New Pokemon Tagged Articles RSS Feed | New Pokemon RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 23 New Hoenn Pokemon Added to Pokemon GO Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:23:10 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

New Pokemon are coming! Pokemon Go just sent out a new update, showcasing 10 of the 23 new Pokemon that will be released from the Hoenn region, the world you explore in both Sapphire and Ruby. Although the recent titles Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are far fresher in many Pokemon gamers' minds, this won't change the excitement many trainers have.

Even though there are only 10 Pokemon showcased in the image, it would be safe to assume that pre-evolution and evolution forms of the revealed Pokemon will also be released. But here is a quick list of the Pokemon we do know!

  • Whismur, NPokedex entry #293.
  • Aron, NPokedex entry #304
  • Aggron, NPokedex entry #306
  • Camerupt, NPokedex entry #323
  • Trapinch, NPokedex entry #328
  • Cacnea, NPokedex entry #331
  • Flygon, NPokedex entry #330
  • Lunatone, NPokedex entry #337
  • Solrock, NPokedex entry #338
  • Groudon, NPokedex entry #383

You can find more information regarding these Pokemon at Bulbapedia and start building your teams around these new reveals, if you so wish! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Go news!

Why Does Game Freak Keep Making Mid-Gen Expansions? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:14:41 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon is one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming and pop culture. The series rocketed to fame almost instantly upon release in Japan and in the West, taking developers and consumers by surprise, and it's still going strong 20 years later. With all that success, one might be forgiven for thinking that Game Freak is tempted to abuse the franchise, and many often point to the mid-gen expansions like Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Platinum as proof of that. These expansions don't always offer drastic changes to the formula, it's true. However, they serve several important purposes, from being a testing ground for developers to giving fans what they want, while offering the definitive version of that generation for newcomers as well.

In the Beginning...

The first three generations saw expansions that didn't add much in the way of content, but provided just enough to help encourage players to dip back into the franchise.

Of all the expansions, Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is the easiest one to point at and say "cash grab." Its main purpose for existing was for the developers to tie the game franchise more closely with the anime series that was blossoming nicely at the time. Your first Pokemon had to be Pikachu, Jessie and James (and Meowth) took the place of a few key Team Rocket battles, and you could obtain all three starters over the course of the game. Otherwise, apart from being colorized, there wasn't much difference between it and its predecessors.

But Game Freak made it difficult to easily pass off the game by making it so good. It was the perfect way to capture new fans who had seen the show but not played the games, and the fanservice was moderate enough to keep from harming the overall package and just enough to make it worthwhile. The challenge of having to use Pikachu required players to develop new strategies, and it introduced an important mechanic that still plays a role in the series as well, the friendship mechanic. Despite not offering a whole lot of new content, Yellow is almost always at the top of the 3DS eShop sales list.

Pokemon Crystal was a bit more conservative, though it did introduce battle animations for sprites and the option to choose gender. It experimented with story additions and laid the foundations for the Battle Frontier later too. There wasn't quite as much to justify returning to Johto, yet fans hold it in high regard as the definitive Gen II experience. Like Yellow, it offers just enough to entice owners of the original two and makes for an even smoother entry for newcomers, even if it's a bit sparing as far as expansions go.

Changes Afoot

Pokemon Emerald was the true gem of the first three expansions, though. It was the first to add significant changes to the story and tweak the gameworld enough to make returning interesting, switching around some key character roles and adding a wealth of new features, including the fan-favorite Battle Frontier. The story changes were the most significant, though, combining the plots from Ruby and Sapphire and giving you an actual reason to catch all three of Hoenn's legendary Pokemon, while refining the overall experience.

Despite being widely criticized for not radically changing the series, these seemingly minor alterations fit in with the studio's vision for the series. For example, the developers wanted to add more unique challenges, but the Frontier was deemed too difficult for Ruby and Sapphire, so it was left out. Like the others, the level of investment on the player's part depends entirely on how much they enjoyed the originals, but also like the others, most fans consider Emerald the pinnacle of its generation.

Expanding the Expansions

From the 4th generation onward, the series brought with it a wide variety of changes as it gained a more secure footing in the industry. The expansions were no different, as Game Freak added a number of changes to entice players back for more.

Generation IV's expansion brought with it more significant changes. Pokemon Platinum followed Emerald's footsteps and revamped the story, giving both legendary Pokemon new roles and making them central to the plot. It wasn't a gripping plot like you'd expect from a Final Fantasy game, of course, but it went a long way in creating a more coherent world and giving concrete motivations to the villains therein. Here is where Game Freak started using expansions to fit their overall goals for the series as well. They improved and expanded the role of Wi-Fi, which served the dual purpose of making the games perfect for the competitive scene and making it easier for people to connect over their shared interest in the series.

Sinnoh itself was changed a fair bit, more so than in previous expansions, with aesthetic changes throughout, redesigned gyms and updated gym rosters, and, even more importantly, a streamlined battle system. Gone was the lag between actions and their effects from Diamond and Pearl, with everything functioning much more smoothly overall. The Battle Frontier was greatly expanded too, providing even more incentive to play after finishing the main campaign, along with the ability to face off against major figures again in tournaments. Little wonder, then, that Generation IV was the best-selling generation in the series.

New Territory

The series stumbled a bit with Generation V. Black and White divided some with its too-linear progression through Unova, unique design choices, and stilted storyline (ethics are good, but a series where you imprison innocent creatures and force them to fight isn't really the best platform for an ethical message). Black 2 and White 2 aimed to fix those issues and add even more. Game Freak's chief goal with these was twofold: to defy players' expectations by not making a Grey version and to expand the world of Unova in ways they didn't have a chance to for the previous entries, hence the choice for a direct sequel. Junichi Masuda, the games' director, said he wanted to create a world that had changed in the two years since the original games to help give players a sense of that progression and make it seem new again.

Unova received a completely new makeover, and the way players moved about it changed a good bit as well, along with alterations to gym rosters and the ability to create a varied lineup early on in the story. The story received a good bit of flak for returning to the old gangsters-versus-child line but managed to still add something unique to the plot with the divisions in Team Plasma. One of the biggest changes Masuda was excited about was Pokewood, since it gave players an opportunity to engage in something similar to a puzzle challenge the more they progressed with their films. None of it was the huge shakeup of the franchise many called for, but the developers listened to their fans and gave them what they wanted.

The Red-Headed Stepchild

Then there was Generation VI with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Both received high praise in reviews and disappeared from shelves much faster than other installments for a variety of reasons, not least of which was the jump to full 3D models. They built on some of what made the Black and White sequels successful, but a cursory look through fan communities is enough to tell you that people wanted more. "Kalos was underdeveloped, the plot needed more to it, and the constant presence of the player's posse stole the thrill of adventure and exploration" is how the most common complaints usually go.

And it's true. For such a major milestone in the series in terms of presentation, the gameworld, and the sheer number of available Pokemon, there should have been follow-ups to help tie it all together in a definitive package. For example, as goofy as Team Flare is, and Y took the series' storytelling in a more serious direction. There's plenty of material for an expansion or alternate timeline to help make that story more potent. As intrusive as Shauna and the gang could be, expansions would have provided the chance to give them more of a real place in the game, either through battles or significance to the plot. But fans wanted remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. So that's what they got, with some minor tie-ins to X and Y, leaving Kalos a slightly odd, lonely addition to the Pokemon world.

Critical Reception

Critical reception of these expansions tends to be mixed. They always receive high scores, with the exception of a couple here and there for the Black and White sequels, but the primary complaint remains the same: there isn't anything new to make playing them worthwhile. Some argue that the expansions come too soon on the heels of the originals, as with Black 2 and White 2, not giving players enough time to really want to come back. Even those that rate highly will sometimes deride the expansions for not really adding anything drastic to the overall experience.

But these criticisms miss a few important points. After Gold and Silver, it was widely believed that the "Pokemon fad" was dead, making the development of Ruby and Sapphire a very stressful experience. Preserving what made the series successful to begin with became very important, to keep from alienating fans and creating a sharp divide between those who played older Pokemon games and newcomers. (And given what happened with what I call the Sonic Effect, where Sega strayed from the series' foundations with each new entry, that surely wasn't a bad decision.)

Game Freak used expansions as a way to add in extra ideas that might not have gone over well for the base installments -- either by adding too much content or straying from the core experience -- and it's a way for Game Freak to train newer members of the development team while veteran developers work on projects with higher stakes attached. Most importantly, though, it's a bit unfair to judge expansions for not radically altering the franchise when that isn't their goal to begin with. It's like complaining that vanilla ice cream isn't chocolate when it never tried to be anyway.

The New Kids on the Block

Fast forward to 2017, and there's another set of proper expansions contending for players' time and money: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. After the major changes that were the original Sun and Moon, these seem set to be more in line with Black 2 and White 2, providing some alterations in world structure, different Pokemon, and a much meatier plot. Many fans complained about how restricted Alola seemed, and like with Kalos, it's not hard to see why.

Sun and Moon made big promises with story and the world itself, and despite the finished products being worthwhile themselves, they leave the player wanting more -- more to do with these new Pokemon, more to see and explore other than just another quest to catch some additional legendary Pokemon. Many of these complaints addressed problems Game Freak believed existed anyway but just didn't have the time to address.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are set to provide fans everything they wanted, but most think it's too much, too soon. Fan communities are echoing the critics of yesteryear and saying there isn't enough to justify purchasing new games only a year after Sun and Moon released. In all fairness, The Pokemon Company hasn't done much to help market the games either. Sun and Moon were almost over-marketed, being featured at the 2016 E3 show and with countless little info drops that practically spoiled the games anyway. It's a shame, really. The new entries are set to strike a perfect balance between the major changes of Sun and Moon and the more conservative alterations of the previous expansions, with a heaping helping of new content on top.

The Verdict

Even though they don't always add loads of new content, there's more than enough to draw fans back in, and the fact that the expansions are always as well made as the originals makes them worthy as standalone entries anyway. Yet it's easier for those who miss a generation to value the mid-gen expansions, since money isn't as much of a question and almost everyone recommends Emerald or Black 2 over their respective predecessors. In the end, however useful and practical they are, it's down to the individual consumer to make the choice.

What do you think about Game Freak's mid-gen expansions? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let us know in the comments.

New Pokemon Are Coming to Pokemon Go Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:50:29 -0500 ESpalding

It really is happening! Today in a press release, Niantic confirmed that new Pokémon will be coming to Pokémon Go! The teaser announcement only confirms that there will be a big reveal on December 12 regarding the addition of more Pokémon in-game.

Gen 2 starter Pokemon Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile

So, could this be the Gen 2 pokémon we've been waiting for? What about the other original Pokémon currently missing from the game? As it stands, there are still five Generation 1 Pokémon unaccounted for. There were six, but recently the shapeshifting pokémon Ditto was released into the wild. The team mascots -- Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres -- are yet to be found (although someone had already claimed they found one). Mew and Mewtwo are missing as well.

There are 100 Pokémon in Gen 2, including many evolutions for some from the original generation. For example, it introduces Pichu -- which evolves into the much loved Pikachu -- and Steelix, which is evolved from Onix. Fans of the original anime will also recognize Togepi (one of Misty's Pokemon) and Marill (Tracy's Pokemon).

Yesterday, we reported on the fact that someone at Starbucks had leaked information regarding a new update, so this seems to coincide with that news. Perhaps this press release is a response to the leak....?

Either way, we'll be keeping our ears to the ground when December 12th rolls around. So stick around, and we'll give you all the latest info on which new Pokemon you can expect to see in Pokemon Go later this month. 

New Pokemon and Trainers Revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:18:05 -0400 Synzer

Pokemon Sun and Moon has revealed new evolutions for Pokemon, as well as some new trainers appearing in the game. There were also new Alolan forms showcased in the most recent video, so let's dive right into what's being added.

New Pokemon

Silvally - Normal Type

Pokemon sun and moon Silvally

The first new Pokemon shown is Silvally, which evolves from Type: Null. It has a new ability called RKS System.

  • RKS System - Changes type to correspond with the item it is holding.

There are special items you can make Silvally hold, which is how it changes types with RKS System.

It also has a new move called Multi-Attack. This move changes types based on the item Silvally is holding.

Hackamo-o and Kommo-o - Dragon/Fighting Type

pokemon sun and moon kommo-o

Hackamo-o evolves from Jangmo-o. Kommo-o evolves from Hackamo-o.

Both of these evolutions can have either the Bulletproof or Soundproof abilities, and they have a new move called Clanging Scales.

This looks to be this generation's Dragon evolution chain. This is a tradition that started in the original games with Dratini, Dragonair, and Dragonite.

Steenee and Tsareena - Grass Type

pokemon sun and moon Tsareena

Steenee evolves from Bounsweet and Tsareena evolves from Steenee.

Tsareena has a new ability called, Queenly Majesty. This stops the opponent from using any priority move. This will be huge in competitive battling. It also has a new move called Trop Kick.

Ribombee - Bug/Fairy Type

Pokemon sun and moon ribombee

This is the evolved form of Cutiefly. There is not much added besides it being an evolution. It has the same abilities, either Honey Gather or Shield Dust, and had no new moves shown.

Alolan Grimer and Muk - Poison/Dark Type

pokemon sun and moon alolan muk

These Alolan forms add a bit more color to these Pokemon, as well as the Dark type. 

The new forms store toxins within their body, so you won't smell unpleasant aromas when near them.

New Trainers


Olivia was shown as the Rock type trainer and Kahuna of Akala Island. Each island has a Kahuna that you must defeat in a Grand trial, which is similar to how Gyms were in previous games.


Ilima is Trial Captain that specializes in Normal type Pokemon. Trial Captains are trainers that complete trials recently and act as guides for your character.

That's everything that was recently revealed. Remember to check back at Gameskinny for the latest news and tips on Pokemon Sun and Moon when it launches on November 18th.

New Version Exclusive Pokémon and Features Confirmed for Sun and Moon Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:13:09 -0400 Brawler1993

It's another week, which means another batch of brand new Pokémon Sun & Moon info -- including new catchable critters and some familiar features as shown in the most recent trailer.

First off, the first two version-exclusive Pokémon have been revealed - Passimian, a lemur-looking Fighting type and Oranguru, a Normal/Psychic type that obviously resembles an orangutan.

The former attacks opponents by throwing berries at them and has a brand new Ability called Receiver, which allows it to inherit the Ability of an ally that faints in battle, which makes it incredibly useful for Double Battles. It will only appear in Pokémon Sun.

The latter is a much kinder creature that helps injured wild Pokémon. It is the only Pokémon to learn the move Instruct, a brand new move that can make its target use its most recent move again. It will only appear in Pokémon Moon.

The games will also feature the first ever version-exclusive Evolutions... sort of. Depending on which version you own, the previously established Rockruff's evolution, Lycanroc, will take on a different form - Midday Form for Sun and Midnight Form for Moon.

In Sun, it becomes an agile creature, dodging opponent's attacks and responding in kind with strikes from the sharp rocks in its mane. It learns a unique attack called Accelerock, which is guaranteed to always hit first.

In Moon, it's much more aggressive and excitable, though it apparently feels a deep trust for its Trainer. There's currently no word on if this form will have an exclusive move or not.

Aside from that, fan-favorite Pokémon, Pikachu and Eevee, will be able to learn unique Z-Moves (super powerful attacks that are brand new to the series). For Pikachu, it uses a move called Catastropika to borrow strength from its Trainer and charge into opponents whilst wrapped in high-voltage electricity.

Eevee, meanwhile, can use the move Extreme Evoboost, which sees Eevee channel the power from all eight of its possible evolutions and gain a boost to all of its stats.

Fans will also be pleased to know that Trainer customization from X & Y will return, allowing you to change your Trainer's hair color, hair style, clothes and even eye color. You'll even be able to dye your clothes. Like a certain T-shirt but aren't fond of the color? Well, you can just change it.

A new feature called Pokémon Refresh is also being added, and functions similarly to the previous games' Pokémon Amie feature. Here, you'll be able to tend to your Pokémon -- clean them, feed them and even cure status conditions that have been inflicted on them during battle. By taking care of them, they'll become more affectionate towards you and this will increase the chances of them avoiding attacks in battle or even surviving attacks that would otherwise knock them out.

Finally, Pokémon Bank, a separate application that allows you to store away your Pokémon, will be updated to be compatible with Sun & Moon and the Virtual Console re-releases of Red, Blue & Yellow. This means that you'll be able to transfer any Pokémon you caught in Kanto into your copy of Sun & Moon.

Pokémon Sun & Moon will be released on the 3DS worldwide on November 18th, followed by a European release on November 23rd.

New Pokemon Revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:45:41 -0400 Synzer

There were 4 new Pokemon recently revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon. One of them, Crabrawler, was seen first at the 2016 Pokemon World Championships in San Francisco, California. The header video showcases that pocket monster, plus the other 3 new reveals.

New Pokemon

Crabrawler - Fighting

Pokemon Sun and Moon Crabrawler

  • Ability - Hyper Cutter or Iron Fist

This is a Boxing crab Pokemon that loves to fight. It is pure Fighting, which is surprising since it is a crab.

It has powerful pincers it uses to punch, and can often be seen around trees looking for Berries.

Sandyghast - Ghost/Ground

Pokemon Sun and Moon Sandyghast

  • Ability - Water Compaction 

This Ghost and Ground type comes from the grudges of fallen Pokemon that soak into the sand after battle. They use their power to manipulate children into making them bigger by adding more sand.

The new ability, Water Compaction, raises its Defense by 2 stages when hit by a Water type move.

Palossand - Ghost/Ground

Pokemon sun and Moon Palossand

  • Ability - Water Compaction

This is the evolved form of Sandyghast. It manipulates adults into building a sand castle to increase its Defense. It can regenerate lost sand, unlike Sandyghast.

It also like to swallow up small Pokemon, using its life force as a base for new Sandyghast.

Stufful - Normal/Fighting

Pokemon Sun and Moon Stufful

  • Ability - Fluffy/Klutz

This little bear Pokemon looks innocent, but is very strong. It evolves into a previously revealed Pokemon, Bewear. 

It hates to be touched and will flail around when this happens.

What do you think of the new Pokemon revealed? Be sure to check back whenever there's new Pokemon Sun and Moon news!

New features arrive for Pokemon Sun & Moon: Alola Forms, Z-Moves, New Pokemon and more! Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:54:22 -0400 Sean Handler

Pokemon Sun & Moon has shown off a variety of new features and Pokemon species thus far, but today a new video was released on the official Pokemon social media channels as well as the Pokemon website detailing a brand-new set of features exclusive to these new games; Alola Forms and Z-Moves. 

Here is a video that showcases these new elements:

The first thing we are presented with is the "Alola Forms". These new forms are not just palette swaps of some of your favorite Pokemon -- they get new types as well! For example, Vulpix and its evolved form Ninetales are shown with a brand-new blue appearance and are turned into Ice-type Pokemon. 

Then we have some new Pokemon reveals.

Oricorio, a bird Pokemon, comes in four "Styles", with each having a different type set. Oricorio also has a new move, "Revelation Dance" that looks different depending on the Pokemon's style. Oricorio also has the "Dancer" ability which allows it to copy another Pokemon's dance moves!

The next Pokemon shown is Minior, a strange looking Rock/Flying type Pokemon that has the "Shields Down" ability -- which causes it to shed its outer shell to reveal its secondary form, "Minior's Core". It comes in four colors, though the typing remains the same. We also get to see Fomantis, a flowery Grass-type Pokemon and its evolved form Lurantis. Both appear to be based off of tropical flowers in appearance and know the ability Leaf Guard. They also show off a new Grass-type move, Solar Blade.

The final reveals included a new set of evolutions and a primary form for two Pokemon that have already been shown. Gumshoos, the evolved form of Yungoos, is a Pokemon that looks very much like a weasel (or perhaps a certain presidential candidate if the variety of memes are anything to go by). It is a Normal type with a dual set of abilities called Stakeout and Strong Jaw. Our final new Pokemon is Mudbray, the donkey-like (and super cute) primary form of Mudsdale, a giant horse Pokemon. Both are Ground-type with dual abilities Own Tempo and Stamina. 

The video also shows off the ability to ride various Pokemon in different environments.

This is game element that we've encountered previously in Pokemon X and Y, but this time we get to ride new Pokemon such as Mudsdale and even Charizard. The other new game elements include a variety of trials unique to the island chain of the Alola region and what appears to be an absence of traditional Gym battles (and possibly even badges) in favor of going up against the "Kahunas" of each island. Players will also be facing new Totem Pokemon, which are essentially stronger versions of the normal variety that are encountered throughout the game. These special Pokemon can also call for help during battle. 

The final gameplay element, and definitely the most unique shown, is the Z-Moves.

These special moves are very similar to Mega Evolution in the sense that some kind of item appears to be required for their use and they can only be used once per battle. Each type of Pokemon has a different Z-Move -- and from what the video shows, they are extremely powerful. What is also new to this gameplay element is the dance moves the trainer uses to trigger them, 

Overall, these new elements presented in Pokemon Sun and Moon add some much needed variety and refreshment to the Pokemon series as a whole. It changes the game and breaks the standard mold of defeating Gym leaders to give way to a new system entirely. We have yet to see if there is a new villain team for this entry to the series, but if the other Pokemon games are any indication, there will most likely be one revealed eventually. Whether or not these new features will be welcome or disdained has yet to be determined, but they certainly add something new to the mix. 

Excited for the new gameplay features and Pokemon? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Type Changing Pokemon on the Way in Sun and Moon Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:42:59 -0400 flcl4lyfe

Pokemon Sun and Moon is still on the way, but details are constantly coming out, each one bringing something new and exciting to the game. The latest of which is the Oricorio, a unique little bird that likes to mix things up.

In a video release, this little guy/girl was revealed along with his/her interesting quirk. This Pokemon transforms based on your location -- meaning when you change islands, Oricorio changes too. Four islands equals four Oricorios and four different types, each inspired by a version of dance. A fiery baile (fire type), an electrifying pom-pom (electric), a hypnotic pa'u (psychic) and haunting sensu (ghost) are all yours to play with.

While this means that having a team of each different bird is impossible, the precedent this sets is exciting and makes your in-game location that much more important. Just another reason to anticipate the latest Pokemon game and all it has to offer.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Reveals 6 New Pokemon and New Features Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:49:02 -0400 Synzer

If you have been following Pokemon Sun and Moon news, you are in luck -- because even more Pokemon and features have just been announced. The 6 new Pokemon, Wimpod, Bounsweet, Comfey, Mudsdale, Bewear, and Mimikyu, are all interesting and some have unique type combinations.

New Pokemon

Wimpod - Bug/Water

Pokemon Sun and Moon Wimpod

Wimpod is known as the Turn Tail Pokemon because of its cowardly nature. They often run off when startled, or spit out a poisonous liquid. Even though it scares easily, it is a curious Pokemon and will approach other Pokemon or people that are standing still.

It has a new ability called Wimp Out, which allows it to flee battle when its HP drops below half.

Bounsweet - Grass

Pokemon Sun and Moon Bounsweet

Bounsweet is known as the Fruit Pokemon, and its scent has a calming effect on humans. Many people in the Alola region keep one in their homes as an air freshener. 

The aroma also attracts other Pokemon, who sometimes swallow it whole.

Comfey - Fairy

Pokemon Sun and Moon Comfey

Comfey is known as the Posey Picker Pokemon because of the flowers it picks and always carries with it. It has a new ability called Triage, which gives restorative moves priority in battle.

This will be an interesting Pokemon to see in competitive battling, depending on which restorative moves it can learn.

Mudsdale - Ground

Pokemon Sun and Moon Mudsdale

Mudsdale is the Draft Horse Pokemon and has a massive body. It has extremely powerful kicks, made even more powerful by the protective mud that coats them.

It also has a new ability called Stamina, which raises its defense every time it is hit by an attack

Bewear - Normal/Fighting

Pokemon Sun and Moon Bewear

Bewear is the Strong Arm Pokemon. This is another weird looking/colored Pokemon, but don't let that fool you! The bear hugs it gives have tremendous force and it is considered dangerous.

It has a new ability called Fluffy, which halves the damage it takes from moves that make direct contact and doubles the damage it takes from Fire moves.

Mimikyu - Ghost/Fairy

Pokemon Sun and Moon Mimikyu

Mimikyu is known as the Disguise Pokemon because of the Pikachu disguise it wears everywhere. The reason for this is sort of sad. Pikachu merchandise had become very popular, so Mimikyu decide to use this as a disguise to try to make friends with humans because of how lonely it is.

It has a new ability called Disguise, which allows it to escape danger once by using the disguise, then its appearance changes.

New Features

Pokemon weren't the only thing to be revealed. New online and training options were also shown.

Friendly Competition 

The Pokemon Global Link, which is the online feature for Pokemon, is adding the Friendly Competition function. This allows players to host their own competitions either online or locally and set their own regulations.

  • Online Competitions - These are competitions done over the internet where players compete against each other for the best rating.
    • This can be open to everyone or have only pre-approved players enter.
  • Live Competitions - These allow players to host competitions locally. The Digital Player ID of the person that creates the competition will have the regulations generated as a QR Code. Players can scan the QR Code to join the battle.
Hyper Training

Hyper Training will allows Pokemon that reach level 100 to train even further. This is done by taking new Bottle Cap items to an NPC called Mr. Hyper. Pokemon will be able to increase their individual strengths past level 100, which has not been possible in the previous games.

There is no further info on exactly how this feature will work, but this is huge for the competitive aspect of the game.

That's it for the recent Pokemon and features revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon. Stay tuned as we continue to cover any news as we get closer to its November 18th release date!

Guide to Alola: Nine New Pokemon for Sun and Moon! Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:45:10 -0400 Bran Rahl


With Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon being released on November 18th of this year, Nintendo will bring more news before the game finally comes out. Look out for more Pokemon news and interesting new Pokemon here at GameSkinny in the meantime!


Zygarde Complete Forme

Type: Dragon/Ground

Finally, Zygarde forms his battle mode, enabling him to use his full strength and potential to defend the Pokemon Ecosystem. His ultimate attack, Core Enforcer, erases the Abilities of any Pokemon that has already used a move that same turn.


Zygarde 10% Forme

Type: Dragon/Ground
Ability: Power Construct

In times of emergency, this forme can move independently from the 50% Main Body. One of his unique moves is called Thousand Arrows. It is a Ground-type move that can attack Flying-types and those with Levitate. It also allows those same opponents to be affected by other Ground-type moves. Another unique move is Thousand Waves, which prevents opponents from fleeing or switching out mid-battle.


Zygarde 50% Forme

Type: Dragon/Ground
Ability: Power Construct

Zygarde believes itself to be the protector of the ecosystem and monitors it to ensure the ecosystem is not disrupted. Even with its overwhelming power, this forme only contains 50% of all his cells. With the Power Construct ability, Zygarde can transform into his Complete Forme when the HP drops below 50%.



Type: Normal
Ability: Comatose

Komala is an amusing Pokemon, as no one has apparently seen it while it's awake. It eats, travels, and even battles while sleeping. According to ancient legends, Komala's saliva can be used as medicine for the sick and sleepless. The ability Comatose keeps Komala in a drowsy state, but prevents any other status conditions from affecting it.



Type: Rock

Rockruff is known for its amazing sense of smell, never forgetting an odor it has encountered before. There are tales of Rockruffs getting separated from their Trainers and using the faintest of smells to track them for days until they were reunited.



Type: Electric/Steel

Togedemaru is also known as the Roly-Poly Pokemon. it uses a long needle that grows from the back of its head, to gather and store electricity like a lightning rod.



Type: Bug/Fairy

Cutiefly seems to be able to detect the aura of living things. They use this ability to find flowers based on the color and the brightness of the auras before collecting nectar and pollen.



Type: Water/Psychic
Ability: Dazzling

While it's grinding its sharp teeth, Bruxish releases a strong psychic power from the protrusion on its head. Some Bruxish are known to have the ability Dazzling, which prevents opponents from using moves with priority that usually allows them to strike first. 



Type: Normal/Dragon
Ability: Berserk

Drampa is a new Dragon-type Pokemon that lives in solitude way above the sea-level in the mountains. When its HP drops below 50%, the Berserk ability will raise his Special Attack by one stage, allowing Drampa to hit harder against its opponents.



Type: Bug/Electric
Ability: Levitate 

As the evolution of Charjabug, Vikavolt can now fly around and hit as strong as a fortress. Using its huge jaws, Vikavolt can control beams of electricity which it fires from his mouth, similar to a railgun.



Type: Bug/Electric
Ability: Battery

Charjabug is the evolution of a previously released Pokemon, Grubbin, found in this E3 trailer. The Battery ability allows Charjabug to raise the power of allies' special moves, allowing Charjabug to be a great team player.


Tapu Koko

Type: Electric/Fairy
Ability: Electric Surge

Tapu Koko is the guardian deity of Melemele Island, one of the several islands of the Alola Region. The new ability Electric Surge is an interesting one. as it fills the field in Electricity around Tapu Koko, boosting the power of Electric-type moves used by Pokemon in contact with the ground while preventing them from falling asleep.


While everyone's been waiting in anticipation for the new Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon to come out, Nintendo's been keeping us occupied with information about new Pokemon and about Zygarde. With the introduction of a new trailer, we've gotten our first glimps of the nine new Pokemon. And now we've got a little more information on each one.

So here's everything we know so far about the nine new Pokemon for Sun and Moon.

Pokettomonsuta! Japanese Pokémon trailer released today Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:44:24 -0400 Jenifyr Kaiser

Konichiwa Pokémon fans! In anticipation of their 2 upcoming games Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the Pokémon Company released a new trailer on YouTube. The trailer is entirely in Japanese, but fear not dear readers -- even if you don't speak Japanese, it's easy to see how the game will look and the plethora of new Pokémon heading our way.

There's no way of knowing what the names of all these critters will be, but we do know one of them. Zygarde, from the previous games Pokémon X and Y, makes an appearance in the trailer. In the video it appears to be changing from its 50% form into its complete form. It then proceeds to decimate the opposing Pokémon.

It looks like Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will release for Nintendo 3DS this November in Japan. There's no word yet regarding release dates for the rest of the world. Check out the official website for more details and get ready for battle, or as they say in Japan -- tatakai!

E3 2016: New Pokemon, Game Mode, and More Coming to Pokemon Sun & Moon Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:41:18 -0400 Synzer

Pokemon Sun and Moon showed gameplay for the first time at Nintendo's E3 conference -- and we got to see a new battle UI, field effects, and more. A lot of info and new features were shown, so I'm going to break everything down in separate categories.

New Pokemon

In addition to the new Pokedex info, we got to see a couple new Pokemon you can catch.

  • Yungoos - Normal type Pokemon with 2 abilities, Stakeout and Strong Jaw.
    • A small mongoose that has 1 evolution.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Yungoos

  • Pikipek - Normal/Flying Pokemon with 2 abilities, Keen Eye and Skill Link.
    • A bird Pokemon that has 2 evolutions.
  • Grubbin - Bug Pokemon with the Swarm ability.
  • Magearna - A mythical Steel/Fairy Pokemon.
    • It has an ability called Soul-Heart, which raises its Special Attack when an ally Pokemon faints in battle.
    • It also has a new move called Fleur Cannon.

Battle Screen

The battle screen looks completely revamped, and shows a lot of new and helpful info during the fight.

  • Your trainer can now be seen during the whole fight, which is great for showing off your customization.
    • Enemy trainers are also completely rendered during the fights.
  • You can now look at detailed info on Pokemon, including the status effects they have on a new screen.
    • You can also see their stats like Attack and Defense.
  • When you fight a Pokemon, you will get info on what moves are super effective and not very effective.
    • This makes it much easier to fight effectively instead of needing to remember hundreds of moves and weaknesses.
  • When you level up, each stat is now shown in a different color.

Field Screen

We have already seen that trainer's have the full models in and out of battle now, instead of the chibi models they used in the field last generation. And we also know some of what to expect when walking around in the world.

  • Shadows will appear on the top and bottom of the screen if you get near a trainer that will initiate a battle.


The new Pokedex shows some new info to help you when catching and deciding on teams.

  • The Pokedex now shows a white poke ball symbol next to the Pokemon to indicate evolutions or Pokemon to be paired with it.

New Battle Mode

Battle Royal is a new free-for-all game mode with 4 players, where each trainer sends out 1 Pokemon at a time, with a total of 3 each.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Battle Royal game mode

  • Pokemon can target whoever they wish during the fight.
  • The fight ends when 1 trainer loses all their Pokemon.
  • Winner is determined by how many Pokemon you knocked out and how many Pokemon you have left at the end of the battle. 

That's everything shown for Pokemon Sun and Moon at E3 2016 so far. I'll be sure to update this post with any new info that comes out during E3!

New Pokémon, including mysterious pup, revealed Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:27:43 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Eagle-eyed Pokémon fans caught a quick glimpse of what appeared to be a dog Pokémon in the first Sun and Moon trailer, and thanks to CoroCoro scans courtesy of Serebii, we know now that's the case. Believe it or not, that's actually a Rock-type you're looking at there, and its Japanese name is Iwanko. This Puppy Pokémon can come equipped with either the Keen Eye or Vital Spirit ability.

Meanwhile, koala fans will be excited to learn that the lazy critter will finally get a Pokémon of its own. Dubbed Nekkola, it's a Normal-type with the ability Definite Sleep, which prevents any other status effect other than, you guessed it, sleep.

In semi-related news, remember the Zygarde formes shown off last fall? A new trailer showed them off at the Taiwan National Championships, and they've been confirmed to appear in Sun and Moon. As seen in the trailer below, Zygarde's 10% forme (the dog-like one) will turn into the 100% forme when afflicted with low health. It's currently unknown how big a role the X/Y legendary will play in the game.

Are you excited for these new Pokemon and Zygarde's formes? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Source: CoroCoro

Gotta See 'em ALL, Fakemon! (Part 1) Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:46:26 -0400 Chiisainekoyume

As we all know, news of the (supposed) 2016 release of Pokémon Sun and Moon has spread like wildfire, and Pokémon fans around the world are filled with excitement as they imagine all of the possibilities that the new games will bring to the world of Pokémon.

Some questions in the forefront of gamers’ minds are: What will the region look like/be modeled after? Who will the new heroes be? What aspects of the old games will return? Will there be tons of new Pokémon, and, if so, what will they look like?

Though there is not much information available yet to answer all of those questions (come on Serebii!), I would like to give you some entertaining food for thought. Below are some Fakémon that were created by Elena Hartley and Julia Utset for a winter term project at Oberlin College.  (They were kind enough to let me post their work!  Thanks you two!) 

Every Pokémon fan has imagined their own Pokemon at some point, right? I know I have. So why not have a looksee at other people's ideas? It’s fun to see what they can come up with! And it’s totally what they do to create new Pokémon in the secret Pokémon labs in Japan…

After you scroll through these fun Fakémon, comment below and use the nifty voting panel to vote for your favorite one! Or maybe even offer up a suggestion of your own. 

The World of Fraxina

First, let me share with you the region and background information for this Fakémon game:


“Fraxina: the region of volcanoes, glaciers, and geysers! Located just out of the arctic, an accident of ocean currents has gifted its shores with warm waters, transforming a climate of freezing snow into one milder."

-- (Excerpt from: Elena Hartley & Julia Utset, Pokédex of Fraxina)

Basically, Elena is really into science and rocks, so she created this cool world for her Fakémon to live in.  The island map has some similarities to the Hoenn or Sinnoh regions, but it has a much harsher environment with more volcanos and glaciers, and less forests.

If you're wondering what the cities are called/where they are located, here's the breakdown:  

  • Mosin City (the MC's hometown), between routes 1 and 13
  • Mior City, between routes 1 and 2
  • Skofur Town, between routes 5 and 8
  • Orisa City, between routes 8 and 9
  • Vofall City, between routes 12 and 13
  • Vateld City, at the end of route 14
  • Klettalt City, between routes 15 and 22
  • Reinn City, between routes 20 and 18

Btdubs, there are more red dots on the map than cities listed.  That is because Elena and Julia have only made known the names of the cities with gyms.

I Choose YOU, Fakémon!

The Pokédex of Fraxina! - Part 1

As with most Pokémon games, Elena and Julia have you, the hero, begin in a small town called "Mosin".  Why do you always seem to start off in a small town?  Well, I guess it makes more sense that way, because you are supposed to be new to the world of Pokémon.  Anywho, we find that the hero is an intern at Professor Henry Hickory's Laboratory, and it is their job to find and identify the 71 new Fakémon of Fraxina.

Oh, and you, of course, meet two rival trainers (either Friderick or Lara, depending on your gender) and a goth girl named Kristin.

But before you begin your journey, you need to pick your starter Fakémon!  Which would you choose?  Some trainers choose based on looks, some based on stats, and some based on whichever gym is first (which I believe is Aldren, with his Fakémon, Nannec -- a Dragon/Bug type).

The Fraxina Starters:



Oh, and this is a Nannec - the first gym leader's Fakémon and its evolution:


Those girls certainly didn't choose an easy type for your first gym battle! Maybe this guy wasn't supposed to be the first gym leader.  I mean, he's in your hometown, so maybe you have to come back later?  Maybe the first gym is supposed to be the one in Mior (Noel with a Scaverrel - a normal type, low level looking Fakémon).  Well... anyways...

Once you've chosen your starter, you head off to the next town (Mior) through lots of grassy patches.  Inevitably, you find some new Fakémon and try to catch them.  Let's see... of the Fakémon in the Fraxina Pokédex, you'd probably encounter these wild Fakémon first:

You've got your basic normal type, then your normal/flying bird that you always get, and then you'll find an electric and at least one bug Fakémon. (They actually had another, evolving electric type Fakémon that was #25, buuuut I think Plouse is cute, so that's what I'm using).

Then (if you haven't already), you'll have to battle one or both of your rivals (who most likely have the other two starters that you didn't choose).  And then continue to level up your Fakémon in order to battle (and win) the first gym badge.  Yay!

It's on to the next town and more Fakémon for you, but as you make your way through some rocky terrain, home to volcanic activities, you are approached by uniform-wearing evil doers.  What's this?!  A criminal organization intent on ruling the world with the power of legendary Fakémon?!  Say it ain't so!




I'll post more Fakémon in Part 2!

Again, all of the Fakémon were illustrated by Elena and explained/named by Julia, so give them a round of applause! Yay! Great job you two!  And thanks for letting me share your Fakémon!

Now if only we could get some more info on Sun and Moon

 Don’t forget to vote and/or comment on your favorite Fakemon below!

Adventuring into Pokemon XY - Ridiculous Pokemon and Mega-Evolution Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:12:30 -0500 Courtney Gamache

Making the decision to invest into Pokemon X had many weighted factors that irked me as a an old-timey Pokemon fan. One of these factors involved the copious amounts of Pokemon that have been added to the evolved Pokedex, and the thought of Mega-Evolutions. I'm quite happy to accept change, but I do love my old Pokemon Leaf Green.

Working Through the Ridiculous Pokemon

One of the most embarrassing parts of playing this new generation Pokemon game is what the Pokemon types and species have become. Some of them, I admit, are genius: like Zygarde and Amaura. They are unique in their design and powers and I find them to be very complimentary to this new Pokemon game.

On the other hand, the ridiculous Pokemon such as Klefki (a giant flying key-ring), and Honedge (a flying sword), make me a bit worried for the future of my beloved childhood past-time, Pokemon will become.

What is this Mega-Evolution thingy?

Another bit about Pokemon X (and Y) that gets me a little fidgety is Mega-Evolution. It's nice to have this for new Pokemon like Banette, but I never expected there to be one for the old-timey Mewtwo. But just for the record, Mega-Evolution is really cool! You would have never expected this from Pokemon, and I hope they continue to come up with these types of add-ons to their future games.

Keep on the lookout for more Pokemon X reviews, cause I'll surely be bringing them. Also, if you have any questions about the game, feel free to comment. Always here to help!

What did you think about Pokemon X and Y? Comment below with your opinion!

9/13 PokeUpdates for X & Y Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:04:29 -0400 The Myrrduck

Oh boy, they released a grand bit of information today! For those of you wanting to keep up with the news on Pokemon X & Y, the Pokemon Company gave another press release covering a good scope of information.

Starter Evolutions

They finally released information regarding the first stage evolutions for the starter trio! 

  • Chespin evolves into Quilladin, a pure Grass type that can learn Mud Shot. 
  • Fennekin evolves into Braixen, a pure Fire type that can learn Psyshock.
  • Froakie evolves into Frogadier, a pure Water type that can learn Bounce.

The starters have also been revealed to have the traditional starter abilities of Blaze, Torrent, and Overgrow. 

Ancient Age Pokemon

As we've come to expect from Pokemon games, we're getting some new fossil Pokemon! 

  • The T-Rex Pokemon will be known as Tyrunt. He's a Rock/Dragon type with a new ability known as Hard Jaw, which improves attacks such as Crunch. He'll come from the Jaw Fossil.
  • The Diplodocus Pokemon is Amaura, and he's a Rock/Ice type. His ability, Freeze Skin, turns Normal attacks into Ice type attacks, and makes them more powerful! Amaura can be found within the Sail Fossil. 
Mega Forms Abound

We have news on both old Mega forms and new ones!

  • Mewtwo will be getting two exclusive Mega forms! Mega Mewtwo X is found in X version, and is a Psychic/Fighting type with the ability Steadfast. Mega Mewtwo Y, the first revealed Mega Mewtwo version, is found in Y version. 
  • Mega Garchomp was revealed with the ability Sandforce, which is sure to make it even more fiercesome than its original form. 
New Pokemon Reveals
In addition the the Starter Evolutions and Fossil Pokemon, here are some more Pokemon leaked: 
  • The customizable dog, Furfrou. It has an ability called Fur Coat and a move called Baby Doll Eyes, which has priority and lowers the foe's Attack. Its appearance can be customized, similar to real-world poodles. This is likely to keep with the French theme the new region has.
  • The new Fire/Normal type Pyroar, the Royal Pokemon. It has both a male and female form and can have the abilities Unnerve and Rivalry. 
  • A new Psychic type pictured below, currently known as Meowstic, has both male and female forms that affect the Pokemon's growth and moves. The male has a support moveset, while the female is more offensive. They can have the abilities Keen Eye or Infiltrator. 

Mechanic Changes

They have been tinkering with some type changes, some of which are long overdue and some of which I am hesitant about.

  • The new Fairy type is Super Effective against Fighting, Dark, and Dragon and not good against Fire, Poison or Steel. The type is weak against Poison and Steel and resists Fighting, Dark and Bug types, and is immune to Dragon type attacks altogether.
  • Ghost types are no longer affected by moves that affect fleeing, such as Mean Look.
  • Grass Pokemon can no longer be affected by the Powder moves or Leech Seed. 
  • Electric types can no longer be affected by paralysis. 
  • Steel types may have lost their resistances to Ghost and Dark types
The People of the Region

Its nice to know all about the critters in the area, but what about the cast of the game?

  • Team Flare has been revealed! Their goal seems to be to create a beautiful world, and the scientists of the team have been seen. The purple-haired woman is Celosia, the orange-haired woman is Aliana, the green-haired woman is Bryony, and the blue-haired woman is Mable. The final one of the lot is a man called Xerosic [not pictured], whose red goggles and hair make quite an impression.
  • Your trainer's appearance is now customizable! You can pick from some default looks at the beginning of the game, and then later customize your outfits at a Boutique and Salon in game! 
A Lot To Take In

That's a lot of new information to handle! What do you think about all of this information, and what would you like to see revealed next? 

Pokemon X and Y - New Pokemon Revealed Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:12:34 -0400 Smoky Grey

Today we got a look at a new trailer that shows us a few more details on the new Pokémon X and Y. Pokémon fans and OCD collection lovers are on the edge of their seat waiting for this new addition to the Pokémon series.

 The People

The first new character we get to meet is Professor Augustine Sycamore, the man who will give you your first Pokémon in the game and teach you how to use it.

The newest addition to the teams of villains will be Team Flare. An organization set on getting as much money as possible and, of course, stealing Pokémon. They look a lot like Team Magma to me.

 The Pokémon - Fairy Types

The Fairy type will be all new to the Pokémon series, there have been fairy Pokémon before but never an actual type.

Swirlix, a Fairy type known as the cotton candy Pokémon, will be exclusively found in Pokémon X. Swirlix will feature a new move that prevents your Pokémon from being put to sleep called Sweet Veil.

Next we have Spritzee, a Fairy type known as the perfume Pokémon, will be exclusive to Pokémon Y.


The Pokémon - Dark Types

Inkay, known as the revolving Pokémon, is a Dark/Psychic type.

Next we have Malamar, the evolved form of Inkay, a Dark/Psychic type known as the overturning Pokémon.


Last but not least we have Pangoro, a Dark/Fighting type, who will be the evolved form of the earlier released Pancham. The method of evolution is still unknown, but it is rumored to be an all new type of evolution not seen before in the series.

Pokémon X and Y will be releasing on October 12th for the Nintendo 3DS, are you ready to catch them all?

Pokemon Images Stripped of Their Dignity (aka Outlines) Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:55:09 -0400 Ashley Shankle

I pondered on typing out something thought-provoking here, but ultimately it all came out to be a bunch of mumbo jumbo with cheesy Pokemon-related jokes. I want to show you what I've been wasting 70% of my time on over the past two days, after a spark of inspiration from my most recent article covering the confirmed additions to Pokemon X and Y.

The images below were altered by me during times of great boredom, and I am by no means an artist. Don't expect anything great to come from what you are about to see. With that said, the amount of hours poured into the combined girth of the images below are numerous. If you like the images themselves or the concept, please leave a comment below and I would be more than happy to whip up another batch (with some anti-aliasing and more attention to detail next time around) if there is enough positive feedback .

So anyway, what we have here are edits of images of randomly chosen Pokemon, to give them a new look. Their outlines have been removed and a few have had their color saturation tinkered with a bit for some more flair. Feel free to do whatever you want with them. Base images were taken from PokemonDB and Bulbagarden.

And so, I present to you...

Pokemon Images Stripped of Their Dignity

Clauncher (Gen VI)
Fennekin (Gen VI)
Clefairy (Gen I)

Totodile (Gen II)
Altaria (Gen III)
Talonflame (Gen VI)
Klang (Gen V)
Bulbasaur (Gen I)
Ampharos (Gen II)
Magmortar (Gen IV)
Skrelp (Gen VI)
Conkeldurr (Gen V)
Machoke (Gen I)
Golurk (Gen V)
Bibarel (Gen III)
Misdreavus (Gen II)
Oddish (Gen I)
Beautifly (Gen III)
Pancham (Gen VI)
Helioptile (Gen VI)
Growing List of New Pokemon Officially Announced for Pokemon X and Y Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:31:27 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Pokemon X and Y won't be making it to store shelves until October 12, which means we have a long wait hopefully filled with little reveals on these series-changing entries to the series.

Nintendo has been feeding us small pieces of information over the past few months, with the biggest morsels of information having been revealed last week during the industry-only Pokemon developer conference. All of the new features making their way to the series are exciting in their own right, but the most tasty bits are always new Pokemon.

The new Fairy type has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for new Pokemon to add to the already extensive roster, but only two brand new entries have been revealed so far to be Fairy types: Sylveon - the new Eevee evolution - and Flabébé, a small sprite-like Pokemon with a distinct love for flowers. You can get a look at these two below or on the official site if you've yet to do so already.

This list is essentially the same as what you will find on the official site. Leaks from Japanese publications and the like will be listed in a separate article at a later date, and added here as they are confirmed on the North American Pokemon X and Y website.

The Pokemon mentioned below will be separated by primary type. Their secondary types will be noted, and moves that have been confirmed will be mentioned as well. If a move has been used in footage or screenshots that are not officially confirmed but do have names, they will be noted -- though this has not happened yet, and it may not.

Each Pokemon type only has between one and three new additions at the time of writing. New Pokemon will be added as they are officially revealed. Each category is listed in the plural for consistency and to mark that they will be growing at a later date.

New Grass Types

  • Learns Horn Leech
  • Can be used as a mount around Lumiose City
  • One of the three starter Pokemon

New Water Types

  • One of the three starter Pokemon
  • Learns the move Crabhammer
  • Official site states Clauncher's claws are able to crack boulders which may point to this Pokemon being able to learn Rock Smash.

New Fire Types

  • One of the three starter Pokemon
  • Is a Fire/Normal type
  • Learns the new move Noble Roar
  • Is a Fire/Flying type
  • Learns the move Brave Bird

New Flying Types

  • Is a Flying/Dragon type
  • Learns the new move Boomburst
  • Official site states its ears are "strong enough to reduce large boulders to rubble", which may point to this Pokemon being able to learn Rock Smash

New Normal Types

  • Is a Normal/Flying type
  • Learns the move Flame Charge

New Poison Types

  • Is a Poison/Water type
  • Learns the move Sludge Bomb

New Dark Types

  • Is a Dark/Psychic type
  • Has the Contrary ability
  • Learns the new move Topsy-Turvy
  • Evolves into Malamar
  • Is a Dark/Psychic type
  • Has the Contrary ability
  • Learns the move Hypnosis
  • Evolves from Inkay

New Electric Types

  • Is an Electric/Normal type
  • Learns the move Parabolic Charge

New Fighting Types

  • Learns the new move Parting Shot
  • Evolves into Pangoro


  • Is a Fighting/Dark type
  • Learns the moves Iron Fist and Hammer Arm
  • Evolves from Pancham

New Bug Types


  • Learns the move String Shot
  • Evolves into Spewpa
  • Learns the move Protect
  • Evolves from Scatterbug, and into Vivillon
  • Learns the move Struggle Bug
  • Evolves from Spewpa

New Steel Types


  • Is a Steel/Ghost type
  • Learns the move Swords Dance

Fairy Types

  • Wild Flabébé will be clinging to flowers of varying colors
  • Learns the new move Fairy Wind
  • Evolves from Eevee
  • Learns the new move Moonblast
  • Pokemon X exclusive
  • Has the new ability Sweet Veil
  • Pokemon Y exclusive
  • Has the Healer ability
  • Learns the new move Draining Kiss

New Legendary Pokemon

These Pokemon are the newest addition to the long list of legendaries seen in the series. At the time of writing, no information on Mewtwo's new forme has been released.

  • Is a Fairy type
  • Has the new ability Fairy Aura
  • Learns the exclusive new move Geomancy
  • Is a Dark/Flying type
  • Has the new ability Dark Aura
  • Learns the new exclusive move Oblivion Wing


  • Name has yet to be revealed
  • Likely a Psychic type
First Gym Leader and New Pokemon Announced for Pokemon X and Y Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:52:23 -0400 McLain Anderson

After all the crazy activity from last week at E3 2013 in Los Angeles, The Pokemon Company International and Nintendo have come out and announced even more details for their upcoming Pokemon games, X and Y

In their press release, the two companies revealed info concerning the first Gym Leader players will encounter, Viola from the city of Santalune, and a few new Pokemon. 

A professional photographer who specializes in Pokémon photography, Viola presides over the Santalune City Gym, whose interior is constructed from threads like spiderwebs, strung together tightly above the darkness. Players will need to find a safe path through these threads, and will receive useful advice from Viola when they battle her.

Among the handful of new Pokemon shown off were Vivillon and Flabebe, both Bug- and Flying-type Pokemon, as well as another new Fairy-type who "lives atop a flower that it chooses soon after it's born and will care for its entire life."

You can look forward to Pokemon X and Y releasing later this year in October for the Nintendo 3DS. And while you're here, be sure to check out the new gameplay trailer for the two games below!