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| Generation VI
| Logos of Pokémon X and Y
|| October 12, 2013
|| October 12, 2013
|| 718 (72 new)
| Main games
|| X and Y
| Region introduced
| Current length
|| 657 days
|| 657 days
The sixth generation of Pokémon is the sixth installment of the Pokémon series. Like previous generations, the first installments, Pokémon X and Y, were released as a pair. For the first time in the main series, the games are in full 3D and were released worldwide in October 12, 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Kalos, the region introduced in this generation, continues the trend of being based in a real-life world location outside of Japan, started by Generation V. This time, the region is based in France.
The Generation VI games are able to communicate with the four Generation V games, as well as the five Generation IV games when the storage-based online application Pokémon Bank is launched to the public starting from December 25, 2013 in Japan.
X and Y occur in an undisclosed amount of time after any game. Looker, who has made appearances in Generation IV and Generation V games, is found in Kalos.
Advances in gameplay
The advancements introduced in Generation VI include:
- The addition of 69 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 718. Only one evolution from a Pokémon featured in a previous generation is found, being a new Eevee evolution.
- The addition of a new type, the Fairy type, bringing the total to 18. The last time that a new type had been introduced was in Generation II.
- The addition of 53 new moves, bringing the total to 609.
- The addition of 24 new Abilities, bringing the total to 188.
- The games now feature a completely three dimensional environment, as well as a new 3D battle system with 3D models for Pokémon as opposed to 2D sprites.
- A new battle mechanic, Mega Evolution, which can only happen during a battle and will wear off once the battle ends. This is only available for certain Pokémon.
- Yet another region to explore, the Kalos region, far away from the previous five and based on France.
- A new villainous team, Team Flare, whose goal is to make money and create a beautiful world for themselves and eliminate all who don't meet their standards.
- The ability for the player to walk in an 8 directional grid as opposed to the 4 directional grid that has been common in all the preceding games.
- Three new battle modes:
- The addition of Super Training, a way to increase a Pokémon's EVs.
- The addition of customization for the player, with the ability to choose a variety of outfits to wear at any time.
- The new Pokémon Bank, an online Nintendo 3DS application that will allow the storage of up to 3000 Pokémon through the payment of an annual fee.
- TMs have been expanded from 95 to 100.
Alterations from Generation V
- The abandonment of the Pokémon Musical and the Pokémon World Tournament.
- Badges are once again needed in order to use HM field moves.
- Dark grass is no longer found.
- The abandonment of seasons.
- The abandonment of Pokémon outbreaks.
- A change in the types of three moves (Charm, Moonlight and Sweet Kiss). All formerly Normal-type, they are now Fairy-type.
- The addition of Fairy as a pure type for Clefairy, Clefable, Cleffa, Togepi, Snubbull and Granbull, primary type for Togetic and Togekiss and secondary type for Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Mr. Mime, Igglybuff, Marill, Azumarill, Ralts, Kirlia, Gardevoir, Azurill, Mawile, Mime Jr., Cottonee and Whimsicott.
- Twenty-eight Pokémon from earlier generations receive a 10-point increase in one of their base stats. They are Butterfree, Beedrill, Pidgeot, Raichu, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Vileplume, Poliwrath, Alakazam, Victreebel, Golem, Ampharos, Bellossom, Azumarill, Jumpluff, Beautifly, Exploud, Staraptor, Roserade, Stoutland, Unfezant, Gigalith, Seismitoad, Leavanny, Scolipede, and Krookodile.
- Pikachu receives a 10-point increase each in two of its base stats.
- Pokémon can evolve after a battle, even if they are fainted or if the player lost.
- The type chart has slightly changed from Generation V:
- Main article: Kalos
Like previous generations, another new region, the Kalos region, is introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Like the previous region, Kalos has no close ties with any other region.
The starters of the sixth Generation, like the starters of the previous five generations, follow the Grass/Fire/Water trio setup. At the beginning of the game, the player must choose between the Grass-type Chespin, the Fire-type Fennekin and the Water-type Froakie.
Like the other five regions, Kalos has its own set of eight Gym Leaders. This set specializes in the same types as Gym Leaders from other regions, though not in the same order. Like always, Badges and TMs are given away by defeated Gym Leaders.
- Generation VI introduced the fewest Pokémon to the series, with only 69.
- Generation VI is the only generation that did not introduce:
- Generation VI is the only generation which contains games (except remakes) in which some Gym Leaders hand out TMs containing moves from older generations.
- Generation VI relieved restrictions on formatting that were evident in previous generations:
- The names of all Pokémon introduced before Generation VI were no more than 10 characters long.
- The names of all moves, items and Abilities introduced before Generation VI were no more than 12 characters long, including any spaces. Some of these names were re-formatted. For example, Selfdestruct became Self-Destruct.