After a news-packed week for all platforms and genres, The Pokemon Company International and Nintendo have chosen to end the week on a high note by announcing some further details on Pokemon X and Pokemon Y – the first games in the RPG series to make the jump onto the Nintendo 3DS platform.
The game at its core remains pretty much the same as every primary Pokemon game released since Pokemon Red / Blue (or Red / Green if you are in Japan). The new region of Kalos features many towns to explore, brand new gym leaders and of course brand new Pokemon to encounter on your journey. However even from the beginning of the game you are introduced to a fair few new changes to the starting dynamic which will hopefully be used well upon release.
After creating and naming your trainer, you begin the game in Vaniville Town. You step out the door of your to your house are are not greeted by a rival but instead a group of four friends. All four of them may not necessarily be travelling with you – but all of you will be disembarking on the journey at or around the same time. Irrespective of your gender three of these are static – Shauna, Tierno and Trevor (Pictured above). If you choose to be a male your fourth friend will be Serena and if you choose to be female they will be Calem. More information on the four of them are detailed below:
An incredibly energetic girl who is coming along on the journey to find a dream of her own. She’s friendly and outgoing, and seems to genuinely enjoy all the curiosities you’ll come across on your journey.
The dancer of the group and wants more than anything to create a dance team with his Pokémon. Strong, kind, and light on his feet, Tierno gets easily distracted by watching opposing Pokémon during battles because he’s too busy trying to incorporate Pokémon moves into his dances.
Bursts with curiosity about the world around him. He’s an excellent student, and very competitive, wanting to be the first of the group to complete his Pokédex.
Lives next door to you in Vaniville Town. This character has a passion to become a powerful Pokémon Trainer and sets out on the journey to accomplish that dream.
As always, soon after beginning your adventure you will come across your very first gym where you fight it out with a “Gym Leader” in order to collect a badge (Seems like this dynamic won’t be changing anytime soon).
The gym is situated in Santalune City, a pleasant city known for its large foundation and park benches. Players will learn about the gym leader Viola (Pictured to the left) by first meeting her older sister, Alexa (Pictured to the right), a journalist working for a publishing house in Lumiose City. Alexa insists that her sister will be happy to meet players visiting Santalune City.
A professional photographer who specializes in Pokemon photography, Viola presides over the Santalune City Gym, whose interior is constructed from threads like spiderwebs, strung together tightly above the darkness. Players will need to find a safe path through these threads, and will receive useful advice from Viola when they battle her. If you haven’t guessed it already, her focus is with Bug Pokemon.
To wrap the latest batch of announcements for the game – The Pokemon Company confirmed several new Pokemon which gamers will be able to encounter in the Kalos region for the very first time.
A young, hot-blooded Pokémon that is always ready for a battle. A Fire- and Normal-type Pokémon, Litleo’s red mane blazes with heat during battle, which burns hotter when it battles very strong opponents. Litleo knows a new Normal-type move in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Noble Roar. Useful against strong opponents, Noble Roar intimidates targets and lowers their Attack stat.
Lives atop a flower that it chooses soon after it’s born and will care for its entire life. Players may see different Flabébé holding flowers of different colours when encountering them in the wild. Flabébé is able to draw forth hidden powers that lie within its flower and use those powers in moves while battling. Flabébé knows Fairy Wind, a Fairy-type move debuting in Pokémon Xand Pokémon Y that summons a wind that blasts an opponent as it attacks. Like all Fairy-type moves, it’s super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon.
The Scatterbug Evolution Process
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will introduce the Bug-type Pokémon Scatterbug. Scatterbug evolves into Spewpa, another new Bug-type Pokémon that can withstand half-hearted attacks due to its stiff, fur-covered body. Use the Normal-type move Protect at a beginning of a turn to protect Spewpa from moves used against it on that turn. The final evolved form of Scatterbug, which was revealed earlier this week, is the new Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon Vivillon. It’s said there’s a secret behind the colorful decorative pattern on Vivillon’s wings, which it uses to scatter its scales or create a strong wind to attack. Vivillon can learn Struggle Bug, a Bug-type move that lowers the Special Attack of any opposing Pokémon it hits, so the move not only causes damage but also reduces the damage inflicted on Vivillon from certain moves during battle.