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I recently received a shiny Swampert in a Love Ball, and last time I checked, you can't catch Mudkip in the wild with special Pokeballs. When you breed with Ditto, the offspring is always kept in a regular Pokeball. I am also a little finicky about what Pokeballs my competitive teams are in. Is it possible that I can chain breed special Pokeballs onto my starter Pokemon?

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Starting in Generation VI, the Poké Ball of the female Pokémon will be passed down to its offspring. In Generation VII, if a male and female Pokémon of the same species are bred, the offspring will have an equal chance of inheriting either parent's Poké Ball.

In Generation VII, when breeding a male or genderless Pokémon with Ditto, the Poké Ball of the male or genderless Pokémon will be passed down to its offspring.

These are the only times a pokeball will be passed down through breeding. So following these rules, you can't ever get a starter in anything other than a regular pokeball. (Unless there is a way of catching them in the wild, or an event where they come with a different pokeball. But neither of these are true for Swampert).


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Thank you, kind sir, for clearing this up for me.
You can catch the Johto and Unova starters in the wild in Sun/Moon via Island Scan. You can also get the Kalos and Kanto starters in XY via Friend Safari.
so you are telling me I have to get Moon, beat it, and use Island Scan to get a Feraligatr in an Ultra Ball?
Yeah, then keep breeding it to get a good one, but only use female ones in the breeding, or male ones with ditto if you want to keep the ball.
That sounds tedious plus I just hatched a Careful/Likes to thrash about Totodile with Crunch, Dragon Dance, and Ice punch..
The disadvantages of being finicky.. Oh well, time to get Moon!
Or, you know, in Moon I can use my current female Feraligatr and breed it with something compatible to see if I can get a female in an Ultra Ball (while this is EXTREMELY unlikely), to make sure the following Totodiles are in an Ultra Ball then keep chain breeding to get another Careful Dragon Dance Crunch Ice Punch + attack/HP/Sp. Def. boosting characteristic!
And repeat this for Charizard and Chesnaught......
I never knew this was possible.
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In USUM you can get starters from island scan
on melemele island you get bulbasaur, charmander and squirtle.
On akala island you get Grovyle Combusken and marshtomp.
On UlaUla island you can get Grotle, Monferno and Prinplup.
And on Poni island you can get Chesnaught, Delphox and Greninja.

Enjoy your starter Pokemon