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The sixth generation (Japanese: 第６世代 sixth generation) of Pokémon is the sixth installment of the Pokémon video game series, starting with Pokémon X and Y in 2013 and continuing with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in 2014. This generation saw the debut of 70 new Pokémon species (for a total of 719), as well as the introduction of the Kalos region and the return of the Hoenn region. For the first time in the core series, the games of the sixth generation are in full 3D and are presented on the Nintendo 3DS.
The sixth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of Pokémon X and Y on January 8, 2013. These games were released internationally in October of the same year; the tie-in anime series began airing one week later. Pokémon X and Y continued the established tradition of two paired games with slight variations between the two versions. Between them, these games introduced 70 new Pokémon species, 51 new moves, and 26 new Abilities. New gameplay advances were added, including a new battle mechanic called Mega Evolution. Among other changes, the games' type chart was modified for the first time since Generation II, some twelve years earlier: Ghost- and Dark-type moves now have normal effectiveness against Steel-types and a new Fairy type has been introduced.
The second pairing of games in Generation VI was announced on May 7, 2014. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which are remakes of the third-generation Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, will be released worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS in November 2014.
The Generation VI games are not isolated from previous iterations and can communicate with the fifth-generation games Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 through an online application known as Pokémon Bank. This feature, which is available for download from the Nintendo eShop, acts primarily as online storage for Pokémon species. It was first launched in Japan on December 25, 2013, although unexpectedly high demand forced it to close and relaunch the following January. International markets received the Pokémon Bank in February 2014. An extension of the Pokémon Bank called the Poké Transporter allows players to send Pokémon from their fifth-generation games to their X and Y cartridges via the cloud. Combining the Poké Transporter with the earlier Pal Park (from Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver) and Poké Transfer (from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2) allows players to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen to their sixth-generation games.
X and Y occur two years after Black and White, thus being contemporaneous with Black 2 and White 2. Looker, who has made appearances in Generation IV and Generation V games, is found in Kalos.
It is not yet known when Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will take place in the timeline; the original Ruby and Sapphire are known to take place at least five years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y.
Advances in gameplay
The advancements introduced in Generation VI include:
- The addition of 70 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 719. Only one evolution from a Pokémon featured in a previous generation is found: Sylveon, 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.
- The abandonment of mail and <player name>'s PC.
- 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 knocked out or if the player lost.
- The abandonment of the footprints in the Pokédex.
- The player can no longer register screens, such as Pokédex entries.
- The type chart has slightly changed from Generation V:
- Main article: Kalos
The Kalos region was introduced in Pokémon X and Y. This region is geographically isolated and has no close ties with any other region introduced prior to Generation VI.
The starters of the sixth Generation follow the traditional 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 who give out unique Badges and TMs after being defeated. Defeating all eight Gym Leaders grants access to the Pokémon League.
- Main article: Hoenn
Much like Kanto's reappearance in Generations III and IV and Johto's reappearance in IV, Hoenn will be featured a second time in Generation VI via Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Generation VI introduced the fewest new Pokémon, with 70; new moves, with 51; and new Abilities, with 26.
- Generation VI is the only generation that did not introduce:
- Generation VI is the only generation which contains games (excluding 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 maximum amount of characters in a Pokémon's name or nickname is no longer 10 characters long.
- The names of players are no longer limited to 7 characters long.
- The names of all moves, items and Abilities introduced before Generation VI are no longer limited to 12 characters, including any spaces. Some of these names were re-formatted; for example, Selfdestruct became Self-Destruct.
- Generation VI leaves the most extra room in the PC if one captures exactly one of each species of Pokémon, with there being 930 spaces and 719 Pokémon.
- Generation VI contains the core games with both the shortest and longest English titles: X and Y have one letter each, whereas Alpha Sapphire has fourteen characters including spaces.
- ↑ Hidden Power of Masuda
- ↑ 増田部長のめざめるパワー