This balloon has often been Team Rocket's main mode of transportation. It can be given many attachments including rockets, vacuums, nets, fists and cages. The balloon has been changed on certain occasions as well. It was changed to other Pokémon, such as Wobbuffet or Gliscor, and even items, as in a Poké Ball. It appeared regularly until the Best Wishes series.
In several episodes, devices have been revealed to be inside it such as an arm and a bombing deck. In the Best Wishes series, it is abandoned and leaves the trio with equipment given to them by Giovanni. However, in Enter Iris and Axew!, they use an upgraded version of it, the Hot-Air Balloon. Despite this, they have used no more hot-air balloons.