The newly announced Pokemon X and Y games are barely 24 hours into their tenure on the internet but there’s already a plethora of fanart and speculations about the games themselves. Nintendo are already looking to reward our curiosoity though and they’ve thrown us a scant few extra details on the trailer that was released yesterday.
First up, the legendary monsters. Y’know. These guys:
I would like to formally introduce you to Xerneas (Pronounced ZURR-nee-us) and Yveltal (Pronounced ee-VELL-tall). That’s Xerneas up there on the left and Yveltal on the right. These monsters are already set to be the cover-art mascots adorning the boxes of Pokemon X and Y when they release worlwide this October.
Whilst we’re on the subject of mascot monsters, let’s take a look at the starters again.
These three are Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie respectively. They’ll be the creatures you’re picking to be your first Pokemon on your adventure through the new region. We now know that Chespin over there on the left is a hedgehog Pokemon (Some people were confused as to what he was supposed to be). Fennekin is based on a fox, not unlike the Kitsune-based Vulpix and Ninetales. Finally Froakie is quite clearly based on a frog.
Interestingly, the trailer announcement reveals that these three might be getting a set of secondary types that would make the Fire/Grass/Water mix-up very fun in the late game. The trailer shows each of these three performing two attacks; first of all an attack that is related to their obvious type (Solarbeam, flamethrower and water gun).
We also see them performing a secondary attack that suggests that they may be using the Psychic/Dark/Fighting trio as their secondary types. Fennekin is seen using some sort of purple wave attack, suggesting it’s psychic. Chespin blacks everything out for a second which makes it seem like a dark type. Froakie goes for an all-out melee attack that looks suspiciously like a lot of fighting attacks.
Now, whilst Fire > Grass > Water > Fire has always been the natural circle amongst starter Pokemon, this secondary trio would reverse that. Fennekin would have the fire advantage over Chespin, but be weak to Chespin’s dark attacks whilst being weak to Froakie’s water attacks but getting a type advantage with psychic moves over his fighting type.
By the time they’ve all evolved, they’d all have an advantage and disadvantage over one another making the rival battles a lot more interesting than they have been in the past. Of course, this is still speculation but it does certainly look at the moment like Nintendo are mixing up the traditional starter trios in a new way.