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Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ルビー・サファイア, HepburnPocket Monsters Ruby and Sapphire) are the first two games introduced for Generation III series. This set of games takes place in the Hoenn region and features new Pokémon in comparison to the previous versions.

Locations[]

Game info[]

Changes[]

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire featured a number of upgrades and differences from the previous games.

First partner Pokémon[]

As is tradition, the player can choose one of three different First partner Pokémon at the start of the game. The player will need to choose either Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko of their choice to save Professor Birch, who was being attacked by a Poochyena. Also, in tradition, the three Pokémon are Fire, Water or Grass types, respectively.

Team Magma and Team Aqua[]

Both Team Magma and Team Aqua are featured in the Ruby and Sapphire games. Depending on which game it is though will determine which Team the player will need to fight against. Ruby will feature Team Magma as the antagonist and Team Aqua as the allies and Sapphire is vice versa.

Legendary Pokémon[]

As in every other main series Pokémon game, there are a set of Legendary Pokémon which were first featured in Ruby and Sapphire.

The Golems[]

The Eon Pokémon[]

The Super-Ancient Pokémon[]

Pokémon[]

Version exclusive[]

Ruby[]

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#273 0273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 0274 Nuzleaf Type GrassType Dark
#275 0275 Shiftry Type GrassType Dark
#303 0303 Mawile Type SteelType Fairy
#335 0335 Zangoose Type Normal
#338 0338 Solrock Type RockType Psychic
#381 0381 Latios Type DragonType Psychic
#383 0383 Groudon Type Ground

Sapphire[]

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#270 0270 Lotad Type WaterType Grass
#271 0271 Lombre Type WaterType Grass
#272 0272 Ludicolo Type WaterType Grass
#302 0302 Sableye Type DarkType Ghost
#336 0336 Seviper Type Poison
#337 0337 Lunatone Type RockType Psychic
#380 0380 Latias Type DragonType Psychic
#382 0382 Kyogre Type Water

Gym Leaders[]

Roxanne(RSE)Sprite
Stonebadge
Roxanne
Type Rock
Rustboro City
Brawly(RSE)Sprite
Knucklebadge
Brawly
Type Fighting
Dewford Town
Wattson(RSE)Sprite
Dynamobadge
Wattson
Type Electric
Mauville City
Flannery(RSE)Sprite
Heatbadge
Flannery
Type Fire
Lavaridge Town
Norman(RSE)Sprite
Balancebadge
Norman
Type Normal
Petalburg City
Winona(RSE)Sprite
Featherbadge
Winona
Type Flying
Fortree City
Tate and Liza(RSE)Sprite
Mindbadge
Tate and Liza
Type Psychic
Mossdeep City
Wallace(RS)Sprite
Rainbadge
Wallace
Type Water
Sootopolis City

Elite Four and Champion[]

Sidney(GenIII)Sprite
Sidney
Type Dark
Phoebe(GenIII)Sprite
Phoebe
Type Ghost
Glacia(GenIII)Sprite
Glacia
Type Ice
Drake(GenIII)Sprite
Drake
Type Dragon
RS Steven
Steven Stone
Type Steel

Reception[]

Ruby and Sapphire received mostly positive reviews, though critics were divided in their assessment of the games, especially on the gameplay and graphics. Most of the complaints focused on the fact that the gameplay had not changed much since previous generations. With the popularity of Pokémon on the decline and the rising popularity of Yu-Gi-Oh! at the time, the games sold less than previous generations. However, they were still commercial successes; with around 16 million copies sold according to IGN, they are the best-selling games for the Game Boy Advance.

Trivia[]

  • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the first Pokémon games where the player cannot choose the name of their rival at the start of the game.
  • These two games are the first games of the main series where Professor Oak isn't encountered.
  • These games are also the only games where the player will encounter your rival at the arena where the player battled Steven.
  • These games are the first main series games where the player can't access Kanto.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the first games to not have the slogan, "Gotta Catch 'em all".
  • Ruby and Sapphire has the least amount of in-game trades.
  • Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the only main-series Pokémon games in which the protagonist speaks (other than answering "yes" or "no"). They say "Where did he go?" and "Why did he go?", referring to the Magma/Aqua leader in the hideout.
  • Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald are the first and only Pokémon games with the starting point not being the player's bedroom. Rather, the starting point is the moving truck.
  • Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald are the first Pokémon games to feature automobiles.
  • Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald are the only games to have the protagonist have a known father.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the first games where the rival is based off what gender you choose, it was later used again in Pokémon X & Y.
  • Ruby and Sapphire were the first games to include Dragon types that weren't Pseudo Legendary, Semi-Pseudo Legendary or a previous evolution of a Pseudo Legendary Pokémon.

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