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|| November 21, 2014
|| November 21, 2014
|| November 28, 2014
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|| November 21, 2014
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Pokémon Omega Ruby Japanese boxart
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.
The plot of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is mostly the same as Ruby and Sapphire with a few changes.
The player starts their journey in Littleroot Town, where the family has just moved in from the Johto region after the player's father, Norman, became the leader of the Petalburg Gym. The story starts off with the player riding in the moving van, which arrives in Littleroot. After exiting the van, the player's mother explains that they have just arrived at their new home; they then enter the house together, and there are Machoke movers carrying boxes. The player's mother suggests that the player introduce themselves to Professor Birch, a friend of Norman's.
Upon arriving at Birch's house, his wife greets the player, and upstairs the player meets their pseudo-rival (the alternate-gender player character of the player), the child of Professor Birch; after the introduction, he/she soon leaves to join Birch, who is out in the field. The player then finds Birch on Route 101, where he is being chased by a Poochyena. Birch asks the player to take a Poké Ball out of his bag, which is lying on the ground; the player then chooses between Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip as their starter Pokémon. After choosing, a battle immediately begins with the wild Poochyena. After rescuing Birch, he lets the player keep the chosen Pokémon as thanks for saving him. He then tells the player to meet up with his kid on Route 103 for pointers on how to be a Trainer.
Once the player finds their pseudo-rival on Route 103, they have their first battle, after which they return to Birch's lab, where the player receives a Pokédex and some Poké Balls. When leaving through the Route 101, the player runs into the pseudo-rival who gives him/her a new upgrade for the PokéNav Plus, the DexNav, and teaches him/her how to use it. Once the player arrives in Petalburg City, they meet with their father at the Gym, where he tells them that he is happy to learn that they have become a Trainer like him. During the conversation, a local boy named Wally enters the Gym and asks Norman to help him catch a Pokémon. Norman loans Wally a Zigzagoon and a Poké Ball. He then asks the player to go along and help Wally with his task. On Route 102, Wally catches a Ralts, and the Trainers then return to the Gym, where Wally gives his thanks before being called home by his mother. Norman then encourages the player to travel Hoenn and challenge the nine Gym Leaders: Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, Flannery, Norman, Winona, Tate and Liza, and Wallace.
The player then travels through Route 104 and Petalburg Woods; just before the exit from the woods, the player encounters the nefarious Team MagmaOR or Team AquaAS. After battling, the grunt reveals that their team is after something in Rustboro City. Upon exiting the forest, the player is spotted by a red-eyed grunt who reports to her leader.
At the Rustboro Gym, the player battles Roxanne and earns the Stone Badge; afterwards, the player runs into the Devon Researcher from Petalburg Woods. He tells the player that he has been robbed by Team MagmaOR/Team AquaAS and that the player must get the Devon Goods back from the evil team. The player then heads out onto Route 116 and discovers an old man named Mr. Briney who tells them that the villainous team has also taken his Wingull Peeko hostage and gone into the Rusturf Tunnel. The player confronts the grunt inside the tunnel and retrieves the Devon Goods, as well as rescuing Peeko.
Once the Devon Goods are returned, the researcher asks the player to deliver them to the shipyard in Slateport City. The player then meets Mr. Stone, the president of the Devon Corporation, who asks that the player stop by Dewford Town and deliver a letter to his son Steven; as thanks for the player's earlier work, Mr. Stone gives the player a new upgrade for the PokéNav Plus, the Buzznav. The player heads back through the Petalburg Woods to Mr. Briney's house, where he gives the player a ride down Route 105 to Dewford Town. Just north of Dewford on Route 106 is the Granite Cave where Steven is exploring. The cave is open to visitors, but the room where Steven is is blocked by curious Hikers. They are gone by the time the player earns the Knuckle Badge from Brawly at the Dewford Gym. The player finds Steven in the Granite Cave, looking at a mural of a Groudon marked with omegasOR/Kyogre marked with alphasAS and remembering old legends. After listening to Steven, the player delivers the letter to him, he rewards the player with TM51 (Steel Wing) and tells the player that he/she could potentially become the Pokémon League Champion.
After leaving Dewford Town, Mr. Briney takes the player across Route 107 and Route 108 to Route 109, just south of Slateport City. When the player arrives in Slateport, there is a noticeable crowd of Team MagmaOR/Team AquaAS grunts blocking the entrance to the Oceanic Museum. When the player tries to drop off the Devon Goods at Stern's Shipyard, they learn that Captain Stern is in the Oceanic Museum. Once the player finds Captain Stern, they are confronted by two villainous grunts, and after defeating them, the villainous team's leader MaxieOR/ArchieAS appears and tells the player of their plans before warning not to get in the way again.
After giving the Devon Goods to Captain Stern, the player leaves Slateport City and travels Route 110; after encountering and battling the pseudo-rival, the player arrives in Mauville City. Outside of the Mauville Gym, the player finds Wally and his uncle; Wally challenges the player to a battle to prove to his uncle that he is ready for the Gym. After the battle, Wally's uncle invites the player to visit Verdanturf Town sometime. Once the Dynamo Badge has been earned from Wattson, the player heads to Verdanturf Town and uses Rock Smash to clear the previously blocked Rusturf Tunnel, earning HM04 (Strength) as a reward. Next, the player returns to Mauville and travels through Route 111 and Route 112 to the Fiery Path, on the other side of which the player continues through Route 113 to Fallarbor Town.
Inside the Fallarbor Pokémon Center, the player meets Lanette, who invites them to her house on Route 114. At the end of Route 114 is Meteor Falls, inside which the player finds Team MagmaOR/Team AquaAS. This time, they have stolen a valuable Meteorite from Professor Cozmo. Suddenly, the scene is interrupted by the appearance of the opposite-version's team, which causes the thieves to retreat to Mt. Chimney with the stolen meteorite. At the top of Mt. Chimney, Team Magma and Team Aqua can be found fighting over the meteorite; after fighting an admin of the primary evil team, TabithaOR/ShellyAS, the player finds the leader of the team, MaxieOR/ArchieAS, using the meteorite in a strange machine with the intention of turning it into a Mega Stone. The leader then battles the player. After the battle, the leader is informed of a better way to achieve his team's goals, lets the player take and keep the meteorite, and retreats.
Taking the southern path that was blocked by the battling teams, the player exits Mt. Chimney and reaches Lavaridge Town, home of the Lavaridge Gym. After receiving the Heat Badge from Flannery, the player is given the Go-Goggles by their pseudo-rival, who then suggests that the player challenge their father at the Petalburg Gym. After getting the Balance Badge from Norman, the player visits Wally's father, who gives the player HM03 (Surf).
As the player then travels through Route 118 (just east of Mauville City), they encounter Steven once again. Their discussion is interrupted by the arrival of a frightened LatiasOR/LatiosAS. Steven realizes the legendary Pokémon is asking for help, and it takes both Steven and the player to Southern Island where the evil team admin CourtneyOR/MattAS is terrorizing LatiosOR/LatiasAS. After fighting off the evil team, LatiosOR/LatiasAS decides to join the player's team and give him/her its Mega Stone. Steven awards the player with a Mega Bracelet and LatiasOR/LatiosAS takes both of them back to Route 118.
Afterwards, the player continues through Route 119, reaching the Weather Institute, which is being attacked by the evil team in search of more information on GroudonOR/KyogreAS. After battling the grunts, the player comes face to face with the admin TabithaOR/ShellyAS, who appears distressed with what he/she found out. After besting the admin, the player saves the institute and is given a Pokémon Castform as a reward. Shortly after leaving the Institute, the pseudo-rival appears and battles the player, and they give away HM02 (Fly) upon defeat.
The player arrives in Fortree City but cannot challenge the Gym because something invisible is blocking the entrance. On Route 120, the player once again meets Steven, and he gives the player the Devon Scope, a Mega Stone and notices that the meteorite the player picked up from Mt Chimney emits light. The Devon Scope allows the player to enter the Gym by revealing the invisible thing to be the Pokémon Kecleon. After the player defeats Winona and receives the Feather Badge, the quest continues through Route 120 and Route 121 to Lilycove City. On Route 121, there are some grunts from the evil team discussing their plan to go to Mt. Pyre, and upon arriving in Lilycove, the player finds it crawling with more grunts. Outside of the Lilycove Department Store, the player battles his/her pseudo-rival again. After the battle, the pseudo-rival notices the meteorite shining in the player's bag, just like Steven did before.
After the battle, the player heads to Mt. Pyre to drive off the evil team. At the summit of Mt. Pyre, the player finds the leader of the team, who has taken the Red OrbOR/Blue OrbAS and proclaims that the young Trainer has arrived too late to stop him; the team then heads for Slateport City. The old couple that watch over the orbs beseech the player to stop the evil team, and they give the player the stolen orb's counterpart. Upon returning to Slateport, the player finds that Capt. Stern has discovered an undersea cavern on Route 128. The evil team then suddenly appears and takes over the captain's research submarine. The leader of the evil team once again taunts the player, and he mentions that the team's hideout is in Lilycove City. Once the player fights their way through to the center of the hideout, finding the Master Ball along the way, they encounter an admin CourtneyOR/MattAS who battles the player to stall until the leader takes off in the submarine.
The player must then travel Route 124 to Mossdeep City, where he/she challenges Tate and Liza of the Mossdeep Gym to earn the Mind Badge. After this a pillar of light appears on Route 128. Steven notices the player coming out of the Gym and invites him/her to his house, where he gives him/her the HM07 (Dive) and the Devon Scuba Gear. Heading to Route 128 and using Dive, the player finds the Seafloor Cavern, where the evil team has gone. In the deepest reaches of the cavern, the player has a showdown with the team leader MaxieOR/ArchieAS. After the battle, the player witnesses TabithaOR/ShellyAS arriving and trying to warn their leader against waking up the legendary Pokémon, but the leader dismisses the warnings and uses the Orb to awaken the sleeping GroudonOR/KyogreAS. After being awakened, the ancient Pokémon breaks out of the cavern and starts moving towards Sootopolis City, its power driving the weather all over Hoenn out of control. The leader realizes that he can't control the Pokémon's power at all; just then, the leader of the opposite team appears, and the two bosses team up to try to stop the rampage.
After the bosses leave, Steven appears and tells the player to catch up with GroudonOR/KyogreAS in Sootopolis City. Heading to Route 126 and using Dive again, the player finds the entrance to Sootopolis City. Inside the city, the player finds Steven, who introduces them to his friend Wallace, the Sootopolis Gym Leader, who is also entrusted with the duty of protecting the Cave of Origin.
Upon arriving in front of the cave's entrance, Steven, Wallace and the player meet up with the leaders and admins of both teams, as well as the pseudo-rival. The player receives the Magma SuitOR/Aqua SuitAS and is told that the Orb he/she posesses has the power to weaken the ancient Pokémon. After a few words of encouragement from everyone, the player heads inside. He/she puts the suit on, inserts the orb into a slot in the suit and latches on to GroudonOR/KyogreAS as the ancient Pokémon makes its way to the chamber where it can accomplish its Primal Reversion. The player witnesses it undergo the transformation and fights it. After capturing or defeating the Pokémon, the weather (seemingly) returns to normal, and the world is saved. Steven gives the player the Eon Flute and leaves.
After defeating Wallace at the Sootopolis Gym, the latter gives out the final badge, Rain Badge, and mentions that Prof Birch has something for him/her. Returning to Littleroot Town, the player is told that the recent events did change the climate in the Hoenn region, causing the Pokémon species that once left Hoenn to come back, and the regional Pokédex is not sufficient anymore, and gets the National Pokédex upgrade. The player now has all eight Badges, and they head down Route 128 to Ever Grande City, where Victory Road and the Elite Four await. Wally battles the player one last time before they exit the cavern.
The Elite Four are the strongest Trainers in the region, and they can only be battled by challengers that have proven themselves by collecting the eight Badges of Hoenn. They are Sidney, who specializes in Dark-type Pokémon; Phoebe, who specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon; Glacia, who specializes in Ice-type Pokémon; and Drake, who specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon. After defeating the Elite Four, the player must then battle the Pokémon League Champion, Steven.
After the battle, Professor Birch and the pseudo-rival arrive to congratulate the player. Birch examines the player's Pokédex, the player is registered in the Hall of Fame, and the credits roll as the player and the pseudo-rival return home. Back on Route 103, the pseudo-rival becomes nostalgic and challenges the player one last time.
Returning home, the player overhears his/her parents discussing their plans to go see the Litleonid meteor shower at Mossdeep City, that Norman now has to cancel. As the parents ponder about what they can do with the tickets they bought, a mysterious symbol appears on screen, which then fades into a "To be continued" chyron.
Upon loading the saved game, the story continues with the Delta Episode.
After completing the Delta Episode, the player is returned to Littleroot Town. Downstairs, Norman gives the player the S.S. Ticket to take the S.S. Tidal over to the Battle Resort.
According to the press release that announced the games, the new titles will take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world. 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. One month after the games' announcement, it was revealed that Groudon and Kyogre can undergo Primal Reversion becoming Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, respectively.
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, while the Mach Bike, the Acro Bike, and third-generation player characters Brendan and May will return for the first time since Pokémon Emerald. Feebas will resume a Contest-specific evolution method. 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. Over ten new Mega Evolutions debuted 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 (Coolness Contest); Pikachu, Ph.D gets Electric Terrain (Cleverness Contest); Pikachu Pop Star gets Draining Kiss (Cuteness Contest); Pikachu Belle gets Icicle Crash (Beauty Contest); Pikachu Libre gets Flying Press (Toughness Contest).
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Changes from Ruby and Sapphire
Mechanics inherited from later generations
The following elements from X and Y are also included in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
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.
- Physical and special moves are now determined by the move itself rather than type.
- Time flowing from day to night as it was since being reintroduced within Generation IV.
- The addition of trainers with the Backpacker, Fairy Tale Girl, Mysterious Sisters, Brains & Brawn and Ace Duo trainer classes.
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 such the orbs are now regular items instead of key items.
- 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 dual-screen feature. Other than retaining the Hoenn Map and Trainer's Eye features, it includes the dual-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.
- The introduction of the Scuba Diver and Free Diver trainer classes, trainers who battle the player underwater.
Changes to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald elements
- 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 being more obvious, while 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.
- The dark areas of Granite Cave now require the Mach Bike from Mauville City for the player to access, and are now optional.
- 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 Mauville Game Corner has been closed down, as game corners are no longer included in Pokémon games since Generation V.
- 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 defeating or capturing Groudon/Kyogre.
- 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.
- The Dewford and Mossdeep Gyms have received complete redesigns, while the other six gyms have received minor redesigns.
- The interior of Mt. Pyre has been redesigned. On one hand it has been simplified, as the puzzle with holes in floors has been removed (both Incenses are now lying in the open), and the number of floors has been reduced from six to four. On the other hand, exploring it is now mandatory, as the doorway leading to the exterior has been relocated from the first floor to the third.
- The opening and closing door maze from New Mauville has been removed.
- Sky Pillar has been completely redesigned, and the Mach Bike puzzle has been removed.
- The Hoenn Safari Zone has been completely redesigned to where the player is more dependent on the bikes for traveling through the Safari Zone. The bikes are needed for accessing Area 3 and 4 (which can use either bike and not just one specific bike like before) and to access the long grass section in each area.
- A few new areas are added to Victory Road that did not exist in Generation III. This also includes an area to where the player can face Wally instead of the main area of 1F where Wally was encountered in Generation III.
- 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 long grass.
- The player only needs one Badge instead of five to be able to rebattle the Trainers listed in the Trainer's Eye.
- The ability to search for hidden items underwater using the Dowsing Machine has been removed, as the Dowsing Machine is now worn as an accessory while in use. Hidden items still exist underwater, however.
- 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.
- Trainers that turn in place can now spot the player when they are turning if the player is directly north, south, east, or west of the Trainer.
- Mr. Briney's boat is now capable of traveling between Route 104 and Route 109 without having to stop at Dewford Town first. Additionally if the player travels through Rusturf Tunnel to reach the other side, Mr. Briney would be found at that location allowing the player to use his boat without having to backtrack to the previous location.
- Because of the change on how the boat operates, Route 105 and Route 108 will not be counted as seen until the player returns there later after acquiring Surf.
- Steven's plot has been expanded to encompass a search for the secrets of the Mega Stones.
- Steven can no longer be encountered in Granite Cave before defeating Brawly, as a line of NPCs will block the path.
- In addition to his studies of how Pokémon behave in the wild, Professor Birch is also said to do research on Pokémon that left Hoenn after the region's climate changed. His new area of interest is brought up once more after the encounter with GroudonOR or KyogreAS, when the departed species—mainly Pokémon that were introduced since Generation III—return to Hoenn.
- Relating to Team MagmaOR or Team AquaAS...
- The correct colored orb to control GroudonOR or KyogreAS is stolen by Team MagmaOR or Team AquaAS, instead of the opposite one, due to the new Primal Reversion plot.
- The opposite-gendered Team Admins now serve as version counterparts rather than the same gendered ones. In other words, Tabitha is now Shelly's counterpart instead of Matt's, who is now Courtney's counterpart.
- Instead of Team Magma/Aqua leaving Meteor Falls once they are found, TabithaOR or ShellyAS and a Grunt instead challenge the player to a Multi Battle with May or Brendan.
- The motivation behind Team Magma/Aqua's visit to Mt. Chimney is changed.
- During the encounter with the team leaders at Mt. Pyre, CourtneyOR or MattAS challenges the player to a battle to help buy time so their leader can escape.
- The encounter with Steven on Route 118 is now interrupted by a brief 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.
- LatiosOR or 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.
- The New Mauville side quest, which originally started after defeating Norman and obtaining Surf, starts much later now, after the Groudon or Kyogre event.
- After defeating the Elite Four, the games feature the Delta Episode. Similar to Pokémon Emerald, Rayquaza plays a major role in this quest.
- The Meteorite plays a larger role in the game, particularly in 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) (though he does give the player TM23 (Smack Down) for helping him at Meteor Falls). TM27 can still be found in Pacifidlog Town.
- During the Delta Episode, Steven upgrades the PokéNav Plus in order to contact the player at certain points during the event. This is a homage to the Match Call feature from Pokémon Emerald.
- Similar to Pokémon Emerald, the Mossdeep Space Center is taken over during the events of the Delta Episode by Team MagmaOR or Team AquaAS and the player must team up with Steven to correct the situation, including a Multi Battle at the end.
- Unlike the Multi Battle against Team Magma from Emerald, the player and Steven's opponents from Team MagmaOR are Courtney and a Team Magma Grunt, instead of Maxie and Tabitha.
- 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 player keeps both colored orbs after dealing with GroudonOR or KyogreAS. The optional sidequest where the player accompanies the team leaders returning the orbs to Mt. Pyre and the team leaders apologizing for their actions has been omitted. They instead apologize at Sootopolis City when they give the player the Magma SuitOR/Aqua SuitAS.
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. Others have been removed.
- 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.
- The Trainers found on Mt. Chimney that were encountered after defeating Team Aqua/Team Magma have been removed.
- Brendan or May will also challenge the player after the credits have ended. In this battle, their starter can Mega Evolve.
- The Trainers within the Victory Road now have Pokémon from the National Pokédex on their teams instead of just using Pokémon native to Hoenn.
- 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.
- Steven Stone's Metagross can now Mega Evolve.
- 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 Pokémon in the Safari Zone have also changed significantly.
- 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 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 Fallarbor Town, as opposed to Generation III where its forme was dependent on the game it was in.
- Spiritomb may also be encountered through a special method in Sea Mauville.
- 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 entering the Hall of Fame.
- After obtaining the Johto starter and completing the Delta Episode, the Professor will give the player an Unova starter, and after that, a Sinnoh starter if the player enters the Hall of Fame once more.
- Upon defeating or capturing Kyogre/Groudon, many Pokémon not available in Generation III become available as hidden Pokémon.
- Main article: Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection
- Main article: Staff of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
|| Release date
|| Official changelog
|| More information
|| November 21, 2014
November 24, 2014
|| Initial release
|| November 25, 2014
- Adjustments have been made to make for a more fun gaming experience.
|| December 3, 2014
- Fixed the issue in which the game freezes during the end credits after entering the Hall of Fame in certain game data.
| Fix for the Hall of Fame freeze.
|| April 1, 2015
- Adjustments have been made for an improved gaming experience.
|| April 23, 2015
- Introduces additional enhancements to improve the user’s experience and enjoyment.
Within the first three days of release for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, over 3 million copies were sold in Japan, North America, and Australia. Later when released in Europe, it came in at numbers 6 and 7 of the top ten video game sales chart for that week, also earning enough sales from both games into becoming the current candidate for the largest game launch of the Pokémon series in the region, beating out Pokémon Black and White, which previously held this record.
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Pokémon Omega Ruby English logo
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire English logo
Pokémon Omega Ruby Japanese logo
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Japanese logo
Pokémon Omega Ruby Korean boxart
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Korean boxart
- In all territories except Europe, these games were released on the twelfth anniversary of the Japanese release of Ruby and Sapphire.
- These are the only pair of remakes where:
- The games' names are not written in CamelCase.
- There are no location previews.
- All methods of evolutions that were originally introduced after the generation of the original games are included, 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.
- There are no available HMs that were introduced after the generation of the original games.
- No new protagonists are introduced.
- The Pokémon introduced after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (with the exception of Hoopa) recycle their Pokédex descriptions from the generation's main pair of games instead of receiving unique ones.
- The sprites of Pokémon obtainable in-game (or, in this case, their 3D models and animations) are recycled from the generation's main pair of games instead of being changed to something different.
- The Pokédex entries of certain Pokémon were changed entirely from the original games.
- These Pokémon games currently offer the greatest number of in-game:
- Alpha Sapphire has the longest name using fourteen characters including spaces.
In other languages
|| ポケットモンスター オメガルビー・アルファサファイア
| European French
|| Pokémon Rubis Oméga et Saphir Alpha
|| Pokémon Omega Rubin und Alpha Saphir
|| Pokémon Rubino Omega e Zaffiro Alpha
|| 포켓몬스터 오메가루비·알파사파이어
| European Spanish
|| Pokémon Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa
- ↑ Youtube: "Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire -- November 2014!"
- ↑ Bulbanews: "Details on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire announced"
- ↑ Bulbanews: "Super-Secret Bases confirmed for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire"
- ↑ Bulbanews: "CoroCoro leaks for July 2014 issue revealed"
- ↑ Bulbanews: Official US Pokémon website updates with new ORAS trailer, details about new Mega Evolutions
- ↑ Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Sell 3 Million
- ↑ Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire UK's biggest Pokémon launch ever