Rayquaza is a legendary Pokemon that debuted in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire and starred in the prior games successor Pokemon Emerald. As showcased in the latter, Rayquaza serves as the third member and trio master of the Weather Trio and is responsible for putting an end to the battles between the lesser two members of the trio, Kyorge and Groudon. According to the Pokedex, Rayquaza lives in the Ozone Layer where it feeds on water, particles, and meteorites, and was never seen by humans until recently.[1]

Rayquaza also has a mega evolution and is said to be the first one to acquire one after it had gained the power from a meteorite that had hit the planet thousands of years ago. Because of its unusual connection to its mega form, it does not need a mega stone to evolve like other Pokemon and instead only needs to know the move Dragon Ascent to achieve mega evolution.

History

Pre-Series

According to the Pokedex, Rayquaza has been around for hundreds of millions of years, making it possibly the oldest Pokemon to exist sans the Creation Trio, the Lake Trio, Mew, and Arceus.[1]

Thousands of years pior to the games, it had stopped a cataclysmic battle between Primal Groudon and Kyorge who had been fighting over primal sources of energy that were abundant at the time.

One thousand years later, a meteroid had struck the planet that would reawaken Primal Groudon and Kyorge and cause havoc. In response a tribe of humans known as the Droconids began to pray for Rayquaza's return and used the meteor as part of their prayers. Rayquaza would answer their prayers, and with the power of the meteor it acheived mega evolution and quelled the havoc caused by Groudon and Kyorge. For further protection, the Draconids built the Sky Pillar to leave behind their records and to get closer to Rayquaza's home. The Sky Pillar also holds the meteor's energy, as to symbolize Rayquaza's might.

Since then, a specific linage of the Draconids known as the lorekeepers have had the ability to summon Rayquaza at the Sky Pillar in case they ever needed them.

Main Series

In Pokemon Emerald, the main protagonist is tasked to find and awaken Rayquaza in order to stop an ongoing battle between the summoned Kyorge and Groudon. If the player manages to awaken Rayquaza in the Sky Pillar, Raqyauza flies from their base to amidst the battle from the sky and ends the conflict with a single roar.

Rayquaza shows up once again in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s Delta Episode, where they are summoned by lorekeeper Zinnia who plans to use their power to stop a life-ending meteorite from hitting their planet. After the player gives Rayquaza a meteorite in order to fuel its ability to mega-evolve, Rayquaza challenges the player to a battle, which results with the Player catching the Pokemon. Rayquaza than flies into space with the player on its back and with its power from its mega form, it is able to destroy the meteorite by charging straight through it. Rayquaza and the player then engage in a battle with the Deoxys that emerges from the destroyed meteorite.

Appearances

Main Series

As previously mentioned, Rayquaza first shows up as a catchable pokemon in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire located in the Sky Pillar, bearing no significance to the story.

Rayquaza makes appearances as a catchable Pokemon again in Pokemon Emerald, Pokemon Heartgold and Soulsilver, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

In the competitive scene, Rayquaza has always been a considerable threat in their tier despite various setbacks with their large movepool, speed, and ability to be able to rely on both physical and special attacks. Mega Rayquaza would famously be banned in the Uber tier, the top tier at the time, on the website Smogon and be responsible for the creation of the Anything Goes tier due to its signature move, ability, and its capability of not having to have a mega stone as a item in order to mega evolve.[2]

Anime

Rayquaza appears as the antagonist in the movie Destiny Deoxys, where it relentlessly chases a Deoxys after the pokemon entered its territory as a falling meteorite. This pursuit leads into a city where Rayquaza accidentally causes a malfunction that unleashes a frenzy of security block bots into the city. Rayquaza is almost completely overwhelmed by the onslaught, however Deoxys and its friend would end up saving Rayquaza.

Rayquaza also makes a main appearance as its Mega Evolution in the Mega Evolution Special II and III. In the former, it is challenged by Pokemon Trainers Alian and Steven but they are quickly outmatched by it. In the latter, it engages in combat with Primal Groudon and Kyorge as they all attempt to claim a magical rock with immense power known as the Megalith with Mega Rayquaza being the victor. Rayquaza however is not able to claim the Megalith as it is taken by Lysandre, the leader of Team Flare with the aid of a submarine that both emitted a blinding light and successfully took the megalith, Rayquaza reverting to its normal form and flying off.

Rayquaza would also make minor appearances in various other movies and anime episodes, most notably in its shiny form in the film Hoopa: Clash of Ages, where it is summoned by Hoopa to protect itself against a Shadow Hoopa Unbound. Rayquaza also shows up as a main character in the Pokemon Generations episode The Scoop, essentially an animated version of the Delta Episode through the eyes of two scientists.

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Rayquaza GX

Rayquaza has had a total of 34 cards in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, with its first being a promotional card.

A couple of Rayquaza cards such as Rayquaza GX from Celestial Storm have seen play in the competitive scene, with the prior mentioned being the centerpiece in three of the top 8 performing decks in the Masters Division from the 2018 Pokémon World Championships.[3]

Spinoffs

Rayquaza served as the zone keeper of the Granite and Flower Zone and as the final attraction chief in Pokepark: Pickachu’s Adventure who hosts the game Rayquaza’s Balloon Panic.

Rayquaza is the final boss in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. If the player defeats them, Rayquaza agrees to help the players stop a meteor from hitting the planet.

In Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, Rayquaza in its Mega Form is one of the three pokemon to successfully stop the Tree of Life from being pulled into space by Dark Matter, although as a consequence they are turned to stone by Dark Matter. Once Dark Matter is defeated, Rayquaza reawakens.

Rayquaza is featured as a raid boss in a couple special raids in Pokemon Go, with one of them giving players the opportunity to catch a shiny Rayquaza.

Super Smash Bros

Rayquaza appears as a boss in the Subspace Emmisary mode in Super Smash Bros Brawl. In the story, it emerges from a lake and grabs Diddy Kong after he had landed in the lake. Before Rayquaza could attack, Fox intervenes and frees Diddy Kong, followed by deflecting Rayquaza's energy blast that knocks Rayquaza back into the lake. Both fighters then engage in a land battle with Rayquaza after it reemerges with even more of a temper

Rayquaza would also appear in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Super Smash Bros Ultimate as a stage hazard in the Dragonmark Chamber in the Kalos Pokemon League stage

Abilities

Mega Rayquaza’s signature move is Dragon Ascent, a physical move where Rayquaza charges into the opponent enveloped in emerald energy, dealing massive damage at the cost of lowering Rayquaza’s defense and special defense stats.

In the anime, Rayquaza is often showcased to use the move Hyper Beam, where Rayquaza shoots a highly powerful beam of energy from its mouth capable of evaporating its foes. Rayquaza has been also shown to use Draco Meteor, where it shoots a sphere of energy into the sky that breaks into dozens of smaller ones that rain down on its opponents; Ice Beam, where it shoots a beam of ice; and Dragon Ascent, which it used as its finishing move against Primal Groudon and Kyorge in Mega Evolution Specials III

Both Rayqauza's and Mega Rayquaza's abilities, Air Lock and Delta Stream respectively, clear all occurring weather conditions such as rain, hail, harsh sunlight, or sandstorms. Delta Stream in particular is the only ability that is able to nullify Primal Groudon's Desolate Land and Primal Kyorge's Primordial Sea abilities.

Trivia

  • Rayquaza was voted the most popular Gen III Pokemon, the most popular legendary Pokemon, and the 8th most popular Pokemon in the Pokemon of the Year poll held by the Pokemon Company and Google in 2020.
  • Rayquaza is thought to be based on multiple mythological creatures and gods due to similarities between them, particularly the Aztec God Quetzalcoatl due to its design and how they both represent air. Rayquaza also shares a similar role to Ziz in Hebrew Mythology.

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