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Ruby and Sapphire (Japanese: 第四章 ルビー ・ サファイア編 The Fourth Chapter: Ruby and Sapphire) is the fourth chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga and it consists of eight volumes. It is the second longest completed chapter of the series, behind Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. It began serialization in December 2002, and ended in August 2006.
This chapter features the journeys of Ruby and Sapphire who are trying to conquer all the Pokémon Contests and Gyms in Hoenn respectively within the span of 80 days. However, this gets interrupted by two new evil organizations, the land-loving Team Magma and the sea-loving Team Aqua. Sapphire and Ruby have to worry about something else, too: their feelings for each other.
- Main article: List of Pokémon Adventures omnibus volumes
The Ruby & Sapphire chapter was originally planned for a 2011 release as part of Shogakukan's "My First Wide" series of omnibus volumes. The Ruby & Sapphire chapter was chosen due to its high popularity in Japan. A total of three volumes were planned. After the first volume was released, the series was discontinued due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
In 2014, another omnibus release was announced for the chapter in commemoration of the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The volumes will be released under Shogakukan's "My First Series" brand, which are bargain-priced volumes sold only in Japanese convenience stores. A total of four volumes were released, beginning with first volume on October 24, 2014.
An English language omnibus release was announced by Shogakukan Asia in early 2015 under the title "Pokémon Adventures: Ruby & Sapphire". This release will consist of four total volumes, the first of which was released in January.
A three-volume omnibus release of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter has also begun in France, starting from December 2014.
- Main article: List of rounds in the fourth chapter of Pokémon Adventures
- Main article: Timeline of events in the fourth chapter of Pokémon Adventures
The following Pokémon are obtained:
The following Pokémon evolve:
Gym Battles and Pokémon Contests
Sapphire defeats the following Gym Leaders:
Ruby wins every category of Pokémon Contests in the following ranks:
- This is the first completed chapter to not include former main characters, although Red has several cameos.
- Ruby and Sapphire's bet was likely based on the novel Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, in which a man takes a wager to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days.
- When this chapter was being published in the magazines later, it was known as the Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald chapter (Japanese: ルビー ・ サファイア ・ エメラルド編 Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald chapter).
- This is the only adaptation of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire where the counterparts of Brendan and May interact.