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Pokémon X (Japanese: ポケットモンスターX, HepburnPoketto Monsutaa Xtrans. Pocket Monsters X) and Pokémon Y (Japanese: ポケットモンスターY, HepburnPoketto Monsutaa Ytrans. Pocket Monsters Y) are the first two games in Generation VI.

Blurb[]

The next evolution in Pokémon!
New Pokémon!
Explosive 3D battles!
Explore a majestic new region!
New Features: Pokémon-Amie and Super Training
Connect instantly with players all over the world!

Enhancements[]

Graphical Enhancement[]

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the first two Pokémon games that are completely in a 3-dimensional style of gameplay on a handheld system. Everything has been changed since the release of previous Pokémon games. The sprites have been changed into 3D designed models from the characters to the Pokémon. Finding a wild Pokémon has not been changed as seen in the trailer when the male protagonist was running through the grass and encountered a Pikachu.

System Enhancement[]

The battle system in video games also went under a 3-dimensional style. As seen in the trailer of the video game there were different Pokémon battles introduced. The attack of a Pokémon will be shown in a 3D style against another Pokémon. It will even show how the Pokémon will move when it's being attacked or vice versa by the opponent.

Nickname Character Limit[]

In previous titles, the character limit was 7 characters for the player's name and 10 characters for Pokémon nicknames. Starting in Pokémon X and Y, both were increased to 12.

New Shiny Pokémon Probability[]

The chance of encountering a shiny Pokémon was increased from 1/8192 to 1/4096.

Wonder Trading[]

Wonder Trading is a new feature in Pokémon X and Y that allows players to trade with a random player over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. When tapping the Yes button, the server picks a random player to link up with the system. This usually takes twenty seconds, but may be longer depending on the connection. Once the systems are linked, one will see the player, who is trading with on the lower screen. Then, the player character will trade the selected Pokémon with the other player's selected Pokémon. This can be used to advantage, such as Wonder Trading a Magikarp or weak Pokémon, for example. However, the other players may be trading their weak Pokémon, too.

Features[]

Character customization[]

This is a new feature where the main character can change clothes. The female protagonist has a lot more clothes to choose from, but the male has a good collection of clothes as well. These different clothes can be accessed through clothing shops and the Lumiose City Boutique Couture, which has very expensive clothing. The Lumiose City Boutique Couture can be accessed when the player has enough style points in Lumiose.

Mega Evolution[]

This is a new feature where a Pokémon can temporary evolve into a state where they couldn't further evolve. The Pokémon, after battling, will revert to their original form.

Pokémon[]

Starter Pokémon[]

The trailer also shows off three new Pokémon which appear to be the Fire, Grass and Water starters.

  • Fennekin, a Fire Pokémon: an orange, fox-looking Pokémon with flame-like fur emerging from its ears. Fennekin also shares its name and appearance with the Fennec Fox and is a fire Pokémon. It evolves into Braixen and then Delphox.
  • Froakie, a Water Pokémon: a blue, frog-looking Pokémon with white bubbles on its back. It is the water frog Pokémon. It evolves into Frogadier and then Greninja.
  • Chespin, a Grass Pokémon: a brown, Erinaceidae-looking Pokémon with a spiked green hat, small arms and a small tail. It is a grass Pokémon. It evolves into Quilladin and then Chesnaught.

Mascots[]

The two legendary Pokémon that are the mascots for Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version have been officially named: Xerneas is a deer-like Pokémon who is blue with rainbow antlers, who is shaped like the letter X when its legs are apart, while Yveltal is a bird-like avian of some sort, who is shaped like the letter Y. Yveltal symbolizes Quetzalcoatl, the serpent god of the Aztec people. Yveltal is red with black markings.

Version exclusives[]

X[]

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#006 0006M Mega Charizard X Type FireType Dragon
#120 0120 Staryu Type Water
#121 0121 Starmie Type WaterType Psychic
#127 0127 Pinsir Type Bug
#150 0150M Mega Mewtwo X Type PsychicType Fighting
#228 0228 Houndour Type DarkType Fire
#229 0229 Houndoom Type DarkType Fire
#261 0261 Poochyena Type Dark
#262 0262 Mightyena Type Dark
#304 0304 Aron Type SteelType Rock
#305 0305 Lairon Type SteelType Rock
#306 0306 Aggron Type SteelType Rock
#345 0345 Lileep Type RockType Grass
#346 0346 Cradily Type RockType Grass
#347 0347 Anorith Type RockType Bug
#348 0348 Armaldo Type RockType Bug
#539 0539 Sawk Type Fighting
#684 0684 Swirlix Type Fairy
#685 0685 Slurpuff Type Fairy
#692 0692 Clauncher Type Water
#693 0693 Clawitzer Type Water
#716 0716 Xerneas Type Fairy

Y[]

No. Pokémon Type
#006 0006M2 Mega Charizard Y Type FireType Flying
#090 0090 Shellder Type Water
#091 0091 Cloyster Type WaterType Ice
#138 0138 Omanyte Type RockType Water
#139 0139 Omastar Type RockType Water
#140 0140 Kabuto Type RockType Water
#141 0141 Kabutops Type RockType Water
#150 0150M2 Mega Mewtwo Y Type Psychic
#214 0214 Heracross Type BugType Fighting
#246 0246 Larvitar Type RockType Ground
#247 0247 Pupitar Type RockType Ground
#248 0248 Tyranitar Type RockType Dark
#309 0309 Electrike Type Electric
#310 0310 Manectric Type Electric
#509 0509 Purrloin Type Dark
#510 0510 Liepard Type Dark
#538 0538 Throh Type Fighting
#682 0682 Spritzee Type Fairy
#683 0683 Aromatisse Type Fairy
#690 0690 Skrelp Type PoisonType Water
#691 0691 Dragalge Type PoisonType Dragon
#717 0717 Yveltal Type DarkType Flying

Pokémon[]

New Pokémon[]

Generation VI introduced 72 new Pokémon reaching total of 721 Pokémon.

Mega-Evolved Pokémon[]

Along with new Pokémon, Generation VI introduced Mega Evolutions of previous Pokémon.

Patches[]

Info below is retrieved from Serebii.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y version history
VersionRelease dateSize (Blocks/Bytes)Fixes
1.1 October 25, 2013 Unknown
  • A bug preventing the player from playing the game after saving in certain parts of Lumiose City (even if the player is already experiencing the above issue, this update will restore functionality)
  • A bug causing certain errors to occur while using certain functions of the GTS (It gave a communication error if you used the filter)
1.2 December 13, 2013 Unknown
  • A bug allowing for people to intercept data transmission in order to gain an advantage over other players
  • Fixes an occasional bug causing Pokémon not to learn new moves after evolving through Wonder Trade
  • Fixes an occasional bug where certain captions for Trainer PR Videos were not unlocked in Lumiose City
1.3 October 28, 2014 Unknown
  • Fixed animations for the Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Dusk Ball, Timer Ball, Repeat Ball, Net Ball, Nest Ball, Heal Ball, Luxury Ball, Premier Ball when you send out the Pokémon in battle first
  • Fixed the glitch preventing Vivillon's menu image from appearing in Friend Safari
  • Increased cheat device detection
1.4 April 2, 2015 Unknown
  • Various bugs have been fixed in order to provide a smoother gaming experience
1.5 April 23, 2015 Unknown
  • Various bugs have been fixed in order to provide a smoother gaming experience

Trivia[]

  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the first games in the Pokémon series were the protagonist starts of in their pajamas, as oppose to normal clothes like in the previous games.
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the first video games of the Pokémon series that was released worldwide on the same day with the exception of a few countries.
  • This is the first game to include Mega Evolution Pokémon.
  • Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the first Pokémon mainline games to release on the Nintendo 3DS.
  • The region's name is Kalos, inspired by the country France.
    • Interestingly, the two monuments showed in the trailer are in Île-de-France.
    • During the trailer of the video game, Pikachu is standing on the Eiffel Tower, and the Prism Tower, a structure resembling the Eiffel Tower is the centerpiece of the games' main city and hub in the postgame, Lumiose City.
  • These are the first main-series Pokémon games that lack "Version" in the title, with every other main-series game so far lacking it as well.
  • These are the first Pokémon titles that allow you to choose what color the player character's bicycle is (yellow or green).
  • These are the first main Pokémon titles that use single letters instead of using colors or materials for the sub-title.
  • These are the first two games to have their mascots' English names released before their Japanese names.
  • As the same in Kanto in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the starter Pokémon dictates which legendary bird out of the possible three can be caught.
  • This Generation made the following changes to the series:
    • A bond mechanic known as Pokémon-Amie revealed by Junichi Masuda in his blog on 1/21/2013. This is the only way to evolve an Eevee to a Sylveon.
    • 3D models for the characters and Pokémon.
    • 3D overworld.
    • Trainer customization. (As well as salons and clothing stores where you can purchase clothing)
    • Temporary, in-battle evolution called Mega Evolution, which only works on select Pokémon from Generations I-IV. They must be holding an item called a Mega Stone that corresponds to one Pokémon.
  • These games have references to the original Pokémon Red and Blue games.
    • You can get one of the three starter Pokémon from Red and Blue, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle, when you defeat Professor Sycamore (Who is using these three Pokémon).
    • You can find the legendary Pokémon that made their first appearances in Red and Blue during the post-game. Mewtwo is inside a cave in Pokémon Village (and will either have a Mewtwonite Y or a Mewtwonite X depending on your version), similar to when you found it in Cerulean Cave in Red and Blue, while the three birds: Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres roam around the region.
    • A sleeping Snorlax blocks a bridge on Route 7, and you need to wake it up with a Poke Flute, similar to when you encountered one on Route 12 and another on Route 16 in Red and Blue.
    • A man on Route 12 gives you a Lapras, similar to when you were given one at Silph Co. in Red and Blue.
    • Ramos's gym, which is the fourth gym you battle, is focused on Grass-type Pokémon, just like Erika's gym, which is the fourth gym you battle in Red and Blue.
    • In Santalune City, there is a hiker who wants to trade you a Farfetch'd, just like the trainer in Vermilion City in Red and Blue. Unlike in Red and Blue, however, Farfetch'd can be found in the wild, making this trade optional.
  • This is currently the only main series game where the player character can ride a Pokémon other than by Diving, Flying or Surfing because you can ride Skiddo, Gogoat, Mamoswine, and Rhyhorn around select cities, towns, and routes.
  • This is the first region since Johto to introduce a new type of Pokémon: the Fairy type.
  • The new Fairy-type Pokémon include Sylveon, the Flabébé evolutionary line, the Spritzee line, the Swirlix line, Dedenne, Carbink, Klefki, and Xerneas. Also, some Pokémon have gained the Fairy-type as their secondary typing, with those being:
    • the Ralts line (except for Gallade who retains its Psychic-Fighting typing), becoming a Psychic-Fairy typed evolution line.
    • the Azurill line, becoming a Normal-Fairy/Water-Fairy typed evolution line.
    • Mawile, becoming a Steel-Fairy type.
    • the Igglybuff line, becoming a Normal-Fairy typed evolution line.
    • the Mime Jr. line, becoming a Psychic-Fairy typed evolution line.
    • and the Cottonee line, becoming a Grass-Fairy typed evolution line.
      • Some Pokémon have been retyped to have Fairy be their primary types, with those being the Cleffa line, the Snubbull line, and the Togepi line.
  • The games were released early by select retailers in a few countries, allowing illegal leaking to surface into the internet.
  • These games introduced the fewest new Pokémon in a single generation, with 69 completely new Pokémon and 20 Mega Evolutions.
  • In the UK, Pokémon X & Y were released in stores; GAME and HMV a day early and this technically means that for the first time the UK got a Pokémon Game Release before Japan and America.
  • These are the first games in the series where Pokémon Transfer is a service that has to be purchased in order to use it.
  • An in-game event is at Lumiose City which happens once per profile (more commonly known as the "ghost girl") is when the player character enters the 2nd floor of the building being used as the Fighting Dojo in Lumiose City, the screen will blink a few times and a girl using a hex maniac sprite will appear behind you and move around you with no walking animation, and say "no, you're not the one" then "float" away, with the screen blinking once more.
    • The ghost girl also appears again in the Richessme Hotel where she says "...Don't talk to me... If you do, I won't hear the elevator...".
  • Interestingly, the clock feature has been removed from these games.
  • All of the cries have been updated rather than using the original cries.
  • Since Pokémon X and Y, Pikachu's cry uses the voice acting from the anime - similar to Pokémon Yellow Special Pikachu Edition - instead of electronic sounds.
  • Pokémon X and Y are the only main Pokémon games in which Eevee can be found in the wild at a rate higher than the usual 5%. They have a 20% encounter rate in the yellow flowers on Route 10.
  • The theme of X and Y is about polarity. According to Junichi Masuda, he and the devs created this pair of games based on the idea of how everyone's life depends on the fated encounters they have, just like how X and Y are on a polar axis, and that everybody should create a better world together with the common points they have.
  • The popular opinion of these games changed significantly after the release of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. For 6 years after release, up until August 2019, the games had a user score of 8.6/10 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews," on par with previous core series titles. [1] However, due to the repeated controversy of Pokémon Sword and Shield, most notably "Dexit", the user score of Pokémon X and Y tanked to 7.5/10. [2]

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