Pokemon X and Y: Mega Evolution, Super Training revealed

Plus, three new Pokemon and Shalour City Gym Leader.

August 9, 2013 / 09:20 AM EDT / (@salromano)

Nintendo has shared new details on Pokemon X and Y. Find the lot of information below.

Mega Evolution

A new form of evolution Pokemon can undergo during battle. Pokemon that Mega Evolve “tap into hidden reserves of strength and power that have never been realized in their regular evolutions” and gain a “dominant advantage.”

Mega Evolutions like Mega Mewtwo and Mega Lucario will see their appearance change and stats increase. Some Pokemon who Mega Evolve might change their ability type during battle.

This type of evolution is only available to certain Pokemon under certain conditions and only occurs during battle. Once the battle ends, the Pokemon returns to its regular state.

To Mega Evolve, you’ll need a Mega Stone. The Lucarionite Mega Stone, for example, will help Lucario Mega Evolve. You’ll find these stones hidden throughout the Kalos region.

Some Mega Stones, like Blazikenite, can not be obtained during normal gameplay. To obtain a Torchic holding a Blazikenite Mega Stone, players will need to participate in a special limited-time Wi-Fi distribution event. Distribution for this Pokemon, who will also have the hidden ability Speed Boost, will begin on October 12 and run for a limited period.

Super Training

Super Training allows players to train their Pokemon while they’re not in battle. Players can use the touch screen to participate in activities that increase a Pokemon’s base stats and “underlying values” that defines it HP, Attack, Defense, Sp. Attack, Sp. Defense, and Speed stats.

One activity involves training a Pokemon by having them face “huge Pokemon-shaped Balloon Bots” in a virtual space, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponent’s goal. Players must use the circle pad and touch screen to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing in their own goal.

Another activity, Core Training, lets players set up training bags for Pokemon in their party to use. Pokemon will train by themselves and raise their stats on their own, but by tapping the touch screen during a Core Training session, players can help their Pokemon raise their stats.

New Pokemon

  • Dedenne – By emitting radio waves from its antenna-shaped whiskers, this new Electric- and Fairy-type Pokemon can communicate with far-off allies. It can also plug its tail into outlets to drain electricity from them. Its Ability,Cheek Pouch, is new to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. If a Pokemon with this Ability eats a Berry during battle, it will not only reap the benefit from the Berry, but the Pokemon will also be able to regain HP. Dedenne can learn the new Electric-type move Nuzzle, which looks cute as the user nuzzles up to a target with its cheeks fully charged, but it’s quite dangerous! Nuzzle will do damage while paralyzing the opponent.
  • Bunnelby – A new Normal-type Pokemon that creates its den by digging in the ground with its large, shovel-shaped ears. These powerful ears are strong enough to chop right through thick tree roots, making them a force to be reckoned with in battle. Bunnelby can learn the Ground-type move Dig. On the first turn, the user burrows underground, and on the second turn, it attacks! In Double Battles, a Pokemon can use Dig to avoid its ally’s attack and then dish out damage on the next turn.
  • Skiddo – It is now known that this Pokemon evolves into the already announced Gogoat. A Grass-type Pokemon, Skiddo has a gentle nature and is said to be the first Pokemon to live alongside humans. Because of this relationship, Skiddo doesn’t mind carrying people or supplies on its back, and it has become able to read the feelings of its riders through their grip on its horns. Skiddo can learn the Grass-type move Leaf Blade, where the user wields a sharp leaf to slice like a sword.

Gym Leader Korrina

Korrina is the Gym Leader of Shalour City, a seaside town known for its “amazing views.” It is also home to the Tower of Mastery, “which seems to have a connection to Mega Evolution.” Korrinna seeks to strengthen her Pokemon further, and it is said that she might hold the key to Mega Evolution. She also roller skates.

Watch a new gameplay trailer below. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

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