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Because its called the Diving Pokémon. Get it? Dive Ball, Diving Pokémon.


Please read the comments for more information. This is SoulSilver.

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Dusk Balls use the same catch modifier of 3.5x as Dive Ball if you use one at night, and are far more consistent and multi-purpose than Dive Balls. It'll probably be most helpful to use Dusk Balls instead.
I just wanted to point this out to people answering this in the future. Dive balls are supposed to receive a boost when used on a Pokemon encountered by surfing. Lugia is encountered while surfing, but it's an overworld Pokemon, not something found by taking steps or using a fishing rod. I don't know how dive balls work on this.
actually, dive balls say that they work well on pokemon that live underwater, and lugia definitely fits that description
This question is causing problems for many users so I am going to hide it.
It's a good question. Don't hide it. Many people encourage hard questions because their answers are the answers that can't be easily found anywhere else.
I agree, this is a very interesting question, and I'm curious about whether the dive ball works better on Lugia or not... this could be said about the FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald event, too now that I think about it. You encounter Lugia in Navel Rock in the water, too, I believe.
In Emerald, dive balls only have an increased catch rate when used in seaweed.
By the way, if you hide this question, I'll ask it again and I'll get all the points if people up-vote it.
Yes, don't hide it. Questions that cause issues, but are not inherently impossible/improbable/utterly useless (e.g. how many pixels are in every sprite in Gen 1?) promote discussion and add information to the site (it is a database after all). Don't worry about asking some challenging questions
How is that question utterly useless? Video games and fiction novels are not useless because they're entertainment. Likewise, keeping Sceptile up all night counting pixels is not useless because it's entertainment.
I take it back, the mental image of Sep counting pixels, losing count, then going ape is worth the triviality.
Fine then, I wont take it down. Discussion is good for the community.
Lugia isn't a water type, I can't tell if your trolling or being serious
Dive balls have an increased catch rate on all Pokemon found by surfing, fishing, and seaweed. It has nothing to do with type.
I've been researching this question and I can't really find a definite anwser... Most communities also asked this kind of question and the answers are different. Some people may have got lucky and catched Lugia with a dive ball, then say that dive ball is effective on Lugia. Bulbapedia says that Dive Ball is effective on Pokemon that are found by surfing, fishing, and in the seaweed. But Lugia is a still legendary Pokemon that always stays there before you battle it, it may be different from other wild Pokemon that are encountered by fishing surfing and seaweed. I don't think that this question can be anwsered unless there is a reliable source from Bulbapedia or Serebii.
Can one of you experts change the question title to add "(read entire comment thread before answering)" or something like that? This question has gotten at least four bad answers because the answerers didn't read the entire comment thread.
I like how this was originally a joke question and it ended up getting two up-votes, 16 comments, and almost 10 bad answers (as of the time of commenting).
This wasn't a joke. I was very serious.
Sorry for saying that.

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The dive ball does give a higher chance of capture. This is because the dive ball works well on Pokemon you find while you're surfing. In Soulsilver you find Lugia while surfing.

I suggest dive balls as they're just as good as dusk balls and better than ultra balls in this scenario.

Edit: Serebii says while surfing. It doesn't mention having to encounter it by surfing. My explanation for why dive balls will work.

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For once we have an answer with a reasonable explanation.
Yes after all the hassle :D