Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Strategy Guide

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    28 November 2014
  • Last Updated
    28 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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The Weather Institute

A research facility studying the weather patterns of Hoenn.

Recommended Levels: 33-43

Local Trainers Pokémon

Omega Ruby

Name Money Party
Team Magma Grunt 1,160 Mightyena Lv. 29, Golbat Lv. 29
Team Magma Grunt 1,200 Koffing Lv. 30
Team Magma Grunt 1,120 Numel Lv. 28, Mightyena Lv. 28
Team Magma Grunt 1,200 Golbat Lv. 30
Magma Admin Tabitha 3,220 Camerupt Lv. 32

Alpha Sapphire

Name Money Party
Team Aqua Grunt 1,160 Mightyena Lv. 29, Golbat Lv. 29
Team Aqua Grunt 1,200 Grimer Lv. 30
Team Aqua Grunt 1,120 Carvanha Lv. 28, Mightyena Lv. 28
Team Aqua Grunt 1,200 Golbat Lv. 30
Aqua Admin Shelly 3,200 Sharpedo Lv. 32

Weather Institute - 1F

When you arrive, go west and north. As you enter the main portion of the floor, you can go further north to find a PC and a bed to use to heal and switch your Pokémon.

Go further east and clear out the Team Aqua/Magma Grunts from the floor; nothing too complicated here, just power through them all. After, head upstairs.

Weather Institute - 2F

Up here, after a brief cutscene - in which someone gets slapped pretty hard - go south and west and beat up the two Grunts. Further ahead, it’ll be time to beat up Tabitha/Shelly; as usual, they’re a little higher-leveled than their Grunts.

Tabitha in particular is likely to be One-Hit KO’d by your Surf Pokémon, and Sharpedo by pretty much anything Grass or Fighting (or both!).

Among their leaving comments are generic bad guy threats and the note that they’re going to be going to Mt. Pyre. Really? If you don’t want me us to foil your plans, you really shouldn’t tell us where they’re to be executed.

Gift Pokémon

Castform has different appearances depending on the weather.

Pokémon Received Type Ability
Castform Normal Forecast

Anyway, after their departure, one of the men will hand you a Castform , if you have room in your party for it. All in all, Castform is not a particularly good Pokémon, moreso a gimmick as it changes Forme and type with the weather. Use it if you want, but there are better Pokémon out there.

After some mild comments on the Primal Reversion of Kyogre/Groudon - in which they flooded or scorched the planet, respectively, in a manner akin to, but unlike, Mega Evolution - you’ll regain control.

Weather Institute - 1F

On the southwest corner of 1F, speak with the scientist here to get a Rocky Helmet. Rocky Helmets are items that make contact attackers - such as those using Tackle, Body Slam, Blaze Kick, basically anything causing actual touch - lose a portion of their HP.

Most people combine it with Rough Skin or Iron Barbs (which are abilities) for extra HP loss in those instances. That’s why the scientist was okay with being slapped; it hurt the admin. (Or he just likes abuse.)

In any case, also speak with the woman at the desk for an Icy Rock , which lengthens the move Hail or the ability Snow Warning from the holder by about 2 turns.

Let’s depart.