Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
- Advanced Generation redirects here. For the third generation of the Pokémon franchise, see Generation III.
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire (Japanese: ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation) is the second series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the core series Generation III Pokémon games. It follows the original series and was succeeded by Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl. It ran from November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006 in Japan and from November 1, 2003 to March 3, 2007 in the United States, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in the United States on March 15, 2003. It was not given an English name until after the release of Pokémon the Series: XY.
In this series, Ash travels through the Hoenn region in an effort to compete in the Hoenn League there. He is joined not by Misty, who had been his continuous companion for the entirety of the original series, but May, a rookie Trainer from Petalburg City who at first merely wishes to travel. Eventually, she learns of Pokémon Contests and declares herself a Pokémon Coordinator, training to win Ribbons so she can enter the Hoenn Grand Festival. May's brother, Max, also travels with the group and helps map out routes to take using his PokéNav. However, Max is too young to have his own Pokémon. Brock, Ash's near-constant adviser, returns soon after the start of the series, while Misty makes two several-episode cameo appearances.
After Ash competes in the Hoenn League, Ash and Brock return to Kanto while May and Max return to Petalburg City. While on his way home to Pallet Town, Ash meets Scott, who, after observing Ash's battle skills, invites him to enter the Battle Frontier. He travels around Kanto in an effort to complete the Battle Frontier and is joined again by Brock, Max, and May—who is now aiming to compete in the Kanto Grand Festival.
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire saw a change in the formula. While in Kanto and Johto, Ash encountered all three of those regions' starter Pokémon and caught each, in this series Ash's only capture of a starter was Treecko, while his friends, May and Brock, caught a Torchic and a Mudkip, respectively. Also, unlike when he traveled to the Orange Archipelago and Johto, Ash left behind all of his Pokémon at Professor Oak's, bringing only Pikachu. Another change was new clothing for Ash and Brock. No longer did Ash wear the hat he claimed to have sent in a million postcards for, but instead a completely different outfit. Misty also received a new outfit during her return appearances.
Episodes in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire are numbered with the prefix AG on Bulbapedia, based on its Japanese name Advanced Generation. For a complete episode listing, see the list of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire episodes.
Polishing off the Silver Conference, Ash heads toward his next challenge—the far-off Hoenn region! While he must say goodbye to old friends, he makes the acquaintance of May, a Trainer just starting out on her Pokémon journey. Along with her little brother Max and the ever-reliable Brock, this pack of Pokémon Trainers begin pursuing their dreams—with Ash racking up three Gym Badges, while May changes tack to follow the Contest path of a Pokémon Coordinator.
When Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it was divided up into four seasons:
- Pokémon: Advanced (AG001 - AG040)
- Pokémon: Advanced Challenge (AG041 - AG092)
- Pokémon: Advanced Battle (AG093 - AG119, AG121 - AG145)
- Pokémon: Battle Frontier (AG146 - AG192)
On televised airings and Region 4 home video releases, the last 12 episodes of Pokémon: Master Quest are counted as part of Advanced.
- Main article: Pokémon movie → Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Home video releases
North American DVD releases
- List of English language Pokémon Advanced home video releases (Region 1)
- List of English language Advanced Challenge home video releases (Region 1)
- List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 1)
- List of English language Battle Frontier home video releases (Region 1)
Australian DVD releases
- List of English language Pokémon Advanced home video releases (Region 4)
- List of English language Advanced Challenge home video releases (Region 4)
- List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 4)
- List of English language Battle Frontier home video releases (Region 4)
Japanese DVD releases
- For more images, please see artwork from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire on the Bulbagarden Archives.
- This is the only series in which:
- Ash has two male long-term traveling companions at once.
- Ash does not have a recurring rival during his time as a protagonist. The only rivals he had during this series met him shortly before the Ever Grande Conference and then departed right after.
- Ken Gates is not the English dub's narrator for its entirety. Mike Pollock took over in Which Wurmple's Which? and he remained until the end of the eighth season, with Gates—now known by his real name: Rodger Parsons—returning for the ninth season and onward.
- None of Ash's companions own a walking Pokémon.
- All three of the regional starter Pokémon owned by the protagonists evolve at least once.
- Ash's Pokémon League Conference placement ranking is the same compared to his previous ranking.
- Ash and his friends went their separate ways twice. The first was after the end of the Ever Grande Conference, and the second was at the end of the Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
- Ash has at least one traveling companion accompany him from the very beginning of the series all the way to the very end.
- Ash's main outfit debuts in the previous series and is retired in the next.
- The episodes are dubbed by two different dubbing companies.
- It is the final series to be dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, and the first series to be dubbed by The Pokémon Company International (then known as Pokémon USA). The Pokémon Company International took over dubbing starting with Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
- This is the first series where none of the episodes used traditional or hand-colored cel animation (excluding flashbacks). However, cel animation was still used for the movies.
- This is also the first series to feature CG animation outside of movies, usually for certain move animations and sometimes also for various props and backgrounds.
- This is the final series where all of the episodes are in 4:3 aspect ratio.
In other languages
|Chinese||Cantonese||精靈寶可夢超世代 Jīnglìhng Pokémon: Chīu Saidoih*|
寵物小精靈超世代 Chúngmaht Síujīnglìhng: Chīu Saidoih*
|Mandarin||精靈寶可夢超世代 / 精灵宝可梦超世代 Jīnglíng Pokémon: Chāo Shìdài*|
神奇寶貝超世代 Shénqí Bǎobèi: Chāo Shìdài*
|Danish||Pokémon Serien: Ruby and Sapphire|
|Dutch||Pokémon de Serie: Ruby and Sapphire|
Pokémon-serie: Robijn en saffier
|Finnish||Pokémon-sarja: Rubiini ja safiiri|
|French||Pokémon, la série : Rubis et Saphir|
|German||Pokémon – Die TV-Serie: Rubin und Saphir|
|Hindi||पोकेमोन रूबी और सफ़ायर|
|Italian||Serie Pokémon Rubino e Zaffiro|
|Korean||포켓몬스터 AG Pocket Monsters AG|
|Norwegian||Pokémon Serien: Ruby and Sapphire|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Pokémon, a série: Rubi e Safira*|
Pokémon A Série: Rubi e Safira*
Pokémon, a Série: Rubi e Safira*
|Russian||Покемон сериал Рубин и Сапфир Pokémon serial Rubin i Sapfir*|
Сериал "Покемон": Рубин и Сапфир Serial "Pokémon": Rubin i Safir*
|Spanish||Latin America||La Serie Pokémon Rubí y Zafiro*|
|Spain||Serie Pokémon Rubí y Zafiro|
|Swedish||Pokémon Serien: Ruby and Sapphire|
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|