How do I throw a Curveball?

I noticed an XP bonus (+10 base if it just hits, no extra bonus for good throws) for a “curve ball” upon catching a Pokémon.

I have no idea how I did this, and would like to know how to replicate this for the future.

How do I throw a curveball?


On the Capture Screen (where you see the Pokémon and the Pokéball), you may throw a curveball by following the below steps:

  1. Place your finger on the Pokémon
  2. Move your finger around in a circle in either direction
  3. When you start to see the ball “sparkle,” release it.
    A pokéball glowing to indicate a curveball
  4. Pray that the ball lands on your target.

The Pokéball will curve back in the same direction that it was spun, so spinning the ball counter-clockwise will result in the ball curving left. As a result, you want to aim right of the Pokémon.

This method requires some practice, but is rather easy after getting the hang of it.

If a curveball is successfully thrown, the catch bonus multiplier for the Pokémon increases by a factor of x1.7, making it as effective as a straight Excellent throw.

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