Rayquaza is a the Legendary Monster who will make mincemeat of the Elite 4, and any other trainer you face. Capturing him is a two-step process, as you can"t actually get him the first time you see him. However, once you awaken him and see him in action in Sootopolis Town, you can return to the spot of your first meeting to capture Rayquaza.
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Covering the PrerequisitesEnsure that you can go to the Sky Pillar north of Pacifidlog Town. You won"t unlock these two areas until later in the game, so if you can"t yet go to Pacifidlog town as part of the main quest, you can"t get Rayquaza just yet.Purchase a Mach Bike. If you don"t have a Mach Bike, you can"t catch Rayquaza at all, as there are weak spots in the floor that will sink you if aren"t going full speed on the bike.Carry at least one Pokémon capable of using the HM move "Surf." You"ll need to hit the ocean in order to get to Rayquaza, but this should be common by the time you"re ready to fight the beast. If you don"t have a Pokémon in your party with Surf, grab one from earlier in your adventures.Train several Pokémon to at least level 70 to avoid being quickly crushed. Rayquaza is the most powerful natural Pokémon you"ll find in the game and is already at lv70 when you encounter it. In order to weaken it enough to capture it, you"ll need some Pokémon that can hold their own against a high-level monster.<2>You can get Rayquaza either before or after the Elite 4, it is your choice.Purchase at least 30-40 Ultra Balls to be safe, or decide to use your one Master Ball. This is probably your best chance to use the Master Ball, which will capture Rayquaza automatically, no questions asked. But if you don"t have it anymore, Ultra Balls will do, so long as you have a strong team capable of weakening him/her first.Make sure you have a Pokémon with a high-level move like "Sleep," "Freeze," or "Paralyze" if not using your Master Ball. These moves make it much, much easier to successfully capture the Legendary Monster, and they prevent him from fighting back for a few turns. Note, of course, that the higher-level the Pokémon using the move is, the more likely it will succeed.Know that you can"t catch Rayquaza the first time you see it. In the main quest, you"ll meet Rayquaza the first time you go to Sky Pillar. It"ll immediately fly away, but you see him again later when he fights Kyogre and Groudon. In this necessary cut-scene (unlocked by flying to Sootopolis after awakening Rayquaza), Rayquaza appears and breaks up the fight, then flies away. As soon as this is finished, you can return to the Sky Pillar to catch Rayquaza for real.
Capturing RayquazaUse the Mach Bike to skirt over the cracks in the floor, getting to the top of the Sky Pillar. The Sky Pillar is a small stage, with two doors on the top of the screen. Use them to move up to the top layer. Whenever you see cracks on the floor, use the Mach Bike to quickly skate over them without stopping. You"ll fall through if you try to walk or stop.The Sky Pillar stages are filled with strong Pokemon, but they can be avoided if you use a Max Repel. This is a good way to save your Pokemon"s HP for the big battle with Rayquaza later.Weaken Rayquaza to the lower yellow or red section of its health bar. Moves like "False Swipe" and "Tackle" are good for dealing only a little damage at a time, preventing you from accidentally knocking him out and never catching Rayquaza.If you"re throwing the Master Ball, toss it out on the very first turn. It will capture Rayquaza automatically for you!
TipsContrary to "popular" belief, there is no trick that increases catch rate. Only status problems and Poke Ball types affect the catch ratio.A Master Ball will catch it without fail.False Swipe can be used to safely dwindle Rayquaza"s health down to 1HP without risk of fainting it. You can also use Super Fang for this purpose.You must have a Mach Bike in order to reach the top floor because there are cracks in the ground that would otherwise make you fall through.If you are using a Game Boy Advance and playing it on PC, you can save the game and try catching Rayquaza using any ball without doing any damage but only making it sleep.Rayquaza can appear as a shiny Pokémon (alternate colors+shine at start of any battle) just as any other. However, the odds of finding a shiny Pokémon are exceedingly low, about only 1/8192.
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