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Additions to the Formula

Vincent Lau

The additions begin from the box (or the title screen if you ignored the box).

Moments ago we spoke of some of the major new features introduced between Ruby and Sapphire and the games before these ones, X and Y. Now it would be fairly boring if Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were just reskins of Ruby and Sapphire with the legacy features added in.

Fortunately that isn’t quite the case, as the developers have made an effort to add in brand new features not seen in past titles. So without further ado, we’ll show you all the notable additions, with as few spoilers as possible (for more details, just read on ahead in our guide).

More to Mega Evolution

Upon glancing the cover of the games, keen-eyed fans may notice there’s something different about "Groudon" IconGroudon (Omega Ruby) or "Kyogre" IconKyogre (Alpha Sapphire). Those aren’t "Groudon" IconGroudon or "Kyogre" IconKyogre as you know them, but Primal "Groudon" IconGroudon and Primal "Kyogre" IconKyogre .

The legendary duo can transform into their primal states mid-battle, not unlike Mega Evolution, through a method known as Primal Reversion . Like Mega Evolution, a hold item is needed to undergo Primal Reversion and you’ll be able to try it out once you encounter "Groudon" IconGroudon or "Kyogre" IconKyogre in your game.

Speaking of Mega Evolutions, there are 20 new Mega Pokémon in this game, starting from Mega "Sceptile" IconSceptile all the way to Mega "Diancie" IconDiancie. It’s also said that the legendary Pokémon "Rayquaza" IconRayquaza holds a secret to Mega Evolution (of course, it Mega Evolves, but there’s more)…

Super Secret Bases

This is cheating slightly (if the above feature wasn’t already a cheat), because Secret Bases were already in Ruby and Sapphire. Super Secret Bases are the Secret Bases you knew and loved, but with a few fancy additions to make them really “super”.

For starters, you can now invite trainers you’ve met in other Secret Bases to become your Secret Pals. These pals will appear in your Secret Base and you can re-battle them once per day and borrow one of their special talents, which can be an instant Level Up or a free item.

How do you get other Secret Bases though? Well, you’ll automatically exchange Secret Base data if you StreetPass another person who’s played the same game or occasionally when you connect online via the PSS. You can also share Secret Bases via QR Codes.

Cosplay… Pikachu!?

We just mentioned Secret Bases, so we’ll quickly mention Pokémon Contests are back in as well, remixed slightly as Pokémon Contest Spectaculars (they love adding new words to make things seem cooler). So enjoy showing off your Pokémon’s toughness, coolness, etc. outside of battle.

After taking part in your first Contest, you will be gifted a very unique "Pikachu" IconPikachu, one who loves to cosplay (short for “costume play”, which is basically fancy dress). This "Pikachu" IconPikachu has 5 difference appearances depending on its costume: Rock Star, Belle, Pop Star, Ph. D. and Libre.

Each appearance is geared towards a particular Contest type; for example, Rock Star is Coolness. In addition to this, each costume enables "Pikachu" IconPikachu to use a move it cannot normally learn. The costumes also carry over to battle and Pokémon-Amie for some pretty silly situations.

Soaring the Skies

Too much awesomeness… cannot… contain…

Towards the end of the game, you will receive the Eon Flute, allowing you to soar on the back of Mega "Latios" IconLatios or "Latias" IconLatias and fly across Hoenn (albeit, a scaled-down and simplified version) as you please. This is as awesome as it sounds.

Soaring effectively replaces the Fly HM (you still get the HM), so you can manually fly to any destination you’ve already visited, including routes and dungeons (although you can do the same with Fly). It’s slightly more time-consuming of course, but definitely more interesting.

There are some locations only accessible by soaring too - special places known as “Mirage Spots”. These mysterious areas are often home to Legendary Pokémon - in fact, you can expect to find every Legendary (not Mythical) from Johto, Sinnoh and Unova!

Delta Episode

Having defeated the Pokémon League and become the Champion, the game doesn’t quite end there. After the credits roll, there’s a brand new side-story dubbed the “Delta Episode”, where you must save the world from a new threat that’s poised to bring doom to Hoenn.

At the end of this lengthy episode, you will have the chance to catch "Deoxys" IconDeoxys, a Mythical space Pokémon previously only available from limited-time events.


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Relive your adventures in Hoenn or start a brand new journey with this re-imagining of a much-loved game. Collect and battle your way to the Pokemon League for the right to challenge the Elite Four. Hunt legendary Pokemon, breed them and become the best Pokemon Master you can be with the help of our guide!

  • A full walkthrough for all badges and the Pokemon League challenges.
  • Side quest information on legendary Pokemon and the different Routes and Caves.
  • Information on breeding, Pokemon Contests, the Battle Maison and much more!
  • Full-color screenshots throughout and useful tips to help you along the way.
  • Comparisons between the original game and remake.

Updates (Aug 2016):

  • Added Encounter Rates to Wild Pokémon table lists as well as general locations making it easier to find your favorite Pokémon.
  • Fixed some formatting issues and general editing.
  • Expanded Introduction with loads of new information.
  • Restructured Extra Activities section (at the end) for easier navigation and reading.

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