Pokemon X & Y: Every Rumour Analysed
NowGamer picks apart every single Pokemon X & Y rumour, analysing the content of all the 'leaks' for the 3DS Pokemon games' new generation.
Published on Mar 4, 2013
As Nintendo gears up its first main-series Pokemon entry for the 3DS, rumuors have been firing across the interweb about the upcoming Pokemon X & Y.
NowGamer has pulled together all the rumours, rumblings and whispers about X & Y and collated them in one handy place (you can also read our 10 Ways 3DS Can Evolve Pokemon feature here).
Disclaimers first: these rumours are just that: rumours, and could end up being complete hokum, so bear this in mind.
Having said that, there is a poster online calling himself Mr. XY who claims that, due to the game getting a worldwide simultaneous release, much of the secret information is currently being made available to employees around the globe.
Possible. But he has been posting information he claims to be real about the games. It’s suspect, to say the least, but for Pokefans, every tidbit of info is worth looking into. NowGamer investigates…
99 New Pokemon Including New Combos & Evolutions
According to a list posted on Leviathyn online, there will be 100 new Pokemon in X & Y, with the number of legendaries cut down to just a handful.
The post also says Chespin’s final evolution stage will be Grass/Flying, while Froakie’s final stage will be pure water and Fennekin’s Fire/Psychic.
New type combos supposedly set to come in will be Dark/Electric, Grass/Dragon, Bug/Dragon and Grass/Fire.
The final four legendaries will also all be Dark in typing – Flying/Dark, Poison/Dark, Rock/Dark and Ice/Dark.
The ‘leak’ also lists the English names of every Pokemon, such as Throhem and Sawkem, supposedly evolutions of Black/White’s Sawk and Throh and Snowmanitan, a Fire/Ice Darmanitan evolution.
Many of the names look plausible, such as Fennerva for Fennekin’s third stage, or Koalossus (a giant koala?), though some seem less brilliant (Melboing, Kenpoe, Lollilap). Though considering some previous-gen real names (Luvdisc anyone?), you never know.
100 Pokemon would seem a fair guess, considering a gen which introduced a lot of creatures is usually followed by a gen with fewer Pokemon.
Here’s the pattern:
It all sounds plausible, but of course there’s no way of telling either way just yet and we wouldn’t be surprised to find out this is bogus. In fact, see our updated analysis of the next rumour...
New Baby Pokemon To Be Revealed This Month
This supposed Mr XY is using two new alleged Pokemon as ‘proof’ of his legitimacy, telling people that Nintendo will unveil two new baby Pokemon on around March 15 – Buggler and Chryscross.
These will be pre-evolutions of Gen 1’s Pinsir and Gen 2’s Heracross respectively, two bug Pokemon with no family trees thus far.
The poster also says Houndoomed (Dark/Fire) will be a Houndoom evolution, while Flyby’byte will be a Normal/Flying Farfetch’d evolution.
Again, this sounds plausible. It’s certainly a bold move to claim these baby Pokemon will be revealed this month.
If they are, it will certainly lend legitimacy to the rest of the rumours..
But even then, it could be that the rest of the rumours are fake info spun off the back of one real leak.
Apart from their introduction in Gold/Silver, Baby Pokemon were added in Ruby/Sapphire (Azurill & Wynaut) and Diamond/Pearl (Bonsly, Mime Jr, Mantyke and more), with only Black/White not featuring any, so it’s possible we’ll see more this time around.
UPDATE: Well, March 15 has passed, and there is no sign of these new baby Pokemon.
Does that mean that all of Mr XY's information is false? Well, considering the reveal was supposed to be proof, then we'd be tempted to say yes.
But there is still a small chance that Nintendo decided to pull the announcement of the two Pokemon at the last minute to make Mr XY's rumours look false. It's a small chance, but it's still possible.
Professional opinion? We'd say this casts all of Mr XY's rumours into serious doubt, at least for the time being.
New Items & Gameplay Changes
Another 'leak' suggests a raft of gameplay changes and new items will be brought in.
There is nothing hugely world-changing, but there are plenty of tweaks which will alter the way the game plays (if they’re real).
Here’s a run-down of the changes:
- Main characters are Jean and Jane; the characters’ appearances are non-customizable
- Trainer now appears in the bottom screen during battle, with a speech bubble interface holding the trainer commands inside
- Trainers now have their own leveling system that affects how in-game NPCs react to you and grants various bonuses such as increasing capture rate and the rarity of Pokémon encountered
- A new key item called the Whistle can be used once per battle with differing effects, such as waking up a Pokémon or snapping it out of confusion
- A bond level replaces the happiness meter from past games; higher bond levels grant bonuses such as experience or stat gain for Pokémon
- Bond level bonuses and the whistle feature can be turned off in PvP matches for the benefit of competitive play
- A new item called the Bond-EYE that resembles a pair of sunglasses allows players to view the nature of wild Pokémon and their capture rate
- The Bond-EYE also allows players to see visual avatars of other players and send them messages or trade and battle requests; this feature, akin to the Miiverse function in Nintendo Land, will be the first of its kind on the 3DS
- Wireless co-op is now possible, with one player being the leader and the other aiding in battle
- Players not able to play cooperatively will be allowed to request aid from NPC trainers in their adventures via a juice bar located in every town
- The PokéDex resembles a tablet with a 3D display that allows players to view Pokémon models, read full paragraph descriptions of them, hear their cries, view their locations, compare their sizes and weights with others, and read comments made by other trainers around the world about them
- Excess money can be stored in banks that grant interest and special gifts upon depositing certain amounts
- Using a special wristwatch device, players can travel 30 years into the past which features different characters, younger versions of current characters, different layouts, and different wild Pokémon
- The rival faction is Team Gear whose members wear purple bodysuits with black clock hands on them; they mess with events in the past that affect the present
- In one part of the game, you must catch a Munchlax in the past to clear the road of a Snorlax in the future, suggesting that past generations of Pokémon will be available from the start
- The professor is Professor Bristle and the rival is Ricki, a magazine writer who documents the strange events occurring in the past
- There will be a total of six legendary Pokémon that include Xerneas (Psychic/Rock) and Yveltal (Ghost/Flying) along with four black and white Pokémon based on card suits: a cobra with a heart-shaped hood and tail, a tiger with diamond patterns, a t-rex with spade-shaped eyes, and a peacock with a club-shaped tail
There’s a lot to digest here. Let’s start with the legendaries: this immediately seems suspect. Unless Game Freak and Nintendo have decided to change tactics six generations in, six new legends is just too few to be plausible.
Here are the number of legends in each gen:
Diamond: Pearl: 14
The only time a generation since the original had just half a dozen legends was way back on Gold/Silver – and that game was meant only as an extension of Red/Blue.
Each game has since packed in tons of legends, peaking with Diamond/Pearl’s faintly ridiculous 14. It’s unlikely we’ll see such a major drop when Nintendo uses these legendaries to extend the length of the post-E4 game, as well as for movie tie-ins, rare trading cards and special events to give them away such as the recent Black/White Meleotta events.
With so few new legendaries, they’ll run out of new super-rare Pokemon to lure people to hyped-up events with or spin movies out of.
The whistle item seems odd, too – if it could be blown once in each battle to wake a Pokemon up or cure its confusion, where would this leave items like Awakening, or berries which cure confusion? Why is it even necessary to use it, if these items can be used multiple times in each battle anyway?
Competitively, there are still berries, natures and moves which can heal up these ailments.
A time-travelling narrative would be interesting and would allow Game Freak to include two regions without having to redesign an entire second one, with the other region looking different in the past, and could also be used to tell stories of legendaries with a time-changing bent.
The new team will also allegedly tie in to this time theme, with Team Gear supposedly messing with time in the past to change the present.
This whole time theme sounds slightly suspect. Given X/Y’s names, it would be more likely Game Freak will look at themes which revolve around DNA and playing God, similar to the Mew/Mewtwo storyline in Red/Blue with Team Rocket.
The names X/Y lend themselves perfectly to genome-meddling and themes of creationism, evolution, science and biology, rather than a time-jumping narrative which has no bearing or seeming relation to anything we’ve seen so far.
The Bond-EYE feature sounds intriguing. Given Nintendo’s current Miiverse focus and interest in social features blended into games, it would not be a surprise to see something like this introduced. The Pokemon series has always innovated from a tech standpoint, with Fire Red/Leaf Green bundled with a Wi-Fi adapter for GBA and Black/White introducing a Streetpass-style functionality on DS before 3DS did it.
130 New Pokemon & Mic Integration
An entirely different rumour claims there will be 130 new pocket monsters. The source of this one is allegedly a chap who works on editing the back-of-the-box blurb for the games’ packaging. Seriously.
"Discover the immense and expansive region of [rgn] as you set sail on a brand new Pokemon[cprt] adventure! As you make your way on your journey through new and exciting landscapes with your Pokemon[cprt] companions by your side, you soon realize that not everything is quite what it seems. Who knows what people you will meet, and what mysteries you will discover in Pokemon[cprt] [x1][y1]? Which path will you take?
Grow your bonds with your Pokemon[cprt] stronger than ever before as you talk to them using Nintendo 3DS[cprt] technology.
• Over 130 brand new Pokemon[cprt] to meet and befriend! Discover exciting new forms and evolutions of your old friends.
• Wonder through flourishing cities, quaint towns, and mysterious environments in rich, 3D graphics.
• Have fun and make new friends around the world with Pokemon Connect[cprt]"
Digging into its content, the rumour suggests the games’ online connectivity will be called Pokemon Connect - plausible enough – while players will be able to ‘talk to’ Pokemon using 3DS technology, apparently.
Will X & Y bring in a Nintendogs-style element using the microphone? We hope not, but it wouldn’t be a crazy inclusion.
Given the contrast between this rumour and others (99 Pokemon vs 130, for example), it’s clear that everything here should be taken with a pinch of salt and in fact, none of it might be true at all.
Still, given that Pokemon X & Y’s worldwide release date is just seven months away in October, there’s bound to be plenty of info, rumours and speculation leading up to 3DS’ first Pokemon adventure. NowGamer will be covering it all - so stay tuned.
UPDATE: Sylveon Is A Flying Type & Three Previous-Gen Evolutions
Another rumour surfaced since this article was first penned, suggesting Sylveon, the new Eevee evolution, is a pure Flying type and evolves with a bonding method.
Interestingly, this backs up another rumour on this page - which also says Sylveon needs a bonding evolution.
Read the rest of that rumour including alternate suggestions for Xerneas and Yveltal's types and three more evolutions here.
In the meantime, why not read our feature on 10 Ways 3DS Could Evolve Pokemon X & Y.