Looks like news for the upcoming Pokémon X and Y is coming at us faster and harder than an Arcanine using Extreme Speed at the moment and I love it!
Developer Game Freak has now officially explained how the new Mega Evolutions will work, as well as detailing one of the new gym leaders, new training methods, new Pokémon and even a special launch day distribution Pokémon! Hold on to your butts because it’s time for a Poké-overload!
First things first, let’s talk Mega Evolutions. Like most people, the thought of carrying around a team of ‘roided up pocket monsters sounded both awesome and kind of game breaking all at the same time. Fear not though, it turns out that the Pokémon eligible to LEARN this technique can only perform it in battle and only whilst holding a very specific Mega Stone. Take Lucario, he can only go Super Saiyan if he’s holding a piece of Lucarionite and after the battle ends, he’s back to normal. Alas, there’s no word on whether the item is consumed in the process but apparently plenty of these items will be scattered throughout the new region of Kalos!
Word on the street is that players will more than likely learn this technique (in the form of a TM maybe) from the new Gym Leader of seaside town Shalour City, Korrina.
Game Freak also shed light on the new ways you’ll be able to turn your cute Pokémon into no nonsense distributers of pain with 2 new training techniques that you’ll be able to do outside of battle.
The first is called Super Training or S.T, which has you playing a mini game using the 3DS touch screen and circle pad. There’s how they sum it up:
One Super Training activity involves having Pokémon train by facing huge Pokémon-shaped Balloon Bots in a virtual space, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponent’s goal. Using the Circle Pad and Touch Screen to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing their own in the goal, players will enjoy this action-packed feature while increasing their Pokémon’s base stats to help them become stronger for battle.
The other new training type is called Core Training and it’s the more passive way of upping your Pokémon’s base stats. You basically pick what stats you want them to increase and they go at it, although this process takes longer than the more involved Super Training.
Game Freak made a point of saying that participating in either Super Training or Core Training will increase your Pokémon’s base stats! Crazy I know! No word yet on whether this means we will see the exclusion of the painstaking EV training.
And finally, running for an incredibly short time (so for Nintendo, that’s probably a month!) there will be a special distribution event starting on the games launch day. This event will allow trainers to grab a Torchic with a special speed enhancing ability and more importantly this little guys holding one of the Mega Stones, Blazikenite! This is the only way to get this specific Mega Stone, as it will not be available in game!
Pokémon X and Y will be releasing for Nintendo’s 3DS on October the 12th and if this wasn’t enough to keep you excited until then here’s some of the newly unveiled Pokémon!