Generation VI

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Generation VI
Pokémon XY logo.png
Logos of Pokémon X and Y
Debut EN October 12, 2013
JA October 12, 2013
Pokémon 719 (72 new)
Main games X and Y
Region introduced Kalos
Storage games Bank
Current length EN 2772 days
JA 2772 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 core 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 when the storage-based online application Pokémon Bank was launched to the public starting from December 25, 2013 in Japan.

X and Y occur an undisclosed amount of time after Black and White. 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 70 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 719. 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

Attacking type Defending type Old effectiveness New effectiveness
 Ghost   Steel  Not very effective Normal effectiveness
 Dark   Steel  Not very effective Normal effectiveness



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.

Starter Pokémon

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.

Gym Leaders

Like the other five regions, Kalos has its own set of eight Gym Leaders. Like always, Badges and TMs are given away by defeated Gym Leaders.

Kalos League
Generation VI Region: Kalos
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ビオラ Viola
Santalune City
Hakudan City
Bug Bug Badge.png
Bug Badge
ザクロ Zakuro
Cyllage City
Shouyou City
Rock Cliff Badge.png
Cliff Badge
コルニ Koruni
Shalour City
Shara City
Fighting Rumble Badge.png
Rumble Badge
フクジ Fukuji
Coumarine City
Hiyoku City
Grass Plant Badge.png
Plant Badge
シトロン Citron
Lumiose City
Miare City
Electric Voltage Badge.png
Voltage Badge
マーシュ Mache
Laverre City
Kunoe City
Fairy Fairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge
ゴジカ Gojika
Anistar City
Hyakkoku City
Psychic Psychic Badge.png
Psychic Badge
ウルップ Urup
Snowbelle City
Eisetsu City
Ice Iceberg Badge.png
Iceberg Badge


  • 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 names and nicknames of all Pokémon introduced before Generation VI were limited to 10 characters long.
    • The names of players were limited to 7 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.
  • 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.

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Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
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Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
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