"Best" number of balls in a multiball

Not best game with a multiball, but how many balls in a multiball is “best”?

I’m a fan of 2-3 ball multiballs. While a multiball with lots of balls is kinda fun initially, it seems a bit too chaotic for me. What do others think?

3 at a minimum. I also like 6 ball multiballs that are timed based (like cherry bomb and Can’t Stop This). If those were 2-3 balls they would be way too easy. Makes it more challenging/rewarding to constantly feed 6 balls out there.

3 is perfect. Anything more than 4 is annoying.

I do appreciate a good 2 ball with no ball save though - Creature, Radical, etc.


Does it really matter for modern pinball with auto plunger + ball saver + spray the playfield JPs?

I love the stacked multiball in black knight SOR

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I really enjoy a good two ball multiball with either very specific objectives (single jackpot shot) or no worthwhile objective (use it to advance other features). Can’t be too hard to get to though since it’ll probably end quick.

On the other hand just dumping a ton of balls on the playfield for some pure chaos as a reward (like Star Wars Victory Multiball) can be really satisfying.

In the middle, I feel like 3 and 4 ball multiballs generally end up as just ‘flail around during ball save’ and then sorta wave one good bye once you trap up so you can work easily with the 2 left for some controlled play

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Different Multiball goals and difficulties marry up with different optimum number of balls.

I also like 3. But I’ve also come to enjoy the challenge of the new JP Raptor Tri-ball Chaos phase where you get 5-6 balls on a very short ball save, and the SJP values based on # of balls still in play.


Three. On so many games, my goal in MB is to get one ball cradled, then shoot jackpots with the other flipper. Two games that come to mind for this is WWind and ST (Vengeance MB). Three balls gives me one throwaway ball in case one drains. Start with three, cash in with two.

I’m pretty sure the correct answer is 13. :rocket:


I like the 2-ball hotel multiball in Shadow with specific objectives.