Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby boxart.jpg
Sapphire boxart.jpg
Game Information
Publisher Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Developer Game Freak
Category RPG
Players 1-4 Players
ESRB E for Everyone
Release Dates
Flag of Japan.png November 21, 2002
Flag of the United States.png March 17, 2003
Flag of Europe.png July 25, 2003
Flag of Australia.png April 3, 2003
Flag of South Korea.png {{{release-date-korea}}}
Other information
Platform Game Boy Advance
Region Hoenn

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.


Game Info


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, 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.

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

Version Exclusive Pokémon
Seedot, Nuzleaf, Shiftry, Mawile, Zangoose, Solrock, Latios, Groudon
Lotad, Lombre, Ludicolo, Sableye, Seviper, Lunatone, Latias, Kyogre

Gym Leaders


Stonebadge.png Roxanne
Type Rock.gif
Rustboro City

Knucklebadge.png Brawly
Type Fighting.gif
Dewford Town

Dynamobadge.png Wattson
Type Electric.gif
Mauville City

Heatbadge.png Flannery
Type Fire.gif
Lavaridge Town

Balancebadge.png Norman
Type Normal.gif
Petalburg City

Featherbadge.png Winona
Type Flying.gif
Fortree City
Tate and Liza(RSE)Sprite.png

Mindbadge.png Tate and Liza
Type Psychic.gif
Mossdeep City

Rainbadge.png Wallace
Type Water.gif
Sootopolis City

Elite Four and Champion


Type Dark.gif

Type Ghost.gif

Type Ice.gif

Type Dragon.gif
RS Steven.png

Steven Stone
Type Steel.gif


  • 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.
    • This is because, technically, Lucas/Dawn are not rivals to the player.
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