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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: N/A
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 Ruby and Sapphire

Aesthetic changes

  • Brendan and May have slight outfit changes.
  • Vigoroth are in place of Machoke (though the cries are not changed due to an oversight) moving boxes into Brendan's or May's house, while Zigzagoon is in place of Poochyena chasing Professor Birch. Similarly, the first Pokémon Trainer fought aside from the rival has a Poochyena.
  • Pokémon sprites are animated for the first time since Pokémon Crystal and this feature was defined as standard for the main series Pokémon games.
  • Every Gym has received at least a slight reorganization, with some Gyms receiving a complete overhaul in their design.
  • The color of the Champion room at the Elite Four changed from pink to green.
  • The legendary Pokémon battle intros include a different animation before moving into the battle scene. This animation involves, for the weather trio, their body pattern, or for the legendary golems, their eye pattern.

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 Ruby and Sapphire.

Gameplay changes

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


Emerald maintained the same levels of compatibility as its companion games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Trading between each of these games is possible, but not with games from Generations I and II. This utilizes the traditional link cable, or alternatively, the GBA Wireless Adapter like in FireRed and LeafGreen.

While Emerald cannot trade directly with the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, a player's Pokémon may be permanently transferred via Pal Park, and some of the Generation II Pokémon introduced into the Hoenn Safari Zone extension can be found using the dual-slot mode.


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.
  • Like previous games, Emerald has a cloning glitch that allows players to make multiple copies of Pokémon and items only available once.
  • The game uses a faulty implementation of the pseudorandom number generator used in Generation III and IV games, which allows literally identical personality values for a Pokémon even after multiple resets. The game neglects to reseed the PRNG on startup (only doing so when the adventure is begun), which means that the personality values of an encountered Pokémon follow a predictable sequence once the seed is found and/or forced. See this article for more detailed info.
  • Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon Platinum, two relatively modern games in two generations that were not released with the main games, both feature an overall change in climate, star a legendary Pokémon that was not the star of either main games, and added a Battle Frontier.
  • The tune that plays after catching a Pokémon (as well as the spark effect that occurs before said tune plays) was taken from FireRed and LeafGreen, which have a catch tune based on that of Red and Green, rather than its predecessors, Ruby and Sapphire, which have a catch tune based on that of Gold and Silver (i.e. theirs is the same as the tune that plays after a Pokémon evolves) and did not have the spark effect. The tune did not carry over to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, which went back to using a version of catch tune used in Ruby and Sapphire. However, the spark effect that occurs before the catch tune plays in FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald did carry over to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
  • All of Emerald's "missing Pokémon" may be gotten through Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness alone.
  • Most Trainers Having Flying Type Pokemon refer them as BIRD pokemon even the Gym Leader Winona

In other languages

  • French: Version Émeraude
  • Spanish: Edición Esmeralda
  • German: Smaragd-Edition
  • Italian: Versione Smeraldo

See also

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