Generation III
2002 — 2007
Pokemon Ruby box art
Pokemon Sapphire box art
Main Platform Game Boy Advance
Core Versions Pokémon Ruby Version
Pokémon Sapphire Versions
Side Games Pokémon Colosseum
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness,
Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire,
Pokémon Channel
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"Generation III" was the third Generation of the Pokémon series. Generation III introduced 135 Pokémon, labelled 252 through 386 in the National Poké Dex.

Generation III primarily consists of three core games and two remakes: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Versions, as well as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions. Two games released as part of Generation III - Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness - were the first role-playing Pokémon games released for a home console system.

Generation III continued to advance on the gameplay introduced in Generation I. Some of the new mechanics introduced are abilities for Pokémon, overworld weather changes, Double Battles, link trades/link battles, and the introduction of Pokémon Contests.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Versions are all set in the new Hoenn region. Unlike in the Generation II titles, players are no longer able to travel back to previously shown regions, as Hoenn is made up of many different islands. Two new playable characters are introduced alongside new region, while a third is introduced in the remakes of the Generation I games released afterwards.

Games Edit

Pokémon Ruby Version
Pokémon Sapphire Version
  • Japanese release: November 21, 2002
  • North American release: March 19, 2003
  • European release: July 25, 2003
Pokémon Emerald Version
  • Japanese release: September 16, 2004
  • North American release: May 1, 2005
  • European release: October 21, 2005
Pokémon FireRed Version
Pokémon LeafGreen Version
  • Japanese release: January 29, 2004
  • North American release: September 9, 2004
  • European release: October 1, 2004
Pokémon Colosseum
  • Japanese release: November 21, 2003
  • North American release: March 22, 2004
  • European release: May 14, 2004
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
  • Japanese release: August 4, 2005
  • North American release: October 3, 2005
  • European release: November 18, 2005

Game Mascots Edit

Pokémon Introduced Edit

I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII
Fictional Generations

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