Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are now only four weeks away from their global launch and as such, The Pokémon Company International are continuing with the big guns until the big day, having confirmed a new batch of Pokémon, Mega Evolutions, characters and features:
First off, we have the first evolutions of starter Pokémon Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, which are one of the two sets of partner Pokémon a player can choose during their Kalos adventure:
Quilladin, the Spiny Armour Pokémon is the evolved form of Chespin. Like its pre-evolution, it is a Grass-type with the ability Overgrow. It can learn the Ground-type move Mud Shot.
The Fire-type Braixen is the evolved form of Fennekin. Standing on two legs and using a wand-like stick, this pure Fire-type can even use Psychic-type moves like Psycho Cut. Like all Fire-type starter Pokémon, its ability is Blaze.
Like in previous games, at some point during your new adventure you will have to choose one of two fossils, which can be revived into two ancient Pokémon:
The Poodle Pokémon Furfrou is a Normal-type Pokémon with a new ability called Fur Coat, which halves the damage of physical moves. It can learn a new Fairy-type move called Baby-Doll Eyes, which has increases priority and lowers the opponent’s Attack stat. Its shaggy fur can be groomed during the game, but if you don’t keep its prettiness in check, it will go back to its shaggy appearance!
The Constraint Pokémon Meowstic differs greatly depending on the Pokémon’s gender. The female (first one) learns attacking moves like Extrasensory, whereas the male learns more support based moves like Miracle Eye. They can have either the Keen Eye or Infiltrator abilities.
They aren’t the only Pokémon to have differences between the male and female varieties of their species, as the previously revealed Pyroar is now known to have a female variety:
We also learned of two new Mega Pokémon that will be making their appearance in the new games:
Mega Mewtwo X is a Psychic/Fighting type with the Steadfast ability and is exclusive to Pokémon X. The previously revealed Mega Mewtwo is now known as Mega Mewtwo Y and is exclusive to Pokémon Y. While Mega Mewtwo Y receives a boost to its Special Attack stat, both Mega Mewtwo’s Attack and Special Attack stats will receive a boost.
Garchomp has always been feared in the competitive scene, but GameFreak thought like giving it another push anyway. Mega Garchomp loses some of its speed, but in return receives a boost to its attack and special attack, as well as the ability Sand Force, which powers up its Rock, Ground and Steel-type moves in a Sandstorm. A Mega Garchomp Earthquake will certainly hurt!
That’s it for the new Pokémon, but we also learned of a fair few new human characters in the game!
Xerosic is a rather sinister looking member of the villainous Team Flare, who have recently made their presence known in the Kalos region. He is one of Team Flare’s scientists, along with Celosia, Mable, Bryony and Aliana:
Diantha is both an actress and an actor who will appear at various times during the story, sometimes trading Pokémon with you.
We also finally know the details of the new Fairy-type and how it affects the type chart:
Weak to: Poison, Steel.
Not Very Effective Against: Fire, Poison, Steel.
Super-Effective Against: Dark, Dragon, Fighting.
Resistent to: Bug, Dark, Fighting.
Immune to: Dragon.
There has also been some slight tweaks to the currently existing types:
– Electric-type Pokémon are now immune to the paralysis special condition.
– Ghost-type Pokémon are now immune to moves and abilities that would normally trap the Pokémon, such as Arena Trap.
– Grass-type Pokémon are now immune to powder and spore moves such as Sleep Powder, Stun Spore and well, Spore.
– The Steel-type has lost its resistences to both Dark and Steel-type moves.
A couple of new features were also revealed and elaborated on:
At various points in the game, you will be able to visit Boutique stores, where you can purchase items of clothing and change hair styles to customise your character to your own tastes. These outfits will be displayed elsewhere in the game, such as in the overworld, Global Link and the PSS.
Another new feature is Trainer PR Shots – ten second videos that you can record and customise with pre-set poses, music, backgrounds and expressions as an introduction to your trainer, which can be shared with other players.
As a small, last update to this news haul, it has been revealed that the Pokémon Global Link will open for registration on 12th October, but won’t fully open until the end of the month, which will also feature a smartphone optimised mobile version.
With only 4 weeks to go, how are you containing your excitement?