The original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire introduced Secret Bases, and they’ll return for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as a way for players to manage their own Pokemon gyms.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will have Super Secret Bases for each player to customize, decorate, and make rules for Pokemon battles, the Pokemon Company revealed last night.

Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire introduced secret bases into the series, which stuck around for Diamond and Pearl with some differences. In Ruby and Sapphire, players can discover secret base locations throughout the region, and the size and shape of each base varies. Players can decorate their secret base with dolls, furniture, and accessories.

New to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Sapphire is a greater level of customization that allows players to manage a gym inside their base. Like gyms throughout the series, the gyms in players’ secret bases can contain tricks and mazes, and the owner of the secret base decides the rules for what kind of Pokemon battles are allowed in the base. Secret bases can be shared through QR codes.

As in previous games, the secret bases of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will have a capture the flag activity where players can examine the flag beside the PC in another player’s base to take it. Players can take one flag per day. Some kind of team ranking will be in place; the press release notes that taking flags from many secret bases improves the team ranking, leading to more rewards and extra skills for Secret Pals, other players you can scout and bring back to your base. Secret Pals use “special skills” to help players on their Pokemon journey, and players can battle them at any time in their secret bases.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launches Nov. 21 for 3DS.

Source: Pokemon Company

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