- Pokémon X redirects here. For other uses, see Pokémon X (disambiguation).
Pokémon X (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＸ Pocket Monsters X) and Pokémon Y (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＹ Pocket Monsters Y) are the primary paired versions of Generation VI. The games are available on the Nintendo 3DS. The games take place in the new Kalos region.
Announced on January 8, 2013 at 8 pm JST during a worldwide announcement by Satoru Iwata through Nintendo Direct, the paired versions were released worldwide (except for select countries) on October 12, 2013 and are available for both retail sale and download. All copies of the game are playable in all seven of the languages that the Pokémon games are released in: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean.
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Waking up in his/her bedroom, the player heads downstairs and is greeted by their mother who tells them to go change out of their pajamas. After doing so, their mother encourages the player to go outside and talk to their neighbor. From there, the neighbor, Serena, if the player is male, or Calem, if the player is female, remarks that Professor Sycamore has a task for five kids, including the player character. The neighbor also adds that they are surprised that the Professor knows who the player is. Also, Shauna introduces herself and tells the player that she and the player's neighbor will wait for the player in Aquacorde Town.
Once the player leaves their hometown, they go north on Route 1 and arrive in Aquacorde Town, where Shauna calls the player over. Serena/Calem then introduces both Trevor and Tierno and Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno all come up with their own ideas for a nickname for the player. If the player does not like any of these, then they can choose to make their own nickname. From then on, Shauna, as well as Trevor and Tierno from time to time, will address the player character by the selected nickname. Tierno then allows the player to choose a starter Pokémon, Fennekin, Froakie, or Chespin. After the player chooses their starter, Shauna will choose the Pokémon that is weak to the player's starter and Serena/Calem will take the Pokémon that is strong against the player's starter, in traditional rival fashion. Trevor presents the player with a Pokédex, and Tierno gives the player the Prof's Letter to take to their mother. However, before the player can leave Aquacorde Town, Shauna challenges the player to a battle.
The player defeats Shauna and, after she heals the player's Pokémon, the player returns to Vaniville Town and gives the Prof's Letter to their mother. The player's mother welcomes the player back, congratulates them on receiving a starter Pokémon, and then gives them a Town Map. The player leaves, only to be stopped by their mother's Rhyhorn. Their mother comes out and explains that the Rhyhorn only wanted to give the player a send-off. From there, the player goes north once more, passing through Aquacorde Town on their way to Santalune City, which is accessed by travelling along Routes 2 and 3 and making it through Santalune Forest. Upon arrival in Santalune City, the player must battle a Trainer who is standing in front of the entrance to the town's Gym. Once the player defeats that Trainer, they receive the Roller Skates from the Trainer and can now challenge the Santalune City Gym. If the player defeats the Santalune City Gym Leader, Viola, then they will receive the Bug Badge from her and her sister, Alexa, will let the player pass on to Route 4, as well as give the player the Exp. Share.
As the player reaches the gate to Lumiose City, they meet Sina and Dexio who discuss the Pokémon Flabébé and the new Fairy type. When the player first reaches Lumiose City, they cannot do much because of a power outage. They go to Professor Sycamore's lab and soon afterwards everyone arrives. He encourages them to be the best trainer they can be. Everyone battles each other and he battles the player with the first stage of the Kanto Starters. Afterwards, he lets the player choose one. The others choose one although the do not use them on their teams. When the player goes down to the ground floor they see Dexio with Lysandre about the potential the Professor's pupils have. He says he desires a beautiful world and leaves the building, the friends come to the player, Serena wants to go to Cafe Soleil and Tierno directs the player to Cafe Soleil and Camphrier Town.
In Cafe Soleil, Lysandre is talking to Diantha, an established Kalos actress. He asks her if she wants to remain young and beautiful forever, but she dismisses the question and says that she looks forward to playing more roles as she gets older. After Lysandre leaves, she tells the player that she is a trainer and battles in her spare time. She says that she looks forward to battling them and leaves the Cafe.
The next evolution in Pokémon!
Explosive 3D battles!
Explore a majestic new region!
New Features: Pokémon-Amie and Super Training!
Connect instantly with players all over the world!
3D compatible gameplay
Unlike previous games in the main series, Pokémon X and Y feature a three dimensional style of gameplay, and 3D modeled cel-shaded characters and creatures are used, rather than sprites like has always been done in the main series. Stereoscopic 3D can be used in Single Battles, cutscenes, specific areas, and under some special circumstances; otherwise, stereoscopic 3D is not usable. The battle system is aesthetically overhauled, featuring more lively reactions to the attacks, such as when a Pokémon is being hit.
- Main article: List of modified moves → Name changes
Players can now walk on an 8 directional grid, allowing diagonal movement, as opposed to the four way grid in previous games.
The player now has the ability to rollerskate, at least under certain conditions, and can also free roam on no grid. This also works with the bike. The player can use the roller skates and can grind to overcome obstacles. Skiddo, Mamoswine, and Rhyhorn can be ridden in certain locations and allow the player to interact with the environment, by destroying rocks and crossing broken paths. Gogoat can also be ridden, although only around Lumiose City in a set path.
Player Search System
- Main article: Player Search System
The Player Search System (PSS) is a multiplayer feature that allows people to connect, battle, and trade with other players through the internet. It uses the bottom screen and allows the player to search for other people playing both globally and locally.
- Main article: Pokémon-Amie
Pokémon-Amie is a new feature that allows the player to develop stronger bonds with their Pokémon. It uses the touch screen to allow players to pet, feed, and play with Pokémon currently on their team. Players may interact with their Pokémon by petting or feeding them via the touchscreen or mimicking their movements using the camera.
- Main article: Sky Battle
- Main article: Horde Encounter
It is now possible to encounter several wild Pokémon at once. Up to five wild Pokémon will battle against one of the player's Pokémon. These battles offer a lot of experience. Some attacks, such as Rock Slide, are shown to hit all five of the opposing Pokémon. However, the player's Pokémon must withstand attacks from all five of the opposing Pokémon each turn.
- Main article: Super Training
Super Training is a new method of quickly and easily increasing a Pokémon's EVs.
- Main article: Fairy (type)
One new type has been introduced, the Fairy type. This type was added to balance the Dragon type, which was previously only weak to itself and Ice. Fairy-type attacks are strong against Dragon, Fighting, and Dark types and resisted by Fire, Poison, and Steel types; Fairy-type Pokémon are weak to Poison- and Steel-type attacks, resist Fighting-, Bug-, and Dark-type attacks, and are immune to Dragon-type attacks.
- Main article: Trainer customization
The player will now be able to change their appearance in-game, allowing them to customize their characters by changing their hair color and clothing.
X and Y feature Gyms just as every other main series title. In Kalos, the Gym Leaders are Viola (Bug), Grant (Rock), Korrina (Fighting), Ramos (Grass), Clemont (Electric), Valerie (Fairy), Olympia (Psychic), and Wulfric (Ice).
Elite Four and Champion
Just as in Unova, the Elite Four can be battled in any order. After battling all four, a path to the Champion is unlocked. The Elite Four members are Malva (Fire), Siebold (Water), Wikstrom (Steel), and Drasna (Dragon). After beating all four Elite Four members, the player will face the Champion, Diantha, who uses a variety of types along with a Gardevoir which can Mega Evolve.
71 new Pokémon were introduced for X and Y, bringing the known total from 649 to 720.
- Main article: Mega Evolution
A unique state, Mega Evolution, was introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Mega Evolution is a temporary in-battle transformation that results in an overall increase in stats, sometimes also changing a Pokémon's Ability and types. Not all Pokémon can Mega Evolve. A Pokémon can only Mega Evolve if it is holding a Mega Stone in battle and its Trainer has a Key Stone.
This list of version-exclusive Pokémon applies to the main game. Some of the Pokémon listed can be found in the Friend Safari regardless of version.
Many Pokémon introduced prior to Pokémon X and Y received newer, more realistic cries upon its release. Some Pokémon, such as Corphish, Pikachu and Shiftry, received drastically different cries from the originals.
- Main article: Pokémon X & Pokémon Y: Super Music Collection
The soundtrack contains most of the background music and effect music from the games. The music is composed by Shota Kageyama (Sound Director of Pokémon X and Y), Hitomi Satō, Minako Adachi, and Junichi Masuda. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are the first main series titles since Pokémon Gold and Silver that Gō Ichinose did not work on as a composer, since he shifted to a side project of Game Freak's during the development of Pokémon X and Y.
- Main article: Staff of Pokémon X and Y
|Version||Release date||Official changelog||More information|
|1.0||October 12, 2013||N/A||Initial release|
|1.1||October 25, 2013||Fix for the Lumiose City save glitch.|
||Fix for the GTS filter error.|
|1.2||December 12, 2013||
||Fix for the Wonder Trade evolution learnset glitch.|
||Fix for the Trainer PR Videos glitch.|
||Encrypts battling and trading communications. This prevents the use of cheating programs such as Instacheck and Battle Analyzer, which intercept online traffic and read information such as Pokémon data and the opponent's decisions. As such, this patch is required to connect to the Nintendo Network in-game (unlike the previous patch).|
|1.3||October 26, 2014||
||Changes Poké Ball animation to a different style.|
|1.4||April 1, 2015||
||Initially caused the game to crash in battles between international players in Battle Spot Random Matchup, but no longer does after Battle Spot server was modified to display nicknames in such battles.|
|1.5||April 23, 2015||
- Main article: Pokémon X and Y beta
- These Pokémon games are named after the x and y-axes of the Cartesian coordinate system.
- Although Game Freak released Pokémon X for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, the tentative title (unconfirmed to be a codename for Crystal) for a game similar to the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal with planned support to connect to a mobile phone and set for an April 2000 release was also Pocket Monsters X (ポケットモンスターＸ), according to multiple sources such as an Asahi Shimbun news article from December 1999. The game was postponed until 2001 due to the planned release of the Game Boy Advance. The article mentions an adapter for linking a Game Boy to a mobile phone, with the datacenter server used for the feature being hosted by Kyocera in Kyoto.
- These are the first core series games that do not have Version (or its equivalent in that language) in their Western language names.
- These are the only Nintendo-published games to be released on the same date worldwide, as well as the only core series games to do so.
- However, the first trailers for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were shown that they were intended to be released worldwide sometime in 2014, until the final trailers were shown that the games should be released in Europe on November 28, 2014 after their release in the rest of the countries on November 21 of that year.
- These Pokémon games have the shortest names using only one letter each (X and Y).
- These are the only games to have alternate names for routes, such as Vaniville Pathway (for Route 1), Avance Trail (for Route 2), etc.
- These are the only core series games after Pokémon Platinum to not play the version mascot's cry upon pressing START on the title screen, instead playing a generic confirmation sound.
- These are the first core series games not to have an introduction prior to the title screen. Instead, the introduction plays after the title screen animation.
- The Japanese logos for X and Y include the Mega Evolution sigil.
In other languages
- Japanese Pokémon X and Y minisite (Japanese)
- Pokémon.com (US)
- Nintendo Australia
- Pokémon.com (UK)
- Korean Pokémon X and Y minisite (Korean)
- 『ポケットモンスター Ｘ・Ｙ』ニンテンドー3DSで2013年10月、世界同時発売【画像追加】 (Japanese)
- Iwata Asks - Pokémon X and Y
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