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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 Pokémon series, Ruby and Sapphire were released for the Game Boy Advance, with Emerald arriving a few years after. Along with FireRed, LeafGreen, Colosseum and 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 degreesnote 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. 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.On their 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 One Game for the Price of Two in the franchise, as there is literally no way to legitimately collect all 386 Pokémon without aid from FireRed, LeafGreen, Colosseum, and XD (Oddly, only RubyorSapphire). note The Game Boy Advance had backwards-compatability for the Game Boy Color, 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. The Red and Blueremakes 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 "Pokémania" phase of Generations I and II, and before the "It prints money" phase of the Nintendo DS 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 remakes for the Nintendo 3DS, 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" formsnote they have more intricate Tron Lines and prominent "omega" and "alpha" designs on their hands, respectively, and these Tron Lines now glow yellow and turquoise instead of blue and red, on top of straight-up glowing panels on their bodies, 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 Pokémon X and Y.
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Tropes used in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
100% Completion: First time in the series you get more than diploma for Pokédex - for completing Hoenn Pokédex in Emerald only, you can choose one of the Johto starters.
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.
Some of the berries introduced will increase happiness at the cost of lowering specific EVs of the Pokémon they're used on. Not only can the berries be regrown for a free continuous supply of happiness boosters, the EV lowering effect allows for fixing any mistakes made when Min-Maxing.
Apathetic Citizens: The two places which subvert this are Lilycove and Sootopolis, when Groudon and/or Kyogre are woken. Everywhere else, it's played straight.
Apocalypse How: 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).
Bag of Spilling: 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.
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.
Bonus Boss: 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 Latias, Latios, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Deoxys can be found. Finally, Steven can be found in a hidden room in Meteor Falls.
Cave Behind the Falls: Meteor Falls is a rather small dungeon, until the player unlocks Waterfall, opening the rest up.
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.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: 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.
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.
At the Battle Maison, there is once again a Nurse Joy who only came to watch, not to heal pokemon.
Continuity Reboot: 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 Retcons 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.
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.
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. When this happens, the game would carry on as if Wally caught the Ralts anyway.
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 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
Dramatic Timpani: The games are notable for having a timpani accompanying the Fanfare-like battle themes, to the point where they're famous for them.
Dual Boss: 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.
It was stated in a Nintendo Power interview that Gastrodon (and presumably Shellos) were initially designed for this game, but were scrapped. They would later show up in Generation IV.
There are six hidden tracks in Ruby and Sapphire, five of them GBA remakes of Generation II tracksnote 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 and the last one an alternate arrangement/possible demo of the Littleroot Town music. Emerald also contains the entire soundtrack from FireRed and LeafGreen, though it does use a few tracks from the latter.
Dying Curse: 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.
Rayquaza, the strongest Olympus Mon in Emerald. In the remakes, it gets a Mega Evolution which you use to fight Bonus Boss Deoxys in space.
Evil Versus Evil: 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.)
Fail O'Suckyname: 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.
Fanfare: The gold standard, as far as Pokémon games go. One of many things the Hoenn games are famous for is the unique soundtrack.
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).
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. 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, however.
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the game assumes you already know how to catch a Pokémon when Brendan/May gives you the DexNav. You still help Wally catch his Ralts, though.
Approximately 100 hours into gameplay or one year after the game's release, a rollover bug, called the 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 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.
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 Generation I and Generation II made up for the loss of Generation I's troubled production). And it shows.
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.
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 tilesnote whenever a new game is started or the trendy phrase in Dewford is changed 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.note This's averted in the remakes where it's now possible to find Feebas in all of the tiles, with the Pokémon's encounter rate being lowered to compensate for this.
Less frustratingly, Chimecho only appears in one area and is extremely rare, and isn't even worth much besides Pokedex completion.
Hello, Insert Name Here: 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.
Lame Pun Reaction: 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..."
Deoxys' battle theme, which only plays when you encounter Deoxys via a difficult-to-attend/get Nintendo event. Averted in the remakes due to Deoxys becoming the first legendary Pokémon to lose its status as an event-exclusive.
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.
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 note except in the remakes as part of the plot now takes place on said island and Faraway Island were only available by getting special tickets from Nintendo events.
Picking berries and just using them without growing more or ignoring them until they cease to replant themselves will eventually remove them completely from your game world. The only way to replace them is through trading.
Luck-Based Mission: 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. It's probably mercy that getting to Pike Queen Lucy only involves going through the place twice only. Also, the Mirage Island appears seldomly.
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.
Oh, Crap: Kyogre and Groudon will do this once Rayquaza appears in Emerald and back off.
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 Four-Fingered Hands, 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 Four-Fingered Hands, 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 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 Off Model sprites from Ruby and Sapphire for some reason. Compare Charizard in RSE◊ to its FRLG sprite.◊
Ominous Fog: Surrounds the upper levels of Mount Pyre. Mount Pyre is a grave yard for dead Pokémon.
Ominous Pipe Organ: A brief but memorable organ tune plays in Emerald as Rayquaza descends to halt Groudon and Kyogre's rampage.
Invoked in Sapphire when Kyogre is awakened by Team Aqua and starts an unrelenting downpour, although it's stopped by the Player Character 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.
Random Number God: Fishing in this game subjects you to a random check every time you were trying to get a Pokemon. Each check had to be precise and the number of seconds you had to wait per check was always different.
Red Herring: Early in the game, the player can fight the Winstrate family, who challenge you all in a row with 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 the Champion. Towards the end of the game, you do eventually get to fight him— an 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).
Scenery Porn: By Game Boy Advance standards, anyway. Hoenn is one of the prettiest region in the Pokéverse. Among the environments seen include, but are not limited to: forests, beaches, mountains, cliffs, cities, villages, treehouses, islands, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, rain-forests, sea basins, hot springs, underwater, caves, underwater caves... The variety of environments in this game is so vast, some even thought that in the original games, you would be able to go into outer space to catch Jirachi and Deoxys.
Schrödinger's Question: 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.
Shifting Sand Land: There is a large desert, with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it. Regirock can be found here as well.
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 the Elite Four and Champion.
Played straight with final Rival fight in Lilycove City, though they will block access to the Department Store until they are beaten.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: 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.
Tree Top Town: If the name of Fortree City doesn't give it away...
Up to Eleven: 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.
Volcanic Veins: Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza show this off in the title sequence of the game to show off how powerful they are.
Waiting Puzzle: Regice's Braile message in Ruby/Sapphire: "Stop and wait. Wait for time to pass twice."explanation Don't move for two minutes.
You Are Not Ready: 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.
You Can't Thwart Stage One: 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.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Oddly, Hoenn has a large number of important characters with blue, purple, and even silver hair - more so than most any other region.
Abandoned Mine: Sea Mauville was an offshore rig for gold prospecting 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).
Achievements in Ignorance: 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.
Adaptational Dye Job: Shelly and all the female Aqua grunts used to have orange hair. Now their hair is black, with a single blue streak for Shelly.
Adaptational Attractiveness: The designers take advantage of the new art style and upgrades some of the plain-looking and unremarkablenote due to the older art style character designs.
Adaptational Villainy: 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. This even expands to their hideouts. In the Aqua hideout, Archie had a photograph of him, Shelly and Jirachi taken approximately twelve years agonote that would be when the original Ruby and Sapphire were released, 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.
Age Lift: He's a minor character, but the Fossil Maniac used the sprite of a Pokemaniac, a teenage-looking trainer class, in the originals. In the remake, he's a Ruin Maniac, a trainer class that looks middle-aged at least. And yet his kid brother still looks as young as he did in the originals.
Alternate Universe: The Delta Episode implies that the remakes are alternate universes to the original Ruby and Sapphire games, with 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.
And Your Reward Is Clothes: The Cosplay Pikachu will be 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.
The DexNav has several features that are very helpful:
If you search for a specific Pokémon you've caught before, only that Pokémon will appear in the overworld. This is quite useful if you're looking for Pokémon with low encounter rates.
Pokémon found with the DexNav have more perks than regular wild Pokémon, such as perfect IVs, Hidden Abilities, and even Egg Moves. This makes it much easier for people breeding competitive Pokémon, especially since some Egg Moves require a lot of chain breeding.
Rare Pokémon that you haven't caught yet appear more frequently in the overworld than normal encounters.
Every Mega Stones is available in both games, including the ones from X and Y.
Every O-Power except for the Hatching Power is obtained in Mauville's Pokémon Center, though getting them requires talking to several NPCs and some of them require 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.
Your rival will occasionally heal your team after fighting you, or after getting past a long route.
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 Synchronize trick for getting specific Natures has a 100% success rate for Cosplay Pikachu and the mandatory Latias/Latios.
Getting Feebas is no longer a Guide Dang It, as it can be found anywhere on Route 119's river with any of the fishing rods. Do note that its encounter rate is lower than the originals (about 5%) to compensate. Alternatively, just fish in the shadow under a certain bridge during the day, and you will find Feebas all the time.
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.
The evil team's hideout does not close permanently like in the originals, so you can go back and grab the Master Ball and the TM for Dark Pulse if you missed them the first time around.
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.
If you mess up on one of the ice tile puzzles in Wallace's gym and fall through the floor, you don't have to start all over since the puzzles solve permanently. So if you fell at the last puzzle, when you climb back up you'll only have to solve that one.
Rayquaza has a much higher catch rate since obtaining it is required to beat Delta Episode. Also, you are not required to ride your Mach Bike over an unstable floor in order to get to the top of the Sky Pillar this time; just a lot of stairs while you listen to Zinnia's story.
If you faint the Latias/Latios encountered using the Eon Ticket, they won't disappear from the overworld and can be challenged again.
Usage of Flash has been reduced. The dark part of Granite Cave is now an optional area, and even then it's just darkened to the point where Flash makes it easier to navigate, but not totally blacked-out to the point where it's required to see anything.
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.
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.
Like in X and Y, there is a spot where your character can run infinitely to make hatching Eggs easier in Battle Resort note You have to keep on holding up so that your character will automatically change direction when bumping into something after camera turns. Unlike in X and Y, however, Battle Resort has a second Pokémon Day Care, so that you don't have to Fly to one to get a new batch of Eggs.
It's now possible to water multiple berries at once as long as they share a patch of soil.
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.
Apathetic Citizens: Like in the original, only a few select places avert this; Sootopolis and Lilycove, as well as Mossdeep finally. Everywhere else, this is played straight; ironic, considering the BuzzNav reports everything within seconds and thus everyone in the entire country should be panicking.
Arc Welding: 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.
Art Evolution: The artworks for this game look a lot more refined than they did in the originals. This is also obviously true of the in-game graphics, thanks to the 3D.
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 mode still contains Team Flare bags. From an in-universe standpoint, it might be confusing to find a stylized bag with the logo of an evil organization that doesn't exist yet.
The multiple contest halls of the original games are still contest halls in the remakes. However, you can now do any and all ranks within any contest halls, making the now-duplicate halls redundant, if more convenient.
Artifact Title: The fact that Pokémon Amie's name is partly in Frenchnote due to the region from Pokémon X and Y being based upon France is no longer relevant now that it returns for the Hoenn remakes.
Deoxys was once an event exclusive Pokémon within the third generation games. Now, he's more important to the plot in that he stars in Delta Episode as the Pokémon appearing on the crash-landing meteor. As such, his capture is now required for completing the National Pokedex.
Rayquaza has a much bigger role in these games other than a bonus encounterable Pokémon (in the case of Ruby and Sapphire) or calming down Groudon and Kyogre (in the case of Emerald) in that it's the focus Pokémon of the side plot officially dubbed "Delta Episode".
The opposite gendered rival is now a lot more involved with the plot, and is the final trainer you fight in the main story... after the credits roll.
Wally is no longer treated that much as a side rival - in addition to gaining his own theme song, he also gains a unique battle remix for when you face him for the last time. Also, not only is he one of the few trainers to receive a Mega Evolve-capable Pokémon (his Gallade), he's also one of the few trainers to have a full trainer model instead of artwork when you battle him, a honor reserved only to characters important to the plot.
Professor Cozmo now has his own model and helps with the meteor crisis during Delta Episode. Reading some old letters found in Sea Mauville reveals some of his history before the events of the game.
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 from hitting the planet that apparently contains Deoxys.
Fairy 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 101 Skitty she had and introduce them to the Wailmer in her parents' house. Yes, Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action, of all things, got a reference.
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.
The arena where you fight Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre resembles a cave full of lava and a cave full of water, respectively.
The arena where you fight Wally at the end of Victory Road is a beautiful meadow full of red flowers.
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.
Attention Whore: Lisia. While she's a very nice person, it's kind of hard to deny it with her flashy, glitzy clothes, bubbly attitude, and a routine that simply screams "Look at me!" And it works too - when she shows up, practically everyone in Slateport (your character included) rushes to see her.
One particular Aqua grunt in the ORAS 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.
Lisia's glitzy (and rather loud) costume does this.
Batman Can Breathe in Space: 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.
Beef Gate: 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 Pokemon at levels higher than the next Gym Leader, with no warning whatsoever. This only applies to the remakes, as in the originals, their levels were much lower.
Bilingual Bonus: A random man in the Battle Resort speaks Japanese in the English version of the game.
Book Ends: 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.
Bonus Boss: In addition to all the Legenaries in the Mirage Spots, if you order the Mauville Ramon 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 Fair Prince Treadwell, the kid with the glasses who described the rules of the place to you. And he's tough.
Boss in Mook Clothing: Be careful when using the DexNav: keep searching for the same Pokémon and one much higher levelednote 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. than the standard Pokémon in the area might show up. And it may have powerful Egg Moves and good IVs too. Even a Wurmple of this calibur is perfectly capable of inflicting a Total Party Kill early on in the game.
Boss Remix: 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.
Brick Joke: The Intriguing Stone returns from X and Y, and this time it really is a Mega Stone - Pigeotite. You need to take it to President Stone to get it analyzed.
Steven mentions having fought Rayquaza alongside a young male trainer with a black Charizard.
Wallace may show up in Master Rank Contests after defeating 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.
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.
But Not Too White: Brendan and almost all of Team Aqua have notably darker skin. If this is due to tanning, it makes sense because Hoenn is based on the sun-exposed southern islands of Kyushu and Okinawa in Japan.
A model of the Royal Unova now appears in the Oceanic Museum. Examining it will reveal that it's still under construction (thus, not retconning the fact that the games take place around the same time as Pokemon Red And Blue).
In the 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 Pokémon X and Y, 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 game stated that he was trying to created a machine to reproduce the dreams of Pokémon with minimal success. Since the remake was made after Black and White, 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 Pokémon X and Y who goes "No, you are 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 Team Magma/Aqua base, you can find a bookshelf with a file that states the laser they use to drill to where Groudon/Kyogre is sleeping was based on the ultimate weapon from 3,000 years ago in 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".
Malva of the Kalos Elite Four is still the Holo Caster's announcer, making this the only time she's able to be seen outside of the Kalos region. She doesn't appear in person, however.
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 Arceus and Giratina within the Distortion World, respectively.
Looker washes up on the beach of the post-game Battle Resort. He's never named because he has Easy Amnesia but gives you the Audinite.
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 in order to Mega Evolve so you can get into outer space so that you can destroy the meteor headed for Hoenn and reveal Deoxys.
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.
Chekhov's Gunman: 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. 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.
Clothes Make the Superman: 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.
Convection Schmonvection: 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.
Credits Medley: 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.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Lisia is apparently so popular that 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.
The Day The Music Lied: At the Battle Frontier, when you enter the house of the two Star-Crossed Lovers (see below) the familiar battle theme stars, leading one to assume they're looking for a fight. However, when the conversation starts, the music changes abruptly, turning sad and melancholy. (There's no fight here, regardless.)
The first Mystery Gift promotion gave a free Shiny Beldum; not only is does comes 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).
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 Shoormish with its Hidden Ability and Seed Bomb before you even reach the first Gym.
The DexNav function on the PokéNav Plus will detect the Pokémon NPCs you see in towns, and will even add them to your PokéDex as "Seen" if you haven't encountered them already. This even works on Rayquaza before you battle it, even though you technically don't need to do so as his capture's required to progress the plot during the Delta Episode.
The games will recognize if you have a Pokémon transferred from the original Ruby, Sapphire or Emeraldnote meaning they would've had to make a leap across completed saves of Generation IV and V games with Pal Park and Poké Transfer respectively until arriving in Gen VI with Pokémon Bank's Poké Transporter. Talking to the Game Director in Lilycove while you have it in the front of your party reward you with a certificate you can put in your Secret Base.
The shiny Beldum you get from the events are noted to having once belonged to Steven Stone (as evidenced by its OT being "Steven"). Having it in your party when talking to Mr. Stone of Devon Corp. will cause him to recognize it as a "rare white Beldum" and cause him to wonder how it would stand up to Steven's current Beldum. In addition, the note by the gift Beldum from Steven's House within Mossdeep City is also changed to reference the Shiny Beldum. Having it in your party will also open up an extra conversation with Steven about him being reminded of the time he fought Rayquaza alongside a man with a Black Charizard. Finally, showing it to the Fossil Maniac of Route 114 will cause him to mention that Steven traveled all the way to the Kalos region just to hunt for this Beldum.
The Contest Spectacular is actually well thought about when it comes to move animations within the contest:
Nature Power doesn't have its own animation - it simply turns into an elemental attack based upon the surroundings. What happens if you try to use it during a contest? It turns into Encore, a move whose animation involves a spotlight appearing on the target Pokémon as well as applause sounds.
If you use moves that specifically involves interacting with the opponent (like Sky Drop, Flying Press, Play Nice, Slam, etc.), a substitute doll appears just so that the animation can work properly.
Use Teleport, and the Pokémon will immediately return to the stage after performing said move using the "swap in" animation the contest uses to switch between the competing Pokémon.
A Pokémon who can change form during combat depending on the circumstances will still transform when said circumstances (or a facsimile of them) come to pass - Aegislash will change forms depending on moves used, Castform and Cherrim will change forms if a weather-related move is used, Meloetta will change forms if Relic Song's used, etc.
Bargain power does not work on the Slateport 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 codenote which is only possible via cheating. In other words, the QR code generator will treat said Pokémon as if they're aren't really there and uses other Pokémon that happened to be on your team at the time of generation.
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 Dummied Out) and items that you can normally only get a singular amount per game (such as the T Ms, the H Ms 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.
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 slouching, and are something of an Animal Wrongs Group 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 Villains trying to advance humanity's evolution by giving more room for development.
In the case of musical themes, the songs to Fortree City and the secret bases are now remixes of the same theme from the original games (with the former's song being a calmer version and the latter version being a more lively version).
Dragon Rider: While the Fly HM has been in every Pokémon game, this is the first time the franchise (or at least the main series) plays this trope 100% straight. Mega Latias and Latios can be flown like a Final Fantasy airship and while doing this, the player can encounter nearly every non-event legendary in the franchiseExceptions with the exceptions of the Kanto Bird Trio, Mewtwo, and Xerneas & Yveltal due to their availability in X & Y. 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. Also, using the new Poke-Nav, it's possible to use the HM Fly to go anywhere
Dungeon Bypass: Roxanne's gym allows you to maneuver around the three trainers and just go right to her.
The QR Code on the main site explaining the Super Secret Bases of ORAS 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 99note 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.
Enemy Mine: 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.
Evolving Credits: The credits sequence shows the Pokemon you used to land the finishing blow against your opponent's final Pokemon 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.
On Route 120 there's a trainer who is literally a Street Thug. He complains that he really likes Pokemon, but none will approach him because of his scary face. His trainer message is, "Y'know, it really hurts when people say I look scary..."
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.
Foregone Victory: After capturing Rayquaza, the only difference between winning and losing to Zinnia is the XP and money you get. You're still advancing the plot no differently.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: 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.
Fusion Dance: 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 Mr. Bonding from X and Y in the process.
Genre Savvy: If there's one thing the Team Aqua and Magma grunts are good at, it's remembering all the times you battled them, and knowing full well that they're going to lose again.
Unfortunately, the idea that their superiors are bound to lose to you is a much harder concept for them to grasp.
Get Back Here Boss: Averted. Latios or Latias, who were roaming in the original games, will decide to join your party on their own after being rescued in a side quest.
A Team Aqua/Magma Grunt guarding one of the bridges in Route 119 complains the Admins are having a bit of "private time" in the Weather Institute, while he and his companions are standing outside.
A pair of NPCs of the Teammates class inhabit a locked room on Sea Mauville. The senior asks the player he or she got in there, having sworn she locked the door. She gives you the next key to get you to go away, saying she was teaching her junior how hard it is to be a Pokémon Trainer. The junior just blushes.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Deoxys being the True Final Boss of the Delta Episode really doesn't fit based off the information given In-Universe. There was nothing in Zinnia's story to suggest it, and the fact that it was in the meteor seemed like an unexpected snag in her plan, storywise.
Girliness Upgrade: May's redesign; her old outfits were never overtly tomboyish, but they were still relatively very sporty. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in comparison adds lots of frills - she even ties her signature bandana into a headband with a bow on top instead of wrapping it around her head like she used to.
The Ghost: 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"
Global Airship: 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.
Grail in the Garbage: A very literal case at the Battle Resort. One house belongs to a guy who says he in charge of picking up the trash, and that the five Poké Balls 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.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: 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.
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 (you'll need the Mach Bike to reach her), a Bird Keeper near the Weather Institute at Route 119 (you'll need Surf, Waterfall, and the Acro Bike to reach him), and a Biker in the post-game only Battle Resort.
Unlocking the Mirage Spots you find while Soaring that have Legendaries requires the player to have at least one Pokémon in their party with a specific attribute. The games give no hints as to what they are or even imply that any sort of trigger is required to access them. What's worse is that some only show up during certain times or days of the week.
Getting Regigigas: Capture all three Regis, and then, during the daytime, bring all three of them to Island Cave while a nicknamed Regice holds a ice-related item. A girl in Pacifidlog gives off hints on at least one of these conditions (sometimes), but not all of them.
Finding either Lugia or Ho-oh on the Sea Mauville is another headache. There's a guy who gives you a vague idea of the item you need to find, but it's a hidden item underwater, where you can't use the Dowsing Machine. Also, there's no clue whatsoever that you can make a Spiritomb appear in one of the rooms, and even when you get in that room and have played the games enough to know the significance of the Odd Keystone mentioned in the files, you have very little to go on.
Heroic Mime: Much like the case of X and Y, this Trope is 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.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released November 21st, 2014 in America and Japan...twelve years to the date that they were released in Japan.
In universe, 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, his wife, with Birch somehow mistaking her for a wild Pokémon).
Humanoid Abomination: As if his mannerisms weren't creepy enough, as demonstated through the O-Power sidequest Mr. Bonding is far from being a natural human.
Interface Screw: Once in Kyogre/Groudon's chamber, the Dex Nav 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.
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.
Jiggle Physics: May's hair and the bow that her bandana's tied into are very prone to bouncing around.
Joke Character: They actually gave Audino a Mega Evolution. It's cute, but while it has better defenses, it's really no better than a regular Audino, which is not much.
Luck-Based Mission: Most of the Mirage Spots appear randomly, which can be a pain for 100% Completion since some have TMs and/or Evolution items (like the Razor Claw), all have rare foreign Pokémon, and one of them has Cresselia!
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. (Unfortunately, you have to listen to his rant about how much he worships Lisia.)
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.
Long Song, Short Scene: 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.
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!
Mega Corp.: 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. Exploring Sea Mauville will shed some light on what had happened in the past... and reveal some dark secrets.
Mook Chivalry: 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.
Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, this is 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.
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 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.
According to the demo, the Pokemart 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 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 Colony Drop is to 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 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. Delta Episode reveals that a prototype version of said app exists on all PokéNavs, which is how Steven managed to contact the player during the episode.
There's a mythology gag to Pokemon Special in Alpha Sapphire. In the chapter of the manga based off of Emerald, Archie (disguised as a man in a suit of armor named Guile Hideout) attempted to obtain Jirachi during the seven days it was awake during the opening ceremonies of the Battle Frontier. In Alpha Sapphire, there's a room in the Aqua Hideout that shows a picture of Archie, Shelly and Jirachi taken approximately 12 years ago.
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 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 same number of TMs that were present in the original games.
At one point during the Delta Episode, Wallace fights you using the same Pokémon he used as the champion in Pokémon Emerald.
My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Surfing trainers finally make a debut in these games. However, none of their Pokémon you battle know the move.
No Hugging, No Kissing: 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.
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..."
News Travels Fast: 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 Professor Cozmo's kidnapping before you learn about it.
No Fair Cheating: 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 jumpstarting their contest career. Then again, you could just trade with someone whose Pokémon has already won a contest in ORAS.
No OSHA Compliance: Probably the biggest offender in this version is the Sea Mauville, a wrecked, half-sunken, half-flooded cruise ship 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.
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. 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 the 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.
The demo allows you to transfer Mega Glalie into the official game.
If you show one of the members of Game Freak a Pokémon originating from the original Ruby and Sapphire (which would require it to be migrated through the 4th and 5th generations and finally to Pokémon Bank), he'll give you a special certificate to display in your Secret Base.
Ominous Pipe Organ: The interior of the Sky Pillar is filled with foreboding pipe organ music, remixed from the aforementioned Emerald theme.
Optional Stealth: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire introduces sneaking up on wild 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.
Orchestral Bombing: 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.
Peninsula of Power Leveling: 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.
Pixel Hunt: This time, there are items hidden underneath the ocean bed. There's no hint on where they are as the item finder can't be used under water. Even the spots themselves are unobvious.
Preexisting Encounters: In addition to the classic Random Encounters, wild Pokémon can sometimes be seen in the overworld, which can only be fought if players sneak up on them. These encounters can 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.
Promoted to Love Interest: The opposite gender rival becomes the love interest to the player character in the remakes. 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).
Rank Inflation: DexNav normally ranks you with Bronze, Silver or Gold Crown, base 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.
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 Pokémon X and Y.
A short cutscene plays in X and Y that implies that the Fairy-type was discovered only recentlynote Although the cutscene could just be for the player's benefit. Come these games, and not only does 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, in spite of the fact that the remakes are technically prequels to X and Y.
The design style looks like that of the 2D and 2.5D games translated into a 3D setting. 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 X and Y
The battle themes of the non-Hoenn legendaries are taken exactly from the games said themes appeared in. Goes Up to Eleven with Entei, Raikou and Suicune who uses the exact same chiptune theme from Crystal instead of the remixed themes they had in HG/SS.
The Primal battle theme plays with this a little, it actually switches back and forth between the remixed song and the original Ruby and Sapphire legendary theme.
The opening five seconds or so of the intro are done in the original GBA graphics - then revealed to be a point-of-view shot from the protagonist's perspective, looking at his/her PokéNav which co-incidentally resembles a GameBoy Advance SP.
Rule of Symbolism: 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).
Satiating Sandwich: In Maulville's food court, you can buy a Village Sub Combo for 1,000 PokéDollars once a day. During the five rounds you have to wait for it, trainers will challenge you for your seat; if you win a battle on the fifth round, exactly (counting the battles with all trainers who challenge you) the vendor gives you a Nugget along with the sandwich, giving you a 4,000 PokéDollar profit. (At least.) And if you defeat all the available trainers in one day (meaning you must defeat each one's single Pokémon in a single round) you also get a rare Berry. Get more Gym Badges and you can order the Magnemite Croquettes or the Mauville Ramen Bowl, which require double or specialized matches, but reward more valuable prizes if successful.
Sequel Hook: In addition to the Battle Frontier still being built by the time these games take place, 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, revealing a possible future sequel with a few changes from Emerald being put into the games.
Sequel Difficulty Drop: Not that the original games were difficult (Emerald had a Difficulty Spike that was badly needed), but the remakes take it to a new level. The Exp Share returns with the same functionality as X and Y so level grinding is easy, you can use DexNav to hunt down Pokémon with Egg moves, hidden abilities, good IVs, egg moves, and that are at a higher level than normal random Pokémon in the area, as soon as you set up your secret base you can start downloading friend codes from the web to level grind against trios of Blisseys, and the game hands you a Level 30 Latios/Latias with its Mega Stone and your Mega Bracelet, and they can be gotten immediately after your fifth badge. When you're curb-stomping Gym Leaders five levels lower than you, you realize something is very skewed with this game's challenge level.
In the Italian version, the Ace Duo you meet in Victory Road are named Conan and Lana.
Snake Oil Salesman: There's one of these in the game; he doesn't offer you a Magikarp, and if you're clever, you can benefit from dealing with him. 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.
Socialization Bonus: 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.
Star-Crossed Lovers: After the Delta Episode, you can find a female Magma Grunt and a male Aqua 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, each holding a rather rare Berry.
Super Mode: The games introduce more Mega Evolutions; along with Mega Blaziken, the evolutions revealed so far are for Sceptile, Swampert, Sableye, Metagross, Diancie, Altaria, Lopunny, Salamence, Slowbro, Audino, Sharpedo, Camerupt, Gallade, Rayquaza, Beedrill, Pidgeot, Steelix, and Glalie. Also featured are "primal forms" of Groudon and Kyogre, which are another type of Super Mode. Mega Evolutions can also be performed in Contests now, to blow the audience away even more.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: 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.
Sword of Plot Advancement: 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.
Took a Level in Badass: 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.
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.)
The Unreveal: Regarding the number of years that pass between some of the games. Looking at the description of the model of the Royal Unova in the Slateport City Museum says that it's "scheduled to be completed in — years. The number is too small to read."
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.
Voodoo Shark: The game Handwaves 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.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.
You All Look Familiar: The women who guards the entrance to the cable car and the woman who gives out tickets both look similar. Lampshaded 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.
You Don't Look Like You: 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 Castelia or Lumiose. (And, in fact, in includes Shout Outs to both of those)
Zerg Rush: 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!