Video Game: Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
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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
were released for the Game Boy Advance
, with Emerald
arriving a few years after. Along with FireRed
, 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
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
. 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
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
, and XD
(Oddly, only Ruby or Sapphire
and Blue remakes
provided all 150 Kanto Pokémon and a small pool of Johto's, with Colosseum
having several from all three regions; together, they had all but the event-only Pokémon. Between Emerald
, only Lunatone and Zangoose respectively are missing and both are found in XD
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
, 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 a diploma for completing the Pokédex - if you show Professor Birch a filled Hoenn Pokédex in Emerald, he'll give you your choice of one of the Johto starters.
- After Combat Recovery: The Battle Frontier facilities bar the Battle Pike (unless the Random Number God decided to be nice) and the Battle Pyramid.
- An Interior Designer Is You: The Secret Bases can be decorated with loads of different furniture and the like. You can also decorate your bedroom at home, though it's very limited in comparison.
- Anti-Frustration Features:
- 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.
- Alliterative Family: Victor, Vicky, Victoria, Vito, and Vivi Winstrate.
- 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.
- Blackout Basement:
- 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:
- The ruins containing Regirock, Regice, and Registeel will open up after completing specific requirements in the Sealed Chamber.
- Both Kyogre and Groudon appear in Emerald after beating the Elite Four, in caves that mysteriously appear and disappear on several routes.
- Rayquaza appears at Sky Pillar in all three games, with the point of availability being dependent on version. In Ruby and Sapphire it's strictly post-game, while in Emerald you can go grab it as soon as the fight between Kyogre and Groudon has been resolved.
- The Frontier Brains in Emerald's Battle Frontier. Fighting them requires beating their facility twice without failure, and can be fought a second time (with a different team of Mons) by doing so again.
- Latias, Latios, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Deoxys can be found on special islands only accessible via Nintendo distribution items that were available for a limited time. Deoxys' forme is dependent on what game it is encountered in (Normal in Ruby and Sapphire, Speed in Emerald), while whether Latias or Latios are fought via this method is dependent on how the Schrödinger's Question the player's Mom asks in Emerald was answered.
- Steven can be found in a hidden room in Meteor Falls that opens up after beating the Elite Four in Emerald. He's the strongest trainer in the game, and one of the strongest in the entire franchise.
- Cave Behind the Falls: Meteor Falls is a rather small dungeon, until the player unlocks Waterfall, opening the rest up.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- A replica of Submarine Explorer 1 can be seen in Slateport's Oceanic Museum when you first visit it.
- There's one that may go unnoticed in Emerald thanks to how subtle it is. Thanks to the Match Call feature, Trainers that you register will randomly call you for stuff that never really matters. At one point, your rival calls and remarks on seeing a flying, green Pokémon in the sky. Most players just take it to be another silly adventure. But when Groudon and Kyogre are clashing in Sootopolis City and Wallace asks you where one might find Rayquaza, the big green, flying legendary Pokémon, suddenly your rival's phone call seems a little more useful.
- Similarly, a couple in Lilycove mentions they are vacationing there and were excited because the first Pokémon they saw was a dragon flying through the sky.
- See those glass bird statues in the Lilycove Museum? Take a wild guess what Secret Base ornament you receive for filling the second floor with your Pokémons' Master Rank contest portraits.
- There's also a man in Fortree City who remarks on seeing a gigantic green dragon. Turns out that's Rayquaza, the legendary you meet later in the game.
- 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.
- Continuity Nod:
- 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.
- 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.
- Convection Schmonvection:
- 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.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything:
- 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.
- Downloadable Content:
- 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 Battle where the player and Steven Stone team up against Magma Admin Tabitha and Magma Leader Maxie at the Mossdeep Space Center.
- Dummied Out:
- 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 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.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The Pokédex entries of these games are about twice as long as the other games', which are usually 1-2 short sentences.
- Emerald Power: Rayquaza, the being one of the strongest Olympus Mons you can capture and implied to be more powerful than Kyogre and Groudon.
- 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.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture
- Hoenn is Kyushu, Japan, rotated ninety degrees.
- Sootopolis City's architecture is based on the island of Santorini, Greece.
- On the actual culture however, Hoenn seems to be a bit of a rural island, or at least an island that has very strong traditions. It has strong port cities but those don't have Gyms. The only major city to have a Gym is Rustboro, and it's implied that is a fairly new Gym at that.
- The legendaries seem to be based on Jewish mythical creatures: golems (the Regis), Leviathan (Kyogre), Behemoth (Groudon), and Ziz (Rayquaza).
- Forced Tutorial: 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.
- Game-Breaking Bug:
- 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.
- And of course, the Pomeg Berry Glitch in Emerald, which allows you to reduce a Pokémon's HP to negative digits, allowing such things as battling with an egg, getting into a battle and instantly losing, and locking a battle in an infinite loop with HP-draining attacks.
- 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.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: 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.
- Guide Dang It:
- 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 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
- Less frustratingly, Chimecho only appears in one area and is extremely rare, and isn't even worth much besides Pokédex 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.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The Trope Namer, though it really started for the series in Generation II.
- Just Add Water: Making Pokéblocks boils down to tossing a few berries into a berry blender, tapping triggers set around the central container to make it spin for a minute or so, and then out pops a tasty treat. In the remakes, it's simplified to just tossing berries into the blender.
- 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..."
- Lost Forever:
- 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 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 in Mauville City, as per series tradition at this point.
- Mirage Island spawning near Pacifidlog Town. It's possible to slightly influence this based off of Dewford Town's trendy phrase, but still largely in the hands of the Random Number God.
- In Emerald, there's the Battle Pike facility in the Battle Frontier. 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, have their Mons inflicted with status effects, or a room of random encounters. It's probably mercy that getting to Pike Queen Lucy only involves going through the place twice only.
- Mutually Exclusive Powerups: You can only have one of the e-Reader Berry species at a time.
- Narcissist: The Trick Master uses praising sentences to himself as the password to his door.
- Naval Blockade: 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.
- The Needless:
- 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.
- Noob Cave: Petalburg Woods, as typical of the series. Basic Pokémon with weak attacks, a few hidden items and side-areas to explore, low-level trainers, and it's shortly after you become able to begin building a proper team.
- Oh, Crap: Kyogre and Groudon will do this once Rayquaza appears in Emerald and back off.
- Off Model:
- 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 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.
- One Steve Limit: Zig-zagged. We have Wallace and Wally, with the latter being both a name and a nickname for someone named Wallace.
- Perpetual Storm: 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.
- Power-Up Food: Pokéblocks increase a Pokémon's stats for contest competition.
- Random Number God: Fishing in this game subjects you to a random check every time you were trying to get a Pokémon. Each check had to be precise and the number of seconds you had to wait per check was always different.
- Read the Freaking Manual: The manual provides a translation guide for the visual Braille involved in the Regi trio's quest, though the quest is still tedious and arbitrary even with it.
- 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 Ace Trainer in Victory Road who is of no importance to the plot and no harder than any other trainer in the area. You can also bypass him and not even realize it.
- 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 on Route 111 with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it. The Root and Claw Fossils and Regirock can be found here.
- Young Couple Lois and Hal; interestingly, they're absent from Emerald.
- Route 113 is a place covered in ash - but if you've ever played any of the Earthbound/Mother games, the music will make you think of a place covered in snow.
- On Route 127, there is a fisherman Jonah who has a Wailmer.
- Side Quest:
- New Mauville, an expansion project to Mauville City that the player can explore as an optional area.
- Pokémon Contests were first introduced in this generation.
- Skippable Boss:
- 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 Noramn (who requires you have the previous 4 badges) and the Elite Four and Champion (who require every badge).
- Played straight with final Rival fight in Lilycove City, though they will block access to the Department Store until they are beaten.
- 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: Fortree City if it's not obvious from its name. The Pokémon Center and Gym are on the ground, however.
- Under the Sea: With HM08 (Dive), a feature that didn't return until Black and White. Over a quarter of the game takes place in the ocean.
- 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
- You Are Not Ready: Norman, the player character's father and one of the Gym Leaders, requires you to go collect 4 badges before you're allowed to challenge him. This serves the purpose of dividing the game up neatly into two parts, as the east side of the map opens up after you defeat him and obtain Surf.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Played straight with the evil Team's plans to awaken the title Legendary. What makes the straightness interesting though is that its unique among Pokémon games; the rest have the evil teams stopped before the "let legendary Pokémon do X" stage, while these games actually show them in the process of attempting to burn the world to a crisp/flood the world.
- 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.
Tropes used in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
- Abandoned Mine: Sea Mauville was an offshore rig for gold prospecting and energy research, and Mauville City, along with New Mauville, was the housing project intended to provide residence for the workers. The storage room contains an exorbitant stash of 12 Gold Nuggets (8 big, 4 small) and the Beedrillite.
- The Ace: Lisia calls you this in all but title when you defeat her in a contest. Stating that you're superior to her, not just because you're a master at contests, but because you're also filling your Pokédex and taking on the Pokémon League.
- 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 changed or updated many character designs to be less plain.
- 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 , 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.
- Advertising Disguised As News: The TV program "Shall We Dowse?" is an ad for the Dowsing Machine with Blatant Lies liberally applied, even claiming that the player character found a boy/girlfriend by using the Dowsing Machine.
Host: What's more, from then on [name] became so popular with the [ladies/fellas] that it has become a problem!
Audience member: (Murmur murmur) Just like that?!
Host: Well I, for one, am jealous! This, too, is all thanks to the Dowsing Machine!
- Age Lift: He's a minor character, but the Fossil Maniac used the sprite of the teenage-looking Pokémaniac in the originals. In the remakes, he's a Ruin Maniac, a trainer class that looks middle-aged at least. Strangely, his kid brother didn't get one.
- All There in the Manual:
- Wally's battle theme is not just a battle theme. It's also a theme meant to symbolize the rivalry between you and him (as evident by the fact that it's officially called "Rival's Theme" within the soundtrack).
- According to the soundtrack, the song that plays during the epilogue to the Delta Episode is meant to be the theme song of the remakes themselves and is named "Strains of a New Beginning" within the English translations of the game.
- The soundtrack reveals that Rayquaza's battle theme is meant to be the true version of the equivalent song from the original games, as they both share the name "Battle! (Super-Ancient Pokémon)". While the song for Groudon and Kyogre is extremely similar, it's meant for their Primal Reversions and called "Battle! (Primal Reversion)".
- 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.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield:
- While fighting Maxie or Archie in Seafloor Cavern, the background is a sea of fire and lava with bypassing flying fire rocks, or a water whirlpool, respectively.
- You literally fight Deoxys within the stratosphere.
- You fight the non-Hoenn legendaries except Regigigas (as well as the Latias/Latios you get with the Eon Ticket in spite of being native to Hoenn) in an arena resembling pinkish dreamy clouds.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: The Cosplay Pikachu is given to you once you enter your first Contest, at which point you can bring it to the dressing room in any Contest Hall to change its costume. Thankfully it's not just a Cosmetic Award, as each outfit gives her a new move normal Pikachu can't learn otherwise.
- Anti-Frustration Features: A lot of gameplay elements are tweaked to be more forgiving.
- Many of the features from X and Y return, such as Super Training and the changes to breeding mechanics.
- Rare Pokémon that you haven't caught yet appear more frequently in the overworld than normal encounters.
- Every O-Power except for the Hatching Power is obtained in Mauville's Pokémon Center, though each one requires progressing through the story first.
- It's now possible to own both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike at the same time, although you're only allowed to do so after beating the game. Still, it beats having to constantly run back and switch bikes to get through different areas.
- Pokéblocks are considerably simplified and easier to understand. The idea of them having feel is gone and they can only have two levels, you're not dependent on what berries NPCs throw in to get the color you want, and there's no need to play a minigame. Just open up the Pokéblock Kit, pop in four berries of your choice (with the game now pointing out which ones increase which contest stats), and out pop four Pokéblocks of the predominant color in the blend (or a rainbow block if four different ones are used). Further, there's no limit to how many Pokéblocks a Pokémon can eat now and their preference isn't affect by Natures, so feel free to stuff them full of basic-level blocks as much as you want if you can't get your hands on plus ones. This also makes it much easier to evolve Feebas.
- Several points in the game that required backtracking in the originals now give you an option to just travel there immediately. For example, after beating Flannery your rival will offer to travel with you to Petalburg City so you can fight Norman.
- 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. If it's night, you can fish it by a rock in the southern part of the route instead.
- The Safari Zone is now free, doesn't have a step limit, and allows you to catch Pokémon the old-fashioned way, meaning no more fleeing Pokémon.
- If you couldn't catch Kyogre or Groudon, they will respawn in the Cave of Origin after beating the Elite Four. Deoxys will spawn at the top of Sky Pillar if you couldn't catch it during Delta Episode.
- The ice tile puzzles in Wallace's gym stay solved if you fall through the floor on the next one and need to climb back up; in the original games, a fall meant starting over.
- Surfing the ocean routes is made more manageable: encounter rates are lower, there are Ace Trainers so you're not just fighting Water Pokémon, the PokéNav map on the bottom screen makes it significantly easier to figure out where you're going, and movement speed is faster (and can be increased further by Surfing on a Sharpedo).
- You can use Fly to travel to any location now, not just towns. You still need to walk to the specific part of that location you want to get to, but it's a huge cut to travel time. After fighting the title Legendary in the Cave of Origin, you get the Eon Flute so you can use Latias/Latios to Soar without even needing them in your party.
- 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.
- The Stat Judge is in the Battle Resort Pokémon center, which is right beside the second Daycare and the Battle Resort's looping bike path, making it much more convenient to check the IVs of your hatchlings than the constant flying back and forth you had to do in X and Y.
- None of the TMs require Battle Points to purchase, thus making it possible to collect them all without Battle Resort grinding.
- Berry farming is much more convenient than in X and Y. Berry yields are much larger on average and there is no more need to weed and get rid of pests. There are also more berry plots (including a large garden with 24 plots) and with the ability to fly to routes it is easy to maintain many plants. The pokenav plus also has an app that keeps track of all the berries you planted and lets you know if any of them are ready to harvest without having to go there.
- Rainy weather no longer prevents Sweet Scent from triggering Hordes like in X and Y, since it is almost always raining on Route 119.
- Anti-Poop Socking :
- The games prevent battling the trainers in other players' Secret Bases added via QR Code until the day after they have been added.
- Like the other Pokémon games for the DS family of systems, changing the internal clock will pause all time-related events and berry growth for 24 hours.
- You can only obtain the Secret Bases, Mirage Spots and news of other players on the internet every eight hours.
- Apathetic Citizens:
- Like in the original, only a few select places avert this; Sootopolis and Lilycove, as well as Mossdeep finally. Played straight everywhere else, which is ironic considering the BuzzNav reports everything within seconds and thus everyone in the entire country should be panicking.
- In Omega Ruby, the sky is literally burning thanks to Groudon. Trainers still want to battle you, even though the sky is on fire, and everything is going to die if you don't stop it.
- Apocalypse How: Aside from the potential disaster from awakening Groudon and Kyogre in the main game, the Delta Episode introduces a six mile long asteroid that threatens to strike the planet.
- Apocalyptic Log: The various documents left in Sea Mauville. It used to be a huge facility that had to be closed after a number of incidents. At least one of the pages is very bleak, explaining a great number of people will lose their livelihoods.
- 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 artwork for this game looks a lot more refined than it did in the originals. This is also obviously true of the in-game graphics, thanks to the 3D.
- The Artifact:
- The player character still sets up the clock during the prologue. The game doesn't prompt you to enter the time, however, as the game uses the built-in 3DS clock for its time functions. Instead, the player seemingly sets the clock automatically.
- Super Training still contains Team Flare bags and Kalos-native Pokémon, despite Team Flare not appearing at all and the Kalos Pokémon not being available until after fighting Groudon/Kyogre.
- The multiple contest halls of the original games still exist despite the fact you can do any contest level wherever you are.
- While the Pokédex entries for Pokémon from the first 3 generations were borrowed directly from the original Ruby and Sapphire, the Pokédex entries for Pokémon from generations 4 - 6 uses the exact same entries as X and Y for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, respectively, leading to things like Pokédex entries being a lot shorter in comparisonnote , Pokédex entries talking about how a Pokémon can be found in certain enviromnents (where you've just found them in a totally different enviromnent), the Pokédex entries talking about how the Pokémon lives or used in other regions (in spite of being capturable in Hoenn), the Pokédex speaking of events possibly from the future (like Genesect's Pokédex entry), etc.
- A man in Mauville City apparently knows what Genesect is in spite of the fact that it might not even exist yet, since according to the official timeline Black and White take place several years after these games.
- Artifact Title: The fact that Pokémon Amie's name is partly in Frenchnote is no longer relevant now that it returns for the Hoenn remakes. Averted in the Spanish, Italian and French versions of the game with the name of the mode in being in those languages instead of being in Gratuitous French.
- Ascended Extra:
- In previous games, Deoxys was an event-exclusive Pokémon whose existence was seldom acknowledged In-Universe. Here, it's the Final Boss of the Delta Episode as the Pokémon appearing on the crash-landing meteor (and the True Final Boss of the game), and is now required to complete the National Pokédex.
- Rayquaza has a much bigger role in these games other than a Bonus Boss (in the case of Ruby and Sapphire) or calming down Groudon and Kyogre (in the case of Emerald); it's one of the focus Pokémon of the Delta Episode and capturing it is now mandatory.
- The opposite gendered rival is now a lot more involved with the plot, and is the final trainer you fight in the main story, right after the credits roll the first time.
- The Evil team Admins get more focus and characterization.
- Wally is no longer treated that much as a side rival - he now has his own theme music, his own battle song when you fight in Victory Road (which the soundtrack even labels as "Rival's theme"), access to a Mega-Evolving Pokémon (his Gallade), and even gets a full trainer model instead of artwork when you battle him.
- Professor Cozmo now has his own overworld model instead of a generic scientist one and helps with the meteor crisis during the Delta Episode. Reading some old letters found in Sea Mauville reveals some of his history before the events of the game.
- Ascended Meme:
- In the original games, there was a persistent rumor that you could actually go to space at some point to catch Deoxys. In Delta Episode, you do just that on Mega-Rayquaza to stop a meteor that contains Deoxys from hitting the planet.
- In the French translation of the games, Brawly says he was inspired from staring at a Helix Fossil for days.
- 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."
- Astral Finale: The final sequences of the Delta Episode (and thus, the entire storyline of the game) involve the protagonist flying to space with Mega-Rayquaza to destroy a meteor and battle Deoxys.
- Bare Your Midriff: One particular Aqua grunt in the Special Demo calls attention to her midriff, saying that she has more style than she knows what to do with. Then there's Aqua Admin Shelly, who's midriff cuts into the A symbol of her uniform.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The hosts on the TV shows that focus on players met on StreetPass make everything they've done sound exciting, when in reality, most players would find nicknaming Pokémon, sneaking up on hidden Pokémon, buying items, and the like rather dull and repetitive.
- Mythology Gag:
- 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.
- The Delta Episode involves a battle between Rayquaza and Deoxys, just like in Pokemon Destiny Deoxys.
- According to the demo, the Pokémon Attendant that gives you a Potion in Oldale Town is the younger brother... err, employee of the one in Mossdeep City.
- The intro movie has an interesting twist for those who've played the originals. The original intro featured Brendan/May riding their bicycle and running into Latias/Latios (depending on the version) who flies beside them. The new intro has the same scene... but it starts from Latias/Latios' POV this time, showing it flying over Hoenn and then running into the player character riding their bicycle.
- The game starts out 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 Pokémon 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.
- A sign in the Battle Resort mentions that a Battle Frontier project, complete with Battle Tower, is underway, and Steven considers making Wallace the next Champion should he choose to leave at the end of the Delta Episode.
- The Move Tutors at the Battle Resort teach the same moves that the Move Tutors in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 taught, with three of themnote replaced since they're now TM moves. In their place are Shock Wave, Water Pulse, and Focus Punch, which were TM moves in the original games.
- Someone on Mt. Pyre mentions that the floor there used to be full of holes. The hole puzzles that used to let you find the Sea and Lax Incenses are no longer there in the remakes.
- The first time you beat Wallace in a contest spectacular, he notes it's been "many years" since he's been in a Pokémon contest.
- While the Magma and Aqua Admins are for the most part Co-Dragons to their leader, their roles in the story make them a counterpart to the opposite-gendered admin on the other team (Tabitha with Shelly, and Courtney with Matt). This leaves Tabitha and Shelly with a role in the main story that is very similiar to their ascended importance in Emerald (where both were THE Dragon to their leader), though the other two Admins are not as unimportant as they were in that game due to their ascended importance in the post-game.
- If you import Diancie from X or Y (via trade or Pokémon Bank) and have it in your team when you enter a Pokémon Center, an event is triggered very similar to the one when it was downloaded as a Mystery Gift in the previous games. Two guys come in (a Gentleman and a Black Belt) claiming their employer is looking for it, and try to convince you to give them the Diancie. Regardless of what you say, said employer (a Ninja Boy) comes in and tells them to back off, but in this case, he gives you the Diancite, the stone needed for its Mega Evolution.
- 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.
- Mega Rayquaza does not need a stone to Mega Evolve, unlike any other Mega Pokémon. It only needs to know Dragon Ascent, which also means that it is the only Mega Pokémon that can use another boosting item like Life Orb.
- 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.
- Never Say "Die":
- 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.
- Nothing Is Scarier:
- 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.
- One of the apparently vacant rooms in Mauville Hills has a great deal on the lease. Ringing the intercom of an empty room usually gives the message "There's no answer..." The intercom of this room instead gives "..."
- Old Save Bonus:
- 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.
- Orphaned Etymology: A Team Aqua Grunt mentions the Greek God Poseidon within the demo in spite of the fact that Classical Mythology might not even exist within the Pokémon universe. Unless the in=universe Poseidon and Kyogre are one and the same, that is.
- Passing the Torch: Two examples, one very serious, the other played for laughs.
- The serious example: After you tame Rayquaza and defeat Deoxys, Zinia "retires" and passes the duties of the last of the Draconians to you. Then she leaves to go somewhere, but you can talk to her grandmother in Meteor Falls to gain the Salamencite, and also make Rayquaza relearn Dragon's Ascent again. (In case it ever forgets it.)
- The less serious example: When you defeat Fair Prince Treadwell in the Mauville Food Court, he confesses that he used to be bullied by bigger kids, and created the whole "Pokémon battles over seats" nonsense and ruled the Food Court as the strongest trainer as a way of coping... until you defeated him. Now he feels he wants to leave to do some soul-searching and passes the Fair Prince title to you.
- 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.
- Post Final Boss: May/Brendan challenges you to a battle after the credits roll and they're Pokémon are around 10 levels lower than the Champion's. They do use a Mega Evolution, but it's likely to be so underleveled it's hardly a threat. The fight mostly exists to wrap-up the rival's character arc.
- 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.
- Power Up Mount: There are three Pokémon in this game that get a unique model for surfing and diving: Wailmer, Sharpedo & Kyogre. Wailmer provides no extra bonuses, Sharpedo goes twice as fast as the others (while sacrificing the ability to fish), and Kyogre, while it goes slightly faster than Wailmer and miscellaneous Pokémon, is too large to fit into anything but the Sootopolis Cave while underwater.
- 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.
- Rearrange the Song: Fortree's music is rearranged twice. one for the Secret bases and one for the town itself
- 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 . 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.
- Due to the former's prevalence during the Delta Episode, Rayquaza and Reshiram/Zekrom had their catch rates (3 and 45) swapped.
- 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).
- Running Gag: At the Battle Maison, there is once again a Nurse Joy who only came to watch, not to heal Pokémon.
- 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.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The Collectors, Bug Maniacs and male School Kids have these.
- Sequel Difficulty Drop: The inclusion of the many Anti-Frustration Features, general mechanic changes like the physical/special split introduced in Diamond and Pearl, Mega Evolution, and the new EXP Share make these games much easier than the originals.
- 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, which can be interpreted as a hint towards a possible future sequel with a few changes from Emerald being put into the games.
- Prof. Cozmo gives you the Galladite and Wanda gives you the Gardevoirite. Ralts is a part Fairy-type (until it evolves into Gallade).
- There's a Skitty Poké doll called Hi Skitty.
- In real life, the Leonid Meteor Shower happens every so often. The event is associated with the Leo constellation in the sky. Here, it's called the Litleonid Meteor Shower.
- In Pacifidlog Town, there is an NPC who says "One does not simply walk into a Mirage Spot."
- In the Italian version, the Ace Duo you meet in Victory Road are named Conan and Lana.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Chaz in the Pokémon Contests. He claims that he wants to be Lisia's (and to a lesser extent, your) rival in the competitions, but he will most likely come in 4th place when you actually compete against him. In fact, he seems to lack even a basic understanding of how different types of Pokémon relate to each contest; his star is a Machoke, but he adamantly refuses to enter it in the Toughness contests (where a Machoke would likely do best) claiming it's far too "lovely" for such a competition. That is, until Character Development sets in and he starts training with Brawly.
- Snake Oil Salesman: 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 Aqua Grunt and a male Magma Grunt in a house at the Battle Resort, who claim they've quit their teams to be together. However, after other Grunts arrive and tell them that hostilities between the two Teams is getting worse, the two decide to go back to try to make peace between the Teams - and offer you a Camerupt and a Sharpedo, each holding a rather rare Berry.
- Stealth Pun: An Ace Trainer in Rustboro City will give you a Float Stone, which halves the weight of the Pokémon that equips it. Leave the screen and come back, and the Ace will inexplicably have turned into a big, tubby Hiker.
- Story Breadcrumbs: Much of the backstory for Sea Mauville is told through letters and documents scattered within it.
- 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.
- Take Your Time: Taken to ridiculous extremes in the games. Especally the Delta episode where Deoxys' meteor will hit the Earth in approximately 42 hours. You can level-grind a week's worth without batting an eye in the game.
- 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.
- Tron Lines: The "Cleverness" intro of your Pokémon in the Pokémon Contests shows a circuit board lighting up in the background.
- Twenty Bear Asses:
- 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."
- Video Game Caring Potential:
- 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.
- We Used to Be Friends: Archie and Maxie were on the same "team" once, according to an NPC.
- 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.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Discussed. An NPC at Mt. Pyre says that he wishes he could live forever with his Pokémon, but also believes that immortality isn't something one should force on another.
- 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!