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List of glitches in Generation III

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This is a list of glitches that occur in the Generation III core series and side series Pokémon games.

Ruby and Sapphire

256× item selling glitch

When selling 256 or more of an item, even though the Poké Mart states the correct price, for every 256 the total price is actually counted as PokémonDollar.png0 and the player loses PokémonDollar.png2560 for every multiple of 256. For example, selling 999 Berries gives PokémonDollar.png2310 (0 for 768, +2310 for 231). This is normally only possible with Berries because they are the only items that the player can hold more than 99 of, although through cheating the glitch can be performed with other items as well.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Berry glitch

Main article: Berry glitch

Dewford Gym statue error

The wall behind the statue to the right at the entrance of Dewford Gym behaves like a statue when approached and the A button is pressed ("DEWFORD POKéMON GYM, BRAWLY'S CERTIFIED TRAINERS:"). After Brawly is defeated, it will list the player as a certified Trainer.

By Wooggle
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HP drain glitch

If in battle, the user's Pokémon deals over 33 037 damage, the opponent's Pokémon will faint without its HP bar being drained. If the user's Pokémon deals exactly 33 037 damage, the HP bar falls to 0 instantly without any delay.

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Landsurfing glitch

In the Japanese versions, by using the Acro Bike to side-hop north or south onto a tile adjacent to a water tile and then pressing A at the exact right frame, the player can bring up the Surf dialogue box while facing a land tile. Choosing 'yes' will cause the player to Surf onto that land tile. The player can then Surf around on land. The game will still behave as if the player is walking normally otherwise, which is part of the reason for the sub-glitch described below.

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Bypass Fortree Gym block

This glitch can used to enter the Fortree Gym without the Devon Scope (the Gym is normally blocked off from the north by an invisible Kecleon), if it is performed on Route 119 and the player surfs north to Fortree City. At Fortree City, while Surfing, the player can "jump off" from the bridge south of Fortree Gym and access the gym from there. In order to escape, a Pokémon with Teleport or Fly may be brought, however, the player must beat the gym in order to use Fly. Presumably, the player can white out to escape from the gym or the area surrounding it as well.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Nightmare glitch

If Nightmare is used on a sleeping Pokémon yet the sleeping Pokémon wakes up due to Shed Skin, the opposing Pokémon is still harmed by Nightmare even though it is not asleep.

By NaiJPC
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Pay Day error

The wrong amount of money received from Pay Day will be displayed if the Amulet Coin is held by a Pokémon, leaving the impression that it does not affect Pay Day. Yet, upon checking the Trainer Card, the player will discover that the money earned from Pay Day has been doubled and added to their total savings.

By ChickasaurusGL
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Sootopolis rock wall glitch

In Sootopolis City, to the left of the staircase leading to the house of the old lady who talks about Mt. Pyre is a rock wall that the player can walk in. The player can only go one step in, however.

By Wooggle
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Stuck audio freeze

In some copies of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, using Thunder or Thunderbolt may cause the game to freeze during the animation sequences of the moves. This can be remedied by turning off the battle effects in the options.

Trainer approach glitch

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There are three NPCs who may move on top of an obstacle. This does not occur in the Spanish versions as none of these Trainers move.

If the player stands in Route 118's Aroma Lady Rose, Route 121's Gentleman Walter, or Abandoned Ship's Tuber Charlie's line of sight while directly behind the ledge, gate, or wall, the Trainer will see the player and walk onto the ledge, gate, or wall to battle.

By Wooggle
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Truck glitch

At the start of the game, if the player saves inside the truck and reboots, upon exiting the truck the game tries to show "Littleroot Town" as if a new area had been entered, while it normally would not have been.

By Wooggle
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FireRed and LeafGreen

Infinite Nugget glitch

If the player loses to the Team Rocket Grunt at the end of Nugget Bridge, the player has a chance to battle him again, unlike in the Generation I games. Each time he is rebattled, he will give the player a Nugget, so one can purposely lose to obtain Nuggets repeatedly. More due to lazy scripting than actually being a glitch, this is caused by an unset flag before the battle begins, making the script endlessly repeat itself.

This glitch only works in the Japanese and English versions as the oversight was fixed in the European localizations.

By Wooggle
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Pokédex species oversight

The Pokédex only displays the first word of two-word species names in the English version 1.0 release. Internal game data lists species names the same as in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and other games. For example, while Beedrill's species is the "Poison Bee Pokémon", it is listed as the Poison Pokémon.

This is likely due to the game reading the space as a terminator. This was corrected in the Player's Choice releases (version 1.1) of the English versions.

Poké Flute music oversight

When the player plays the Poké Flute and while the melody is playing, if the Help Menu is activated and deactivated, the music will be muted until the Pokémon wakes up.

Roaming Roar glitch

If a roaming Pokémon uses Roar to flee from battle, it will permanently disappear from the game. Most notably, this means that if the Raikou or Entei player encounters during the post-game uses Roar before it is caught, it cannot be encountered again, unless the game is reset to the state which it was in before the encounter.

Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, and LeafGreen

Roaming IV glitch

This glitch causes roaming Pokémon to have extremely low IVs.

In Generation III, the data for a Pokémon's IVs are stored in a 32-bit integer. However, when a roaming Pokémon is captured, only the last eight bits are transferred. While the HP IV is unaffected, the Pokémon can only have a maximum Attack IV of 7. The other IVs will always be 0.

Emerald

Battle Tower cloning glitch

Main article: Cloning glitches#Generation III

Mirage Tower glitch

In Mirage Tower, there is no rock on the second floor near the stairs, but the player cannot walk there.

By Wooggle
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Pomeg glitch

Main article: Pomeg glitch
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Sootopolis Gym wall glitch

In the Sootopolis Gym, right down the stairs the player can walk one step into the wall. If the player walks into the wall, the stairs will stop working until he/she steps back onto the floor.

By MikaruMenoko
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Vigoroth cry oversight

In the Japanese version, although the mover Pokémon at the start of the player's adventure were changed from Machoke to Vigoroth by altering the sprites and text, the cry of Machoke was kept.

By SatoMew
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Dive glitch

Main article: Dive glitch

Poké Mart worker glitch

The Poké Mart worker at Oldale Town normally gives the player a Potion. However, if the player has a full Bag when this happens, the Potion won't be handed out. If the player enters Route 103 and then immediately returns to Oldale Town, the worker will be near the Poké Mart, but will behave as if he was at original position. Talking to the worker again will lead the player into a tree; however, the player can get out, because they are only one tile into the trees.

By Wooggle
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Route 134 current glitch

In the bottom-right corner of the island to the southeast of Route 134, there is a current tile that does not behave as a water tile. The player cannot Surf on it, but can walk on it. Walking on it will simply push the player back onto the island to the left.

By Wooggle
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In all core series games

Focus Punch glitch

This glitch is triggered by selecting Focus Punch in a Double Battle on the first Pokémon, pressing the "B" button, then switching out the first Pokémon. When the battle is conducted, the first Pokémon will tighten its focus in preparation for Focus Punch, then switch out. This is due to charging turn having a priority of +8, and therefore being executed before switch out.

By Wooggle
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Sticky Hold glitch

This glitch occurs when Thief or Covet is used to knock out a Pokémon holding an item that has the Sticky Hold Ability. It causes the sprite of the defeated Pokémon to stay in a ghost-like form. This lasts until the screen is changed. Switching to the item list or Pokémon list will cause it to disappear.

If it is a battle against a team of six Pokémon, defeating the next Pokémon will cause that Pokémon's sprite to vanish normally, but the ghost-like sprite will remain. If the second Pokémon is defeated without leaving the battle screen, a third Pokémon will come out, but the second Pokémon's sprite will not remain. The original ghost-like sprite will remain and get recolored to match. This is because the game stores color palettes separately to the pictures themselves.

By NaiJPC
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Stuck audio glitch

If Thunder or Thunderbolt are used during battle with the effects enabled, the sound of the moves may get stuck until the game is rebooted.

Vital Throw details error

The error in the accuracy parameter

The details on the description for the move Vital Throw show it as having 100% accuracy, despite the move hitting the opposing Pokémon regardless of accuracy and evasion.

Colosseum

Experience glitch

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This glitch occurs when an opponent's last Pokémon is defeated by a burn or poison while the player's Pokémon are under the effect of Perish Song. When this occurs, the player's Pokémon will gain experience immediately after the Pokémon faints, then once again each time one of the player's Pokémon's perish count drops. This allows Pokémon to gain the experience for defeating the Pokémon up to three times.

By Andrew42143
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Infinite ball glitch

The infinite ball glitch enables the player to reuse any type of Poké Ball.

The glitch is performed by selecting a Poké Ball with the player's first Pokémon's turn. Then, on the second Pokémon's turn, switching the location of the Poké Ball in the Bag chosen with another Poké Ball in the Bag (using the "Y" button). After the Ball is thrown, the Poké Ball pocket will still have the same amount of Poké Balls, as if the Ball just thrown had not been used.

Sometimes, if using a Master Ball, the game will freeze and bring the "An error occurred" message the Nintendo GameCube gives when it fails to properly read a game.

Also, if the second Pokémon is using a multiple-turn move that has been selected on a previous turn, the attack prevents the glitch from working, which causes the thrown Snag Ball to be used.

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Purification glitch

In Agate Village, the cliffs directly to the left and right of the hill at the entrance are glitched. If the player walks downward while on these small cliffs, there are two specific points where the player will hit the edge and continue to walk, and the screen will start to shake. This will cause all Shadow Pokémon in the player's party to be purified at the same rate as if the player is walking around. This glitch can also be done in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness under different conditions.

Shiny Shadow Pokémon glitch

Like in the core series games, in Pokémon Colosseum there is a 1/8192 chance of a Shadow Pokémon being Shiny, but it will most likely lose its Shiny status when captured by the player; conversely, there is a 1/8192 chance that a Shadow Pokémon may spontaneously become Shiny when captured by the player.

This glitch occurs because when the player captures a Shadow Pokemon, their Trainer ID number overwrites the original Trainer's ID number (unlike with traded Pokémon); because the Trainer ID number is a factor in Shiny calculation, this may cause the Pokemon to acquire (or lose) Shiny status. This is similar to the oddity of a hatched Pokémon Egg changing from normal to Shiny (or vice versa) if it was traded to another player before hatching.

In Pokémon XD, the game calculates a personality value for a Shadow Pokémon, it checks it against the player's and opponent's ID numbers, and if either one would result in a Shiny Pokémon, it generates a new personality value for that Pokémon (repeating if necessary). As a direct result, Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon XD can never be Shiny (though other Pokemon, such as those appearing in Poké Spots, can be).


Main
Multiple
generations
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Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch types
Generation I: --0 ERRORCable Club escape glitchError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch CityGlitch dimension
Glitch movesGlitch TrainersItem duplication glitchJohto guard glitchMew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitch
Pokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchSelect glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch)
Super GlitchZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Celebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch Egg
Johto guard glitchSketch glitchTeru-samaTrainer House glitchGlitch dimension
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitch
Generation IV: Acid rainGlobal Terminal glitchesMimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitchTweaking
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gens I/II only: Japanese characters in the international versions
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VISpin-off)

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