All of that wonderful Pokemon X and Pokemon Y news that we've picked up from CoroCoro magazine earlier this week has now been localized. That start with names for our starters first evolutions, Quilladen, Braixen, and Frogadier, which surprisingly confirms the fan theory that they're themed off RPG characters -- Knight, Witch and Thief. Then we've got over half a dozen other new Pokemon, though some are missing and some are new. Wrapping up, we've got new details on character customization and what Team Flare is up to. With just a month until the Pokemon X and Y October 12 release date, things are heating up!
Let's start with the evolutions for Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, who become Quilladin, Braixen and Frogadier. Here are their official descriptions, as provided by Nintendo:
- When Chespin evolves into Quilladin, the hard spikes on its body grow even sturdier, and it’s able to withstand the impact of even something the size of a tractor-trailer truck without flinching. Its solid shell repels attacks while it strikes back with its pointed spines. The gentle Spiny Armor Pokémon never seeks out battles on its own, but when an opposing Pokémon strikes, it fights back! It can learn the Ground-type move Mud Shot, which does damage to opponents and lowers their Speed. This move is super effective against Fire-type Pokémon, which are usually tough opponents for Grass types like Quilladin.
- Braixen is the evolved form of the Fire-type Fox Pokémon Fennekin. Players will notice that Braixen keeps a small twig tucked into its tail. Fennekin often snacks on a twig, but Braixen uses it in another way—the twig calms its mind and is also sometimes used in battle after being set aflame with a little friction. Braixen can learn the Psychic-type move Psyshock, a special move that deals damage based on the opponent’s Defense, as if it were a physical move. Players will want to use Psyshock on opponents that have high Special Defense.
- Froakie has awesome jumping skills that are greatly improved when it evolves into Frogadier. This Bubble Frog Pokémon can reach to the top of a 2,000-foot tower with ease and eludes its opponents by leaping around ceilings or into trees. Frogadier can learn the Flying-type move Bounce, which sends the user into the air on its first turn so it can attack on the second. Bounce is super effective against Grass-type Pokémon, which often pose a challenge for Water types like Frogadier.
It's a bit odd to think of a Paladin throwing mud at his enemies, but maybe I just shouldn't take these evolutions' themes so seriously.
Next on the list is a ton of new Pokemon along with their official English names. That's not all though, as a new (though leaked prior) Pokemon is also ready to be introduced. Pyroar, with both male and female versions, appears to be an evolution of that adorable cub Litleo. Oddly enough Pyroar and dino-Pokemon Amaura and Tyrunt are absent from the press release, so we don't have any further information. Plenty of screenshots, though!
The rest of the Pokedex additions are filled out by Furfrou, a poodle-Pokemon that knows Baby-Doll Eyes and can be customized into a number of different appearances, Meowstic, a Psychic cat-Pokemon that has both male and female appearances. The male cat knows Miracle Eye, a move that hits regardless of evasion, and the female knows Extrasensory which does damage and can force a flinch.
Then of course we have Mega Mewtwo X, the Pokemon X version of Mega Mewtwo Y which we've already been introduced to. Mega Mewtwo X gains the Fighting-type after evolving from Mewtwo, while Mega Mewtwo Y will have its special attack greatly boosted. Both evolutions will require Mewtwonite X or Y, which are each exclusive to their respective games. Then there's Mega Garchomp, the Dragon and Ground-type crocogator. MeGarchomp gains Attack and Special attack after Mega Evolving.
Finally, let's wrap this up by talking a bit about character customizations, while also introducing a few new members of Team Flare. Here's Nintendo's official statement on just what can be customized in-game, and make sure to check out the screenshots in the gallery for examples:
"In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, players can visit boutiques and a salon to change their Trainers’ outfits and hairstyles. You can change your clothes, hat, shoes, and accessories to show off your individual style and put together different looks. There are boutiques in many of the cities throughout the Kalos region, each with its own unique style. Adding to this customized feature, when players change their outfits and hairstyles, their icons on the Player Search System (PSS) update too!"
Now let's talk about Team Flare! It's now known that Team Flare is run by five scientists, which can each be identified by their unique hair and outfit. Celosia has purple hair, Aliana's is orange, Bryony green, and Mable has gone blue. Finally, there's the lone male of the group Xerosix who sports fire-red hair and a set of goggles (Japan). They'll make the world beautiful one way or another.
One last character, Diantha, is a famous movie star in the Kalos reagion, but is also a Pokemon trainer. Though oddly she shows more interest in other trainers... mysterious.
That wraps up today's Pokemon news! With less than a month and so much more of the Pokedex to be filled up we expect big drops like this at least every week! It's a good time to be a Pokemon X/Pokemon Y fan. October 12, everyone! We're almost there!
Quilladin, Braixen, and Frogadier gameplay trailer - Youtube