- If you were looking for the theme deck from EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua, see Team Aqua (TCG).
- Aqua redirects here. For the ferry service that runs between Johto and Kanto, see S.S. Aqua.
Artwork of Aqua Grunts from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Team Aqua (Japanese: アクア団 Aqua-dan, literally Aqua Gang) is one of two villainous teams found in the Hoenn region, alongside their rivals, Team Magma. In Generation III, Team Aqua's ultimate goal is to expand the amount of water in the world while in Generation VI, they are trying to return the world to a state for Pokémon by awakening Kyogre to wipe out human civilization and return the world to its beginnings, so that Pokémon can live untainted by humanity's progress.
In the games
Team Aqua appears only in the Hoenn-based games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, as well as their remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, where they scheme to bring Kyogre out of its slumber.
Generally, Team Aqua Grunts have weaker Pokémon, with Zubat and Poochyena (and Grimer in Alpha Sapphire) plentiful among them, however, they also use Pokémon of other types; typically they are Water types such as Carvanha (and Wailmer in Emerald). The team is headed by Archie and his two immediate subordinates Matt and Shelly.
Though they are first encountered early in the game, their first major plot is to use the Meteorite to cease the eruption of Mt. Chimney, which would cause rainwater to fill the cooled-down crater. When this is thwarted by the player, they set themselves up in Lilycove City's cove, planning their next moves. Their final action in the storyline is to steal a submarine from Slateport harbor, which they use to travel to the Seafloor Cavern with the Red Orb, where Kyogre awaits. Kyogre, however, is not able to be controlled, and leaves for the Cave of Origin in Sootopolis City where it must be captured by the player or defeated.
Team Aqua's deeds are partly the same in Pokémon Emerald as they are in Sapphire, with them stealing the sub to obtain Kyogre. After awakening Kyogre and seeing Kyogre and Groudon clash together, both Team Magma's Maxie and Team Aqua's Archie realize what they've done has caused a terrible disaster, and make peace with one another after Groudon and Kyogre have been taken care of by Rayquaza.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Team Aqua's role in the story remains largely the same but their motivation has been significantly altered. While in the original versions of Ruby and Sapphire Team Aqua saw a world with more seas as ideal for both Pokémon and humans, in Alpha Sapphire Team Aqua wishes to expand the sea to wipe out human civilization and return the world to its beginnings, so that Pokémon can live untainted by humanity's progress. This puts them in direct opposition to Team Magma, who in this version of the story believe that the land must be expanded to progress human living conditions.
In the anime
Team Aqua was introduced in Stairway to Devon where a member of the team infiltrated the Devon Corporation and stole two capsules of "Creation Fluid". His plans were stopped by Team Rocket's Jessie and James, who intended to steal the same thing, all parties involved not realizing that "Creation Fluid" was nothing more than water. In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, this same member took a boat of Mr. Briney's to escape from the police and headed for open ocean, where a Team Aqua submarine rescued him. This particular grunt is voiced by Darren Dunstan in English.
Team Aqua later appeared in A Three Team Scheme and Unfair Weather Friends. Their final, and most prominent appearance was in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, when they and Team Magma began the battle between Kyogre and Groudon.
Team Aqua appeared in The Cavern, where Archie and three Grunts explored the Seafloor Cavern in search of Kyogre. Upon finding Kyogre, the Aqua Leader used the Blue Orb to awaken Kyogre's Primal form, despite Shelly's protests. Their scheme didn't go as planned, however, and the team was forced to watch as Kyogre devastated the Hoenn region. Aboard the Submarine Explorer 1, Archie and Shelly were last seen getting attacked by Primal Kyogre.
In the manga
Team Aqua were portrayed as more influential than their counterparts Team Magma. Their leader Archie, as the director of Hoenn TV, was able to orchestrate a cover-up of Team Aqua schemes and the identity of the team itself, while reporting Team Magma schemes and airing anti-Team Magma propaganda whenever they could. This was how Gabby and Ty seemed to be unable to tell the full story of what happened to Mr. Stone on Route 104, or the ending of volcanic activity on Mt. Chimney, a successful scheme led by the Aqua Admins. In addition, Team Aqua's headquarters in Lilycove City was able to house countless aquariums of Water-type Pokémon.
Team Aqua's influence on the media eventually became too much for one man - Magma Leader Maxie, who went to Lilycove to confront Archie. Archie eventually settled on a truce with Maxie which involved the two teams combining forces to reach the same destination together, as while Team Magma held the submarine built by Captain Stern, Team Aqua had control of the Devon Parts they stole from Mr. Stone, which enabled the submarine to reach its destination.
The ending of volcanic activity was expected to bring the conditions necessary for Kyogre to quickly gain areas of influence once it awakened. However, this was not the case, and Archie sent Amber over to investigate. Once Archie obtained the Blue Orb, he trapped Amber in the submarine they took to get to the Seafloor Cavern, as well as the Blue Orb's previous holder Tabitha. Moreover, Archie took out the Devon Parts from the submarine and put it on auto-pilot so that it would burst. Despite surviving this event, Amber swore his allegiance to Team Aqua and joined forces with his fellow Admins to confront the Hoenn Gym Leaders who were also impeding Kyogre's advance.
Archie disbanded Team Aqua shortly after assuming his new guise.
In the TCG
Team Aqua is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua and Double Crisis expansions. Their ambitions and specialties here reflect the other media they appear in. Unlike Team Rocket, which initially featured Dark Pokémon as an emphasis for their status as a villainous team, evolved Pokémon belonging to Team Aqua are dual Darkness-type. This mechanic would also be used on subsequent Team Rocket-related Pokémon in the EX Team Rocket Returns expansion.
|Japanese||アクア団 Aqua-dan||From aqua|
|Team Aqua||Same as Japanese name|
|Italian||Team Idro||From idro-, Italian equivalent of the prefix hydro- (water)|
|Spanish||Equipo Aqua||Same as Japanese name|
|Korean||아쿠아단 Akua-dan||Same as Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||海洋隊 / 海洋队 Hǎiyáng Duì*||From 海洋 hǎiyáng, ocean|
|水艦隊 / 水舰队 Shuǐjiàn Duì*||From 水 shuǐ (water) and 艦 / 舰 jiàn (warship)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||海洋隊 Hóiyèuhng Déui*||From 海洋 hóiyèuhng, ocean|
|水艦隊 Séuilaahm Déui*||From 水 séui (water) and 艦 laahm (warship)|
|Finnish||Aquaryhmä||Same as Japanese name|
|Polish||Zespół Aqua||Same as Japanese name|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Equipe Aqua||Same as Japanese name|
|European Portuguese||Equipa Aqua||Same as Japanese name|
|Russian||Команда Аква Komanda Akva||Same as Japanese name|
|Vietnamese||Đội Aqua||Same as Japanese name|