The Roller Skates (Japanese: ローラースケート Roller Skates) are a key item in Pokémon X and Y that allow the player to move around faster than they would by running, but slower than they would on a Bicycle, by navigating with the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad. They are based on inline skates.
In the games
The Roller Skates are obtained from a Roller Skater outside the Santalune Gym after the player has defeated her in a battle. Unlike walking, running, and riding a bicycle, the Roller Skates require the use of the Circle Pad; pressing the directional buttons while using the Roller Skates will cause the player to take off the Roller Skates.
In some areas such as Route 5, Shalour Gym, Route 13, and Dendemille Town, there are rails which the player may traverse by using the Roller Skates. These frequently feature dips which will cause the player to fall off unless they are moving fast enough.
The player can perform certain tricks while using the Roller Skates. Any trick requiring a ledge cannot be performed until the player has learned it from an NPC; otherwise, the player may perform grounded 360s, parallel swizzles, and drift-and-dashes as soon as they have the Roller Skates. These tricks are aesthetic and have no significant gameplay effect. Any trick being correctly performed will be indicated by a high-pitched whooshing noise.
- Parallel swizzle (Japanese: パラレル Parallel) — Mentioned by a Roller Skater inside an office building on the western end of South Boulevard.
- When the Circle Pad is tilted slightly in one direction, the player will begin to move their feet from side to side. While easiest to initiate at slow speeds, it may also be performed at high speeds.
- Drift-and-dash (Japanese: ターンダッシュ Turn dash) — Mentioned by a Roller Skater at the monument in Vert Plaza.
- When the player is traveling in one direction and quickly moves the Circle Pad in the opposite direction, they will perform a special dash.
- 360 (Japanese: 360° 360) — Taught by a Roller Skater inside Café Rouleau on Estival Avenue.
- When the Circle Pad is rotated, the player will spin in a circle. The player must remain in motion for the full animation to be observed. After speaking to the NPC who teaches the trick, doing a 360 while jumping over a ledge will execute a midair pirouette.
- Backflip (Japanese: バックフリップ Backflip) — Taught by a Roller Skater on North Boulevard, outside Hotel Richissime, below a tree.
- When the player jumps over a ledge while dashing or doing a parallel swizzle, they will perform a backflip.
- Cosmic flip (Japanese: コスモフリップ Cosmo flip) — Can only be learned if the player can already perform all other tricks. Taught by Twirling Whirlwind in the Lost Hotel.
- When the player jumps over a ledge while still dashing from a drift-and-dash, they will perform a twirling backflip.
In the anime
Korrina was seen wearing Roller Skates during her debut in Mega Revelations!. She also used them in her later appearances. In Origins of Mega Evolution!, she was seen skating through a roller skate obstacle course inside the Shalour Gym while arriving to battle Ash.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
The Roller Skates first debut in Lucky Lucario Was Here, where they were used by Korrina. She used them to perform several tricks to better her Mega Lucario's movements. Later, she gave Tierno a pair of Roller Skates as a gift.
In the TCG
- Main article: Roller Skates (XY 125)
The Roller Skates were introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (Japanese XY Era). First released in the Japanese Collection X expansion, it later debuted in English in the XY expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration by 5ban Graphics. This Trainer card allows the player to flip a coin and draw three cards if the result is heads.
In other languages
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