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Generation III, also known as the advance generation, is the third set of Pokémon games released. It consists of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald on the Game Boy Advance and Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness on the GameCube. It appears to take place contemporaneously with Generation I.
Advances in gameplay
The third generation, while incompatible with Generation II and Generation I, boasts the most changes in the world of Pokémon. Many new Pokémon are added with brand-new type combinations such as Fighting/Psychic. The advances include:
- New streamlined Pokémon storage system.
- Pokémon Contests.
- Pokéblocks are introduced.
- 135 Pokémon added to the Pokémon world, bringing the total to 386.
- 103 new moves, bringing the total to 354.
- New villainous teams involving one specific Legendary Pokémon - Groudon in Pokémon Ruby and Kyogre in Pokémon Sapphire.
- Individual values (IVs) are increased from 1 through 15 to 1 through 30.
- Natures, which determine a Pokémon's stat growth, and can be affected by an item attached to a Pokémon while breeding (Pokémon Emerald only).
- New environments can be explored: underwater, deserts, volcanoes, and tropical jungles.
- Wireless communication (only available in FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald).
- Nintendo e-Reader communication.
- Abilities, which can affect Pokémon inside and outside of battle.
- Vastly improved graphics.
- Berries have greater use; can be used for Pokémon Contests, regular battle, or in stat training (Pokémon Emerald, specifically).
- Double battles are available.
- Areas where weather is set before the Pokémon battle starts.
Players begin their journey in Littleroot Town with a choice of Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip. The Grass-Fire-Water type triangle from previous generations remains, and the difficulty setting follows Generation I where Grass-type or Water-type Pokémon will serve to make the beginning gyms easier, whereas choosing the Fire-type provides an extra challenge.
Being that there are only 17 types, and Kanto and Johto, during Generation I and II, had Gyms specializing in 16 of them, all of the types of the Gym Leaders of Hoenn are the same as that of a Gym Leader in one of the previous regions.
Other Generation III games
Pokémon Colosseum, for the Nintendo GameCube, features a new land called Orre where several Generation II and Generation III Pokémon are altered by two teams called Cipher and Team Snagem. Players must "snag" the "Shadow Pokémon" and cure them of their darkness. Once this is completed, the Pokémon may be transferred to the other Generation III games. Pokémon Colosseum is the first 3D Pokémon RPG.
This game also features an advanced stadium mode similar to those of the Pokémon Stadium games.
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, which return to the world of Generation I for an updated telling of its story.
Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire is another Generation III game, which allows for:
- Storage of up to 1500 Pokémon from Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen games.
- Playing Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire on the television.
Pokémon XD, also for the Nintendo GameCube, follows a storyline that takes place a few years after the story of Colosseum. It allows for snagging of rare Generation I, II and III Pokémon as well, and includes a difficult to purify final Shadow Pokémon, a Shadow Lugia.
Generation III is the biggest generation yet, with a whopping five handheld games and three console games, though it remains to be seen whether this will be matched or even surpassed during Generation IV.
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