Appendix:Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire walkthrough/Section 1

This is the Bulbapedia walkthrough for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This walkthrough follows the remade Nintendo 3DS version, not Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
The guide for those can be found here.


The player is immediately given a choice of several languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean—in which to play. After the title screen, the resident researcher of the Hoenn region, Professor Birch, appears and introduces new Trainers to the Pokémon world. Meanwhile, the camera pulls back to reveal that his lecture is being shown on a device that the player is using in the back of a moving truck. As the truck proceeds to its destination, the player is shown a scenic view of the surrounding wilderness. The professor continues, asking the player to select both a gender and a name, which can be up to twelve characters long. With that done, the moving truck stops, and Birch sends the player off to begin their journey!


The game begins in the back of a moving truck, as your family has just moved here from the far-off Johto region. Hop out of the truck to meet Mom and step inside your new home. Head upstairs to check out your room and set the clock. Return to the first floor and Mom excitedly calls you over to the TV; the current program just aired a segment about the Petalburg Gym, where your dad is the new Gym Leader. She then suggests visiting his friend, your new neighbor, Professor Birch. Welcome to Littleroot Town!

Littleroot Town

Littleroot Town

Littleroot is a quaint little town nestled on the lush southern edge of the Hoenn mainland. There are only three buildings here; your home, Professor Birch's home, and the professor's Pokémon Laboratory, where he conducts research on Pokémon distribution, in the south.

Professor Birch's House

Having just moved to a new town, why not meet your new neighbors? Visit the house next door to meet the professor's wife, then head upstairs to meet his child, May/Brendan. She/He suddenly leaves, remembering that Birch asked for help in catching a Pokémon.

Route 101

Route 101

Route 101 is a short path that connects Littleroot Town to Oldale Town in the north. The route features several patches of tall grass, a favorite hiding place of wild Pokémon.

Save the Professor!

When you first reach the area, you find Professor Birch being chased around by a wild Poochyena! His Bag has fallen out of his reach, and he pleads with you for help. Choose one of the three Pokémon from the Poké Balls inside the professor's Bag, and use it to scare off his attacker.

Grass Fire Water
  Grovyle   Combusken   Marshtomp
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
  Sceptile   Blaziken   Swampert
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground

  • The Water-type Mudkip has an advantage when facing Fire-, Rock-, and Ground-type Pokémon, but may struggle against Grass and Electric attacks. It and its evolutions specialize in Attack. As it grows, it gains a secondary Ground type; this protects it from Electric attacks, but leaves it especially vulnerable to Grass moves.

Littleroot Town

Birch's Lab

After scaring off the wild Pokémon, Birch invites you back to the Lab. As thanks for rescuing him, he happily lets you keep the young Pokémon. He then encourages you to visit May/Brendan on Route 103 for tips on how to be a Pokémon Trainer. If you ever get lost, he advises using the AreaNav on your PokéNav Plus to find your way. When your Pokémon needs a rest, head back home and visit with Mom to have her restore it to full health.


The PokéNav Plus is a device that can make use of four different apps, though you have only one at this point. AreaNav displays a map of Hoenn, with locations darkened until you visit them. Up to five features can be unlocked in this app. Places lists detailed info on each location. Pokémon shows the different species you have encountered in each area; the image for those you have only seen will be grayed out. Trainers displays old foes that are itching for a rematch, and provides info on their strategy, favorite Pokémon, and even their team. Secret Bases shows the location of your Secret Base, as well as the bases of others. Berries displays the locations of Berries you have planted, and how long it has been since you planted them.

Oldale Town

Oldale Town

Oldale Town is the first settlement in the region to feature a Pokémon Center and a Poké Mart. Pokémon Centers are essentially hospitals where creatures can be restored to perfect health. The PC on the counter is always available for Trainers to organize their Pokémon. Poké Marts offer a wide range of items for sale, from Potions to Poké Balls. Route 102 leads off to the west, while Route 103 runs northward.

Free Potions!

The moment you enter Oldale Town, an excited Poké Mart clerk races toward you. He tells you all about Poké Marts, and even gives you ten free Potions as part of a promotion his shop is running.

The Sketch Artist

The western exit is currently blocked off by a man who believes that he may have found some extremely rare Pokémon tracks. No one is allowed past until he has made a sketch of his discovery.

Route 103

Route 103

Route 103 serves as a shortcut between Oldale Town and Route 110. Seawater divides the route, restricting travel to the western side for now.

Rival Battle 1

Cross through the tall grass to meet up with your rival, who challenges you to a friendly battle after spotting your new Pokémon. The opposing Pokémon will always have a type advantage against your own. Avoid using moves of your own type, as they will deal less damage than normal, and use Normal-type moves instead. Remember to use Potions if the battle isn't going your way!

  Player chose Treecko

  Player chose Torchic

  Player chose Mudkip

May/Brendan is kind enough to heal your Pokémon. She/He thanks you for the battle and heads back to the Pokémon Lab.

Littleroot Town

Pokémon Lab

After the battle, follow May/Brendan back to Professor Birch's Lab. Inside, the professor gives you a handy gadget: the Pokédex! This high-tech encyclopedia instantly records information on any Pokémon you see or catch. In addition, his child gives you ten Poké Balls to start you off on your journey. Now that you have received some Poké Balls, they can be purchased at all Poké Marts in the region. Buying ten Poké Balls at once, at any location, also earns you a bonus Premier Ball.

Meet up with Mom

As you go to leave Littleroot, Mom comes over to ask if you've met the professor. She is proud that you have your own Pokémon, but asks that you don't push yourself too hard. She reminds you that you can always come back home to rest.

Route 101


May/Brendan catches up with you as you re-enter Route 101. She/He has a gift for you from the professor; a new update for your PokéNav Plus, the DexNav! This handy app helps you tell whether or not you've caught all of the Pokémon that live in each area. Early on, DexNav only shows Pokémon that can be found on land. Once you obtain a fishing rod, it also displays Pokémon that can be found while fishing. Once you can use Surf in the field, it also shows Pokémon that can be found while crossing bodies of water.

Catching and Seeing Pokémon

Pokémon that you've seen but not caught will appear as shadows on DexNav, and will be listed as "Seen" in your Pokédex. Pokémon that you have caught will be shown in full color on DexNav. Tap one of these full-color Pokémon to activate Detector Mode and search for more specimens!

Checking Progress

Tap the DexNav display to view a message that gives a better idea of your progress.

Message Progress
"There are no wild Pokémon in this area." No Pokémon can be caught.
"There are still Pokémon in this area that you have not caught!" More than one Pokémon remains to be caught.
"Nearly complete!" Only one more Pokémon remains to be caught.
"Good job! You've caught them all!" Every available Pokémon has been caught through regular encounters.
"Amazing! Fantastic! You caught every possible Pokémon in this area!" Every available Pokémon has been caught, including all hidden Pokémon that appear in the field.

As you catch more Pokémon, special marks will appear in the screen's upper-right-hand corner. A bronze trophy means that you've caught all available Pokémon through a single method, via tall grass, surfing, fishing, or by sneaking up on hidden Pokémon. A platinum trophy means that you've caught all possible Pokémon for that area.

Hidden Pokémon

Now that you have some Poké Balls and the DexNav upgrade, you're all set to start catching wild Pokémon. They can be found by simply moving through tall grass, but sometimes a hidden Pokémon will appear that you can sneak up on! Continue along Route 101 until May/Brendan points out a Pokémon's tail in the tall grass. When you see one of these hidden Pokémon in the field, or one is detected in Detector Mode, sneak up on it by pushing lightly on the Circle Pad. When you approach, a magnifying glass will appear on the Touch Screen; tap it to open Detector Mode. It turns out that this Pokémon, a Poochyena, is on level 5 and knows one of the Elemental Fang moves. The move it has depends on your starter Pokémon; Thunder Fang for Treecko, Ice Fang for Torchic, and Fire Fang for Mudkip.

Detector Mode

Detector Mode shows information about hidden Pokémon and how close they are to you. If used repeatedly to find a particular kind of Pokémon, you're more likely to encounter a hidden Pokémon with exceptional traits. These Pokémon may have great potential, or may know certain moves they may not otherwise learn. They may also have Hidden Abilities, hold special items, or be found at much higher levels than other Pokémon in the area. An exceptional Pokémon is marked by an exclamation point next to any part of its summary on the Detector Mode screen. Repeatedly battling the same kind of Pokémon raises the Search Level for each species; a higher Search Level means that more details are displayed on the summary screen.

Detecting a Pokémon doesn't guarantee a battle, however. Three main actions can cause a search to fail:

  • Moving too fast, instead of sneaking up on a hidden Pokémon.
  • Taking too long to find a hidden Pokémon.
  • Attempting another search immediately after the last one. Try to take at least 20 steps between searches.

Route 102

Route 102

Route 102 connects Oldale Town and Petalburg City. The patches of tall grass are home to several new wild Pokémon species.

Soft Soil

There is a patch of soft soil on the route's north side. On your first visit, two Berry trees can be found growing here. Collect the fruit and the trees disappear, allowing you to plant another Berry to continue the cycle. The amount of time needed for the new tree to fully mature and produce fruit varies based on the kind of Berry. After obtaining a watering can, you may water the young plants at certain times to increase the Berry yield. Berries can have several useful effects, from curing status conditions to restoring health. They can even be turned into candy!

Eye Some Beautifly

May/Brendan catches up to you as you near the route's west end. The two of you watch in awe as a few Beautifly flutter past. She/He is headed to just down the road to Petalburg City, and points out that your dad is the local Gym Leader before hurrying off to take in the sights.

Petalburg City

Petalburg City

Situated between Route 102 to the east and Route 104 to the west, Petalburg City is the first location you reach to feature a Pokémon Gym.

Meet up with Dad

As you reach the center of town, you see your father, Norman, talking with a Schoolkid about a battle they just had. The kid leaves, and Dad invites you inside the Gym to talk. He is surprised that you've made it this far from home, but is excited for you to become a Pokémon Trainer like him. A sickly boy named Wally soon enters, and explains that he will be staying with relatives in nearby Verdanturf Town in the hopes that the clean air will do him good. But he is afraid of becoming lonely there, and asks for help in catching a Pokémon to take along. Norman asks that you go with him, and loans him his Zigzagoon and a Poké Ball. Wally leads you back to Route 102, where he successfully catches a Ralts.


Back at the Gym, Wally can't thank you enough for helping him catch his very own Pokémon. Before he leaves, he happily upgrades your PokéNav Plus with the PlayNav app. Now you can play games with your Pokémon with Pokémon-Amie, train them up in Super Training, and connect with other Trainers around with world with the Player Search System!

Your father then gives you some advice: to become a strong Trainer, challenge Gym Leader Roxanne in Rustboro City before moving on to the other Gym Leaders. Though Norman is also a Gym Leader, he will not accept your challenge until you have earned four Badges.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Route 104, Petalburg Woods, Rustboro City, Route 116, Rusturf Tunnel Part 2 →

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