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| Pokémon Colosseum|
Pokémon Colosseum's boxart
|| Release dates
|| November 21, 2003
| North America:
|| March 22, 2004
|| June 24, 2004
|| May 14, 2004
| South Korea:
| Hong Kong:
Pokémon Colosseum (Japanese: ポケモンコロシアム Pokémon Colosseum) was released on November 21, 2003 in Japan, March 22, 2004 in North America and May 14, 2004 in Europe on the Nintendo GameCube. The game followed the basic stadium style battling found in the Pokémon Stadium games but an extra was included in the form of an RPG which allowed trainers to catch Generation II and Generation III Pokémon in the desolate region of Orre.
In the game, the player character Wes was part of an organization called Team Snagem and they obtained a machine which allowed someone to snag another's Pokémon as if it were wild. Another team, Cipher, was responsible for corrupting the hearts of Pokémon and giving them to Trainers. With the help of a young girl named Rui, Wes was able to find the Pokémon whose hearts were sealed and surrounded by a purple aura and use the Snag Machine to rescue Shadow Pokémon and restore them to normal.
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See Colosseum characters category.
See Colosseum locations category.
In Phenac City, the player is given a choice between Bayleef, Quilava, or Croconaw. The other two will be available later in the game, after the credits roll. The Pokémon whose type is weak to the chosen Pokémon's type will be at the Snagem Hideout and the Pokémon whose type weakens the chosen Pokémon's type will be at the Shadow Pokémon Lab.
- Plusle is given to Wes by Duking after Wes saves it from Cipher. He asks Wes to protect it from harm and to make it stronger.
Ho-Oh is obtainable in Pokémon Colosseum when all of the 48 Shadow Pokémon have been snagged and purified. Players would then have to use a team of Pokémon from the RPG to clear Mt. Battle in Battle Mode from zones one to 100.
Pokémon obtainable by other means
Japanese bonus disc only
Transferred Directly to Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire from American Bonus Disc.
- Main article: Purification
Pokémon in the game can be purified in a variety of ways.
- Walking around with Shadow Pokémon in the party.
- Rubbing scents on the Pokémon (these can be bought at Agate Village).
- Battling with them and calling out when the Pokémon reaches its hyper mode.
- Placing a Shadow Pokémon in the Pokémon daycare in Agate Village.
Once the Heart Gauge reaches the point where it says "The Pokémon's heart is about to open! Undo the final lock!", trainers would go to the Agate Village shrine and use its power to restore the Pokémon's heart and remove the move known as Shadow Rush. Once the Pokémon has been purified, it will gain all experience it earned during the time it was a Shadow Pokémon, and acquire a special Ribbon exclusive to Purified Pokémon.
After players have beaten the game, Pokémon can be traded to all Generation III games provided that their hearts are open (and certain objectives have been completed in FireRed and LeafGreen, if they are being traded to). Note that trading Pokémon to Ruby and Sapphire will not unlock the National Pokédex.
The other half of the game consists of several Colosseum venues that trainers could send Pokémon from the RPG or the Game Boy Advance games to battle.
While competing in the Mt. Battle 100 Trainer challenge in either the RPG or the Colosseum section of the game, players can receive Poké Coupons which can be used to buy items. Additionally, players have the option of storing Poké Coupons on a Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire game pack for later use. Here is the list of what players can receive after collecting a set amount of Poké Coupons.
- Main article: List of glitches in Generation III
Pokémon Colosseum is compatible with all five of the main series Pokémon games on the Game Boy Advance. Items and Pokémon can be traded between them in the same manner that they can be traded between each other, however, the player must have defeated Evice in the main story mode in order to unlock it, have a GameCube-Game Boy Advance cable, and a Game Boy Advance or GBA SP. All are required to do so.
- Despite being on the cover, Groudon and Kyogre are not available in the game unless traded from a Game Boy Advance game. This is the only time that a Pokémon that appears on a game's cover is not found in the game, aside from the storage game Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire.
- The game contains 3D models of the Trainers from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen despite being released before them. This situation is similar to that with Pokémon Stadium 2, which was released on the same day as Pokémon Crystal in Japan and several months before it in other regions. These models can be seen in Battle Mode when a team from the appropriate GBA cartridge was registered.
- The starter Pokémon, Espeon and Umbreon, already have some experience points at the start of the game.
- The game erroneously calls Frenzy Plant "Solid Plant".
- If a Pokémon is traded from Pokémon XD to a GBA game and then to this game, the caught location is displayed as Mt. Battle, regardless of where it was actually caught in Orre, even if it was caught in an area accessible in the game. Doing the reverse also produces a status screen oddity.
- Unlike the Pokémon Stadium series, Pokémon in this game retain their computerized voices, identical to those in the GBA games.
- This game is the only game in which none of the members of the Zubat evolution family are obtainable without trading.
- In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the Trainer in zone 93 of Mt. Battle has Espeon, Umbreon, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, Colosseum's starter Pokémon and Shadow legendary Pokémon.
- Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness are the only RPG Pokémon games released after Pokémon Crystal not to give the player the choice of playing as either a boy or a girl.
- The Pokémon Storage System only has 3 boxes, thus allowing a maximum of 90 Pokémon to be stored. As there are no wild Pokémon to be caught and trading yields no additional Pokémon, the player normally can never get more than the 48 ordinary Shadow Pokémon, the three Japanese e-Reader-exclusive Shadow Pokémon, Espeon and Umbreon, and gift Pokémon. However, when a Nincada evolves, the game still creates the additional Shedinja, thus allowing the player to keep the purified Pokémon in the game plus more from other games. It is untested how the game reacts when a Shadow Pokémon should be caught but the player's party and all boxes are filled.