Team Magma

If you were looking for the theme deck from EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua, see Team Magma (TCG).

Team Magma
マグマ団 Magma Gang
Magma-logo.png
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Team Magma Grunts.png
Artwork of Magma Grunts from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Leader Maxie
Region Hoenn
Admins Courtney, Tabitha, Blaise (Adventures only)
Major targets Mt. Chimney, Oceanic Museum, Southern Island, Weather Institute, Mt. Pyre, Seafloor Cavern, Mossdeep Space Center
Base locations Lilycove CityROR, Jagged PassE
Anime debut A Ruin with a View
Adventures debut Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II
TCG 54 cards

Team Magma (Japanese: マグマ Magma-dan, literally Magma Gang) is one of two villainous teams found in the Hoenn region, alongside their rivals, Team Aqua. In Generation III, Team Magma's ultimate goal is to expand the amount of landmass in the world, while in Generation VI, their goal is to create a world for human progress by making Groudon undergo Primal Reversion to expand the landmass to give humanity more space on which to build and develop civilization.

In the games

Team Magma 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 Groudon out of its slumber.

Generally, Team Magma Grunts have weaker Pokémon, with Zubat and Poochyena (and Koffing in Omega Ruby) plentiful among them, however, they also use Pokémon of other types; typically they are Ground-type and Fire-type Pokémon such as Numel (and Baltoy in Emerald). The team is headed by Maxie and his two immediate subordinates Tabitha and Courtney.

In Ruby

Though they are first encountered early in the game, their first major plot is to use a Meteorite to cause Mt. Chimney to erupt and expand the land. 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 Blue Orb, where Groudon awaits. Having picked the wrong orb, Groudon is enraged instead of controlled, and starts to scorch Hoenn at the Cave of Origin in Sootopolis City where it is controlled with the correct orb and must be captured by the player or defeated.

In Sapphire

Team Magma is relegated to a supporting role in Sapphire, with Team Aqua instead performing the same actions (with different reasoning) and awakening Kyogre instead.

In Emerald

Team Magma's deeds are partly the same in Pokémon Emerald as they are in Ruby and Sapphire, with the plot to cause Mt. Chimney's eruption featured, as well as a new plot to steal rocket fuel from the Mossdeep Space Center. Groudon is eventually awakened deep within a cavern used by Team Magma deep inside of Mt. Chimney. 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.

In Omega Ruby

In Pokémon Omega Ruby, Team Magma'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 Magma saw a world with more landmass as ideal for both Pokémon and humans, in Omega Ruby Team Magma wishes to put an end to the misguided ideal of coexistence and expand the land to give humanity more space on which to build and develop civilization. This puts them in direct opposition to Team Aqua, who in this version of the story believe that the sea must be expanded to wipe out human civilization so that Pokémon may live without interference. Their schemes to obtain the Devon Parts, Meteorite, and Captain Stern's submarine are still intact, but are altered to the purpose of awakening Groudon and triggering its Primal Reversion via the Red Orb. Upon awakening it, however, the Legendary Pokémon's Desolate Land Ability nearly parches the entirety of Hoenn until the player successfully captures or defeats Primal Groudon. The ensuing flow of energy from the Cave of Origin leads to the two leaders, feeling remorseful for enforcing their will on nature at the risk of everything, resolving to start over the foundations of their teams in friendship.

Post-game, a division led by a distraught Courtney seeks to revive Project AZOTH for the renewal of Maxie's dream, in the wake of his recent guilt and demeanor. Upon their failure and defeat in Mossdeep's Space Center, Courtney is summoned back to the Magma Hideout in Lilycove. Upon her tearful apology, a surprised Maxie agrees to forgive her actions on one condition: that she forgive his aloofness and ruthlessness, and start over in Team Magma's mission with him. From this point on, rather than disbanding, Team Magma assumes a friendlier role working to rework their humanitarian ambitions for Hoenn, with the player welcome to visit the team in their hideout at any given time.

In the anime

In the main series

 
Team Magma in the anime

Like Team Rocket, Team Magma appeared in the second episode of their own series. Much of the time, their focus was on uncovering clues about the location of Groudon, in the hope of using its power to restore land, though they often did not find anything useful. Team Magma and Team Aqua confronted each other in A Three Team Scheme! and Fight for the Meteorite!. They eventually clashed in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends, and their feud ended in a destructive fight between the two super-ancient Pokémon, Groudon and Kyogre.

Unlike Giovanni, Maxie himself never so much as picked up a Poké Ball, instead allowing his underlings to do the fighting for him. Tabitha generally oversaw the activities of the team, while Courtney did not appear at all. Brodie infiltrated many places as a master of disguise, however, it is unknown whether his rank is above that of a Grunt or not. Formerly, Butler from Jirachi: Wish Maker worked as a scientist for Team Magma, intending to resurrect a Groudon from a Fossil, but was fired when he was unable to bring the project to fruition.

Team Magma's usual Pokémon include Golbat, Houndoom, and Mightyena. Brodie's team includes a sly Ditto, complimenting his nature, and Golbat. Team Magma seems to be well resourced detailed knowledge of the ancient world, rare treasures in their possession, heat-seeking glasses and helicopter transport. The grunts respect those of higher rank and Maxie's orders are always heeded.

In Pokémon Generations

 
Team Magma in Pokémon Generations

Team Magma appeared in The Vision, where their hideout was infiltrated by Brendan. Maxie, Tabitha, and a small division of Grunts left for the Seafloor Cavern with the Submarine Explorer 1 while Courtney stayed behind to battle and stall Brendan.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Team Magma are depicted at first as a lesser force compared to Team Aqua; their hideout is confined to a hole in the desert, and movement of the team in large numbers is often limited. Also, due to Aqua Leader Archie being in charge of Hoenn TV at the time, Team Magma operations were frequently reported by the media. However, Team Magma knew about the existence of the Red and Blue Orbs before Team Aqua did, so were able to claim an advantage, albeit temporary, over their rivals during the climax of this chapter.

Operations were mainly carried out by the Three Fires, a trio of Magma Admins. They successfully stole the Scanner from the Abandoned Ship, using them to track the Orbs to Mt. Pyre where they stole them from the elderly couple that lived atop the mountain.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

Team Magma's awareness of the Orbs may have been passed to them by Zinnia during a flashback in this chapter.

Despite the return of the original team leader Maxie, there existed a new incarnation of the team known as Neo Team Magma (Japanese: 新生マグマ団 Neo Magma Gang), headed by new incarnations of Courtney and Tabitha, who claimed that their names were simply codenames used by Magma Admins. This team mainly served to cooperate with Zinnia.

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Team Magma debuted in We've Found Team Magma's Secret!!.

In the TCG

Team Magma is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game in the EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua and Double Crisis expansions. Their ambitions and specialties in the trading card game are reflected in other mediums like the anime and games. Unlike Team Rocket, which initially featured Dark Pokémon as an emphasis for their status as a villainous team, evolved Pokémon belonging to Team Magma are dual Darkness-type in the EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua set. This mechanic would also be used in EX Team Rocket Returns for Team Rocket-related Pokémon.

Team Magma's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Magma's Aggron          Magma Deck Kit   017/033
EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   7/95 Magma Deck Kit   018/033
Team Magma's Claydol    EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   8/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   045/080
Team Magma's Groudon    EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   9/95 Magma Deck Kit   019/033
Team Magma's Houndoom    EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   10/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   020/080
Team Magma's Rhydon    EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   11/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   053/080
Team Magma's Torkoal    EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   12/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   021/080
Team Magma's Camerupt   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   19/95 Magma Deck Kit   006/033
Team Magma's Lairon   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   20/95 Magma Deck Kit   013/033
Team Magma's Mightyena   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   21/95 Magma Deck Kit   022/033
Team Magma's Rhydon   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   22/95 Magma Deck Kit   009/033
Team Magma's Zangoose   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   23/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   061/080
Team Magma's Baltoy   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   32/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   044/080
Team Magma's Claydol   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   33/95 Magma Deck Kit   016/033
Team Magma's Houndoom   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   34/95 Magma Deck Kit   004/033
Team Magma's Houndour   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   35/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   019/080
Team Magma's Lairon   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   36/95 Magma Deck Kit   012/033
Team Magma's Mightyena   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   37/95 Magma Deck Kit   023/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   38/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   052/080
Team Magma's Aron   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   58/95 Magma Deck Kit   011/033
Team Magma's Aron   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   59/95 Magma Deck Kit   010/033
Team Magma's Baltoy   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   60/95 Magma Deck Kit   014/033
Team Magma's Baltoy   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   61/95 Magma Deck Kit   015/033
Team Magma's Houndour   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   62/95 Magma Deck Kit   003/033
Team Magma's Houndour   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   63/95 Magma Deck Kit   002/033
Team Magma's Numel   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   64/95 Magma Deck Kit   005/033
Team Magma's Poochyena   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   65/95 Magma Deck Kit   020/033
Team Magma's Poochyena   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   66/95 Magma Deck Kit   021/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   67/95 Magma Deck Kit   007/033
Team Magma's Rhyhorn   EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   68/95 Magma Deck Kit   008/033
Team Magma's Numel   Double Crisis   1/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   001/034
Team Magma's Camerupt   Double Crisis   2/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   002/034
Team Magma's Baltoy   Double Crisis   10/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   010/034
Team Magma's Claydol   Double Crisis   11/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   011/034
Team Magma's Aron   Double Crisis   12/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   012/034
Team Magma's Lairon   Double Crisis   13/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   013/034
Team Magma's Aggron   Double Crisis   14/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   014/034
Team Magma's Poochyena   Double Crisis   17/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   017/034
Team Magma's Mightyena   Double Crisis   19/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   019/034
Team Magma's Zangoose   Double Crisis   22/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   022/034
Pretend Grunt Pikachu         SM-P Promotional cards   014/SM-P
Pretend Boss Pikachu Team Magma         SM-P Promotional cards   193/SM-P
Team Magma's Pokémon 
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Magma's Groudon    Double Crisis   15/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   015/034
Other related cards
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Team Magma Schemer T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   70/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   072/080
      Magma Deck Kit   027/033
Maxie T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   73/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   074/080
      Magma Deck Kit   029/033
Team Magma Ball T EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   80/95 Magma Deck Kit   026/033
Team Magma Belt T [Tool] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   81/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   070/080
      Magma Deck Kit   030/033
Team Magma Conspirator T [Su] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   82/95 Magma Deck Kit   028/033
Team Magma Hideout T [St] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   83/95 Magma Deck Kit   032/033
Team Magma Technical Machine 01 T [TM] EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   84/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   076/080
      Magma Deck Kit   031/033
Magma Energy    E EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua   87/95 Magma VS Aqua: Two Ambitions   079/080
      Magma Deck Kit   033/033
Maxie's Hidden Ball Trick Su Primal Clash   133/160 Gaia Volcano   67/70
Primal Clash   158/160 Gaia Volcano   78/70
Magma Pointer I Double Crisis   24/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   026/034
Team Magma Admin Su Double Crisis   29/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   029/034
Team Magma Grunt Su Double Crisis   30/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   030/034
Team Magma's Great Ball I Double Crisis   31/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   024/034
Team Magma's Secret Base St Double Crisis   32/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   032/034
Double Magma Energy   E Double Crisis   34/34 Magma Gang VS Aqua Gang: Double Crisis   034/034
 


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Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese マグマ団 Magma-dan From magma
English, French,
German, Italian,
Spanish
Team Magma Same as Japanese name
Spanish Equipo Magma Same as Japanese name
Korean 마그마단 Magma-dan Same as Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 熔岩隊 / 熔岩队 Róngyán Duì* From 熔岩 róngyán, lava
火岩隊 / 火岩队 Huǒyán Duì* From 火焰 huǒyàn (flame) and 熔岩 róngyán (lava)
Chinese (Cantonese) 熔岩隊 Yùhngngàahm Déui* From 熔岩 yùhngngàahm, lava
火岩隊 Fóngàahm Déui* From 火焰 fóyihm (flame) and 熔岩 yùhngngàahm (lava)
Finnish Magmaryhmä Same as Japanese name
Polish Zespół Magma Same as Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Equipe Magma Same as Japanese name
European Portuguese Equipa Magma Same as Japanese name
Russian Команда Магма Komanda Magma Same as Japanese name
Vietnamese Đội Magma Same as Japanese name


Related articles


Boss: Maxie (Masters)
Administrators: CourtneyTabithaBlaise*
Lower members: Team Magma GruntsBrodie*
Former members: Butler*ZinniaOR
Locations: Team Magma HideoutRORMagma HideoutE


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