These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The stick inside Braixen's tail. It's supposed to look like a witch's broomstick, but it still invites "stick up your arse" jokes. Doesn't help that it can pull it out and use it as a wand. Nor does the fact it's said it keeps the stick stuck there to remain calm.
Play a male character with a name starting with D and the proposed nickname are thing like D-meister and Big-D...
Pokémon have a preference on where they like to be petted. Some like being petted by the ears, other like it... elsewhere, including Cloyster's horn, Honedge's blade, Gardevoir's chest, or Machoke's crotch... It'll go over the younger players' heads, but it'll leave a good number of older players giggling.
Your male Gogoat can learn Milk Drink. It's not as Squicky once you find out male goats also lactate, but still. You're probably not thinking at first, that he's suckling milk...
In the Juice Shoppe in Lumiose City, there is a woman who mentions that Berry Juice will also energize people, and then mentions that it made her husband frolic like a teenager the night before. It could be taken the innocent, energy drink way, or a more risque way that only older players would get.
The Japanese name for Fennekin is フォッコ(Fokko). To be fair, of course, they most likely meant Fox-Child, but it has a uncanny resemblance to...gyah! Never mind!!
Similar to Iris, Diantha, the Champion, is seen by some as this due to falling to Poor, Predictable Rock, considering half the team are weak against Steel-typeattacks (though, of all types to attack with, Steel is the least common to have), but four of them are weak against Ice. The difficulty of the Champion, of course, is dependent on how much you use the game breakers available to you. But, in general, the main flaw in the Champion's team is that most of the team is very slow and almost all have multiple common weaknesses, even if all the Pokémon hit hard. Team ace Mega Gardevoir however, is commonly agreed to be hard to beat.
Lysandre is literally at the climax of the main story, but the final battle is rather unsatisfying in X. Especially if you choose to use Xerneas that you had to capture not five minutes ago. He is however more difficult in Y, where Yveltal doesn't have a type advantage over most of his Pokémon.
As always, there's some arguments about the starters and which ones are superior. Notably, some derided Chespin and its first evolution and saying its design fell short of Fennekin and Froakie's forms. Opinions cooled as time went on, but naturally, when the final forms of each starter were revealed, there were some vocal, knee-jerk reactions to each of their designs (to elaborate: some dislike that Greninja's scarf was in fact its tongue, some were disappointed that Chesnaught didn't look like its pre-evolutions at all, and finally some found Delphox's design atrocious, and lamented the fact that it lost its stick between its evolutions - turns out that it kept the stick, but it's only visible during its attack animations). Again, once time passed, people warmed up to them more quickly.
Honedge and Klefki get a lot of flack for being Pokémon based off of inanimate objects, despite the fact that there are Pokémon from previous generations who have similar designs. It comes down to whether the execution in designs justify the concepts some inanimate object Pokémon are based on, which for most of the time is hit and miss. Others like them for their typings, and find the idea of a possessed sword and a key-stealing mischievous fae pretty cool. Some also think that they're based on the idea of Tsukumogami, a kind of youkai that is an object that becomes alive and self aware.
Breather Boss: Ramos and Olympia. In the former case, he comes in-between the conclusion of the Mega Evolution plot and the Team Flare kickoff and he's considered to be pretty easy to take down even without the EXP Share. The latter for despite being the seventh Gym Leader and the levels of her Pokémon being quite high, her "strongest" Pokémon is a Meowstic, which you'll be familiar with after your rival battles with Calem/Serena and one of which happens right before you enter the gym.
Mega Evolution. The fact that it is a temporary evolution, the fact that only select Pokemon get the form (and on top of that Mewtwo and Charizard getting two a piece), the designs of the forms, and forms getting new typings has led to many arguments over the matter.
As always, the changes to the metagame have also resulted in a broken base. Fairy Typing and the nerfs given to Dragons, the updated Typing Chart now no longer allowing Steel types to resist Dark and Ghost moves, EV training being made newbie friendly through Super Training (despite traditional EV training still being faster thanks to the addition of Horde battles), certain moves like Hydro Pump getting nerfed.
This generation will having a smaller number of all-new Pokémon that have no connection to ones from earlier generations. Naturally, this ties into the debate above about Mega Evolutions, as some believe that they make up for the lack of Kalos-original Pokémon, while others think that they don't "count" as new Pokémon.
Along these lines- although having easy and early access to the much beloved, classic Kanto starter trio was welcomed; the fact that the only non-Kanto/non-Kalos starter available prior the currently unavailable Pokemon Bank, is Hoenn's Torchic- not Hoenn's complete set mind you just Torchic. It even gets a Mega Evo to boot, with no confirmation thus far that it's brethren will. Like with the general opinion on favoritism with the Mega Evo selections, this hasn't gone unnoticed.
The main plot. On the one hand, there are those who consider it a step back from Pokémon Black and White for various reasons, including flat characterisation, less involved Gym leaders, less detailed (and apart from AZ,less tragic) backstories, and a smaller post-game. On the other, there are those who felt the story in Black & White was melodramatic and overblown (and point out that the post-game of the original Pokémon Black and White was also small), and see XY as a nice step back to the more conventional plots of the series.
Branching off of that, the rivals, like all of the rivals before them, fall into Love It or Hate It. Some really enjoy their characterizations, others really don't, and still others do like them, but feel a lot more could've been done with them.
Horde battles are a good source of experience, but they can still be very annoying early-on. They can turn a horde of Pokémon that are normally in the the Goddamned Bats category into this really quickly. For example, a horde of Wild Scraggy can spam Sand Attack (lowers your accuracy) and Leer (lowers your defense), so when the group decides to attack, they can faint your Pokémon (unless of course, you're a higher level ... but if you're trying to train a low-level Pokémon...
On the single battle side of things, Emolga and Hawlucha stand out. The former is just like what it was in Black and White, but this time, it has Nuzzle (a damaging move which always paralyzes you) and the latter is fairly powerful and quite fast. Running into either leaves a very unlikely chance of getting out in one piece.
There's a cave where you can find wild Wobbuffet, with its infamous Shadow Tag ability which prevents you from escaping or even changing Pokémon, and its usual Movepoolnote Counter and Mirror Coat both have a chance to hit hard, depending on the type of your previous move, while Destiny Bond outright knocks out your Pokémon if Wobbuffet faints, which means that if you have no move to OHKO it (a Dark-, Bug- or Ghost-type move from a decent-leveled Pokémon) or no Ghost-type Pokémon/Pokémon with Run Away in your team, you're likely dead. Stocking up on Pokeballs and capturing them to get around their Destiny Bond can work but their capture rates make this frustrating too. And we thought Patrat's line was bad enough for Nuzlockers...
Surprisingly for an early caught bug type, which normally ends up being a Crutch Character, Vivillon has also been well received due to the fact that it has 18 different wing patterns (plus two other unreleased patterns). The patterns are determined by what location is registered on your 3DS. Thus if players want different patterns, they must use the Global Trade Station and trade for them. Some patterns are extremely hard to get a hold off and they are instantly snatched up. As a result, Vivillon happens to be the most sought after - and most traded - Pokémon on the Global Trade Station. Some of the rarest patterns are the Ocean, Monsoon, Sandstorm and Jungle, and it isn't uncommon for people trading legendaries for them. Even the most well known pattern, Meadow, is difficult to get.
It also helps that it's genuinely potent in the mid-late game, at least if it has Compound Eyes (91%-accurate Hurricane, anyone?). Whatever the ability, it also gets Powder to make anyone trying to use a Fire attack on it blow themselves up instead.
Pancham and its evolution Pangoro also seem to be rather popular, for being bancho pandas.
Honedge is a Base Breaker, as some fans think the design is uninspired and don't like the fact it's based on an object. However, its final evolution, Aegislash, has been well received, due to its impressive signature move "King's Shield" and unique form changing ability.
The fandom responded very positively to Inkay and Malamar for their unique Dark/Psychic typing, as well as appearing like something out of an H. P. Lovecraft story. Malamar in particular is very popular with the Brazilian fandom due to its Japanese name, Karamanero, which sounds like the term "Cara maneiro", meaning "Cool guy".
While Mega Evolution had somewhat of a mixed reception, Mega Kangaskhan was an instant fan favorite. Mega Mawile, Mega Absol and Mega Ampharos are pretty popular as well.
Both of Kalos's fossil Pokémon, Amaura and Tyrunt and their evolutions, have been well received. In addition to having strong designs, Tyrunt and Tyrantrum are popular for finally giving us a true Tyrannosaurus rex Pokémon, while Amaura and Aurorus are well liked for their ability Refrigerate, which transforms Normal-type moves into Ice-Type moves.
The Hex Maniac trainer class has quickly become popular among the fandom, already getting more fanart than the gym leaders, which is saying something. It probably has something to do with her likeness to Tomoko from WataMote.
Hawlucha has become a particularly well-received addition on the basis of being a masked wrestler bird Pokémon, having a typing that's both unique and useful, as well as a signature move that is the only dual-typed move in the game.
The new Ghost/Grass Pokemon Pumpkaboo and its evolution Gourgeist both have built up a small, but growing fanbase who adore them for their unique typing, their Pumpkin/Halloween designs and their overall usefulness in battling. It also helps Pumpkaboo comes in different sizes from small to Super Size which in fact determine their stats and how one uses them in battle.
When the Fairy type was announced, the amount of people complaining about a new type being introduced reached ridiculous levels. Most complaints came from Dragon Trainers, who failed to realize that many Dragon-types such as Garchomp were Game Breakers. Now that the metagame is beginning to form, it's worth noting that while most dragons have received varying degrees of Nerfsnote Salamence and Hydreigon suffer the most, Garchomp less so, and Kyurem-B is completely unaffected, they're not that much weaker because of the fairies.
When Sky Battles and Horde Battles were introduced, they were immediately labeled by some as annoying, making them look overzealous just a day later when it was announced that both battle styles were optional.
Not only that, they were probably eating their words when it was discovered that Horde battles made traditional EV training ridiculously fast, faster even than the new Super Training.
Despite Sycamore being called a ladies' man, seemingly having your mother crush on him, and Diantha constantly calling him 'dear' at the League,Lysandre/Sycamore has gained quite a following due to their chemistry together.
On the het side of things there's Calem/Serena.
Serena/Shauna is also very popular, with many players assuming that the tender moment they shared on the balcony at Parfum Palace would lead to hand-holding or a kiss.
The Exp. Share. It becomes a key item that gives your entire party EXP against foes that you beat. With this thing, you'll be turning the game into one big Curb-Stomp Battle faster than you can say "Screw you guys, I'm going home". You can turn it off if you choose to, however.
Any danger from wild Pokémon battles becomes non-existent if you lead with a Ghost-type, because their new buff not only prevents them from being trapped, it allows you to always run away successfully, regardless of speed.
Wonder Trade is also an example if you are patient and/or have a lot of luck. You put up one pokémon of your choice from your boxes, and trade it with any other person using the system. This means that you can potentially end up with any pokémon in either version of the game, including legendaries, earlier than even the first gym. Most likely you are going to end up with some low-end Pokémon from the early parts of the game, but there is nothing stopping you from repeating the process again and again until you get something satisfying, so if you have the time to spare, you're definitely likely to end up with something potentially game-breaking soon enough.
In the first three months of the game, there's a free event Pokemon: a Torchic with a Megastone. As long as you can get online, you can get this Torchic at the very first Pokecenter. He's a Disc One Nuke due to the fact he's probably at a higher level than your other Pokemon, but thanks to his Exp Boost (since he's technically a trade Pokemon), Hidden Ability (Speed Boost), Mega Evolution, and just the fact that Blaziken is a great Pokemon, you get one of the best Pokemon in the game for free at the beginning.
Someone has made a program that allows anyone to view their opponents stats, movesets and even read their inputs online. The implications for Wi Fi battles are horrifying.
The title itself recalls the Cartesian coordinates, as well as a variety of other mathematical uses.
Also, the deer Legendary Pokémon Xerneas is most probably based off of a chital, also known as an axis deer. While the bird Yveltal takes a few visual cues from condors, its also draconian enough to be said to based off of a mythical Wyvern.
Xerneas is terrestrial, or on the ground, the X-axis. Yveltal is in the air, the Y-axis. Their signature moves (Xerneas' Geomancy and Yveltal's Oblivion Wing) reinforce this motif.
Zygarde represents the Z-axis; being found underground, its location is also a pun on depth, another name for the 3rd dimension.
The mascot Legendary Trio for this generation seems to be based on the Norse myth of Yggdrasil. Xerneas is based on the four stags in the branches, Yveltal is based on Veđrfölnir the hawk at the top, and Zygarde is based on either Nidhogg or one of the other serpents under the tree.
Zygarde's ability Aura Break, weakens Yveltal's and Xerneas's Dark and Fairy moves respectively. What does Nidhogg do in Norse mythology? Feeds on the roots of Yggdrasil, which Xerneas and Yveltal are based around.
The trio also has roots in Hindu Mythology, with Xerneas having a basis in Brahma, the creator; Zygarde being based on Vishnu, the preserver; and Yveltal being based on Siva, the destroyer.
Swirlix, a Fairy type, is based on cotton candy, or as it's called in certain countries, fairy floss.
Spritzee's bird-like appearance, association with aromatics, and its face give it a heavy connection with plague doctors, who would wear bird-shaped masks filled with scented substances.
Why does Heliolisk get Surf? It's based on the basilisk lizard, which is famous for its ability to run on water.
On the botanical side, Yache berries were already amusing in that they were the Ice-resist berry, but here you find a Yache tree in the colder part of the region, up on a cliff. Cherimoya trees (The fruit Yache is based on) are known for growing in cold temperatures and at high altitudes compared to other fruits.
Female Litleo are quite common, but males are fairly rare. Unless you're lucky, you're going to be searching for at least half an hour for a male one. This is because, in the wild, female lions are much more active and widespread than males. A pride will have as much as six females, but only one or two males.
Coumarine City's name seems a bit weird at first; after all, it's a port town and "marine" is in the name, yet the gym leader there uses Grass-types. However, it's named for the chemical compound coumarin, a sweet-smelling substance found in many plants.
Skiddo is mentioned in the Pokedex to be one of the first Pokémon that befriended humans. Researching prehistory can tell you that one of the first agricultural animals to be domesticated was the goat.
The fact that female and male Gogoat can learn Milk Drink seems strange and kind of gross at first, but in real life male goats actually are able to lactate.
The Lumiose Gang, a collective of minor miscreants who attach themselves to bigger groups, are named after dwarf planets of our solar system.
Horde Battles in the game can turn one Pokémon into a group of annoying spammers. Said Pokémon will frequently spam stat-lowering attacks. And yes, they spam "Sand Attack" on you, and you can encounter hordes of Zubats too.
Rock-type hordes often have Sturdy so you can't one-shot them despite the level difference. Encountering them without an area attack is a nightmare.
In some caves, there are Pokémon (Woobat and Noibat being some of them) that will unexpectedly drop at you, even when you take repels. Their position is indicated by a shadow on the ground, but it's still annoying if you don't pay attention.
The digging wild Pokémon on Route 13. They're hard enough to avoid on their own, but with the easterly wind hampering any western progress you try to make (and, naturally, you'll need to go west to advance the plot), they become absolutely impossible to avoid. Even worse, most of them have Arena Trap, meaning you better have a flying or levitating Pokémon in the lead if you don't want to waste time fighting.
Magnezone (and Magneton to a lesser extent) in the Super Training. Magnezone moves around in a strange circular pattern, making it hell to Lead The Target with your shots. Both of them fire homing balls that require you to move either horizontally or vertically to avoid them, and said projectiles take away a good amount of your score. That said, they're not too hard to avoid, but this makes it harder to concentrate on attacking them and consumes your precious time.
Wailord and Dragalge in Super Training, as well. Both of them have smaller balloons that take hits for the Balloon Bot and shoot hard-to-dodge attacks. Wailord has a ton of points needed to destroy it, while Dragalge is a hard-to-hit target that moves constantly. Later on in the Super Secret Training there's Stunfisk and Vivillon. Stunfisk's weak points pop up for an extremely short amount of time, and it shoots gigantic shots. Vivillon is the same, but it also constantly moves and its weak points are only vulnerable for a second at most.
Hate Dumb: Being a Pokémon game, this is to be expected. Especially since a number of fans and haters love to complain at the presence of new Pokémon, referring to themselves as "True fans" because they stopped playing after an earlier generation, and somehow knowing the game is the same as the previous ones without obviously having played them.
Back in the late 1990s, there were many playground rumors (most of which also appeared on the Internet) detailing how to get "Poké Gods", even more powerful versions of certain Pokémon such as the starters, Mewtwo, and Raichu. Cut to 2013, and we now have even more powerful versions of Mewtwo, the Kanto Starters, and many others. Now if there were only Mega Nidoking (Nidogod) and Mega Nidoqueen (Nidogoddess).
Similarly, there were jokes claiming that you could evolve Dragonite into Yoshi by methods involving holding the Game Boy upside down. Now that the 3DS comes equipped with a motion sensor by default, one Pokémon (Inkay) evolves through just that method!
Some fans have been anticipating a "Dark/Psychic/Fighting" type triangle for starter Pokémon for a while, if only to have a change of pace from the traditional Fire/Water/Grass type triangle. Although the fully-evolved stages of the Kalos starter Pokémon end up maintaining the classic Fire/Water/Grass type triangle, their dual types are something to gaze upon: Greninja is Water/Dark, Delphox is Fire/Psychic, and Chesnaught is Grass/Fighting, allowing the long-purported type triangle to "pseudo-manifest" as secondary types in the Kalos' starters' final type combinations. Though, on the Pokémon they're on, it doesn't amount to a complete balance. If anything, it one-sides the triangle even further. Grass/Fighting vs. Fire/Psychic means the fox (just on types alone) will always win unless the Chesnaught has/can learn sucker punch.
Early on when Digimon first released internationally, many complained that it copied Pokémon, now that Mega Evolutions have been included, many people have been claiming Pokémon is ripping off Digimon.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance featured Mons as party members, which naturally drew comparisons to Pokémon, one of the major aspects of that game's Mons was that it had a virtual pet aspect similar to Nintendogs for you to bond with them. It was rather amusing that little more than a year later, Pokémon did the same thing.
One of the new trainer classes is "Brains and Brawn", which pairs a Psychic and a Black Belt. The anime did this long before X & Y back in 2009 with a tag battle pairing the two against Ash and Paul.
Several Guides for Pokemon Red & Blue erroneously claimed that Hyper Beam was super effective against Dragon Types. Mega Gardevoir and Sylveon's Pixelate ability, which turns normal attacks into fairy type, as well as the Refrigerate ability that turns Normal Attacks into Ice Attacks means this is now possible.
Yet more Kingdom Hearts: Kingdom Hearts II introduced everyone to the "Get up on the hydra's back!" meme, which received some use in Pokémon after the introduction of Hydreigon, especially since a similar scene happens in the anime. And then this game not only introduces the Fairy-type that dominates the dark dragon in all aspects, but also a fairy Pokémon that has the proper secondary type to double-resist all of Hydreigon's attacks: Klefki, the key Pokémon.
In an early episode of Pokémon anime, "The Tower of Terror", Ash's and Pikachus' souls are dragged out of their bodies by a Haunter, turning them temporarily into ghosts. Now there exists a Ghost-type move called "Trick-or-Treat", which transforms the opponent into a Ghost-type. Only Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist can learn it though.
The waiter at Cafe Gallante tells you that he'd like to work with a handsome manager.
Hype Backlash: The games have been struck with this to a degree, though this is par for the course for every generation. Up until release, the games were shown to have stunning 3D graphics, promising designs, and a fun game to play. Now people are accusing the games of suffering this due to the rivals being uninteresting, little post-game, and various other factors such as feeling too easy and how most of the new mons bar some exceptions might have trouble standing out.
It's Easy, so It Sucks: In complete contrast to past games in the series, a major complaint against this generation is that the new streamlined mechanics have made the game too easy:
Gamebreakers such as the EXP Share made available to you close to the start, it's very easy to be overleveled by the time you reach the second gym.
There's also the fact you can buy Full Restore with 5 badges (or about as much as you needed for Hyper Potion in G4, which dropped to 3 in G5 and 2 G6). It used to need 8 badges.
Even without the EXP share, this is still quite an easy game. Not only are you handed several strong Pokemon for nothing (e.g. a Kanto starter, Lapras, Lucario etc.), the gym leaders are pushovers. Like Gen 5, they only have up to 3 Pokemon, even by the 8th gym, and the Elite Four only have 4 Pokemon each. In the entire main story, the only boss that has a full team of 6 Pokemon is the Champion. Not even your rival gets 6 Pokemon before the Elite Four.
Except that, being a later generation game, some of said important trainers can still find movepools and the like to at least cause a Curb Stomp Cushion.
As usual, the protagonists are starting to get this treatment, though Serena seems to get it more than Calem.
Siebold of the Elite Four is starting to be this as well. He's already been shipped with his fellow Elite Four members, Diantha, Sycamore, the protagonists, Grant, Valerie, Olympia, Viola, Dexio, Winona, Wallace, Steven, Marlon, Colress, Grimsley, Lawrence III, and even Aromatisse.
Pokémon of the Fairy-type are getting this reputation... at least against Dragon-type Pokémon, often getting the title (Pokémon)- The Dragon Slayer!
Professor Sycamore gets this for three reasons, even though some are related to the demo version of XY: he is able to battle you, can hand out level 100 legendary Pokémon possessing Mega Stones with an air of nonchalance, and dares to use a Dragonite even in the advent of fairies.
Mr. Bonding is being called out as one of these amongst the fanbase for his generally suspicious behavior. To elaborate, he is always found either alone in a hotel room (if the town/city has a hotel) or in the Pokémon Center facing the wall (doing God knows what), and when spoken to, he exclaims, "It's bonding time!" as the screen goes black and the player is rewarded with "O-Power."
Pokemon Breeder Foster on Route 12. The name aside, his introduction has him talking about burying his face in a tauros' fur and breathing in its musk...and one of his pokemon is a Tauros...
Professor Augustine Sycamore for being Mr. Fanservice who looks very young for a professor, especially considering previous male ones look far older (with the exception of Elm, who was considerably younger but still married and a father).
Apparently, the trope also applies in-universe. When you send your mother a letter from him, she mistakes it as a love letter and fawns over the handwriting before realizing it was about you.
Serena, the female PC, can be seen as this. Especially when her determination falters from losing to you (see The Woobie below).
The (other) rival, Shauna, is a happy go-lucky Genki Girl who smiles just as much as a Chespin and is The Chick.
A lot of Pokemon are like this in Pokemon-Amie.
Moral Event Horizon: Lysandre and Team Flare's master plan with the ultimate weapon, which is powered by the souls of Pokemon and can potentially wipe out most life on Earth.
It gets hard to find Xerosic's postgame Heel-Face Turn very sympathetic at all, considering that he possibly broke his word about activating the ultimate weapon earlier in the game, assuming the player picked the right button. Sure, he gets arrested by Looker, but even then he doesn't seem to regret what he's done.
AZ slaughtering several soldiers and Pokemon with the ultimate weapon and using their souls to revive his own dead Pokemon, and then continuing to use the weapon to Put Them All Out of My Misery, was seen as this in the eyes of the very Pokemon AZ revived, ironically enough.
When the ultimate weapon comes out of its hiding place in Geosenge, it knocks all the houses around it over. It doesn't destroy them, no—they just fall over on their sides like disturbed cardboard boxes.
Lysandre's outfit during the final confrontation with them. It's especially bad since the only part of it that actually contributes to the fight could have easily been included without the rest of the additions. Shauna lampshades how ridiculous he looks herself.
One True Pairing: You've pretty much got one choice on shippings: Calem x Serena. Anything else is probably crack (except maybe Protag/Shauna due to that one Ship Tease moment), especially Tierno x Serena.
Lysandre x Sycamore. Already incredibly popular, you can bet that if you talk to a shipper in the fandom, they'll say that they ship this.
Team Flare has been able to listen in on everybody's Holo Caster calls, getting all sorts of information. Let that sink in.
The Lumiose save glitch. It doesn't always happen, and doesn't affect all copies of the games... But there's no way to know for sure if it affects your copy unless you actually save outside. However, the recent patch Nintendo made can help alleviate this.
Padding: There's an unusually long time between the first and second gyms. Made more annoying if you don't like Mega Evolutions and all your friends can mostly say "MEGA EVOLUTION" every time you meet them. On the other hand, the gap between the first and second gyms usually allows one to formulate their team in that timespan. Given the massive number of Pokémon available, there are plenty of options.
Play the Game, Skip the Story: At least compared to Black & White, the stories of these games are seen very flat and disappointing to many. However, the game introduces so many mechanics, that gameplay wise, it is one of the most deep Pokémon games yet. And despite the story being less deep, the writing and dialogue is at least a step up over previous titles, and what developed characters we gotnote chiefly Lysandre, AZ and Sycamore were very engaging. This reaction still comes into play when it's considered that this story is only second best.
Inverted with the Kanto starters. In the XY games, they take on a role similar to the elemental monkeys from Pokémon Black and White, but instead of being three near-identical and weak Pokémon, they're classic favorites who have even been given new Mega forms, and many people can't wait to use them.
Another inversion: Mega Charizard X has a suspiciously similar design and color scheme to Zekrom, possibly the biggest Ensemble Darkhorse of Generation V, but has its own fanbase due to finally giving Charizard "Dragon-type" as a secondary type.
The rivals on the other hand, with maybe the exception of Calem/Serena, play this straight, often criticized as being the most boring rivals of any Pokémon game.
The new Champion is seen as a step back from previous champions, for doing absolutely nothing to help the player fight Team Flare, having an easy team to beat, and having an easy-to-guess identity since she's the only unique NPC we see early on who isn't blatantly a member of Team Flare or a Gym Leader besides Alexa.
While many people considered Froakie to be a bit odd- and funny-looking, its evolution Frogadier has been much better-received due to its cooler and sleeker design and ninja motif, similar to Oshawott and Dewott last generation.
Poison-types have also been rescued due to being super-effective against Fairy types, thus giving it another type-based strength alongside being Super effective against Grass. Furthermore, Poison types are the only ones able to get 100% accuracy on Toxic (not even Fly or Dig can avoid it).
Quilladin received a lot of criticism after being revealed, but its long-anticipated evolution, Chesnaught, has been much better received due to looking legitimately threatening and for being a Grass/Fighting Type.
Doublade was derided for its allegedly uninspired design. However, Aegislash, its final form, has been much better received due to its more original design(s), unique ability, cool signature move, and impressive stats.
Competitively, Charizard has been disliked for how near useless it was in the competitive scene and was a common Fandom Berserk Button for it to be anywhere in Over Used or Ubers. Now, with access to Mega Evolutions that can augment its stats and either get it the Fire/Dragon typenote reducing its crippling Stealth Rock weakness and neutralising many of Fire and Dragon's weakness or the fabled Drought ability, and an easy way to remove Stealth Rock (Defog), it might be able to shine.
Flareon now has Flare Blitz, saving it from having the poor case of Useless Useful Spell it's had for a while.
On a more humorous note, people were ready to write off Trevenant because it couldn'tlearnExplosion. Most took back their criticisms however since Trevenant ended up being an all-around usable 'Mon with a cool typing.
Route 13 isn't necessarily difficult, but it is rather annoying. On the plus side, there are no random encounters. However, they're replaced by digging Pokémon that move in erratic fashions. Combine that with an easterly wind that slows you down to a crawl (regardless if you walk, run, or use the Roller Skates or Bicycle), and those diggers can be very difficult to avoid. And since some of the Pokemon on the route have Arena Trap, you can't flee from their battle unless you have a Flying, Ghost. or Levitating Pokemon. And for navigation...well, it's not bad if you're just traveling between Coumarine City and Lumiose City. But have fun finding the Kalos Power Plant, and may Arceus help you if you're brave (or foolish) enough to go hunting for items. And that's not all — it's the only place in the entire game where you can evolve Magneton and Nosepass, so if you want Magnezone and/or Probopass on your team or just want to complete your Pokédex, you'll have to return. At least one player has wondered why the Kalos government hasn't just carpet-bombed the entire route.
Route 20, or the Winding Woods which stems from Snowbelle City, can be a little confusing for some people. Think you're all good to go with your map in front of you and everything? Wrong! Even if you come in one way, you can go back out through it and in a few instances the area you come back out in won't be the same, which can get a little frustrating.
That One Sidequest: Getting perfect matches in Restaurant Le Yeah and Le Wow. They require you to complete a row of double or triple battles in a set amount of terms with none of your pokemon fainting. Keeping your pokemon from fainting is easy enough, but good luck finishing them in the required time when the A.I. starts spamming protect.
The Scrappy: As normal for the Pokémon series, there are some that stand out:
Emolga: It is just as annoying as ever, but has a new move to ruin your day and is placed next to Sylveon in the Kalos Dex, a spot many felt should have belonged to another Eeveelution. It reaches Fan Dumb territory when one considers that Emolga would have to be programmed into the game anyway, and if they planned for another Eevee evolution Emolga's inclusion wouldn't have done anything to stop it.
Bunnelby, though only through Wonder Trade, not as a species. It's everywhere in the Wonder Trade, which many find annoying when they're looking for rarer or better Pokémon. Apparently, a lot of it is due to Japanese Griefers flooding the Wonder Trade with Bunnelbys, though this has abated somewhat (because after a while, they get nothing but Bunnelbys in return).
Dedenne receives a lot of backlash. It is the latest Expy of Pikachu, a trend which many fans are sick of. Some people criticize its Tastes Like Diabetes nature and design, and feel that with only 69 new Pokémon, its slot should have gone to something better. It is one of the few Fairy-types in existence, but its mediocre stats and lack of Fairy moves leave it essentially useless in that niche as well.
Most Fairy-types in general get this treatment from some sectors of the fanbase. Despite the fact that the Fairy type was introduced in order to balance the Dragon type, some fans feel that most Fairies are small, cute critters designed to appeal to small children (especially girls).
A fair amount of people seem to be upset that the games censor nicknames that contain swear words in other languages, eliminating many common names that might be used.
You can only search out for the hidden Mega Stones from 8 to 9 PM. Not only you have an hour a day to hunt them, but anyone with a night-time work schedule or has to do other things then are basically going to have an inconvenience to deal with. This is also hated by players who wanted to use a Mega Evolution on a normal game run that isn't one of the Kanto starters, Lucario, Ampharos, Aerodactyl, Abomasnow, or Gengar.
Random weather in general can be pretty annoying. If there's any weather present, you won't be able to use Sweet Scent, which you need if you want to find Pokémon that can only be found in hordes. The wind in Route 13 in particular makes it very difficult to move west, and outright prevents you from getting across certain grind rails leading to items. The only way around this is to just wait.
Stop Helping Me!: The Player Search System (or PSS) loves to give annoying pop-ups when you aren't interacting with it, including gleefully reminding you that your battery is low... even when you've already plugged in. Thanks Fi.
Surprise Difficulty: On one hand, it is quite easy to overlevel in this game. On the other hand, Gym Leaders and even Gym Trainers still use more possibilities for move combinations and abilities to stall you, or otherwise catch you off guard. This is ramped up with the Elite Four where they actually have moves to counter their weakness.
X & Y was the first time there was a proper Five-Man Band ensemble and could have had a lot of potentially interesting characterization developments. Unfortunately, the development for Tierno, Trevor, and Shauna stopped after the Team Flare plot ended(there is one more scene with them after you defeat Team Flare that one can assume is closure in a 'I will keep trying for my dream' way). To make it worse, some expected some interesting postgame battles, but only the main rival ever gets to be rematched.
Sky Battles are this for some Pokémon. The only Pokémon that can participate are Pokémon that are either part Flying-Type or have Levitate as an ability. However, not ALL Pokémon that meet these qualifications can do this, only the ones that are already flying/levitating in their animation. For example, Chatot and Hawlucha cannot participate, due to their game models always being on the ground. Even more ridiculous, this means that Haunter can participate in Sky Battles, but Gengar cannot.
On a similar note, we don't get anything from Sycamore after the Flare plot considering Lysandre went from his best pupil to an insane villain and all we get is that he felt some regret at not preventing it. We get no backstory additions or material to play on this feeling or any postgame involving it.
AZ is basically the immortal ex-king of Kalos who shows up in the middle of the parade and you don't see a trace of him ever again. Not one shred of backstory or sideplot to help find out more information on the ancient war or if his immortality was truly permanent, temporary, or that making amends with his Floette allowed him to die. Hell, the entire War backstory doesn't get much focus outside of the Ultimate Weapon.
The Gym Leaders. Despite many of them having very unique and memorable designs, the only one to have any sort of important role outside of her gym was Korrina. Most of the other Gym Leaders don't even appear outside of their respective gyms, and exist solely to battle you and give you their badge. This is seen as a huge step back from the last two generations, both of which largely made it a point to develop the Gym Leaders and get them more involved with the main plot.
Alexa. She has a notable character design, and she's stated to be the gym leader Viola's sister. Yet, after giving you the EXP Share after beating the first gym, she never appears in the story again. You can find her in Lumiose City afterwards, but all she does is help explain the different areas of the city. Being a journalist, she could have easily been put into the plot to investigate Team Flare's actions. Her appearance in the anime also made people think she would have a larger contribution to the plot.
Grace, the player character's mother, is cited as "the famous Rhyhorn racer" several times. Despite that, she never elaborates on it herself and beyond getting your character noticed by Professor Sycamore in the first place, it has no impact on your journey.
Diantha, the famous actress. Besides one scene towards the beginning of the game when you meet her, she has no real impact on the plot despite the fact that she's the CHAMPION!!!.
The plot about Mega Evolution as a whole ends up with this: Sycamore can only infer that the stones were powered up by the version Legendary's influence during the war, and that normal evolutionary stones could have possibly mutated into Mega Stones, though that doesn't explain why the likes of Scizor and Venasaur have stones that were supposedly normal stones before. Absolutely no explanation is given why Gen 5 & Gen 6 Pokémon can't use Mega Evolution, especially when the latter was founded in its own region. A bigger mystery is why do items like the Mega Ring exist, though then there's another theory that reveals the huge crystal in Anistar City came from space and affects the Mega Ring itself. Think Korrina knows that much? No, she's just there guarding a tower.
Pokémon Village. A village made up entirely of abused and abandoned Pokémon has a ton of potential for story, but in game, besides being the location of Mewtwo, it only exists for a rather pointless quest to go and get Wulfric to come back to the gym, which in itself only serves the purpose of letting the player know that the village exists. This could have been especially poignant if you consider that this kind of village looks like the place N would stay in after the events of Black and White.
Lysandre goes and makes a general broadcast to everyone who has a Holo Caster, basically saying sorry, but he's got to have everyone not part of Team Flare killed. How common Holo Casters are isn't stated, but the game implies they're not at all rare; they're used like phones and to see news updates. Yet it seems like only the rivals team and Sycamore's team even noticed
Tough Act to Follow: While some fans are still disappointed by the very low number of new mons, the story's merits are much more contested compared to Generation V (especially the original Black and White), which are often considered the games with the best story in the entire series. Despite this, they introduced so many new features that they are often in themselves considered a Tough Act to Follow!
Valerie's eyes, which have no visible pupil and almost no sclera. Although this is meant to make her resemble a fairy to go along with her outfit, many consider her a bit creepy looking. The dollhouse motif of her gym doesn't help matters.
The eyes of the NPC partners based on your 3DS friends in the Battle Maison. Instead of large manga-style eyes like everyone else, they have small Black Bead Eyes. Their dialogue has them talking about the friend you chose in the third person, establishing that these creatures are for some reason impersonating your friends. Also.. there's one of you, too!
Many people thought that Trevor was a girl before official information confirmed him as male. His Justin Bieber-style haircut did not help matters.
Wake Up Call Boss: Grant can be seen as this, as he only uses two Pokémon, but they're the fossils, and they can be tricky. Amaura packs Thunder Wave to paralyze you, along with Refrigerate making Take Down an effective 117 power STAB move, and essentially disabling Grass types Pokemon. note who would otherwise be a prime candidate against Rock-type pokemons. Then there's Tyrunt, which can hit hard with its high Attack stat, and flinching moves if you're slow. It also does not help that both Grass and Water-type attacks aren't super-effective against Tyrunt.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Like all Pokémon games, there are some things that come off very unfriendly to kids. For instance, Lysandre wanting to wipe out all Pokémon and human beings not loyal to him to make a "beautiful world".
Team Flare itself is a stunning example of this just going by their real plans alone. In Pokémon Y, they're primitivist lunatics that want to Kill 'em All to go back to a time without civilization. In Pokémon X, meanwhile, they're the rough Pokémon equivalent of the Nazis. And after Team Flare is defeated, Malva flat-out tells the player that she hates them and also that she wants to burn them alive for taking Team Flare down. Rated E for Everyone.
The Woobie: Calem/Serena. While s/he may be fueled by the desire to get stronger than you, you always end up one step ahead of him/her and s/he simply can't figure out why. S/he's not like the wacky or mean Rivals in previous games, s/he's actually actively getting stronger and does everything right, and still Can't Catch Up. So what's the reason she can't beat you? To put it bluntly, it's simply because you're the player character and s/he's not. Made Harsher in Hindsight by the fact that s/he would've been the player character if you'd picked the opposite gender, which means the other gender Rival would now suffer. You basically have to step all over his/her hopes and dreams to move forward no matter what. With past Rivals it wasn't such an issue because they were either bratty or didn't really care, but in Calem/Serena's case it starts to get a bit saddening to see him/her come up short every time...Fortunately, the postgame reveals that they've managed to get a Mega Ring of their own in the end. Hammering this home is their lose animation. Where most trainers with full 3d models get something cartoonish, silly, or resigned, Calem and Serena look downright frustrated by their loss. Almost as if they're the only ones really taking it seriously. This also takes Serena's Moe status Up to Eleven. Beautifully summed up by this person: You are the Rival's Gary Oak.
Woolseyism: The names of Xerneas and Yveltal's signature moves were changed from "Geo Control" and "Death Wing" to the more poetic and powerful-sounding "Geomancy" and "Oblivion Wing".