Mmmm Pokémon X and Y, probably the most anticipated Nintendo game of this year. Since E3 we’ve been been pelted with handfuls of information that quite frankly is getting me more excited than a child on Christmas morning. The latest trailer reveals the first Gym Leader as well as a closer look at the Kalos region more specifically Vaniville Town.
Vaniville Town is the town where you begin. Once you’ve done the usual introductions and chosen your characters name and sex you’re let loose into the first town you’ll ever visit in the Kalos region. In this town you’ll meet four new friends that will embark on a journey through the Kalos region. These four friends; Shauna, Tierno, Trevor, and Serena (if you play as a boy) or Calem (if you play as a girl) each have unique personalities:
- Shauna is an incredibly energetic girl who is coming along on the journey to find a dream of her own. She’s friendly and outgoing, and seems to genuinely enjoy all the curiosities you’ll come across on your journey.
- Tierno is the dancer of the group and wants more than anything to create a dance team with his Pokémon. Strong, kind, and light on his feet, Tierno gets easily distracted by watching opposing Pokémon during battles because he’s too busy trying to incorporate Pokémon moves into his dances.
- Trevor bursts with curiosity about the world around him. He’s an excellent student, and very competitive, wanting to be the first of the group to complete his Pokédex.
- Serena or Calem lives next door to you in Vaniville Town. This character has a passion to become a powerful Pokémon Trainer and sets out on the journey to accomplish that dream.
Along with four new friends we’ve also been given a quick glimpse of a new Gym Leader; Located in Santalune City, Viola, a professional Pokémon photographer is the first of many new Gym leaders who you’ll be put against in order to win a Gym badge. You’ll first hear about Viola from her Sister Alexa who’s a journalist in a publishing house in Lumiose City.
The Santalune City Gym’s interior is constructed from threads like spiderwebs, strung together tightly above the darkness. You must navigate your way safely through the maze of webs in order to battle Viola.
The video also highlights some more never before seen Pokémon: Litleo, Flabébé and Scatterbug who evolves into Spewpa and then evolves into Vivillion – a Pokémon we announced earlier.
Litleo is a young, hot-blooded Pokémon that is always ready for a battle. A Fire- and Normal-type Pokémon, Litleo’s red mane blazes with heat during battle, which burns hotter when it battles very strong opponents. Litleo knows a new Normal-type move in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Noble Roar. Useful against strong opponents, Noble Roar intimidates targets and lowers their Attack stat.
Debuting as a Fairy-type Pokémon along with Sylveon, Flabébé lives atop a flower that it chooses soon after it’s born and will care for its entire life. Players may see different Flabébé holding flowers of different colours when encountering them in the wild. Flabébé is able to draw forth hidden powers that lie within its flower and use those powers in moves while battling. Flabébé knows Fairy Wind, a Fairy-type move debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that summons a wind that blasts an opponent as it attacks. Like all Fairy-type moves, it’s super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon.
As Pokémon evolve, they take on new appearances and learn new moves.Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will introduce the Bug-type Pokémon Scatterbug. Scatterbug knows String Shot, a Bug-type move that can lower the Speed stat of opposing Pokémon. Scatterbug evolves into Spewpa, another new Bug-type Pokémon that can withstand half-hearted attacks due to its stiff, fur-covered body.
Use the Normal-type move Protect at a beginning of a turn to protect Spewpa from moves used against it on that turn. The final evolved form of Scatterbug, which was revealed earlier this week, is the new Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon Vivillon. It’s said there’s a secret behind the colourful decorative pattern on Vivillon’s wings, which it uses to scatter its scales or create a strong wind to attack. Vivillon can learn Struggle Bug, a Bug-type move that lowers the Special Attack of any opposing Pokémon it hits, so the move not only causes damage but also reduces the damage inflicted on Vivillon from certain moves during battle.
Pokémon X and Y is scheduled for release on Nintendo 3DS all over the world on October 12! And I can’t wait!