Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire reveals starter Mega Evolutions, Hoenn details, and new trailer
posted on 06.12.14 at 12:27 PM EDT by (@salromano)
And a plethora of new screenshots, too.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

It’s officially been three days of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at E3. Nintendo announced the upcoming sequel’s release date on Tuesday, revealed Mega Sableye on Wednesday, and today, shares more Mega Evolutions, Hoenn region details, and another trailer.

Find all the new information below.

Begin Your Hoenn Adventure

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire both begin in the Hoenn region’s Littleroot Town. Hoenn is made up of a main island that stretches widely from east to west, along with countless small islets that dot the deep blue sea around it. While a live volcano steams constantly in the heart of this green-covered island, the Hoenn region is blessed with a rich diversity of nature and a variety of Pokemon and people who live together in harmony. Players choose to play as either a male or female character, and to traverse this special region, they will need to choose between a Mach Bike, which is geared for speed and can roll up steep slopes, or the Acro Bike, which can hop over narrow bridges and up stepping stones.

Players will also need to choose their first partner Pokemon: Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip. Treecko is a Grass-type Pokemon that becomes one of the fastest Grass types after it evolves intoGrovyle and then Sceptile. Torchic, a Fire-type Pokemon, gains the Fighting type after growing and evolving into Combusken and then into Blaziken, which has an incredibly high Special Attack. Mudkip is a strong Water-type Pokemon that gains the Ground type and an increased Attack after evolving into Marshtomp and eventually Swampert.

New Mega Evolutions

During the game, both the male and female character will become equipped with a Mega Bracelet set with a Key Stone. The Key Stone, along with a Pokemon’s Mega Stone, is needed to achieve Mega Evolution, giving players access to Mega Evolution in battle.

Revealed in today’s announcement are Mega Sceptile, Mega Swampert, and a Mega Blaziken that can learn a Flying-type move, which is incredibly rare for a non–Flying-type Pokemon like Blaziken.

  • 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 – First discovered in Pokemon X and 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 Pokemon like Blaziken to have, even fiercer in Pokemon battles.

Friends and Foes in Hoenn

While traversing the Hoenn region, players will encounter two evil organizations with opposing aims that are locked in struggle. In Pokemon Omega Ruby, Maxie leads Team Magma as it seeks to seize more power and expand the landmass in the Hoenn region. Team Aqua takes a more prominent role in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, seeking to raise the oceans all around Hoenn under leader Archie’s command. Players will find themselves drawn into the conflict between the two sides—however, the story will be different based on whether a person plays Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire!

Players will also befriend Steven, a mysterious and elegant young man with a great interest in collecting rare stones. He recognizes the player’s talent and wants to lend his help in the pursuit of the true story behind the origins of Mega Evolution and the Legendary Pokemon.

A Shining New Mega Evolved Pokemon

In other Pokemon video game news, it was revealed today that when players transfer Mythical Pokemon Diancie from Pokemon X or Y into Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, it can Mega Evolve in battle after obtaining its Mega Stone. When Diancie Mega Evolves into Mega Diancie, the impurities on its body’s surface fall away, and it sparkles so brilliantly it’s impossible to look directly at it. Mega Diancie can make good use of the Fairy-type move Dazzling Gleam, which deals great damage to your opponent by unleashing powerful beams of light. In Double Battle, the move will strike both of the opposing Pokemon.

Watch the new trailer below. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.