It’s that time of the month again, where we get more information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y! We sure did receive a lot this month. CoroCoro Magazine leaked yesterday, but I decided to leave it until we had higher quality images and English names….and here they are:
First off, let me introduce you to the series’ new human characters. First off, we have Professor Augustine Sycamore, who will give you your first Pokémon:
The other Gym Leader revealed today is a lover of sports, including rock climbing and bike racing named Grant:
We also finally now have information on who the villain team will be in the new games. Team Flare are an organisation set on making as much money as possible, but who knows what their true goal is?:
Moving onto the juicy part then, the new Pokémon, we have four new ones to show off this month:
Pangoro, the Daunting Pokémon, is the Fighting/Dark-type evolution of the previously revealed Pancham. The method of evolution is apparently new to the series.
Inkay the revolving Pokémon is a Dark/Psychic type Pokémon that evolves into the Overturning Pokémon, Malamar:
Spritzee, the Perfume Pokémon is a Fairy-type Pokémon that can only be found in Pokémon Y.
Conversely, Swirlix, the Cotton Candy Pokémon, is a Fairy-type Pokémon that can only be found in Pokémon X. It has a new ability called Sweet Veil, which prevents your Pokémon from being put to sleep.
That’s it for the new Pokémon. However, we have some information about previously revealed Pokémon: Xerneas, the Life Pokémon, is a Fairy-type Pokémon with a new ability called Fairy Aura, which boosts the power of Fairy-type moves. Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon, is a Dark/Flying-type with a new ability called Dark Aura, which increases the power of Dark-type moves. Clauncher has also been confirmed to be exclusive to X, with Skrelp exclusive to Y.
We also have confirmation of some new features appearing within the game:
Photo Spots: When you go through the game, you will come across a fair amount of beautiful scenery. Using this feature, you can take photos of such views, even adjusting their shutter speed, brightness and focus, as well as rotating your 3DS to change the camera angle, before sharing the images on the Pokémon Global Link.
Shout Outs: Using the new PSS feature, you can write messages (up to 12 characters long) and share them with your friends and nearby players, similar to the message feature on the 3DS Friend List and a similar feature in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Pokémon Global Link: We previously reported that the Global Link website will go down in October, before coming back for the launch of the games. When the website returns, it will incorporate a feature allowing us to show our adventure in a timeline, as well as share progress on social networking websites.
We also have learned more about some of the features incorporated within the PSS, which is displayed on the 3DS’ lower screen:
Holo Caster: The Holo Caster is similar to the Xtransceiver item from the Generation V games. However, instead of characters appearing via video chat, they appear as holograms. This feature can also be used to view news from the Pokémon Global Link website without the need to visit the website. This feature also uses StreetPass to receive information on other players.
Battle Spot: Battle Spot basically takes the random battle feature of Generation V and takes it out of the Pokémon Centre, allowing you to search for free battles or rating battles at any point. In response to the large number of disconnecting players in recent Wi-Fi tournaments, the game has introduced a new feature where if your connection is interrupted, you will receive a loss on your record.
GTS: The Global Trade Station returns, but with a slight tweak. Previously, you could only search for Pokémon you had already seen in the game. This time, you can search for any Pokémon by manually entering its name, even if you haven’t seen it yet.
Wonder Trade: Wonder Trade is a new form of trading that lets you pick a Pokémon and put it up for trade, where it will be automatically traded with a random player. You have no idea what you will get and neither does the other person! In fact, prior to the game’s announcement, I predicted a feature like this would occur, just via StreetPass.
O-Powers: O-Powers are pretty much a rebranding of Pass Powers from Generation V. These allow you to gain certain powers during your playthrough for a limited time, such as extra experience or an increase in attack power. These powers can also be transferred to other players.
Lastly, the final Wi-Fi tournament for Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be the 2013 Global Showdown, which will take place in July. People who participate in this tournament will receive priority to compete in a test competition featuring Pokémon X and Pokémon Y at a later date.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are being released worldwide in exactly 3 months. Are you excited? You can watch a video featuring some of today’s announcements here.