Soaring (Japanese: 大空をとぶFlying in the sky) can first be accessed after receiving the Eon Flute from Steven Stone. Once the Eon Flute is used, LatiasAS or LatiosOR will come to the player's side and Mega Evolve. This is regardless to whether or not the Pokémon are present in the player's party, are holding their respective Mega Stones, have been released, or have been transferred or traded away.
While soaring, several wildFlying-type Pokémon may be encountered, as well as special locations known as Mirage spots. Players may also freely travel to any previously visited location, much in the same way as flying.
The Pokémon will remain stationary if it is given no direction. Using the Circle Pad will make it move forwards or backwards or turn. Combining the Circle Pad with other buttons allows the player to perform various aerobatic stunts.
Brendan performing a trick
The Pokémon pitches upward, increasing its altitude if it moves forward.
The Pokémon pitches downward, decreasing its altitude if it moves forward.
The Pokémon moves a little faster than its normal pace.
The Pokémon accelerates forward while spinning in an Aileron roll.
↑ + B
The Pokémon takes an abrupt nosedive, spinning downward in a corkscrew fashion and then righting itself after completing a 360° loop.
↑ + L
Loop the loop
The Pokémon pitches upwards, inverting itself and the rider in an arch before nosediving and completing a 360° loop.
↑ + R
The Pokémon pulls back and makes a sudden stop.
↑ to ↓
The Pokémon performs an Immelmann turn, pitching upwards and executing a half-loop, with a spin as it levels out, so that it ends up refacing the Hoenn region.
As the player passes over locations that are marked on the Hoenn map, they may press the A button to land in that location. This works in the same way and with the same restrictions as Fly does outside of battle. Mainly, this means that a location must have been visited on the ground before it can be landed at. In a few cases, a certain location must be visited before another can be landed at or flown to.
In PS598, Ruby used his Mega Bracelet to Mega Evolve Latios into Mega Latios, allowing them to soar into the sky. They used this travel method several times throughout the chapter to move from one location to another.
In PS603, it was revealed that whenever a Dragon-type Pokémon flies through the air, it leaves behind a contrail. These contrails are normally invisible to the human eye, but can be seen by the Draconid people, due to them having lived with Dragon Pokémon since ancient times. In the spots where these contrails cross each other, it is possible for a Pokémon to stand on and battle.