This unique award is earned from the Game Director in Lilycove City’s Cove Lily hotel after beating the Elite Four. To earn it, you must have, as your lead Pokémon, a Pokémon that originated specifically on Pokémon Ruby or Pokémon Sapphire on the GameBoy Advance.
Related games, such as Pokémon Emerald, FireRed, or LeafGreen Versions on the GBA, or Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD Gale of Darkness on the GameCube will not work.
When you speak with the Director, you will then be given the Time Travel Award ; a diploma which you can view initially, and then place in your Super Secret Base to view at your leisure.
The Award will depict various scenes and sprites from Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire, including the Pokémon that triggered the reward using their sprite from Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire (sans Shininess if it was Shiny).
If you wish to change the Pokémon depicted, show a different Pokémon originating in Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire to the Director. You won’t get another Award (though his speech implies such); the Pokémon depicted on the original Award will simply change.
The Pokémon, however, does not have to be your own. This Pokémon can be another person’s that they traded to you. One of the telling characteristics of such a Pokémon is that, in the third of their Summary screens, they’ll be noted as having traveled across space and time from the Hoenn region.
While this can also be true of Pokémon from Pokémon Emerald Version, it would be something to check into if you have such Pokémon and don’t have the ability to do the mass importing (which can take around an hour due to the tedium).
There exist a number of ways to get Pokémon from previous Pokémon games to the newer ones:
- Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen : Use the Pal Park of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
- Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver: Use PokéTransfer in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White
- Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 : Use Poké Transporter and Pokémon Bank.