Yesterday we caught wind of a new type of evolution coming in Pokemon X and Y. Today we learn how Mega Evolution works, where to learn the technique, and which Mega Pokemon will only be available through a special launch day distribution event. Oh, and there are three new Pokemon at the bottom, so if you're saving yourself for October 12, don't look.
First off, don't expect to be walking around the Kalos region with Mega Mewtwo stuffed inside a pokeball -- these Mega Evolutions only occur in battle, when a Mega-capable Pokemon is holding a very specific Mega Stone. For instance, in order to evolve Lucario into Mega Lucario, he'll have to be holding a chunk of Lucarionite.
Once Mega Lucario is done kicking arse, he'll revert back to his normal form and stuff himself back inside his pokeball.
One of the Megas, Mega Blaziken, will only be available during a special, incredibly short distribution event held during the launch of the games on October 12. Players will be able to grab a special Torchic holding a Blazikenite Mega Stone, which they'll have to evolve to Blaziken before going all super saiyan with him.
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Players will most likely learn about these Mega Evolutions in the seaside town of Shalour City, home of the Tower of Mastery and the spirited gym leader Korrina, who seeks to unlock the hidden potential of her Pokemon.
Also announced today were two new types of Pokemon training, injecting a little Monster Rancher style into the franchise. Here's the details:
Super Training or S.T. is being introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, allowing players to help their Pokémon grow stronger when they're not in battle. On the Touch Screen of the Nintendo 3DS system, players can have their Pokémon participate in Super Training, activities that will increase a Pokémon's base stats, the underlying values that define its HP, Attack, Defence, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats.
One Super Training activity involves having Pokémon train by facing huge Pokémon-shaped Balloon Bots in a virtual space, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponent's goal. Using the Circle Pad and Touch Screen to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing their own in the goal, players will enjoy this action-packed feature while increasing their Pokémon's base stats to help them become stronger for battle.
For a more casual way to help Pokémon strengthen their base stats, Core Training lets players set up training bags, earned by completing Super-Training Regimens, for Pokémon in their party to use. Pokémon will work on Core Training by themselves, raising their stats on their own. By tapping on the Touch Screen during a Core Training session, players can help their Pokémon increase their base stats, too. Players will be able to see how their Pokémon are doing at their Core Training at any time from the main Super Training screen.
And finally, it wouldn't be a big Pokemon announcement without some new critters.
Dedenne, Skiddo and Bunnelby are three of the cutest damn things ever. You can learn more about them at PokemonXY.com.