Red Orb

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Red Orb
Crimson Orb
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Red Orb
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Introduced in Generation III
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The Red Orb (Japanese: べにいろのたま Crimson Orb) is a Key Item introduced in Generation III. It is a legendary artifact that is associated with Groudon.

Since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in Generation VI, it is a type of held item that causes Groudon to undergo Primal Reversion and become Primal Groudon upon entering battle.

In the core series games

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In Pokémon Sapphire, Team Aqua will steal the Red Orb from the summit of Mt. Pyre and use it to awaken Kyogre. However, as Team Aqua has the incorrect orb, they cannot use it to control the super-ancient Pokémon as they intended. After Kyogre is captured or defeated by the player, the player can return to the summit of Mt. Pyre to watch the Team Aqua Leader Archie return the orb to its proper place. Afterwards, the player returns the orb, and Archie departs. Team Aqua is not seen again after this.

In Pokémon Emerald, the same events that happened in Ruby and Sapphire take place, only both Team Magma and Team Aqua appear and therefore both the Red Orb and the Blue Orb are stolen. However, the player does not obtain the Red Orb.

In Pokémon SoulSilver, the Red Orb 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 Groudon at the Embedded Tower.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby, Team Magma steals the Red Orb from the summit of Mt. Pyre and uses it to awaken Groudon. As Team Magma has the correct orb unlike in the Generation III games, they use it to awaken Groudon's true power by Primal Reversion. After leaving the Cave of Origin, Team Magma Leader Maxie gives the player the Red Orb that he had stolen.

In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, shortly after Team Aqua steals the Blue Orb from the summit of Mt. Pyre, the player is given the Red Orb and asked to reunite the pair. Later on at Sootopolis City, Wallace and Maxie explain that the Red Orb is capable of protecting the player within the Cave of Origin, reversing the process of Primal Reversion, and calming the awakened Kyogre. When the player reaches the depths of the cave, they equip the Aqua Suit and slot the Red Orb into it, creating a red barrier around themselves.


Games Cost Sell price
SMUSUM $10,000 N/A


Key Item

In Pokémon SoulSilver, it is required to encounter Groudon in the Embedded Tower.

Held item

In battle

If held by a Groudon, allows it to undergo Primal Reversion and become Primal Groudon upon entering battle.

Unaffected by item negating effects (such as Embargo and Klutz). Item manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot give Groudon a Red Orb or remove a Red Orb from Groudon.

Outside of battle

Pokémon holding a Red Orb in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cannot be traded to Pokémon X and Y.


Games Description
RSE A red, glowing orb said to contain an ancient power.
FRLG An orb that glows red. It is said to contain an incredible power from ancient times.
A shiny red orb that is said to have a legend and has a deep connection with the Hoenn region.
A shiny red orb that is said to have a legend tied to it. It's known to have a deep connection with the Hoenn region.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
R Mt. Pyre's summit (after confronting Team Magma)
SS Route 30 (from Mr. Pokémon after obtaining a Kanto first partner Pokémon from Professor Oak)
OR Sootopolis City (from Maxie after battling Groudon)
AS Mt. Pyre's summit (after defeating Matt)
SMUSUM Hau'oli City Mall (Antiquities of the Ages)


Red Orb III Red Orb IV Red Orb ORAS.png
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Generation III
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Model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the anime

The Red Orb in the anime

The Red Orb was first mentioned in A Three Team Scheme!, where Shelly revealed that she was in possession of it. However, the dub incorrectly referred to the item as the Rose Orb in this episode.

The Red Orb debuted in Gaining Groudon, where it was shown to be under the possession of Archie, using it to control Kyogre after Shelly freed it from Team Magma's imprisonment. In The Scuffle of Legends, the Red Orb's influence caused Archie to send Kyogre on a rampage, threatening to drown even the members of his own team. As the Orb's influence grew, it was eventually absorbed into Archie's body. After Groudon had managed to defeat Kyogre, the Red Orb extracted itself from Archie's body, and was destroyed shortly afterwards, along with the Blue Orb.

In the manga

The Red and Blue Orbs in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

The Red Orb (referred to as the "Red Jewel" in the Chuang Yi translation) first appeared in I'm Always Grumpig First Thing in the Morning II, being guarded by Tate and Liza on Mt. Pyre, along with the Blue Orb. 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.

The Red and Blue Orbs in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

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.

Celebi destroying the Red and Blue Orbs

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.

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 other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 朱紅色寶珠 Jyūhùhng-sīk Bóujyū *
紅色寶珠 Hùhngsīk Bóujyū *
鮮紅色寶珠 Sīnhùhng-sīk Bóujyū *
Mandarin 朱紅色寶珠 / 朱红色宝珠 Zhūhóng-sè Bǎozhū *
紅色之珠 Hóngsè-zhī Zhū *
鮮紅色寶珠 Xiānhóng-sè Bǎozhū *
红色宝珠 Hóngsè Bǎozhū *
红色的宝珠 Hóngsè-de Bǎozhū *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Rode bol
Finland Flag.png Finnish Punainen pallo
France Flag.png French Gemme Rouge*
Orbe Rouge*
Germany Flag.png German Roter Edelstein*
Rote Kugel*
Italy Flag.png Italian Gemma rossa*
Sfera Rossa*
South Korea Flag.png Korean 주홍구슬 Juhong Guseul
Poland Flag.png Polish Czerwona Kula
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Orbe Vermelha
Russia Flag.png Russian Красный шар Krasnyy shar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Prisma Rojo*
Esfera Roja*
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Bảo ngọc Đỏ thẫm

See also

External links

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