Team Aqua

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Team Aqua
アクア団 Aqua Gang
Aqua-logo.png
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Team Aqua Grunts.png
Artwork of Aqua Grunts from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Leader Archie
Region Hoenn
Admins Matt, Shelly, Amber (Adventures only)
Major targets Mt. Chimney, Oceanic Museum, Southern Island, Weather Institute, Mt. Pyre, Seafloor Cavern, Mossdeep Space Center
Base locations Lilycove CitySEAS
Anime debut Stairway to Devon
Adventures debut Lombre Larceny
TCG 56 cards

Team Aqua (Japanese: アクア Aqua-dan, literally Aqua Gang) is one of two villainous teams found in the Hoenn region, alongside their rivals, Team Magma. Team Aqua's ultimate goal is to expand the amount of water in the world by awakening Kyogre.

In the games

Team Aqua appears only in the Hoenn-based games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, as well as their remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where they scheme to bring Kyogre out of its slumber.

Generally, Team Aqua Grunts have weaker Pokémon, with Zubat and Poochyena (and Grimer in Alpha Sapphire) plentiful among them, however, they also use Pokémon of other types; typically they are Water types such as Carvanha (and Wailmer in Emerald). The team is headed by Archie and his two immediate subordinates Matt and Shelly.

In Sapphire

Though they are first encountered early in the game, their first major plot is to use the Meteorite to cease the eruption of Mt. Chimney, which would cause rainwater to fill the cooled-down crater. When this is thwarted by the player, they set themselves up in Lilycove City's cove, planning their next moves. Their final action in the storyline is to steal a submarine from Slateport harbor, which they use to travel to the Seafloor Cavern with the Red Orb, where Kyogre awaits. Kyogre, however, is not able to be controlled, and leaves for the Cave of Origin in Sootopolis City where it must be captured by the player or defeated.

In Ruby

Team Aqua is relegated to a supporting role in Ruby, with Team Magma instead performing the same actions (with different reasoning) and awakening Groudon instead.

In Emerald

Team Aqua's deeds are partly the same in Pokémon Emerald as they are in Sapphire, with them stealing the sub to obtain Kyogre. After awakening Kyogre and seeing Kyogre and Groudon clash together, both Team Magma's Maxie and Team Aqua's Archie realize what they've done has caused a terrible disaster, and make peace with one another after Groudon and Kyogre have been taken care of by Rayquaza.

In Alpha Sapphire

In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Team Aqua's role in the story remains largely the same but their motivation has been significantly altered. While in the original versions of Ruby and Sapphire Team Aqua saw a world with more seas as ideal for both Pokémon and humans, in Alpha Sapphire Team Aqua wishes to expand the sea to wipe out human civilization and return the world to its beginnings, so that Pokémon can live untainted by humanity's progress. This puts them in direct opposition to Team Magma, who in this version of the story believe that the land must be expanded to progress human living conditions.

In the anime

In the main series

Team Aqua in the anime

Team Aqua was introduced in Stairway to Devon where a member of the team infiltrated the Devon Corporation and stole two capsules of "Creation Fluid". His plans were stopped by Team Rocket's Jessie and James, who intended to steal the same thing, all parties involved not realizing that "Creation Fluid" was nothing more than water. In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, this same member took a boat of Mr. Briney's to escape from the police and headed for open ocean, where a Team Aqua submarine rescued him. This particular grunt is voiced by Darren Dunstan in English.

Team Aqua later appeared in A Three Team Scheme and Unfair Weather Friends. Their final, and most prominent appearance was in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, when they and Team Magma began the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.

In Pokémon Generations

Team Aqua in Pokémon Generations

Team Aqua appeared in The Cavern, in which Archie and three Grunts explored the Seafloor Cavern in search of Kyogre. Upon finding Kyogre, the Aqua Leader used the Blue Orb to awaken Kyogre's Primal form, despite Shelly's protests. Their scheme didn't go as planned however, and the team was forced to watch Kyogre devestate the Hoenn region. Aboard the Submarine Explorer 1, Archie and Shelly were seen getting attacked by Primal Kyogre.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Team Aqua were portrayed as more influential than their counterparts Team Magma. Their leader Archie, as the director of Hoenn TV, was able to orchestrate a cover-up of Team Aqua schemes and the identity of the team itself, while reporting Team Magma schemes and airing anti-Team Magma propaganda whenever they could. This was how Gabby and Ty seemed to be unable to tell the full story of what happened to Mr. Stone on Route 104, or the ending of volcanic activity on Mt. Chimney, a successful scheme led by the Aqua Admins. In addition, Team Aqua's headquarters in Lilycove City was able to house countless aquariums of Water-type Pokémon.

Team Aqua's influence on the media eventually became too much for one man - Magma Leader Maxie, who went to Lilycove to confront Archie. Archie eventually settled on a truce with Maxie which involved the two teams combining forces to reach the same destination together, as while Team Magma held the submarine built by Captain Stern, Team Aqua had control of the Devon Parts they stole from Mr. Stone, which enabled the submarine to reach its destination.

The ending of volcanic activity was expected to bring the conditions necessary for Kyogre to quickly gain areas of influence once it awakened. However, this was not the case, and Archie sent Amber over to investigate. Once Archie obtained the Blue Orb, he trapped Amber in the submarine they took to get to the Seafloor Cavern, as well as the Blue Orb's previous holder Tabitha. Moreover, Archie took out the Devon Parts from the submarine and put it on auto-pilot so that it would burst. Despite surviving this event, Amber swore his allegiance to Team Aqua and joined forces with his fellow Admins to confront the Hoenn Gym Leaders who were also impeding Kyogre's advance.

In the Emerald chapter, Archie disbanded Team Aqua shortly after assuming his new guise. However, he returned in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter, at the same time that Neo Team Aqua (Japanese: 新生アクア団 Neo Aqua Gang) were formed by new incarnations of Matt and Shelly, to cooperate with Zinnia.

In the TCG

Team Aqua is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua expansion. Their ambitions and specialties here reflect the other media they appear in. Unlike Team Rocket, which initially featured Dark Pokémon as an emphasis for their status as a villainous team, evolved Pokémon belonging to Team Aqua are dual Darkness-type. This mechanic would also be used on subsequent Team Rocket-related Pokémon in the EX Team Rocket Returns expansion.

Team Aqua's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Aqua's Cacturne GrassDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 1/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 012/080
Team Aqua's Crawdaunt WaterDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 2/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 036/080
Team Aqua's Kyogre WaterDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 3/95 Aqua Deck Kit   013/033
Team Aqua's Manectric LightningDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 4/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 039/080
Team Aqua's Sharpedo WaterDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 5/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 035/080
Team Aqua's Walrein WaterDarkness       Aqua Deck Kit   011/033
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 56/95 Aqua Deck Kit   012/033
Team Aqua's Crawdaunt Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 14/95 Aqua Deck Kit   006/033
Team Aqua's Sharpedo Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 18/95 Aqua Deck Kit   003/033
Team Aqua's Mightyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 15/95 Aqua Deck Kit   022/033
Team Aqua's Sealeo Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 16/95 Aqua Deck Kit   009/033
Team Aqua's Seviper Grass EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 17/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare 010/080
Team Aqua's Sharpedo Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 18/95 Aqua Deck Kit   003/033
Team Aqua's Cacnea GrassDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 24/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 011/080
Team Aqua's Carvanha Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 25/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 033/080
Team Aqua's Corphish Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 26/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 034/080
Team Aqua's Electrike Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 27/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 038/080
Team Aqua's Lanturn Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 28/95 Aqua Deck Kit   016/033
Team Aqua's Manectric Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 29/95 Aqua Deck Kit   019/033
Team Aqua's Mightyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 30/95 Aqua Deck Kit   023/033
Team Aqua's Sealeo Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 31/95 Aqua Deck Kit   010/033
Team Aqua's Carvanha Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 47/95 Aqua Deck Kit   001/033
Team Aqua's Carvanha Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 48/95 Aqua Deck Kit   002/033
Team Aqua's Chinchou Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 49/95 Aqua Deck Kit   015/033
Team Aqua's Corphish Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 50/95 Aqua Deck Kit   004/033
Team Aqua's Corphish Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 51/95 Aqua Deck Kit   005/033
Team Aqua's Electrike Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 52/95 Aqua Deck Kit   018/033
Team Aqua's Electrike Lightning EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 53/95 Aqua Deck Kit   017/033
Team Aqua's Poochyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 54/95 Aqua Deck Kit   020/033
Team Aqua's Poochyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 55/95 Aqua Deck Kit   021/033
Team Aqua's Spheal Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 56/95 Aqua Deck Kit   007/033
Team Aqua's Spheal Water EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 57/95 Aqua Deck Kit   008/033
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Aqua Schemer T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 69/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 073/080
      Aqua Deck Kit   027/033
Archie T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 71/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare 075/080
      Aqua Deck Kit   029/033
Team Aqua Ball T EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 75/95 Aqua Deck Kit   026/033
Team Aqua Belt T [Tool] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 76/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 071/080
      Aqua Deck Kit   030/033
Team Aqua Conspirator T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 77/95 Aqua Deck Kit   028/033
Team Aqua Hideout T [St] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 78/95 Aqua Deck Kit   032/033
Team Aqua Technical Machine 01 T [TM] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 79/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 077/080
      Aqua Deck Kit   031/033
Aqua Energy WaterDarkness E EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 86/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 080/080
      Aqua Deck Kit   033/033
 

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Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese アクア団 Aqua-dan From aqua
English, French,
German, Spanish
Team Aqua Same as Japanese name
Italian Team Idro From idro, hydro
Spanish Equipo Aqua Same as Japanese name
Korean 아쿠아단 Akua-dan Same as Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 水艦隊/水舰队 Shuǐjiàn Duì Means "Water fleet". Also, 艦 means "warship" or "naval vessel".
Finnish Aquaryhmä Means "Aqua Group"
Polish Zespół Aqua Literally "Team Aqua"
Russian Команда Аква Komanda Akva From English name
Vietnamese Đội Aqua Same as Japanese name


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Team Aqua
Boss: Archie
Administrators: MattShellyAmber
Lower Members: Team Aqua Grunts
Former Members: Zinnia
Locations: Team Aqua Hideout

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