Pokémon 101
What Is Pokémon?

The Pokémon series of games has been loved for the past 18 years, since the first titles, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version, were released in Japan in 1996. With its simple and yet deep gameplay, its popularity has continued ever since its inception.

If you haven't played a Pokémon game before, read on to get a better understanding of the fun world of Pokémon!

What Are Pokémon?

Pokémon are creatures of mystery! There are Pokémon that live closely alongside humans, as well as wild Pokémon that reside in tall grass, dark caves, deep in the sea, and elsewhere in the world. There are still many things not yet understood about them. The Pokémon video game series features a great number of these fantastic creatures.

As the series has continued to grow, more and more and more Pokémon have been discovered. To date, more than 700 species of Pokémon have been discovered!

When you think of Pokémon, of course you think first of Pikachu! Pikachu first appeared in the original games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, on their release in 1996.

Meet Many Pokémon!

You'll encounter many wild Pokémon throughout your adventure. They can be caught using a special item called a Poké Ball. These Pokémon can then join you on your journey, becoming an integral part of your team. Catch Pokémon after Pokémon as you discover new species, and register them in your Pokédex until you’ve completely filled it. This is another of the goals of your adventure!

Complete the Pokédex!

The Pokémon you’ve caught will be registered to your Pokédex one by one. Work hard to complete your Pokédex!

Learn more about the Pokédex and how to use it on your adventure!

Battle with Pokémon!

The battles in the Pokémon series are all battles between Pokémon. If you’ve caught Pokémon of your own, you can use them to battle against wild Pokémon or other Trainers’ Pokémon.

Pokémon Evolution

Pokémon grow stronger by battling. And as they grow stronger or fulfill certain conditions, some Pokémon can even evolve, changing their appearance.

Strategic Battling with Pokémon Types!

Every Pokémon has a type, and the Pokémon from which you may choose your first partner is either a Grass-type, Fire-type, or Water-type Pokémon. These three types have a rock-paper-scissors kind of relationship with one another: Grass-type moves are strong against Water-type Pokémon; Fire-type moves are strong against Grass-type Pokémon; and Water-type moves are strong against Fire-type Pokémon. As you can see, different types of moves will be most effective depending on the Pokémon that you face in battle.

Two Different Versions!

The Pokémon that appear—and how rare they can be to find—differ between Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Work together with your family members and friends, or attempt to get them all with your own skill. Try to complete your Pokédex through the two different versions of the game!


Zangoose appears only in Pokémon Omega Ruby.


Seviper appears only in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Become a Champion!

In the world of Pokémon, there are many other Pokémon Trainers in addition to your main character, and they are all working to raise their Pokémon to be their very best. Standing at the pinnacle of all Trainers is the strongest Trainer: the Champion. If you challenge and defeat the Champion, you will become the Champion. This is one of the goals of your journey in the Pokémon games.

The first step to becoming the next Champion is challenging each of the Gym Leaders you encounter around the region to Pokémon battle. Travel to different cities to battle with each Gym Leader to earn a Gym Badge. You must obtain all eight Gym Badges as proof of your victories. Achieve this goal and you will be able to face the Pokémon League, where you'll challenge the Elite Four. Only a Trainer who has won his or her way past them has the right to take on the Champion.

What is the Pokémon League?

The Pokémon League is where the greatest Pokémon Trainers in the Hoenn region can be found: the Elite Four and the Champion. In order to challenge the Champion to a battle, you’ll first have to defeat the Elite Four.

Which Pokémon Will You Choose?
Meet the first Pokémon that will become the partner you'll rely on as you set out on your journey through the Hoenn region. Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip will evolve into even stronger Pokémon as they continue to battle. Which Pokémon will you choose to challenge the Champion with?

Select your region

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