Like previous starts of a generation, Pokémon X & Y brings several new mechanics to the fold. this page is to detail all these mechanics and will be updated continually until launch. Other than the switch to 3D, there are many new mechanics to be discovered

Battle Mechanics

Sky Battles

A new type of battle is introduced within Pokémon X & Y, the Sky Battle. These battles can only be participated in with Pokémon of the Flying-type, or those who have the ability Levitate and allow for battles completely in the air.

Horde Encounters

Horde Encounters are a new kind of Wild Encounter where a horde of Pokémon appear and challenge you. These can be all of the same Pokémon, or multiple species. Targeting the right Pokémon is key here, as moves like Rock Slide hit all

Mega Evolution

A brand new feature of the Pokémon X & Y games are Mega Evolutions. These are special features of Pokémon, different to evolutions and forms, that have your Pokémon Mega Evolve in battle into these appearances. Their abilities, stats and sometimes even types are different. To get a Pokémon to Mega Evolve, they need to be holding a special Mega Stone item unique to their species, as well as receiving the Mega Ring and the Key Stone. To get your Pokémon to Mega Evolve, you can select a button when picking the move and then select a move. The Pokémon will both evolve and attack in that turn. You may only have one Mega Evolution in a battle. Pokémon originating from Kalos region do not receive a Mega Evolution.

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Capture Experience

Within the Pokémon games, typically you have gained experience from defeating Pokémon, but never from capturing them. From Pokémon X & Y, however, this changes. In battle, should you capture one of the opposing Pokémon, you will gain Experience Points. It's not currently known if they will be the same amount as if you had defeated the Pokémon

Overworld Mechanics

Riding Pokémon

One of the first new mechanics for people to notice is that you can ride Pokémon in certain areas. At the moment, it's only known that you can ride Gogoat within Lumiose City, Skiddo in various fields and Rhyhorn in a mountainous area.

Wild Pokémon

Previously, the wild Pokémon have always been limited to tall grass which house a variety of Pokémon determined by the location, with Black & White introducing darker grass which houses different, stronger, Pokémon than normally in the route. Pokémon X & Y takes this even further and introduces a new feature where the Pokémon you find in the wild vary depending upon the flowers that surround the grass. This allows for many more Pokémon to be found in each route.


Another thing seen previous is the inclusion of Rollerblades. These items seem to allow for faster travel in areas, and are attached to the shoes of the trainer. They don't replace the bike, but offer an alternative and allow you to do tricks. The Shalour City Gym's puzzle requires it.

Trainer Customisation

When you first select your character, and select a gender, you have the ability to choose between three different presets. These alter the character's hair and skin tone to be more personalised to your own appearance.

That's not all, however, as you have the ability to later get various bits of clothing and accessories throughout the Kalos region. You can then return home and change your appearance at any time. We'll be providing a list of all the items of clothing as the game is released.

Language Selection

Unlike previous games, these games will allow you to select the language on the cartridge rather than based upon where you purchased the game. Languages are English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean.

Player Search System

The Player Search System is the evolution of the C-Gear and allows for you to interact with various players through local wireless or over the Nintendo WiFi Connection.
There are three levels of interactivity, Pass By which is for those you just walk by, Acquaintances which are those you interact with and Friends. Friends are determined from your 3DS friend list, and you're prompted after multiple interactions with the same acquaintance. You can have 100 friends.

In addition to that, you can battle and trade with people using the PSS. Trades run as normal, being able to pull Pokémon from the party and/or the box whereas battles allow you to have multiple rulesets and even select music as you start

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Photo Spots

Dotted around the Kalos region, there are various areas where you can have someone take a picture of you. These photographs can be customised using various poses, as well as controlling the zoom, contrast and brightness of the photo. When these photos are taken, they can then be uploaded to the Pokémon Global Link for sharing with your friends, and can even be posted to a social network such as Facebook and Twitter