Pokemon X and Y – How to Capture Xerneas and Yveltal


Pokemon is all about catching the legendaries. I mean really, who cares about your level 83 Raticate man? It’s obvious that the guy with the Mewtwo, Rayquaza and Zapdos in his squad is the superior trainer.

For more help on Pokemon X and Y, read our HM and TM Locations, New Pokemon and Legendary Pokemon Guide.

Honestly speaking, catching a legendary is no small feat. Many will be tempted to use up their one and only Masterball because of the frustration involved in the process but keep in mind that this would be a huge mistake.

You only get one Masterball, and while using it to catch a legendary is the proper use, you need to be sure that it’s the right Legendary you’re snagging with it.

For the others, regular old Pokéballs can serve just as well, you only need to be patient and have a truckload of Ultra Pokéballs in your backpack.

Xerneas and Yveltal are the two ‘featured’ legendaries in Pokémon X and Y. However, as is standard in the Pokémon franchise you can only find one of them in the game available for capture, depending on which version of the game you are playing.

Both of them are found in the same location; inside Team Flare’s lab. Remember to save a fresh file before heading inside so that you can recover if you accidentally kill it.

Xerneas is a Fairy-type so it’ll take extra damage from Poison and Steel attacks. If you get it low, but not low enough, switch to Fighting, Bug and Dark attacks which deal half damage so you can edge the healthbar into the red without risking an accidental kill.

Yveltal is a Dark/Flying-type so it’ll take extra damage from Electric, Ice, Rock and Fairy. If you get it low, but not low enough, switch to Grass, Ghost and Dark attacks as these will enable you to edge the healthbar into the red safely.

As always, try to get any kinds of status effects that you can pile onto it, whether it be sleep or paralysis. Avoid confusion as then it might kill itself and make you feel like a fool.

Once it’s in the red, start chucking Ultraballls like they’re going out of style and use Potions to keep your squad topped up.

It may seem like you’re not making headway but keep at it. I know people who managed to catch them with as little as five Pokeballs. Also remember that it’s not possible to catch both of these legendaries in the traditional way.

If you catch one, the only way to obtain the other is through a trade with a friend or through the Global Trade Network.

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    • Xerneas

      Just a Timer Ball worked fine! :)

    • Jack

      Storyline Legendaries are much easier to catch than other kinds. Xerneas and Yveltal aren’t really that much harder to catch than anything else you’ll run into, and if you kill it, you get to try again right away. Heck, throw a Quick Ball as soon as the fight starts and you’ll stand a good chance of getting it. Now, getting one with a positive Nature and decent IV spread on the other hand…

    • endincolorado

      I threw an ultra ball at the beginning and caught it instantly. A friend of mine had the same experience. This may be the way to do it.

    • BennyD

      Actually, almost all the Pokemon games let you catch both “featured” legendaries in the game. For example, in Gold and Silver, you can catch the alternative version mascot later in the post game at a higher level than the mascot of your game.

    • Sean Haulman

      Used a Swift Ball first turn, didn’t work. Whittled him (Xerneas) down to the red using Wing Attack 3 times with my Charizard, then had to use two Ultra Balls. Got him!

    • speedy_3014

      Yeah baby! Exetremely lucky 13 great balls

    • isabell

      honestly i caught xerneas with a pokeball

    • https://twitter.com/BurstZX Devin Isom

      The X and Y legendary have high catch rates you can throw a pokeball first turn and catch it. Thats how high it is.

    • Woww

      I used a quickball on my second turn joking to my girlfriend it would work and it did!!

    • JJ

      Took me 1 rematch & 3 pokeballs.
      :)

    • Usman Suleman

      You can kill them and they’ll just sit there for a rematch until you catch them anyway.

    • cc

      Caught Yveltal first go with a premier ball

    • Lili

      Caught it with my first ultra ball after getting its HP to red with my Lapras and putting it to sleep with my Vileplume.

    • President Weasel

      I used a dusk ball (and false swipe to get it to 1HP) and got it first try

    • Ethan

      I just used my only pokeball (1) and I did have 2 Masterballs.

    • Kerstin

      Got lucky with my 1st pokeball.

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        • Danny

          Xerneas and Yveltal have high catch rate

    • Peter Turner

      was lucky – first ultraball got it :D

      • cagedchimp

        Same!