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Names were released for the neighbors/protagonists: The male is named Calem and the female is named Serena. It's not known for sure if these will be the official names for the protagonists themselves, but we will see!
The first Gym Leader was revealed to be Viola, and her gym is located in Santalune City. She is a Bug type trainer.
In addition to the protagonist you don't choose, there will be an additional three rivals named Tierno, Trevor and Shauna. You will encounter them along your journey!
Feel free to discuss all the new characters in the June CoroCoro thread found here.
E3 confirmed that walking diagonally was now a thing, however it still stuck with a grid format for the most part.
Pokémon-amie was revealed. It is a new bonding system with your Pokémon, where you can do various things to bond with them! (What do you think about it?)
Two new kinds of battles: Sky Battles and Hordes! Sky Battles will be for Flying type Pokémon and Levitate users to fight it out in the sky, while Hordes will be you versus a large group of Pokémon all at once. (Sky Battle discussion is here and Horde discussion is here, come participate!)
Apparently EVs and IVs will be easier to see in the games.
The Team, The Professor, Pokémon, And More -- July News Round-Up!
Many of the things fans have been speculating the most about have been revealed this month! Let's take a deeper look in, shall we?
The Villians -- Team Flare
One of the biggest topics of speculation has been revealed: This generations evil team is not Team DNA or something seemingly to do with genetics in its namesake, but Team Flare!
Their main motive is to become rich and make money. What methods the will take to do so we aren't quite sure of (although they are interested in making money off of reviving fossils!)
How Pokémon themselves will come into play for Team Flare's plans isn't known yet. Will they be like Team Rocket and try to steal and sell them? Will they just use them as another tool instead of a commodity in themselves? Discuss it here!
We've been graced with more Pokémon in July! Between the usual few we receive from CoroCoro, we have also had a few more released via a Japanese Culture Convention in France, as well as preview during the new Pokémon movie in theaters!
Honedge, the Sword Pokémon
Based off of, well, a sword and scabbard that are posessed
The Pokémon Search System, the Holo Caster, O-Powers and Photo Spots
A new system has been introduced into the games: Pokémon Search System (PSS). This new feature connects you with players around the world at all times. Trading and battling with other people just got much simpler! For an in-depth description of it, as well as discussion, visit this thread!
The Holo Caster is this generation's communication device. It will cast holograms (if the name didn't give that away!) that you will communicate with, from people like your four friends/rivals and Professor Sycamore!
O-Powers appear to be similar (if not almost identical) to Pass Powers introduced in the fifth generation. They are used to temporarily increase aspects of your journey (as well as other's journeys if you choose to use your O-Powers on them instead of yourself), such as stats and the catch rate of Pokémon.
There will be Photo Spots scattered throughout Kalos. These spots will have pretty scenery or will be interesting locations you'll be able to take pictures of! Just like a real camera, you'll have the ability to adjust the settings of the camera before you take the pictures (such as brightness, shutter speed, and aperature)!
Kanto Starters, Mega Evolutions, And More! -- Pokémon Direct!
During the September Pokémon Direct, even more new information came to light! - Detailed description listed below.
The Kanto Starters!
In Pokémon X & Y, not only will you receive either Fennekin, Chespin or Froakie but you will also receive one of the Kanto Starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle. One of these will be gifted to you by Professor Sycamore!
Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise all have Mega Evoltuions, each with a new boosting ability! Venusaur will have Thick Fat, Charizard will have Drought and Blastoise will have a new ability called Mega Launcher which will boost specific moves. There are no type changes for any of these Mega Evolutions.
A Bracelet called the Mega Ring holds a stone which is known as the Key Stone, this Key Stone reacts with your Pokémon's Mega Stone to trigger a Mega Evolution.
Pokémon Bank is an application and service for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that will allow you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet! Pokémon Bank is a paid service, with an annual charge for usage.
With Pokémon Bank, you will be able to link up your own boxes online via your Nintendo 3DS to deposit and withdraw any Pokémon. In the unlikely scenario in which you lose your copy of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y, your Pokémon would still be stored in Pokémon Bank ready to be transferred into a new game. You will be able to store upto 3,000 Pokémon!
Poké Transporter is a free 3DS app that allows you to upload Pokémon from your Pokémon Black and White Versions and Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 Versions into an online box. From there you can then transfer these uploaded Pokémon onto your Pokémon X & Pokémon Y Versions via Pokémon Bank! Once Pokémon have been transferred they cannot be traded back.
New Pokémon, Mega Evolutions, Events, and more! - August News Roundup!
August had a surplus of news, the biggest of them being the new Mega Evolutions. Let's get down to it, shall we?
Introducing Mega Evolutions
Mega Evolution is a new method of evolving Pokémon. Not all Pokémon have the capability to mega evolve, but for those who can see a growth in strength and sometimes a change in ability and/or type. Unlike traditional evolutions, however, mega evolutions are not a permanent stage and can only be activated during battle by the use of special held items called Mega Stones and a trainer's Mega Ring (explained in the post above). It is also said that a special bond between trainer and Pokémon play an important role to mega evolution.
There are different Mega Stones for different Pokémon capable of mega evolving. Each stone is named after the Pokémon to which it grants power to (i.e. Blazikenite, Lucarionite). In order to be activated, a Pokémon must be holding its specific Mega Stone during battle while the player has his/her Mega Ring on hand. You'll be able to find different Mega Stones hidden around the Kalos region. Your goal is to find and collect them all!
Some of the Pokémon revealed in the month of August to have mega evolutions are:
New Type: Electric/Dragon
New Ability: Mold Breaker
Grows a fashionable new hairstyle
New Ability: Magic Bounce
Gains a boost in Attack and Speed
Grows wings...but no, it's not a Dark/Flying-type
New Ability: Huge Power
New Typle: Steel/Fairy
Mawile's type has also changed to Steel/Fairy
Defense and Sp. Defense increases
Has two big mouths instead of one
Mega Mewtwo is the new Mewtwo evolution/form that we learned about earlier this year.
New Ability: Insomnia
It has an increased Sp. Attack
Is considerably smaller and lighter than its original Mewtwo form
Weight: 72.8 lbs
New Ability: Adaptability
Increased Attack Power
Evolves with the Lucarionite Mega Stone
Becomes larger in size and is sketched with new markings on its body
New Ability: Speed Boost
Increased Attack Power
Grows new markings and ribbons of flames on near its wrists
Evolves using the Blazikenite Mega Stone
Not found in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.
[EVENT] From October 12th - January 15th there will be a free Level 10 Torchic Wi-Fi Event available for all those with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. This Torchic will be holding a Blazikenite. It will also have the Hidden Ability, Speed Boost.
Revealed by Junichi Masuda during the VGC Opening Ceremony
New Ability: Parental Bond
Mega Kangaskhan attacks twice in one turn.
Mega Kangaskhan has Baby Kangaskhan come out of its pouch....finally!
For the first time ever, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y uses a new method of training to visually acknowledge a Pokémon's Effort Values (EVs) called Super Training. With a compilation of mini-games, it's sure to make EV training a lot more fun and easier. It can be played from your touchscreen whenever you are not battling or viewing an event.
There are different training exercises in the form of mini-games that allows your Pokémon to grow in strength. One of these involves your Pokémon playing goalie against large Pokémon-sized balloons using the touchscreen and Circle Pad.
Described as a more casual way to train your Pokémon, here you use training bags to increase your Pokémon's Effort Values. You can earn more training bags by completing Super-Training Regimens.
October's issue of CoroCoro provided us with some interesting Pokémon, let's take a look.
Nyaonikusu is a Psychic-type Cat Pokémon, it has both a Male and Female forme which differ in apparence and ability. The female is more aggresive and can learn the move Extrasensory, whereas the Male is more supportive and can learn the move Miracle Eye.
Torimian is a White Dog Pokémon which we saw in the Pokémon Direct trailer earlier in the month, it is a Normal-type and has the ability Fur Coat which halves damage done by Physical based moves. Torimian learns a new Fairy-type move called Puppy Dog Eyes which involves repeatably pressing the "A" button resulting in lowering the foes Attack stat. It is also said that you can groom and change the colour and appearance of this Pokémon somehow.
Chigorasu is one of the two Fossil Pokémon found in the Kalos Region, it is a Rock/Dragon Pokémon and has the ability Sturdy Jaw which increases the power of moves used by the Jaw i.e Crunch, Ice Fang etc.
Amarusu is the second of our Fossil Pokémon, it is a Rock/Ice Pokémon and knows the ability Freeze Skin which turns Normal-type moves into Ice-type moves and raises the power.
Pyroar appears to be Litleo's evolution which was accidentally been revealed by IGN, it is a Fire/Normal-type and knows the abilities Unnerve and Rivalry. It can learn the move Echoed Voice and is classed as the Royal Pokémon.
On September 25th, the official Pokémon facebook page revealed Doublade, a new Pokémon and the evolution of Honedge. It is described to carry out attacks by telepathically coordinating its two blades to twice the slice (pun intended).
Type: Steel / Ghost
Ability: No Guard
Weight: 9.9 lbs
It is currently unknown how or when Honedge evolves into Doublade
New Global Link Attraction & Discount Coupon Giveaway
A new attraction has been announced on the official Global Link website known as Balloon Popping. By playing this game, you will be rewarded with various prizes. They've also announced a new item called "Discount Coupon." With this, you could get up to fifty-percent discount when making purchases in boutiques. This item will be distributed across Japan starting January 15th, and can be obtained only once in each game.
According to the announcement on their website, TPC will be distributing a variety of O-Powers (Bargain Power MAX, Capture Power MAX, Prize Money Power MAX, and Exp. Point Power MAX) to those who visit the World Hobby Fair 2014 Winter event, which will be hosted in four different locations throughout Japan. It'll start off in Nagoya at January 19th, and move to Tokyo on the 25th. Then on February 2 and 9, it will be held in Fukuoka and Osaka, respectively.
Those who live in Singapore and purchase either Pokémon X or Pokémon Y Comics Connection will receive a special password. Once the code is entered via Mystery Gift, a special Garchomp will be downloaded onto your game. The event will last until March 31st; password could be used once per game.
In addition to that, Japan will be having their own distribution events as well. Those who visit Pokémon Center stores throughout Japan before the end of February and take their games with them, would be able to receive Gengar and Scizor. These Pokémon would both be held inside Cherish Balls and their levels would be at level 25. They will be holding Classic Ribbons, too.
Pokémon Global Link will undergo another maintenance on February 4th. This will last approximately 12 hours. During the downtime, they will changing how often you could sync your game. After the update, you would be allowed to game sync once after every three hours instead of four.
PokéBank Now Available in Europe, Aus, & North America
Earlier today, Pokémon Bank have been released throughtout Europe and Australia. The app could be downloaded from 3DS eShop, and could be used freely for up to a month. After that, it'll cost £4.49, €4.99, and $6.50 per year in UK, Europe, and Australia respectively. If you wish to get your hands on this trial, you must install PokéBank before March 14th. It's currently unknown when the software will make its way to North America, but should be pretty soon--hang tight! For steps on how to obtain Celebi, check out the following Reddit post:
Download Pokémon Bank.
Go into the app, and set up your Bank.
You'll be given a choice to receive 100 Pokémiles or 10 BP from Brigette. Choice either, and after this choice, save, quit, and go back onto Pokémon X/Y.
On the opening screen of Pokemon X/Y, open "Pokémon Link" (green button at the bottom).
Select "Yes" to "retrieve data using Pokémon Link."
You should receive your 100 Pokémiles/10 BP.
Now, go back into the Pokémon Bank app and repeat steps 3-6. Brigette will give you a Celebi instead of the 100 Pokémiles/10 BP.