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Pokemon Bank offering downloads of Johto starter final evolutions with Hidden Abilities 02/06/2015

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From February 28th to November 30th, Pokemon Bank users will be able to obtain a Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr with their Hidden Abilities of Leaf Guard, Flash Fire, and Sheer Force, respectively. After connecting with one of their XY/ORAS games via Pokemon Bank, they can access the gifts through Pokemon Link on that game’s start menu.

Meganium’s Leaf Guard protects it from being afflicted by Burn, Asleep, Frozen, Paralyzed, or Poisoned (including Badly Poisoned) statuses in sunny weather (brought on by using Sunny Day or activating the Drought or Desolate Land abilities). This also protects it from the effects of the Flame and Toxic Orbs, and nullifies the second-turn effects of Yawn.

Typhlosion’s Flash Fire makes it immune to Fire-type moves, and raises the power of its own Fire-type attacks by 1.5x any time it gets hit by one. Take advantage of this by swapping it in when an incoming Fire-type attack is imminent, or use it in Doubles with a partner pokemon that knows Lava Plume.

Feraligatr’s Sheer Force raises the base power of any of its moves that have additional affects by 30%, but at the same time, removes those additional effects. However, if Feraligatr is holding a Life Orb when using one of those moves, Sheer Force also removes the recoil damage that it would normally suffer from Life Orb after using the move. Use this to your advantage!

Moves with additional effects that Feraligatr can learn:

  • Ancient Power
  • Bite
  • Blizzard
  • Crunch
  • Focus Blast
  • Ice Beam
  • Ice Fang
  • Ice Punch
  • Icy Wind*
  • Iron Tail
  • Metal Claw
  • Power-Up Punch*
  • Rock Slide
  • Rock Smash*
  • Rock Tomb*
  • Scald
  • Snore
  • Water Pulse
  • Waterfall

* The additional effects are what make this move useful, so you would probablybe better off having your Sheer Force Feraligatr learn a different move with a higher base power.


Play in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition! | News | Pokemon.com 01/31/2014

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Play in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Beta Competition! | News | Pokemon.com.

If you participated in the 2013 Global Showdown and earned a ranking in that competition, you automatically qualify to participate in the new XY beta competition. Check your PGL account to see whether or not you earned a registration slot. If you haven’t, you can request an invitation by following the instructions given in the link.

The competition period begins February 21st and lasts through the 24th. You are allowed up to 20 battles per day, but if you don’t meet that quota, any “unplayed” battles are rolled over into the next day (ex. if you only play 15 battles one day, you are allowed 5 extra battles the next day).

Format is Doubles with levels auto set to 30. National Pokedex #s 1-718 are allowed, barring Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, or Zygarde, and any pokemon brought over through PokeTransporter. Other than that, there don’t appear to be any restrictions on species or item multiples, or on moves.

Another XY video and more English names 06/15/2013

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E3’s over, and it appears that this is all the new Pokemon coverage we’re going to get, at least for now.

We now know these pokemon by their English names:

  • Kofukimushi is Scatterbug.
  • Kofuurai is Spewpa.
  • Shishiko is Litleo.
  • Furabebe is Flabébé.

The new human characters and locations have received localizations as well:

  • Your opposite-gendered neighbor will be Serena (if your character is male) or Calem (if it is female).
  • Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor are the three other new trainers your character will befriend. They will meet up with you and support you at various points in your journey.
  • All five of you will be starting out in Vaniville Town.
  • The first gym is in Santalune City, and you will be facing off against Viola, a pokemon photographer and Bug-type gym leader.
  • Viola’s older sister, Alexa, is a videographer who will help you out near the start of your journey. She gives you a pair of Roller Skates.

Read more about these updates on the Pokemon XY site!

A ton of new Pokemon XY info! 06/13/2013

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There were a few more new pokemon revealed yesterday during the E3 presentation:

  • Clauncher, a Water-type pokemon based on a mantis shrimp
  • Skrelp, a Water/Poison-type pokemon that resembles a weedy sea dragon
  • Talonflame, a large hawk-like Fire/Flying-type which evolves from Fletchling

In turn, the recent CoroCoro magazine leak has revealed these new pokemon with their Japanese names:

  • Kofukimushi, the Bug-type starting form of Vivillion
  • Kofuurai (supposedly Spewpa in English), the Bug-type evo of Kofukimushi and pre-evo of Vivillion
  • Shishiko, a Fire/Normal type that resembles a lion cub (the name literally means “lion child”)
  • Furabebe, a Fairy type that is only 4 inches tall, based on a tiny flower sprite

The English names of these pokemon are expected to be revealed soon.

More game mechanics and battle scenarios were revealed during the E3 presentation as well:

  • The new means of connecting with other players is called the Player Search System, or PSS. It will appear on the bottom screen of the 3DS and will display avatars of players currently playing Pokemon X and Y; they could be next door, or on the other side of the planet, since it uses wifi to connect. The PSS will allow players to immediately connect with other available players for battling and trading. The “friend list” in your PSS can hold up to 100 players, and can sync with your 3DS’s friend list. Besides that, the avatars shown in the example PSS display show a wide range of customization features; various hairstyles and colors, hats, and other accessories are shown being worn by the player avatars. Also, the game menu icons (Pokemon, Pokedex, Bag, Save, etc.) are shown lined up along the bottom of the PSS display, so they will be available without having to open the menu or back out of the PSS screen. Finally, when battling with another player via PSS, you will be allowed to choose the background music.
  • There will be a special type of trainer battle known as a Sky Battle. Pokemon that are Flying type or have Levitate as an ability will be able to participate in these. As shown in screenshots, the battle will take place high above the ground, showing off the sky and landscape, as well as allowing for special open-air battle animations between the pokemon. They can be encountered in the field with certain NPCs, but they are purely optional, since the player might not have an eligible pokemon in their party when they approach the trainer.
  • When running into pokemon in the wild, there will be a chance that you will experience a Horde Encounter. Your single pokemon will be taking on 5 pokemon at once (often many of the same species), though in the examples they are all shown to be fairly low-leveled. While your pokemon will be receiving attacks from each opposing pokemon, it can also use moves which hit multiple pokemon (such as Rock Slide) if they know any, and potentially take out all of the opposing pokemon in one shot. These battles can earn your pokemon a whole lot of experience points!
  • Besides Gogoat, there are other pokemon which the player can ride on in order to get around in certain areas. Rhyhorn was given as an example of a pokemon that can help the player cross rocky terrain. When the player leaves their house in their hometown, a Rhyhorn can be seen sleeping in the front yard.
  • The default player character names are Xavier and Yvonne.
  • Using Pokemon Amie to build a strong bond with a pokemon will allow them to perform critical hits and dodge certain attacks more often. They may also look back at you during battle as they await your command.


Third Gameplay Video:

Roundtable Discussion Video:


A few more details about the game were given in CoroCoro, although all of the names are still given in Japanese:

  • The player starts out in Asame Town, having just moved there. Their opposite-gender friend will be Serena (if your character is male) or Callum (if your character is female). The character makes a few more friends in their new town; Sana, Tieruno, and Toroba all happen to be starting out on their pokemon journeys too. There will not be a “rival” character so much as a focus on connecting with these other characters.
  • There is a Bug-type gym in Hakudan City. The gym leader is Viola, who appears to be a photographer or videographer.
  • Another adult character named Pansy appears in the game, related to Viola in some manner and having a similar hobby. She will also appear in the Pokemon anime with a Gogoat and Helioptile, in an episode which will premiere July 18th in Japan.

You can find out more details about Pokemon X and Y through these links.

Pokemon XY official site
PokeBeach: Roundtable discussion, expanded roundtable notes, CoroCoro leaks
Serebii: Gen VI pokemon, new battle mechanics, screenshots

NEW Pokemon XY gameplay trailer! 06/11/2013

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  • The all-new Fairy type is revealed! Attacks of this type are super-effective against Dragon pokemon. Also, besides the new Sylveon, some pokemon from older generations will be getting Fairy as a secondary type, including Jigglypuff, Marill, and Gardevoir.
  • New pokemon Vivillon and Noivern are shown.
  • There will be a new interactive feature called Pokemon Amie. Using this feature, you can perform activities which help you establish a bond with your pokemon, including feeding them, petting them, and playing with them.
  • Xerneas and Yveltal are shown using attacks in battle.
  • The release date for Pokemon XY is revealed to be October 12!

On the official Pokemon XY site, further details are given:

  • Vivillon’s (Bug/Flying) and Noivern’s (Flying/Dragon) stats are shown.
  • Pokemon Amie can be used at any time during the game with the pokemon in your party. Pokemon you play with using this feature may perform better in battle, and may also appear to pay more attention to you (turning to look at you while awaiting a command).
  • As seen in one of the screenshots, the trainer’s name is Xavier. This may be the default male character name (like Hilbert in Black and Nate in Black 2).

And finally, as given in the Nintendo Direct stream, Pokemon X and Y versions will also be available as downloads from the 3DS eShop. On the games’ eShop profile, it is shown that the new versions support both StreetPass and SpotPass, using the 3DS’s advanced connectivity to take player-player interaction a step further than Gen V’s C-Gear.

Pokemon XY News: Meet Xerneas and Yveltal! 01/09/2013

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Oh, but you already met them… you just didn’t know what their names were yet!


Xerneas is pronounced “ZURR-nee-us” while Yveltal is pronounced “ee-VELL-tall“.

There are sources that state that the number of available pokemon will climb to more than 700, but I’m still looking for the official statement which says so.

The Sixth Generation: Pokemon X & Y! 01/08/2013

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Early this morning Eastern time, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata appeared on a live streaming broadcast (which you can still see here) to announce the next big thing in the Pokemon series. It turned out to be a reveal of the next generation following Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, featuring two new versions for the Nintendo 3DS with all new starters, as well as two new legendary pokemon! (more…)