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Rayquaza(JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Dragon/Flying legendary Pokémon that made its first appearance in the third generation games Ruby and Sapphire. It can Mega Evolve into Mega Rayquaza if it knows Dragon Ascent.

Rayquaza is a part of the super-ancient Pokémon with Kyogre and Groudon, serving as its trio master.

Physiology and Behavior

Rayquaza is a large, green, serpentine Pokémon that also resembles a missile. It has red-tipped, rudder-like wings on its shoulders and down its body, and similarly patterned fins on the tip of its tail. Yellow ring-like symbols run across the length of Rayquaza's body and it has an additional yellow ring on top of its head. Rayquaza has two limbs with three-clawed hands, and two long, flat, horn-like structures on its head, with two shorter horns along its jawline. It has small, yellow eyes with black pupils, prominent pink gums, and two discernible fangs in its upper jaw.

As Mega Rayquaza, its body becomes longer and gains more features. Its head becomes longer with the Δ symbol appearing on its forehead. Rayquaza's eyes now contain yellow pupils and red irises, and black, shichishito-shaped markings trail behind its eyes. Its red lips and teeth become gold, and the gold lines connect to those on its lower horns, which take on a broad, triangular shape. At the outer edges of its lower horns are long, golden, glowing tendrils that each extend to a green, fin-like structure; these tendrils have ring patterns that strongly resemble the yellow markings running along the length of Rayquaza's normal form. While in flight, these tendrils give Mega Rayquaza a Δ-shaped profile. Its two upper horns become longer with a gold line running over them in a V shape, and each upper horn has another glowing tendril that ends in a circular shape with a spike. Along the length of its body are golden, glowing orbs placed where its ring patterns used to be. The chin, part of the neck, and parts of its serpentine body are changed to the color black. The fins running along its body are now marked with gold lines; the fins on its tail become entirely yellow and substantially longer. Particles stream from the long tendrils that extend from its jutting jaw; these particles can control the density and humidity of the air, allowing Mega Rayquaza to manipulate the weather. Its green hide sparkles with an emerald-like quality.

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

In Pokémon Emerald, Rayquaza is seen in a series of cutscenes. Once the player progresses past the Magma and Aqua Hideouts, Kyogre and Groudon wake up and start fighting, with the Red and Blue Orbs unable to control them. It is eventually sought out at the Sky Pillar, and eventually forces the two to cease their battle.

Rayquaza reappeared in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it plays an important role during the Delta Episode and is required to be caught there to fight Deoxys.

Other Pokémon games

Rayquaza appears as a boss character in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, where the main team has to fight it in order to have it annihilate a falling star hurtling towards the planet.

Super Smash Bros. series

Rayquaza appears in the story mode of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Subspace Emissary, in which it destroys Fox's crashed Arwing and captures Diddy Kong. It tries to attack Fox, but he reflects the attack back at Rayquaza and frees Diddy Kong. Together they defeat the Rayquaza.

Trophy description

Rayquaza (Brawl)

A Sky High Pokémon. It normally resides high up in the ozone layer where it flies endlessly, so it is rarely seen. However, when Groudon and Kyogre began to fight, it appeared to calm them down. It has the ability Air Lock, which blocks all weather-condition effects. It has exceedingly strong abilities, and its attack power is especially remarkable.

In the anime

Rayquaza is featured in the seventh Pokémon movie, Destiny Deoxys. Four years prior to the main events of the movie, Rayquaza is nearly injured in the ozone layer by the passage of a meteor containing the essence of Deoxys. It seemingly destroys the Deoxys afterwards, but it is eventually revived. Rayquaza goes after it again, but after being rescued by it, Rayquaza decides that it isn't an enemy, and returns to the atmosphere.

Origin and inspiration

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby Rayquaza lived for hundreds of millions of years in the earth's ozone layer, never descending to the ground. This Pokémon appears to feed on water and particles in the atmosphere
Pokémon Sapphire Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years in the earth's ozone layer, above the clouds. Its existence had been completely unknown because it lived so high in the sky.
Pokémon Emerald A Pokémon that flies endlessly in the ozone layer. It is said it would descend to the ground if Kyogre and Groudon were to fight.
Pokémon FireRed It has lived for hundreds of millions of years in the ozone layer. Its flying form looks like a meteor.
Pokémon LeafGreen It has lived for hundreds of millions of years in the ozone layer. Its flying form looks like a meteor.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond It cannot be seen from ground level since it lives far up above the clouds in the ozone layer.
Pokémon Pearl It cannot be seen from ground level since it lives far up above the clouds in the ozone layer.
Pokémon Platinum It cannot be seen from ground level since it lives far up above the clouds in the ozone layer.
Pokémon HeartGold It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
Pokémon SoulSilver It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Pokémon White It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Pokémon Black 2 It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Pokémon White 2 It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Pokémon Y It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
Pokémon Omega Ruby Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years. Legends remain of how it put to rest the clash between Kyogre and Groudon.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire It flies forever through the ozone layer, consuming meteoroids for sustenance. The many meteoroids in its body provide the energy it needs to Mega Evolve.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Sky Pillar
Pokémon Sapphire
Sky Pillar
Pokémon Emerald
Sky Pillar
Pokémon FireRed
Trade
Pokémon LeafGreen
Trade
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond
Global Terminal (Trade)
Pokémon Pearl
Global Terminal (Trade)
Pokémon Platinum
Global Terminal (Trade)
Pokémon HeartGold
Embedded Tower (requires Jade Orb)
Pokémon SoulSilver
Embedded Tower (requires Jade Orb)
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black
Poké Transfer, Event
Pokémon White
Poké Transfer, Event
Pokémon Black 2
Poké Transfer
Pokémon White 2
Poké Transfer
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Y
Trade
Pokémon Omega Ruby
Sky Pillar
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Sky Pillar

Base Stats

Normal

Base Stats
HP 105
Attack 150
Defense 90
Sp. Attack 150
Sp. Defense 90
Speed 95
Total 680

Mega

Base Stats
HP 105
Attack 180
Defense 100
Sp. Attack 180
Sp. Defense 100
Speed 115
Total 780

Moveset

Main article: Rayquaza/moveset

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Sprites

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