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Pokémon Emerald Version

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Pokémon Emerald Version
Pokémon Emerald Version's boxart, featuring Rayquaza.
Basic info
Platform: {{{platform}}}
Category: RPG
Players: up to 5 players
Connectivity: None
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: {{{gen_series}}}
ESRB: E for Everyone
Release dates
Japan: September 16, 2004
North America: May 1, 2005
Australia: June 2, 2005
Europe: October 21, 2005
South Korea:
Japanese: ポケットモンスター エメラルド
English: Games: Pokémon Emerald
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Pokémon Emerald Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター エメラルド Pocket Monsters Emerald) is a sister game to Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and is the fifth and final Generation III main series game. Like its predecessor, Pokémon Crystal, it added many features not present in the earlier paired versions.

It was the second highest selling video game of 2005 in North America. It was also the third best-selling game for the Game Boy Advance, losing to its two predecessors, Ruby and Sapphire and FireRed and LeafGreen.

Changes from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire

Aesthetic changes

Storyline changes

  • Both Team Magma and Team Aqua are featured as the villainous teams, each stirring trouble at different stages in the game. The objective of each team, to awaken Groudon and Kyogre, respectively, is eventually fulfilled.
  • Rayquaza is prominent plot-wise, awakened in order to stop the destructive battle between Groudon and Kyogre. It is the one out of the four ancient Pokémon that can be captured prior to the Elite Four challenge, while still at the same place and on the same high level as in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

Gameplay changes

  • Groudon and Kyogre are captured at new locations and on higher levels.
  • The fleeing Pokémon across Hoenn, Latias or Latios, can be selected right after beating the Elite Four. The one that is not selected is available on Southern Island, requiring the promotional Eon Ticket.
  • The Regis' puzzle is somewhat different, though the same in principle.
  • Wireless linking with Union Room, as in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Wireless mini-games added to Mossdeep City, as in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Tag battles are available outside link-cable battling. Featured in the Battle Tower with a computer player (or, using the Wireless Adapter, a human player), as well as at the Space Center stage of the game, battling alongside Steven.
  • Double battles are more common as different Trainers can team up.
  • Gym Leaders may be rebattled in Double battles, with new Pokémon on their teams that are not regularly found in Hoenn.
  • The Trainer's Eyes is replaced by Match Call, which integrated a calling system similar to the PokéGear cellphone.
  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile may be acquired from Professor Birch after catching every Pokémon in the Hoenn Dex.
  • Deoxys is in its Speed Forme.
  • New map effects for abilities.
  • New item list for Pickup; Pokémon picks up item based on Pokémon's level.
  • Abilities have a role in breeding as Magma Armor and Flame Body hurry up the hatching process if a Pokémon which has them is in the party.
  • Passing-down natures with Everstone when breeding Pokémon.
  • Raise happiness and lower effort values with certain berries.
  • The Mystery Gift option of the Wireless Adapter primarily replaces the Mystery Events option of the e-Reader. The Enigma Berry is thus obtained through Mystery Gift, unlike in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Mystery Events are absent from the English version of the game.
  • Pokémon Contests are all held in Lilycove City.

Character changes

Area additions

Missing Pokémon

These Hoenn Dex Pokémon are missing from Emerald and must be traded to the game from another Generation III game.

Missing Pokémon
283 283 Surskit Bug Water RS
284 284 Masquerain Bug Flying RS
307 307 Meditite Fighting Psychic RS
308 308 Medicham Fighting Psychic RS
315 315 Roselia Grass Poison RS
335 335 Zangoose Normal R
337 337 Lunatone Rock Psychic S

Broken PRNG

  • The game uses a faulty implementation of the pseudorandom number generator (PRNG), which allows literally identical random numbers even after multiple resets. The game neglects to reseed the PRNG on startup, which means that the random numbers follow a predictable sequence once the seed is found and/or forced. See this article for more detailed info.

Emerald cloning glitch

  • Like previous games, Emerald has a cloning glitch that allows players to make multiple copies of Pokémon and items only available once.


Most reviews criticized Emerald for being too similar to Ruby and Sapphire, with Game Informer stating that "there simply aren't enough changes to make this a must-buy", 1. However, in its own right it was praised as being "the best Pokémon RPG to date" 2. Emerald received an average score of 76% on Metacritic, the lowest average score on the site for a main series Pokémon title.


  • Interestingly, Groudon and Kyogre appear in Fiore after the game's ending. The two seem to have been hurt in a battle, which could have taken place in Hoenn.
  • Pokémon Emerald, along with Ruby and Sapphire, are the same colors as Green, Red, and Blue, the first generation games.

See also

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