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Team Magma

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Team Magma
マグマ団 Magma Gang
Magma-logo.png
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Team Magma Grunts.png
Artwork of Magma Grunts from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Leader Maxie
Region Hoenn
Admins Courtney, Tabitha, Blaise (Adventures only)
Major targets Mt. Chimney, Oceanic Museum, Seafloor Cavern, Space Center
Hideout location Lilycove City (Ruby)
Jagged Pass (Emerald)
Anime debut A Ruin with a View
Adventures debut Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II
TCG 37 cards

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

In the games

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

Generally, Team Magma Grunts have weaker Pokémon, with Zubat and Poochyena plentiful among them, however, they also use Pokémon of other types; typically they are Ground-type and Fire-type Pokémon such as Numel (and Baltoy in Emerald). The team is headed by Maxie and his two immediate subordinates Tabitha and Courtney.

In Ruby

Though they are first encountered early in the game, their first major plot is to use a Meteorite to cause Mt. Chimney to erupt and expand the land. 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 Blue Orb, where Groudon awaits. Groudon, 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 Sapphire

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

In Emerald

Team Magma's deeds are partly the same in Pokémon Emerald as they are in Ruby and Sapphire, with the plot to cause Mt. Chimney's eruption featured, as well as a new plot to steal rocket fuel from the Mossdeep Space Center. Groudon is eventually awakened deep within a cavern used by Team Magma deep inside of Mt. Chimney. 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 the anime

Like Team Rocket, Team Magma appeared in the second episode of their own series, however, their rivals in Team Aqua did not make an appearance until several episodes later. Much of the time, their focus was on uncovering clues about the location of Groudon, however, in A Three Team Scheme! and Fight for the Meteorite!, they came into confrontation with Team Aqua. This happened as well as in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, where their feud ended in a large and destructive fight between the two super-ancient Pokémon they chased.

Unlike Giovanni, Maxie himself never so much as picked up a Poké Ball, instead allowing his underlings to do the fighting for him. Tabitha generally oversaw the activities of the team, while Courtney did not appear at all. Brodie infiltrated many places as a master of disguise, however, it is unknown whether his rank is above that of a Grunt or not. Formerly, Butler from Jirachi: Wish Maker worked as a scientist for Team Magma, intending to resurrect a Groudon from a Fossil, but was fired when he was unable to bring the project to fruition.

Like in the games, they use both Dark-type and Fire-type Pokémon, even those not necessarily in the Hoenn Pokédex. Brodie's team includes a Ditto, complimenting his nature. Team Magma seems to be very much organized; respect is always shown to those of higher rank, while Maxie's orders are always heeded.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Team Magma's goal is to increase the landmass of the Hoenn region; because of this they have a bitter rivarly with Team Aqua. To reach their goal they aim at capturing Groudon, the land Pokémon that had been sleeping in the Seafloor Cavern for a long time, after its battle with Kyogre, the water Pokémon. Their plans were foiled by Ruby and Sapphire. After his plans becoming unsuccessful, Maxie went insane because he had bonded with the orbs and stated to destroy the Hoenn region with Archie. His plans were again foiled by Ruby and Sapphire.

In the manga Team Magma appears much less organized than their game and anime counterparts. The administrators instead number as three, with Courtney and Tabitha joined by Blaise to comprise the Three Fires, with Maxie as their only superior. Unlike the anime and games, in Pokémon Adventures, the Three Fires are seen to be allowed to carry out Maxie's orders in whatever way they see fit, and perhaps as a result of the lack of central leadership, do not show much respect towards Maxie at all.

Unlike in other media where they are shown to have several types of Pokémon, Team Magma members specialize strictly in the Fire type in Pokémon Adventures.

In the TCG

Team Magma 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 Magma are dual Darkness-type. This mechanic would also be used on subsequent Team Rocket-related Pokémon in the EX Team Rocket Returns expansion.

Team Magma'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 Magma's Aggron FightingDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 7/95 Magma Deck Kit   018/033
      Magma Deck Kit   017/033
Team Magma's Claydol PsychicDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 8/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 045/080
Team Magma's Groudon FightingDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 9/95 Magma Deck Kit   019/033
Team Magma's Houndoom FireDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 10/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 020/080
Team Magma's Rhydon FightingDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 11/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 053/080
Team Magma's Torkoal FireDarkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare Holo 12/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare Holo 021/080
Team Magma's Camerupt Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 19/95 Magma Deck Kit   006/033
Team Magma's Lairon Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 20/95 Magma Deck Kit   013/033
Team Magma's Mightyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 21/95 Magma Deck Kit   022/033
Team Magma's Rhydon Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 22/95 Magma Deck Kit   009/033
Team Magma's Zangoose Colorless EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Rare 23/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare 061/080
Team Magma's Baltoy Psychic EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 32/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 044/080
Team Magma's Claydol Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 33/95 Magma Deck Kit   016/033
Team Magma's Houndoom Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 34/95 Magma Deck Kit   004/033
Team Magma's Houndour Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 35/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 019/080
Team Magma's Lairon Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 36/95 Magma Deck Kit   012/033
Team Magma's Mightyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 37/95 Magma Deck Kit   023/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 38/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 052/080
Team Magma's Aron Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 58/95 Magma Deck Kit   011/033
Team Magma's Aron Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 59/95 Magma Deck Kit   010/033
Team Magma's Baltoy Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 60/95 Magma Deck Kit   014/033
Team Magma's Baltoy Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 61/95 Magma Deck Kit   015/033
Team Magma's Houndour Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 62/95 Magma Deck Kit   003/033
Team Magma's Houndour Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 63/95 Magma Deck Kit   002/033
Team Magma's Numel Fire EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 64/95 Magma Deck Kit   005/033
Team Magma's Poochyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 65/95 Magma Deck Kit   020/033
Team Magma's Poochyena Darkness EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 66/95 Magma Deck Kit   021/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 67/95 Magma Deck Kit   007/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn Fighting EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 68/95 Magma Deck Kit   008/033
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Magma Schemer T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Common 70/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 072/080
      Magma Deck Kit   027/033
Maxie T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 73/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Rare 074/080
      Magma Deck Kit   029/033
Team Magma Ball T EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 80/95 Magma Deck Kit   026/033
Team Magma Belt T [Tool] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 81/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 070/080
      Magma Deck Kit   030/033
Team Magma Conspirator T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 82/95 Magma Deck Kit   028/033
Team Magma Hideout T [St] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 83/95 Magma Deck Kit   032/033
Team Magma Technical Machine 01 T [TM] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 84/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 076/080
      Magma Deck Kit   031/033
Magma Energy FightingDarkness E EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua Uncommon 87/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions Uncommon 079/080
      Magma Deck Kit   033/033
 

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マグマ団 Magma-dan From magma.
English, French,
German, Italian,
Spanish
Team Magma Same as Japanese name.
Spanish Equipo Magma Same as Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 火岩隊 Huǒyán Duì Literally "Fire rock brigade". 火岩 may come from 熔岩 róngyán (lava) or 火焰 huǒ​yàn​ (flame).
Finnish Magmaryhmä Means "Magma Group".


See also


Team Magma
Boss: Maxie
Adminstrators: CourtneyTabithaBlaise
Lower Members: Team Magma GruntsBrodie
Former Members: Butler
Locations: Magma Hideout

Villainous teams
Team RocketTeam AquaTeam MagmaTeam GalacticTeam PlasmaTeam Flare
Team Great RocketTeam SnagemCipherGo-Rock SquadTeam Dim Sun
Team DebonairsPhobos BattalionPokémon Pinchers