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List of glitches in Generation VI

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This is a list of glitches that occur in the Generation VI core series Pokémon games.

X and Y

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Backward sign-reading glitch

If the player interacts with a sign and simultaneously moves away from it, the sign's text will display despite the player character looking away from it.

Bad Egg/Mystery Egg occurrence

BoEANSprite.png This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: What is the cause and trigger? What about the Mystery Zone?
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Occasionally, a player will randomly find an Egg that appears in the Pokémon Storage System with its data set as being obtained from the Mystery Zone on 0/0/2000.[1][2]

By Bishopped
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Day Care signpost oversight

When walking parallel to a signpost, the player's head will turn towards the sign and allow the player to read the sign if they choose to do so. However, the player's head will not turn if they walk past the sign for the Pokémon Day Care on Route 7. Facing the daycare sign directly will allow you to read it; on the same route, the identical-looking sign for the Battle Chateau does allow you to read it facing sideways without looking directly at it. This is likely a case of an incorrectly set flag only on that sign.

Drasna Aura Sphere glitch

Using Aura Sphere against some of Drasna's Pokemon will cause a thick black horizontal line with vertical black bars below it to briefly cover part of the upper screen. Against her Dragalge it will appear towards the bottom of the screen; against her Druddigon it will appear in the center of the screen.

By GlitchyGarchomp
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Flabébé cry glitch

In the Battle Chateau, Baroness Francine's Flabébé has the cry of a Floette.

Invisible Poké Ball glitch

During the fifth chapter of the Looker Bureau missions, the player is required to enter the room containing the stolen Poké Balls that are held within the Secret Lab of Lysandre Labs. In the upper-left corner, there is a table with a chair and two of the stolen Poké Balls nearby surrounding a second chair. If the player interacts with the table on its right or while sitting down, the game will trigger the "It's someone's Poké Ball." message despite there being no Poké Ball on the table. Returning to the room after the chapter is over will not display the message if the table is interacted with again.

It should be noted that this can also be done while sitting in the chair at the same table. The Poké Ball sitting on the other side is triggered like a person the player might normally talk to across the table.

By FCoFix
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Language icon glitch

In the Pokémon summary view, if the player selects a Pokémon from a game in the player's native language, switches to the second page (with nature, capture data, and ribbons), selects a foreign language Pokémon and then the first Pokémon again, and switches back to the first page, the foreign Pokémon's language icon will show up in the first Pokémon's details on the top screen.

By Pika250
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Lumiose City fence glitch

Fences enclose verdant areas around the base of Prism Tower in the center of Lumiose City. At the two corners of fence right of the Photo Spot, the player can ride "inside" the fence, as the unpassable boundary lies shortly inside the fence's visible location at these points.

Pokémon-Amie gift glitch

The only Pokémon that is supposed to be able to grant a gift in Pokémon-Amie is the active Pokémon-Amie Pokémon. If a player stays at Hotel Richissime when a non-active Pokémon is within 30 points of granting an affection gift and the active Pokémon either has maximum affection or is more than 30 points from granting a gift, normally, no gift should be gained. However, if the player has not viewed Pokémon-Amie before staying at Hotel Richissime, then when they switch to Pokémon-Amie, they will receive a gift from the active Pokémon matching the set of the last affection gift that it gave.

Pokémon cloning

Main article: Cloning glitches#Generation VI

Poké Radar Music Glitch

BoEANSprite.png This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Is the glitch present in 1.1 version?
You can discuss this on the talk page.

When the player uses the Poké Radar on a patch of grass, the game changes the current music that is playing to the Poké Radar theme. Should the player hatch an Egg while the theme is playing, the game will play the wrong music depending on the timing. Should the player press either the A button or B button while the music is fading after seeing the "Oh?" message, then the Poké Radar theme won't play after hatching an Egg. Additionally, if player defeats or runs from a wild Pokémon after performing the glitch, the evolution theme will play instead of the proper one.

The glitch works both in version 1.0 and 1.2.

By ChickasaurusGL
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PSS save glitch

BoEANSprite.png This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: What happens if a player does this and the system's date has changed to the next day?
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Whenever a player connects to the games' online function or services through the PSS menu, the player will be asked to save the current game before preceding. Among the data recorded and logged in this save is the system's current time and date. Should the player repeatedly connect to online services which require saving the game each time, the time and date recorded will fail to update. This will remain the case until the PSS menu has been exited out completely by the player. Data such as the game's current play time is unaffected, and will continue to update with each new save.

Save corruption

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Reason: All known info is based on reports. And does it also occur on the retail copies?
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It has been reported that some save files of digitally downloaded copies of the games have become corrupted. This issue has affected other games downloadable on the Nintendo eShop such as Mario Kart 7 and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. It has been suggested that a possible way to corrupt save data for any game that uses the SD card is to let the Nintendo 3DS's battery die while the game is accessing data from the SD card.[3]

By TrevorNickell
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Sky Trainer interaction glitch

If the player has a battle with a Sky Trainer, then the Sky Trainer cannot be interacted with and will not speak to the player when the game returns to the overworld. Should the player reload the area by moving to a different area and back, he or she will be allowed to interact again and speak to the Sky Trainer.

This glitch appears to be caused by an improperly set flag that is corrected upon reloading the area into memory.

Stereo sound glitch

If the player sets the sound to stereo in the system settings, the game will reproduce the audio as if it was set in mono sound. This is more noticeable when playing the game with the use of headphones.

In order to enjoy truly stereo sound, the console has to be configured to surround in the system settings. So far no other 3DS game has been known to have this issue.

Super Training menu triggering glitch

If the player taps the icon on the touchscreen to open the Super Training menu, then immediately interacts with an object in the overworld by pressing the A button of the 3DS, the sound effect will play but the menu will not open.

Sylveon Pokédex entry glitch

If the player has not yet obtained a Pokédex entry, obtaining the Pokémon or evolving a Pokémon obtained from any previous generation game will register a Pokédex entry with a Poké Ball sign. However, evolving an Eevee which was obtained from any previous generation game into a Sylveon will fail to register any Pokédex entry. It is possible that the programmers forgot to consider that Sylveon could come from an imported Eevee and therefore did not account for the possibility.

Vivillon Wonder Card glitch

On Mystery Gift's Card Album, moving the cursor directly from Fancy Pattern Vivillon to Poké Ball Pattern Vivillon, or the other way around will not update the pattern shown even though the Wonder Card text changes. This glitch does not occur if a Pokémon that isn't Vivillon (or a blank Wonder Card entry) is shown in between (for example, if the player viewed Vivillon, then Torchic, then Vivillon). It is believed that this occurs because the Pokémon are the same species (Pokédex entry) and the game isn't programmed to recognize the change in design or otherwise flush out the existing Wonder Card before loading the new one.

The glitch also occurs if the player changed pages to get to the second Vivillon, though at least five Wonder Cards would be required because Wonder Cards can't be moved into empty spaces.

By ChickasaurusGL
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By G-Mizuka
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Version 1.0 to 1.2 only

Poké Ball Animation oversight

If the player sent out a Pokémon that is not in a standard Poké Ball, the game would not use the effects corresponding to those of the ball used, and instead would default to the Poké Ball's effect. This did not occur when attempting to capture or failing to capture a wild Pokémon.

The Version 1.3 patch fixes this glitch by properly displaying the animation for each Poké Ball.

Vivillon Friend Safari glitch

If the player encountered a Vivillon in a Bug-type Friend Safari that was not the default Meadow Pattern, the game would show an empty Poké Ball icon in its place, as if it has not been encountered in the safari. This is due to the game defaulting to check for if the player has encountered a Meadow Pattern Vivillon within the safari and not the Vivillon pattern that the player would normally encounter, based on their geographic location.

The Version 1.3 patch fixes this glitch by properly checking and displaying the icon for Vivillon's other patterns. If the player had found a Vivillon in a Friend Safari prior to the patch, however, it will not be automatically added to the list of that safari's three Pokémon, and it must be found again to be added.

Version 1.0 and 1.1 only

Trainer PR Videos glitch

Occasionally, the player would be unable to unlock specific Trainer PR Video captions, despite meeting the requirements to unlock the captions.[4] Reportedly, the NPC in Café Action! who unlocks new captions daily would become stuck on the caption "Thanks for lovin' me, everybody!" and stop unlocking new ones.[5] This man has a list of captions he can grant and starts at a random place in his list. Since the problematic caption is the last one in his list, the game likely neglected to roll over to the start of his list upon reaching the end to continue granting any remaining captions.

Wonder Trade evolution learnset glitch

If a Pokémon evolves by trading during Wonder Trade and learns a new move, both the new move and the old move will disappear.[6]

On December 12, 2013, the Version 1.2 patch was released, which fixes the glitch. This patch is required to use all online features, including Wonder Trade.

Version 1.0 only

Lumiose City save glitch

Main article: Lumiose City save glitch
The map released by Nintendo.

When saving in the North and South Boulevards of Lumiose City, the game may become unresponsive when it is reloaded. Some textures will not load properly and it is impossible to move or use the touchscreen even though the background music still plays normally.

This glitch was officially acknowledged by Nintendo, that revealed a fix was being planned. The company also released a map that marked the areas in which the player should not save the game.[7][8]

On October 25, 2013, the Version 1.1 patch was released, which fixes the issue even if the game has been afflicted by it. The patch also fixes the GTS filter glitch. If the player doesn't have internet access to download the update, pressing the home button multiple times after selecting to resume the game can solve this problem, but it must be before the Lumiose City music is heard.

By OfficialNerdCubed
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GTS filter error

Main article: Global Terminal#Glitches and manipulation
BoEANSprite.png This glitch is in need of research.
Reason: Do other filters cause communication errors?
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In the Global Trade System, after seeking a Pokémon, it is possible to use a filter to narrow the results down to Trainers seeking for Pokémon that the player owns. Trying to initiate the trade can cause a communication error where the game will display the "A communication error has occurred. Press the Power button, and end the game" message, forcing a shutdown.

On October 25, 2013, the Version 1.1 patch was released, which fixes the glitch. The patch also fixes the Lumiose City save glitch.[9]

By Draco7876
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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

All versions

Hiker TM70 Flash glitch

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Reason: image.

If the language is set to German, the Hiker that gives the player TM70 (Flash) will say that it is the German equivalent of an HM, VM 70, instead of TM 70.

Battle Resort Move Tutor glitch

At the Battle Resort, when teaching a Pokémon a Move Tutor move, if the player chooses to replace a move, but then cancels when the Move Tutor asks "You're cool with having it forget <move>?", the message "<move> did not learn <tutor-move>!" will be displayed, replacing the Pokémon's name with the name of its move.

Evolving Wailmer Surf glitch

If a Surfing Wailmer evolves due to experience gained from catching or defeating a Pokémon encountered by use of a Rod, the game will freeze.

Version 1.0 and 1.1 only

Hall of Fame Freeze

Prior to the 1.2 update, the game would sometimes freeze before transitioning to the end video after the Hall of Fame, potentially causing the player to lose his or her progress in the Pokémon League.[10]

In all games

Graphics cache flushing oversight

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Reason: What is the cause and trigger?
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An irregular behavior occurs when turning off the 3D effect while in an area that uses it, then re-enabling the effect in the same area during the use of in-game functions that use 2D (such as triggering a field move). Probably due to an oversight in the garbage collection algorithm, the 3D graphics data will remain in cache (stay visible) until the 2D graphics are cleared.

By FCoFix
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PC numbers glitch

After choosing to discontinue Pokémon storage box operations, for a fraction of a second the "Organize Items" button may disappear and 123456789012 may replace "Log Out". [11]

By ChickasaurusGL
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Pokémon-Amie reaction glitch

This glitch is triggered the first time a player interacts with a given Pokémon in Pokémon-Amie. Petting the Pokémon will produce the same reaction regardless of whether it is being petted on a favored or disliked spot, although the difference in the "rubbing" sound effect—higher pitch for a liked spot, lower pitch for a disliked spot—can still be heard.

A workaround that results in a permanent solution for that specific Pokémon is for the player to take an action that causes the Pokémon's affection to rise. This could be feeding it a Poké Puff or petting it after either playing a game or exiting and reopening Pokémon-Amie.

Pokémon-Amie sprite glitch

When the player is stationary and the active Pokémon-Amie Pokémon has not been tapped, the Pokémon is completely stationary and in a neutral position. When the player selects the active Pokémon, however, its sprite will rock back and forth. If the player opens the switch screen, the Pokémon's sprite will freeze and, if the player then exits the switch screen without changing the active Pokémon, the Pokémon will be in an unselected state but (depending on the position it froze in) may be in a non-neutral position. Tapping the Pokémon or moving will reset the Pokémon's sprite.


Cloning glitchesGlitch PokémonGlitch types
Generation I: --0 ERRORCable Club escape glitchError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch CityGlitch dimension
Glitch movesGlitch TrainersItem duplication glitchJohto guard glitchMew glitchOld man glitchPewter Gym skip glitch
Pokémon merge glitchRhydon glitchSelect glitches (dokokashira door glitch, second type glitch)
Super GlitchZZAZZ glitch
Generation II: Celebi Egg glitchCoin Case glitchesError codesExperience underflow glitchGlitch Egg
Johto guard glitchSketch glitchTeru-samaTrainer House glitchGlitch dimension
Generation III: Berry glitchDive glitchPomeg glitch
Generation IV: Acid rainGlobal Terminal glitchesMimic glitch
Pomeg glitchRage glitchSurf glitchTweaking
Generation V: Sky Drop glitchFrozen Zoroark glitch
Generation VI: Lumiose City save glitch
Glitch effects: Game freezeGlitch battleGlitch song
Gens I/II only: Japanese characters in the international versions
Gen I only: Glitch screenTMTRAINER effectInverted sprites
Gen II only: Glitch dimension
Lists: Glitch movesGlitch types
Glitch Pokémon (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI)
Glitches (Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VISpin-off)

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