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Headscratchers: Pokémon X and Y
  • I'm actually interested in seeing how the new fairy type turns out and there's a question I was hoping I could get an answer to.. With every type resistance and advantage I like to come up with a reason for the advantage/resistance. For example water beats fire because water douses fire, steel is resistant against dragon because steel armor and shields protect knights from dragons, and etc. It has been announced that fairy is strong against dragon. My question is why is fairy strong against dragon? I really couldn't think of a reason. My first thought was magic except that doesn't really make much sense since dragons in most lore are resistant to and could even wield magic.
    • On the other hand, enchanted weaponry is often the key to defeating dragons in various myths/games/stories/etc.
    • Because dragons (usually) lose in fairy tales! Similarly, Fairy's weakness to Steel is likely a reference to the weakness of Fair Folk to "cold iron" in many European stories.
    • It actually would make sense for the fairies to be immune, since, in fairy tales, the hero usually has some way (often a shield) to block a dragons fire. But that's neither here nor there. I personally hope Fairies are immune or take half-damage so Dragon Trainers will have to do something different for once.
      • Except it's humans who slay dragons, not fairies.

  • How does Kalos have a desert (or, what looks like a desert in the map) in the midst of lush forest and plains? It really looks out of place and doesn't make sense geographically. The one in Hoenn was at least surrounded by mountains.
    • Might be that something happen in that area that caused it to be desert like.
    • Perhaps there used to be forest there, but it was turned into pasture/farmland and was eventually desertified due to overfarming and poor care of the soil? I feel like I might be talking out of my ass, but I'm pretty sure this is a thing that can happen.
      • It happened in Maine. It's not a true desert, since there is frequent rain and snow, but it counts.
    • Perhaps it's the ground zero of the Ultimate Weapon!
      • Alternatively, In Y at least, it's where Yveltal was previously "Killed" and sucked the life out of everything.
    • It's not a desert; it's a waste, or bad-lands. If you check out the Lumiose Museum, you'll find that the Power Plants run off of heat from the ground (as well as fire and composting waste) not to mention that the main Power Plant (the one you're able to visit) gets its solar power from what essentially seems to be microwave emission. So not only is it on a geothermal hot spot but if one of the microwave transmission beams missed the receiving dish...

  • On the other hand, why the hell Gamefreak made Helioptile's ability Dry Skin if they feed on sunlight?
    • Because they're born in the wild and don't have access to skin lotion.
    • Being out in the hot sunlight causes dehydration so it makes sense to not be affected by water, it moistens its Dry Skin
    • Could also be that it has two abilities. It can feed on sunlight, but like most Pokemon, it'll be able to eat normally, too. On top of that, Dry Skin only makes the sun harmful when it's intense. Even with Dry Skin, Helioptile can sit comfortable on a sunny day and soak up the rays, it just can't take harsh sunlight. The day gets too hot, and Helioptile just moves out of the sun.
    • To use a human analogy, fatty foods are delicious and provide us energy, but they're also pretty bad for your health.
      • Going off the human analogy on fatty foods for humans, Helioptile is a photovore but not a thermovore it's probably a mix of that while being cold-blooded. As sunlight is both heat and light, Helioptile needs sunlight to warm itself to a functional level, but if it overheats it has no method of cooling itself down.

  • Does the effects of Pokemon-Amie only affect the lead pokemon? And as such, if their position were to change, the effects would wear out?
    • No and no. The effects stay even you put the Pokémon on the box, and there's a switch option that allows you to choose who to use on the feature. Not sure if they wear out with time, though.

  • So Sky Battles will allow Pokémon with Levitate. What happens if you use Skill Swap during a Sky Battle, then?
    • We'll just have to wait for that one. They'll probably either not allow you to lose Levitate, or let you lose Levitate but let the battle proceed as normal. More likely the former.
    • The Nintendo Dream interview confirmed that some moves can't be used in Sky Battles. Skill Swap might be disabled to prevent breaking the game.
    • ...or break Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
    • Charizard loses its Flying type after mega evolving to "X", yet doesn't gain Levitate in its place, yet Mega Charizard X was shown participating in a Sky Battle with no issue. I'd assume that the Pokemon will continue to battle normally. It's also possible that other Pokemon will be able to participate in Sky Battles other than Flying types and pokemon with Levitate; Possibly all pokemon capable of learning the move Fly can participate. (Volcarona, for instance.)
      • Gamers have confirmed that only Pokemon who's both seen levitating or flying and have either the flying-type or the levitate ability can participate (thus, leaving out certain Pokemon who's not animated flying but has either the flying-type {like Farfetch'd} or the levitate ability {Like Gengar}, but having Pokemon not generally seen as being able to fly participate {like Gyarados or Mantyke}. They'd also confirm that if a Pokemon were to lose its flying type or the levitate ability, they'd still be able to battle.

  • If Doublade supposedly uses coordinated double attacks, why is its ability No Guard instead of Huge Power like Mega Mawile?

  • Will Pokemon-Amie be like that 4th generation Amity Square, where specific Pokemon can only be placed in it?

  • Strongly supported by rumors is the 'fact' that Quilladin will evolve into a Grass/Dark. Not only does it not look like a Dark type, but it's named after a Paladin. How exactly does that work?
    • It's just overeager fan speculation. Take it all with a grain of salt until the truth is revealed.
    • Even if it turns out he does gain a Dark typing, Absol is a remainder right off that Dark Is Not Evil. Besides, the English name can't be held too firmly as an idea of what the intended design will be, since the Japanese name roughly means "spine armor". And, it's not like all knights need to be clad in shining armor.
      • It seems odd that the translators wouldn't have the entire evolution line's designs and concepts when coming up with the localized names. Evolution lines usually have some sort of theme or recurring pattern in their names, as well (at least in English), so it would be doubly strange for the "paladin" in Quilladin's name to be a red herring. I personally suspect that it's going to become Grass/Ground (it can learn Mud Shot and has a vaguely appropriate color scheme), Grass/Rock (pretty much the same justification as the previous one, although maybe not as good a fit), or Grass/Steel (you can't have a Knight in Shining Armor without the armor, after all).
      • Probably not Grass/Rock though, since the Fennekin line couldn't counter grass then. Ground seem likely though. Steel would be fairly unique too.
      • It isn't like something along those lines has never been done before. Empoleon wasn't weak to Grass types, for instance.
      • It was still weak to one of Torterra's types, Ground. Fire/Psychic couldn't get any coverage on Grass/Rock at all.
    • The water starter already took the Dark-type with its final evo Greninja. Apparently the Quilladin evo is Grass/Fighting.
      • Greninja hasn't been confirmed to be real just yet.
      • Nope. It's real. Confirmed by screenshots of it in-game.

  • I keep hearing that there's only 70 new Pokemon and there's basically no post-game. Where did this come from? (I doubt this is true.)
    • More internet rumors. Take everything with a grain of salt until you see confirmations.
    • I've also heard there's no Pseudo-legendary... however Sliggoo evolves at level 70...
      • It actually evolves at Level 50 and above in the rain.
    • Actually, it's sad to say, but from what i've heard, yes, the post-game is indeed pretty small. I haven't beaten the game yet, but I've heard from a lot of people that it's true (I heard somewhere that the Elite Four don't even upgrade their teams). However, that was basically the same case with Diamond and Pearl and Black and White, and then Platinum and Black 2 and White 2 had much more, so they might be saving some post-game ideas for the inevitable third version or sequel.

  • So with several formerly normal-type pokemon being retconned as full-on fairy-types, why is the jigglypuff's line normal/fairy instead? More importantly, with the marill's stages will be fairy-type as well (with marill and azumarill being water/fairy), why is it that the azurill is normal/fairy instead of just fairy when given the aquatic nature of its line, it has no business being normal-type in the first place?
    • Maybe to differentiate the Jigglypuff line from the Clefairy line.

  • Is anyone else besides me surprised that Fairy isn't weak against Ghost or Rock? I just picture them being easy to scare, or get smushed compared to a lot of other types.
    • There are really old stories that portray fairies as evil motherf*ckers who like to screw around with humans. Also, if you think Tinkerbell is a bitch in the Disney movie, read the book. They're not going to be scared easily.
      • Only a few fairies are really like that in Pokémon, though. (Three.)

  • Speaking of fairies, why isn't the Flabébé line part-Grass? I know the flower's not really part of the Pokémon itself, but it's weird since its movepool and ability are so Grass-oriented.
    • Flabébé and Floette aren't part Grass-types for the same reason that Farfetch'd isn't, which is as you said, because the flowers are not a part of them. Their Grass-based movepools imply that they have an affinity for grass and nature, which is to be expected of some fairies. No idea about Florges though. Maybe they just didn't want to give it a ton of added weaknesses, including a 4x weakness to Poison.
      • The same reason Sudowoodo isn't a grass type. It looks like a flower, but it just isn't.
      • The X pokedex entry begs to differ.
It draws out and controls the hidden power of flowers. The flower Flabébé holds is most likely part of its body.

  • Has any reason been offered for Frogadier and Greninja having different eyes in their models for Pokemon-amie versus everywhere else? I for one think they look much better with the horizontal frog pupils...
    • What are you talking about? They're just closed or squinting.
    • I suspect that their eyes in pokemon-amie are the idea of them not being on duty/battle, so they're relaxed as they can be. When battle occurs though...]

  • If Gardevoir gets a Mega Evolution, why not Gallade as well?
    • I don't think we still have all the mega evolutions revealed yet.
    • Because Pokémon were given mega evolutions based on three factors: Popularity, the need for a boost, and/or designs that facilitate mega evolutions. Equality/symmetry were not pressing concerns and if Gallade didn't meet any of those criteria, then it would not have been given a mega evolution (as it wasn't). Although with that being said, it is likely that there will be more mega evolutions in the future, so Game Freak could change their minds at some point.

  • Why are there so few legendary Pokemon? Heck, why are there so few new Pokemon in general? And if there are only a few legendary Pokemon, what are the anime movies going to be about this generation?
    • I was disappointed with the scarcity of new Pokemon too. It stuck out to me a lot since there are three seperate Pokedexes: they're practically full of the old Pokemon, with a couple of new ones occasionally popping up. My understanding of this is that it's possible this may become a trend for future games. Remember there are now almost 720 Pokemon: The fourth and fifth generations both introduced more than a hundred new ones. Game Freak may not want to keep esclating the numbers up to huge figures, or else in 5 year's time we'll have more than 1000 Pokemon, and personally I think that's far too much. That said, I'm only speculating, and maybe they were simply trying something new for this game and next generation they'll introduce a much larger number of new Pokemon. Personally I think the relative fewness of new Pokemon works fairly well since there's lots of old Pokemon from all 5 regions to use as well: there's lots of choice, unlike in Black and White where players could only exclusively use new Pokemon.
    • Also, note that event-exclusive legendaries are unknown at this point. (and unlike the fifth generation, it's impossible to break open the game just to take a peak on what event-exclusive Pokemon are programmed into the game).
    • Don't forget all the new Mega Evolutions... Maybe all the time and effort normally going into the new Pokémon went into those instead. I was a bit down about that, myself, but there's still hope for the event-exclusive legendaries.
      • And this generation was the one where they had to work out the jump to 3D. They had to get every Pokemon that already existed worked into 3D, and the Poke-Amie, and the sprites for them.
      • It's likely for practical reasons. Unlike previous games, which just had to update the sprites a bit, this game had to have unique 3-D models and animations for 700+ pokemon, plus mega evolutions, which is a lot of additional work. And honestly, I'd much rather have fewer new Pokemon, but with better designs. So far, (IMO at least) this generation has had a much better hit-to-miss ratio when it comes to the new designs. In previous gens there were a lot more pokemon, but most of them were blatant Expies of previous ones that didn't add much to the game. This time around, even the Com Mons have fairly interesting designs (i.e. Bunnelby has an interesting dual-type evolution, and Fletchling is badass when fully evolved). Scatterbug is kinda typical, but at least it looks pretty.
      • In addition to practicality, it would also be highly inefficient for Game Freak to continually introduce 100+ new Pokémon with every generation. Doing so would leave them overstocked and oversaturated. Let us not forget that even excluding the 69 Gen VI Pokémon, there are still 649 perfectly usable Pokémon that they can include. You wouldn't go to the store and buy ten canisters of coffee if you still had one left. At most, you'd probably buy three or four. It's economics. Plus, there are only so many ways that they can spin movepools, type combinations, and stat spreads before it becomes redundant, so taking their time and saving the possibilities that they have left for future installments makes sense. Mega evolutions are a stroke of genius in this regard, as they allow Game Freak to make older Pokémon relevant again in lieu of creating entirely new Pokémon (which also has its own inherent issue, as Junichi Masuda has stated that coming up with names for all of them is difficult) while still introducing new content. Mega evolutions would be like creamer. You need it to add taste to the coffee (unless you drink black, I suppose), and it works just fine with the coffee you already have, but buying creamer doesn't overstock you on coffee because it's not the same thing.
      • Also don't forget that the Nintendo 3DS still has restrictions in what type of Wi-Fi we can connect to. There are so many places in Sydney, Australia that just simply refuses to accept my 2DS, due to 2/3DSs in general hating Wi-Fis that require security passwords - and this makes Dex filling harder than what should be reasonably necessary. It's outright impossible for those who has neither friends that play the game, nor have compatible Wi-Fi. And this restriction is imposed by a company that DOES take the ultimate responsibility in publishing Pokémon games, and there's no apparent justification for imposing said restriction. (Furthermore, another stupidity is Nintendo of Australia not publishing any locations for compatible Wi-Fi when Nintendo of America/Britain does so - and the former is in a country that only has 5 cities that has over 1 million people.) If anything, Nintendo is the one that should be removing these stupid hardware restrictions before GF adds further Pokémon.
    • Personally I said "Only three legendaries? And they're all available in-game? YESSS!" just because I hoped so much that they would toss that Scrappy Mechanic out the window. It's never stated in the official announcements, but stores have the right to refuse to participate in these events, and independent game stores virtually never get them. So every time there's some kind of store-exclusive event, I have to drive about two and a half hours down to Denver to see if they've decided to participate. (Which the last few times they've not - That Shiny Dialga event? Nearest store that had it is located in Boulder, CO.) Even if there's the possibility of Spotpass, the idea of getting legendaries without having to be living outside of Flyover Country is still a step in the right direction.
      • The store is over two hours away and you don't call the store to check before getting in the car?
      • [previous poster] I actually have business down in Denver on a regular basis due to work, so I go check while I'm already down there.
      • Sorry buddy, there's still going to be Event Legendaries / Mythical Pokemon, we just can't see them in game because the 3DS is hard to hack, but their names (but not their images) have been found in the GTS data. In fact, the fandom wasn't supposed to be able to hack data to see Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Manaphy, Shaymin, Darkrai, Arceus, Genosect, Meloretta, and Keldeo early - they aren't announced until the events begin - it's just that usually they can hack the game data and pull out the information. The 3DS is just more secure.
      • As long as they have Spot Pass, then I won't complain.
    • I've also heard of the possibility of DLC Pokemon, which wouldn't be a bad idea. Still, I just kinda wish that we had 2 extra Pokemon, so that way we'd have an even 720 Pokemon.
      • You're in luck - more Pokemon have been found.
      • They appear to be the event-only deal.
    • I always thought the in-game backstory was enough to imply a sound reason for the low number of new pokemon in this Generation... A device that insta-kills every living thing will wipe out all kinds of stuff, right?

  • Why is it that, despite being able to learn Fly, Pokemon like Pidgey, Taillow, and Hawlucha can't participate in Sky Battles? How is it that they're capable of carrying their trainer all the way across the region, but they aren't capable in flying without the burden of added weight? Even assuming the unevolved Pokemon like Pidgey aren't capable of learning Fly anymore, Hawlucha can.
    • From what can be seen, it appears to be a simple case of using ones that have an in-flight model.
    • This reaches Wallbanger levels with Haunter being able to participate in Sky Battles, but Gengar cannot.
      • Well, Gengar loses Levitate should you Mega Evolve it into Mega Gengar, and if you pay attention when you send it out into battle in Gen V you can hear it land on the ground despite having Levitate.
      • Well, if you pay attention, Mega Charizard X can participate, despite losing Flying type. Also, see the post above.

  • According to Goomy's Y entry, its body is made up of a membrane that can cause punches and kicks to slide off harmlessly. Wouldn't that make it invincible?

  • Are there still more Mega-Evolutions? I heard that breaking into the code of X and Y hasn't been successful yet, so for all we know Sceptilenite and Milknite is still possible
    • On the other hand, those items regarding legendary Pokemon are fairly obvious (as in previous generations), with blatant hints to what they're referring to—the Gracidea holder mentions Shaymin, for instance. Still, it's likely that given how there's nothing so obvious as those for Mega Stones, it's probable that any future stones will be released like the Blazikenite, via Wifi.
    • Actually, it has, by the same person who managed to run homebrew on his 3DS. He progressed enough to allow booting a newer kernel from an older one, thus, allowing him to run homebrew and the latest games at the same time. He used this to look into the game's coding. That's how the three new event Pokémon screenshots were leaked. To get back to your question, the only hidden megastones not officially confirmed, I'm afraid, are the ones for Latias and Latios.
      • That doesn't mean there can't be some added in a Hoenn remake. Then again though... that might complicate things. (Is it possible to use Therian formes for the Raijin trio if you're challenging someone with Black and White 1, or is that impossible?)
    • Well, I like the Lati's, so not so bad a loss, though I have a odd feeling there is still more to be found

  • I'm kind of weird-ed out by Valerie's character design. No, it isn't her eyes, It's the fact that she doesn't appear to have arms (they might be in those strange sleeve-wings, but the fact that they appear to be extremely stiff suggests that they aren't).
    • Well, some people just don't have arms. It is possible she doesn't, which would make her apparent interest in sewing even more impressive!
    • Maybe she's secretly into bondage, and has them tied together behind her back underneath her outfit, or possibly tied to whatever she uses to support her sleeves and make them so stiff? This would explain how she throws pokeballs without having visible arms. It would also be a MAJOR case of Getting Crap Past the Radar.

  • Why do the NPC versions of your friends in the Battle Maison Multi Battles look so freaky? Are they androids? Disguised Dittoes that have learned to talk? Just... why?
    • Bad graphics?

  • Why did no one point out the obvious logical flaw in Lysandre's plan? Killing all pokémon would change nothing because pokémon have existed for eons without being used as tools of war; they're not the problem. As long as there are two humans in the world, they'll always find new ways and reasons to kill each other. Team Flare wouldn't have lasted a year without forming factions over which lady scientist is hottest or something stupid like that, it's what humans do. Actually proving Lysandre wrong would be so much more satisfying than the lame "we'll find a way because friendship" dialogue we got.
    • Short version? He's insane. Long version? He's really freakin' insane, but so incredibly charismatic that his followers don't question his stupidity.
    • I'm assuming we're talking about Y's plot. If I understand it correctly, Lysandre does acknowledge that Pokémon are beautiful and useful creatures, but they'll just be collateral damage once he sets his genocide in motion. The goal is to eliminate everyone except Team Flare, not strictly Pokémon.
      • To note, Y has the same plot as X. The only difference is the Legendary involved. In both games, he believed that Pokémon had to be done away with because humans in the future would become cruel and selfish and would inevitably begin to treat Pokémon as nothing more than mere tools/weapons to further their own self-centered gains. So basically, he thinks he's Mercy Killing all of them.

  • Why does Mega Mewtwo X look more masculine than Mega Mewtwo Y? Game Freak goes with chromosome-based Theme Naming for the first two games introduced for G6, yet they ignore that it's the Y chromosome that determines if an animal (at least in a mammal's case) is biologically male?
    • There is a fair amount of speculation that the "X" and "Y" are actually referring to the Cartesian Plane, and not genetics. Besides, implying that Mewtwo changes genders temporarily has... implications that Nintendo might not have wanted to go for.
    • Maybe it just refers to something like "this version of Mewtwo appears by default in Pokémon X" rather than taking into account gender or Cartesian Plane or whatever they wanted "X" and "Y" to mean. Other than that, Y's Mewtwo is said to be a more perfect Mew clone, while X's Mewtwo is a less perfect one that practically lets it be its own thing.
    • It has been confirmed that the games were named after planar axes, not chromosomes. Mega Mewtwo X looking more masculine has nothing to do with the games' titles.
    • Ever seen X and Y chromosomes side-by-side?
    • Also, if you look at the movie; Genesect and the Legend Awakened, Mewtwo Y is performed by a female voice actor whereas previous Mewtwo's have used male actors.
    • Mewtwo is a failed copy of Mew. Mewtwo is larger, has more developed limbs and has stats focused on offense, whereas Mew is embryonic is nature and has equal stat spreads. Mega Mewtwo Y is a "correction"; it becomes more like its mother (Mew) in design, whereas Mega Mewtwo X continues to go in the direction it was initially.

  • Why is it that now some of the trainers that aren't from the Battle Maison have Egg moves or previous Gen Move Tutor moves? I was wondering if Gyarados learns Outrage by level-up or Heart Scale now after Lysandre's used it against my Chesnaught, but turns out it doesn't, and that (and Iron Head, which it also has) can only legitimately be obtained by Move Tutor from BW 2 (or Platinum or HGSS for that matter). Additionally, I fought an Ace Trainer's Weavile in Victory Road that had Ice Punch, so I'm curious as to if more trainers are like this.
    • Maybe they're just trying to improve the AI a bit in these games. It's actually more surprising (to me, anyway) that this didn't happen more often in previous games.
      • Well, Iris' Aggron in BW2 Challenge Mode has Head Smash, and Cynthia's Milotic in the Sinnoh games has Mirror Coat, both Egg moves. And Cyrus' Weavile had Ice Punch, even in Diamond and Pearl before it was a Move Tutor move (and in Platinum it has Fake Out, another Egg move). Also, in Pokéstar Studios in BW2, the Lucario you use in one of the Brycen-Man movies had Fury Cutter, which it could only learn in Gen IV (Platinium and HGSS had that as a Move Tutor move, but not BW2). Additionally, in BW, I know there was a Scizor with Superpower in the Battle Subway.
      • It was definitely as said above, an attempt to ramp up the difficulty a bit. I was very impressed when I used a Mr. Mime on my Nuzlocke against Lysandre's Gyarados, expecting his mega evolution, and he OHKO'd me with an Iron Head.
      • I can understand that, but it's more the Gen IV/BW2 Move Tutor moves I was surprised by moreso than the egg moves. I know that in addition to the big battles I mentioned above, those Veterans in Pinwheel Forest in BW2 that you fight in a Double Battle had a Magmortar with Flare Blitz (egg move), so that Ace Trainer with the Weavile I mentioned above was possibly the same deal. However, the only trainer I can think of in BW2 that had any Move Tutor moves outside of the Battle Subway/PWT was Iris' Druddigon on Challenge Mode and in the rematches, which has Fire Punch and ThunderPunch (not counting Draco Meteor and the elemental Hyper Beams).

  • Why is that item still called the "National" Pokédex? Since Unova and Kalos are outside of "Japan" (Gens 1-4), shouldn't it be called the "International" Pokédex now??
    • I don't think it's ever been confirmed that the in-game country is different, though—just that the other regions are "far away". And they were still using Japanese names for the characters in Unova (Hilda is "Touko", etc.). This isn't true for Kalos (Sycamore is "Platane", for example), but I'm not sure if it's ever stated that you're in a different nation.
    • I'm calling Grandfather Clause, since they didn't do it in Unova either.
    • We don't know what places neighbor Kalos or Unova; for all we know, they're in different nations in which there are other regions as well. There could be something like a Poké-Spain that have the Pokémon that are listed in the National Pokédex.

  • So, the post-game finally outright confirms that in Pokéverse, everyone speaks the language of whatever country their region is based off of. Interesting, and it confirms why Looker has weird speech patterns in both Platinum and Black/White (he's not from either region, I assume). But given how badly he butchers the Japanese translation for the woman who had her Pokémon stolen, how was he even capable of carrying on a coherent conversation with anyone in Platinum (Sinnoh should be "speaking" Japanese too)?
    • Maybe the tourist was speaking really fast?
      • Or that person could just have been from Japan, and the other regions did speak English. As I recall Mew was found in South Africa, Mewtwo was born from Mew, Gastly can topple an Indian elephant.
      • Where is it stated that everyone in the Pokéverse speaks the same language? If you remember, the Team Rocket grunt you meet in Cerulean City in G\S\C and their remakes doesn't speak your language very well, and it's eventually revealed he's a Unova native. A NPC character in Lumiose City states that trainer Blue visited Kalos and learned how to say "bonjour", which is fitting given the city is supposed to be Paris. I think it's safe to assume every region uses its real-life counterpart's language, and we don't notice because of Translation Convention. As for the tourist, she actually speaks English in non-English versions of the game, so she's just supposed to be "foreign" regardless of your native language, which explains why Looker can't understand her.

  • Could someone explain why the 3DS needs to be held upside-down, in order to trigger one of the Pokémons' evolutions?
    • Pokemon games almost without exception like to introduce one or two 'mons to take advantage of improved hardware capabilities and features. Gen II had Espeon and Umbreon, as well as other features, because the Gen II carts had the ability to keep an internal clock. Gen IV had Chatot, which is entirely and completely a gimmick built around the "Chatter" move that lets it imitate sound bites from the DS microphone. The 3DS has a gyroscope, so why the hell not? At least Malamar learns some decent moves and has a fairly unique typing; Chatot was pretty much on Luvdisc tier.
      • I always got the idea that if it evolved upside down, then it evolved and holding the 3DS upside down was basically like holding it upside down.
      • So there's no in-universe explanation after all.
      • No, just imagene he's holding the Inkay upside down while it's evolving. There's your in-universe explanation.
      • Still confused. The player isn't even HOLDING the Pokémon. But I guess we'll wait until James' Inkay evolves, then conclude this. Deal? Deal.
      • Hilarious in Hindsight, back when Pokémon Red and Blue came out, there was an April Fool's joke that claimed that you could evolve a Lickitung by feeding it a Rare Candy while the Game Boy was held upside-down. Maybe Inkay's evolution is a reference to it?

  • Why the hell do we still have pokemon that evolve by trade and yet not in-universe explanation as to how this works, let alone in the wild where there are no trainers to exchange pokemon to trigger their evolutions?
    • It's been mentioned several times in fact that Pokemon evolved alongside humans, and that they change their forms to adapt to different circumstances. As for the wild Pokemon thing, chances are that they just don't evolve. Same with all the other Pokemon who are found at too low levels to evolve. They don't need to be fully evolved to breed.
    • Given Shelmet's and Karrablast's Pokedex entries stating that they evolve when they are together when accompanied by an electrical pulse of some kind, I think that it's generally assumed that traded Pokemon evolve when they are exposed to an electrical current, and trading provides them the current of electricity.

  • Why does Honedge, a possessed sword, have a gender?
    • The sword is not the Pokemon; the spirit possessing the sword is.

  • Why, in the Pokémon-Amie, does Raichu hate being stroked on the belly? It loves being stroke on it´s tail, head, arms and feet but makes a sad face should you pet it´s belly. Are Raichu just really sensitive there?
    • Could be just ticklish.

  • What's up with Malva? She, despite being a member of Team Flare (now part of the Elite Four) had an Even Evil Has Standards by being against experimenting on (and killing) children, yet whenever the player defeats her she threatens to kill them! At least she ALWAYS lets the player go.
    • Maybe she's a REALLY sore loser.
    • Malva blatantly says it herself that she's not actually going to kill you, so my best guess is that she's just bitter. Also, she says she'd like to see you "burn" which could always be a pun/exaggeration on her using Fire-Types.

  • Okay, I'm really confused on this. The Fennekin line looks as if it would be a female-looking Pokémon, and I've only obtained female Fennekin throughout my journey... so why is it that Fennekin have a 1/8 chance of being female?!
    • The same thing happened with Chikorita. It's supposed to make it harder to breed your pokémon because it's a "gift" and the Japanese-based Game Freak has a cultural bias against modifying a gift. It's the same reason you can't re-nickname a pokémon you got through trade even if the pokémon's nickname is really juvenile or you just don't like it. Cultural dissonance.
      • You got female Chikorita? I only got males.
      • You're missing the point. They're saying that Chikorita is similarly "feminine" but has the standard male-skewed gender ratio.
      • I don't think cultural dissonance has anything to do with the skewed gender ratio. Breeding more of them is easy to get around by using Ditto or soft-reseting until a female comes up. Its just a small hurdle for amassing more of that species.
    • While probably not the actual reason, there does exist a biological explanation. There are a number of Pokemon in the games that appear in a 7-to-1 male-to-female ratio, and they're pretty rare in the wild (Munchlax, Riolu), or they're pretty much event-given. Pokemon are, by presence of the breeding system, sexually dimorphic creatures, which means that with the less available females of a Pokemon species, the species' numbers will be smaller than those of less-skewed gender ratios (in simple terms, these Pokemon were not found in the wild in Gen I, so the gender system introduced in GSC was designed as such for this to make sense, since less females means less chances to breed in the wild). Fennekin is a starter that doesn't appear in the wild, so if this theory is true, then it's just sticking to the pattern. Also, it would be damned uncool if its gender ratio was different just because it looks "feminine" (it doesn't to me, honestly, but my views on gender moors are different from others, so). Changing a game mechanic for one specimen for aesthetic reasons is unfair to Chespin and Froakie.
    • Outside of the series tradition of always having starters having a 7/8 chance of being male, it's for the same reason peacocks look more "feminine" than peahens. It may be arbitrarily considered feminine by certain human cultures, but other animals, and even humans, aren't guaranteed to have the same standards.

  • Relatively minor compared to most of these other entries, but why do Pokémon Rangers no longer share their encounter theme with Ace Trainers and Veterans like they have since Ruby and Sapphire?

  • Is there any reason so many take Phantump's Dex entry to be true? It flat out starts with "According to old tales," meaning the Dex is outright acknowledging the info comes from rumors. A few other entries also cite legends and rumors as a sort of trivia rather than an actual fact about the Pokémon. The other entry just says it's a spirit possessing an old stump that likes to live in abandoned forests, after all.
    • Well, yeah, it's just a rumor, but it had to start somehow, right? My guess is that a few Phantumps came about that way, but most are other spirits. However, the fact that some of them are children is just so creepy that it became an overblown urban legend in-universe.
    • At least some of them might have come from the children killed by the Ultimate Weapon...
    • Original poster; the "old tales" could also be similar to ones noted in some of Duskull's entries, being tales told to discourage children from going out into the woods.
      • A lot of people think that the Pokedex (Pokedexes?) are written by the Trainers themselves; if that's true, in this case it could probably just be the Trainer repeating legends their mother taught them or otherwise heard. A lot of the Pokedex entries seem a little too fantastic to be real, even in the Pokedex universe. Then there's that Indian elephant thing...

  • A minor one. Team Flare specialize in using poison- and dark-type Pokemon... and Manectric. Why Manectric? That seems like such a random Pokemon choice.
    • To throw off your strategy, I presume.
    • Electricity can cause fires. There's also a bit of a Elemental Rivalry between Fire and Electric, Reshiram and Zekrom, Flint and Volkener, Magmar and Electabuzz. Manectric and Houndoom are version counterparts and it seems like evil teams use both (Team Rocket have a lot of Sandshrew in their ranks despite being associated with poison-typed Ekans, and Team Galactic did use a lot of Stunky and Glameow for whatever reason...)

  • How exactly would Pokemon-Amie or Super-Training be explained in-universe? Are they some kind of app the trainer has on whatever mobile device they have on them or something? None of the NPC that I know of ever talk about using either, and yet in the former's case, You'll find at least one NPC (specifically Laverre City's Vallerie)who owns a sylveon, which you can only get by maxing out an eevee's affection in Pokemon-Amie. So what exactly is one doing in-universe to turn their eevee into a sylveon?
    • At least the Super-Training App can be described as a VR simulator program. Most likely Pokemon Amie is something like that. Eevee to Sylveon only requires 2 hearts of Amie affection and then it must gain a level while knowing a Fairy-type move (like Charm or Baby-Doll Eyes). There is a cafe in Lumiose where it is implied that Super-Trining is such a simulator.
    • It's confirmed in one of the Lumiose Cafe's that yes Super and Core training is a VR program, invented by Clemont, as for Pokemon-Amie, its just letting the Pokemon out and playing with them, the mingames must be VR though, but you can see the Pokemon coming out and going in to its Pokeball when you use and exit Pokemon-Amie respectively.

  • Speaking of Pokemon-Amie, how come the effects of playing with you Pokemon through it aren't active during multi-player battles or anything similar? Can you imagine how cathartic it would be to wipe the floor with some "Stop Having Fun" Guy because your Pokemon have been landing more critical hits and evading more attacks in response from the affection and care you've shown them?
    • Because a) it would be super annoying to play against, and b) those people you want to wipe the floor with could just pet their Pokemon to get those boosts and not actually care about them.
    • Because it would break the metagame completely if those effects were on in Wi-Fi battles and such. It would make battles even more luck-based than they already are. You know how hax items like Bright Powder, Quick Claw, Focus Band and such are pretty much banned? Yeah, Amie's effects are axed for the same reason.

  • If a Honedge is able to drain the lifeforce of any living thing that touches its cloth arm, then why can't it learn any draining attacks? Surely, it could at least learn "drain punch".
    • I can't imagine, that it could "punch" anything with a tassel of cloth...
      • Well, it can hold its own scabbard with the cloth, so it appears to work somewhat like a hand... Sure, a punch coming from it would not really hit hard, but the draining aspect would compensate. Then again, maybe the fact it holds the scabbard with the tassel is the reason it's not used to attack.

  • In Snowbelle City, a Veteran mentions that he has a kid who left on a journey of their own recently. I remember watching he says "she" left when people would play as the guy, and when I was playing as the girl character, he said "he" left recently. So by any chance could that be Serena/Calem's father who they mention at the beginning of the game (along with their mother too) are experts?
    • It's almost certain. Sycamore mentions when you first meet him that the rivals parent/s were veteran trainers.

  • Do the cut trees sitting around in the Pokémon Village that don't actually block anything serve any purpose other than filler spots? Does anything happen if you cut them down or something?
    • They might just be there to help add to the "abandoned sanctuary" feel of the Pokemon Village.
    • You can cut them down, and they just grow back like normal (this troper tried it).

  • In Victory Road, a Veteran asks why Pokémon need us trainers if they can feed, fly and swim themselves, and after you beat her, she says she thinks it's not right that Pokémon stick by trainers to have battles. And yet, she's using a Pokémon of her own. That goes by the same logic that Team Plasma in Black and White (and to an extent Black and White 2) follow, in the sense that they're against trainers using Pokémon yet they won't release them themselves. Does anyone besides me have an odd feeling she may be ex-Team Plasma?
    • It's a possibility (we already know that most of the group scattered to the wind) but I think it's perhaps more likely that Game Freak is just giving an audience nod. I think most people who play Pokemon would probably feel guilty at one point or another at hurting their Pokemon in battle, yet I don't think anyone would release their Pokemon on that principle. In-game, perhaps she does feel guilty about using her Pokemon to fight but balances it out with love at home, or maybe she doesn't think her Pokemon could survive in the wild.
  • Sycamore invited everyone to your parade...except your mother, apparently, who watched it on the TV. Any reason why he didn't invite her/she didn't show up?
    • The player character's mother is a celebrity in her own right as a pro Rhyhorn racer, she probably felt like her presence would end up stealing the spotlight from you.
    • I doubt she'd take the spotlight away from the kid who saved the entire world.
      • Maybe she caught the flu the exact same day that the player defeated the Champion.

  • Seriously, what's with the nerf on so many special moves? Especially Thunder/Blizzard/Fire Blast. They didn't need nerfing because their unreliable accuracy and abysmal amount of PP is the reason why they're not used that much.
    • It's probably a way to counteract the power creep brought on by new threats like Mega Gengar, Charizard Y and Alakazam. Also, Thunder and Blizzard are very useful on rain or hail teams competitively, because they have 100% accuracy in those weather conditions.
    • Then why not nerf the physical moves? We have big threats from physically-oriented megas. And most Dragons are physically-oriented while Dragons are special; Dragons are just gonna benefit from this.

  • Why did they give Mega Heracross Skill Link? It only learns five moves that benefit from it. Arm Thrust is about equal to one Brick Break; Pin Missile isn't nearly as good as Megahorn; Bullet Seed is good, but it's not exactly the best offensive typing and is resisted by Fire and Fighting; Fury Attack is outdone by Strength and Return. The only good move for this is Rock Blast, which is powerful and hits Fire and Flying types well. Mega Heracross would do so much better with its previous abilities.
    • One advantage multi-hit moves have over regular attacks is that they can break an opponent's Substitute or Focus Sash and still attack, something regular Heracross can't do at all. There's also the extra chances to land a critical hit for a little extra damage.
    • Actually, with Skill Link, Pin Missile beats out Megahorn by 5 points (7.5 with STAB factored in)in base power, has higher accuracy, and twice as much PP. Mega Heracross with Bullet Seed, Pin Missile, Rock Blast, and Earthquake has nearly perfect coverage, with nothing being able to resist all four of those moves (that I am aware of, could be missing one of the newer type combos), and each move having at least 100 base power, and three out of four negating Focus Sash and allowing it to break through Substitutes. While I agree it was a weird move, considering any Heracross with those moves needs to go Mega to make much use, the ability on the Mega Form isn't really bad, per say. Just out of left field and completely against Hera's usual strengths.
      • But Heracross generally prefers its Fighting-type STAB, so foregoing Close Combat wouldn't be the greatest idea. If you dropped Earthquake for Close Combat, the only thing that would resist it is Toxicroak, and Bullet Seed would only really be good for stuff like Azumarill and Jellicent. Although admittedly Arm Thrust doesn't lower your Defenses afterwards.
      • You have to factor in that many Mega Forms play differently than their base states, either due to an ability change or different stat spread. M-Heracross seems to go into the tank kind of role and possibly might end up finding the best use as a wall breaker. Heracross can afford Close Combat in his play style, M-Heracross really can't. And by dropping the Fighting STAB, and going with the multi-hit moves, M-Hera again has insane coverage that nothing seem capable of completely resisting (in fact, dropping either of the multi-hit moves or Earthquake for a Fighting STAB decreases coverage).

  • So a Backpacker on Route 10 says something about how Colress from BW2 spoke of the stones giving off strange energy. Does that mean Colress might have some insight on the ultimate weapon's power or the wars of Kalos? Maybe that question will be answered if he makes an appearance in another Kalos game.

  • Why hasn't Gardevoir been changed to be a female species? Or why is it treated more like one? Rather than a possible feminine male or neutral appearance as it used to be (due to its angel concept), its Mega Evolution's Fairytale Wedding Dress obviously evokes a feminine appearance. Even the Ralts with its Mega Stone is female! I understand that it would be strange to retcon a possible gender, but why treat it as more blatantly female than male if its intention was a vaguely neutral appearance?
    • Probably as you said, to avoid retconning any male Gardevoir that people already had before. As for the Mega Evolution, the mega evos in general tend to exaggerate features that the Pokémon already had, so... in Gardevoir's case, its dress-like thing just got fancier.
    • Maybe Game Freak likes the possibility of Wholesome Crossdressers?
    • Ralts, Kirlia, and Gardevoir aren't that feminine when it boils down. Gardevoir's name in Japanese is "Sir Knight", it has no feminine traits other than a dress and hairstyle (no boobs, kiddos. Look closely, ole Gardy's flatter than a pancake). That red thing that looks like a bow/chest-centerpiece? That's its heart. The only time Gardevoir gets especially female is when it Mega Evolves, and as the Dex explains, Mega Gardevoir references Shakespearean plays, specifically Romeo & Juliet. And back in the day, woman weren't allowed on stage, so men wore dresses, explaining why there's still male Gardevoirs.
  • What's the purpose of giving people tips? Do you get something out of it or is it just you giving NPCs some compensation out of your own free will?
    • It's been rumored that tipping rises the shiny rate. I myself don't know much about that, though.
    • I think tipping makes people react more friendly to you. For example, the two attendants at the battle chateau are more respectful when you tip them. I assumed it was just a nice touch by Game Freak to encourage players to be more generous.
  • Does anyone else feel that Xerneas and Yveltal's level up moves were chosen ridiculously randomly? A Fairy-type learning Close Combat and Outrage I find very weird. Nature Power I understand though (especially looking at Xerneas in the very first trailer), but Yveltal gets Phantom Force (Ghost-type move), Psychic and Focus Blast, a move that no other Pokémon learns by level-up. Are these level-up moves supposed to have something to do with their themes?
    • I haven't studied Yveltal, but Xerneas's moveset was probably designed for it to be Purposely Overpowered, as it is such a lovely mixed sweeper. Close Combat is pretty much essential so that it can take out the Steel-types that would otherwise stop it dead. Outrage is perhaps a reference to the deer 'rut' where stags go mad and fight each other for days on end, which fits Outrage's description.

  • If Steel doesn't resist Dark and Ghost anymore, then why does it still resist Psychic? Ghost I read is because ghosts can phase through any kind of material, but i'm just not really sure why it would still resist Psychic if Dark isn't a resist.
    • Because Steel (and Dark) were mainly created as Psychic nerfs in the first place. No other type (except Psychic itself) resists Psychic.
    • It could also be because while Ghosts phase through objects, Dark types actively fight somewhat dirty, and likely learn to aim for weak points. Psychic is resisted because they're trying to blast steel armor with psychic energy. It just doesn't yield.
    • Also, keep in mind that most justifications for type effectiveness are fan-made (when they're not obvious, such as water beats fire), and not really the reason behind the change. They just wanted to nerf the Steel type defensively (probably a consequence of its offensive buff by being one of the two types that are super-effective on the new Fairy type), and thought removing the Dark and Ghost resistances would better achieve this without breaking a different part of the game (like making Psychic attacks too good again).
    • I know, right? I mean, Alakazam can bend STEEL spoons with its Psychic powers!

  • Why does Gourgeist seem to have so many fans that don't read its pokedex entry?

  • Why does Japan have a ton of Holo Caster announcements, but English games (US and Europe) only have one relating to Torchic? Does Game Freak not care about us anymore?
    • Japan gets the good stuff first, also they have more local events than us by default. Less of not caring, and more of favoring home turf more.
  • Apparently Word of God is thatthere won't be any DLC for Pokemon X and Y because they "like the idea that Pokémon can be enjoyed with just one piece of software". But like the first games for each generation, X and Y lack a lot of the features normally seen in the Updated Re-release of said first two games (or in Black and White's case, sequels), namely the move tutors. Would they seriously rather put out a whole other game that has all those extra goodies rather than just release them as an expansion to the already existing game and save us players the headache of having to start from scratch again?
    • Patches apparently don't count, in your case.
    • DLC isn't going to stop Game Freak from doing what they've been doing for generations now.
  • The "Diggersby tho" meme. What bothers me about it is that in the video, it sounds like shofu repeatedly says "Diggersby, though?" like it (Diggersby)'s bad. If shofu (with Sky Williams) wants people to think Diggersby is the shit, then why does his tone display a questioned/dismayed attitude? How does that sound anything but negative?
  • Why are some Mega Stones exclusive to the opposite version? For example, you can get a Houndoom in X, but the Houndoomite is a Y exclusive. I know it's to encourage trading, but this basically means that your version exclusive will never Mega Evolve, because the stone you need is in the other version. They could have put at least two Mega Stones of the same kind per game, one to keep for yourself, one to trade. What were they thinking?
    • They were thinking, "Hey. you want this Pokemon? Get the other game."
      • Yeah, probably the same shit with the Challenge Mode mechanics with BW2 (and Regice/Registeel for that matter), where they're just out for their money, although at least these can be traded over Wi-Fi. But most Mega Stones you can't get until post-game anyway, so I don't think it's completely questionable.
  • Why are so many people abusing the GTS in x and y? I've learned that it's a lot better than in the 5th generation, but the majority of people are still making downright impossible requests. The four most common requests I see are
    1. A legendary pokemon for literally anything else. Do they really expect people to trade their version legendary for a pokemon that can be easily gotten in the game? If you want one for your pokedex, you need to make an offer of equal value, like xerneas for yveltal.
    2. Asking for pokemon at ridiculously high level, or at a level before they evolve. I've seen a request for a machoke at level 10-20. It evolves at level 28. I can't say how many times I've seen a request for absol or mawile or some other pokemon that you can get easily, at level 70-80, or 80-90. I know people want pokemon at high levels, but you have to train them yourselves, or offer a pokemon of equally high level. Even if it's at a low level, why would you limit yourself to a specific level range of a pokemon? By asking for one at level 1-10, you're preventing yourself from potentially receiving a pokemon at a higher level (like level 30 if it's from the friend safari). It also means you have to breed pokemon and hatch them from an egg to trade it, which means more work for the person who wants to trade, an meaning fewer people will trade you the pokemon you want. An then there's asking for a level 1-10 ditto, when it can only be found at a much higher range in the pokemon village, and you can't breed ditto.
      • Generally, people do that are just using the GTS as an extra storage system. There used to be a practical aspect to it in Gen IV, when you could deposit a Pokémon that needed a trade to evolve with an impossible request, then trade anything else so your deposited Pokémon evolves when you remove it, but they decided that was actually a glitch instead of a frustration-reducing feature and removed it from Gen V & later games. Now, it's probably just to brag or something.
    3. Kindgra, Scizor, or an other pokemon that evolves by trade with an item. These pokemon are more valuable because you need a special item to trade with, many of which come once per game (I don't know if it's possible to get more than one metal coat). Find the pre-evolution such as scyther or seadra, give them their respective item, and trade them with another person. If you have no one else to trade with, then that's unfortunate. But I don't think you're very likely to get them on GTS, especially since most requests I see are for much more common pokemon. You can't even trade them the pre-evolution with their held item. If for some reason a person wanted to trade a seadra holding a dragon scale, they would have to trade it, evolve it, and get it back before putting it on the GTS to trade because people only want the evolved form.
    4. Pokemon that are impossible to obtain. Meowth, Koffing, and misdreavous are the three most common examples I see on the GTS. There are a handful of pokemon that are unavailable in these games right now. You'll need to get them from a past game with the poketransporter (it and the pokebank come out on December 27th, 2013). But so many people are asking for them anyway. Does no one realize that? If Bob finished the game a week after it came out, and wanted to get a meowth, he'd have to wait until he could transfer it from an older game. How long would it take this hypothetical person to realize that no one can trade them this pokemon, even if Bob puts up a shiny Zygarde on the GTS? Now I have gotten a lot out of the GTS by putting up my own pokemon, trying to figure out what's a reasonable offer for a pokemon I want, (like a Y version exclusive for an X version exclusive, or a pokemon that evolves by trade) but the GTS is still plagued by uninformed idiots. I have considered the possibility of trolls, but these requests are so widespread that I have to believe it's something more than that.
      • Some traders are just preemptively requesting Pokebank pokemon early. Nice and all, but you're all wasting your GTS trade request for a few more days.
      • It ain't gonna do them much good that way, Nintendo took down the Bank and Transporter apps due to the heavy traffic, so the release of the games will be delayed quite a bit.
      • Here's another way to do it: Don't be an idiot and have the GTS work for you. Gain some starters or whatnot, put them up yourself and name the prices, then watch them come to you.
  • After obtaining several Vivllion of the Polar coloration, out of nowhere I somehow evolved a Modern Vivillion. How did that happen?
    • Perhaps you evolved a Spewpa received in a trade? Vivillion retain the colours of the country they were traded from.
    • I'm pretty sure I caught it in game
    • You could just check the Original Trainer. If you did catch it yourself, you just came across some sort of bug.
    • Problem, I had traded it to a Japanese Trainer for a Rhyperior

  • There's a Fisherman with six level 24 Magikarp. This means that he either (a) stupidly blocked an evolution to the actually useful Gyarados as many as thirty times or (b) caught six Magikarp all at exactly the same level, probably deliberately. And he challenges you with these. What the hell is he smoking?
    • If you think that's crazy, just look at Generation V. That same Magikarp guy is in the post-game with Level 60 (BW)/58/63 (BW2/Challenge Mode) Magikarp, which is even sadder. Granted, this guy is actually in the game, not to mention in Generation I and FRLG, there was that same Fisherman with them at Level 27. They have this in basically every game (except the Hoenn games where there's instead a dude with five Gyarados and a Magikarp).
    • He wants them to learn Flail before he evolves them? Not that it makes it much better...
    • Perhaps he just wanted a Self-Imposed Challenge, or didn't think he'd be able to handle six Gyarados?
    • In every mainstream game, there's a Fisherman with 6 Magikarp as a tradition.
  • How can Mewtwo have mega evolutions, aren't mega evolutions supposed to be connected to nature? Because Mewtwo was created in a lab and on a side note why are Mewtwo and Charizard currently the only pokémon with 2 mega evolutions?
    • I was expecting the first one to actually be explained in-game. Something like Team Flare trying to artificially cause a mega evolution, and what better way to do this than using an artificial Pokémon? Alas, Mewtwo went completely unmentioned by any NPC in the game. Maybe the second wave of Gen VI titles will elaborate more on that.
    • To be specific, mega stones, and by extension, mega evolutions itself, are the result of stones (theorized to be regular evolutionary stones) that were irradiated by Xerneas/Yveltal's energies when said energies were channeled through the light of the ultimate weapon when it was used to devastate the land of Kalos. Hence, it could be that the mega stones known formally as Mewtwonite just happen to be oriented in such a way as to sync with Mewtwo's genetics. It seems unlikely and coincidental but it is perfectly plausible, especially since Mewtwo's genes are modified from an existing Pokémon, Mew. And as for why Mewtwo and Charizard have two mega evolutions, the in-universe reasoning would be that just as some Pokémon have branch evolutions, so to do some Pokémon have branch mega evolutions. Out-of-universe, the answer is that Mewtwo and Charizard are extremely popular and as such, receive special treatment.
  • If Dragons are generally physically-oriented, why do most of the Fairies have high Sp. Defense?
    • Perhaps because the most splashable TM moves to deal with them would be Sludge Bomb/wave or Flash Cannon, which are special attacks
    • But on the opposite sided note, Garchomp and Haxorus can learn Poison Jab, and most of the physical-based Dragon-types can learn Iron Head/Tail through breeding.
  • Why isn't Avalugg in the Mineral Egg group? I question why it's even in the Monster group while it doesn't have the "monster strength" feel like, say, Blastoise, Sceptile and Haxorus do.
    • There's not always a lot of sense in it, but Avalugg is a giant ice beast that looks like a frozen mash-up of turtle and alligator. I think it's plenty monster-like to justify the Monster Egg Group. Why it isn't Monster and Mineral, however, I can't say.
    • This could also be asked of other pokemon. Like, why isn't gourgheist in the "plant" egg group or noiverin in the "dragon" egg group?
  • The Trainer Card. It only has three objectives before it's maxed out to Gold rank: defeat Diantha, see all the Pokémon in the Kalos Dex excluding the legendary birds you can't get without trading, and beat one of the Battle Chatelaines in the Super Rank at 50 battles. There isn't a big rank like the Black card in the DS era games (or White in White and White 2, unless it's both black and white, I haven't seen). Honestly, that's pretty pathetic. Why wouldn't they add something more challenging than that?
    • Because people complained about previous games being too hard. Now, they're complaining about the games being too easy. It was the same with the post-game. People complained it was too short, yet complained it was too long with previous games. In other words, no matter what Game Freak does, people will be unhappy.
  • How come the Elite Four don't upgrade their teams? It just seems rather disappointing.
  • Why does Inver give Sitrus Berries almost every single time you beat him? Most of the times that i've beaten him in the post-game, not all of them were without losing any of my Pokémon, and some I have, but I almost always get the Sitrus Berries. Is there something that determines the item he gives you for winning?
    • The item you get is determined by your score, you get 1 point on your score for every (by inverse battle mechanics) super effective move you use, and lose 1 point for every super effective move against you, so to get the good items the battle has to last a long time with you dealing super effective hits.
  • So... any explanation as to why Malva was allowed to stay in the Elite Four and keep her job as a newscaster? She's not exactly trying to hide her involvement in the cult that tried to destroy the world.
    • The Newscaster one is obvious, she's a newscaster for the Holo-caster, a product made by Lysandre Labs. Her involvement with Team Flare got her the job in the first place, so she keeps it after Team Flare mostly dissolves, probably through a contract she signed while Lysandre was in charge, as for the Elite Four, I don't think the person's personal affiliations are really what it's about, just how strong they are as a Trainer, so as long as she doesn't lose all of her Pokemon after Team Flare's destruction her position in the Elite Four wouldn't change.
    • Also, it's heavily implied in the Looker missions (specifically, in Looker's journal) that the reason Malva was helping you was in exchange for immunity from Looker. Most likely, she successfully hid her involvement with Team Flare from most people, but Looker figured it out, but then he promised not to tell anyone in exchange for her help saving Emma.
  • When you revive a fossil at Ambrette Town, why does it always go to the very first open space in your PC and not the box your PC is currently in? It's not a drastic deal, just it can waste a bit of time. The DS era games didn't have this.
  • During the post-game side quests, why didn't Looker buy Emma new clothes? I mean, she has been living on the streets for years. If he can afford to buy the whole bureau for her, I think he should at least buy one pair or two.
    • Out of universe explanation is that they probably didn't want to make another whole 3D model for her that would be used only shortly after the first, in universe he might just had never had the time with all the investigations going on, but then Emma should have been able to buy her own clothes after that since she would have plenty of money running the Bureau.
  • This aslo includes other media like Yugioh and Sword Art Online but why are Angel based Pokemon (Togepi line, ralts line) reclassifed as faries? The fair folk aren't always benevolent and have no connection to God.
    • To be completely fair, angelic themed Pokemon still go into the line that they're just not truly angels. Despite the basis, labeling them instead as examples of The Fair Folk is actually quite fitting for many. Now, as for Yu-gi-oh and Sword Art Online, yeah, that's just your basic case of Bowdlerization in action.
  • When Calem or Serena helps you fight Team Flare battles why do they lead with Meowstic? Celosia and Bryony have 3 Dark types and in Geosenge Town, all 3 Admin/Grunt pairings have at least 1 dark type.
    • Lack of realization that they have Dark-types leading?
  • Why are the Withdraw/Deposit Pokemon options still here in X/Y? Why not just have just Organize Pokemon/Items?
    • Most likely an artifact. Besides, sometimes you might just want to drop off a Pokemon (or withdraw one).
  • What would happen if someone flipped Avalugg upside-down?
  • If you play with Black or White Kyurem in Pokemon-Amie, does the affection transfer to both Kyurem and Reshiram/Zekrom when it's undone, or does only Kyurem benefit?
    • I haven't tried it myself, but considering that every other detail (IVs, E Vs, Nature, Characteristic, Shininess, etc.) about BW Kyurem draws exclusively from Kyurem and doesn't affect Reshiram/Zekrom in any way (since BW Kyurem are, for all intents and purposes, "Kyurem" instead of "Kyurem and Reshiram/Zekrom"), I would expect that the Affection boosts would only affect Kyurem upon de-fusion.
  • Why do the Flare Grunts get 3D models and animations for their battles but the Gym leaders and Elite Four just have generic 2D portraits like the random trainers?
    • I guess it's for the same reason the game isn't fully in stereoscopic 3D: they either rushed things or are saving a more polished version for the third game.
      • That isn't why the games aren't in full 3D. Masuda said that they wanted the overworld to look particularly beautiful, and by not using 3D, they were able to render a lot more detail, in addition to their decision to only use 3D for more "impactful" moments in the game. As for why the Gym Leaders use Sugimori art, it was probably just a stylistic decision. It could be that they felt the 3D models were better-suited for story-relevant characters like Team Flare and AZ, and in these games, the Gym Leaders and E4 aren't very relevant to the story, so they would be given Sugimori art intros.
  • Why does Tyrantrum learn Head Smash by level-up before Rock Slide (58 for the former and 68 for the latter)? You can even learn the former by Heart Scale after you get your sixth badge, and Rock Slide is usually gained by most Rock-types before then (although you can't get the TM for it until after you get your eighth badge).
  • Why hasn't Metronome been retconned into a Fairy-type move? There's nothing "normal" about it, and it's practically the signature move for the Gen 1 Fairies!
    • Probably because it wouldn't do much mechanics wise - the move allows the Pokémon to potentially use almost any move in the game.
      • Adding onto that, the Normal-type has always been the sort of "default" or "base" type from which all of the others derive. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that a move that can let you use just about any move of any type would be classified as a Normal-type move.
  • Why are people saying that XY will no longer be relevant when Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release?
    • Because of Fan Dumb. Of course it won't become irrelevant. After all, there's many Pokémon found in the Kalos region not native to Hoenn.
      • It's simply the timing. Not even a year after X and Y came out, they decided 'Let's remake Ruby and Sapphire!'. It is seen as Game Freak trying to push aside the game with Character Creation in favor of their traditional method of creating manga characters for you to play as.
      • Actually the remakes were in development at the same time as X and Y. They merely "announced it" after X and Y were released.
  • On Freeze-Dry's page on Bulbapedia, there's a picture of an Aurorus using it against a Tyrantrum in a cave. I know there isn't any trainer in a cave who uses either fossil (the only ones who use them that I know of are two Veterans on Route 21 and Diantha, neither of which are battled in a cave), and Wi-Fi battles always have the same setting, so is there any way that situation was legitimately possible?
    • An Action Replay did it. Someone used the Pokémon Generator.
      • Actually, I heard on another forum that may have been a pre-release pic.
  • How is Zygarde (Dragon/Ground) supposed to keep Xerneas and Yveltal in line when both of them have type advantages over it?
    • With its ability, Aura Break. The rest is just gameplay segregation. You might as well ask how can Rayquaza control Kyogre and Groudon when both of them naturally learn moves that can OHKO it.
  • So I've had the game for a couple of months now and I still don't understand the big deal about Pokemon you catch being Kalos native or not. Pokemon transferred from previous games are marked in the Pokedex with a Pokeball marker whereas ones caught in XY have the little red-white-and-blue triangle. What was the thinking behind this exactly?
    • Probably for competitive reasons. When the games first came out, having a native Kalos Pokemon meant it was impossible for it to be hacked. Competitive Pokemon in previous generations were infamous for being obtained through illegal methods. In the first few Wi-Fi tournaments, you could only use native Kalos Pokemon to prevent cheaters.
      • He's right. I recently got into pokemon breeding and trading, and I finally asked someone why they are so obsessed about KB (Kalos Born; either caught or bred in X or Y). They actually explained to me that Kalos Born is pretty much proof of being legit.
  • How in the hell was Anistar City's gym (Olympia's gym) built?!?!?
  • So, you can't have "Vio" in a character or Pokémon's name, because Vio is French for "rape". And yet, the first Gym Leader's name is "Viola". Hypocrites much?
    • Most likely, it was an oversight and they didn't bother to exclude that one.

  • What IS Lysandre doing with that outfit the last time you fight him? Like... what is the purpose for suddenly putting on something with weird robotic tentacular.. things?!
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