Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (ポケットモンスター ルビー・サファイア Pocket 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.


Game Info


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

Starter Pokémon

As is tradition, the player can choose one of three different Starter Pokémon at the start of the game. The player will need to choose either Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko of his/her 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

Version Exclusive Pokémon

Pokémon Ruby Version
No. Sprite Pokémon Type
#273 273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 274 Nuzleaf Type Grass Type Dark
#275 275 Shiftry Type Grass Type Dark
#303 303 Mawile Type Steel Type Fairy
#335 335 Zangoose Type Normal
#338 338 Solrock Type Rock Type Psychic
#381 381 Latios Type Dragon Type Psychic
#383 383 Groudon Type Ground
Pokémon Sapphire Version
No. Sprite Pokémon Type
#270 270 Lotad Type Water Type Grass
#271 271 Lombre Type Water Type Grass
#272 272 Ludicolo Type Water Type Grass
#302 302 Sableye Type Dark Type Ghost
#336 336 Seviper Type Poison
#337 337 Lunatone Type Rock Type Psychic
#380 380 Latias Type Dragon Type Psychic
#382 382 Kyogre Type Water

Gym Leaders

Type Rock
Rustboro City
Type Fighting
Dewford Town
Type Electric
Mauville City
Type Fire
Lavaridge Town
Type Normal
Petalburg City
Type Flying
Fortree City
Tate and Liza(RSE)Sprite
Tate and Liza
Type Psychic
Mossdeep City
Type Water
Sootopolis City

Elite Four and Champion

Type Dark
Type Ghost
Type Ice
Type Dragon
RS Steven
Steven Stone
Type Steel


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.


  • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the first Pokémon games where the player can not 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's starter 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 have the least 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"). He/she says "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 father.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the only Pokémon games to contain uncensored swear words.
  • 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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