If you visit a Pokemon Center on your birthday, you will get a special message wishing you a happy birthday.
Pokemon X/Y are the first Pokemon games that allow you to select from seven different languages for the game's content.
Interestingly, all of the final-evolved Kalos starter Pokemon have two type-based advantages over another of the fully-evolved Kalos starters. Delphox is Fire/Psychic, Chesnaught Grass/Fighting, and Greninja is Water/Dark. Delphox's Fire beats Grass and Psychic beats Fighting on Chesnaught; Chesnaught's Grass beats Water and Fighting beats Dark on Greninja; and Greninjas Water beats Fire and Dark beats Psychic on Delphox.
Rhydon was this first Pokemon finalized followed by Lapras and Clefairy; in the first generation.
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Pokemon X/Y were the first Pokemon games to have a single worldwide release, rather than being released first in Japan.
Before the release of Pokemon X/Y, the Attack Forme of Deoxys was the strongest Pokemon based on base stats, and had been that way since 2003 with the release of Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby. Ten years later, with the advent of Pokemon Mega Evolution, Mega Mewtwo Y finally surpassed Deoxys to become the strongest Pokemon according to base stats; Mewtwo, interestingly, also had that title back before the release of Deoxys.
Pokemon in the Pokemon series have been particularly well-known for having their cries differ from those given in the anime: most Pokemon's cries in the games are staticky, although the anime often has the Pokemon speak their names. For example, Pikachu's cry in the anime is usually "Pikachu!" or some variant thereof. Akin to Pokemon Yellow Version, in Pokemon X/Y, Pikachu and Pikachu alone will have its cry be more like that in the anime rather than the static it normally is.
Pokemon X and Y were the first mainstream Pokemon games to have full 3D graphics, even though the 3D functions of the 3DS are rarely usable outside of Single Battles and some other instances.
Of all Pokemon available as of Pokemon X/Y's release, Flabebe is the holder of an interesting title: it is both tied for the shortest Pokemon and the lightest Pokemon. It is only 4 inches (around 10 centimeters) tall, and weighs 0.2 lbs. (about 0.09 kg.). The other Pokemon tied for lightest Pokemon is Haunter, and the other Pokemon tied for shortest Pokemon is Joltik.
Pokemon X and Y marked the first time in over 10 years that a new type had been added to the Pokemon formula: in addition to the seventeen previously present, the Fairy type was added. Most of the Fairy Pokemon came from previous games, such as Clefairy and Wigglytuff, though a few new Pokemon (including the legendary Xerneas) also would be Fairy-type.
When the concept of the abilities Sandstorm, Drizzle, Snow Warning, and Drought were introduced, their original intent was to make their respective weather types (Sandstorm, Rain, Hail, and Sun) last for as long as the wielder of the ability was in battle, and for five turns after they leave. In Pokemon X/Y, however, even ability-caused weather would be limited to 5~8 turns, which changed the dynamics of weather-based Pokemon teams dramatically.
Pokemon X and Y are the first incidence within the Pokemon games where the region is so large that it has to get several subsidiary Pokedexes: whereas most games simply have a regional Pokedex, Pokemon X/Y have a Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos, and Mountain Kalos Pokedex in addition to the National Pokedex.
The layout of the Kalos region in Pokemon X/Y is likely to have been influenced by the country of France. This can be evidenced in a number of ways, such as the Eiffel Tower-like Gym in Lumiose or the use of various French terms for Route and other areas' nomenclature.
In one of the Pokemon Centers in Lumiose City, there will be a trainer who references the fact that Professor Oak's grandson came to the Kalos region. Professor Oak's grandson, generally referred to as "Blue" when in reference to the video games and the Pokemon Origins anime series, happened to be your rival in the original Pokemon games of Red, Blue, and Green on the GameBoy. He was quite well known for his call when leaving rival battles: "Smell ya later!"
At least at the time of writing, Pokemon X/Y introduced the fewest number of new Pokemon into the series ever: they introduced 72 new Pokemon. (For the sake of stats: the GB games introduced 151, the GBC ones introduced 101, the GBA games introduced 134, Diamond/Pearl on the DS introduced 107, and Black/White on the DS introduced 156.)
When Surfing, you normally will see only a generic sprite of the Pokemon you're riding on. However, Lapras is the only Pokemon in the game to be shown as you distinctly riding a Lapras. This is perhaps an allusion to the anime where Ash Ketchum often used his own Lapras to cross oceans at times.
In Pokemon X/Y, critical hits' power was nerfed quite a bit! Before X/Y, critical hits would do double damage; now, they only deal 33% extra damage. The effects of Sniper - which increases the power of critical hits - was not changed, however: Sniper-aided critical hits still deal 125% extra damage!
Professor Sycamore: Go and meet many Pokémon and people, and fill your life with rich experiences!
Connection to Other Media
Game Freak makes an allusion to one of their own games in Pokemon X/Y: he is in the Shalour City Pokemon Center, and will mention a game where you "smack enemies to the beat of the music". This is an allusion to Game Freak's rhythm game HarmoKnight - an eShop-exclusive 3DS title in which you indeed proceed along by smacking enemies to the beat of the game. That same game also makes references to Pokemon by including bonus levels that use the background themes from various Pokemon games from Pokemon Black/White going back.
When you defeat Psychic Robert on Route 10, he proclaims "Wow. You and your Pokémon's power levels are amazing! They're over 9000 for sure!" This is reference to a popular quote from the anime Dragon Ball Z, where Vegeta is surprised at Goku's Power Level being "Over 9000!"
Before battling Veteran Timeo in Victory Road, he will state that "After all the training I've received here on Victory Road, my body is ready!" This is a reference to a phrase made famous by Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime who exclaimed "My body... my body is ready!" before demoing the Wii Balance Board at E3 in 2007.
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