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Colored orbs

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The Red Orb (Japanese: べにいろのたま Crimson Orb), Blue Orb (Japanese: あいいろのたま Indigo Orb), and Jade Orb (Japanese: もえぎいろのたま Verdant Orb) are items used for calming or summoning the Legendary Pokémon Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza, respectively.

In the games

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Team MagmaR or Team AquaS will steal the Blue OrbR or the Red OrbS from the summit of Mt. Pyre and use it to awaken GroudonR or KyogreS. However, as the teams have the incorrect Orbs, they cannot use it to control the legendary Pokémon as they intended. After the legendary Pokémon is captured or defeated by the player, he or she can return to the summit of Mt. Pyre to watch MaxieR or ArchieS return the orb to its proper place. Afterwards, the player returns their own orb, and the villainous team's leader departs. Team Magma and Team Aqua are not seen again after this.

In Pokémon Emerald, the same events that happened in Ruby and Sapphire take place, only both villainous teams appear and therefore both orbs are stolen. Also, the player does not obtain either of the orbs.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Blue OrbHG or Red OrbSS is given to the player by Mr. Pokémon after Red has been defeated and both the National Pokédex and a Kanto starter Pokémon have been obtained from Professor Oak. After the orb has been received, the player can encounter KyogreHG or GroudonSS at the Embedded Tower. Professor Oak will give the player the Jade Orb if the player talks to him while having a Kyogre from HeartGold and a Groudon from SoulSilver in their party. The Jade Orb causes Rayquaza to appear at the Embedded Tower.

Item details

In the anime

The Red Orb in the anime
The Blue Orb in the anime

In A Three-Team Scheme, it was revealed that Field Commander Tabitha, here referred to as Harlan, and Tactical Commander Shelly, here referred to as Isabel were in possession of the Blue Orb, here identified as the Indigo Orb, and the Red Orb, here identified as the Rose Orb, respectively.

In Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, it was revealed that Maxie had the Blue Orb and planned to use it to control Groudon, while Archie had the Red Orb and succeeded in using it to control Kyogre. Maxie lost the Blue Orb when Pikachu became possessed by it after grabbing the orb off of Maxie's desk. It was shown that the both orbs can be absorbed into the body of and possess any person or Pokémon that touches them. This can happen instantly, as was the case with Pikachu, or over time, as was the case with Archie. A human or Pokémon being possessed by one of the orbs will have the corresponding legendary Pokémon's special red or blue markings appear on their body. While possessed, Archie was still able to control Kyogre, but Pikachu went on a wild rampage. When Kyogre was hit by Groudon's Solar Beam, the Red Orb extracted itself from Archie's body and he lost consciousness briefly. The Blue Orb also extracted itself from Pikachu. When he woke up, Archie seemed to have no memory of what happened while he was possessed. Both Orbs rose towards the sky and shortly dissipated.

The Jade Orb has not appeared in the anime.

In the manga

The Red and Blue Orbs in the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Red and Blue Orbs serve a major role during the Ruby & Sapphire chapter. They first appeared in I'm Always Grumpig First Thing in the Morning II, being guarded by Tate and Liza on Mt. Pyre. Despite their best efforts to protect the Orbs, they were eventually stolen by Magma Admin Blaise. In The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon II, at the Seafloor Cavern, Maxie used the Orbs to awaken both Groudon and Kyogre, intending to give the former the advantage by using the Orbs. However, as controlling two legendary Pokémon at the same time started to take too much of his mental capacity, he had the Blue Orb taken away by Tabitha so that he could focus on controlling Groudon. While doing as he was ordered to do, Tabitha was ambushed by Aqua Admin Amber, who used his Volbeat's Trick to steal the Blue Orb and deliver it to Archie.

Later Ruby and Sapphire faced Maxie and Archie in a battle, but had difficulty in reaching them. After Ruby's Popo finally managed defeat the two evil team leaders with Weather Ball, Ruby tried to take the Orbs from Maxie and Archie's hands, only to find out that they had started to merge with their holders, making him unable to remove them. Realizing that should the Orbs be absorbed completely, they could never be retrieved, Ruby had Kiki use Covet on them, but failed. The Orbs then completely merged with the two men, causing the patterns of Groudon and Kyorge appear on their arms, indicating that they were now being controlled by the legendary Pokémon, instead of the other way around. Maxie and Archie grabbed Ruby and Sapphire, and started to fly away, the Orbs' powers being called by Groudon and Kyogre.

After the two legendary Pokémon had started to battle at Sootopolis City, Ruby and Sapphire realized that with the meteor fragments given to them by Winona, they could stop the Orbs' influence Maxie and Archie, due to them having the ability to stop the power of nature. Using a wild Absol's Magic Coat to reflect the meteor's energy to the two evil team leaders, Ruby and Sapphire were able to turn them back to normal, but also caused a large burst of energy in the process, knocking the two Trainers unconscious. They later woke up at the Mirage Island, where they then spent some time training with Juan, Tate, and Liza, preparing for the final battle. During the training, Ruby found out that the Orbs needed a human to control them, so that their powers could be maximized, and be absorbed into their controllers. This led him to realize that the Orbs were now inside of him and Sapphire, having chosen them as their new controllers. Juan told Ruby and Sapphire that they needed to learn to control the Orbs, because if their minds weren't strong enough, they would wound up getting controlled by them, just like Maxie and Archie. During the training, Magma Admin Courtney showed up and offered her help for Ruby to stop the battle between Kyogre and Groudon, as everything had already gone beyond anything Team Magma or Aqua wanted, and there was no point of letting the entire Hoenn getting destroyed. At first, Ruby was reluctant to accept the offer, but eventually agreed in order to protect Sapphire from being possessed by the Blue Orb.

After completing their training, Ruby and Sapphire left the Mirage Island and arrived near Sootopolis City. Having already extracted the Red Orb from his body and having Sapphire extract the Blue Orb from her body, Ruby locked her inside Wallace's aircar to protect her, before leaving with Courtney. They tried to stop the battle between the two legendary Pokémon, but without success. However, as Norman arrived with Rayquaza, the third ancient Pokémon of Hoenn, Ruby was able to combine its power with the power of the Orbs to finally stop the fight and calm down Kyogre and Groudon, sending them to continue their slumber. Archie and Maxie then emerged from the Cave of Origin, stealing the Orbs back in order to restart the fight, but were stopped by Plusle and Minun. With the two men immobilized, Ruby sent out his sixth Pokémon—Celebi—to swipe the Orbs and destroy them, effectively putting the conflict to its end.

Afterwards, the gemstones that were formed from the shattered Orbs were picked up Giovanni, who revealed that these gemstones were actually the Orbs' true forms: a ruby and a sapphire.

While the Jade Orb has not appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga, Norman did mention once that the Pokémon Association tried to create an artificial Orb called the "Green Jewel" in order to control Rayquaza, but failed. This Green Jewel was eventually found by Emerald.

In other languages

Red Orb

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Punainen pallo
France Flag.png French Orbe Rouge
Germany Flag.png German Rote Kugel
Italy Flag.png Italian Sfera Rossa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 주홍구슬 Juhong Guseul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esfera Roja

Blue Orb

Language Title
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sininen pallo
France Flag.png French Orbe Bleu
Germany Flag.png German Blaue Kugel
Italy Flag.png Italian Sfera Blu
South Korea Flag.png Korean 쪽빛구슬 Jjokbit Guseul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esfera Azul

Jade Orb

Language Title
France Flag.png French Orbe Vert
Germany Flag.png German Grüne Kugel
Italy Flag.png Italian Sfera Verde
South Korea Flag.png Korean 연둣빛구슬 Yeondutbit Guseul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esfera Verde


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