Pokemon X and Y has horde and sky battles, player search
posted on 06.11.13 at 10:47 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Plus, an additional three Pokemon revealed.

Nintendo detailed a new communication system for Pokemon X and Y during a developer round-table at E3 today. 

The “Player Search System” allows players to connect, battle, and trade with other players nearby and around the world. It will make it easy to find other people playing Pokemon X and Y, whether they’re near you or on the other side of the world. With the feature switched on, players will be alerted when someone nearby is playing, and give you the option to battle or trade with them wirelessly. Using a Wi-Fi connection, players will be able to do the same with other players all over the world.

A new type of battle was also revealed. “Horde Encounters” pits one of the player’s Pokemon against multiple wild Pokemon that all attack at once. To come out the victor in such battles, players should make sure their Pokemon has moves that can attack multiple enemies at once.

Another new type of battle is “Sky Battles.” Certain trainers will challenge you to these matches, which take place high in the sky. You might encounter a trainer on the edge of a cliff that wants to challenge you to a Sky Battle. If you have a Pokemon with the ability to fly, you’ll be able to.

Nintendo also revealed three more new Pokemon, in addition to those revealed this morning:

  • Talonflame – An evolved form of the recently announced Fletchling, this is a Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon that gains a whole new level of speed and firepower. Reaching speeds of up to 310 mph when diving for its prey, Talonflame can attack its foes with devastating kicks while embers spew from its body as it zooms through the sky. Talonflame knows Brave Bird, one of the strongest Flying-type moves. Use Brave Bird carefully, though, because the incredible strength of this move also does damage to the user.
  • Clauncher – This Water Gun Pokémon uses its one oversized claw not only to seize prey but also to shoot condensed water at others as a projectile. This capability is so intense that it can crack a boulder! A Water-type Pokémon, Clauncher can also use its giant claw to crush opponents with the powerful Water-type move Crabhammer, which is more likely to land a critical hit. Critical hits against opposing Pokémon will do twice the usual damage.
  • Skrelp – Some would say that this Poison- and Water-type Pokémon appears to be nothing more than a rotting piece of kelp, but don’t let its appearance fool you. Using its unique look to its benefit, Skrelp pretends to be a piece of seaweed, and when prey wander past it, Skrelp bathes them in poison so they can’t struggle when it attacks. Skrelp uses the Poison-type move Sludge Bomb, a move that can leave opposing Pokémon poisoned. A poisoned Pokémon will slowly take damage over the length of a battle.

Finally, the company revealed the game will be playable in seven different languages: English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Korean, or Spanish.

View a new set of screenshots at the gallery (those pertaining to this update start at image 17). Watch a new gameplay trailer below.

  • MrKappa

    Pokemon logic strikes again. Why would the trainer use just one pokemon in a horde battle?

    • Elvick

      Because we’re pro.


      • JeremyTMH

        Trainers are masochists. >.>

    • Renaldi Saputra

      for grinding

    • Bobby Jennings

      Because you have no choice

  • fyi1191

    Loving all these new system/features.
    I really gotta get back to playing Pokemon.

  • xMCXx

    Finally some change in the formula!

  • OverlordZetta

    And like triple battles in B/W, you will get to do exactly one of these new things!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      and thus, leveling will become very easy

      • joe

        not too much it wont happen all the time

        • Renaldi Saputra

          for me leveling in pokemon main series were quite easy.. and no need much time to get to lv 100..

          but it’s not that easy when you’re playing pokemon mystery dungeon series


    omg looks like ni no kuni

    • Willgaea

      I think It will take another 10 years before Nintendo decides to make a full fledged Pokemon console game that is semi-real time strategy.