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Do I need 100 Poké Balls to capture 100 Pokémon? Or, one Poké Ball would be enough? Or, maybe 10 Poké Balls if 10 Pokémon per Poké Ball is the limit? What exactly is the limit?

Googling failed for me. I am trying to recall hard but I can't remember Ash having multiple Poké Balls, but maybe the TV show didn't find such details necessary to show (not to mention you may need to carry a truck of Poké Balls wherever you go). Also, Ash used to cry out names ("Charizard!") which can be indicator that he is calling a particular Pokémon to come out of a Poké Ball containing multiple Pokémon, but it can be just another rule of cool. There's another problem: If a Poké Ball contains more than one Pokémon of the same species, there would be conflict when you call a name.

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    There can only be one. – Adamant Apr 24 '17 at 6:07
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    One per ball. (Too lazy to look up sources, so not making this an answer) – Caleb Apr 24 '17 at 6:54
  • When you play any of the Pokemon games, you can only use one Pokeball per Pokemon. Otherwise you could buy a single ball and use it multiple times. – Möoz Apr 24 '17 at 10:47
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Although the answer is typically "one pokémon per pokeball" (Ash keeps a selection of balls about his person for precisely this purpose and occasionally agonised over which ones to take with him) there are some instances where multiple Pokémon can be kept in a single ball. In this case they're treated as a single entity.

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    @Strider - They're joined together like siamese twins – Valorum Apr 24 '17 at 11:20
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    @Sumelic - I discounted Dugtrio because you can't see if they're joined underground – Valorum Apr 24 '17 at 11:21
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    Wonder how it works for non-living objects (Probable answer: no one thought about it) because while some pokemon have specific items (eg. a leek or bone club and mask), you also see pokemon with accessories. And given that a pokeball can store pokemon as big as a whale, could you stick a pokemon holding a trailer in a pokeball? Convenient! Why then were they always roughing it in the cartoon...?And what's stopping a machamp from having some battle-axes?! – Brent Hackers Apr 24 '17 at 12:09
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    If a Pokemon can carry a leek or a bone club into a Pokeball why can't a Pokemon take a Pokeball into a Pokeball? – bbeckford Apr 24 '17 at 13:51
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    In the examples given, it's technically less that they're multiple Pokémon counted as a single entity, and more that they're multiple entities counted as a single Pokémon. – Justin Time - Reinstate Monica Apr 24 '17 at 16:48
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It's one Pokémon per Poké Ball. Ash had multiple Poké Balls. Poké Balls can shrink for easier storage and be put on a belt. Up to six can be stored on a belt and the others are carried in backpacks, sacks etc.

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I think 1 Pokemon can be stored in a pokeball usually in games, but when i see Pokemon black and white which is telecast on cartoon network may tell ash that if you catch more Pokemons it will shrink to the size . But in Pokemon season 1 ash carry 6 pokeballs and other Pokemon should transfer to the profesar oak like muk,bulbasaur and kingler.

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