Changes Guide by Yoni

Version: 1.01 | Updated: 04/27/05 | Printable Version

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                        Written and Researched by soapman87
                                  Version 1.01

 TABLE OF CONTENTS                                            SEARCH CODE
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1. Version History ..............................................[VSNH]
2. Inroduction ..................................................[INTRD]
3. Changes in Ruby and Sapphire from the Older Pokemon Games ....[CHNG]
4. Differences Between the Ruby and Sapphire Versions ...........[RSD]
5. Miscellaneous Differences ....................................[MD]
6. Contact Information ..........................................[CINF]
7. Credits ......................................................[CRD]
8. Copyright Notice and Legal Sutff .............................[CNLS]

* 1. Version History [VSNH] *

Version 1.0 - 4/18/05
  - Completed the first version of the guide

Version 1.01 - 4/27/05
  - Add a single line in the introduction

* 2. Introduction [INTRD]  *

This line is only here so that if someone copy and pastes this guide, this 
line will be included, making it easier for me to make sure this is my guide.
This guide was written after people emailed me about differences between the
Ruby and Sapphire versions of the game. I started a new game and wrote down
and searched for each and every difference and/or discrepancy between the two
games. This guide is just meant to help locate and explain the differences and
changes and stuff like that. On with the show !!!

* 3. Changes in Ruby and Sapphire from the Older Pokemon Games [CHNG] *

When Gamefreak created Ruby and Sapphire, they introduced many changes from
Red/Blue/Yellow/Gold/Silver/Crystal. The following is a list of new things in
Ruby and Spphire, as well as things taken out from the older versions.

1.  A completely new land, called Hoenn, which is situated far from Kanto and
    Jhoto regions.

2a. New Gym Leaders (duh!!!).

2b. New Gym Badges (duh!!!).

3.  One hundred and thirty five (135) new Pokemon have been added which brings
    the total number of Pokemon up to three hundred and eighty six (386).

4.  You are no longer able to choose the name of your rival.

5.  No more Team Rocket. Now the enemies are Team Magma (R) and Team Aqua (S).

6.  They have introduced 2 on 2 battles. The first two Pokemon in your party,
    as long as they are not unconscious, will be sent out. If you have less
    than two unconscious Pokemon, then you cannot challenge the trainers. In
    fact, these battles are optional. In other words, you need to actually talk
    to the trainers to initiate the battle. The only obligatory one is the 
    2 on 2 Gym battle, (Gym number 7).

7.  There is an updated Pokedex which now includes the option of looking at the
    size ratio of your Pokemon towards you. In other words, it will show you
    how much bigger Kyogre, for example, is than you, as well as how much
    taller you are than, for example, Lotad.

8.  You CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT visit the old lands of Kanto and Jhoto. Sorry!

9.  If you select a Pokemon and select Summary, it wll give you some more
    information which includes the area where you caught the Pokemon, which
    level you caught it at, and which kind of Pokeball was used to capture it.

10. As you trek through the Hoenn region, on some of the different routes it
    rains. You can see the rain poring down as you walk through. If you get
    into a battle on that route, a Rain Dance effect will happen throughout the
    battle, just as if you would send out Kyogre into battle.

11. They have introduced a new sort of mini-game: Pokemon Contests. See one of
    the other guides on Pokemon Contests for further details.

12. You now have the option of choosing between two different bikes to ride on.
    One is called the Acro bike and it allows you to do tricks, such as doing
    a wheelie, and hopping up and down. The other bike, the Mach bike, allows
    you to go approximately twice as fast as you normally could by running.

13. You can now run by holding the "B" button. You need to have the Running
    Shoes however.

14. Pokemon have been assigned special abilities which activate in battle which
    can help boost their attack strength or cause other effects to benefit
    themselves, or damage the opponent's Pokemon.

15. Pokemon have also been given, in addition to number 14, things called
    Natures which can boost certain stats by up to 10% more, helping them a
    lot. However, it also decreases another stat to balance it out.

16. As opposed to Crystal Version, the Pokemon when sent out into battle do not
    animate anymore. The sprites are just stationary.

17. Each and every Pokemon has its own icon when you view it in your party.
    This makes it much easier to distinguish between two different Pokemon.

18. When battling against another trainer, his Pokemon are listed as "Foe ___"
    instead of "Enemy ____".

19. They have introduced things called Secret Bases. (See the Secret Base

20. The HM6, which used to be Whirlpool in G/S/C, is now Rock Smash.

21. They have introduced yet ANOTHER HM, this time its HM8. It's Dive.

22. Remember the Apricorns? Well in this game, they're called Berries and there
    are about 49 or 50 different kinds. And remember how the Apricorns would
    grow back the next day? Well, now you need to water the berries that you
    plant, (yes you need to plant them yourself), in order to make them grow.
    And guess what? Each berry has a different regeneration rate. Some take 3
    (that's right THREE) days to grow again.

23. The badge names now have a space in between them. For example: In the older
    versions, the third badge was written as "Thunderbadge". Now it would be
    shown as "Thunder Badge"

24. In battle, there are new things which affect the weather of the battle. The
    weather condition Hail, will  damage all Pokemon which are not an Ice-type.
    Rain Dance will cause it to rain boost all Water-based attacks, and Sunny
    Day will make the sun shine which powers up all fire-based attacks. In the
    desert, the battle will automatically have a Sandstorm, which boosts 
    ground-based attacks, I think.

25. HM5, Flash, instead of lighting up the whole entire screen, now only
    illuminates a small-medium sized circle around you.

26. When you access any PC from any Pokecenter or something of the sort, the
    screen of the PC gives a brief flash. When you turn it off, it flashes

27. In this game, as opposed to the older versions, your rival, (the opposite
    gender character that you chose) is nice to you.

28. The graphics are much better and the color is a bit more vivid. Just a tiny
    bit better :)

29. The linked battle system just got much better! Now you can have 4-way
    battles with your friends.

30. The quality of the sound is much better than it used to be.

31. When you walk through the Hoenn region, you can sporodically hear the cries
    of the Pokemon that you can catch along that specific route. For example,
    if you were travelling in Lava Road (or whatever it's called), you can hear
    the Pokemon cry of Numel at times.

32. Remember how the screen used to be darker at night than it was at daytime?
    Well, they have removed the Day and Night effects. Now the game just runs
    on a 24 hour clock.

33. I forgot to add this above, so it should be around number 3 or something,
    but whatever. They have removed 185 (I think) Pokemon from the game and
    They are not able to be caught. However, the different icons are supposedly
    included in the game programming. This obviously means that you can trade

34. There is something included which players like to refer to sometimes as a
    "TrainerDex". This lists different trainers after you fight them and tells
    you if they want a rematch. The correct name is "Trainers Eye". This
    replaced the old Cell Phone.

35. Speaking of which, I think that this is the first time that you can fight
    a single trainer more than once. In fact each trainer can be fought a
    maximum of five times, to the best of my knowledge. And each time the
    Pokemon that they use become somewhat stronger.

36. Once again, you CANNOT visit either Jhoto OR Kanto.

37. A couple of the Luck and Chance games in the game corner have been changed.
    These include the removal of the Card Flipping game, and the slight change
    of the Roulette and the Slot Machine.

38. In the Pokedex, for example Dodrio is now a "Triple Bird" type instead of a
    "Triplebird" type.

39. There is no more Headbutting trees.

40. No more riding over Whirlpools.

41. Pokeblocks are now included in this game. Pokeblocks are things which you
    can feed your Pokemon in order to increase their trait stats. See one of
    the contest guides on the site for more info. I recommend reading the guide
    authored by "moviebuff2287" on Berry Blending.

42. The TV has now taken the place of the Radio.

43. The character you play as is now either the son or daughter of one of the
    gym leaders, depending on which gender character you chose.

44. In fact, you now have a sort of protege of your own, Wally.

45. They have introduced more Pokeballs for you to use to capture Pokemon. The
    following are specialty Pokeballs. Each one serves it's own purpose.
    Dive Ball - Makes it easier to catch Pokemon while underwater
    Luxury Ball - Makes the Pokemon you caught with it like you more
    Nest Ball - Makes it easier to capture weaker Pokemon
    Net Ball - Makes it easier to catch Bug as well as Water-type Pokemon
    Premier Ball - Works just as well as a reuglar Pokeball
    Repeat Ball - Makes it easier to catch Pokemon you've already caught before
    Timer Ball - Makes it easier to catch a Pokemon the longer the battle lasts
    Gorgeous Ball - Works just as well as a reuglar Pokeball

46. There are a few new ways of evolving Pokemon. See Section 5 below for more

47. There are some new Technical Machines, or TM's.

48. A new baby Pokemon has been discovered.

* 4. Differences Between the Ruby and Sapphire Versions [RSD] *

Ever since the first two versions of Pokemon came out (Red/Blue), there have
always been differences which required you to either own both release versions
of the game or trade with a friend who owned or had the other version.
This section is devoted to the differences between the Ruby and Sapphire

1) The following Pokemon appear in their respective versions as follows. You 
   need to trade from one cartridge to the other to get them all.
   Note: Each Pokemon has a corresponding Pokemon which appears in the other 
   one. They are listed in corresponding pairs.

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   -  Ruby  -               -  Sapphire  -
   ----------               --------------
    Seedot                      Lotad
    Nuzleaf                     Lombre
    Shiftry                    Ludicolo
    Zangoose                    Seviper
    Solrock                    Lunatone
    Mawile                      Sableye
    Groudon                     Kyogre
    Latios*                     Latias*

    *Note: In the normal course of gameplay, you can only catch Latios and
     Latias in their respective versions. A while ago, Nintendo offered a 
     promo which allowed you to get to Southern Island which held the opposite 
     one (Latios/Latias) depending upon which game you had.

2) The enemy in Pokemon Ruby is Team Magma, and the enemy in Pokemon Sapphire
   is Team Aqua.

3) Based on which verison you have, the team from the version you don't have
   will try to help you fight the team which is in your version. Simply, if
   you have Ruby version, then Team Aqua will help you defeat Team Magma. This
   works the other way also.

4) Ruby's game cartridge is red while Sapphire's cartridge is blue. (Duhh!!!!)

5) In Ruby, you get the Red Orb in the course of gameplay while in Sapphire it
   is the Blue Orb. These help to release the legendary Pokemon respective to
   your version.

6) In Ruby, Team Magma tries to get the land expanded, while in Sapphire, Team
   Aqua tries to expand the ocean.

7) In Ruby, the meteorite is meant to cause the volcano to erupt, while in the
   other version it is meant to cause it to dry up. 

* 5. Miscellaneous Differences [MD] *

Aside from the differences which come from the two games, both games have some
of the same differences. The following are a list of them.

1) If your chosen character is a boy, then your rival will be a girl (May). If
   you picked the girl, then your rival will be the boy (Brendan). Both will
   help you along your journey to becoming the Pokemon Master.

2) Your house is different depending on which gender you chose. If you chose
   to be a girl, you start out on the right side. If you chose the guy, you 
   begin on the left. The lab will always be opposite your house.

3) Regarding the new evolution methods listed above in number 46:
   Some Pokemon evolve into different Pokemon based on the time of day.
   One Pokemon also evolve based on how beautiful it is.
   One Pokemon comes into being only if you have an empty space in your belt &
   an empty Pokeball available.

4) As in all the Pokemon games, your rival always has the Pokemomn which is 
   the one with the strength against your Pokemon type.

     The 1st battle with Brendan/May will include the following Pokemon:
  | If you chose: |    Treecko       |    Torchic        |      Mudkip      |
  |  They'll Use  |  Torchic Lv. 5   |   Mudkip Lv. 5    |   Treecko Lv. 5  |

      The 2nd battle with Brendan/May will include the following Pokemon:
  | If you chose: |  Treecko         |    Torchic        |      Mudkip      |
  |  May/Brendan  |  Wailmer Lv. 18  | Shroomish Lv. 18  |  Wailmer Lv. 18  |
  |     Will      | Shroomish Lv. 18 |   Numel Lv. 18    |   Numel Lv. 18   |
  |     Use       | Combusken Lv. 20 | Marshstomp Lv. 20 |  Grovyle Lv. 20  |

      The 3rd battle with Brendan/May will include the following Pokemon:
  | If you chose: |  Treecko         |    Torchic        |      Mudkip      |
  |  May/Brendan  |  Wailmer Lv. 29  | Shroomish Lv. 29  |  Wailmer Lv. 29  |
  |     Will      | Shroomish Lv. 29 |   Numel Lv. 29    |   Numel Lv. 29   |
  |     Use       | Combusken Lv. 31 | Marshstomp Lv. 31 |  Grovyle Lv. 31  |

      The 4th battle with Brendan/May will include the following Pokemon:
  | If you chose: |  Treecko         |    Torchic        |      Mudkip      |
  | May/Brendan's |  Swellow Lv. 31  |  Swellow Lv. 31   |  Swellow Lv. 31  |
  |    Pokemon    |  Wailmer Lv. 32  | Shroomish Lv. 32  |  Wailmer Lv. 32  |
  |     Will      | Shroomish Lv. 32 |   Numel Lv. 32    |   Numel Lv. 32   |
  |      Be       | Combusken Lv. 34 | Marshstomp Lv. 34 |  Grovyle Lv. 34  |


The is the small section where i tell you how to contact me.
My email address that i use for guides is
My screen name, if you wish to use IM me is supersoap87
And no, my cell phone number will not be released!!!!

* 7. CREDITS [CRD] *
I would like to thank the following people:

soapman87 (Me) - For writing this guide - for the amazing ASCII art at the top


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