Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
From The Cutting Room Floor
|Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|
Developer: Game Freak
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions are the main third-generation Pokémon games. Featuring a new batch of Pokémon, abilities, new stat mechanics, and a LOT of water.
A German-language debug build of Pokémon Ruby, containing some extensive debugging and testing features, has been released by drx in October 2011.
Prototype Pokédex Order
While it's not in the same disarray as that of Pokémon Red and Blue, the new Pokémon are nonetheless in a markedly different internal order, compared to the ingame listing. Most notably, Ralts, Kirlia, and Gardevoir apparently weren't so early-game at one point; they're bunched up with the Bagon and Beldum lines at the end. Furthermore, Chimecho appears to have been a late addition- it's beyond all of the other Hoenn Pokémon, even Deoxys. There are 25 blank, formatted spots between Celebi and Treecko, too. By default, they all share the cries of Unown in battle.
No Ability, presumably an error handler, is used when the game manages a Pokémon with an ability of identifier 00. The term is never used in normal gameplay within the final game, however, because all Pokémon were given abilities.
Cacophony is an ability identical to Soundproof, which is assigned to no Pokémon in the final game. It was presumably meant to be the ability for the Pokémon Whismur, Loudred, and Exploud, given their penchant for noise-based attacks. However, despite there being multiple redundant abilities for different Pokémon families, Cacophony was replaced with Soundproof, and the Cacophony ability does not exist in any Generation IV or V games.
Pokémon Festa 2002
Details about the events on the maps, like trainers, and if they're used in the final version or not.
Map bank 27 contains two maps that were used in a demo version of the games, playable at the Pokémon Festa 2002 event in Japan. The first map is a prototype version of the northern part of Route 104, in the final version connecting Rustboro City and Petalburg Woods. The actual map data of this map has been removed from the retail version and only its event data remains. The map's dimensions in its header were also changed to 1 by 1, so its original size can only be assumed. The second map in this map bank is a prototype version of the Pretty Petal Flower Shop. Unlike the prototype Route 104, the Flower Shop map still has all its data. The trainers on the prototype Route 104 still have text associated with them, although it may have been deleted for some trainers as some were used in the final.
Footage from Pokémon Festa 2002, showing how those maps looked in-game.
Unused Trainers and Events
The text for Lady Cindy, a trainer who, in the final version of the game, is actually found on Route 104.
Oh? You look like a good TRAINER. Will you look at my POKéMON? I'm not good enough for you. I enjoyed our battle very much. Please battle with me some other time.
Text for Lady Brianna. She isn't used anywhere else in the game.
My POKéMON are extremely cute and extremely strong. Please allow me to show you. I must concede defeat. After all, you are strong. The next time we meet, I will have raised my POKéMON much more. Don't expect mercy then!
Sprites! For all of these, preferably.
The Secret Base decorations that appear for purchase in Emerald's Battle Frontier existed within Ruby and Sapphire's game engine prior to Emerald's release. These are:
- Kiss Cushion
- Kiss Poster
Japanese Version Exclusive Dolls
Regirock, Regice, and Registeel Poké Dolls exist within the game coding but they are more or less unobtainable outside Japan, because they were only distributed via a Japanese version exclusive "Regi-Dolls Decoration set" e-Reader card.
Unused overworld sprite
This sprite (in its stretched format) exists in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. It's unused, but actually a revamp of a sprite from the first game developed by Game Freak: Mendel Palace.
|Mendel Palace (NES)||Pokémon RS (GBA)|
Pokémon AGB testing dialogue
Three messages exist within the coding of Ruby and Sapphire but remain unused. Presumably, by their context, these were used to test whether the game could print text to the screen in an early prototype version of the game.
Message 1: This is sample message 1. Welcome to the world of POKéMON AGB! We hope you enjoy this! Message 2: This is sample message 2. Welcome to the world of POKéMON AGB! We hope you enjoy this! Message 3: This is sample message 3. Welcome to the world of POKéMON AGB! We hope you enjoy this!
Note that these messages refer to "POKéMON AGB", rather than Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. "POKéMON AGB" was the tentative name for both games before the Game Boy Advance was officially revealed. AGB stands for Advanced Game Boy.
Time Capsule Leftover Text
In offset 1A0B87, a message referencing the Time Capsule can be found.
Welcome to the POKéMON CABLE CLUB TIME CAPSULE.
Pokédex Pokémon sprite placeholder
In the hex slots between Celebi and Treecko (252-276) there exists placeholder data. Generally, this data is inaccessible by normal means. However, with the use of a Gameshark or similar device, it is possible to bring this placeholder data up in a wild Pokémon Battle as it is coded as an actual Pokémon in the game to prevent crashing when the data is force loaded. A similar method was employed with the infamous Glitch Pokémon Missingno. from Generation 1 games, which is why it existed in the first place. This odd placeholder Pokémon appears as a pair of pixelated floating white question marks and goes by simply "?".
This very placeholder is seen in some early screenshots of Ruby and Sapphire found in some magazines in the Pokédex and was originally used to represent a Pokémon the player hadn't seen yet in the Pokédex. It was eventually replaced by the question mark in a circle picture in the final. This version is coded as an actual Pokémon as well and is found in slots 0x00 and everything after 0x19B (the Egg's data).
Ruby and Sapphire has some unused music, mostly from the previous generation (Gold, Silver, and Crystal). Since they occupy the first slots before new music, they were probably used during testing before new music was made. However, there are exceptions. The Littleroot Town Test Theme with the weird loop is located at $015E, before any other music in the game. $01D3--the Team Rocket theme--is located after all other music.
|$0164 - Pokémon Communication Center JP (Crystal)|
|$015F - Route 38/39 (G/S/C)|
|$0165 - Saffron City (G/S/C)|
|$01D3 - Team Rocket Invades Goldenrod's Radio Tower (G/S/C)|
|$0166 - Suicune, Raikou, Entei Battle (Crystal)|
|$0189 - Contest Test 1|
|$018A - Contest Test 2|
|$018B - Contest Test 3|
|$018C - Contest Test 4|
|$015E - Littleroot Town Test Theme (Weird Loop)|
When the move Struggle is used in a contest, it is considered a Cool move. However, there is no possible way to use Struggle in a contest, since it is only used when you run out of PP for all moves (impossible in a contest).
Unused and Semi-Unused Ribbons
These names were found in a text dump of Ruby. Many of these seem to be ribbons that were awarded at tournaments, which means that most players would never have known about them in normal gameplay. Others may be older names for existing ribbons. Interestingly, text for them also exists in Generation IV, most likely for the sake of compatibility (or in the case of unused ones, to keep errors from occurring).
|Gen III name||Gen IV text|
|2003 REGIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2003 Regional Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2003 NATIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2003 National Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2003 GLOBAL CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||2003 Global Cup Champion Ribbon|
|2003 REGIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2003 Regional Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2003 NATIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2003 National Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2003 GLOBAL CUP Runner-up RIBBON||2003 Global Cup Runner-up Ribbon|
|2003 REGIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2003 Regional Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2003 NATIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2003 National Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2003 GLOBAL CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||2003 Global Cup Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2004 REGIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2004 Regional Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2004 NATIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2004 National Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2004 GLOBAL CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||2004 Global Cup Champion Ribbon|
|2004 REGIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2004 Regional Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2004 NATIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2004 National Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2004 GLOBAL CUP Runner-up RIBBON||2004 Global Cup Runner-up Ribbon|
|2004 REGIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2004 Regional Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2004 NATIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2004 National Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2004 GLOBAL CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||2004 Global Cup Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2005 REGIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2005 Regional Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2005 NATIONAL TOURNEY CHAMPION RIBBON||2005 National Tournament Champion Ribbon|
|2005 GLOBAL CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||2005 Global Cup Champion Ribbon|
|2005 REGIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2005 Regional Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2005 NATIONAL TOURNEY Runner-up RIBBON||2005 National Tournament Runner-up Ribbon|
|2005 GLOBAL CUP Runner-up RIBBON||2005 Global Cup Runner-up Ribbon|
|2005 REGIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2005 Regional Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2005 NATIONAL TOURNEY Semifinalist RIBBON||2005 National Tournament Semifinalist Ribbon|
|2005 GLOBAL CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||2005 Global Cup Semifinalist Ribbon|
|POKÉMON BATTLE CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||Pokémon Battle Cup Champion Ribbon|
|POKÉMON BATTLE CUP Runner-up RIBBON||Pokémon Battle Cup Runner-up Ribbon|
|POKÉMON BATTLE CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||Pokémon Battle Cup Semifinalist Ribbon|
|POKÉMON BATTLE CUP Participation RIBBON||Pokémon Battle Cup Participation Ribbon|
|POKÉMON LEAGUE CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||Pokémon League Champion Ribbon|
|POKÉMON LEAGUE CUP Runner-up RIBBON||Pokémon League Runner-up Ribbon|
|POKÉMON LEAGUE CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||Pokémon League Semifinalist Ribbon|
|POKÉMON LEAGUE CUP Participation RIBBON||Pokémon League Participation Ribbon|
|ADVANCE CUP CHAMPION RIBBON||Advance Cup Champion Ribbon|
|ADVANCE CUP Runner-up RIBBON||Advance Cup Runner-up Ribbon|
|ADVANCE CUP Semifinalist RIBBON||Advance Cup Semifinalist Ribbon|
|ADVANCE CUP Participation RIBBON||Advance Cup Participation Ribbon|
|POKÉMON Tournament Participation RIBBON||Pokémon Tournament Participation Ribbon|
|POKÉMON Event Participation RIBBON||Pokémon Event Participation Ribbon|
|POKÉMON Festival Participation RIBBON||Pokémon Festival Participation Ribbon|
|Difficulty-clearing Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for overcoming difficult challenges.|
|RIBBON awarded for clearing all difficulties||A Ribbon awarded for overcoming all difficult challenges.|
|100-straight Win Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for winning 100 matches in a row.|
|DARKNESS TOWER Clear Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for clearing the Darkness Tower.|
|RED TOWER Clear Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for clearing the Red Tower.|
|BLACKIRON TOWER Clear Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for clearing the Blackiron Tower.|
|FINAL TOWER Clear Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for clearing the Final Tower.|
|Legend-making Commemorative RIBBON||A Ribbon awarded for creating a new legend.|
|POKÉMON CENTER TOKYO Commemorative RIBBON||Pokémon Center Tokyo Commemorative Ribbon|
|POKÉMON CENTER OSAKA Commemorative RIBBON||Pokémon Center Osaka Commemorative Ribbon|
|POKÉMON CENTER NAGOYA Commemorative RIBBON||Pokémon Center Nagoya Commemorative Ribbon|
|POKÉMON CENTER NY Commemorative RIBBON||Nintendo World NY Commemorative Ribbon|
|Summer Holidays RIBBON||Summer Holidays Ribbon|
|Winter Holidays RIBBON||Winter Holidays Ribbon|
|Spring Holidays RIBBON||Spring Holidays Ribbon|
|Evergreen RIBBON||Evergreen Ribbon|
|Special Holiday RIBBON||Special Holiday Ribbon|
|Hard Worker RIBBON||Hard Worker Ribbon|
|Lots of Friends RIBBON||Lots of Friends Ribbon|
|Full of Energy RIBBON||Full of Energy Ribbon|
|A Commemorative RIBBON for a loved POKÉMON||A commemorative Ribbon for a beloved Pokémon.|
Interestingly, a few ribbons refer to towers that don't seem to exist, such as Red Tower.
Trainer Ledge/Wall Glitch
In earlier versions of Ruby and Sapphire, such as the English version, there are trainers in Route 118, Route 121, and the Abandoned Ship (Aroma Lady Rose, Gentleman Walter, and Tuber Charlie, respectively) which can walk through ledges/walls if they spot the player. This glitch was fixed in later versions of Ruby and Sapphire, such as the Spanish version, as well as all versions of Emerald.
Take a thorough look at the Japanese, French, German, and Italian versions and see if this glitch works or not.
In B1F of Victory Road, there is a ledge near a certain staircase in the Japanese and English versions. Here, if the player jumps the ledge to the left, he/she must go through a long path through B1F and B2F to be able to go back to the right of the ledge. In non-English European versions, the ledge was shortened by one tile, making this path accessible in both directions. The ledge was removed in Pokémon Emerald entirely.
|Japanese / English||Spanish / Italian / French / German|
Non-English European versions have a slightly different font from English versions. The letters were shortened by one pixel to make room for diacritical marks. Also, the digit 0 was widened to match the width of the other digits.
Rip the font.
|The Pokémon series|
|Generation I||Red, Green, & Blue • Yellow|
Hey You, Pikachu! • Trading Card Game • Pinball
Snap • Stadium (Japan, International)
|Generation II||Gold & Silver • Crystal|
Card GB2 • Puzzle Challenge • Pinball Mini
|Generation III||Ruby & Sapphire (German Ruby Debug Version) • FireRed & LeafGreen • Emerald|
Mystery Dungeon (Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team)
Colosseum • Channel • Trozei!
|Generation IV||Diamond & Pearl • Platinum • HeartGold & SoulSilver • Battle Revolution|
Mystery Dungeon (Explorers of Darkness & Time, Explorers of Sky)
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
|Generation V||Black & White • Black 2 & White 2|
Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure • Conquest