th, 2013 (10:17 AM).
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I usually always buy ten Pokeballs upon arriving to a new city, along with five of each other kind available, so I don't have this problem.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (10:26 AM).
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It only happened once when I was trying to catch an Clefairy in Mt Moon on pokemon Leafgeen. I finally found one and knocked it's health to red then found out I had no pokeballs in my bag.
Agreed Curtis, Clafairy is considered uncommon on rare in Mt Moon, and even if you have a few, it's going to be tough, but without a single Pokeball, you must well just knock it out for the XP.

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This has literally only happened to me once. After catching a Pikachu in Viridian Forest, I didn't replace the Balls I'd used to catch it, and then BAM, Shiny Metapod. I wouldn't mind, but Metapod has a reasonably easy catch-rate, so I wouldn't have needed to do much, had I the Pokéballs... :/
Shiny Pokemon. Wow. What are the odds of that appearing? xD Needless to say, a Pikachu in Viridian Forest is pretty rare in its own right, but passing up the chance for a shiny Pokemon can make me cry.

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I think that happen to me just in the first times i played pokemon; because now the first thing I buy are pokeballs, at the beginning of the adventure I buy 10 on 10 pokeballs, even near the end of the adventure i had have more pokeballs than other items like revives, paralize heals, hyper potions.

Some monster have escape from me but when they make explosion or use roar or some other nasty moves.
Yeah, that is pretty much how it works. Don't get me started on how many times Cressila slipped from my hands when I forgot to use the mean look. Arghh....

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Argg, that's a really annoying thing to have happen. I can't recall any particular times it happened to me, but I know it has. And I was extremely frustrated. XD
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Happened to only once. When I was trying to catch Regirock. Good thing that I saved before battling him :p
Lol, the golden rule of Pokemon: Thou shall save before battling legends or the E4... xD

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I usually always buy ten Pokeballs upon arriving to a new city, along with five of each other kind available, so I don't have this problem.
That's the safe way to go, but I don't know about y'all, but going to the Pokemart is a drag for me. I usually get all my Pokeballs using the best way. Which is just picking up the Pokeballs and all my other items on the ground... ;
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Old May 13th, 2013 (10:44 AM). Edited May 14th, 2013 by Playful_Weasel.
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Doesn't happen often to me, but I did run of out all kinds of Pokeballs when I first tried to catch Cobalion in Black 2. That time I had forgotten to save before the battle, and later on progressing through the story, I saved... missed out on catching. Learned my lesson after that (to have plenty of Pokeballs and save before battling them).

Forgot to mention: It was an embarrassing experience. I kept telling myself - "as soon as I get to the next town, I'll stock up on supplies" - I went through 2 towns and didn't restock on anything.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (11:38 AM).
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I don't even remember if such a thing happened to me. At least I never had any problems with Poke Balls when I was catching shinys. But one thing might have happen in the past (though it must have been way back, maybe in Gen 1): stocked up on lots of balls; got to a legendary; threw balls like stupid; not enough to catch them regardless...and that multiple times.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (11:48 AM).
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I remember in Crystal I ran into a shiny Nidorina on Route 15, near Fuchsia City. I was completely out of Poke Balls too so I just stared at my game for like 5 minutes in horror before I fled the battle.

It was traumatizing. :(

But now I'm like a little obsessive about keeping stocked on Poke Balls, I try to keep at least 50 on me when I can.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (11:54 AM).
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Yup. Back when I had an event Regigigas in Platinum for the first time, I decided to use only Premier Balls on the trio. This was expensive and therefore limiting in that I could only get around 50 before I lost patience. Ran out multiple times on Regirock.

More recently, I scaled Sky Pillar, catching a couple of pokémon along the way, only to find I only had a Master Ball left, and I'd saved, so I didn't fancy re-doing it all over again. Now I've got the problem of trying to hunt Latios without it whilst hoping to get lucky on the lotto.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (12:44 PM).
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I must say that has happened to me a few times. I remember coming across a rare Pokémon in Soul Silver I think, and knocking it's HP down to quarter left and realising that I hadn't got any pokeballs to catch it with. So now I always make sure that I'm topped up with them.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (01:39 PM).
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This usually only happened when i first played pokemon as a 9-year old.
I would finally arrive at a legendary, let's say Zapdos, but didn't think of buying enough Pokeballs first...

Recently though, i was playing on a randomized version of Emerald, just for fun.
Shortly after receiving the Pokedex and some Pokeballs, i run into a wild pokemon...
Which turns out to be a Shiny Lv 3 Tyranitar...my FIRST SHINY EVER

Of course i miserably failed to catch him with just 3 Pokeballs, and Tyranitar was forever gone
I'm still pretty mad about that, so excuse me while i go punch a wall guys
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Old May 13th, 2013 (02:12 PM).
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Nope, this hasn't happened to me. I'm very glad haha. I only use Poke Balls to capture Pokemon, even Shinys (Unless of course I run out of Poke Balls and have Great Balls/Ultra Balls) And for legends I save infront of them before I enter the battle. I always stock up with 100 Poke Balls and I make sure I have Great Balls/Ultra Balls incase I run into a Shiny and all my Poke Balls were gone.

But, so far I have not needed to use Great Balls/Ultra Balls. Poke Balls work just fine.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (10:18 PM).
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This never usually happens to me because I'm always well stocked just in case.
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Old May 13th, 2013 (10:21 PM).
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It was a difficulty in the early part of the current games but back in the day I understand, money wasnt as plentiful as it is today even with Amulet coin
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Old May 13th, 2013 (11:19 PM).
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I'm always prepared with plenty of Poke Balls from the beginning of the game just in case, and always make sure to save my Master Ball in the off chance I do find a shiny (which is why my Swanna lives in a Master Ball).

The only time I've ever been unprepared to face any Pokemon was a shiny Paras in the Safari Zone on FireRed. I had just one Safari Ball left after hunting Chansey, Dragonair, etc., and a Shiny Paras showed up. I'm guessing you can figure out how that turned out for me.
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Old May 14th, 2013 (12:40 AM).
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Want overkill? I usually have about 200 or more ultras at one time plus an extra masterball to be sure.
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Old May 14th, 2013 (06:23 AM).
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I recall losing an unusually strong Pikachu to my lack of Pokeballs in FireRed. Being the clueless 5 year old I was, Pikachu was one of my favourite Pokemon and I was determined to catch it. Upon weakening it to a sufficient degree at the expense of the majority of my party, I eagerly opened my bag only to discover that I lacked Pokeballs of any sort. I think I got so annoyed that I didn't touch my game for a week or two...
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Old May 14th, 2013 (07:11 AM).
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Coincidentally, this is also my worst Shiny experience... I ran out of Pokeballs attempting to catch a Shiny Articuno... Must have thrown 50+ Great/Ultra/Poke's.
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Coincidentally, this is also my worst Shiny experience... I ran out of Pokeballs attempting to catch a Shiny Articuno... Must have thrown 50+ Great/Ultra/Poke's.
Ouch, thats the worse experience i have heard about stay without pokeballs.

The bad part about that is, even with a lot of pokeballs, that articuno doesn't let caught.
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Old May 14th, 2013 (05:40 PM).
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When I was around six, I found a Paras in Mt. Moon in Yellow. I really wanted it because I'd never seen one before, but when I opened my bag...

I later caught one in the Safari Zone.
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Old May 14th, 2013 (07:01 PM).
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As I am usually well-stocked with Pokeballs, running out of them has been a rare case for me, but there have definitely been one or two times when this has happened to me before. I can't remember an exact moment, but I got really frustrated as the Pokemon I encountered was one of the rare 1% - 5% encounter rate ones in the grass that I really wanted. I had to kill it off and take another precious half an hour searching for another when I could have continued on my journey. I'm blessed to have had an ugly shiny experience though. That would have made me ditch my game for a month or two.
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Old May 14th, 2013 (07:01 PM).
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This luckily has not happened to me, except for the Regirock thing mentioned somewhere here. I had saved my game before the battle though, and it was Zapdos. Even though I've never encountered a shiny when I haven't had pokeballs I am paranoid that I will find one and not have enough or any pokeballs, so I always stock up to have a ton of pokeballs, and I also try to keep wild encounters to a minimum at the beginning part of the game before you have pokeballs.
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