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Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Pokémon Omega Ruby
ポケットモンスター オメガルビー
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Pokémon Omega Ruby's boxart, featuring Primal Groudon
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
ポケットモンスター アルファサファイア
Alpha Sapphire EN boxart.png
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire's boxart, featuring Primal Kyogre
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: RPG
Players: Currently unknown
Connectivity: None
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VI
Release dates
Japan: November 21, 2014
North America: November 21, 2014
Australia: November 21, 2014
Europe: November 28, 2014
South Korea: November 21, 2014
Japanese: Official Japanese site
English: Official English site
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Pokémon Omega Ruby Japanese boxart
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Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Japanese boxart

Pokémon Omega Ruby (Japanese: ポケットモンスター オメガルビー Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby) and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスター アルファサファイア Pocket Monsters Alpha Sapphire) are paired Generation VI games that are enhanced remakes of the third-generation titles Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The new games were revealed in a worldwide announcement on the official Pokémon websites on May 7, 2014 and were released in most regions of the world on November 21, 2014; with the exception of Europe, where the games were released on November 28, 2014.

Pre-release information

According to the press release that announced the games, the new titles will take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.[1] The first footage from the game, a cutscene showing Groudon and Kyogre manipulating the weather via their respective Abilities, was revealed three days after the games' first announcement.[2] One month after the games' announcement, it was revealed that Groudon and Kyogre can undergo Primal Reversion becoming Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, respectively.[3]

A number of features introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire that had since been discontinued will return in these games. Pokémon Contests and customizable Secret Bases (now "Super Secret Bases") will return for the first time since Pokémon Platinum,[4] while the Mach Bike, the Acro Bike, and third-generation player characters Brendan and May will return for the first time since Pokémon Emerald.[5] Feebas will resume a Contest-specific evolution method.[6] In addition, a number of features introduced in Pokémon X and Y will also return, with Horde Encounters and Mega Evolutions already confirmed to be part of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, with the Horde Encounter feature expanding into Trainer Horde Battles. At least ten new Mega Evolutions will debut in this game, including Mega Sceptile, Mega Swampert, Mega Diancie, Mega Sableye, Mega Metagross, Mega Altaria, Mega Lopunny, Mega Salamence, Mega Slowbro, Mega Audino, Mega Camerupt and Mega Sharpedo. The PokéNav will be redesigned as the PokéNav Plus, a device appearing on the touch screen outside of battle. The PokéNav Plus has four main functions — DexNav, which displays information about wild Pokémon available in the player's current location; AreaNav, a map used for navigation of location, Pokémon, Secret Bases and Berry Trees; BuzzNav, which reports on news from around the Hoenn region and from StreetPass; and PlayNav, which is used to connect to online play, local wireless play, Pokémon-Amie and Super Training.

The August edition of CoroCoro magazine introduced Cosplay Pikachu. This special Pikachu is given to the player to use in Pokémon Contests. This Pikachu gets a unique costume to wear during Contests; each costume comes with a specific, special move: Pikachu Rock Star gets Meteor Mash (Cool Contest); Pikachu, Ph.D gets Electric Terrain (Clever Contest); Pikachu Pop Star gets Draining Kiss (Cute Contest); Pikachu Belle gets Icicle Crash (Beautiful Contest); Pikachu Libre gets Flying Press (Tough Contest).


Ancient Powers Reawaken!

Start your Pokémon adventure now!
Behold the true GroudonOR/KyogreAS!
Pikachu likes to cosplay?!
Build a Secret Base all your own!

Changes from Ruby and Sapphire

Mechanics inherited from Generation IV and later

The following elements from X and Y are also included in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

  • Mega Evolutions and Mega Stones
    • A number of new Mega Evolutions and Mega Stones that did not exist in X and Y were also introduced.
    • Steven Stone has a Mega Metagross, and his plot has been expanded to encompass a search for the secrets of the Mega Stones.
  • The Fairy-type and the new neutral match-up Steel has to Ghost and Dark.
  • Pokémon-Amie and Super Training
  • Horde Encounters
    • Occasionally, five-versus-one Horde Battles can also occur with Trainers.
  • Battle Resort and Battle Maison replace the Battle Tower.
  • VS. Artwork or models are now used instead of sprites for Trainers and Gym Leaders.

The mechanic of Evolution-inducing locations originating in Generation IV, for Pokémon that evolve when trained in a certain area, is also incorporated in the games.

Other consequences of updates from later generations include:

  • Nine new Pokémon have been added to the Hoenn Pokédex. These are all Generation IV Pokémon which evolve from or into previous Hoenn Pokémon.
  • As Flash is no longer an HM, Brawly's Knuckle Badge is no longer required to use it.
    • Granite Cave, which is difficult to navigate without Flash, has been redesigned, requiring that the player defeat Brawly before being able to reach Steven. Also, the original dark areas of Granite Cave now require the Mach Bike from Mauville City for the player to access.

All new elements

  • Completely new characters, such as Aarune, Lisia, and Zinnia, appear in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Cosplay Pikachu can be obtained. This is a special female Pikachu that is able to swap one of the moves it knows by changing its costume in Contest Halls.
  • Groudon and Kyogre are given Primal Reversion forms which are accessed by holding their respective colored orbs. As a consequence, the scene where the player and the evil team leaders return the Orbs to Mt. Pyre (with the team leaders apologizing for their actions) has been omitted from the remakes.
  • After the Groudon/Kyogre event, the player can use the Eon Flute to soar the skies on LatiosOR or LatiasAS, where Pokémon can be encountered and Mirage spots found.
    • While the trainer can battle certain Pokémon in the sky, this is not the same as the Sky Battle feature from X and Y as any Pokémon can be used, not just Flying-types, or Pokémon with the Levitate ability.
  • PokéNav Plus replaces PokéNav, which works as a duel-screen feature. Other than retaining the Hoenn Map and Trainer's Eye features, it includes the duel-screen features from X and Y, the ability to encounter specific Pokémon, and tracking Berries or Secret Bases.
  • After completing the Delta Episode, it becomes possible for the player to have both bikes after they talk to three specific people while riding on a bike to advertise the bike shop.
  • The player can now wear accessories such as the new Devon Scuba Gear to realistically show the player surviving underwater with a scuba mask, or the Go-Goggles. In addition the player also receives a Magma SuitOR/Aqua SuitAS which is not only used during the Primal GroudonOR/KyogreAS awakening cinematic scenes, but later serves as a space suit when confronting Deoxys during the Delta Episode.

Changes to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald elements


  • Secret Bases have been completely upgraded, becoming Super Secret Bases. Features include sharing bases with other players, inviting other players as secret pals, capturing flags, and customizing the player's own Gym.
  • Mirage spots are added as an apparent evolution of the Mirage Island mechanic.
  • Pokémon Contests are now called Pokémon Contest Spectaculars
    • The Beauty category has been renamed to Beautiful and Smart has been renamed to Clever.
    • Pokéblocks and Pokéblock making have been heavily simplified, with Pokéblock making no longer requiring more than one player to perform successfully.
    • The Sheen stat has been removed, meaning there is no longer a limit to how many Pokéblocks a player can give to their Pokémon, enabling Pokémon to have all of their Contests stats maxed out.
  • The Safari Zone no longer requires that the player play the Safari Game. Instead, the Pokémon can be caught through normal encounters.
  • Bikes are now capable of traveling through tall grass.
  • Feebas can now be found by fishing anywhere on Route 119 instead of six random spots. However, it can still be found more easily by fishing directly underneath the bridge near the Weather Institute during the daytime.
  • The player only needs one Badge instead of five to be able to rebattle the Trainers listed in the Trainer's Eye.
  • Mauville City has been completely redesigned into an indoor shopping complex and is dubbed the largest city in Hoenn, playing a similar role to Lumiose City from X and Y.
  • The Abandoned Ship has been redesigned and renamed Sea Mauville. Its backstory has also been greatly expanded.
  • Scorched Slab has been greatly expanded, encompassing four floors now. Heatran can be caught on the lowest floor after collecting the National Pokédex.
  • The physical Hoenn Pokédex has been redesigned, now appearing similar to the original Game Boy Advance system.
  • Brendan and May have completely different attires, with Brendan's brown hair and white hat more obvious, and May has a bow instead of the bandana she originally wore.
  • Team Magma and Team Aqua have been given new designs. Team Magma Admin Tabitha appears to be huskier and Courtney has purple hair instead of brown. The Team Aqua Admins have dark skin tones. Team Aqua Admin Shelly has black hair with accents of blue instead of red hair and Matt is more muscular.
  • The Hoenn Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and other Trainers were redesigned with updated appearances.
  • After defeating the Elite Four, the games feature the Delta Episode. Similar to Pokémon Emerald, Rayquaza plays a major role here.
  • The Meteorite plays a larger role in the game, particularly for the Delta Episode as a means for Rayquaza to Mega Evolve in the official storyline. Because of this it can no longer be given to Professor Cozmo in return for TM27 (Return). TM27 can still be found in Pacifidlog Town, though.
  • In order to board the S.S. Tidal which would allow the player entry into the Battle Resort, the Delta Episode must be completed first.
  • The New Mauville side quest, which originally started after defeating Norman and obtaining Surf, starts much later now, after the Groudon/Kyogre event.
  • The encounter with Steven Stone on Route 118 is now interrupted by a quick side mission where LatiasOR or LatiosAS takes Steven and the player to Southern Island. At the end of this mission, Steven gives the player the Mega Bracelet.
  • During the Delta Episode, Steven Stone upgrades the PokéNav Plus so he can contact the player at certain points during the event. This is a homage to the Match Call feature from Pokémon Emerald.
Pokémon team and battle changes
  • A number of teams for Trainers that can be rematched through Trainer's Eye are different from the original Ruby and Sapphire.
  • When the player faces May or Brendan as their rival in Lilycove City, their Pokémon teams are fully evolved.
  • Slugma takes Numel's place in May or Brendan's original Ruby and Sapphire lineup if their starter is not Torchic.
  • Expert Shelby has been moved from Mt. Chimney to Jagged Pass.
  • Brendan or May will also challenge the player after the credits have ended. In this battle, their starter can Mega Evolve.
  • The Elite Four and Champion's initial lineups have changed somewhat, and when challenged in the post-game, they now have tougher teams, with higher levels, different movesets, and non-regional Pokémon on their teams, and including some Mega Evolutions.
  • Wally's Ralts eventually evolves into Gallade instead of Gardevoir, and is able to Mega Evolve as Gallade.
  • The Legendary Pokémon Lugia, Ho-Oh, Regigigas, Heatran, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, Virizion, Terrakion, Cobalion, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Raikou, Suicune, Entei, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, and Cresselia are now obtainable in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Some are exclusive to one version and some may require special circumstances to unlock them.
  • Deoxys is now catchable during the climax of the Delta Episode. It can also change its forme freely via a meteorite in Professor Cozmo's house in Fallabor Town, as opposed to Generation III where its forme was dependent on the game it was in.
  • LatiosOR/LatiasAS now joins the player's party during their trip to Southern Island, instead of being a roaming Pokémon in the post-game. An Eon Ticket is still required to return to Southern Island and obtain the alternate Eon Pokémon.
  • In the lower-left room on the right side of the Sea Mauville's hull, by opening a menu option to divert the screen after examining a blotched report in the upper-left corner, this allows the player to locate a wild Spiritomb.
  • The number of puzzles in the Trick House is reduced from eight to six. Badges are also no longer required to start each puzzle, though some HM abilities from certain Badges are needed to navigate through certain puzzles.
  • Whereas in Emerald, Professor Birch would reward the player with their choice of a Johto starter upon completing the Hoenn Pokédex, now, he will give it to the player when he is found on Route 101 after first defeating the Elite Four.
  • After obtaining the Johto starter and completing the Delta Episode, the Professor will give the player a Unova starter, and after that, an Sinnoh starter if the Elite Four are challenged once more.
  • The Sootopolis Gym puzzle has been updated with some new features.
    • Since the 3DS system includes the Circle Pad, it is now possible to use it to travel diagonally across the ice.
    • Once the player climbs the stairs after passing a given puzzle, the ice in the previous puzzle will no longer crack, making it possible to traverse that puzzle freely without having to redo it.
    • The lower part of the Gym is now freely traversable, lacking any ice so that all Trainers there may be faced without having to fall strategically from above.
  • Similar to Emerald's Battle Frontier, BP can be earned to use as payment for moves learned from Move Tutors in the Battle Resort. Notably a number of these moves were formerly TMs during Generation III.
    • The Free Move Tutors are located in Mauville City, Meteor Falls (after Delta Episode), and Sootopolis City. They can only pass down moves that certain Pokémon can learn.


  • The Mauville Game Corner has been closed down, as game corners are no longer included in Pokémon games since Generation V.
  • In a few areas, the encounterable Pokémon have changed. Certain Water-type Pokémon are not found in all of the same areas they were in the original games, such as in Mossdeep City, where Sharpedo was removed. A few evolved Pokémon such as Swellow or Wailord also can no longer be found in the wild.
  • The Trainers found on Mt. Chimney that were encountered after defeating Team Aqua/Team Magma have been removed.
  • A few Trainers that were rechallengable in the original games through Trainer's Eye have been removed.
  • The opening and closing door maze from New Mauville has been removed.
  • The ability to search for hidden items underwater has been removed, due to the Dowsing Machine now being worn as an accessory while in use.
  • The Mach Bike puzzle at Sky Pillar has been removed.

Version-exclusive Pokémon

Omega Ruby
140 140 Kabuto Rock Water
141 141 Kabutops Rock Water
250 250 Ho-Oh Fire Flying
273 273 Seedot Grass
274 274 Nuzleaf Grass Dark
275 275 Shiftry Grass Dark
303 303 Mawile Steel Fairy
335 335 Zangoose Normal
338 338 Solrock Rock Psychic
383 383 Groudon Ground
410 410 Shieldon Rock Steel
411 411 Bastiodon Rock Steel
422 422 Shellos
West Sea
423 423 Gastrodon
West Sea
Water Ground
484 484 Palkia Water Dragon
538 538 Throh Fighting
566 566 Archen Rock Flying
567 567 Archeops Rock Flying
641 641 Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
643 643 Reshiram Dragon Fire
690 690 Skrelp Poison Water
691 691 Dragalge Poison Dragon
Alpha Sapphire
138 138 Omanyte Rock Water
139 139 Omastar Rock Water
249 249 Lugia Psychic Flying
270 270 Lotad Water Grass
271 271 Lombre Water Grass
272 272 Ludicolo Water Grass
302 302 Sableye Dark Ghost
336 336 Seviper Poison
337 337 Lunatone Rock Psychic
382 382 Kyogre Water
408 408 Cranidos Rock
409 409 Rampardos Rock
422 422E Shellos
East Sea
423 423E Gastrodon
East Sea
Water Ground
483 483 Dialga Steel Dragon
539 539 Sawk Fighting
564 564 Tirtouga Rock Water
565 565 Carracosta Rock Water
642 642 Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
Electric Flying
644 644 Zekrom Dragon Electric
692 692 Clauncher Water
693 693 Clawitzer Water



  • In all territories except Europe, these games were released on the twelfth anniversary of the Japanese release of Ruby and Sapphire.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the only pair of remakes where:
    • The games' names are not written in CamelCase.
    • There are no Eyecatches.
    • All methods of evolutions that were originally introduced after the generation of the original games, unlike the previous remakes where a few were not included.
    • The remakes are indirectly compatible with the original games, as Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire can be transferred to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through various forms of inter-generational communication.
    • An accessory is not bundled with the games.
    • Not to include HM abilities that were introduced after the generation of the original games as no new HM moves were introduced after Generation IV.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire currently offers the greatest number of in-game starter Pokémon, with four (1 from Hoenn, 1 from Johto, 1 from Sinnoh and 1 from Unova), exceeding the three offered in numerous games before, usually the starter from that region and 2 others from other regions, except for Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, and Pokémon X and Y which did it differently with the three offered.
  • Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire currently offers the greatest number of in-game legendary Pokémon with a total of 32 between both games.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポケットモンスター オメガルビー・アルファサファイア
France Flag.png European French Pokémon Rubis Oméga et Saphir Alpha
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Omega Rubin und Alpha Saphir
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Rubino Omega e Zaffiro Alpha
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬스터 오메가루비·알파사파이어
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Pokémon Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa

See also

Bulbanews has multiple articles related to this subject:


  1. Youtube: "Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire -- November 2014!"
  2. Youtube: "Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire—Sneak Peek Footage"
  3. Bulbanews: "Details on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire announced"
  4. Bulbanews: "Super-Secret Bases confirmed for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire"
  5. Bulbanews: "CoroCoro leaks for July 2014 issue revealed"
  6. Bulbanews: Official US Pokémon website updates with new ORAS trailer, details about new Mega Evolutions

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