Pokemon are supposed to be our friends. Our partners in crime. Our sources of all things adorable, cool, quirky and just downright awesome. So why in the world do we banish them to a spherical prison whenever they aren’t fighting our battles for us?
Well, according to Pokemon Sun and Moon producer, Junichi Masuda, it’s because life inside a Pokeball isn’t half bad. It’s rather luxurious, actually.
Pokemon lovers of all ages have always pondered what happens to their pocket pals once they are teleported back inside their Pokeballs. Nobody knew if they were being taken to another dimension where they could happily play with their friends, or if they were being shrunk down and forced to just wait it out inside an empty cavern of a Pokeball.
Now, we all finally have an answer—sort, of.
Masuda shed some light on what it’s like for our favorite Pokemon to be returned to their pokeballs but he didn’t necessarily give any details as to how this happens or what it truly looks like inside.
“I think it’s safe to say that it’s very comfortable inside of a Pokeball,” Masuda told Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez. “It’s a very comfortable environment. Maybe the equivalent of a high-end suite room in a fancy hotel.”
So while it seems like even Masuda doesn’t have all the answers to this long-debated question (Pokeball life is some serious stuff, people), we do have peace of mind that returning our pals to their Pokeballs is not some form of cruel and unusual punishment.
This answer surely won’t put an end to the discussions of Pokeball technicalities, however. It doesn’t do much to address the idea that Pokemon are somehow converted into information or data when stored in a Pokeball or transferred through PCs.
Then there is the Pokemon-Amie screen that was introduced in X & Y that seemed to place our little friends inside a small digital Pokeball-shaped apartment that players could then furnish with chairs and other accessories while other Pokefriends stopped by for play dates.
There are also other fans of the series that insist if life inside a Pokeball is so great, why does Ash’s Pikachu refuse to stay in one?
The answer to that question is often rooted in stories of bonding, friendship, and convenience for story development.
Ultimately, it seems like a truly definitive answer to what life is like inside a Pokeball will be just as elusive as the answer to how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
The world may never know.