A bit of Fan Wank
here, but then that's the point, isn't it?
Sammy's ball in the fourth movie. It was basically the pokéball equivalent of a Babbage difference engine, with way too many cranked parts and stuff. It's our only real example of an early mechanical pokéball, not counting the ones done by wizards
like Aaron's staff or the ones that contained titans
It should be noted that the latter titan-housing ones were probably the inspiration for the design.
It's a common misconception that the apricorn is the basis for the device itself. Rather, it is merely a convenient material to house and assist its workings — most notably as an internal heat sink during the capture process due to a naturally high specific heat capacity. Metal outside, apricorn inner shell, parts inside that. Less-common breeds of apricorn may amplify certain characteristics or contain heat more efficiently; more on this later.
Pokéballs leave a registry imprint somewhere on the pokémon's being — this insulates them from the effects of another trainer's pokéball and protects them from theft, facilitates easy identification, and is the catalyst for the IR-beam recall. The registry imprint may be overridden by specially-designed balls, usually designed by criminal organizations or
misunderstood psychic demigods. The implications of the Snag Machine are particularly distressing, as it means ordinary pokéballs may be altered to accomplish this within seconds.
The imprinting process is the most likely stage of the capture to fail. To imprint, the ball must deliver a sustained stream of energy into the contained pokémon. The heat generated is largely absorbed by the internal apricorn shell, but a good deal leaks through, superheating and softening the metal casing. During this time, a particularly stubborn pokémon may inflict enough trauma on the ball to permanently destroy its seals, or even shatter the ball altogether. This is why pokémon must be weakened in battle first. Once the metal cools (this takes a few tense seconds), the apricorn shell may slowly radiate built-up heat over the next several days without threatening the ball's integrity.
edited 20th Mar '10 1:40:22 PM by Pykrete