Colored orbs

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The Red Orb (Japanese: べにいろのたま Crimson Orb), Blue Orb (Japanese: あいいろのたま Indigo Orb), and Jade Orb (Japanese: もえぎいろのたま Verdant Orb) are items used for calming or summoning the Legendary Pokémon Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza, respectively.

In the games

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In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Team MagmaR or Team AquaS will steal the Blue OrbR or the Red OrbS from the summit of Mt. Pyre and use it to awaken GroudonR or KyogreS. However, as the teams have the incorrect Orbs, they cannot use it to control the Legendary Pokémon as they intended. After the Legendary Pokémon is captured or defeated by the player, they can return to the summit of Mt. Pyre to watch MaxieR or ArchieS return the orb to its proper place. Afterwards, the player returns their own orb, and the villainous team's leader departs. Team Magma and Team Aqua are not seen again after this.

In Pokémon Emerald, the same events that happened in Ruby and Sapphire take place, except that both villainous teams appear and therefore both Orbs are stolen. Due to this, the player does not obtain either of the Orbs.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Blue OrbHG or Red OrbSS is given to the player by Mr. Pokémon after Red has been defeated and both the National Pokédex and a Kanto first partner Pokémon have been obtained from Professor Oak. After the Orb has been received, the player can encounter KyogreHG or GroudonSS at the Embedded Tower. Professor Oak will give the player the Jade Orb if the player talks to him while having a Kyogre from HeartGold and a Groudon from SoulSilver in their party. The Jade Orb causes Rayquaza to appear at the Embedded Tower.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Team MagmaOR or Team AquaAS will steal the Red OrbOR or the Blue OrbAS from the summit of Mt. Pyre and use it to awaken GroudonOR or KyogreAS and also cause it to undergo Primal Reversion. After leaving the Cave of Origin, MaxieOR or ArchieAS gives the player the Orb that they had stolen. The player is allowed to keep both Orbs, as they must be held by Groudon and Kyogre for them to undergo Primal Reversion.

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, the Red Orb and Blue Orb can both be purchased from the left clerk in the Antiquities of the Ages shops located in the mall in Hau'oli City. They cost $10,000 each. They are used to trigger Primal Reversion like in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Item details

Sprites Orb Associated Pokémon
Bag Red Orb III Sprite.png Bag Red Orb IV Sprite.png Bag Red Orb Sprite.png Red Orb Groudon
Bag Blue Orb III Sprite.png Bag Blue Orb IV Sprite.png Bag Blue Orb Sprite.png Blue Orb Kyogre
Bag Jade Orb Sprite.png Jade Orb Rayquaza

In the anime

Main series

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Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

The Red Orb in the anime
The Blue Orb in the anime

In A Three Team Scheme!, it was revealed that Tabitha, here referred to as Harlan, and Shelly, here referred to as Isabel, were in possession of the Blue Orb, here identified as the Indigo Orb, and the Red Orb, here identified as the Rose Orb, respectively.

In Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, it was revealed that Maxie had the Blue Orb and planned to use it to control Groudon, while Archie had the Red Orb and succeeded in using it to control Kyogre. Maxie lost the Blue Orb when Pikachu became possessed by it after grabbing the orb off of Maxie's desk. It was shown that the both orbs can be absorbed into the body of and possess any person or Pokémon that touches them. This can happen instantly, as was the case with Pikachu, or over time, as was the case with Archie. A human or Pokémon being possessed by one of the orbs will have the corresponding Legendary Pokémon's special red or blue markings appear on their body. While possessed, Archie was still able to control Kyogre, but Pikachu went on a wild rampage. When Kyogre was hit by Groudon's Solar Beam, the Red Orb extracted itself from Archie's body and he lost consciousness briefly. The Blue Orb also extracted itself from Pikachu. When he woke up, Archie seemed to have no memory of what happened while he was possessed. Both Orbs rose towards the sky and shortly dissipated.

The Jade Orb is the only one of the colored orbs to not appear in the anime.

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Pokémon Generations

The Blue Orb in Pokémon Generations

The Blue Orb appeared in The Cavern, where it was shown under Archie's possession at the Seafloor Cavern. Despite Shelly's attempt to convince him to stop his plan, Archie flung the Orb at the sleeping Kyogre, causing it to awaken and turn into Primal Kyogre.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

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The Red and Blue Orbs in Pokémon Adventures
The Red and Blue Orbs in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc
The Green Orb core in Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

In the Chuang Yi translation of the arc, the Red and Blue Orbs are referred to as "jewels" (the Red Jewel and the Blue Jewel, respectively). They first appeared in I'm Always Grumpig First Thing in the Morning II, being guarded by Tate and Liza on Mt. Pyre. Despite their best efforts to protect the Orbs, they were eventually stolen by Magma Admin Blaise. In The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon II, at the Seafloor Cavern, Maxie used the Orbs to awaken both Groudon and Kyogre, intending to give the former the advantage by using the Orbs. However, as controlling two Legendary Pokémon at the same time started to take too much of his mental capacity, he had the Blue Orb be taken away by Tabitha so that he could focus on controlling Groudon. While doing what he had been ordered to do, Tabitha was ambushed by Amber, who used his Volbeat's Trick to steal the Blue Orb and deliver it to Archie.

Later, Ruby and Sapphire faced Maxie and Archie in a battle, but had difficulty in reaching them. After Ruby's Castform, Fofo, finally managed to defeat the two evil team leaders with Weather Ball, Ruby tried to take the Orbs from Maxie and Archie's hands, only to find out that they had started to merge with their holders, making him unable to remove them. Realizing that should the Orbs be absorbed completely, they could never be retrieved, Ruby had Kiki use Covet on them, but failed. The Orbs then completely merged with the two men, causing the patterns of Groudon and Kyogre to appear on their arms, indicating that they were now being controlled by the Legendary Pokémon, instead of the other way around. Maxie and Archie grabbed Ruby and Sapphire, and started to fly away, the Orbs' powers being called by Groudon and Kyogre.

After the two Legendary Pokémon had started to battle at Sootopolis City, Ruby and Sapphire realized that with the Meteorite fragments given to them by Winona, they could stop the Orbs' influence over Maxie and Archie, due to them having the ability to stop the power of nature. Using a wild Absol's Magic Coat to reflect the meteorite's energy at the two evil team leaders, Ruby and Sapphire were able to turn them back to normal, but also caused a large burst of energy in the process, knocking the two Trainers unconscious. They later woke up at Mirage Island, where they then spent some time training with Juan, Tate, and Liza, preparing for the final battle. During the training, Ruby found out that the Orbs needed a human to control them, so that their powers could be maximized, and be absorbed into their controllers. This led him to realize that the Orbs were now inside of him and Sapphire, having chosen them as their new controllers. Juan told Ruby and Sapphire that they needed to learn to control the Orbs, because if their minds weren't strong enough, they would wind up getting controlled by them, just like Maxie and Archie. During the training, Courtney showed up and offered her help for Ruby to stop the battle between Kyogre and Groudon, as everything had already gone beyond anything Team Magma or Team Aqua wanted, and there was no point in letting the entire Hoenn region get destroyed. At first, Ruby was reluctant to accept the offer, but eventually agreed in order to protect Sapphire from being possessed by the Blue Orb.

After completing their training, Ruby and Sapphire left the Mirage Island and arrived near Sootopolis City. Having already extracted the Red Orb from his body and having Sapphire extract the Blue Orb from her body, Ruby locked her inside Wallace's aircar to protect her, before leaving with Courtney. They tried to stop the battle between the two Legendary Pokémon, but without success. However, as Norman arrived with Rayquaza, the third super-ancient Pokémon of Hoenn, Ruby was able to combine its power with the power of the Orbs to finally stop the fight and calm down Kyogre and Groudon, sending them to continue their slumber. Archie and Maxie then emerged from the Cave of Origin, stealing the Orbs back in order to restart the fight, but were stopped by Plusle and Minun. With the two men immobilized, Ruby sent out his sixth Pokémon—Celebi—to swipe the Orbs and destroy them, effectively putting the conflict to an end.

Afterward, the gemstones that were formed from the shattered Orbs were picked up by Giovanni, who revealed that these gemstones were actually the Orbs' true forms: the Ruby and the Sapphire. Blaise secretly witnessed this, and decided to keep track of the Orbs with his Scanner.

While the Jade Orb has not appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga, Norman revealed in It All Ends Now V that the reason why the Pokémon Association once captured and studied Rayquaza was in an attempt to create an artificial Green Orb (Japanese: 翠色の宝珠 Green Orb) in order to control it, but they failed to complete it.

Emerald arc

In Facing Gulpin Is Hard to Swallow, it was revealed that Spenser had also once touched the Blue Orb, causing him to start having nightmares about Kyogre, as well as allowing him to recognize people who had done the same—namely Sapphire and Guile Hideout—based on a signature dim glow that they had in their eyes.

In The Final Battle IV, the core of the unfinished Green Orb was revealed to have been thrown away by Professor Yanase and subsequently found by Emerald, who started wearing it as a part of his accessories. In The Final Battle IX, Ruby theorized that the core's power to control Pokémon had helped Emerald in calming down the Pokémon that had been rampaging due to Guile Hideout's influence.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In PS607, Bill revealed that the Ruby and Sapphire, which he had been keeping at the Sea Cottage ever since Team Rocket's defeat, had been regenerating over time back into their states as the Orbs, leading him to realize that the Orbs were manifestations of Hoenn's natural energy. The Orbs were later stolen by Archie and Maxie, who headed back to Hoenn with them. When Amber and Blaise manipulated Hoopa into summoning Groudon and Kyogre through its rings, the two super-ancient Pokémon started moving towards the Orbs. When the Legendary duo reached Maxie and Archie, the villainous team leaders let them fuse together with the Orbs, causing them both to undergo Primal Reversion.

In PS611, Emerald was revealed to have given the Green Orb core to Norman, who took it to the research facility where Rayquaza was held in captivity and used a machine to increase its purity. The process changed the core to a jade color and increased its strength. Despite the increase in strength, Norman was unable to utilize the core to control Rayquaza. When Ruby used the core, he was able to slightly control Rayquaza enough to influence its movements. When Sapphire used the core, she was able to peer into Rayquaza's mind, allowing her to hear its thoughts. When Ruby and Sapphire later prepared to ride Rayquaza to space in order to destroy Grand Meteor Delta, the Green Orb core was embedded in the Aqua Suit worn by Sapphire.

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These are the artworks of the colored orbs as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Red Orb Sprite.png Dream Blue Orb Sprite.png
Red Orb Blue Orb


  • The Japanese and Korean logos for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire both feature the game's corresponding colored orb.
  • From Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire onward, the Red and Blue Orbs have the Greek characters Ω (omega) and α (alpha) respectively inscribed on them.

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