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Grace (Japanese: サキ Saki) is the mother of the player character in Pokémon X and Y.
In the games
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Grace is the mother of the player, where she is mentioned by other Trainers as being a former Rhyhorn racer, being quite popular in the sport. She moves to Vaniville Town in Kalos around the start of the game, where her child begins his or her journey as a Pokémon Trainer. She gives the player the Town Map after the player receives the Pokédex. When spoken to afterwards, she will heal her child's Pokémon and talk to them about her time as a Rhyhorn Racer.
- When the player leaves their room:
- "Morning, <player>! You sure slept well! All rested up from the move? <Player>! You look like you just rolled out of bed! Go have a look at yourself in the mirror, and change out of your pajamas."
- After player looks at the mirror:
- "It's about time you got going! Why don't you step out and say hello to the neighbors?"
- After receiving starter Pokémon:
- "So! What did you and the neighbor kids end up doing? Wait one second, <player>! Is that a Poké Ball you have there? You got your very own Pokémon? Lucky you! How about that? You're a Pokémon Trainer now, too! Congratulations! Huh? A letter for me? It says it's from somebody named Sycamore. What could it be? A love letter? … … … Wow, what lovely handwriting... Hmm? What do we have here? A request... Oh, I see! <Player>! We've barely unpacked, and all kinds of exciting things are happening! OK! Let's get you and <starter> ready for your journey! Here you are, <player>. I even packed a change of clothes. My, what an unexpected turn of events! It's just like a sudden last burst of speed from a racer in a Rhyhorn race! You made friends! You met your Pokémon! And now you get to take a lap around Kalos! Oh, and don't forget this!"
- "You know how to use a Town Map, right?"
- Yes: "That's my boy/girl! Select the Town Map from your Bag whenever you want to use it!"
- No: "Press the X Button to open the Bag. Next, use the +Control Pad to select the KEY ITEMS Pocket. Select the Town Map, and doing a lap around the Kalos region will be a snap!"
- "I don't know what this Professor Sycamore wants you to see on your trip... But taking a journey with your Pokémon is a really wonderful experience."
- After encountering Rhyhorn:
- "Ha ha ha! What a card! I guess Rhyhorn just wanted to give you a big send-off for your journey! Well, it has known you since you were born, after all! Good luck, <player>! Go for broke! And don't worry! You'll have Pokémon by your side, so you'll be fine!"
- "My motto is "go for broke!" It means to risk everything and try as hard as possible!
Vaniville Town (post-game)
- Before meeting Professor Sycamore:
- "<Player>! I saw the parade on TV! Professor Sycamore went all out trying to get everyone to show up for you, you know! That reminds me... I received a message from Professor Sycamore. He says he wants to meet you at Lumiose Station. Do you know where that is? If you don't, it's just a quick cab ride. I wonder why he wants to meet you now, though. He should've just talked to you at the parade..."
- After meeting Professor Sycamore (four variants):
- "All right! You and your Pokémon look raring to go!"
- "My motto is "go for broke!" It means to risk everything and try as hard as possible."
- "A memory from when I was a Rhyhorn racer? There was the time I couldn't stop at the finish line. Your dad was waiting there, and I sent him flying..."
- "The connection that I feel with my Rhyhorn during a race... I want you to feel that kind of closeness with your Pokémon as well."
In the anime
She first appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! where she had her Fletchling wake up Serena for her since she herself wasn't successful in doing so. After Serena woke up, Grace wanted to train Serena in racing on a Rhyhorn. In Lumiose City Pursuit, Grace had Serena ride on her Rhyhorn in order to become an accomplished Rhyhorn racer. However, as Serena had trouble controlling it, she fell off of it. Later, Grace told Serena to watch the news as it featured a Garchomp going on a rampage in Lumiose City. In A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, Grace wished Serena good luck on her journey as her daughter set off to Lumiose City to get her first Pokémon. She appeared again in Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!, where Serena introduced her to Fennekin, Ash, Clemont, Bonnie, Pikachu, and Dedenne. Grace then told Serena to continue traveling with Ash and the others, saying that it would be good for her. She reappeared in A Race for Home! and Under the Pledging Tree!.
She reappeared in a flashback in A Showcase Debut!.
| Grace used Skiddo to help teach children about Pokémon racing. She used one in a race against Serena but lost.
None of Skiddo's moves are known.
|| A Race for Home!
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Grace in Pokémon Adventures
Grace first debuts in the X & Y chapter as the mother of Y. She is a famous Rhyhorn Racer with a streak of 25 consecutive wins. She wanted Y to also become a Rhyhorn Racer and had trained her daughter since she was a small child. Annoyed that her mother attempted to decide her destiny for her, Y decided to go against her mother's wishes and become a Sky Trainer, the opposite of a ground-based Rhyhorn Racer, instead. As such, the two are not on good terms. With X's parents off in a faraway region due to their work, Grace took the liberty of keeping him fed due to X refusing to leave his room.
Grace is first seen in person at Cyllage City where she is spotted by Grant and Clemont. She is approached by a Team Flare Grunt and attempts to escape, but several more appear until she is surrounded. Defeated, Grace is taken away by the Grunts to Team Flare's base, where other people from Vaniville Town are also being kept. Chalmers expresses annoyance at how Grace managed to escape from them over five times. Seeing how a strong person like Grace get captured again makes the townspeople worried about their situation, but Grace tells them to not give up hope. Later, Grace utilizes the help of a wild Klefki she had befriended to steal the keys of a sleeping Team Flare Grunt and open the cells of the captured Vaniville Town residents. Grace leads the people out to freedom, but before they can escape, Celosia arrives and uses her Aegislash to control them.
Grace and the captured townspeople are taken to a forest where Xerneas sleeps. They are tasked with loading Xerneas's tree form into a vehicle so that it can be moved to Team Flare's base. As Celosia watches over the operation, her Honedge presents a piece of hair that it slashed off of Y's head during an earlier confrontation. Grace notices the clump of hair, which causes the mind control to slightly falter when she recognizes that it belongs to her daughter. Grace's behavior annoys Celosia, who promptly pushes Grace onto the ground. When Y notices what is going on, she immediately leaps from her hiding spot to rescue her mother but is quickly defeated by Celosia.
| This wild Klefki Grace befriended helped her break free from her cells numerous times. It later helped rescue Grace and the other captured Vaniville Town residents by stealing the keys of a sleeping Team Flare Grunt and using them to open their cells.
None of Klefki's moves are known.
|| X & Y chapter
| This Rhyhorn is Grace's only known Pokémon. It was used in many races alongside its Trainer. It was given to Y in the hopes that she would become a Rhyhorn Racer, but Y decided to become a Sky Trainer instead.
None of Rhyhorn's moves are known.
|| An X-cuse to Come Out and Play
- Regardless of which skin color the player chooses at the beginning of the game, Grace's skin remains the default shade.
|| サキ Saki
|| From 咲 saki (bloom), 先 saki (ahead), and possibly 騎手 kishu (rider)
|| From race
| French, German,
|| From Primula, which is derived from the Latin primus (first)
|| From primavera (spring) or possibly Primula veris
|| 사키 Saki
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 薩琪 Sàqí
|| Transliteration of her Japanese name