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[[caption-width-right:350:Bringing an advanced generation to the world.]]

->''"Immerse yourself in the beautiful region of Hoenn, a place of masterful heroes and mysterious teams, of friendship and battles. As the new kid in town, you set off on your journey as a Pokémon Trainer. Who knows what wonders and dangers await you? Now it's time to grab your gear and head out on your own..."''
-->-- '''Blurb''' on the back of the boxes of ''Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions''

The third set of games in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series, ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' were released for the GameBoyAdvance, with ''[[UpdatedRerelease Emerald]]'' arriving a few years after. Along with ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue LeafGreen]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness XD]]'', they are known collectively as Generation III of the Pokémon video game series. In addition to introducing a new story and region to explore and over 100 new Pokémon to catch, ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' brought with it many new gameplay features such as individual natures and Abilities for each Pokémon, double battles, and Pokémon contests. Along with massive graphical improvements over its predecessors, these games also had an entirely new data structure; as a result, Generation III games were incompatible with the previous two generations.

The games took place in Hoenn, which is based on the Kyushu region of Japan rotated ninety degrees[[note]]Of course, since the world is round and we never see Hoenn on a map along with any other regions, this rotation doesn't matter much[[/note]]. The game begins with the player moving to their new home in Littleroot Town, and later saving the local Pokémon Professor, Birch, from a wild Pokémon. As thanks, he gives the player their own Pokémon, encouraging him/her to travel around the region and collect as much data on Hoenn's Pokémon as they can, much like Birch's child (and your rival) Brendan/May is doing.[[note]]Your rival is whichever player character you didn't pick at the beginning; if playing as May, Brendan is your rival, and vice versa.[[/note]]

On their [[ToBeAMaster quest to be the best]], players will encounter two villainous groups: Teams Aqua and Magma, who want to flood and dry out the planet, respectively. ''Sapphire'' players will become allied with Team Magma to stop Aqua summoning Kyogre, while ''Ruby'' Trainers help Aqua stop Magma summoning Groudon. ''Emerald'' put them both in the antagonist role, with Rayquaza being summoned to stop the chaos.

These games may be the biggest case of OneGameForThePriceOfTwo in the franchise, as there is literally no way to legitimately collect all 386 Pokémon without aid from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue LeafGreen]]'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness XD]]'' (Oddly, only ''Ruby'' '''''or''''' ''Sapphire''). [[note]]The GameBoyAdvance had backwards-compatability for the GameBoyColor, but its link cables were unable to connect the two systems; coupled with the aforementioned data structure redesign, there was no method for importing or trading Pokémon from ''Gold'', ''Silver'' or ''Crystal'' to ''Ruby'', ''Sapphire'' or ''Emerald''.[[/note]] The ''Red'' and ''Blue'' [[VideogameRemake remakes]] provided all 150 Kanto Pokémon and a small pool of Johto's, with ''Colosseum'' and ''XD'' having several from all three regions; together, they had all but the event-only Pokémon. Between ''Emerald'' and ''Ruby[=/=]Sapphire'', only Lunatone and Zangoose respectively are missing and both are found in ''XD''.

On May 7, 2014, The Pokémon Company announced [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] for the Nintendo3DS, titled ''Pokémon Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''. The games were released in November 2014, exactly twelve years after the originals' release in Japan. Groudon and Kyogre have newly-introduced "primal" forms[[note]]they have more intricate TronLines and prominent "omega" and "alpha" designs on their hands, respectively, and these TronLines now glow yellow and turquoise instead of blue and red, on top of straight-up glowing ''panels'' on their bodies[[/note]], which are depicted on the boxart, other Pokémon get Mega Evolutions, lots of features were added or upgraded, and a post-league scenario known as the Delta Episode was included. These games are part of the "Sixth Generation" of Pokémon games and are compatible with ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.

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[[folder:Tropes used in ''Ruby'', ''Sapphire'', and ''Emerald'']]
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: First time in the series you get more than a diploma for completing the Pokédex - if you show Professor Birch a filled Hoenn Pokédex in Emerald, he'll give you your choice of one of the Johto starters.
* AfterCombatRecovery: The Battle Frontier facilities bar the [[LuckBasedMission Battle Pike]] (unless the RandomNumberGod decided to be nice) and the [[CheckpointStarvation Battle Pyramid]] will have your Pokémon healed after each battle.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: The Secret Bases can be decorated with loads of different furniture and the like. You can also decorate your bedroom at home, though it's very limited in comparison.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures:
** Relearning moves from a Pokémon's natural moveset was impossible in Gen I, and in Gen II required you to beat the Pokémon League of the side game ''Pokémon Stadium 2'' with your own team of non-rentals. Starting from Gen III, an NPC (in Fallarbor Town for this generation) will do this for a Heart Scale. These can easily be farmed off of Luvdisc, can be found with the Item Finder scattered across the overworld, and occasionally can be given a reward from [=NPCs=] for doing certain tasks.
** The Soothe Bell was introduced to double up the happiness gain rate of its holder, speeding up the time needed to grind for happiness based-evolutions. This is very helpful since some Pokémon have ''painfully slow'' happiness gain rate such as Eevee and Chansey.
** In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' [[BonusDungeon the Sky Pillar]] has sections with cracked floor tiles that force you to use the Mach Bike to traverse over them without falling through. Since ''Emerald'' added an event that requires you to come for Rayquaza's aid to complete the story, the cracked tiles are absent on your first visit.
** Starting in ''Emerald'', some of the berries introduced will increase a Pokémon's friendship with its trainer at the cost of lowering one of its stats by a few points. Not only can the berries be regrown, this allows for fixing any mistakes made when MinMaxing.
* AlliterativeFamily: Victor, Vicky, Victoria, Vito, and Vivi Winstrate.
* ApatheticCitizens: The two places which [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this are Lilycove and Sootopolis, when Groudon and/or Kyogre are woken. Everywhere else, it's played straight.
* ApocalypseHow: The weather trio starts as an in progress Regional Disruption, but stated that if it is not stopped, will become a biosphere extinction (Groudon bringing harsh heavy everlasting sun, leaving desert wildlife, or Kyogre flooding the world, which allows purely aquatic life to remain).
* BagOfSpilling: The programming overhaul for the {{Mons}} made these games incompatible with the previous ones, and a large number of the Mons were unavailable until the release of ''[=FireRed=] and [=LeafGreen=]''.
* BlackoutBasement:
** Brawly's Gym. Only the player and the three-by-three area around him/her is visible, but beating some gym Trainer's increase the radius of the area. The Gym Leader grants the player Flash, which is used in a few caves.
** In the remakes, you can only see in front of you as everywhere else is pitch-black.
* BonusBoss:
** The ruins containing Regirock, Regice, and Registeel will open up after completing specific requirements in the Sealed Chamber.
** Both Kyogre and Groudon appear in ''Emerald'' after beating the Elite Four, in caves that mysteriously appear and disappear on several routes.
** Rayquaza appears at Sky Pillar in all three games, with the point of availability being dependent on version. In ''Ruby and Sapphire'' it's strictly post-game, while in ''Emerald'' you can go grab it as soon as the fight between Kyogre and Groudon has been resolved.
** The Frontier Brains in ''Emerald''[='=]s Battle Frontier. Fighting them requires beating their facility twice without failure, and can be fought a second time (with a different team of {{Mons}}) by doing so again.
** Latias, Latios, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Deoxys can be found on special islands only accessible via Nintendo distribution items that were available for a limited time. Deoxys' forme is dependent on what game it is encountered in (Normal in ''Ruby and Sapphire'', Speed in ''Emerald''), while whether Latias or Latios are fought via this method is dependent on how the SchrodingersQuestion the player's Mom asks in ''Emerald'' was answered.
** [[spoiler:Steven can be found in a hidden room in Meteor Falls that opens up after beating the Elite Four in ''Emerald''. He's the strongest trainer in the game, and one of the strongest in the entire franchise.]]
* CaveBehindTheFalls: Meteor Falls is a rather small dungeon, until the player unlocks Waterfall, opening the rest up.
* ChekhovsGun:
** A replica of Submarine Explorer 1 can be seen in Slateport's Oceanic Museum when you first visit it.
** There's one that may go unnoticed in ''Emerald'' thanks to how subtle it is. Thanks to the Match Call feature, Trainers that you register will randomly call you for stuff that never really matters. At one point, your rival calls and remarks on seeing a flying, green Pokémon in the sky. Most players just take it to be another silly adventure. But when Groudon and Kyogre are clashing in Sootopolis City and Wallace asks you where one might find Rayquaza, the big green, flying legendary Pokémon, suddenly your rival's phone call seems a little more useful.
** Similarly, a couple in Lilycove mentions they are vacationing there and were excited because the first Pokémon they saw was a dragon flying through the sky.
** See those glass bird statues in the Lilycove Museum? Take a wild guess what Secret Base ornament you receive for filling the second floor with your Pokémons' Master Rank contest portraits.
** There's also a man in Fortree City who remarks on seeing a gigantic green dragon. Turns out that's Rayquaza, the legendary you meet later in the game.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard:
** Winona's Altaria has Dragon Dance despite it being only Level 33. It can't learn the move by level-up until Level 40, and Swablu doesn't learn it by level-up either... and that's all ignoring the fact that Swablu doesn't evolve into Altaria until Level 35 to begin with. What's more, in rematches she starts using a Dragonair that knows Earthquake - a move it cannot learn by any means until it evolves into Dragonite.
** The first battle against Maxie/Archie on Mt. Chimney have their ace Pokémon both in their final forms, despite them both being far below the level they evolve into said forms.
** In ''Emerald'', Cooltrainer Dianne (fought in Victory Road) has a Lanturn with Earthquake.
* ContinuityNod:
** The background music played inside the Oceanic Museum at Slateport is a remix of the S.S. Anne theme.
** One of the ship replicas contained therein is of the S.S. Anne itself.
** ''Ruby and Sapphire'' feature an NPC in Petalburg City stating that Norman moved from Johto. For some reason, this was removed from Emerald and returned in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''.
* ContinuityReboot: Essentially because Gen III reprogrammed the way Pokémon are coded, making it incompatible with Gen I and Gen II games. Because of this all the older games got remakes to bring them in line with the continuity Ruby and Sapphire started, both in how the games are coded and in narrative {{Retcon}}s that imply Gen I is roughly concurrent with Gen III and Gen II with Gen IV, as well as planting a few more foreshadowing and shoutouts between all the games.
* ConvectionSchmonvection:
** Mt. Chimney. You shouldn't be able to stand right in front of the lava pool like that.
** Humorously averted with a Team Magma Grunt who's standing guard near a lava pool. When he engages you in battle, he complains about his post and says his left ear is burning. After the fight, he says he's getting heat exhaustion and questions why Team Magma is wearing hoods in a volcano if you talk to him again after.
* ConvenientWeaknessPlacement:
** The routes on the way to Rustboro give you 5 choices for Water- and Grass-types to deal with Roxanne's Rock-types; Marill, Surskit, Shroomish, Lotad (''Sapphire'' and ''Emerald''), and Seedot (''Ruby'' and ''Emerald'').
** The Granite Cave near Dewford has the Ghost-type Sableye (''Sapphire'' only) and Psychic-type Abra to deal with the Fightning-type user Brawly.
** Route 112, Fiery Path, and Jagged Path have the Fire/Ground-type Numel if you need help with Fire-type Gym Leader Flannery, and you can also potentially encounter the Rock/Ground-type Geodude when using Rock Smash on the boulders blocking the way to Route 112. Ironically, the nearby desert of Route 111 that can't be accessed until Flannery's defeated has a couple more Ground-types that could have proven useful.
* CosmicHorrorReveal: The games start off as your standard Pokemon games (battle trainers, catch Pokemon, etc.) until it's revealed Team Aqua and Team Magma want to awaken an ancient god-like Pokemon (Kyogre or Groudon, depending on which version you're playing). As can be expected, it [[GoneHorriblyRight goes far beyond expectations]] resulting in either cataclysmic floods or drought that threatens to destroy all life on the planet. Naturally, it's up to the player character to save the world.
* DeadlyDustStorm: One of the areas is in a perpetual sandstorm. You can't even enter it without special goggles to avoid being blinded.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** You can't lose the starting fight; the wild Pokémon will flee if you purposefully screw it up. Professor Birch still compliments you...
** You will be let into the Oceanic Museum in Slateport for free if you don't have the money needed to pay the fee, but only during the one time the plot requires you to enter.
** ''Emerald'' players can skip the encounter with the rival in Rustboro City by catching an Abra at Route 116 and Teleporting back to Littleroot, Oldale or Petalburg if they didn't use the Rustboro Pokémon Center. In this case, the rival shows up at Mr. Briney's cottage instead, and offers a battle as well as exchanges [=PokéNav=] numbers with the player (which provides a hint about Rayquaza's location later on).
* DownloadableContent:
** This is the generation in which Nintendo events blossomed into its full form. Various islands are accessible only with tickets, which are downloaded through Nintendo events, or via connection with an e-Reader and the appropriate e-Card.
** ''Ruby'', ''Sapphire'', and ''Emerald'' gives us Southern Island, which holds either Latias or Latios, and accessible with only the Eon Ticket.
** The [[CamelCase AuroraTicket]] gives us Birth Island, which holds Deoxys, and is available only in Emerald, as well as Firered and Leafgreen.
** The [=MysticTicket=] gives us Naval Rock Isle, which holds Ho-Oh, Lugia, and the Sacred Ash, and is available only in Emerald, as well as Firered and Leafgreen.
** The [=OldSeaChart=] in Emerald gives us Faraway Isle which holds Mew.
** There are twelve kinds of berries only available through e-Cards, which could only be found by buying trading cards. Most of the cards were never released, some of which were only in Japan.
** Trainer Hill's layout can be modified with certain e-Cards.
** Jirachi and Celebi could be gotten only with certain promotional discs, to be connected with a Gameboy Advance-to-[[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] link cable.
** Some battles could be unlocked only with e-Reader connection and certain promotional e-Cards.
** The Old Sea Chart gives us Faraway island, which holds Mew, and is available only in Emerald
* DramaticTimpani: The games are notable for having a timpani accompanying the {{Fanfare}}-like battle themes, to the point where they're famous for them.
* DualBoss: ''Emerald'' includes an additional Double Battle where the player and Steven Stone team up against Magma Admin Tabitha and Magma Leader Maxie at the Mossdeep Space Center.
* DummiedOut:
** There is an ability called Cacophony hidden in the games' code. It's identical to Soundproof, but no Pokémon have it and it was removed in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''.
** Secret Base Dolls for Regirock, Regice, and Registeel exist in the codes, but there is no way to get them without a cheat device.
** There are six hidden tracks in ''Ruby and Sapphire'', five of them GBA remakes of [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II tracks]][[note]]the Pokémon Communications Center theme, the Route 38 theme, the Team Rocket Radio Tower Takeover music, the Raikou/Entei/Suicune battle theme from ''Crystal'', and the redone Viridian/Pewter/Saffron City music[[/note]] and the last one an alternate arrangement/possible demo of the Littleroot Town music. ''Emerald'' also contains the entire soundtrack from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]'', though it does use a few tracks from the latter.
* DyingCurse: The new move Grudge works as one because when used by a Pokémon and that Pokémon faints from a direct attack by the opponent, the attacking move's PP drops to zero. This is upgraded from Spite, which lowers your PP by 1-5 points.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Pokédex entries of these games are about twice as long as the other games', which are usually 1-2 short sentences.
* EmeraldPower: Rayquaza, the being one of the strongest OlympusMons you can capture and implied to be more powerful than Kyogre and Groudon.
* EvilVersusEvil: Teams Magma and Aqua are constantly at odds with each other, though this trope only applies in ''Emerald'' where they are both evil. Each version lets you take a different response to it. (In ''Ruby'', you team up with Team Aqua to defeat Team Magma. In ''Sapphire'', it's the other way around. In ''Emerald'', you fight both of them.)
* {{Fanfare}}: The gold standard, as far as Pokémon games go. One of many things the Hoenn games are famous for is the unique soundtrack.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture
** Hoenn is Kyushu, Japan, rotated ninety degrees.
** Sootopolis City's architecture is based on the island of Santorini, Greece.
** On the actual ''culture'' however, Hoenn seems to be a bit of a rural island, or at least an island that has very strong traditions. It has strong port cities but those don't have Gyms. The only major city to have a Gym is Rustboro, and it's implied that is a fairly new Gym at that.
** The legendaries seem to be based on Jewish mythical creatures: golems (the Regis), Leviathan (Kyogre), Behemoth (Groudon), and Ziz (Rayquaza).
* ForcedTutorial: Unlike in the previous games, the tutorial on how to capture a Pokémon is now mandatory. Instead of the game teaching the player character directly however, they use Wally to do it and it doubles as a plot point since it is his first time catching a Pokémon and he becomes your rival later on.
* GameBreakingBug:
** Approximately 100 hours into gameplay or one year after the game's release, a rollover bug, called the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Berry_glitch Berry Glitch]], would result in Berries ceasing to grow in ''Sapphire'' and ''Ruby'' - along with stilling/freezing anything ''else'' relating to the passage of time (e.g. the tides in Shoal Cave). Linking with ''[=FireRed=]'', ''[=LeafGreen=]'', ''Emerald'', ''Colosseum'', ''XD'', an event for a Shiny Zigzagoon at EB Games, a pair of Japanese promo e-Reader cards, non-Japanese releases of ''Pokémon Box'', or the PAL release of ''Pokémon Channel'' patched the error.
** The internal batteries that handled clock-based events in the initial ''Ruby and Sapphire'' weren't the longest lived either, so there was a good chance they would fail (with the same effects as the Berry Glitch), and unlike the Berry Glitch, as it is a hardware issue and not a software one, it can't be fixed. Fortunately, unlike ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Gold, Silver, and Crystal]]'', the battery isn't used to retain save data as well (which is stored using flash memory; ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' don't have batteries at all), so the game can still be played; just without the time-based events. Replacing the battery restarts the flow of day, allowing Eevee's evolutions to vary and Shoal Cave's tide to change, but completely destroys the clock-based events of the game unless you start a new file or use external devices. [[note]]Replacing the battery resets the cart's real-time clock back to its earliest value of January 1, 2000. Since the game partially allocates when time-based events are due to happen to an actual date based on when the game was started and how much time has passed since then, the game is thrown off as to when they should happen, for example a Razz Berry that has been planted for four hours in a game affected by a replaced battery won't be at the fruit-bearing stage, let alone sprout because the game hasn't reached the date that those events are to occur.[[/note]]
** The [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pomeg_glitch Pomeg Berry Glitch]] in ''Emerald'' allows you to reduce a Pokémon's HP to negative digits. While most side effects are pretty harmless, [[https://youtu.be/om_gbtMAw6I?t=1m16s you can potentially lock a battle into an infinite loop if the Pokémon with negative HP is hit with a HP draining attack]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The little girl outside the Seashore House invites you in with a little poem that starts off with the line "If you're hot-to-trot." Hot-to-trot is a mildly rude phrase for being ready or eager to do something, or, a little more commonly, sexually excited.
* GiverOfLameNames: A pair of NPC's reference this trope, warning the player to be careful when choosing their Pokémon's names. Of note, the old man named his Pikachu "Pekachu". Worse in the remakes, as the said old man's Pokémon is now a Shroomish with the same name.
* GuideDangIt:
** Finding a Feebas on Route 119. While the Pokédex tells you they can be found there, it does not tell you that it's only available on specific tiles. Out of the 436 water tiles, only ''six'' randomly-picked ones (reset whenever a new game is started or the trendy phrase in Dewford is changed) will trigger a Feebas encounter when fished on. You're not even guaranteed to get one by fishing on those tiles.
** The Pokémon Chimecho is not used by any trainers, which will leave you with an empty slot in the Pokédex that you won't be able to fill easily (the Pokédex tells you where you can catch Pokémon you've seen). It only appears in one area - the top section of Mt. Pyre - and is extremely rare on top of that with a 1% encounter rate, making it extremely easy to miss.
** In Contests, using certain move combinations (i.e. Sunny Day on turn 1 and then Solar Beam on turn 2) will net you bonus appeal points. The game never tells you what the combinations are or that you can even do them for bonus points.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Standard for the player character. However, these games contain a notable inversion with the rivals, as they're the first (but not the last) that don't let you input names for them.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: The TropeNamer via the possible breeding pair of the tiny Skitty and the huge Wailord.
* JustAddWater: Making Pokéblocks boils down to tossing a few berries into a berry blender, tapping triggers set around the central container to make it spin for a minute or so, and then out pops a tasty treat. In the remakes, it's simplified to just tossing berries into the blender.
* LamePunReaction: Route 113 has the volcanic ash falling on it endlessly. One of the characters post-battle with you says "Ouch! Owww! I can't see! I got ashes in my eyelashes! Get it? Ashes and eyelashes? Okay, that was bad, sorry..."
%%* LargeHam: Several characters shout a lot, especially Trainers.
* LostForever:
** The Master Ball in ''Ruby and Sapphire'' is found in Team Magma/Aqua's Lilycove hideout amongst a Nugget and two Electrodes in the boss' room, which closes up once you gain access to the Seafloor Cavern. Since the base is built around warp-tile puzzles, the item is easy to miss.
** The opportunity to battle and catch Pokémon in the Cave of Origin is lost after the completion of the Weather Trio crisis event in ''Emerald''.
** The rooms of the Trick House north of Slateport City cannot be revisited once they have been completed, resulting in the possibility of some items (visible and hidden) being missed forever.
** Naval Rock Isle, Birth Island, Southern Island [[note]]except in the remakes as part of the plot now takes place on said island[[/note]] and Faraway Island were only available by getting special tickets from Nintendo events. In ''Ruby and Sapphire'', Southern Island can't be revisited after the Lati residing in it has been dealt with
* LuckBasedMission:
** [[BettingMiniGame The Game Corner]] in Mauville City, as per series tradition at this point.
** Mirage Island spawning near Pacifidlog Town. It's possible to slightly influence this based off of Dewford Town's trendy phrase, but still largely in the hands of the RandomNumberGod.
** In ''Emerald'', there's the Battle Pike and Battle Palace facilities in the Battle Frontier. In the Battle Pike the player gets 7 sets of three rooms to choose from. Based on the choice you may face a battle, a double battle, a particularly tough battle, nothing at all, free healing, have their {{Mons}} inflicted with status effects, or a room of random encounters. It's probably mercy that getting to Pike Queen Lucy only involves going through the place twice only. In the Battle Palace, the player has to let the AI decide how their team with act and hope it makes the right choices (though this can be influenced by each Pokémon's nature and current health).
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: You can only have one of the e-Reader Berry species at a time.
* {{Narcissist}}: The Trick Master uses praising sentences to himself as the password to his door.
* NavalBlockade: Team Magma/Aqua use a team of tamed Wailmer to blockade one of the port cities, forcing you to deal with them and advance the story before you explore the ocean.
* TheNeedless:
** There are 7 people on Route 113, a Route that is covered in perpetual volcanic ash. In real life, prolonged exposure of the respiratory system to inorganic particulates such as volcanic ash would lead to suffocation or even worse, lung cancer. Yet, the people you meet there will never show any ill effects whatsoever from standing around in that area the entire time.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Emerald'' for the man in the glass workshop. He has clearly suffered ill effects from living there for so long, stopping to cough or catch his breath at the end of every sentence.
* {{Nerf}}: The damage dealt by the weather effect Sandstorm has been decreased from 1/8 of every Pokémon's total HP to 1/16.
* NoobCave: Petalburg Woods, as typical of the series. Basic Pokémon with weak attacks, a few hidden items and side-areas to explore, low-level trainers, and it's shortly after you become able to begin building a proper team.
* OhCrap: Kyogre and Groudon will do this once Rayquaza appears in Emerald and back off.
* OffModel: In contrast to the old Gameboy games, most Pokémon sprites accurately match their official artwork. There are still a select few that don't, though:
** Mr. Mime still has FourFingeredHands, even the artwork always depicted it with five. It has the right number of fingers in ''Emerald''.
** Deoxys', Snorlax's and Nosepass' proportions look somewhat deformed. Deoxys also has FourFingeredHands, as does Dusclops.
** Banette's zipper mouth is drawn to look like it was foaming, not even matching its official art.
** Due to a majority of them not available in normal gameplay [[note]]there were no hints on remakes back then[[/note]] the older Pokémon are oddly shaded/drawn compared to the ones debuted in Hoenn. While the first 151 are polished for ''Fire Red'' and ''Leaf Green'', ''Emerald'' reused their OffModel sprites from ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' for some reason. Compare [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/0/0a/Spr_3r_006.png Charizard in RSE]] to [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/f/f1/Spr_3f_006.png its FRLG sprite.]]
* OminousFog: Surrounds the upper levels of Mount Pyre. Mount Pyre is a grave yard for dead Pokémon.
* OminousPipeOrgan: A brief but memorable organ tune plays in ''Emerald'' as Rayquaza descends to halt Groudon and Kyogre's rampage.
* OneSteveLimit: Zig-zagged. We have Wallace and Wally, with the latter being both a name and a nickname for someone named Wallace.
* PerpetualStorm: {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Sapphire'' when Kyogre is awakened by Team Aqua and starts an unrelenting downpour, although it's stopped by the PlayerCharacter before things get too far. Their plan is to increase the size of the oceans. (The opposite happens in ''Ruby'', wherein Team Magma awakens Groudon to dry up the oceans instead.) In ''Emerald'', Groudon and Kyogre's battle causes the weather to rapidly shift between oppressive rain and overwhelming heat until Rayquaza is summoned.
* PowerUpFood: Pokéblocks increase a Pokémon's stats for contest competition.
* RandomNumberGod: Fishing in this game subjects you to a random check every time you were trying to get a Pokémon. Each check had to be precise and the number of seconds you had to wait per check was always different.
* ReadTheFreakingManual: The manual provides a translation guide for the visual Braille involved in the Regi trio's quest, though the quest is still [[GuideDangIt tedious and arbitrary]] even with it.
* RedHerring: Early in the game, the player can fight the Winstrate family, who challenge you [[SequentialBoss all in a row]] with [[CheckpointStarvation no chance to heal in between fights]]. After they are defeated, every member of the family starts gushing about how great of a trainer the family's eldest son is, and how the player could never beat him. One of them even speculates that he has become [[FinalBoss the Champion]]. Towards the end of the game, you do eventually get to fight him-- an [[EliteMook Ace Trainer]] in Victory Road who is of no importance to the plot and no harder than any other trainer in the area. You can also bypass him and not even realize it.
* SchrodingersQuestion: In addition to the usual world-building questions in the beginning, in ''Emerald,'' at one point the main character's mom asks what color the creature on TV was. Whatever you say turns out to be correct.
* ShiftingSandLand: There is a large desert on Route 111 with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it. The Root and Claw Fossils and Regirock can be found here.
* ShoutOut:
** Young Couple [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Lois and Hal]]; interestingly, they're absent from ''Emerald''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfARFF9S5Jg Route 113]] is a place covered in ash - but if you've ever played any of the ''[[Videogame/{{Earthbound}} Earthbound/Mother]]'' games, the music will make you think of a place covered in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjVx2FVENJ4 snow]].
** On Route 127, there is a fisherman [[Literature/TheBible Jonah]] who has a Wailmer.
* SideQuest:
** New Mauville, an expansion project to Mauville City that the player can explore as an optional area.
** Pokémon Contests were first introduced in this generation.
* SkippableBoss:
** Subverted with Brawly and Winona. While it's possible to skip them and continue the story, the player will have to come back to beat them so they can access Norman (who requires you have the previous 4 badges) and the Elite Four and Champion (who require every badge).
** Played straight with final Rival fight in Lilycove City, though they will block access to the Department Store until they are beaten.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The Dive move allows the player to travel underwater, without a scuba mask. Humorously, if you have any Pokémon that are normally weak against water, they can battle and not lose their HP.
* ThirdOptionAdaptation: When the stories of Ruby/Sapphire were combined for Emerald: in the originals, one of the Teams is less dangerous than the other (Aqua in Ruby, Magma in Sapphire) and the player helps them defeat the other Team, while in Emerald, both Teams become equally dangerous, and the player becomes a WildCard.
* TreeTopTown: Fortree City if it's not obvious from its name. The Pokémon Center and Gym are on the ground, however.
* UnderTheSea: With [=HM08=] (Dive), a feature that didn't return until ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Black and White]]''. Over a ''quarter'' of the game takes place in the ocean.
* VolcanicVeins: Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza show this off in the title sequence of the game to show off how powerful they are.
* WaitingPuzzle: Regice's Braile message in Ruby/Sapphire: "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Stop and wait. Wait for time to pass twice. ]]
"[[labelnote:explanation]]Don't move for two minutes.[[/labelnote]]
* YouAreNotReady: Norman, the player character's father and one of the Gym Leaders, requires you to go collect 4 badges before you're allowed to challenge him. This serves the purpose of dividing the game up neatly into two parts, as the east side of the map opens up after you defeat him and obtain Surf.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Played straight with the evil Team's plans to awaken the title Legendary. What makes the straightness interesting though is that its unique among Pokémon games; the rest have the evil teams stopped ''before'' the "let legendary Pokémon do X" stage, while these games actually show them in the process of attempting to burn the world to a crisp/flood the world.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Oddly, Hoenn has a large number of important characters with blue, purple, and even silver hair - more so than most any other region.
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* AbandonedMine: Sea Mauville was an offshore rig for gold prospecting and energy research, and Mauville City, along with New Mauville, was the housing project intended to provide residence for the workers. The storage room contains an exorbitant stash of 12 Gold Nuggets (8 big, 4 small) and the Beedrillite.
* TheAce: Lisia treats you like one when you defeat her in a contest, stating that you're superior to her because you're a master at contests, filling your Pokédex, and taking on the Pokémon League.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler:Ironically, the villains in the game inadvertently achieve their stated goal, just on a much lesser scale. As Professor Birch tells you when he gives you the National Dex, the brief bout of extreme weather changes Hoenn's environment enough to make it far more favorable to Pokémon, proven by the fact that you can find far more species now using the [=PokéNav=].]]
* AdaptationalDyeJob: Shelly and all the female Aqua grunts used to have orange hair. Now their hair is black, with a single blue streak for Shelly.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The designers changed or updated many character designs to be less plain.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Played with in both games; In ''Omega Ruby'', Maxie is a bit more ruthless than he is in the original games, seemingly not caring about Pokémon and wanting humanity to simply expand at any cost, and accusing Tabitha of wanting to replace him as leader when the Admin tries to warn him against awakening Primal Groudon. Inverted with Archie in ''Alpha Sapphire'', who cares a great deal about Pokémon and his grunts and admins; Matt sees him like a brother, and Shelly is a childhood friend. [[spoiler: This even expands to their hideouts. In the Aqua hideout, Archie had a photograph of him, Shelly and Jirachi taken approximately twelve years ago[[note]]that would be when the original ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' were released[[/note]], and states when Kyogre awakens that he wanted to take the world back to its beginnings to make "that Pokémon" happy. Contrast this with Maxie, who only has a bed in his room, and simply talks about taking humanity to new heights once Groudon awakens.]]
* AdvertisingDisguisedAsNews: The TV program "Shall We Dowse?" is an ad for the Dowsing Machine with BlatantLies liberally applied, even claiming that the player character found a boy/girlfriend by using the Dowsing Machine.
-->'''Host''': What's more, from then on [name] became so popular with the [ladies/fellas] that it has become a problem!\\
'''Audience member''': (Murmur murmur) Just like that?!\\
'''Host''': Well I, for one, am jealous! This, too, is all thanks to the Dowsing Machine!
* AgeLift: He's a minor character, but the Fossil Maniac used the sprite of the teenage-looking Pokémaniac in the originals. In the remakes, he's a Ruin Maniac, a trainer class that looks middle-aged at least. Strangely, his kid brother didn't get one.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** Wally's battle theme is not just a battle theme. It's also a theme meant to symbolize the rivalry between you and him (as evident by the fact that it's officially called "Rival's Theme" within the soundtrack).
** According to the soundtrack, the song that plays during the epilogue to the Delta Episode is meant to be the theme song of the remakes themselves and is named "Strains of a New Beginning" within the English translations of the game.
** The soundtrack reveals that Rayquaza's battle theme is meant to be the true version of the equivalent song from the original games, as they both share the name "Battle! (Super-Ancient Pokémon)". While the song for Groudon and Kyogre is extremely similar, it's meant for their Primal Reversions and called "Battle! (Primal Reversion)".
* AlternateUniverse: The Delta Episode implies that the remakes are alternate universes to the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' games, with [[ForWantOfANail the nails]] being the fact that the evolution of Pokémon took a slightly different path, the existence of the war in Kalos and the discovery of Mega Evolution. It's also implied that the different versions of each game could be alternate universes to each other (a fact that had already been explored somewhat in ''Black and White''); when you first enter the Battle Resort in ''Alpha Sapphire'', Maxie muses that perhaps, in another reality, he was the one you fought, and summoned Groudon. Archie does the same in ''Omega Ruby''.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield:
** While fighting Maxie or Archie in Seafloor Cavern, the background is a sea of fire and lava with bypassing flying fire rocks, or a water whirlpool, respectively.
** You literally fight Deoxys within the stratosphere.
** You fight the non-Hoenn legendaries except Regigigas (as well as the Latias/Latios you get with the Eon Ticket in spite of being native to Hoenn) in an arena resembling pinkish dreamy clouds.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The Cosplay Pikachu is given to you once you enter your first Contest, at which point you can bring it to the dressing room in any Contest Hall to change its costume. Thankfully it's not just a CosmeticAward, as each outfit gives her a new move normal Pikachu can't learn otherwise.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: A lot of gameplay elements are tweaked to be more forgiving.
** Many of the features from ''X and Y'' return, such as Super Training and the changes to breeding mechanics.
** Rare Pokémon that you haven't caught yet appear more frequently in the overworld than normal encounters.
** Every O-Power except for the Hatching Power is obtained in Mauville's Pokémon Center, though each one requires progressing through the story first.
** It's now possible to own both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike at the same time, although you're only allowed to do so after beating the game. Still, it beats having to constantly run back and switch bikes to get through different areas.
** Pokéblocks are considerably simplified and easier to understand. The idea of them having feel is gone and they can only have two levels, you're not dependent on what berries [=NPCs=] throw in to get the color you want, and there's no need to play a minigame. Just open up the Pokéblock Kit, pop in four berries of your choice (with the game now pointing out which ones increase which contest stats), and out pop four Pokéblocks of the predominant color in the blend (or a rainbow block if four different ones are used). Further, there's no limit to how many Pokéblocks a Pokémon can eat now and their preference isn't affect by Natures, so feel free to stuff them full of basic-level blocks as much as you want if you can't get your hands on plus ones. This also makes it much easier to evolve Feebas.
** Several points in the game that required backtracking in the originals now give you an option to just travel there immediately. For example, after beating Flannery your rival will offer to travel with you to Petalburg City so you can fight Norman.
** The cracked floor tiles found in Granite Cave and Sky Pillar that required the Mach Bike have been completely removed, making traversing them much easier.
** Getting Feebas is no longer a GuideDangIt, as it can be found anywhere on Route 119's river with any of the fishing rods. Alternatively, just fish in the shadow under a certain bridge during the day, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoljKZCGfu4 and you will find Feebas all the time]]. If it's night, you can fish it by a rock in the southern part of the route instead.
** The Safari Zone is now free, doesn't have a step limit, and allows you to catch Pokémon the old-fashioned way, meaning no more fleeing Pokémon.
** If you couldn't catch Kyogre or Groudon, they will respawn in the Cave of Origin after beating the Elite Four. Deoxys will spawn at the top of Sky Pillar if you couldn't catch it during Delta Episode.
** The ice tile puzzles in Wallace's gym stay solved if you fall through the floor on the next one and need to climb back up; in the original games, a fall meant starting over.
** Surfing the ocean routes is made more manageable: encounter rates are lower, there are Ace Trainers so you're not just fighting Water Pokémon, the [=PokéNav=] map on the bottom screen makes it significantly easier to figure out where you're going, and movement speed is faster (and can be increased further by Surfing on a Sharpedo).
** You can use Fly to travel to ''any'' location now, not just towns. You still need to walk to the specific part of that location you want to get to, but it's a huge cut to travel time. After fighting the title Legendary in the Cave of Origin, you get the Eon Flute so you can use Latias[=/=]Latios to Soar without even needing them in your party. Without even needing them in your ''game'', in fact. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation You can trade away the storyline given eon twin and still be able to soar]].
** Since catching Rayquaza is now mandatory to complete the game, its catch rate has been increased significantly.
** If you raised the affection levels of a Pokémon in Pokémon-amie, then traded it from ''X and Y'' to ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' or vice-versa, the Pokémon will still have the same affection for it's original trainer if it is traded back.
** None of the [=TM=]s require Battle Points to purchase, thus making it possible to collect them all without Battle Resort grinding.
** Berry farming is much more convenient than in ''X and Y''. Berry yields are much larger on average and there is no more need to weed and get rid of pests. There are also more berry plots (including a large garden with 24 plots) and with the ability to fly to routes it is easy to maintain many plants. The PokéNav Plus also has an app that keeps track of all the berries you planted and lets you know if any of them are ready to harvest without having to go there.
** Rainy weather no longer prevents Sweet Scent from triggering Hordes like in ''X and Y'', since it is almost always raining on Route 119.
** Many players find the "Withdraw" and "Deposit" Pokémon options in the PC to be inferior to the "Organize" option below them, which does both along with other features. After meeting Lanette, players can ask her to put the "Organize" option at the top of the list to make it the default option.
** There is a Day Care Center run by two kids on the Battle Resort. The Battle Resort also has a unique camera setup in that whenever you turn a corner on the island, the camera shifts so that the shore is always at the bottom of the screen. This allows players to bike circles around the island while only holding a single button, which drastically speeds up the process of breeding and hatching eggs. The Stat Judge is also right next to the Day Care, making it much more convenient to check the stats of your hatchlings than the constant flying back and forth you had to do in ''X and Y''.
* AntiPoopSocking:
** The games prevent battling the trainers in other players' Secret Bases added via [=QR=] Code until the day after they have been added.
** Like the other ''Pokémon'' games for the DS family of systems, changing the internal clock will pause all time-related events and berry growth for 24 hours.
** You can only obtain the Secret Bases, Mirage Spots and news of other players on the internet every eight hours.
* ApatheticCitizens: Like in the original, only a few select places avert this; Sootopolis, Lilycove, and this time around Mossdeep. Played straight everywhere else, which is ironic considering the [=BuzzNav=] reports everything within seconds and thus everyone in the entire country should be panicking. It gets somewhat ludicrous in ''Omega Ruby''; the sky is literally burning thanks to Groudon yet the trainers you encounter on the routes will still want to battle you.
* ApocalypseHow: Aside from the potential disaster from awakening Groudon and Kyogre in the main game, the Delta Episode introduces a six mile long asteroid [[ColonyDrop that threatens to strike the planet]].
* ApocalypticLog: The various documents left in Sea Mauville. It used to be a huge facility that had to be closed after a number of incidents. At least one of the pages is very bleak, explaining a great number of people will lose their livelihoods.
* ArcWelding: The remakes take the space and meteor story themes of the originals and rework them as an explanation for where Mega Evolution and Mega Stones came from, and the Red and Blue Orbs and Primal Groudon and Kyogre are also made part of this plot. The post-game Delta Episode further connects the game's plot to ''X and Y''.
* ArtEvolution: The artwork for this game looks a lot more refined than it did in the originals. This is also obviously true of the in-game graphics, thanks to the 3D.
* TheArtifact:
** The player character still sets up the clock during the prologue. The game doesn't prompt you to enter the time, however, as the game uses the built-in 3DS clock for its time functions. Instead, the player seemingly sets the clock automatically.
** Super Training still contains Team Flare bags and Kalos-native Pokémon, despite Team Flare not appearing at all and the Kalos Pokémon not being available until after fighting Groudon/Kyogre.
** The multiple contest halls of the original games still exist despite the fact you can do any contest level wherever you are.
** While the Pokédex entries for Pokémon from the first 3 generations were borrowed directly from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'', the Pokédex entries for Pokémon from generations 4 - 6 uses the exact same entries as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXandY X and Y]]'' for ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', respectively, leading to things like Pokédex entries being a lot shorter in comparison[[note]]The Pokédex entries for the original Hoenn games were amongst the longest of all Pokédex entries[[/note]], Pokédex entries talking about how a Pokémon can be found in certain environments (where you've just found them in a totally different environment), the Pokédex entries talking about how the Pokémon lives or used in other regions (in spite of being able to be caught in Hoenn), the Pokédex speaking of events possibly from the future (like Genesect's Pokédex entry), etc.
** A man in Mauville City apparently knows what Genesect is in spite of the fact that it might not even exist yet, since according to the official timeline, ''Black and White'' take place several years after these games. He's there to give you Genesect's Drives in case you were to migrate him into these games.
* ArtifactTitle: The fact that Pokémon Amie's name is partly in French[[note]]due to the region from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' being based upon France[[/note]] is no longer relevant now that it returns for the Hoenn remakes. Averted in the Spanish, Italian and French versions of the game with the name of the mode in being in those languages instead of being in GratuitousFrench.
* ArtificialBrilliance: Trainers that turn on the spot are now able to notice players as they turn just like how real life people are able to logically notice others as they turn around.
* AscendedExtra:
** In previous games, Deoxys was an [[SecretCharacter event-exclusive Pokémon]] whose existence was seldom acknowledged InUniverse. Here, it's the FinalBoss of the Delta Episode as the Pokémon appearing on the crash-landing meteor (and the TrueFinalBoss of the game), and is now required to complete the National Pokédex.
** Rayquaza has a much bigger role in these games other than a BonusBoss (in the case of ''Ruby and Sapphire'') or calming down Groudon and Kyogre (in the case of ''Emerald''); it's one of the focus Pokémon of the Delta Episode and capturing it is now mandatory.
** The opposite gendered rival is now a lot more involved with the plot, [[spoiler: and is the final trainer you fight in the main story, right after the credits roll the first time]].
** The Evil team Admins get more focus and characterization.
** Wally is no longer treated that much as a side rival - he now has his own theme music, his own battle song when you fight in Victory Road (which the soundtrack even labels as "Rival's theme"), access to a Mega Evolving Pokémon (his Gallade), and even gets a full trainer model instead of artwork when you battle him.
** Professor Cozmo now has his own overworld model instead of a generic scientist one and helps with the meteor crisis during the Delta Episode. Reading some old letters found in Sea Mauville reveals some of his history before the events of the game.
* AscendedMeme:
** In the original games, there was a persistent rumor that you could actually go to space at some point to catch Deoxys. In Delta Episode, you do just that on Mega Rayquaza to stop a meteor that contains Deoxys from hitting the planet.
** In the French translation of the games, Brawly says he was inspired from [[LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon staring at a Helix Fossil]] for days.
** Fairy Tale Girl Franny on Route 113 mentions the early misconception that Fairies would be weak to Fire.
-->'''Franny''': "Fairy type Pokémon are highly flammable, so watch out."
** A Team Aqua Grunt in Lillycove in ''Alpha Sapphire'' mentions wanting to take the [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction 101 Skitty she had and introduce them to the Wailmer in her parents' house]].
* AstralFinale: The final sequences of the Delta Episode (and thus, the entire storyline of the game) involve the protagonist flying to space with Mega Rayquaza to destroy a meteor and battle Deoxys.
* BareYourMidriff: One particular Aqua grunt in the Special Demo calls attention to her midriff, saying that she has more style than she knows what to do with. Then there's Aqua Admin Shelly, who's midriff cuts into the A symbol of her uniform.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Well, Mega Rayquaza can at least when it goes into outer space to destroy the meteor. The player character needs to use the Aqua/Magma suit.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The final battle against Maxie in ''Omega Ruby'' inexplicably has a sea of flames as its background, much like the final battle against Team Flare's boss in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* BeefGate: There's nothing stopping you from entering the lower portion of Route 123 the first time you go to Route 118. The trainers there, however, have fully-evolved Pokémon at ''levels higher than the next Gym Leader'', with no warning whatsoever.
* BeingWatched: When you enter a certain room of Sea Mauville, some text appears saying you feel you're being watched. If you look through documents on a shelf concerning an Odd Keystone, then open the menu, a Spiritomb will appear behind you
* BilingualBonus: A random man in the Battle Resort speaks Japanese in the English version of the game. However, in non-English versions, he speaks in English.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The game's opening sequence starts with a calm pool of water in a forest. After you beat the Elite Four for the first time, you and your Rival meet at that pool before you have the last battle of the main game.]]
* BonusBoss:
** Every Legendary that isn't already obtainable in ''X and Y'' or [[SecretCharacter event-exclusive]] can be encountered between both versions. Most are in Mirage Spots found via Soaring.
** If you order the Mauville Ramen Bowl in the Food Court and manage to defeat seven trainers in triple matches in one round apiece (''not'' an easy task) the eighth to challenge you is [[spoiler:Fare Prince Trencherman, the kid with the glasses who described the rules of the place to you]]. Subsequent clearings of the Ramen Bowl instead have you fight [[spoiler:Black Belt Banting, presumably the owner of the establishment you bought the bowl from]].
** The Battle Chantalunes from ''X and Y'' return, with the same teams and requirements to fight.
** It is possible to fight Wally again- he shows up after successfully beating the 50th consecutive battle in a Super line in the Battle Maison. While the first time you rematch him isn't too difficult (especially after beating the 50th consecutive battle), all subsequent encounters are ''seriously'' difficult. In fact, his team might be one of the best in the series in terms of team choices and strategy!
* BossInMookClothing: Be careful when using the [=DexNav=]: keep searching for the same Pokémon and one ''much'' higher leveled[[note]]For every 5 encounters, there's an extra bonus of 1 (up to 20 at 100, after which it resets) on top of normal bonus you can get, which can total to whooping 30 levels higher.[[/note]] than the standard Pokémon in the area might show up. It may have powerful Egg Moves and good [=IVs=] too. Even a ''Wurmple'' of this calibur is perfectly capable of inflicting a TotalPartyKill early on in the game.
* BossRemix: Inverted with a calmer version of Archie and Maxie's battle music that serves as their theme in cutscenes. A straight example is Wally's battle theme.
* BraggingRightsReward:
** Getting three different Pokémon to win each Master Rank contest (thus having every space in the second floor of the Lilycove Museum occupied by paintings of your Pokémon) earns you a special glass statue for your Secret Base.
** Getting ''a single'' Pokémon all five of the Master Rank ribbons within the Contest Spectaculars nets a special entry animation upon being sent out, similar to the one obtained in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' for getting a strange ending in a Pokéstar Studios movie.
* BrickJoke: The Intriguing Stone returns from ''X and Y'', and this time it really is a Mega Stone - Pidgeotite. You need to take it to President Stone to get it analyzed.
* BroadStrokes:
** Having an event Shiny Beldum (or one of its evolved forms) in your team unlocks dialogue such as Steven mentioning having fought Rayquaza alongside [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Alain a young male trainer with a black Charizard]].
** Wallace may show up in Master Rank Contests after defeating [[spoiler: his niece Lisia in one]], and had been noticed to once be great within contest and in fact, was the one who coached Lisia when it comes to contest (she had since surpassed him in terms of skills). Wallace's anime counterpart once hosted a a major contest, and his counterpart in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' was also a known Coordinator.
* BrokenBridge:
** Brawly is now required to battle in order to progress the plot - there are people blocking the entrance way to Steven's room in Dewford Cave if you don't beat him.
** Similarly with Winona, who was entirely optional until you needed to beat the Elite Four (you needed to beat Brawly to fight your dad), but now a trainer blocks the way until you defeat her.
* BrokenRecord: If a program playing on the [=BuzzNav=] is interrupted (via entering battle, flying, evolving a Pokémon, etc.), it will reset when the interrupting action is completed. Unless you do nothing but stand or walk around for a few minutes, the program is going to repeat over and over until you give it enough time to finish. The best thing to do is to press on the screen to fast-forward the text to make it finish faster.
* ButNotTooWhite: Brendan and almost all of Team Aqua have notably darker skin, possibly due to tanning.
* ButThouMust:
** Gabby and Ty won't relocate to a new location and thus become available for a rematch if you refuse to allow them to conduct an interview.
** As with the legendaries in ''Black and White'' and ''X and Y'', you are forced to catch Rayquaza and defeating it won't even get you any experience.
* CallForward:
** A model of the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Royal Unova]] now appears in the Oceanic Museum. Examining it will reveal that it's still under construction.
** In the [[spoiler:Battle Resort]], there is a pair consisting of one Grunt from each team, who deserted from the teams to be with each other. In ''Black 2 and White 2'', you can find a couple in Icirrus City that is made of a Aqua Grunt and a Magma Grunt.
** Each time you play the demo, the game randomly generates a group of three people meeting on the western end of the Mossdeep City beach. These three people can be any of the following: members of Team Aqua or Magma gathering for a briefing; Flannery being interviewed by the reporter duo; or three swimmers saying goodbye to each other, with the two on the right deciding to stay in Hoenn while the third will SWIM back to Kalos by himself. In Azure Bay during ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'', you encounter a male Swimmer named Kieran who claims, "I swam all the way here from the oceans of Hoenn, and I'm still not too tired for a battle!"
** A scientist in Devon Corp in the original games stated that he was trying to created a machine to reproduce the dreams of Pokémon with minimal success. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite He now says that his rival in a far away region (Fennel) is also working on one, so he has to catch up]].
** A "Kalos Stone", excavated from Glittering Cave, is found in Roxanne's Gym.
** The Hex Maniac from ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' who goes "No, you're not the one." can be found in Mount Pyre and can be interacted with like a normal NPC. She says nearly the exact same thing.
** In the Hoenn equivalent of the O-Powers side quest, getting the final O-Power involves all the previous O-Power givers (and a random man) [[FusionDance merging together,]] turning into [[spoiler: Mr. Bonding from ''X and Y'']] in the process.
** In the Team Magma/Aqua base, you can find a bookshelf with a file that states the [[FrickinLaserBeams laser they use to drill]] to where Groudon/Kyogre is sleeping was based on the [[spoiler:ultimate weapon from 3,000 years ago]] in [[VideoGame/PokemonXandY Kalos.]]
** In the Delta Episode, Wallace is talking to a random old man NPC, he says how grateful he was that "That huge man from Kalos came and planted this tree".
** [[spoiler: AZ's theme as it appears in the epilogue of X and Y]] makes a cameo appearance as [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn music to a TV Show Norman was watching out of shot]].
** If you look closely at the base of the tree outside of the Cave of Origins,[[spoiler: you can see the flower that AZ's Floette had with it planted amongst the other flowers.]]
* TheCameo:
** [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Malva of the Kalos Elite Four]] is still the Holo Caster's announcer.
** The painting of the "legendary Pokémon" in the Lilycove Museum that was painted from the artist's imagination and the painting of an odd landscape, is revealed in the remakes to be depicting the Pokémon [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Arceus and Giratina within the Distortion World]], respectively.
** [[spoiler: Looker]] washes up on the beach of the post-game Battle Resort. He's never named because he has EasyAmnesia, but gives you the Audinite.
** While impossible to choose them, the original Player Search System avatars of the Kalos games are still programmed into game to allow for backwards compatibility with ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* ChekhovsGun
** Remember that Meteorite you get during the main story? The Delta Episode sure does. It proves to be the final meteorite chunk needed for Rayquaza to Mega Evolve so you can get into outer space and destroy the meteor headed for Hoenn.
** The Magma/Aqua suit that you get before facing Groudon/Kyogre also allows you to survive in space when both you and Mega Rayquaza go there.
* ChekhovsGunman: After saving the Devon researcher in Petalburg Woods at the beginning of the game, as you leave towards Rustboro City, you're treated to a cutscene of a female Grunt radioing one of the admins about her teammate's failure. [[spoiler:Since you don't meet any other female Grunts until Slateport, you might not have noticed that she has a unique model. She actually has her own agenda and drives much of the plot of the Delta Episode.]]
* CherryBlossoms: Your Pokémon is surrounded by cherry blossoms with the "Beauty" intro in competitions.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: There's a special female Pikachu who can cosplay in Pokémon Contests. When you get her in your party, you can make her keep these costumes, which grant her a new move depending on the costume: Libre gets Flying Press, Belle gets Icicle Crash, Pop Star gets Draining Kiss, Ph. D gets Electric Terrain, and Rock Star gets Meteor Mash.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard:
** Like in the originals, Maxie and Archie have their aces underleveled when fought on Mt. Chimney.
** Lisia is apparently so popular that [[spoiler: she's guaranteed to win first place in the Contest Spectaculars' Introduction Round if she were to compete alongside you, even if your Pokémon has maximum stats in everything ''and'' is wearing the appropriate scarf, as her Altaria scores even higher than the highest scores you can obtain with your own Pokémon. In addition, her uncle Wallace is guaranteed to come in ''second'' when contesting alongside Lisia due to his Milotic having almost, but not quite, the amount of appeals Lisia's Altaria has. Even a minor character with no importance to the contest side-plot gets in on the fun - if Fairy Tale Girl Julia's Wobbuffet Elisabeth competes in a Beauty contest against you (and she can appear even before you compete against Lisia), she's guaranteed to score higher than you, meaning she's guaranteed to come in ''third'' if you're unlucky enough to have her, Lisia, ''and'' Wallace as opponents, due to having almost, but not quite, the amount of appeals than Wallace.]]
** The trainer in the Secret Base available through the main website uses the Hoenn starters, none of them in the standard Poke Ball. The starters were available in the Dream World during a Japan-exclusive event meaning they could be caught in any of the Poke Balls available in Generation V, but they were male only and thus couldn't pass down the ball they were caught in, and none of the ones the guy has have their Hidden Abilities.
** The A.I. trainers you can team up with in the Battle Maison Multi Battles are always aware of the opponent's Pokémon abilities, so you will never see events like your rival's Claydol using Earth Power on a Bronzong with Levitate[[note]]Bronzong has a chance of having its other abilities, which would make it weak against Ground)[[/note]], Wally's Magnezone or Steven's Aerodactyl using an Electric attack on a Volt Absorb user, or [[spoiler:Archie's Sharpedo]] using a Water attack on anything with Water Absorb or Storm Drain.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: This game introduces Horde Trainer Battles, where five trainers (specifically Magma/Aqua Grunts) fight you at the same time and send out their Pokémon all at once. However, their Pokémon are always severely underleveled.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Subverted. In ''Omega Ruby'', unlike the original, you actually need to put on a special suit to deal with the hot temperatures surrounding Groudon. It's almost immediately double subverted when you are at the heart of the magma chamber in the Cave of Origin surrounded by lava as you take the suit off to fight it. You do still have the Blue Orb though, which is supposed to counter the magic of Primal Groudon.
* CreditsMedley: The remake's end credits theme is a medley of the original game's credits theme alongside several of the town themes of the game.
* CrutchCharacter: The Cosplay Pikachu that is awarded for completing your first contest. If obtained as soon as possible, she'll likely be at a higher level than any Pokémon in the party, and her special outfits means she can learn moves no other Pikachu can, which gives her excellent coverage. However, as the player progresses, the fact that Pikachu's stats are below mediocre in every single stat other than Speed means that she will quickly be outclassed and be little more than a novelty. Can be subverted if the player finds the Light Ball lying around on Route 120, which will make her hit about as hard as [[OlympusMons Rayquaza]] while holding it.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Since the trainer class sprites have been replaced by larger portraits in Gen. VI, it's clear that nearly every trainer you battle has hair and eye colors that match perfectly. For instance, compare the Teammates (known as "Sr. and Jr." in ''Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald'') [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Teammates_(Trainer_class) sprites and artwork]].
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: If players have Lanette make the "Organize" option the default one on the PC, players might accidentally select a different option on reflex upon playing a previous game.
* DaylightHorror: Groudon, when awoken, makes the weather sunny - so much so that the sky is literally burning.
* TheDayTheMusicLied: [[spoiler:At the Battle Resort, when you enter the house of the two Star-Crossed Lovers (see below) the familiar battle theme starts, leading one to assume they're looking for a fight. When the conversation starts the music changes abruptly, turning sad and melancholy. There's no fight here to be had.]]
* DiscOneNuke:
** The first Mystery Gift promotion gave a free Shiny Beldum; not only does it come with Metagross' Megastone, it has moves that Beldum normally don't have, including Hold Back (which is pretty much the same as False Swipe) making it very useful for catching Pokémon. It also knows Iron Head, making it useful in the first Gym (so long as you don't level it past 10). As of January 14, 2015, this is no longer available.
** You can encounter Pokémon with egg moves or Hidden Abilities using the [=DexNav=]. It's entirely possible to get a Tallow with Brave Bird[=/=]Boomburst or a Shroomish with the Quick Feet ability and Seed Bomb before you even reach the first Gym.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** Bargain Power does not work on the Slateport [[RareCandy Energy Guru]] on Mondays as he is already having a sale.
** The QR code generator for the Super Secret Base is specifically programmed to ignore as-yet unreleased event Pokémon if you happen to have them on your team while generating the QR code[[note]]which is only possible via cheating[[/note]], and will use a different Pokémon you have on you for your battle party.
** The plural forms of name of all the in-game items are programmed into the game in case the game needs to refer them in plural form. This includes items which are either unobtainable in-game (due to being DummiedOut) and items that you can normally only get a singular amount per game (such as the [=TMs=], the [=HMs=] and the key items). This isn't simply just adding an "s" at the end of their names - the correct plural form of the respective words are programmed into the in-game data as an ''additional'' set of names.
** Only Unbound forme Hoopa can use Hyperspace Fury - a message will display if it were to try to use it while it's in its normal "Confined" forme. This also comes into play if you attempt to hack the move onto a Pokémon that isn't Hoopa (or have Smeargle learn it with [[PowerCopying Sketch]]) - it's impossible for them to pull off the move even though they know it.
** In spite of it normally being impossible to obtain it as shiny, Cosplay Pikachu does indeed have a shiny form, should you somehow hack it to be shiny.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'', Team Aqua and Team Magma were more or less interchangeable in terms of characterization, while the remakes give each team ''very'' distinct personalities. Team Aqua is much more laid back, with the male grunts [[SlouchOfVillainy slouching]], and are something of an AnimalWrongsGroup whose goal is to return the planet to a previous state where sea life dominated. Team Magma are much more orderly, with grunts saluting in their artwork and pre-battle poses, and they are {{Visionary Villain}}s trying to advance humanity's evolution by giving more room for development. [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/829/641/4ea.jpg Best exemplified by this this picture.]]
* DoubleEntendre: The vendor of Mauville Ramen Bowls will give you a pair of big nuggets for picking up your order in time. [[note]]In Japanese, the name for Nuggets is "kin no tama" (golden balls), which also happens to be a colloquial term for testicles.[[/note]]
* DragonRider: While the Fly HM has been in every Pokémon game, this is the first time the franchise (or at least [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger the main series]]) plays this trope 100% straight. Mega Latias and Latios can be flown like a Franchise/FinalFantasy airship and while doing this, the player can encounter nearly every non-event [[OlympusMons legendary]] in the franchise[[labelnote:Exceptions]]with the exceptions of the Kanto Bird Trio, Mewtwo, and Xerneas & Yveltal due to their availability in X & Y; also, Ho-oh and Lugia, Dialga and Palkia, Reshiram and Zekrom, and Tornadus and Thundurus are version exclusive.[[/labelnote]]. Even better, Latios/Latias doesn't even need to be in your party for you to summon it with the Flute, meaning you don't need to set aside a space for a Pokémon that knows Fly if you don't need it to battle.
* DullSurprise: In the [=BuzzNav=] show, "The Great Flag Hunter", the commentator is emotionless compared to the excited host.
-->'''Host''': Very well then! Today's flag hunter is just about to actually enter someone's Secret Base. It's [name]!\\
'''Commentator''': This is nice.
* DummiedOut: As you're not supposed to encounter most Pokémon within the game's demo, only a select few are programmed into the game. The rest are replaced with placeholder data a la Missingno from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''. What's unique about this is the fact that said placeholder data happens to be an actual canon Pokémon but with a cry different than normal. To be specific, it's a [[VisualPun ?-form Unown]] that has the cry of a Bulbasaur. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQTgC8KC0n4]]
* DungeonBypass: Roxanne's gym allows you to maneuver around the three trainers and just go right to her.
* EasterEgg:
** Serebii.net is a very popular and extensive fansite dedicated to all things ''Pokémon''. One popular part is a joined map of the worlds from Gens I through IV called "Pokéarth". [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?637946-Serebii-net-Pok%E9mon-Omega-Ruby-amp-Alpha-Sapphire-Discovery-Thread&s=240ee947b5a3c1bdae9d3cb3a6909f0c&p=17524236#post17524236 The developers decided to sneak it in there,]] [[FandomNod perhaps as homage to Serebii and the map's creators.]]
** The QR Code on the main site explaining [[http://www.pokemonrubysapphire.com/en-ca/cool-features/super-secret-bases the Super Secret Bases]] is fully scannable. It leads to an undecorated secret base within the default location of the tree at Route 111, with a Secret Base Trainer whose team composes of a Treecko, a Mudkip and a Torchic, all with customised move sets and all at level 99[[note]]which you can only find out if you make him your Secret Base Pal, then battle him at your own Super Secret Base with your own Level Release on[[/note]].
* EldritchLocation: Subtly done. The Seafloor Cavern loops back on itself and can even take you back to the entrance if you move through the wrong tunnel. Presumably this is to discourage people from awakening Groudon/Kyogre, who are hidden in the deepest part of the cavern.
* EnemyMine: Unlike the originals, ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' make it abundantly clear that the team that aren't the villains of the version you're playing are still a dangerous group of fanatics; they just don't get to act on their goals since their rivals keep outmaneuvering them.
* EvolvingCredits: The credits sequence shows the Pokémon you used to land the finishing blow against your opponent's final Pokémon during all the gym battles and major story points in the game. If you used a Shiny Mega Evolved Garchomp to end Kyogre's rampage, it'll show a Shiny Mega Evolved Garchomp matched up against Kyogre in the credits. The credits are different for ''every'' player.
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: Defied in the Delta Episode. Zinnia sabotages the original plan for transporting the meteoroid to an alternate dimension with the reasoning that the other dimension may not be able to stop it.
* FaceOfAThug:
** [[CombatPragmatist Sidney's]] new face is kind of... disturbing...
** On Route 120:
*** There's Gomez, a Street Thug. He complains that he really likes Pokémon, but none will approach him because of his scary face. He says that he has such a hard time finding them, that he raises them as eggs instead. His trainer message is, "Y'know, it really hurts when people say I look scary..."
*** Delinquent Sharlene, whose favorite Pokémon, according to her Trainer's Eye card, are "C-cute ones!". Delinquent Miley on Route 118, meanwhile, has playing with her Pokémon in Pokémon Amie as her hobby, something she acts rather defensive about.
* {{Fanservice}}: The female swimmers have been redesigned to look, well...
* {{Foil}}: The two daycares of the game serve as foils to each other in terms of the daycare couples' respective ages, with the daycare on Route 117 still being run by an old couple and the one in the Battle Resort being run by two children.
* ForegoneVictory: After capturing Rayquaza, the only difference between winning and losing to [[spoiler:Zinnia]] is the XP and money you get. You're still advancing the plot no differently.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: It's possible for the players to invoke this trope by enabling a feature that would allow you to use the 3DS's external camera during the contests as the scene created by the 3DS's camera replaces the contest stage, allowing one to, for example, pretend their Pokémon's attacking their real life friends.
* FusionDance: In the Hoenn equivalent of the O-Powers side quest, getting the final O-Power involves all the previous O-Power givers (and a random man) merging together, turning into [[spoiler:Mr. Bonding from ''X and Y'']] in the process.
* GetBackHereBoss:
** Averted for Latios and Latias, who were roaming in the original games. The version-specific sibling of your game automatically befriends you as part of the plot, and the other half can be challenged to a standard fight once you acquire the Eon Ticket.
** Pokémon found with the [=DexNav=] outside of grass wander around and are much harder to encounter. After your chain surpasses a certain number, they become nigh-impossible to approach as they stay still for only a second and run away more quickly.
* GirlinessUpgrade: May's redesign is slightly girlier than her original outfit, a few little frills added around the hem of her top and her headband tied to resemble a bow. She was also given a frilly pink contest outfit.
* TheGhost: [[spoiler:AZ is mentioned having visited Hoenn several times, once to plant a tree in Sootopolis. Another in Zinnia's history lesson in the Sky Pillar, mentions a "tall man from another region explaining Rayquaza's Mega Evolution".]]
* GlobalAirship: Mega Latias and Mega Latios function this way once you obtain the Eon Flute. Blow it in any outdoor area and you'll be able to summon them and take to the skies, whether they're in your current party or not. You can not only reach most routes and cities this way, but also otherwise unreachable areas.
* GrailInTheGarbage: A very literal case at the Battle Resort. One house belongs to a guy who says he in charge of picking up the trash around the resort and that the items in his house (which you're welcome to take) are just junk he picked up today. They actually contain one each of Protein, Iron, Calcium, Carbos, Zinc, and HP Up, and Gengarite.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Quite a number of the Team Magma/Aqua Grunts in the Magma/Aqua base don't even battle you no matter how much you talk to them, despite your notoriety in derailing their plans. During the Delta Episode in ''Alpha Sapphire'', a Grunt tells Zinnia where Archie's room is, then muses that it probably wasn't a good idea to divulge the information to an intruder.
* GuideDangIt:
** The games do not come with a Braille translation for the Sealed Chamber and Regi Temple puzzles like the originals, forcing you to look up the translation if you can't decipher the alphabet given to you in the first room of the Sealed Chamber or are just not familiar with the {{Sidequest}} already.
** The requirements that you need to fulfill before Rydel gives you both bikes at once are not hinted at by the game, and you might not even know you can do so unless you explore the Safari Zone (as there are a couples spots that obviously need both bikes to proceed). To unlock them, you need to talk to a Hex Maniac in the northern part of Route 111's desert using the Mach Bike, a Bird Keeper near the Weather Institute at Route 119 using the Acro Bike and the moves Surf and Waterfall, and a Biker in the post-game only Battle Resort.
** The Contest move combinations are again left unknown, but to make matters worse some have been changed.
** The Mirage Spots that contain Legendaries require having at least one Pokémon in your party with a specific attribute or relation to the Legendary you find at the spot, with each one having different requirements. The games give no hints as to what they are or even imply that any sort of trigger is required to access them, though at least some of them make a bit of sense (i.e. to encounter Kyurem you need to have Reshiram and Zekrom). Compounding this is that 3 of the Mirage Spots cycle through which Legendary you can encounter based off the time of day (or day of the week for Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion), which again isn't made privy to you so you might go off somewhere else thinking the spot is now empty.
** To encounter Regigigas, you have to capture all three Regis and go to the Island Cave (the location of Regice) with them in your party during the daytime while a nicknamed Regice holds a ice-related item. The only clues you get for these steps are very vague lines of dialogue from a girl in Pacifidlog, and even then [[RandomNumberGod she's not guaranteed to give them when talked to]] .
** Finding either Lugia or Ho-oh in Sea Mauville requires you to nab a hidden item from the underwater part and then take it to the bottom or top of the rig. There's a guy who gives you a vague idea of the item you need to find, but that's it.
** There's a locked room in the Sea Mauville that tells you you're being watched when you enter, and reading through some files mentions the Odd Keystone (an item related to Spiritomb). You can encounter a Spiritomb by opening and closing your bag after reading the document about the Old Keystone, but the game never gives a hint about taking that course of action.
** The fact that you can chain Pokémon on the [=DexNav=] to increase the chance of obtaining Pokémon with ideal stats. The only hint to this is the fact that if you defeat or capture a [=DexNav=] Pokémon, searching for them again will almost always result in another [=DexNav=] Pokémon spawning.
* HeroicMime: Much like the case of ''X and Y'', this is only played straight only ''most'' of the time. The protagonist does have a few lines now and then when it's essential to the plot, but otherwise doesn't talk.
* HiddenInPlainSight: One of the secret bases near Rusturf is suggested to be such a location, with a description that reads, "A Secret Base in a cave that people can’t usually find because it’s hiding out in the open."
* HistoryRepeats:
** ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' were released November 21st, 2014 in America and Japan, exactly twelve years after the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' were released in Japan.
** InUniverse, you obtain the other regions' starter Pokémon under similar conditions you've obtained your Hoenn starters (ie, Professor Birch being chased by a Pokémon or, in one case, [[spoiler:''his wife'', with Birch somehow mistaking her for a wild Pokémon)]].
* ImpliedLoveInterest: The opposite gender rival becomes this instead of just getting some light ShipTease like in past games. Scenes have been added that make it seem like the player and the opposite gendered rivals are in love with each other, such as the date at the Mossdeep Space Center after the end of the Delta Episode. However, the only time that the term "boyfriend/girlfriend" is used is when an ad on the [=PokéNav=]+ jokes about the player character finding a love interest using the Item Finder.
* InterfaceScrew: Once in Kyogre/Groudon's chamber, the [=DexNav=] on the lower touch screen begins acting up; all the features become unusable and scrambled, there's electricity on the screen, and it doesn't fix itself till you leave the chamber.
* InterspeciesRomance: There's one in the storyline that's odd even for two Pokémon; Chaz's Machoke and Lisia's Altaria seem to be a little affectionate towards each other, despite the fact that they aren't even compatible.
* {{Irony}}:
** In ''Omega Ruby'', Team Magma redesign the stolen submarine to resemble Camerupt. The irony here is that Camerupt has a 4x weakness to water.
** The burning sky that Groudon creates after being awoken has the same effects as Desolate Land and primarily affects the one part of Hoenn that is rife with Water-types and trainers with more Water-types, the majority of which will be left unable to defend themselves due to Desolate Land negating Water-type attacks.
* JigglePhysics: May's hair and the bow that her bandana is tied into are ''very'' prone to bouncing around.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The interviewee on "Mirage Detection Unit" who visited a mirage spot doesn't remember what or where the spot was because he failed to Cut a tree/failed to climb a waterfall/failed to smash a rock, and the shock from the resulting injury caused him to forget that one detail.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: A meta example - out of all of the remakes, ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'' are the only ones that aren't bundled with anything, the titles aren't written in [=CamelCase=] and the most recently introduced Eeveelution is obtainable along with the location-based evolutions.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The song that appears whenever you visit a Pokémon Center [[HolidayMode on your birthday]] starting from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' appears as a song within the game's official soundtrack[[note]]The fact that the song plays during an EasterEgg was probably the reason why it was omitted from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'''s official soundtrack in the first place[[/note]]
* LuckBasedMission: Mirage Spots that aren't [[SocializationBonus StreetPassed]] appear randomly at the start of the day, which can be a pain for OneHundredPercentCompletion since some have [=TMs=] and[=/=]or Evolution items (like the Razor Claw), and they all have rare foreign Pokémon. There is even a special Mirage Island that is ''only'' randomly generated that hides [[OlympusMons Cresselia]]!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: Connecting to the internet for the first time in a while (as in, your Passersby log is empty) tends to take much longer than usual; since it has to connect, then update a mass amount of data, which includes unvisited Secret Bases, the news feed displayed through your Buzz Nav, and any Mirage Spots.
* LoonyFan:
** Lisia has one in Sootopolis. If you give the right answer to his question (you can try a second time if you answer wrong) he gives you the Infestation TM.
** The player has contest fans who will congratulate them and give them gifts, and some fit this trope, I.e. one fan will beg to shake the player's hand, and then claims she'll never wash it again. Another (who is a Collector class) will say he's looking forward to the next contest, and asks the player to make sure they wear their stage costume next time he meets them.
** Apartment 5 in Mauville Hills is home to a composer who's a little full of himself and won't let you enter because he assumes you are a fan. Next door lives "A Devoted Woman" who ''is'' his fan and criticizes you for trying to enter his apartment because she is more devoted than you are.
* LongSongShortScene: Due to the cutscene's length being reduced (and the fact that it now only plays when sailing to Dewford City or on the S.S. Tidal), the song played when sailing with Mr. Briney is now this.
* LostForever:
** Unlike the original games this is averted for the Master Ball with the Team Hideout, akin to ''Emerald''. You even need to trek into the boss' office during the Delta Episode, making it extremely unlikely that you'll miss the ball pile.
** As it was in the originals but not ''Emerald'', Southern Island is forever off-limits once you catch the Lati twins.
** Nobody in Mossdeep Gym apart from the guide and the leaders can be accessed or interacted with once you win the Mind Badge due to how the maze is set up.
* {{Magitek}}: Both the supernatural power of the Blue/Red Orb and the hi-tech protection of the Magma/Aqua Suit are needed for the player to follow Groudon/Kyogre to Hoenn's core. There's even a slot in the suit for placing the orb inside!
* MegaCorp: Mauville City, New Mauville, and Sea Mauville all got their name from the Mauville Corporation that built them, which mysteriously went under before the main character was born. [[spoiler:Exploring Sea Mauville will shed some light on what had happened in the past... and reveal some dark secrets.]]
* MookChivalry: What is notable is that thanks to the new change to horde battles, Team Magma and Aqua's grunts are now capable of ''averting'' this trope and can now jump rush you 5-to-1, although ConservationOfNinjutsu still applies.
* MoralEventHorizon: In-universe, this is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] between the villain team leader and one of his admins (Tabitha for Maxie, Shelly for Archie). After nearly destroying the world by awakening Groudon or Kyogre, the leader feels he is beyond redemption. The admin admits that while the wrongs the leader committed may be unforgivable, that is precisely why he should do everything he can to make up for what he's done, as it's the only way he can accept responsibility for his actions.
* MrFanservice: Archie is noticeably buff and has his chest exposed at all times. Matt as well, veering on TestosteronePoisoning.
%%* MsFanservice: Shelly.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The hosts on the TV shows that focus on players met on [=StreetPass=] make everything they've done sound exciting, when in reality, most players would find nicknaming Pokémon, sneaking up on hidden Pokémon, buying items, and the like rather dull and repetitive.
* MythologyGag:
** The new Pokédex is shaped like a Game Boy Advance while the new [=PokéNav=] is shaped like a Game Boy Advance SP.
** In addition to being an event distributed item, the Eon Ticket can also be obtained directly from [[SocializationBonus Streetpassing players who already have an Eon Ticket]], a reference to the fact that the Eon Ticket of the original games was also obtainable by swapping records with those who have it.
** The Delta Episode involves a battle between [[CoolVsAwesome Rayquaza and Deoxys]], just like in ''Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys''.
** According to the demo, the Pokémon Attendant that gives you a Potion in Oldale Town is the younger brother... err, employee of the one in Mossdeep City.
** The intro movie has an interesting twist for those who've played the originals. The original intro featured Brendan/May riding their bicycle and running into Latias/Latios (depending on the version) who flies beside them. The new intro has the same scene... but it starts from ''Latias/Latios' POV this time'', showing it flying over Hoenn and then running into the player character riding their bicycle.
** The game starts out [[{{Retraux}} literally identical to the GBA games]]... until Professor Birch sends out the Azurill. The scene then pans out to reveal the fact that your character was watching said scene on the [=PokéNav=] while still riding in the truck.
** When you first encounter Deoxys in Delta Episode, a triangle appears not unlike the one from Birth Island of ''[=FireRed=]'', ''[=LeafGreen=]'' and ''Emerald''. Said triangle then moves across the screen on its own accord in a manner similar to the triangle puzzle from Birth Island (complete with a very similar sound effect as it moves). Deoxys then breaks out of the triangle. The only differences between the encounter on Birth Island and the encounter during Delta Episode is that you encounter Deoxys in space and that Deoxys' battle theme plays immediately after Deoxys awakens (instead of when the battle starts).
** The Game Corner still exists in Mauville City. However, it closed down before the events of the game. Speak to the reminiscing owner of the game store (who happens to be standing in front of the Game Corner's doorplace) and he'll give you the three starter dolls for your secret base (which were originally prizes for winning at the Game Corner).
** In Delta Episode, the plan to avert the ColonyDrop is to [[spoiler:send the asteroid through a dimensional portal]] via an object called the "Link Cable". The Link Cable was an accessory for the Game Boy (Advance) that let players trade their Pokémon between games.
** In the original games, Wattson mentioned having plans to convert the entirety of Mauville City but was unable to do so. Come the remakes, it seems he was able to finally achieve his goal as Mauville City has gotten the largest overhaul of any city in Hoenn.
** A boy in Rustboro City's Pokémon Center mentions that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall ten years ago]], Pokémon Centers used to have two floors and a service called the "Pokémon Cable Club", referencing the way the original games' multiplayer worked.
** The phone call [=PokéNav=] app from ''Emerald'' still exists. The reason why it's not available for everyday use is because it's still in development by the time the game starts. [[spoiler: Delta Episode reveals that a prototype version of said app exists on all [=PokéNavs=], which is how Steven manages to contact the player during the episode.]]
** In ''Alpha Sapphire'' there's a picture of Archie, Shelly, and Jirachi that was taken 12 years before the game. This is a reference to ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', [[spoiler:which had Archie (disguised as a man in a suit of armor named Guile Hideout) attempt to obtain Jirachi during the seven days it was awake during the opening ceremonies of the Battle Frontier in the ''Emerald'' chapter.]]
** It's possible to obtain a replica of the Pokéblock Blender from the original games for your Secret Base from an reminiscing old man in one of the Contest Halls. The description of said Pokéblock Blender said it was originally used [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall long ago]] to make Pokéblocks, and is purely for decoration (as it's unusable).
** A woman in the Lilycove Department Store comments on how many [=TMs=] there are now, saying she can only name 50. The original games only had 50 [=TMs=].
** An old man outside the Verdanturf Contest Hall says that his contest hall was where up-and-coming contest prospects would come. In ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'', Verdanturf had the Normal-Rank (lowest ranked) Contest Hall.
** Wallace being the Champion in ''Emerald'' is referenced twice in the Delta Episode. Before you enter Sky Pillar he fights you using the same Pokémon he had in that game, while at the end Steven implies having Wallace be his successor should he ever choose to step down.
** A sign in the Battle Resort mentions that a Battle Frontier project, complete with Battle Tower, is underway.
** The Move Tutors at the Battle Resort teach the same moves that the Move Tutors in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' taught, with three of them[[note]]Dark Pulse, Roost, and Sleep Talk[[/note]] replaced since they're now TM moves. In their place are Shock Wave, Water Pulse, and Focus Punch, which were TM moves in the original games.
** Someone on Mt. Pyre mentions that the floor there used to be full of holes. The hole puzzles that used to let you find the Sea and Lax Incenses are no longer there in the remakes.
** The first time you beat Wallace in a contest spectacular, he notes it's been [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "many years"]] since he's been in a Pokémon contest.
** While the Magma and Aqua Admins are for the most part CoDragons to their leader, their roles in the story make them a counterpart to the opposite-gendered admin on the other team (Tabitha with Shelly, and Courtney with Matt). This leaves Tabitha and Shelly with a role in the main story that is very similar to their ascended importance in Emerald (where both were THE Dragon to their leader), though the other two Admins are not as unimportant as they were in that game due to their ascended importance in the post-game.
** If you import Diancie from ''X'' or ''Y'' (via trade or Pokémon Bank) and have it in your team when you enter a Pokémon Center, an event is triggered very similar to the one when it was downloaded as a Mystery Gift in the previous games. Two guys come in (a Gentleman and a Black Belt) claiming their employer is looking for it, and try to convince you to give them the Diancie. Regardless of what you say, said employer (a Ninja Boy) comes in and tells them to back off, but in ''this'' case, he gives you the Diancite, the stone needed for its Mega Evolution.
** When you show the Eon Ticket to Norman he comments on it saying it's been [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall 11 years since he last saw one]].
* MyRulesAreNotYourRules:
** Surfing Ace Trainers finally make a debut in these games. However, none of their Pokémon you battle know the move.
** Mega Rayquaza does not need a stone to Mega Evolve, unlike any other Mega Pokémon. It only needs to know [[SecretArt Dragon Ascent]], which also means that it is the only Mega Pokémon that can use another boosting item like Life Orb.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Averted for the first time in the series. The opposite gender rival is heavily implied throughout the story to be the player character's love interest. Not only that, but it's possible for the [=BuzzNav=] to outright state you have a love interest.
* {{Nerf}}: Downplayed. Knock Off has its PP reduced back to 20.
* NeverSayDie:
** Averted when Maxie/Archie awakens Groudon/Kyogre and it gets out of control, Archie/Maxie exclaims that the heat/rain will bring every living being to death. While its only mentioned once in Alpha Sapphre, it is mentioned again in Omega Ruby when Groudon is going to Sootopolis; Archie explicitly states that everything will die if they don't stop the drought.
** Also averted in Mt. Pyre. A female Poké Fan says, "Once you die, everything will be gone..."
* NewsTravelsFast: ''Everything'' you do is immediately reported on the [=BuzzNav=]. Save the world? On the news. Sneak up to a Pokémon rustling in the bushes in the middle of nowhere? Someone is timing how fast it took you to approach it, and whether you ran away, defeated it, or caught it. Fight a reporter and camera man looking for a scoop? You're the scoop. Set a new trend in Dewford Town? Not only will the entire island be celebrating it by the time you take two steps into the house next to the guy you told the trend about, but you'll be on the news being credited as the trend setter. Buy a certain item in huge bulk? You're reported on the news as a shopper who knows a good deal when you see one. In fact, the news even lampshades the importance of your presence in the story by mentioning how you're the very trainer who's been appearing in so many of the news stories lately. The trope is played straight even before you get involved in the story too. The news will inform you of [[spoiler:Professor Cozmo]]'s kidnapping before you learn about it.
* NoFairCheating: Just like in ''X and Y'', Pokémon with Contest Ribbons from Generations III or IV with have those ribbons converted into special commemoratory ones that identify how many they had before, probably to prevent people from [[SequenceBreaking jumpstarting their contest career]]. Then again, you could just trade with someone whose Pokémon has already won a contest in another copy of the game, right? Nope, because the ranks you are allowed to enter in are now tied to the player instead of the Pokémon.
* NoOSHACompliance: Probably the biggest offender in this version is Sea Mauville, a wrecked, half-sunken, half-flooded offshore rig leaning on its side with dangerous-looking holes in the floor... Which is ''open to tourists''! Justified due to it being designated as a nature reserve in-story.
* NothingIsScarier:
** The Scorched Slab (which in the previous version was a tiny cave that had nothing but the Sunny Day TM) is much bigger in this version. However, there seems to be nothing at all in the dark cavern (except some Golbat) but there is a rock blocking the way down to the lowest level that you need Strength to move. Do so early in the game and go down and you'll find... nothing. Just a big, empty ominous cavern. [[spoiler:However, if you go to the Scorched Slab after dealing with Kyogre/Groundon, you'll find Flannery down there looking for Heatran, and if you go to the bottom level then, you'll find a portal that leads to Heatran itself.]]
** When you enter one of the rooms in Sea Mauville, the narration tells you "You're being watched!" but the room seems empty aside from some junk and broken furniture. If you inspect an old locker, you find some barely readable files that mention a Odd Keystone; if you go in and out of a menu, a Spiritomb appears, and battles you.
** One of the apparently vacant rooms in Mauville Hills has a great deal on the lease. Ringing the intercom of an empty room usually gives the message "There's no answer..." The intercom of this room instead gives "..."
* OldSaveBonus:
** The demo allows you to transfer the Glalie (Steelix in Japan) you caught into the official game, along with several gifts that can be obtained by playing the demo's missions.
** If you show one of the members of Game Freak a Pokémon originating from the original ''Ruby and Sapphire'', he'll give you a special certificate to display in your Secret Base. You can only have one at a time, but you can bring any Gen III Hoenn Pokémon to the director after obtaining the certificate to change which Pokémon is named and depicted (with its original GBA sprite) on it.
* OminousPipeOrgan: The interior of the Sky Pillar is filled with foreboding pipe organ music, remixed from the aforementioned ''Emerald'' theme.
* OptionalStealth: ''Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire'' introduces sneaking up on wild Hidden Pokémon. This is not a requirement for any part of the story; the protagonist can even botch the rival's sneaking tutorial without having to redo it. However, some Pokémon only appear as Hidden, so you'll need to sneak up on a few 'mons if you're gonna [[GottaCatchEmAll catch 'em all.]]
* OrchestralBombing: The remixed soundtrack in the remakes slightly tones down the trumpets that dominated the originals and adds a more booming orchestral oomph to it. It is perhaps most noticeable with the Team Aqua[=/=]Magma theme.
* OrphanedEtymology: A Team Aqua Grunt mentions the Greek God Poseidon within the demo in spite of the fact that Classical Mythology might not even exist within the Pokémon universe. Unless the in-universe Poseidon and Kyogre are one and the same, that is.
* PassingTheTorch: Two examples, one very serious, the other played for laughs.
** The serious example: [[spoiler:After you tame Rayquaza and defeat Deoxys, Zinia "retires" and passes the duties of the last of the Draconians to you. Then [[ButNowIMustGo she leaves to go somewhere]], but you can talk to her grandmother in Meteor Falls to gain the Salamencite, and also make Rayquaza relearn Dragon's Ascent again. (In case it ever forgets it.)]]
** The less serious example: [[spoiler:When you defeat Fair Prince Treadwell in the Mauville Food Court, he confesses that he used to be bullied by bigger kids, and created the whole "Pokémon battles over seats" nonsense and ruled the Food Court as the strongest trainer as a way of coping... until you defeated him. Now he feels he wants to leave to do some soul-searching and passes the Fair Prince title to you.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: Like in the first game, players can create one themselves through Secret Bases, which can then be shared with other players. In particular, making a base with a full team of Blisseys all knowing nothing but Healing Wish, a move that [=KOs=] the user as long as it is not the last Pokémon left, is an effective and perfectly safe way to train weak Pokémon.
* PixelHunt: This time, there are items hidden underneath the ocean bed. There's no hint on where they are as the Dowsing Machine can't be used under water. Even the spots themselves aren't obvious.
* PostFinalBoss: May/Brendan challenges you to a battle [[BookEnds at the pound of Route 103]] right after the credits roll for the first time. They now have access to Mega Evolution for their starter, but the fight shouldn't be difficult since their team is mostly out-leveled by Sidney (the first member of the Elite Four). The fight mostly exists to wrap-up the rival's character arc.
* PreexistingEncounters: In addition to the classic RandomEncounters, wild Pokémon can sometimes be seen in the overworld, which can only be fought if players sneak up on them. These encounters can also be spawned at will by searching for a Pokémon with the [=DexNav=]. As a Pokémon is encountered more, Pokémon found with the [=DexNav=] will have more perks such as perfect [=IVs=], Hidden Abilities, and Egg Moves.
* PowerUpMount: There are three Pokémon in this game that get a unique model for surfing and diving: Wailmer, Sharpedo & Kyogre. Wailmer provides no extra bonuses, Sharpedo goes twice as fast as the others while sacrificing the ability to fish, and Kyogre goes slightly faster than Wailmer and miscellaneous Pokémon [[CoolButInefficient but is too large to fit into anything but the Sootopolis Cave while underwater]].
* PromotedToLoveInterest: The opposite gender rival becomes the ImpliedLoveInterest to the player character. More obvious during the epilogue of both the main game and the Delta Episode as well as if you're using the [=BuzzNav=] (as one of the possible news is them announcing you've found a love interest using the Search Finder).
* RankInflation: The [=DexNav=] normally ranks you with Bronze, Silver or Gold Crown, based on if you have caught every Pokémon in a given area and by the encounter method (Grass/Floor, Surfing and Fishing). However, capturing every Pokémon in the area, including the ones you encounter after getting the National Pokédex grants you a Platinum Crown.
* RearrangeTheSong: Fortree's music is rearranged twice. [[http://youtu.be/T8J_6woQiH8 one for the Secret bases]] and [[http://youtu.be/YfPaBPfaU00 one for the town itself]]
* RecursiveCanon: While the ConsoleCameo of what platform the current Pokémon game is on being hold by overworld [=NPCs=] (implying that they're playing Pokémon on their handhelds) were largely left out as of the fifth generation, the quadruplets that live in Lilycove City can still be seen with 3DS's. Talking to them implies they're trading with each other.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Right before you fight Tabitha on Mount Chimney he opens his eyes which are bright red, as he gives a SlasherSmile.
* {{Retcon}}:
** It was originally stated that examples of Mega Evolution can only be found in the Kalos region. Come these games, and not only can Mega Evolution be found in Hoenn, it's also implied to be the true birthplace of Mega Evolution rather than the Kalos region like in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
** A short cutscene plays in ''X and Y'' that implies that the Fairy-type was discovered only recently[[note]]Although the cutscene could just be for the player's benefit[[/note]]. Come these games, and not only do the Pokémon who were retconned to be at least part-Fairy keep said retconnned typing, the Fairy Tale Girls are added to various routes and speak of Fairy-typed Pokémon as if they've been known for a while. This is in spite of the fact that these games come before ''X and Y'' in the series' timeline.
** To tie the Weather Trio, the Delta Episode, and the origins of Mega Evolution together, Sootopolis has been changed from a dead volcano to the crash site of a massive meteor that unveiled an abundant well of natural energy.
* {{Retraux}}:
** Many of the new [=PokéNav=]'s map-related features display the corresponding area's original GBA look. Also, the music style of the game resembles the cross between the original games' style and that of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]''
** The battle themes of the non-Hoenn legendaries are taken ''exactly'' from the games said themes appeared in. Goes UpToEleven with [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Entei, Raikou and Suicune]] who use the ''exact same'' chiptune theme from ''Crystal'' instead of the remixed themes they had in ''[=HeartGold=] and [=SoulSilver=]''.
** The Primal battle theme plays with this a little, it actually switches back and forth between the remixed song and their original ''Ruby and Sapphire'' theme.
** The opening five seconds or so of the intro are done in the original GBA graphics - then revealed to be a [[POVCam point-of-view shot]] from the protagonist's perspective, looking at their [=PokéNav=] (which co-incidentally resembles a [[ConsoleCameo GameBoy Advance SP]]).
* RuleOfSymbolism: ''Alpha'' Sapphire and ''Omega'' Ruby: Primal Kyogre's ability is Sea of Beginnings (Primordial Sea in English) and Primal Groudon has Land of Endings (Desolate Land in English).
* RunningGag: At the Battle Maison, there is [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY once again]] a Nurse Joy who only came to watch, not to heal Pokémon.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: The Collectors, Bug Maniacs and male School Kids have these.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: The inclusion of the many AntiFrustrationFeatures, general mechanic changes like the physical[=/=]special split introduced in ''Diamond and Pearl'', Mega Evolution, and the new [=EXP=] Share make these games much easier than the originals.
* SequelHook: In addition to the Battle Frontier still being built by the time these games take place, [[spoiler: it's revealed at the end of the Delta Episode that Steven will be asking Wallace to take over his role of champion after he goes to travel around the world]], which can be interpreted as a hint towards a possible future sequel with a few changes from Emerald being put into the games.
* ShoutOut:
** Prof. Cozmo gives you the Galladite and Wanda gives you the Gardevoirite. Ralts is a part [[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents Fairy]]-type (until it evolves into Gallade).
** There's a Skitty Poké doll called [[Franchise/HelloKitty Hi Skitty]].
** In real life, the Leonid Meteor Shower happens every so often. The event is associated with the Leo constellation in the sky. Here, it's called the '''Litleo'''nid Meteor Shower.
** In Pacifidlog Town, there is an NPC who says [[Film/LordOfTheRings "One does not simply walk into a Mirage Spot."]]
** In the Italian version, the Ace Duo you meet in Victory Road are named [[Anime/FutureBoyConan Conan and Lana]].
** If you scrounge around in Sea Mauville, you'll eventually find a dual screen game system that is said to be somewhat different [[BreakingTheFourthWall from the one you have]]. It ''might'' be a regular DS, but given that Sea Mauville shut down decades prior it's more than likely something like a dual screen Game & Watch.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Chaz in the Pokémon Contests. He claims that he wants to be Lisia's (and to a lesser extent, your) [[TheRival rival]] in the competitions, but he will most likely come in 4th place when you actually compete against him. In fact, he seems to lack even a basic understanding of how different types of Pokémon relate to each contest; his star is a Machoke, but he adamantly refuses to enter it in the Toughness contests (where a Machoke would likely do best) claiming it's far too "lovely" for such a competition. That is, until CharacterDevelopment sets in and he starts training with Brawly.
* SnakeOilSalesman: He doesn't offer you a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. [[spoiler:After dealing with Groudon/Kyogre, an old man who claims to sell stones appears on Route 114. He speaks highly of one he offers for 40,000 [=PokéDollars=], even higher of one for 80,000, and highest of one for 150,000. But all three are Hard Stones. Two items he sells, which he claims are "for beginners" and tries to steer you away from, only cost 1,500; these are the Mega Evolution stones for the two Starters you did ''not'' choose.]]
* SocializationBonus: Like in the original games, you can share your Super Secret Bases (via [=StreetPass=] and QR codes), except it grants even more bonuses this time. The trainers you defeat in bases can be recruited into a team of yours, and can grant you bonuses like being able to make eggs hatch faster, or experience boosts. Flags you can capture in other players' bases grant similar bonuses; the more flags you have, the better the bonuses are and the more you can use them each day. Furthermore, you can even set your team members as trainers in your own secret base, effectively creating your own gym.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:After the Delta Episode, you can find a female Aqua Grunt and a male Magma Grunt in a house at the Battle Resort, who claim they've quit their teams to be together. However, after other Grunts arrive and tell them that hostilities between the two Teams is getting worse, the two decide to go back to try to make peace between the Teams and offer you a Camerupt and a Sharpedo in return, each holding a rather rare Berry.]]
* StaticRoleExchangeableCharacter: The game features two possible player characters, Brendan (male) and May (female), letting the player decide who to play as. The other possible PC then becomes TheRival to the player, with largely the same role, regardless who it is.
* StealthPun: An Ace Trainer in Rustboro City will give you a Float Stone, which halves the weight of the Pokémon that equips it. Leave the screen and come back, and the Ace will inexplicably have turned into a big, tubby Hiker.
* StoryBreadcrumbs: Much of the backstory for Sea Mauville is told through letters and documents scattered within it.
* SuperMode: The games introduce more Mega Evolutions; along with [[EarlyBirdCameo Mega Blaziken]], new Mega Evolutions introduced in this game include Sceptile, Swampert, Sableye, Metagross, Diancie, Altaria, Lopunny, Salamence, Slowbro, Audino, Sharpedo, Camerupt, Gallade, Rayquaza, Beedrill, Pidgeot, Steelix, and Glalie. There are also Primal Reversion forms of Groudon and Kyogre, which are different from Mega Evolution and trigger automatically upon sending in the Pokemon if it is holding the proper item. Mega Evolutions can also be performed in Contests now, to blow the audience away even more.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: The remakes finally avert this for the player; to dive underwater and not drown, you're given a miniature oxygen tank and goggles. Underwater trainers also feature gear similar to this. The Pokémon still play it straight, however.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Just like Zekrom/Reshiram in ''Black and White'', and Xerneas/Yveltal in ''X and Y'', you are forced to catch Rayquaza to proceed with the Delta Episode. Just like in those games, to make capture easier, Rayquaza's base capture rate is 45 instead of 3.
* TakeYourTime: Taken to ridiculous extremes. In the Delta Episode [[spoiler: Deoxys' meteor will hit the Earth in approximately 42 hours]], but you can level-grind a week's worth without batting an eye in the game.
* TimeTravel: Implied to be the case with Genesect if you were to transfer him to these games due to the implications that they are near the very beginning of the series timeline. (Genesect's backstory involves N of Team Plasma[[note]]a criminal organization that became active, with N as the leader, just before the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', a game near the end of the timeline[[/note]] cancelling the project involving its creation, only for it to be secretly completed by the scientist in charge of it).
* TookALevelInBadass: Wally goes from a timid frail boy who needs help from Norman to capture Ralts into a strong trainer fully capable of testing the player's limits if unprepared.
* TronLines: The "Cleverness" intro of your Pokémon in the Pokémon Contests shows a circuit board lighting up in the background.
* TwentyBearAsses:
** The Glass Workshop on route 113 requires you to collect grams of volcanic ash from the 7 ash piles found on the route. The Elegant Desk the glass maker can create for you requires about 8,000 grams of ash, and the Elegant Chair about 6,000. You get between 35-105 grams every time you go back outside and collect the 7 piles again, so getting both furniture items for your secret base is going to take quite a bit of repetitious grinding.
** There's something similar if you want your Secret Base to be as useful as possible. Getting it to Bronze level, where your friends have higher level Pokémon when you battle them and can do two skills, requires gathering fifty flags from other Bases. Getting it to Silver (making their Pokémon even better and giving them three Skills) requires you to gather 100 flags (total). You need a total of 500 to get it up to Gold, where you can have the best base, and you need 1000 flags to gain the Platinum rank, which not only allows you to use special skills of your Secret Base Pals twice a day, it's also the only way to get the Garchompite without trading. (And because there are only 80 Secret Bases in Hoenn and you can only get one flag from each per day - if it's occupied - it may take a while.)
* TheUnreveal: Regarding the number of years that pass between some of the games. Looking at the description of the model of the [[Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Royal Unova]] in the Slateport City Museum says that it's "scheduled to be completed in -- years. The number is too small to read."
* VideoGameCaringPotential:
** Pokémon-Amie returns from ''X & Y''. Just like in those games, you can pet, feed, and play with your Pokémon, which can grant quite a few bonuses if you keep on doing it.
** There's a Youngster on an early route whose Pokémon has been injured. You have the option of healing it for him with one of your Potions for nothing in return.
* VoodooShark: The game {{Handwave}}s portraying the cutscene on top of Sky Pillar at night, ''then'' jumping to daytime by Zinnia knocking you unconscious, which begs the question on why she did so in the first place.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Archie and Maxie were on the same "team" once, according to an [=NPC=].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Team Magma and Aqua both have good intentions for their actions like in the original games, except they've been expanded upon so their motives are more sensible this time.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Discussed. An NPC at Mt. Pyre says that he wishes he could live forever with his Pokémon, but also believes that immortality isn't something one should force on another.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: The women who guards the entrance to the cable car and the woman who gives out tickets both look similar. {{Lampshade}}d by a hiker on the upper cable car house who claims that the ones at the top are twins while the ones at the bottom are also twins.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The character redesigns are a lot more prominent and drastic than they were in the remakes of previous gens. As just a few examples:
** Tabitha went from being tall and lanky to short and fat.
** Matt, originally sort of chubby and out of shape, is far more muscular and chunky.
** Shelly remains the same size and shape, but has so many changes to her hair, skin, and costume that she looks like a whole new character with the same name.
** A ''city'' example: Mauville has changed so much since the original games it's barely recognisable, becoming Hoenn's version of [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Castelia]] or [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Lumiose.]] (And, in fact, in includes Shout Outs to both of those)
* ZergRush: Like in ''X & Y'', horde battles have made a return. However, in addition, Team Magma and Aqua Grunts can also engage in you in 5-on-1 battles this time!
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