Nintendo 3DS

Secret Bases Are Back In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire


Secret Bases were one of the most prominent new features introduced in the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and they’re back in the Nintendo 3DS remakes of the two games.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will allow you to create Secret Bases that can be customized by outfitting them with Decorations, mazes or traps, or setting up Pokémon battle rules to transform the base into the player’s own Pokémon Gym. You can then share your Secret Bases using either StreetPass functionality or QR Codes.


When visiting other Secret Bases, players can meet other Trainers in the same base and invite them back to their own Secret Base as “Secret Pals”. Once someone is a Secret Pal, you can interact and battle with them. Secret Pals will also be able to confer benefits such as sharing Decorations, making Pokémon eggs hatch faster, or even raising the level of a select Pokémon by one.


You can also capture flags while visiting other players’ Secret Bases. Flags are located beside the Secret PC in each Secret Base, and the more flags you collect, the higher you’ll raise your rank, which will result in rewards such as improving the skills of your Secret Pals. Needless to say, the more Secret Pals you have, the better.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available this November.

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.