Pokemon Vega is probably the highest regarded of all foreign-language Pokemon hacks. Created by a group of Japanese hackers, it contains a new region, all sorts of new Pokemon and moves, and a significant challenge.
IMPORTANT: This is a sequel to Pokemon Altair and Sirius Versions. More information on those is under the spoiler below.
Altair and Sirius are the first hacks made by the Vega development team. They aren't as good as Vega, but they're decent enough. The two are paired counterpart versions where the only difference is the wild Pokemon.
To fully understand Vega, you'll need to do one of two things:
Three years ago, shortly after the crowning and subsequent retirement of Champion Brendan, Hoenn was battered by an enormous number of meteors. This disaster, known as the Hoenn Catastrophe, greatly transformed Hoenn's landscape, turning much of the southern end into a barren wasteland and destroying the Battle Frontier, among other things. This also had a profound change on the wildlife, driving many species to extinction. More strangely, new species of Pokémon, known as Meteoric Pokémon, began appearing everywhere. At the forefront were three very powerful and evil Pokémon...
The story begins as you move into Littleroot Town, and are asked by Professor Birch to complete the Pokédex in order to document all the new species. You meet Birch's niece (or nephew), April (or Gordon), as well as Billy, the little brother of the current League Champion, Wally. In addition, the Petalburg Gym Leader, Romero, has a little brother himself, who keeps crossing your path. His name is Mosmero, and he's quite the strange one. Despite being an adult, he travels the region performing all kinds of pranks.
(The progression of the game mostly follows Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, so lots of things will be omitted for brevity.)
You go on to defeat two Gym Leaders: Rustboro's Rock-type Brock, the accomplished Pokémon Breeder, and the hot-headed Fighting-type Dewford leader, Judy. In Slateport City, you meet Team BH (Black Hole, but they prefer just "BH") and their leader, Wallace. Their goal is to bring harmony to people and Pokémon through installing a competent leader to control everything. Unfortunately, their methods are highly illegal, and so they must be stopped.
After defeating the Poison-type businesswoman Barbara, Gym Leader of Mauville City, you head to Meteor Falls to stop Team BH from obtaining a meteorite called the Aura Stone. Although you fail, you meet Team WH (White Hole, but they prefer just "WH") and their leader, Steven. Their goal is to stop Team BH wherever they appear. At the peak of Mt. Chimney, Wallace reveals that his plan is to summon Rayquaza in order to capture it and rule as the leader of the world. He also mentions the name "Nemea"...
After stopping Team BH from using the Aura Stone to awaken something in the volcano, you defeat two more Gym Leaders: the silent Ice-type Alice of Lavaridge, and Petalburg's quirky Romero, who uses Dark-types. As you head to eastern Hoenn, you encounter the Legendary Trainer, Brendan. He's been traveling to different regions and defeating the Leagues there.
After stopping Team BH from stealing research data on the weather disturbances three years ago, you defeat the Fortree Gym's Steel-type Leader, Mel. You then travel to Mt. Pyre, where Team BH has stolen the Blue Orb. You're just in time to witness Steven himself steal the Red Orb for reasons unknown.
Deep inside the former Magma Hideout, where Team BH has set up shop, Wallace awakens Groudon using a combination of the Blue Orb and an artificial Pokémon of his team's creation, named Aldina. He doesn't care when Groudon flees, as this is part of his plan to recreate the conditions to summon Rayquaza.
Steven, meanwhile, reveals himself and his entire team to be evil all along, then snatches a submarine. He then flees to his hideout, the former Aqua Hideout, to modify the sub, and then off to Mossdeep. After you defeat the twin Gym Leaders of Mossdeep, Chaz and Maya, who use Fire- and Electric-types, respectively, Team WH attacks the Space Center. Team BH's best and brightest scientists work there, and it's where Aldina was developed and is currently stored. Despite teaming up with Brendan, you are unable to prevent Team WH from stealing Aldina.
Deep in the Seafloor Cavern, Steven uses Aldina and the Red Orb to awaken Kyogre. Steven and Wallace then race to the Sky Pillar to be the first to capture Rayquaza. Aldina reveals that it can speak, and laments its part in all this. It then rides away on Latios, who appears to know Aldina somehow.
In Sootopolis City, the two Legendary Pokémon fight once again. Brendan introduces you to his friend May, who goes with you to the Sky Pillar, but leaves once she becomes too concerned about the state of the city. While climbing the Sky Pillar, you defeat Wallace, and then defeat Steven just a few feet away from Rayquaza. He can no longer battle Rayquaza without conscious Pokémon, so he leaves to heal and try to catch Rayquaza on the way down.
Rayquaza awakens and disperses the battling Legendaries. At the same time, a change comes over Wallace and Steven. Apparently, their minds were being controlled by a Pokémon called Nemea, and Rayquaza's descent reversed the effects. The two of them shamefully make their way to Mt. Pyre to return the Orbs.
You defeat the final Gym Leader in Sootopolis, the Dragon user Anzu, and go to challenge the League. After defeating the Grass-type Phil and the Psychic-type Athena, you find that Mosmero is the third Elite Four member. After taking down his Dark-types, and Elite Four Norman's Normal-types, you battle the Champion, Wally, and win.
At this time you can choose to go to Mt. Pyre, where the keepers of the Orbs, Liza and Tate, will tell you a story. The three most powerful and evil of the Meteoric Pokémon were Lylapse, who could warp space, Ganimede, who could confuse the senses, and Nemea, who could control minds. The three of them caused all sorts of chaos, until one day, they suddenly disappeared.
After defeating the League, Mosmero calls with word of a new place to train. You take a ferry to Alto Mare, the mystical city of water, which is filled with canals. There, you meet Bianca, a young painter who takes care of injured Pokémon, and her grandfather Lorenzo, a gondolier. In addition, Alto Mare has an unofficial Gym. After collecting shiny stones for Bianca to paint a picture of, you fight the Ghost-type Gym Leader, Sylvia. She has taken in Aldina after Bianca apparently found it.
Afterwards, you find your way to a secret garden behind a fake wall, where Bianca plays with Latias and Latios. Sylvia allows you to befriend Aldina there, and Aldina's horrible secret is finally revealed. It - or rather, she - was once a young girl from Pacifidlog Town. She was subjected to all kinds of experiments by Team BH that transformed her into a warped excuse for a Pokémon.
Mosmero then asks you to go investigate the Sphere Ruins, an enormous ruined city located below Alto Mare. After many, many ridiculous traps and puzzles, you find your way to the core, where a Pokémon named Asphere lies in wait.
At the end of your adventures in Alto Mare, you set off back to your original hometown, Porcelia Town in the Tohoak region, to reunite with your father, a man named Professor Holly. And thus begins your new adventure...
Other tidbits referenced in Vega or otherwise interesting:
- The entirety of Alto Mare is one huge reference to Pokémon Heroes, the Latias and Latios movie.
- The evil teams recycle their Admins - Team BH's sole Admin is Tabitha, and Team WH has both Matt and Shelly.
- Wattson redesigned Mauville City to be more modern, although not to the extent of OR/AS. The new Gym Leader, Barbara, is his assistant.
- Mr. Briney's new pet is a Surfing Pikachu named Peeka.
- The Alto Mare Cathedral contains a device called the Mirage System which allows battles with Mirage Pokémon.
- The remains of Team BH and WH were said to have fled to Kanto.
- In Verdanturf Town and elsewhere, people have started randomly adding the non-word "po" to their sentences. This is never explained.
A fully new region, the Tohoak region!
181 new Pokemon, plus 56 Pokemon from newer generations!
70 new moves, plus 87 moves from newer generations!
An extensive postgame, including a battle facility!
And much more!
Original Development: Pokemon Vega Team (entirely anonymous)
Translation: Dr. Akimbo
Pokemon Names: Dr. Akimbo, Pokemon Vega Team, Asfia, Bevan7, Doesnt, Ganon's Error, Hawkfire, kisekisfr, LightningLord2, Lucis, Mighty Revenant, quiggles, Silphver, SilverStrangequark, Toyotasomi no Miko, Z-nogyroP
Move Names: Dr. Akimbo, Wizards of the Coast (the TCG guys), Doesnt, Ketsuban, Mighty Revenant
Title Screen Logo: kisekisfr
Text Hacking: Dr. Akimbo
Graphics Porting: Dr. Akimbo, Doesnt, Chrunch, El Diabeetus, Tailes
Music Porting: Dr. Akimbo
Map Porting: Dr. Akimbo, Doesnt
Mechanics Porting: Doesnt, Tailes, Dr. Akimbo
Compatibility Patch: Diegoisawesome
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I get through the first gym?
There's a hidden switch in one of the windows on the back that changes the destination of the flower warps.
- Where is the Flash HM?
Talk to the man on the western edge of Route 502.
- How do I get past the Dugtrio in Seafin City?
Beat the Seafin Gym, then give the Letter (found on the back of the Mewtwo statue deep in the Spirit Mansion) to the scientist on the second floor of the museum. Then talk to the Pokemon Ranger on Route 505.
- Where is the Strength HM?
Talk to a hiker in the northwest part of Porcelia Forest.
- Where is the Cut HM?
Talk to the man hiding in the top floor of the Tower of Darkness.
- How do I get past the scientists in Ravenplume City?
Beat Team DH at the Chateau of Time, then finish the mission at Mt. Snowfall. Talk to the Director at Orpimence City's Pokemon Broadcasting Station (be sure to talk to the scientists first), then give the Meteorite you received to one of the scientists back in Ravenplume City.
- Where is the Waterfall HM?
After clearing out the DH Hideout, talk to the grunt in the upper left of the first floor.
- I beat the Pokemon League. Now what?
This part of the game is more open-ended. You'll need to:
Rematch all the Gym Leaders (in new areas of old dungeons that are now open)
Defeat the three trainers in the new areas of Fire, Ice, and Lightning Islands
Obtain a Pokemon at the end of an event in the Chateau of Time
Obtain a Pokemon from the Champion in a new area of Victory Road
Re-enter the Ranger Base at least once to see a short scene
Then, you'll be able to enter a new place from a newly opened part of the DH Building.
- How do I get through the Sphere Ruins?
(GUIDE COMING EVENTUALLY)
If you're using a guide written for the Japanese version, a certain puzzle won't work. Try entering the Braille for "ON" (you'll know what this means when you get there.)
- I got through the Sphere Ruins. Now what?
Complete the entire National Pokedex, then talk to Professor Holly to get one last mission.
I have never complained about difficulty before in my life for a hack but psyduck this games difficulty the first gym is a cheating whore no first gym leader should have berries on every pokemon aswell as use a potion on each I'm sorry thats not difficulty thats forcing the player to grind to an unnecessarily high lvl to beat a gym you should be able to win at lvl 14-15 without a huge difficulty.
this ROM has some of the nicest fakemon design i ever seen, unlike the 10 year old doddles I see in other hacks. this is coming from someone who usually dislike fakemon hacks.
yeah the difficulty is tough, simply because the way its designed you simply cannot grind levels to prepare for boss fights, unless you want to spend an inordinate time to do so. (super low level wild mons and normal trainers, high level gym leaders/elite trainers with competitive movesets).
This is truly one of the best hacks I've ever played. As this hack has been posted on RHM several months ago, some of us were already able to play through it then, what I did, until Apple decided to revoke GBA4iOS again, but thanks to Dropbox, I am still able to continue the post game story and catch more Pokémon.
Also, I can only agree with what Spherical Ice said earlier: I, too, am glad to finally see this hack on PC. :)