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A Closer Look At Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire In Screenshots


The Pokémon Company has shared new screenshots of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The screenshots show off the new Mega-Evolved Starter Pokémon, provide a first look at Team Aqua and Team Magma, and give a glimpse into the game’s world.


Mega Sceptile:

Mega Sceptile gains the Dragon type through Mega Evolution, making its Dragon-type moves more powerful. It also gains the Lightning Rod Ability, which absorbs the damage from Electric-type moves to raise its own Special Attack.


Mega Swampert:

Through Mega Evolution, Mega Swampert gains an improved Attack stat which makes it even more formidable when using the Fighting-type move Hammer Arm. Additionally, Mega Swampert gains the Swift Swim Ability, which doubles its Speed when the weather is rainy.


Mega Blaziken:

Mega Blaziken, first discovered in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, gains some new tools through Mega Evolution, in addition to its increased Attack. It has the Speed Boost Ability, making it faster with each passing turn, making the incredibly powerful Flying-type move Brave Bird, extremely rare for a non-Flying-type Pokémon like Blaziken to have, even fiercer in Pokémon battles.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will delve deeper into the origins of Mega Evolution as part of their story, and Steven, who is back in the remakes, will help you uncover that story, as well as that of the Legendary Pokémon.



Teams Aqua and Magma are back in the game, too, are led by Archie and Maxie respectively. Team Aqua plays a more prominent role in the story in Omega Ruby, while Team Magma are the main antagonists in Aqua Sapphire.




Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.