Pokémon X and Y news has kept us pretty busy over at iDigi over the last few months. With various new Mega Pokémon being unveiled, to the inclusion of the first generation starters it's never a dull moment in Kalos it seems. The sheer amount of Pokémon X and Y news, however, has been within reach for a while now, or so the fan site PokéBeach would make it seem. Since May, the site's anonymous source has provided it with accurate info regarding the upcoming Pokémon games. Not only that but the fan site's insider also revealed Pokémon X and Y news months ago that GameFreak has even yet to announce. Let's whip out HM06 and dive in.
Many were skeptical first. And rightly so: the amount of changes in Pokémon X and Y are pretty numerous. The site has compiled a list of all the leaks they've received since the first and so far they've been completely right. Of the ones mentioned:
-Fairy will be a new type. It is weak to Poison and Steel, immune to Dragon, super effective against Dragon, Dark, and Fighting, and Fire and Psychic-type Pokemon take half damage from it
-Sylveon is Fairy-type. Some older Pokemon will be reclassified to Fairy, such as Mawile (Steel/Fairy).
-Mewtwo has two new formes, not just one. Both are activated via items
-There will be a new type of battling style that Flying-type Pokemon and Pokemon with Levitate can participate in.
-You will be able to see a Pokemon's EVs at a certain in-game facility. You will be able to boost the EVs through mini-games. It will take about two hours to get one stat to max EVs. (I.E.: Super training)
The list goes on but you get the idea. The amount of Pokémon X and Y news the leaker was able to rightly predict that early in the game is not something to be taken lightly. But even more interesting than the Pokémon details that have been confirmed may be the other aspects of X and Y that have leaked. Such as:
-A few attacks will be dual-typed.
-The first Gym is Bug, the second is Fairy, and the fourth is Fighting.
-HMs still exist but there's a lot less of them.
-The Starters' final evolutions are Fire/Psychic, Grass/Dark, and Water/Fighting
-Like in B/W you have two rivals - one is friendly and the other is competitive. Your rival that is more friendly gives you his/her fully evolved starter Pokemon after you beat the game.
So we can't help but feel like this 6th gen Pokémon game loves handing out starters left and right. Between the fact that you'll receive the gen 6 starter Pokémon, plus the professor gives you the gen 1 starters, not to mention the Torchic event for those that buy the game before January 15, 2014. If it's true that your rival hands over their fully evolved starter Pokémon at the end of X and Y, then Nintendo is basically begging us to create a team of only starters. We're happy to comply.
The dual typed attacks would be an interesting move. The change is a big one, on the same scale as mega evolutions. We wouldn't be surprised if a Pokémon X and Y new attack typing like this was actually introduced. Say for example Charizard is attacked by Wet Stones: a Water/Rock type attack I literally just made up. Would it take 6x damage because of its receiving double damage from water and 4x damage from rock type attacks? A more realistic example of a new attack would be Scald becoming water and fire (being the only water attack that burns.This could definitely lead to some new things to watch out for in the metagame.
The first gym being a bug type is an interesting choice as well. With the numerous available fire starters at the start it seems it'll be easy to overcome. We can say we're shocked that one of the Pokémon gyms is fairy, but we'd thought we might see it later in the game. As for the HMs being fewer this time around, we say it's about time. In our opinion, HM moves that need to be used outside of battle should just be abilities in addition to the Pokémon's natural ability and four other moves at its disposal. We doubt that Pokémon X and Y news will ever be announced, but hey we can dream.
In other news, Pokémon X and Y new evolutions continue to be revealed! Most recently were images of the second Mewtwo form (another correctly guessed leak by the 'beach). In addition to the first Mega Mewtwo form revealed (Mega Mewtwo Y), we received a second Mega Mewtwo form (X) with the typing Psychic/Fighting. As you could probably already guess, Mewtwonite X and Mewtwonite Y are exclusive to each version of the upcoming Pokémon games, according to Serebii. I think by now we can pretty much assume Mewtwo will be obtainable in the new games. Why else would they focus so heavily on it.
More Pokémon X and Y news from CoroCoro suggests that Mega Garchomp will be coming to the game as well. While Mega Garchomp, along with Mega Mewtwo X, has yet to be announced on the official Mega Pokémon site the design looks to be finalized. More importantly, however, is the fact that it was one of the Pokémon named in the leaked list we saw earlier this week. Maybe the rest are true too. Also on a semi-related note: this thing is terrifying.
The latest reveal, however, for a Pokémon X and Y evolution is little Litleo's evo Pyroar. The image was spotted by a NeoGAF forum poster from one of IGN's gameplay videos. The amount of fire types in this game doesn't seem to let up. Pyroar better be careful around all that grass. Then again, only we can prevent forest fires -- who knows what to believe.
What do you think of the heaping amount of Pokémon X and Y new changes brought about in gen 6? Let us know what you like or don't like in the comments!