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| Pokémon Emerald Version|
Pokémon Emerald Version's boxart, featuring Rayquaza.
|| Basic info
|| up to 5 players
|| Game Freak
| Part of:
|| Release dates
|| September 16, 2004
| North America:
|| May 1, 2005
|| June 2, 2005
|| October 21, 2005
| South Korea:
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Contest Lady, Quiz Lady, or Favor Lady in Lilycove Pokémon Center.
- New move tutors added, including most of the ones in Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen (all but Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn and Hydro Cannon), along with 15 others that teach moves previously acquired through Generation II TMs.
- A new Gym Leader in the Sootopolis Gym, Juan.
- A new Pokémon Champion, Wallace.
- Steven appears in Meteor Falls after the Elite Four challenge, with all of his Pokémon at exactly 20 levels higher than in Ruby and Sapphire.
- Scott, a new character introduced in Emerald, will meet the player numerous times throughout the game, ultimately inviting the player to the Battle Frontier.
- The fossils (Root Fossil, Claw Fossil) in the desert are now found in a short-lived tower called Mirage Tower that sinks into the ground once a fossil is chosen. However, the other fossil can now be acquired after the Elite Four challenge.
- Battle Tents replace Pokémon Contest Halls in Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town and Slateport City.
- A new battle area, Trainer Hill, which is similar to Trainer Tower found in FireRed and LeafGreen. Features e-Reader compatibility in the Japanese version.
- Another new battle area, the Battle Frontier, an expansion of the existing Battle Tower.
- New areas within the Safari Zone and Desert Underpass, introducing 17 Pokémon native to Johto and Kanto.
- Terra Cave and Marine Cave, accessible only after defeating Elite Four, are home to Groudon and Kyogre, respectively. The caves are not fixed to one location, and in order to track them it is necessary to investigate the unusual patterns concluded by the Weather Institute.
- Navel Rock, where Lugia and Ho-Oh appear, as well as Birth Island, where Deoxys appears, can be reached in the same way as in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Mew appears on Faraway Island, an island that is located remote from Hoenn. Reaching the island requires a special promotional item, the Old Sea Map.
- Altering Cave added, as in the one found in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Wireless minigame house added to Mossdeep City, as in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
- Utilizing GameShark, players can find hidden music in the games, including music originally used in Pokémon Gold and Silver.
These Hoenn Dex Pokémon are missing from Emerald and must be traded to the game from another Generation III game.
- 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.