This week held a lot of big reveals for the gameplay of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y. Really big things, like Mega Evolutions, Super Training and even more new Pokemon. So I’m Just gonna jump right into it.
There are new items exclusive to the Kalos region called Mega Stones that, when paired up with the right Pokemon in battle, can cause them to “Mega Evolve” into a cool new form and access latent powers for the duration of the battle.
These forms aren’t permanent, they’re more like an energy shot. This is the explanation for the new Mewtwo form that was revealed a while back.
This is Mega Mewtwo, so it will give Mewtwo a cool stat boost and access to a new ability, Insomnia. Only a few fully-evolved Pokemon will be getting a Mega Evolution. Each Pokemon only Mega Evolves from the power of its own unique Mega Stone with names like Mewtwoite Mega Stone, and Lucarioite Mega Stone (anyone sensing a Digimon vibe here?).
The Pokemon whose mega forms have been confirmed still seem pretty random. In addition to Mewtwo we have Lucario, Blaziken, Amphoros, Mawile, Absol, and I believe Khangaskhan. We have Pokemon from all different generations, types, body builds, and even a Legendary.
The Blaziken looks especially cool, and will be a special limited release. Nintendo announced that when Pokemon X and Pokemon Y releases they will have a Wi-Fi giveaway event for a Torchic holding the Blazikenite Mega Stone. It was said that this will be the only possible way to get the Blazikenite Mega Stone.
I like how Nintendo made these Mega Evolutions. You can tell Mega Blaziken looks too much like regular Blaziken to be a whole new Pokemon, but it’s still subtly something different. As a new battle feature, I feel like Mega Evolutions may get old pretty quick, but only time will tell. I’m also interested to see how they work the sudden existence of Mega Evolutions into the story.
If you consider yourself a casual Pokemon trainer, you probably have no idea what EVs (Effort Values) are, or you tremble at the thought of trying to understand them. If you’re a more hardcore or dedicated trainer, images of Proteins and the number 252 probably pop into your head at the sound of these initials. Whether you’re new to it or an old vet, EV training is about to become a whole lot easier.
Super Training is a mini-game in Pokemon X & Pokemon Y, similar to Pokemon-amie. You can access it from the touch screen any time you aren’t in a battle or a cut scene. In Super Training, you play workout mini-games with your Pokemon. These games raise your Pokemon’s EVs: a previously invisible stat that can boost the other more visible stats such as HP and Speed. The only game revealeved so far is one where you try and break a big Pokemon-shaped balloon with soccer balls.
Before, EV training could only be done by feeding your Pokemon expensive nutrients and fighting battle after battle against the exact same Pokemon. Super Training can help you earn the EVs you want without earning any actual XP. So you can completely EV train a Pokemon before you even start leveling it up. Then you can level it up like a regular member of your team without having to worry about how fighting Pokemon willy-nilly will affect your ‘mon’s future growth.
The biggest news in all this for me is simply that EVs are going to be a statistic you can check on-screen at any time. That is game changing.
As if this weren’t enough, there’s also something called Core Training which allows your Pokemon to earn Training Bags, which look like punching bags. These bags allow your Pokemon to earn EVs and even when you’re not playing. I had to walk around and take a few deep breaths after I read that one!
If you’ve done a lot of EV training like I have, and that doesn’t make you feel like someone just promised to do your chores for a year, I don’t know what to say. With EV training becoming so easy, prepare for the battling scene to become a lot more crowded.
In the shadow of the Mega Evolutions and Super Training, I almost didn’t notice that Nintendo revealed three more Pokemon this week.
First is Dedenne. Seems like another electric mouse Pokemon? Well that because that’s exactly what it is. Of course, Nintendo slapped fairy type on this one, but it still shows a lack of creativity. This was the first Pokemon from Gen VI that I hated, so I don’t want to go into any more detail.
Next is Bunnelby. Another Bunny Pokemon. And another example of a lack of creativity. Nintendo is using old designs. I mean this is almost an exact copy from Mario Galaxy! Then again, Maybe there’s not much you can do with a rabbit design. I don’t know. If they were gonna put such a plain Pokemon in the game, I didn’t want them to reveal it before the release. I wanted to find this and ignore it on my own.
Finally we have a cool one. Skiddo is the pre-evolved form of Gogoat. He just looks so cute. I love this little guy. And it looks like he’s even big enough to ride. I don’t know why, but this picture makes me laugh. It almost makes be forgive Nintendo for the other Pokemon they revealed.
Well that’s all I have for now. Be sure to tell me what you think about all this big news in the comments below!
Catch ya next week!