Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are enhanced remakes of 2003's Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.
Set in the tropical Hoenn region, the player begins an epic journey across the region to gather all eight gym badges while encountering foes like Team Magma in Omega Ruby or Team Aqua in Alpha Sapphire. Team Magma wants to use the power of the Legendary Pokemon Groudon to expand the landmass for the betterment of humanity.
Team Aqua wants to the use the power of the legendary Pokemon Kyogre to expand the sea for the betterment of Pokemon. At the beginning of their journey, the player will choose their gender, a boy named Brendan or the girl named May. Afterwards they will be able to choose from one of three starter Pokemon: The Grass type Pokemon Treecko, the Water type Mudkip, and the Fire type Torchic.
Returning features from Pokemon X/Y include Mega Evolution, Pokemon Amie, Super Training, The Player Search System (PSS), and Horde encounters. Returning features from the original games include Pokemon Contests and Secret Bases. Pokemon Contests allows players and their Pokemon to compete in five categories: Tough, Smart, Cute, Beauty, and Cool.
There are two rounds of Pokemon Contests: Primary Judging where Pokemon are judged based on their condition (a Pokemon's condition is affected by which contest stat they rank the highest in). A Pokemon's condition can be altered by Berries or items called Pokeblocks. Certain berries and Pokeblocks will raise a certain contest stat.
The second round is using a Pokemon's move in front of the judge. After that, both scores will be added up and the player who receives the highest score wins. After winning their first contest, the player will receive a special Pikachu called Cosplay Pikachu. Cosplay Pikachu has max contest stats in all five categories. After winning the Master Rank in all five categories, the player can enter a special contest against the Contest Star Lisia. If the player wins, he or she will be able to battle Lisia and receive a special mega stone (Lucarionite which can Mega Evolve the Pokemon Lucario ) from her rival Chaz.
Secret Bases, now called Super Secret Bases are special areas throughout Hoenn that the player can decorate. The player can purchase various items to decorate their base with or turn into a Pokemon gym. Visiting other player's secret bases and challenging them to a Pokemon battle is also Pokemon. Secret bases can be shared online via QR codes.
New features include Primal Reversion, a similar feature to Mega Evolution that allows Groudon and Kyogre to the return to their original power and state. Soaring Over Hoenn via Latios or Latias is also introduced. By using the Eon Flute, the player can fly all across Hoenn to mysterious locations known as Mirage Spots to find rare wild Pokemon or capture Legendary Pokemon like Ho-Oh or Zekrom. Mirage spots vary by day and can be streetpassed to other players.
Other features include:
- Diving underwater by use of the HM (Hidden Machine, a special move usable in the overworld that can not be deleted my normal means).
- Acro Bike and Mach Bike (The Acro Bike offers a more technical ride and can do tricks while the mach bike offers speed).
Compatibility with X/Y
OR/AS are largely compatible with X/Y with some exceptions. In online Free Battles, if a player has a Pokemon in their party with a new mega stones, they will be matched up exclusively with OR/AS players. Otherwise there is a chance that the player will be matched up with someone with X/Y. In online ratings battles, there are two separate leagues. A Hoenn League for OR/AS players and a Kalos League for X/Y players. The two fames have different matchmaking systems as a result of X/Y not receiving a compatibility patch. When battling against a customized player from X/Y, the player will also look like that and not Brendan/May. Trading with X/Y has a few restrictions as well. No Pokemon can be traded with new items found in OR/AS (such as the Red/Blue Orbs or any of the new mega stones). New moves that did not exist in X/Y, and Cosplay Pikachu traded as well. The same restrictions apply to Pokemon Bank.
Special Demo Version
The demo set in Mossdeep City and various islands around Hoenn features the player as the male playable character, completing tasks for the Hoenn Region Champion Steven Stone. The player is at the beginning of the demo given a choice between the starters' second stage; Grovyle, Coumbusken, and Marshtomp. Afterwards the player will receive Glalie with its Mega Stone or Steelix with Steelixite (Japan only). The player also receives the other starters but ultimately only the Glalie or Steelix can be transferred to the full game. Upon completion of certain missions, the player will also be rewarded with various items that can be transferred to the full game via the Pokemon Global Link.
New Mega Evolutions
Ability: Lightning Rod
Ability: Swift Swim
Ability: Speed Boost
Ability: No Guard
Ability: Tough Claws
Ability: Magic Bounce
Ability: Inner Focus
Ability: Shell Armor
Ability: Sand Force
Ability: Delta Stream
Ability: Sheer Force
Ability: Strong Jaw
Ability: Magic Bounce
Version Exclusive Pokemon
Combined, both versions have sold 13.18 million copies worldwide as of September 30, 2016.
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