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Difference Between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In what could be seen as a battle of the family, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are in no way exposing their differences to the basic eye. Unlike a keen follower and player who would explain their differences without a struggle, the common person would have to play each a hundred times to understand. All the same, the two have different cover boxes that might tell they are dissimilar.

In light of this, you wouldn’t be surprised if someone asked you, “Is Omega Ruby not the same as Alpha Saphire?” The truth is, they both belong to Game Freak, The Pokemon Company, and Nintendo but each has its “life”. The two are games designed and developed with exclusive features to fit into the Nintendo 3DS video game system. With each boasting of different design styles, they also have varied and new features for a player to explore, paths to travel through, as well as a new Pokemon and new Mega Evolutions.

So, how are the two different if they are made for the same video game system? How are they dissimilar yet they are made by the same people? The first answer is that the two are the same game basically. However, the Pokemon you will meet in either will depend on the version that you purchase or choose to play.

This post seeks to answer those questions by giving the reader the notable differences between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As always, the post does not in any way intend to give the reader an opinion. It is only meant to expound more about each game.


What is Omega Ruby?

Omega Ruby is one of the two role-playing video games that were designed in 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS system. Game Freak developed it while The Pokemon Company and Nintendo published it for the family systems of Nintendo 3DS. It is a counterpart game of Alpha Sapphire.


What is Alpha Sapphire?

Alpha Sapphire is the counterpart game of Omega Ruby. It is also a role-playing video game type and was also developed in 2014 together with Omega Ruby. Game Freak and The Pokemon Company developed and published it respectively for Nintendo.


Similarities Between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

  • The two games were developed by Game Freak. They were also published by the same company, The Pokemon Company for Nintendo 3DS.
  • The new version of each game enjoys additional exclusive Pokemon.
  • Each of the game lets the players play around similar territories and locations. Also, they both have the same play mechanics and characters and also share similar plots.
  • The two games have retained most features that were seen in Pokemon X and Y.


Differences Between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The differences between the two games are as explained below:

  1. Opponents

The major difference is related to the opponents in the games. For Pokemon Omega Ruby, the player encounters Team Magma (led by Maxie) throughout Hoenn as the primary team of the antagonists. On the other hand, an Alpha Sapphire player will have to battle it up with Team Aqua (led by Archie) on Hoenn, the main antagonists in the game.

  1. Pokemon in Omega Ruby Vs. Pokemon in Alpha Sapphire

Each of the games has exclusive Pokemon, and a player will need both if they need to complete the Pokedex. The Pokemon for both games are:

Pokemon Omega Ruby Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Seedot Lombre
Shiftry Lotad
Nuzleaf Tirtouga
Mawile Sableye
Zangoose Ludicolo
Minun Plusle
Solrock Lunatone
Latios Latias
Kabuto Lugia
Groudon Kyogre
Ho-Oh Cranidos
Palkia Omanyte
Shieldon Seviper
Throwh Dialga
Tornadus Sawk
Archen Thundurus
Reshiram Zekrom
Skrelp Clauncher
  1. Antagonists’ Goals

In Omega Ruby, the antagonists, Team Magma want to expand the earth for humanity to fit in. As such, they want to shrink the ocean to create more dry land. On the other hand, Team Aqua is the water type and wants to safeguard their home. Just like Team Magma, Team Aqua wants to expand the ocean to the dry land and eliminate humans.

  1. Box Art

The box art is obvious to the player before they acquire the boxes. Pokemon Omega Ruby has a red tone while Pokemon Alpha Sapphire has a blue tone.

  1. Pokemon Type

Team Magma, the team on Omega Ruby, uses the ground-type Pokemon. They use Groudon as it has a Drought ability that allows it to hit its targets. Team Aqua on its side prefers the water-type Pokemon referred to as Kyogre. They use Kyogre as it has the ability to Drizzle.

Also, the games come with two additional legendary Pokemon. Omega Ruby, for instance, has a dual-type dragon known as psychic Latios while Alpha Sapphire has a single dragon called psychic Latias.

Omega Ruby Vs. Alpha Sapphire: Comparison Table


Summary of Omega Ruby Vs. Alpha Sapphire

Despite the belonging to the same family and regarded as counterpart games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have distinct characteristics. All the possible differences are mainly based on the characters, antagonists and their goals, as well as the Pokemon type. Also, they were developed and published by the same companies and at the same time but made different for the sake of the different players. They are meant to intrigue the player and make the fun worthier.


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