Mega Evolutions and More in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The latest issue of CoroCoro, Japan’s official Pokemon magazine, has leaked significantly early, giving us some of the new Mega Evolutions, character re-designs, and details of this fall’s upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. 

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First up comes a quartet of new Mega Evolutions, the newest tier of evolutions introduced by Pokemon X and Y last year. Going from left to right, first is a Mega Evolution for Diancie, the upcoming event Pokemon likely to be released in conjunction with OR/AS. Mega Diancie keeps the same Rock/Fairy typing as its normal form, and the changes it undergoes are not yet known. She kind of looks like Sailor Moon, or the main character of Madoka Magica near the end when she gets the big poofy dress. Anyone know what I’m talking about? No? Okay!

Following Diancie are the somewhat more expected Mega Evolutions for the Hoenn starter Pokemon. As these games are remakes of 2003’s Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, it followed that the starter choices for the trainer would be Treeko, Torchic and Mudkip. As Torchic’s final evolution Blaziken (the red one) got a Mega Evolution in X and Y, it follows that the other two would now get the same treatment. Mega Sceptile is Grass/Dragon, and has the ability Lightningrod. Mega Swampert retains its original Water/Ground typing, but gains the Swift Swim ability. Also, it’s a complete tank. Just look at it.

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With all the talk of Mega Evolutions, we also got some clarification on things that are NOT Mega Evolutions. Omega Groudon and Alpha Kyogre, mascots of their respective games, are not Mega Evolutions as was frequently speculated. Instead, the pair are primal, or prehistoric, evolutions accessed through a process referred to as “Ancient Devolution.” The idea of Primal forms of Pokemon isn’t completely new to the Pokemon universe, as the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series introduced Primal Dialga, a form of the Pokemon that controls time that had lost its ability to govern time, and had gone mad with power. These ancient forms are said to draw from the raw power of nature, so perhaps they are from when Groudon and Kyogre first emerged, bringing the earth and the sea with them? Only time will tell. We also know that both have some new moves in their arsenals, and hopefully we’ll see them in action soon enough.

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Hey, here are some familiar faces. Ruby and Sapphire‘s trainer characters, default names Brendan and May, are back with similar designs to their originals. Both sport a combination of color schemes from their Ruby/Sapphire and Emerald designs, with the touches of green. Customizable outfits and hairstyles have not yet been confirmed. The bracelets they both wear are Mega Bangle’s the Mega Evolution-triggering item of the games. It has also been confirmed that the Mach and Acro bikes will be available to ride once again.

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But what is a Pokemon game without it’s weird, well-dressed villains? Team Magma and Team Aqua are back for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, respectively, and both have taken on some radical redesigns. Team Magma is still led by Maxie, the gentleman with the glasses and sharp coat. Likewise, Team Aqua remains in the charge of Archie, sporting a frankly badass captain’s outfit. Also making returning appearances are Team Magma’s admins Tabitha and Courtney, and Team Aqua’s Matt and Shelley, all four of whom look almost nothing like they once did, but are all rocking the new looks.

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Finally, Steven Stone is back, sexy Steelmaster that he is. Hoenn’s league champion has undergone less of a redesign and more of a refinement, keeping the outfit and adding to the cool. In what might be a move to step away from his affinity for earth-based Pokemon in Ruby and Sapphire, Steven appears to own a Mega Charizard X. We also know he is researching Mega Evolution, perhaps meaning multiple different Mega forms will make appearances in his roster throughout the game.

That’s all for today. What do you think of the new Mega Evolutions? How about the new character designs? What starter are you picking? I have to admit I am drawn to the complete beast that is Mega Swampert. Let us know in the comments!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.heypoorplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/011.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]If danger had a face…oh, if danger had a face. Jay started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but has always been a writer, be it in the form of articles and reviews here at HPP or in that of fiction and articles written over at PkMnCast.com. Jay has been a gamer from a young age, first finding his legs on a GBA and a copy of Pokemon Sapphire. He enjoys a game with a strong narrative and art design, but also appreciates the retro stuff from before his time. Jay also has a passion for comics, movies and anime. He likes to yell a lot on his Twitter @extremesalsaing, which is only the coolest twitter in town. Favorite games: Okami, Bioshock, Shadow of the Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles, The World Ends With You, Pokemon Emerald[/author_info] [/author]

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Jay Petrequin started writing at HeyPoorPlayer in the summer of 2012, but first got his start writing for It's Super Effective, a Pokemon podcast that happened to be a reflection of two of his biggest interests: pocket monsters, and making people listen to him say things.

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