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->''"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''. Due to being released after the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff "Pokémania"]] phase of Generations I and II, and before the [[SleeperHit "It prints money"]] phase of the NintendoDS generations IV and above, ''Ruby and Sapphire'' were the least successful (though still ''greatly'' profitable) "main pair" of games.

On May 7, 2014, The Pokémon Company announced [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] for the Nintendo3DS, titled ''Pokémon Omega Ruby'' and ''Alpha Sapphire''. The games will be released in November 2014, more than ten years after the originals' release. Of note is the fact that Groudon and Kyogre have new "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. These games will, in all likelihood, be part of the "Sixth Generation" of Pokemon games and be especially 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 diploma for Pokédex, which is not repeated until VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 (unless you count Sinnoh[[note]]Which rewards you with National Pokédex and Poké Radar[[/note]]) - for completing Hoenn Pokédex in Emerald ''only'', you can choose one of the Johto starters.
* AfterCombatRecovery: 5/7 of the Battle Frontier facilities, with the exceptions being the Battle Pike (although subverted when certain conditions are met) and the Battle Pyramid.
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: The Secret Bases, which can get addicting. You can also decorate your bedroom at home, though to a lesser extent than the Secret Bases.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures:
** Relearning moves from a Pokemon's natural moveset was impossible in Gen I, and in Gen II required you to beat the Pokemon League of the side game ''Pokemon 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, which can easily be farmed off of Luvdisc, are scattered across the overworld. and in some games can be given a reward for certain tasks.
** Soothe Bell is introduced to double up the happiness gain rate of its holder, speeding up happiness based-evolutions. This is very helpful since some Pokemon have ''painfully slow'' happiness gain rate such as Eevee and Chansey . Also because vitamins[[note]]one of the faster methods to increase happiness[[/note]] are expensive.
* 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: This generation is the only one to be incompatible with previous generations, which is one among various reasons behind the hatedom towards these games.
* 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.
* BonusBoss: In addition to Rayquaza, and the seven Frontier Brains, ''Emerald'' has Groudon and Kyogre appear in mysteriously disappearing and reappearing caves on several routes. There's also the four distant islands, where Lati@s, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Deoxys can be found. Finally, [[spoiler:Steven can be found in a hidden room in Meteor Falls.]]
* 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.
** There's also a man in Fortree City who remarks on seeing a gigantic green dragon.
* ChekhovsGunman: Subverted, see RedHerring below.
* 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.
* 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.
** Ruby and Sapphire feature an NPC in Petalburg City stating that Norman moved from Johto. For some reason, this was removed from Emerald.
* ContinuityReboot: Essentially because Gen III reprogrammed the way Pokemon 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.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything
** You know how the Pokédex says no two Spinda have the same spot pattern? Turns out a hidden stat generated about 4 billion different patterns.
** 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.
** Subverted with Wally's tutorial fight; with the right stat and damage rolls, it's possible for Zigzagoon to knock out Ralts.
* DownloadableContent: This is the generation in which Nintendo events blossomed into its full form. Various islands are accessable 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.
** 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-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 boss battle where the player and Steven Stone team up against Magma Admin Tabitha and Magma Leader Maxie at the Mossdeep Space Center.
* DummiedOut: It was stated in a Magazine/NintendoPower interview that Gastrodon (and presumably Shellos) were initially designed for this game, but were scrapped. They would later show up in [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]].
** 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 Pokemon and that Pokemon faints from a direct attack by the opponent, the attacking move's PP drops to zero.
* EmeraldPower: Rayquaza, the strongest [[OlympusMons Olympus Mon]] in ''Emerald''.
* EvilVersusEvil: Teams Magma and Aqua are constantly at odds with each other. 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.)
* FailOSuckyname: A pair of NPC's reference this trope, warning the player to be careful when choosing their Pokemon's names. Of note, the old man named his Pikachu "Pekachu".
* {{Fanfare}}: ''All the frickin' time.'' 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 off of 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon and he becomes your rival later on.
** The fact that it's presented as ''Wally'' learning how to catch a Pokémon, rather than you, it's at least a ''bit'' less annoying than in some other generations.
* 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.
** And of course, the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pomeg_glitch Pomeg Berry Glitch]] in ''Emerald''.
** While still having bugs; Game Freak was able to perform much more bug-testing with their games starting with ''Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald'' (after the profits from [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Generation I]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Generation II]] made up for the loss of Generation I's troubled production). And it shows.
* 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.
* GuideDangIt: Feebas is one of the most frustrating Pokémon to get in the entire series. Out of 436 water tiles on Route 119, only ''six'' randomly-picked tiles[[note]]whenever a new game is started or the trendy phrase in Dewford is changed[[/note]] have Feebas, a 1 in 72.67 chance of finding a tile that has them. You're not even guaranteed to get one by fishing on those tiles.
** Less frustratingly, Chimecho only appears in one area and is extremely rare, and [[JunkRare isn't even worth much]] besides Pokedex completion.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Dewford's trendy things are ''very'' abusable.
** These games contain a notable inversion with the rivals, as they're the first (but not [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXandY last]]) that don't let you input names for them.
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction: This is the actual TropeNamer, though it really started in Generation II.
* InevitableTournament: The Battle Dome in ''Emerald.'' Led by Dome Ace Tucker
* JustAddWater: the Pokéblocks.
* LargeHam:
** "GORGE your eyes on this! It's a SILK SCARF!!!!"
** Honestly, a great number of the {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs, especially Trainers, are this.
* LetsPlay:
** Watch Scope on his journey through the Hoenn region [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikGsOs585sE]]
** {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}}'s seventeenth Let's Play was one of ''Emerald Version''.
** The Hoenn-based Pokémon games are also particularly popular in documented [[SelfImposedChallenge Nuzlocke runs]], as the [[NuzlockeComics very first one]] was done with ''Ruby'' version.
** Tekking101 conducted an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUxJCjlHFYc All-Shiny's playthrough of Emerald]].
** There's also the infamous LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonEmerald.
* LongSongShortScene:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRsUBDLTrZ0 "Battle! Team Aqua/Magma's Leader"]] (Archie's/Maxie's BossBattle [[BattleThemeMusic theme]]) is over a minute long and really impressive sounding, but only plays during the rather short, pathetic fights against Maxie and Archie.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5d75MwT8Ow Deoxys' battle theme]], which only plays when you encounter Deoxys via a difficult-to-attend/get Creator/{{Nintendo}} event.
* LostForever:
** One of the more legitimate cases is the Master Ball, which, in ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'', is found in Team Magma/Aqua's Lilycove hideout, which closes up later in the game. (''Emerald'', fortunately, leaves the hideout open.) 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 Version''.
** The rooms of the Trick House north of Slateport City can amount to this, as the player cannot revisit them 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, and Faraway Island were only available by getting special tickets from Nintendo events.
* LuckBasedMission: The Game Corner, of course. But also the Battle Pike. Based on the player's choice of one to three rooms, a player can face a battle, a double battle, a particularly tough battle, nothing at all, free healing, status effects, or a room of random encounters. Also, the Mirage Island appears seldomly.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: You can only have one of the e-Reader Berry species at a time.
* {{Narcissist}}: The Trick Master, given what's written on the scrolls in each of his puzzles.
* 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.
* OffModel: In contrast to the old Gameboy games, most Pokemon 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' and Nosepass' proportions look somewhat deformed. Deoxys also has FourFingeredHands, as does Dusclops.
* 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.
** In ''Emerald'', however, the man in the glass workshop (as well as his son) has clearly suffered ill effects from living there for so long, stopping to cough or catch his breath at the end of every sentence.
* NoobCave: Petalburg Woods, as typical of the series.
* OminousFog
** Surrounds the upper levels of Mount Pyre, which is [[NightmareFuel an entirely isolated mountain filled to bursting with Pokémon graves]].
** The "steam" in Lavaridge Town's Gym could also reflect this.
* OminousPipeOrgan: In the music track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcLNMZPF2DA "Rayquaza's Descent"]], when Rayquaza makes it grand appearance in ''Emerald''.
* 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.)
* PowerUpFood: Pokéblocks, as well as their comprising Berries.
* 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 [[{{Mook}} ordinary trainer]] in Victory Road who is of no importance to the plot and no harder than any other generic trainer (you can also bypass him and not even realize it).
* SceneryPorn: By GameBoyAdvance standards, anyway. Hoenn is the prettiest region in the Pokéverse, not counting ''PokemonColosseum'' or ''PokemonXD''. Among the environments seen include, but are not limited to: [[TheLostWoods forests]], beaches, mountains, cliffs, cities, [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere villages]], [[TreeTopTown treehouses]], islands, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, rain-forests, sea basins, hot springs, [[UnderTheSea underwater]], caves, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs underwater caves]]... The variety of environments in this game is so vast, [[UrbanLegendOfZelda some even thought]] that you would be able to ''go into '''OUTER SPACE''''' to catch Jirachi and Deoxys.
* ShiftingSandLand: There is a large desert, with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it.
* ShoutOut: Young Couple [[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.
* 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.
* SideQuest: New Mauville. Also, the Pokémon Contests, which were first introduced in this generation.
* 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.
* TreeTopTown: Fortree City, naturally.
* 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.
* UpToEleven: Meta example. Remember the Berry Glitch (mentioned above) and that Zigzagoon which was distributed to fix it? In Japan, it was distributed for only 4 months. United States, however, had this go for over '''3 years''', making it the longest event ever.
%%* VanishingVillage: Mirage Island. Also Marine Cave and Terra Cave in Emerald to a lesser extent.
* VolcanicVeins: Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza show this off in the title sequence of the game.
* 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: The player's father, Norman, does this. He's the first Gym Leader the player meets, but insists that the player collect four badges to gain experience. This serves the purpose of dividing the game up neatly into two parts, as after his defeat, the east side of the map opens up.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Played straight. 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. The music doesn't make it any less disturbing.
* 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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* ButNotTooWhite: Brendan and almost all of Team Aqua have notably tanned skin. This makes sense because Hoenn is based off the sun-exposed southern islands of Okinawa in Japan.
* HistoryRepeats: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are being released November 21st, 2014 in America and Japan...''twelve years to the date'' that they were released in Japan.
* {{Retraux}}: The design style looks like that of the 2D and 2.5D games translated into a 3D setting.
%%* ShoutOut: Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre's "Primal Reversion" transformation was triggered in the past by absorbing massive amounts of "nature's energy", which gave them a massive increase in power, in addition to unique markings and physical transformations to their body. [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sounds like Groudon and Kyogre were the first to use Sage Mode]].
* SocializationBonus: Like in the original games, you can share your 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 and more bonuses you can get. Furthermore, you can even set your team members as trainers in your own secret base, effectively creating your own gym.
* SuperMode: The games introduce more Mega Evolutions; along with [[EarlyBirdCameo Mega Blaziken]], the evolutions revealed so far are for Sceptile, Swampert, Sableye, Metagross and Diancie. Also featured are "primal forms" of Groudon and Kyogre, which are another type of SuperMode.
* 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.
* 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.
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