The Pokémon Company International have today shared a plethora of new details pertaining to their highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS remakes of Pokémon (Omega) Ruby and Pokémon (Alpha) Sapphire, which haven’t been available on the market since the Gameboy Advance era of portable gaming.
One of the big focuses was on Rayquaza, who will reprise his role as a legendary Pokémon in the game. This mysterious Dragon- and Flying-type Pokémon is said to descend to the planet’s surface when Groudon and Kyogre clash. What has changed however is that there will be a brand new storyline attached to the Pokemon, which links it with the mystery of Mega Evolution which was first introduced in Pokémon X & Y. Players are asked to wait until the game’s launch on November 21st, 2014 to discover this new plot for themselves.
Also confirmed are the new Primal Reversion forms of Groudon and Kyogre, the legendary Pokémon of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire respectively. In each of these forms, both will receive a brand new ability that only they possess:
Primal Groudon gains the Desolate Land Ability, which changes the weather condition to extremely harsh sunlight. Opponents cannot change the weather condition during extremely harsh sunlight, meaning moves like Rain Dance, Sunny Day, Sandstorm, and Hail will fail, and Water-type attacks will fizzle out. Abilities like Drizzle, Drought, Sand Stream and Snow Warning will also fail to activate. Groudon can unleash a move unique to it alone, Precipice Blades, a powerful attack that can hit multiple opponents with an upward surge of sharp rocks.
Primal Kyogre’s exclusive Ability is Primordial Sea, which changes the weather condition to an oppressive heavy rain. As with extremely harsh sunlight, opponents cannot change the weather condition during heavy rain. The Abilities Drizzle, Drought, Sand Stream, and Snow Warning will fail to activate, and Fire-type attacks become ineffective as well. Kyogre has its own move that only it can use, Origin Pulse, an attack that can slam multiple opponents with water massed into ballistic orbs.
The Rival Teams
Mega Evolution is no longer limited to just the player character, with Team Magma and Aqua also having access to mega evolved Pokémon.
Team Magma is led by Maxie, who leads the team’s mission in seeking a world ideal for humanity. The organization wishes to increase the landmass on the planet, adding to it so humanity can labor to achieve greater evolution and development. Team Magma thinks laboring for the equal coexistence of humanity and Pokémon is foolish and only holds back humanity¹s progress.
During the team’s mission, Maxie battles with the Fire- and Ground-type Pokémon Camerupt, which can Mega Evolve into Mega Camerupt. Maxie wears a pair of Mega Glasses, set with a mysterious Key Stone needed to Mega Evolve his Pokémon. Players can battle with Camerupt, too, and when it Mega Evolves, its Ability changes to Sheer Force, which raises the power of all attacking moves that have an additional effect. But beware‹the additional effects are ignored. Most of Mega Camerupt¹s base stats are uniformly raised, but its Speed drops. It¹s best to think of strategies where Mega Camerupt can be used as the second act in battle.
Team Aqua is led by Archie, who leads the team¹s mission in increasing the size of the oceans in an effort to bring back the rich habitats lost to Pokémon due to humanity’s greed. Team Aqua believes the ocean is the font of all life, and by restoring it, its members think that they can re-create an ideal home for Pokémon.
During the team’s mission, Archie battles with the Water- and Dark-type Pokémon Sharpedo, which can Mega Evolve into Mega Sharpedo. Archie wears the Mega Anchor, set with a mysterious Key Stone needed to Mega Evolve his Pokémon. Players can battle with Sharpedo, too, and when it Mega Evolves, all of its stats show a boost, and its already high Attack is enhanced. Mega Sharpedo also gains the Strong Jaw Ability, which raises the power of bite attacks like Crunch.
and the Rivals…
When players begin their adventure, they will meet a timid young Trainer named Wally, who hails from Petalburg City. He hopes to be a strong Trainer despite being meek and shy. Tiny Ralts is the first Pokémon that Wally catches, and after it evolves into Kirlia and then Gallade, it can Mega Evolve into Mega Gallade. Players can encounter Ralts, too, and when they evolve it to Kirlia and use a Dawn Stone on a male Kirlia, it will evolve into Gallade. When Mega Evolved, Mega Gallade’s Ability changes to Inner Focus, which prevents it from flinching during battle. Its Attack and Speed stats also improve, making Mega Gallade an effective first-strike Pokémon.
A Demo Version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
One would never think that The Pokemon Company would ever consider releasing a demo version of any Pokemon game, but this is what they have announced today. Available soon via a special code, this will give you a chance to begin your Hoenn adventure without spoiling too many of the surprises prior to official release.
The Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version features gameplay that players won’t experience anywhere else. During the course of this early adventure, players are likely to encounter a familiar Pokémon that can now Mega Evolve. What’s more, one of these Mega-Evolved Pokémon can be brought into the full Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire games. Reward items obtained during the Special Demo Version adventure can also be brought into the full game which is sold separately. Details about how to bring Pokémon and items into the full game will be announced soon.
More information on how to take advantage of this offer and acquire a download code will be announced soon.