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Pokémon Ruby Version
ポケットモンスター ルビー
Ruby boxart
Pokémon Ruby video game cover.
Pokémon Sapphire Version
ポケットモンスター サファイア
Sapphire boxart
Pokémon Sapphire video game cover.
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Game information
Generation Generation III
Players 4 players
Platform Gameboy Advance
Developers Game Freak
Publishers Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Release dates
Japan November 21, 2002
North America March 17, 2003
Europe April 3, 2003
Australia July 25, 2003
South Korea N/A
Ratings
CERO N/A
ESRB E
ACB G
OFLC G8+
PEGI 3+
GRB N/A
Ruby Japanese Cover
Pokémon Ruby Japanese cover.
Sapphire Japanese Cover
Pokémon Sapphire Japanese cover.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (ポケットモンスター ルビー・サファイア Pocket Monsters Ruby and Sapphire) are the first two games introduced for Generation III series. This set of games takes place in the Hoenn region and features new Pokémon in comparison to the previous versions.

Locations

Game Info

Changes

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire featured a number of upgrades and differences from the previous games.

Starter Pokémon

As is tradition, the player can choose one of three different Starter Pokémon at the start of the game. The player will need to choose either Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko of his/her choice to save Professor Birch, who was being attacked by a Poochyena. Also, in tradition, the three Pokémon are Fire, Water or Grass types, respectively.

Team Magma and Team Aqua

Both Team Magma and Team Aqua are featured in the Ruby and Sapphire games. Depending on which game it is though will determine which Team the player will need to fight against. Ruby will feature Team Magma as the antagonist and Team Aqua as the allies and Sapphire is vice versa.

Legendary Pokémon

As in every other main series Pokémon game, there are a set of Legendary Pokémon which were first featured in Ruby and Sapphire.

The Golems

The Eon Pokémon

The Super-ancient Pokémon

Version Exclusive Pokémon

Pokémon Ruby Version
No. Sprite Pokémon Type
#273 273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 274 Nuzleaf Type Grass Type Dark
#275 275 Shiftry Type Grass Type Dark
#303 303 Mawile Type Steel Type Fairy
#335 335 Zangoose Type Normal
#338 338 Solrock Type Rock Type Psychic
#381 381 Latios Type Dragon Type Psychic
#383 383 Groudon Type Ground
Pokémon Sapphire Version
No. Sprite Pokémon Type
#270 270 Lotad Type Water Type Grass
#271 271 Lombre Type Water Type Grass
#272 272 Ludicolo Type Water Type Grass
#302 302 Sableye Type Dark Type Ghost
#336 336 Seviper Type Poison
#337 337 Lunatone Type Rock Type Psychic
#380 380 Latias Type Dragon Type Psychic
#382 382 Kyogre Type Water

Gym Leaders

Roxanne(RSE)Sprite
Stonebadge
Roxanne
Type Rock
Rustboro City
Brawly(RSE)Sprite
Knucklebadge
Brawly
Type Fighting
Dewford Town
Wattson(RSE)Sprite
Dynamobadge
Wattson
Type Electric
Mauville City
Flannery(RSE)Sprite
Heatbadge
Flannery
Type Fire
Lavaridge Town
Norman(RSE)Sprite
Balancebadge
Norman
Type Normal
Petalburg City
Winona(RSE)Sprite
Featherbadge
Winona
Type Flying
Fortree City
Tate and Liza(RSE)Sprite
Mindbadge
Tate and Liza
Type Psychic
Mossdeep City
Wallace(RS)Sprite
Rainbadge
Wallace
Type Water
Sootopolis City

Elite Four and Champion

Sidney(GenIII)Sprite
Sidney
Type Dark
Phoebe(GenIII)Sprite
Phoebe
Type Ghost
Glacia(GenIII)Sprite
Glacia
Type Ice
Drake(GenIII)Sprite
Drake
Type Dragon
RS Steven
Steven Stone
Type Steel

Reception

Ruby and Sapphire received mostly positive reviews, though critics were divided in their assessment of the games, especially on the gameplay and graphics. Most of the complaints focused on the fact that the gameplay had not changed much since previous generations. With the popularity of Pokémon on the decline and the rising popularity of Yu-Gi-Oh! at the time, the games sold less than previous generations. However, they were still commercial successes; with around 16 million copies sold according to IGN, they are the best-selling games for the Game Boy Advance.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the first Pokémon games where the player can not choose the name of their rival at the start of the game.
  • These two games are the first games of the main series where Professor Oak isn't encountered.
  • These games are also the only games where the player will encounter your rival's starter at the arena where the player battled Steven.
  • These games are the first main series games where the player can't access Kanto.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the first games to not have the slogan, "Gotta Catch 'em all".
  • Ruby and Sapphire have the least in game trades.
  • Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald are the only main-series Pokémon games in which the protagonist speaks (other than answering "yes" or "no"). He/she says "Where did he go?" and "Why did he go?", referring to the Magma/Aqua leader in the hideout.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the first and only Pokémon games with the starting point not being the player's bedroom. Rather, the starting point is the moving truck.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the first Pokémon games to feature automobiles.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the only games to have the protagonist have a father.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the only Pokémon games to contain uncensored swear words.
  • Because these games have not been remade, this is the only region not to have been redesigned
  • These games may not be remade for the DS generations, due to the fact that all the featured Legendary Pokémon and starters in the games have been either featured in other games or been distributed via event.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are the only games where the rival is based off what gender you choose.
Main game series
Generation I Red & Green(Japan)
Blue(Japan)
Red & Blue(International)
Yellow
Generation II Gold & Silver
Crystal
Generation III Ruby & Sapphire
FireRed & LeafGreen
Emerald
Generation IV Diamond & Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V Black & White
Black2 & White2
Generation VI X & Y
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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