|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|
|Publisher||Nintendo/The Pokémon Company|
|ESRB||E for Everyone|
|November 21, 2002|
|March 17, 2003|
|July 25, 2003|
|April 3, 2003|
|Platform||Game Boy Advance|
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.
- Littleroot Town
- Oldale Town
- Petalburg City
- Slateport City
- Pacifidlog Town
- Battle Tower
- Southern Island
- Ever Grande City
- Mossdeep City
- Sootopolis City
- Lilycove City
- Fortree City
- Mauville City
- Rustboro City
- Verdanturf Town
- Lavaridge Town
- Fallarbor Town
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire featured a number of upgrades and differences from the previous games.
- The game takes place in a new region, Hoenn.
- An additional 135 Pokémon were introduced.
- Brand new Moves and TM's were made available.
- Double Battles were introduced.
- The player can participate in Pokémon Contests.
- Pokémon now have abilities.
- Seperate icons for each Pokémon.
- Running Shoes were introduced.
- Weather effects were introduced.
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, respectively. Depending on which game it is though will determine which Team the player will need to fight against. Ruby will feature Team Magma and Sapphire will have Team Aqua.
As in every other main series Pokémon game, there are a set of Legendary Pokémon which were first featured in Ruby and Sapphire.
The Eon Pokémon
The Super-ancient Pokémon
Version Exclusive Pokémon
|Version Exclusive Pokémon|
|Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Mawile, Zangoose, Solrock, Latios, Groudon|
|Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Sableye, Seviper, Lunatone, Latias, Kyogre|
Tate and Liza
Elite Four and Champion
- 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 Pokémon games to begin with the player starting in a vehicle rather than in his/her bedroom.
- 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.
- On May 7, 2014, Nintendo announced that Ruby and Sapphire will receive remakes, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, set to be released in November 2014. Before this announcement, there was much speculation to the creation of these remakes, as numerous hints were given throughout Pokémon media.
- Ruby and Sapphire are the only games where the rival is based off what gender you choose to be.
|Game Boy||Red and Green (Japan) · Red and Blue (Overseas) · Blue (Japan) · Yellow|
|Game Boy Color||Gold and Silver · Crystal|
|Game Boy Advance||Ruby and Sapphire · FireRed and LeafGreen · Emerald|
|Nintendo DS||Diamond and Pearl · Platinum · HeartGold and SoulSilver · Black and White · Black 2 and White 2|
|Nintendo 3DS||X and Y · Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire · Sun and Moon · Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon|
|Main Series games · Spin-off games|