The amount of media that the Pokémon company releases are astonishing. While the games are the most important part of the franchise, other media elements try to expand and give more sense to the Pokémon storyline.
So, we have anime, where we can find Ash Ketchum’s adventures and story extensions from the game and movies that expand Ash’s universe even more. And there is also a Pokémon manga, which takes the protagonists from the games and gives them some more context, and shows that there’s more than just an avatar being controlled by you.
The Manga on Pokémon is huge, and the chapters are based on the franchise games. And there’s a chapter that captivated all the public from the get-go; Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Chapter.
Important Info Up Front
- Chapter Name: Pokémon Adventures: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
- Release Date: July 24th, 2015, in Japan, September 6th, 2016, in the USA.
- Released By: Shogakukan in Japan, VIZ Media in the USA.
- Volumes: 3; Volume 1 covers Episode 0 to Episode 7, Volume 2 covers Episode 8 to Episode 14, and Volume 3 covers Episode 15 to Episode 21.
- Running alongside X & Y Chapter and followed by Sun and Moon Chapter.
- Chronological Order: This plot occurs two years after the Emerald Chapter and during HGSS Chapter, so it happens during the Gen 4.
Where to Read Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Manga?
If you want to read it in English, you can buy digital copies of the Manga through the Viz Media webpage and buy physical copies through Amazon, Books-A-Million, Walmart, and several Comic Shops.
To understand the plot of this Chapter, you have to know that it’s based on the happenings of the Delta Episode, the DLC of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
In the Delta Episode, the premise is the same as in the manga; the protagonist gets the news that a meteoroid is arriving in Hoenn. As the champion, they have to find a way to stop the meteoroid from destroying the earth.
Meanwhile, the protagonist and their rival meet Zinnia, a girl disguised as a grunt from the villains of your game, who isn’t having the best day of her life because the protagonist stopped the primal Pokémon from arriving, as she believes she’s the protector, the one in charge of summoning and being worth of carrying Rayquaza and save the world from the meteoroid.
But, this time, in the Delta Episode, Zinnia isn’t a villain at all as she helps the protagonist to get to Rayquaza and prove their value as the new protector of the earth and helps Rayquaza to Mega-Evolve. In contrast, this time, we will follow Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald trying to save the world from an upcoming meteoroid. To stop the meteoroid, they will unravel the mysteries of the newly discovered Mega-Evolution.
Important Note: From now on, I’ll talk about the main plot of the Manga. I recommend skipping this part if you haven’t read it yet. Let’s go!
The story starts with Steven Stone summoning Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald as he needs them to stop the meteoroid. The plan is to give them the Mega-Bracelets as Steven needs them to activate a device that will teleport the meteoroid away, named the Dimensional Shifter.
The protagonists receive the Mega-Bracelets and start practicing, and Ruby briefly leaves to summon Latias and Latios with the Eon Flute. But, as always, there’s a menace, and this time the menace is a woman named Zinnia, who needs both the meteoroid and the Mega-Bracelets for her cult, the Draconids, which worships Rayquaza.
Ruby and Zinnia meet and battle for the first time in the Sky Pillar. At the same time, Sapphire, Emerald, Steven Stone, and the rest of the crew, including Amber and Blaise (who are trying to summon Kyogre and Groudon to have a chance to stop the meteoroid), travel to Sea Mauville to continue their training.
After the battle, Zinnia heads to Sapphire and Emerald’s location while Ruby gets ambushed by the Draconids and therefore gets knocked down.
Zinnia arrives at where Sapphire and Emerald are, asking for the Mega-Bracelets. Meanwhile, Sapphire just realizes about the meteoroid issue as her friends didn’t tell her. So she tries to run away with the Dimensional Shifter but gets intercepted by a mysterious Pokémon, who steals the device.
Ruby finally appears in the place with the idea of using Rayquaza to stop the meteoroid, but to stop Zinnia, they make a deal and give the Mega-Bracelets to her. Unfortunately, Zinnia leaves and the crew got in trouble as they don’t have the Dimensional Shifter and lost the Mega-Bracelets.
The crew heads to Meteor Falls, where Amber and Blaise are still trying to summon Kyogre and Groudon, but they need the Red and Blue Orb. Suddenly, the Orbs appear, but no other than Maxie and Archie (Team Magma and Team Aqua leaders, respectively) carries them. They successfully try to summon Kyogre and Groudon, and the crew tries to stop them, getting defeated in the attempt.
So the crew splits; Ruby and Emerald try to stop Maxie and Archie, failing in the attempt, and Sapphire tries to catch Zinnia to retrieve the Mega-Bracelets. As Ruby and Emerald fail, they get back to Meteor Falls. They meet Norman, Ruby’s father, and head to Johto to find Rayquaza. Meanwhile, Sapphire finds Zinnia in Mossdeep City, and they start to fight.
While everything is happening, the meteoroid starts to get close to the earth, and some smaller meteoroids start falling.
Ruby, Norman, and Emerald get to Johto and finds Rayquaza. The crew splits; Ruby tries to catch Rayquaza’s attention, so Rayquaza gets very angry. Emerald searches Sapphire, who is hiding in a Secret Base.
With some hard work and help from his friends, Ruby finally gets control of Rayquaza. Maxie and Archie appear again and join Ruby to start stopping the meteoroids. Finally, they destroy the meteoroids, making Maxie and Archie convert into dust as they only were there to save the world, and Kyogre and Groudon leave the place. Now, the biggest meteoroid is the only menace, but it’s very far from the earth.
Ruby is still controlling Rayquaza, which is getting more powerful. Suddenly, Zinnia arrives to take control of Rayquaza, trying to defeat the crew. Obviously, Zinnia gets beaten by Rayquaza, which gets angrier because of Zinnia’s annoyance. The crew rescues Zinnia from dying and takes her to a safe place. The rest of the crew and Ruby and Sapphire agrees to meet in Sootopolis City to finish with the biggest meteoroid, so they head there.
As the crew took Zinnia to Sootopolis City, they recovered the Mega-Bracelets. The plan is to use Rayquaza to destroy the meteoroid in the Outer Space with them. So, Rayquaza takes Ruby and Sapphire to the Outer Space, and they Mega-Evolves Rayquaza. Now, Mega-Rayquaza destroys the meteoroid, revealing that inside of it lays Deoxys.
The Chapter ends with Deoxys getting defeated by Rayquaza and the earth being completely saved by the protagonists.
This Chapter’s protagonists are Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
Ruby is a haughty child but with a great heart. He likes everything related to clothing, making him a bit of a superficial child. Nonetheless, he always tries to protect his friends from problems.
His team is a Marshtomp (Named Mumu), a Mightyena (Nana), Delcatty (Kiki), Castform (Fofo), Milotic (Feefee), and a Gardevoir (named Rara).
Sapphire is a girl who loves anything related to the Pokémon battles. She has a nickname, the Conqueror because she defeated the eight gyms in less than 100 days.
Her team is a Blaziken (named Chic), Aggron (Rono), Donphan (Phado), Tropius (Troppy), and a Gallade (Kirly).
Emerald has a big love for carrying and taking care of Pokémon. However, it’s easy to make him angry because he doesn’t like that people mess around his height. Emerald lost his parents when he was a baby. No one of his relatives was enough to take care of him, so when he was grown enough, he ran away from his home and started living alongside his Pokémon.
His team is Sceptile, Sudowoodo, Dusclops, Snorlax, Mr. Mime, and Mantine.
Steven is the champion of Hoenn. He’s brave and always cares for his region, always acting like a leader in sketchy situations. In his free time, he likes to collect precious stones.
His team is Metagross, and several Beldums and Metangs.
Zinnia is the typical villain that doesn’t care about people getting hurt as long as she accomplishes her objectives. She’s obsessed with controlling Rayquaza for her own benefit.
Question: What inspired Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire manga?
Answer: This manga chapter takes inspiration from the Delta Episode of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, taking all the characters and the trama from there.
Question: How long is the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire manga?
Answer: It is more of a short manga; you can read the three volumes in an afternoon or a couple of days.
Question: How much do the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire manga costs?
Answer: You can find them on Amazon for $4.99 per volume. Considering there are three, you can spend $15 on the complete collection.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Manga Guide: Conclusion
Overall, the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire manga had a great reception; many people liked it because it unifies and gives more continuity to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald’s story. Still, people argued a bit because they felt like the end was rushed. Nonetheless, it is a short and fast-paced Manga that I strongly recommend to you all!