Video Game / Pokémon Quartz

Another hack of Pokemon Ruby, released by the author as a patch file intended to be played by VisualBoyAdvance users who already owned the Ruby cartridge and dumped its ROM image.

The game has a great number of spelling and grammatical errors, which mostly result from the hack being translated from Spanish, although the grammar improves throughout the game. The game also contains profanity and adult themes, which are absent from all official Pokemon games. Pokemon Quartz replaced all names and graphics of traditional Pokemon with new characters and creatures, although some of the changes were only cosmetic and did not change learnsets or types. The game takes place in a region known as "Corna", a heavily edited version of Hoenn, and requires the player to navigate a very different series of paths during gameplay.

While the best-known bootleg cartridge as played on the actual GBA contains serious glitches and errors, the current patch file release works well with VBA when the patch is applied to a clean image of an authentic Ruby cartridge.

A sequel was in development called Pokemon Marble, but it hasn't been updated since 2008. In 2010 he released the most recent build of the hack before he quit in the thread for an LP of Quartz.

This game provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: They pretty much handed all the responsibility of calming the chaos gods to the teenage protagonist, one of them even mocking the player character for being a fool despite not given a choice in the first place.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • All of the "Exorcist"-class trainers have names of Chinese or Korean origin, like Sung or Lao. Then you enter the desert and come across "Exorcist Don Jose".
    • It's the other way around among Baro's friends. They all have Spanish names, except for "Kyoufu Kawa", the Lord of Corna Castle.
  • Always Someone Better: No matter how hellishly difficult the gym leaders are, no matter how weak his blind psychic mouse is, Ramon will always defeat them before the player, until the player reaches Victory Road at least.
  • Artificial Stupidity: One of the Ambar admins sometimes uses Max Revive when none of his Pokemon has fainted yet.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • Band Ambar's plan to power up Electric Pokemon by inflating the sun, one of the methods includes using a broken ghost scope. This is even more ridiculous than Team Magma trying to increase landmass by stuffing a volcano with rocket fuel at the center of a region.
    • Plug-Oinks cannot generate energy by jacking their plug tails into their nostrils. They need external energy for that.
    • Let's not forget the X-treme snowboarders who can perpetually ski on flat ground and can turn perfect 90 degrees.
  • Author Avatar: Baro. And it's bizarre even by the standards of this Trope.
  • Basement-Dweller: Or as Yuoaman put it, children in Corna are banished to the basement.
  • Bears are Bad News:
    • Babos and Osoe, who will try to seduce their opponent, despite being ugly as hell.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The Spanglish.
  • Bilingual Bonus: For ANYTHING Baro says about the Sever, really. Most of the dialogue can only be truly understood if you mentally untranslate it back to the Spanish it was originally conceived as.
  • Bounty...sorry, Reward Hunter: Annie, also the Corna League Champion.
  • Bonus Boss: Arturo, leader of the (unofficial) ninth gym.
  • Carrying the Antidote: Some of the Gym Leaders give away TMs that can counter their type specialties:
    • Betti the Bug gym leader —> Rock Tomb.
    • Nieves the Ice gym leader —> Overheat.
    • Benito the Poison gym leader —> Facadenote .
    • Lorenzo the Grass gym leader —> Aerial Ace.
    • Danny the Dragon gym leader —> Calm Mindnote .
  • Cats Are Mean: The Deoxys stand-in Garotao, the God of Chaos.
  • Chaos Is Not A Toy: Amber realized this during her Villainous Breakdown.
    Amber: No, it's all my fault, I shouldn't paly with gran forces...
  • Character Filibuster: Several characters in Pinkranite go out of their way to rant about how bad the school system is and about the dangers of drugs. FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Imakuni Trainer Class (yes, there were a lot of them), who stand out a lot in contrast to the rest of the population.
  • Obligatory Swearing:
    • "¡PUTAS DE SEVER!"
    • "You won't have a chance against our BOSS, you cocksucker kid!"
    • "Fucking kid! You send my plans down to the WC!"
  • Older Than They Look: While Baro changed most if not all the lines in the Pokenav (or rather Pokebar in this game) to suit his characters he overlooked one, making the transition of the old couple trainer class to a younger couple really obvious. Married for 50 years indeed.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Kyoufu Kawa's dialogue in Quartztower Town implies this:
    Kawa: In my early teens (that's fair 300 years ago)...
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: All of the small rounded birds(there are many of them).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stalker with a Crush: The rival.
  • Subterranean Jews: The molemen appear to display all the negative stereotypes of Jews.
  • Stepford Smiler: The arsonists put up a perpetual smile despite having their index fingers set on fire.
  • Take That:
    • An NPC in Seablue wonders how evil is the person who created Pokémon Contests. "Attack to... the air? Show... cuteness? What about PKMN battles?"
    • At one point he subtly showed his dislike for Pikachu in one of the Dex entries, calling it the ugliest Pokemon that ever existed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Band Ambar's plot has a few holes in it.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Upside-Down Rats: Baro doesn't take Severs' presence well; he's chased by one and at another point they ransacked his Arale manga collection.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Gyarados and Milotic are badass enough, Quartz changes them respectively into to Thundrannote  and Freechnote , two of the most powerful Pokemon in Quartz.
  • Totally Radical: Kacho & Vin, being owners of the "sk8" shop and all.
  • Uncanny Valley: Most of the monsters are terribly drawn, which doesn't help the freakish designs. There's a few that aren't too bad, though, like Plug-oink.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Frequently.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Kacho and Vin keep using "paranoia" to apparently mean "circumstance" or "coincidence."

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Quartz