After selecting New Game you are asked to choose your character's gender. This cannot be changed after selecting. The resident researcher of the Unova region, Professor Juniper, appears and introduces new Trainers to the Pokémon world. Her lecture is important for new players, though it's nothing new to veterans of the series. She also introduces the player's rival, Hugh. Once she is done talking, you are asked to enter your character's and your rival's names. The name cannot be changed, so double-check that you have what you want. Press OK and you are ready for your adventure!
Your journey begins in Aspertia City, on the western edge of Unova. The Aspertia Outlook on the north side of the city offers a fantastic view of the region, spreading out to the north. The Aspertia Gym is located in the backyard of the Trainers' School, but the school is closed at the moment, so your challenge will have to wait.
Mom starts talking to you as you try to leave home. She asks if you want a Pokémon and a Pokédex, so choose the obvious answer to show your determination to go on an adventure. She tells you that Professor Juniper's assistant, Bianca, is outside looking for you. The girl with the big green hat is not from around here, and may have gotten lost.
Outside, you meet your rival, Hugh. He already has a Pokémon, one he raised from an Egg, but wants someone to be his travelling partner. He offers to help you track down Bianca.
As you climb the stairway to the platform, Hugh is sure that Bianca is up there. Sure enough, she is here enjoying the view. She asks if you will help complete the Pokédex, so accept the task. Talk to her again and she shows you a container with three Poké Balls inside, giving you a chance to choose your new partner Pokémon.
The Fire-typeTepig is great when battling Grass-, Bug-, Ice-, and Steel-type Pokémon, but is vulnerable to Water-, Ground-, and Rock-type attacks. Tepig is unique amongst the Unova starters due to it gaining a secondary type as it grows, while Snivy and Oshawott do not. The Fighting-type adds two weaknesses, Flying and Psychic, but eliminates the Rock-type weakness. With their ability to learn Fighting moves (albeit onlytwo naturally) as well as Fire attacks, Tepig's evolutions have the most type advantages of the starter evolutions, with the added edge against Normal-, Rock-, and Dark-type Pokémon.
After choosing a Pokémon, Bianca asks if you would like to give it a nickname. After that, she hands over your very own Pokédex! When you try to leave, Hugh walks up and asks Bianca for his own Pokédex; luckily for him, she has an extra one. Then he challenges you to a battle.
There is very little strategy to this battle. Regardless of which two Pokémon battle, they each have a similar moveset, so neither has an advantage. The fight will be over in three turns, barring a critical hit. If you win, you earn 500 and your Pokémon gains enough experience to reach level 6. If you lose, it's not the end of the world at all and nothing bad happens, other than you missing out on the money. Don't feel bad if you do lose, though.
Hugh leaves, and Bianca leads you off for a tour of the local Pokémon Center. These hospitals restore your Pokémon to full health and eliminate any status ailments that may afflict them. She gives you a brief description of the PC, which has not changed much. Finally, she leads you to the Poké Mart counter, where you can buy and sell items. Before she leaves, she gives you ten Poké Balls to start you on your journey. Nice!
When you step outside, your Mom and Hugh's sister will show up. Mom gives you a pair of Running Shoes, which let you run by holding down the B Button. Hugh's sister gives you a Town Map, a map of the Unova region. She also gives you an extra map to take to her brother, who has already ventured out to Route 19. Next, Bianca tells you that she will demonstrate how to catch a Pokémon, so follow her north through the gate. The attendant inside gives you a free Potion on your way through.
Bianca is waiting just outside the gate. She demonstrates how to catch wild Pokémon by catching a wild Purrloin in the tall grass, and explains a bit more about registering the data in the Pokédex. Once she leaves, follow the path eastward where a man named Alder calls down to you from atop the cliff. This powerful Trainer offers to help train your Pokémon a little before jumping down and leading you to his home in Floccesy Town.