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Pokémon X & Y Developer Roundtable Reveals Sky Battles And Horde Encounters

Posted by Andy Green

Three new Pokémon also announced

Nintendo announced a new type of Pokémon during its E3 Nintendo Direct - the Fairy type. It's super effective against dragon types, which is definitely a good thin considering how tough they can be! All of a sudden Jigglypuff doesn't look so weak anymore!

The Fairy type will make its debut in Pokémon X & Y and as promised more information on the game was dealt out during a developer round table after the main presentation.

During this roundtable Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of the Pokémon Company, and Junichi Masuda, director at Game Freak, announced some new battle modes as well as how you'll play with your friends both in a local environment or on the internet.

Naturally, it wouldn't be a Pokémon roundtable without some newly announced 'mon. First up there's Clauncher, a Water Pokémon with a crab-like appearance. It'll be able to crush its opponents with its signature move, Crabhammer, which is more likely than other moves to achieve critical hits.

The other two are Skrelp, a Water and Poison type seahorse, and a new Fire and Flying 'mon called Talonflame that can reach incredible speeds.

Flying types will be able to partake in a new type of battle in Pokémon X & Y called Sky Battles. Naturally these fights take place in the air so only flying types, and other Pokémon with the Levitate ability such as Haunter, can take part. When walking around you'll see trainers standing high on cliffs or in other distant places who will want to battle, but you'll only be able to challenge them if you have Pokémon in your party who can fly.

In previous Pokémon titles, battles have always had the same number of 'mon on both sides, for example the standard one-on-one scenario or a Dual or Triple Battle. In Pokémon X & Y there will also be Horde Encounters that will add a whole new challenge to the player and will test the endurance of your Pokémon .

During these types of battles, multiple wild Pokémon attack at once with only one 'mon available on your side. In these encounters, you'll need to make sure your Pokémon has an attack that can damage multiple foes at once - such as Blizzard - in order to get ahead, or else you could find yourself fainting very quickly.

Also announced was a new communication feature which will be debuting in Pokémon X & Y - the Player Search System (PSS).

Ishihara and Masuda went on to speak about the Player Search System (PSS), which is essentially an application that can be found at the bottom of the touch screen and will allow players to interact with other players they StreetPass with.

If you don't pick up a lot of StreetPasses though, do not despair, as you can switch from the Local Wireless Connection setting to the whole internet, and there's bound to be some Pokémon trainers knocking about there to battle and trade with.

Fortunately, you'll also be able to customise your trainer more than ever before, so everyone won't come to the party dressed in the same outfit.

What are your thoughts on all this new information? The three new Pokémon can be seen below along with a little highlight reel of the developer roundtable. As always, let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Ketchupcat said:

Actually, Clauncher is a pistol srimp.
It's about time they made a Pokemon of this, it can snap its claw so hard/fast that other animals get stunned! It already sounds like a Pokemon!



Raylax said:

Sky battles sound... arbitrary. Let's see how the mechanics work.
Horde battles sound awesome though.



Royalblues said:

Looks like I'm catching me a Fletchling.
Thanks for the news.
I really hope Rotation Battles return. Those battles are so much fun!



TheAdza said:

I can not wait to get this game. I will be downloading it for sure so its always with me.



MasterChordles said:

Yet they still haven't revealed evolved forms of the starters... Oh well, clauncher and talonflame are pretty cool



Blue_Yoshi said:

@Musterd omg you are completely right it can shoot bubbles like bullets. The claw is even yellow. I was about to say it's probably a blue crawdad like the one I have as a pet in real life but it makes more sense to adapt this amazing animal instead. I'm looking forward to Clauncher def a must catch and Skrelp looks pretty cool too. Talonflame sounds a little cliche, hopefully it'll be good.



Skeet102 said:

talonflame looks awesome, clauncher looks cool, and skrelp... uhhhhh... no comment.



FriedSquid said:

Sounds like interesting new features. I really love Clauncher and Talonflame, though! Skrelp, well... you know.



Dizzard said:

I thought I was sure I would catch a Clauncher as my water type....but Skrelp is growing on me.



Arminillo said:

Talonflame's name sounds like a pokemon knock-off. Talonire, Taloname, even Talfire would be better.



GN004Nadleeh said:

how about a real pokemon game for the wii u? or use the super Mario 3d land engine to make a new 4 swords adventures with multiplayer!



Emaan said:

I like the idea of the air battles.

The 3 new Pokemon designs look great too!



DarkKirby said:

So instead of nerfing Stealth Rock, they made a type of battle that only flying Pokemon can participate in.



NESuperior said:

Is it just me or is "Talonflame" just the lamest, most uninspired name ever given to a Pokémon? It doesn't ever roll off the tongue easily. Off the top of my head I can think of a number of names I think would've been infinitely better. Talonitro, Talonova, Hawcano, Ospyre, Falcoal, or even Flightorch would've worked. The Pokémon looks cool, but the name kills it for me. Am I wrong?



GamerZack87 said:

Customise our Trainers like never before? So...customise them at all then?

To me, Clauncher looks more like a yabby than a crab.

And as for Talonflame...I think I just might be catching a Fletchling for my team! You know, if I don't see any other Fire or Flying Pokémon I'd like to add instead.

@NESuperior: One word: nickname.



DarkNinja9 said:

im liking that bird pokemon i think its the last evolution of that small pokemon we seen

EDIT: well now that my browser decided to let me watch vids again -_- i was able to see the vid here looks rly interesting i was hoping that 5 random wild encounter wouldnt be as bad as it sounded to me but hey it looks nice cant wait to try these features mostly that new wi-fi(PSS) thing



beat said:

when had pokemon ever let us down? i mean, every single main series pokemon is great. i believe game freak has done enough to earn my trust and make me confident that this generation will also be awesome, or maybe, even more.

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