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.
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.
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!
From late October to mid November of 2014 in the U.S., special cards were given out freely by GameStop gaming stores. These cards held a serial code which the possessor could enter through Mystery Gift in Pokemon X/Y to obtain the mythical Pokemon known as Diancie, found at #719 in the National Dex. Interestingly enough, on the back of these cards you could see Diancie's Pokedex entry (without the entry text). If you look carefully in the Formes Seen indicators on the card - the magnifying glasses on the top-right, gray being non-Shiny and gold being Shiny - these cards showed that a Shiny version of Diancie had been seen, even though Diancie cannot be Shiny without hacking the game!
Pokemon X and Y are the first core series games to allow movement on an 8-directional grid, allowing diagonal movement not present in previous core series Pokemon game. Also allowed is the ability to move freely throughout the grid as needed/desired through the Roller Skates and Bicycle.
Pokemon X and Y are the first Pokemon games that can be updated through the eShop for the purpose of bug-fixing.
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.
Pokemon X/Y were the first Pokemon games to have a single worldwide release, rather than being released first in Japan.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
Typically, Rock- and Ice-type gyms tend to be the first and seventh gym challenged. However, in Pokémon X/Y the Rock gym is challenged second while the Ice gym is the eighth challenged.
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Pokemon X and Y's naming could be influenced by a number of factors. The most likely explanation is that the names are derived from the variables of the 3D Cartesian graphing system, which uses the points (x,y,z) to determine length, width, and depth of a 3D object. This ties into the fact that it is on the 3DS, which has 3D graphics and made Pokemon capable of using truly 3D graphics for the first time. Additionally, the legendary Pokemon Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygrade had their names derived from this logic: look at the first letter of their names. This has led many to speculate about the possibility of a Pokemon Z expansion or sequel to Pokemon X/Y.
Pokemon X and Y are the first mainstream Pokemon games to not have "Version" in their title.
Pokemon X and Y are the first core series Pokemon titles available both through digital download and through retail sales.
Pokemon X and Y marked the introduction of Sky Battles, Inverse Battles, and Horde Battles.
Pokemon X and Y are the first Pokemon games that allow you to freely customize the player's appearance.
The E3 trailer for Pokemon X and Y showed that Gardevoir could use Fairy Wind, and was doing so to a Hydreigon. This, to the curious, would cause 600% damage, and likely was used to demonstrate the advantage of Fairy over both Dragon and Dance. However, what is more interesting is how Gardevoir actually cannot learn Fairy Wind.
When battling Mewtwo in this game, the music played during it is a remix of the Mewtwo battle theme present in the original Pokemon games, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green Versions on the GameBoy.
Pokemon X and Y mark the first time in the Pokemon series in which you can battle the main Pokemon Professor of a region. The concept originated in Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow, but ended up being scrapped and the battles with Prof. Oak inaccessible without the use of glitches.
At the game's launch, there was a Torchic distributed holding Blazikenite, allowing it to Mega Evolve, while the other Hoenn-region starter Pokemon would not be able to Mega Evolve for a year after this with the release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This odd contradiction was not completely intentional; instead, Game Freak chose to do this because Torchic is one of the favorite Pokemon of the game's director, Junichi Masuda.
The Pokemon Greninja was included on the 2014 3DS and Wii U releases of Super Smash Bros. This was actually decided before the release of Pokemon X/Y - the origin of Greninja - and thus Greninja wasn't included as a result of its popularity (as Greninja is very commonly used in online battles).
The Laverre Gym specializes in the Fairy-Type, an occurrence not seen since Gold/Silver/Crystal introduced Jasmine, the Steel-Type Gym Leader of Olivine City.
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Hidden Note in Couriway Town: "To the person reading this: What are you like now? Did you become who you wanted to be? For starters, what was the person you wanted to become even like? I don't know, but it would be wonderful if you can boast that you're living each day to its fullest. To future Sycamore. - From the Sycamore dreaming of the future."
Professor Sycamore: Go and meet many Pokémon and people, and fill your life with rich experiences!
Lumiose Hex Maniac: No... You're not the one...
Connection to Other Media
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.
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.
In the Lumiose art museum, you can look at a number of paintings. One of these features the artwork from Pokemon TCG card's "Town Volunteers".
Several NPCs throughout the game reference rubies and sapphires in a number of ways. For example, one of the most prominent is in the Lumiose hotel where an old couple mentions which wedding anniversaries the ruby and the sapphire represent. These were a foreshadowing to the upcoming remake of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, called Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
In Coumarine City's eastern portion, you can speak with a man in a house to change the background music. The song is is a remix of the "Unwavering Emotion" theme from Pokemon Black/White .
In Snowbelle City, you can speak with a woman and the background theme will change to what she says reflects the cold region of her birth. The song is a low-tempo version of the theme from Jubilife City in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. The main region in those games is Sinnoh, a region with an unusually cold climate.
In this game, you'll find a Youngster, Keita, who will say "Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!" before the battle. This is the exact quote said by Youngster Ben in the Kanto-region Pokemon games. This quote was likely used in this way because of the sheer popularity of the statement in the Pokemon fandom and memes for its absurdity.
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