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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: N/A
Japanese: ポケットモンスター エメラルド
ポケットモンスター エメラルド (@Nintendo)
English: Pokémon Emerald Version
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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

  • Vigoroth move boxes into Brendan's or May's house, instead of Machoke (though the cries are not changed due to an oversight, but this was corrected in the v1.1 release), while a 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 blue.
  • The legendary Pokémon battle intros include a different animation before moving into the battle scene. This animation involves the body patterns of the weather trio and the legendary golems's braille eye patterns.

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 at the same high level as in Ruby and Sapphire.

Gameplay changes

Japanese version box art.
  • Groudon and Kyogre are captured at new locations and at 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' puzzles are somewhat different, though the same in principle.
  • Wireless linking with Union Room, 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 Pokédex.
  • 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 Ruby and Sapphire. Mystery Events are absent from the English version of the game.
  • Pokémon Contests are all held in Lilycove City.
  • Unlike Ruby and Sapphire, trade restrictions between games are in place. Trading with Ruby and Sapphire as well as with another Emerald only allows trading of Pokémon indigenous to Hoenn while the player possesses only the country's regional Pokédex, while the National Pokédex is required to trade with FireRed and LeafGreen and XD: Gale of Darkness. This restriction also includes Pokémon eggs from Ruby or Sapphire regardless if it contains a regional Pokémon. However, trading with Colosseum only requires the Hoenn Pokédex regardless of the Pokémon being traded.

Character changes

Area additions

Missing Pokémon

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

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, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, 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.


Many 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, IGN gave the game an "Impressive" rating of 8/10, stating that there are "special, newly-created treats sprinkled throughout the experience to make experiencing this repeat worthwhile."[2]


  • Pokémon Emerald was the first game to feature Gym Leader rematches.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon Emerald and Pokémon Platinum, two relatively modern games in two generations that were not released with the main games, 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.
  • The webcomic Pokémon-X is based around the events of Pokémon Emerald (with some Ruby and Sapphire references as well).

In other languages

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

See also


  1. 1 Pokemon Emerald (gba) reviews at (retrieved December 21, 2009)
  2. IGN: Pokemon Emerald Version Review (retrieved December 21, 2009)

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