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Pokémon X & Y screens and trailer show off Kalos Region, and first Gym Leader

Friday, 14th June 2013 14:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

New Pokémon X and Pokémon Y screens, information, and trailer has been released by Nintendo, showing off the Kalos region; its many towns to explore; people to meet; and never-before-seen Pokémon to encounter. Players will also meet new Gym Leaders to challenge and collect Gym Badges from as they travel throughout Kalos.

Once a player has chosen to play as a male or female Trainer, the game starts in Vaniville Town. Step outside the house you just moved to and you will meet four new friends: Shauna, Tierno, Trevor, and Serena – if you play as a boy and Calem – if you play as a girl – who will journey with you around the Kalos region.

Here’s some information from Nintendo about your new buddies:

Shauna is an incredibly energetic girl who is coming along on the journey to find a dream of her own. She’s friendly and outgoing, and seems to genuinely enjoy all the curiosities you’ll come across on your journey.

Tierno is the dancer of the group and wants more than anything to create a dance team with his Pokémon. Strong, kind, and light on his feet, Tierno gets easily distracted by watching opposing Pokémon during battles because he’s too busy trying to incorporate Pokémon moves into his dances.

Trevor bursts with curiosity about the world around him. He’s an excellent student, and very competitive, wanting to be the first of the group to complete his Pokédex.

Serena or Calem lives next door to you in Vaniville Town. This character has a passion to become a powerful Pokémon Trainer and sets out on the journey to accomplish that dream.

The first Gym Leader players will encounter on their adventure is Viola, the Gym Leader of Santalune City. Players will first learn about Viola by meeting her older sister, Alexa, a journalist working in Lumiose City. Viola is also a professional photographer who specializes in Pokémon photography,and the gym she runs has an interior is constructed from threads like spiderwebs.

Players will need to find a safe path through these threads, and will receive useful advice from Viola when they battle her.

Pokémon in the Kalos region have already been announced, but here’s a recap:

Litleo is a young, hot-blooded Pokémon that is always ready for a battle. A Fire- and Normal-type Pokémon, Litleo’s red mane blazes with heat during battle, which burns hotter when it battles very strong opponents. Litleo knows a new Normal-type move in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, Noble Roar. Useful against strong opponents, Noble Roar intimidates targets and lowers their Attack stat.

Fairy-type Pokémon Flabébé lives atop a flower that it chooses soon after it’s born and will care for its entire life. Players may see different Flabébé holding flowers of different colours when encountering them in the wild. Flabébé is able to draw forth hidden powers that lie within its flower and use those powers in moves while battling. Flabébé knows Fairy Wind, a Fairy-type move debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that summons a wind that blasts an opponent as it attacks. Like all Fairy-type moves, it’s super effective against Dragon-type Pokémon.

The games introduce the Bug-type Pokémon Scatterbug who knows String Shot, a Bug-type move that can lower the Speed stat of opposing Pokémon and it also evolves into Spewpa, which can withstand half-hearted attacks due to its stiff, fur-covered body.

The final evolved form of Scatterbug is the Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon Vivillon which can learn Struggle Bug, a Bug-type move that lowers the Special Attack of any opposing Pokémon it hits, so the move not only causes damage but also reduces the damage inflicted on Vivillon from certain moves during battle.

Right. There’s your Poké fix for the day.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are out worldwide October 12 on 3DS.

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