Rayquaza does not evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form prior to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire; starting in these two games Rayquaza can Mega Evolve into a Mega Rayquaza if it knows the Flying-Type move Dragon Ascent.
Rayquaza takes on the appearance of a serpent-like dragon with a pair of short arms.
Rayquaza is a Genderless Pokémon.
Rayquaza can appear at the Embedded Tower in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, but a Groudon and Kyogre that came from Heart Gold and Soul Silver must be on the same Game Card when you speak to Professor Oak. By doing so, you receive the Jade Orb; when you go to the Embedded Tower with the Jade Orb Rayquaza will appear.
Rayquaza does not appear very often, limited to appearing at Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Rayquaza appears at the Tower Top 9F of Sky Tower in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky, Rayquaza appears at the Summit of Sky Stairway. Rayquaza is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the 50th Floor of Legendary Mountains.
Rayquaza only appears during missions in Pokémon Ranger. Rayquaza does not appear in either of the two sequels.
Rayquaza appears in the Flower Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure after beating "Rayquaza's Balloon Panic".
Rayquaza can be found at any of the "Tower" stages in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.
Rayquaza can be obtained in Pokémon Conquest, but only after completing the game.
Trading Card Game
Rayquaza is listed in a total of 13 Sets, Pokémon Organized Play Series 1 as a Rare Card, a Play Promotional, the 7th Movie Halfdeck, Master Kit (EX Card), a Pokémon Card Game Promo, a Nintendo Promo, a Lv. X Rayquaza (SP: Cynthia) in the Diamond and Peral Promos, the Dragon Vault sub-set and the Black/White Promo set (3; 2 EX Cards).
A special Rayquaza & Deoxys Legend Card is also in the Undaunted set.
Rayquaza is listed as a Rare Card in the EX Dragon (EX Card), EX Deoxys (3; 1 EX Card; 1 Shiny Card), EX Emerald, EX Delta Species (Delta Species Card), EX Holon Phantoms (2 Delta Species Cards), EX Dragon Frontiers (EX Delta Species Card), Legends Awakened and Supreme Victors (2 SP: Cynthia Cards; 1 Lv. X Card) sets. Three different Rayquaza cards can be found in the Dragons Exalted Set.
All three are Ultra-Rare cards with two EX Cards, and the third is a Hidden Shiny Card, based on the obtainable Rayquaza in Pokémon Conquest.
Rayquaza appears as a Boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl during the game's Adventure Mode "The Subspace Emissary." During the storyline, the only character choices are Diddy Kong or Fox, but any character can take on Rayquaza during the final stage and in the Boss Battles mode.
Dr. Yung would use a Rayquaza in the episode The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.
A Wild Rayquaza would appear predominantly in the film Destiny Deoxys. It is sleeping in the Ozone Layer when the meteorite carrying Deoxys falls to the Earth, and attacks Deoxys seeing its arrival as an attack. It would also appear in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Rise of Darkrai and Zoroark: Master of Illusions, but only with a brief appearance.
Rayquaza has a backstory prior to its first appearance in the Manga. It would be captured by the Pokémon Association to be studied at the Research Building in Johto, with the hopes that it could be controlled by artificial means--specifically, a Green Orb. The experiment didn't work, and it would break free from the lab because Ruby had angered a Wild Salamence, which broke into the lab and freed Rayquaza during its rampage.
While the Groudon/Kyogre conflict was going on, Ruby and Norman would ascend Sky Pillar to awaken Rayquaza and bring it to Sootopolis City to end the fighting. Rayquaza would fly away after calming the conflict.
Rayquaza appears in Chapters 241, 258, 259 & 261-264.
Rayquaza finds itself in the Uber tier of competitive battling as a major threat against the bulky team archetypes in Ubers while being able to not be easy pickings against offense teams thanks to Extreme Speed. Rayquaza's new signature move, Dragon Ascent, gives it a powerful Flying STAB attack that allows it to 2HKO the physical walls that do not resist it with the exception being Multiscale Lugia. Due to an immense movepool, Rayquaza is very difficult to wall when using its variety of attacking options, such as Earthquake, Draco Meteor, Extreme Speed, and V-create. With Air Lock, Rayquaza can ignore Desolate Land and hit Primal Groudon with Waterfall. A slower metagame due to the presence of Primal Groudon and Mega Salamence favors Rayquaza immensely as it can rip apart support Arceus forms and outspeed them after they have switched in. The best Rayquaza set is its Life Orb MixQuaza set with Draco Meteor to tear apart physical walls and Dragon Ascent to rip apart the majority of the tier. A Choice Band set is less prone to being worn down than its mixed attacking set and gives Rayquaza immediate wallbreaking power. A Dragon Dance set allows Rayquaza to turn the tides against the offensive teams that Rayquaza struggles against and gives it huge power after a boost. Swords Dance Rayquaza can destroy the majority of the tier after a boost while having extremely strong priority in Extreme Speed, which can OHKO faster frail threats like Darkrai and Shaymin-S. Despite these overwhelming positive traits, Rayquaza is far from flawless, as it is usually worn down by Stealth Rock and Life Orb recoil. Boosting sets have trouble setting up in the tier due to Rayquaza's longevity issues and average bulk, making the mixed wallbreaker and Choice Band sets the better options the majority of the time. Those sets are slower than a good chunk of the metagame, which leaves it vulnerable to threats like Xerneas and Extreme Killer Arceus.
Rayquaza cannot breed.
Via Move Tutor
All Generation 5 Games
Black 2/White 2 Exclusive Moves
NOTE: As of writing, this move is exclusive to the Japan region for winning that region's Pokémon Popularity Poll. (Source)
Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves (Fire Red/Leaf Green)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM03: Water Pulse
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM72: Avalanche
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only)
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Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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