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 nicknames are things 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.
"I'm a real grown-up, you see, so I've picked up lots of Great Balls."
"It's finally time. Follow me to my chambers." Seriously, Lysandre?
In the Battle Maison, one of the opponents you have to face is a Gardener who says, "Graceful blossom! I'm going to snippety-snip you right at the stem!"
Alternative Character Interpretation: He seems goofy and harmless enough, but Sycamore may possess a sharp mind of Chessmaster proportions. Unable to act against Lysandre and Team Flare because of politics, he makes use of a Batman Gambit to make things right that he couldn't personally fix. Having left the Tower of Mastery fairly quickly after joining, fans also joke about him being incompetent at his job, or just getting you away from the house so he could bang your mom.
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. In Y he's quite challenging, but in X he's a joke. The reason is that before the fight you receive the box legendary, in Y it's Yveltal, X has Xerneas. Two of Lysandre's Pokemon are Dark and one is Fighting, making them fodder for Xerneas's ridiculously powerful Moonblast. The only survivor will be his Pyroar. Xerneas will need Geomancy to beat it, but even without Geomancy, it's a Fire/Normal type and you have five other Pokemon to face it with; it won't do much.
The Elite Four are still quite tough the first time around, even with the EXP Share. Fastforward a bit to when you're inevitably planning on an epic rematch... and none of their teams have gotten stronger or added new Pokemon, not even the Champion. For many, it's seen as a huge disappointment. At least you get to see Malva show her Ax-Crazy nature through her new pre- and post- battle quotes.
The animation for Palkia's Signature Move, Spacial Rend, utilizes a flurry of slashes and an array of effects, ending with a striking visual that makes it seem as if you're not just cutting into space/subspace, but rather shattering the very fabric of reality itself.
Arceus' Signature Move Judgment has finally shed its rather underwhelming (considering that it is the trademark technique of a Pokémon that is fabled to have created the universe and has a higher BST than all others) animation from the Gen IV and V games, and now has a much more impressive animation that resembles its appearance in the Jewel of Life movie - in that it rains down a barrage of lightfrom the sky.
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, one of which happens right before you enter the Gym.
Korrina double subverts it. She can be quite powerful if you battle her the "right" way, but if you use Ghost-type Pokémon against her, well, let's just say it's very easy to curb-stomp her.
Mega Evolution. The fact that it is a temporary evolution, the fact that only select Pokémon get the form (and on top of that Mewtwo and Charizard getting two apiece), the designs of the forms, and forms getting new typings has led to many arguments over the matter. Which Megas are broken, and which are outclassed by their base forms, is greatly debated. Then of course, there are those who simply hate the designs of most or all the Mega Evolutions, seeing them as overdesigning perfectly-fine older Pokémon to try to match the design styles used in the later generations.
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, Bug is resisted by Fairy-types despite Bug is already resisted by many other types, 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 are unnecessarily nerfed while Stealth Rock got away scot-free.
This generation has a small 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 to the release of Pokémon Bank, is Hoenn's Torchic — not Hoenn's complete set, mind you, just Torchic — was not. It even gets a Mega Evo to boot. Like with the general opinion on favoritism with the Mega Evo selections, this hasn't gone unnoticed. However Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire revealed that this Blaziken favoritism was actually an Early-Bird Cameo for a full set of Mega-Evolved Hoenn starters (no pun intended).
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 and White was melodramatic and overblown (and point out that the post-game of the original Pokémon Black and White was also small), and see X and Y as a nice step back to the more conventional plots of the series.
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.
The updated cries. Some people like them because it allows Pokémon that had identical cries to sound different and they no longer sound out of place with their old 8-bit cries. Others hate them because they find the new cries to be worse than the old ones, and other people wished they used the cries from Pokémon Stadium, instead. The fact that some Gen III-V cries have been needlessly changed can also fuel this. And some people only hate Pikachu's Pokémon Speak cry.
The removal of the Move Tutors. For all the advances made towards making the game more newbie friendly for competitive battling, the lack of move tutors is a glaring omission. Especially since there's several Gen VI Pokemon that lack key moves to rounding out their movesets. Sadly, those who refer to this as a "removal" are willingly ignoring the fact that Move Tutors have never been included in the first games of any generationnote Namely, Ruby/Sapphire, Diamond/Pearl, and Black/White.
The Fairy-types, which some fans feel are designed to appeal to small children (especially girls), missing out on more folkloric inspirations. How well they have balanced the Dragon type is another point of contention, though Dragons have somewhat decreased in dominance. Not helping matters is that many anticipated type retcons, most notably the Lake Trio and Celebi, did not come to be.
Pokémon Bank allowing hacked but otherwise legal Pokémon has caused a ton of arguing between hackers and anti-hackers. note Hacked Pokémon are allowed if they are capable of having a move at any point since Generation III, excluding certain event moves. Pokémon with impossible movesets, stats, and abilities like Wonder Guard Spiritomb (and apparently, Shadow Tag Chandelure) aren't allowed. Pokémon with Hidden Abilities that were never released (except for Chandelure) can be transferred, but are banned from online battles, including free battles. However, Pokémon Bank only checks details that are relevant in competitive battles, meaning things like shiny Pokémon that are impossible to obtain can be transferred.
Still regarding Pokémon Bank, there's also the issue of the yearly subscription and the fact that you have to download the Pokémon Bank to use Poké Transfer, which allows you to transfer Pokémon from Gen V (and indirectly, by extension, Pokémon from all the way back to Gen III) to X and Y. Despite the relatively cheap price of the service, and the free trial period, some people think it is a scam, and that Game Freak is forcing players to pay for a feature that used to be free.note You still had to have two consoles and two games, but it wasn't a problem if you had a friend or sibling who could help you with that, and the feature itself was free. Some other people instead view it as a necessary payment considering that the Bank is planned to be compatible not just with X and Y, but also future releases. Both sides have strong and valid arguments, but sadly both of them can cross into ridiculous territory.
To celebrate Kalos' French origins, a pop-up Pokémon Center store opened in Paris in June 2014, complete with a rare Vivillon distribution and a visit from Junichi Masuda himself. Similar to all the Japan-exclusive distributions and Pokémon Bank controversy, some fans feel that this shows preferential treatment towards a certain country.note Some feel that it's even worse in this case, since at least Japan has the excuse of being Pokémon's country of origin. This was especially bad for American fans, due to Pokémon Black and White not having gotten any US-exclusive distributions or creator visits during its promotionnote doesn't help that Masuda met British fans for the launch of Black and White, despite being set in a New York-based region; however, it seems like Americans finally got what they wanted with the announcement of more US-exclusive real-life eventsnote the reopening of the online US Pokémon Center and the Pokémon Symphony concert tour, not to mention said rare Vivillon finally being available worldwidenote and in the US' case, to commemorate the opening of their own Pokémon Center website.
While many are quick to complain about the games' extremely touchy language filter, others feel that it was a decent tradeoff for being able to use more personalized messages.
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. The case both for and against Klefki is compounded by its use in competitive play, which often consists of infuriating the opponent into Rage Quitting by crippling their team with priority status moves.
Mega Mewtwo Y is this. While Mewtwo is one of the most popular Pokémon in the franchise, fans are split on whether it looks as cool as the original, and how it fares compared to Mega Mewtwo X design-wise. Not helping matters are its Creator's Pet treatment and its association with the unpopular "new" Mewtwo character from the 16th movie.
Mega Venusaur and Mega Pinsir are well-liked for their competitive potential, but are disliked by some for their ugly designs, similar to Heatran and Conkeldurr.
Mega Charizard X. It seems to be the most popular Mega Evolution of all, but also gets a hefty heaping of It's Popular, Now It Sucks (especially from Charizard Y fans and Charizard haters) and gets some flak over its black and overly "edgy" design.
The music. Some think Pokémon X and Y's soundtrack is the best in the game, while others find it painfully bland compared to that of other games.
As far as gym leaders go, Korrina has more fan art than any of the other ones, mainly because of her popular design and the fact that she's the one that gives you Mega Lucario and the Mega Ring. Others despise her for being the sixth Fighting-type specialist in a row, potentially hogging the position of the first possible Dark-type gym leader.
Delphox draws a lot of mixed reactions - it's retained some of the cuteness of its Ensemble Darkhorse pre-evos, and many are glad that it's the first Fire-type starter not to end up as Fire/Fighting since the turn of the millennium; but the poor thing has a crippingly terrible movepool incapable of countering its main weaknesses and a nigh-useless Hidden Ability in Magician, both of which contrast highly with Chesnaught and Greninja's Confusion Fu, and the versatile Bulletproof in the case of the former. Delphox's somewhat weird design (especially that massive ear hair) also ticked off quite a few people, but this aspect of ire has died down as of recently.
Shauna and Trevor. Like many of the other plot-relevant characters, they have received a lot of criticism for their rather bland and lackluster characterizations, especially compared to those of past rivals. However, they also have their fair share of fans who enjoy them in spite of all their shortcomings. Points used in their favor include their cute designs, their quirky and likable (to half the fans anyway) personalities, mild Character Development, Shauna's Moe status and Trevor being Adorkable, and some fans have even noticed similarities between them and Cheren and Bianca (even if the two of them are also Base Breakers of their own right). Tierno, on the other hand, is just out and out disliked for lacking any of the redeeming factors that Shauna and Trevor have. He also draws a ton of ire from Shauna and Trevor's fans for somehow scoring a third place on a Japanese character popularity poll, when pretty much everybody feels either of the other two aforementioned rivals deserves the position more than him.
The low difficulty of the single-player game. Some people think it makes the story battles too boring, others think it is great because it allows players to use whatever Pokemon they like rather than sticking to the best ones.
Guess who Team Flare's leader is! Hint: It's the guy who goes on long tangents about beauty and global destruction, has fiery red hair, dresses like someone associated with Team Flare, and owns a cafe that Team Flare hangs out at.
The champion isn't much obscurer. Hint: It's the ultra-famous, highly admired NPC you bump into twice, who promises a battle next time you meet.
Since Mega Kangaskhan is an Ensemble Darkhorse that many, many trainers jumped at the chance to train, the news that she was banned from Smogon due to the inflicting Total Party Kills with very few counters left a sour taste in many fans' mouths, both casual and competitive; most people already had a well-loved and well-trained one on their team, so when the news got out, it wasn't uncommon to take it as a personal attack against their friend and partner.
Mega Lucario being banned unleashed a similar outcry, as there was a touching sequence where he joined your party as part of the storyline. There were many who didn't want to let go of their beloved punching puppies.
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, then you're stuffed). It also makes capturing some Pokémon such as Zangoose or Seviper rather difficult, since they tend to turn on one another owing to Gameplay and Story Integration.
Also on Route 19, you have the potential to encounter hordes of Wild Gligar, which pack the powerful Flying type move, Acrobatics, which has double power when the user isn't holding an item (which they probably won't) on top of the STAB bonus. Be hopeful that they all don't try to use it on you at once, otherwise expect you Pokémon to take serious damage, especially if they are weak to Flying.
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 classification 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 Poke Balls 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...
Engaging Chevrons: The Mega Evolution sequence. While the player doing the pose only occurs once per log-in (unless against Diantha at the Pokemon League), having to go through the Mega Evolution animation on every battle can get grating, especially if doing the Battle Maison.
The two forms of Meowstic and its previous evolution Espurr were well received for their cute designs and unique gender differences, as well as being really attractive to cat lovers. Espurr's selling point, however, was its Creepy Cute stare, which reached Memetic Mutation status.
Talonflame for having an amazing design, as well as good stats all around combined with a great movepool. The fact that it goes from Normal-Flying as Fletchling to Fire-Flying as Fletchinder has made many Charizard fans happy as well. As well as it's a breeder's dream, the fact it can use the Flamebody ability (Doubling the hatching speed of eggs) as well as it can learn fly (Quick access to the Stat Judge) as well as making room for five eggs in the party at a time.
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 eighteen regular wing patterns (plus two other patterns that are only obtained from special events). These 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 of, 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 to see people trading legendaries for them. Even the most well known pattern, Meadow, is difficult to get. Plus there's an event where one of the special event patterns is made available when 100 million GTS trades are made. 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".
Amaura and Aurorus, the other pair of fossil Pokémon. These Ice-type sauropods are well liked for their ability Refrigerate, which transforms Normal-type moves into Ice-type moves, as well as being the sleekest and most graceful-looking fossil Pokémon.
Interestingly, The Honedge, Inkay, Tyrunt and Amaura families, along with Pangoro, were all designed by the same person (Hitoshi Ariga, who also worked on the Mega Man series as a manga artist.)
While Mega Evolution had somewhat of a mixed reception, a large fraction of them became instant fan favorites. While the most obvious onesnote such as Mega Charizard X qualify more as "heavily-publicized popular major characters" than "Ensemble Darkhorse", special mention goes to Mega Ampharos whose fabulous hair achieved Memetic Mutation status pretty quickly. Mega Mewtwo X also became very popular and better-received than its Y counterpart due to its tougher and more masculine looks, despite hardly being marketed at all compared to Mega Mewtwo Y.
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.
Helioptile and Heliolisk are well liked for their designs and the fact that they make good speedy attackers in the game, especially since they have Parabolic Charge. And they learn Bulldoze and Surf, the latter making them good for taking down those pesky Ground-types.
Granbull has seen a boost in popularity this gen, due to its Fairy-type retcon giving it the novelty of being the only outright tough- and masculine-looking Fairy-type aroundnote despite its gender ratio, as well as quite a bit more useful in battle.
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.
Also Malva from the Elite Four mainly since she's also a member of Team Flare, something that reminded a lot of fans of the Elite Four being the main villains in Pokémon Special as well as proving Evil Is Sexy quite well.
Also from the Elite Four, Siebold for his philosophical words about pokemon and the art of battling.
Emma, whose story made more than one person break down in tears.
The Furisode Girls from the Laverre Gym have also gained somewhat of a following, in part because each one has a different sprite.note There are other non-trainer NPCs that use those sprites, and you can also battle trainers of the Furisode Girl class at Sushi High Roller and in the Battle Chateau, but fanart of them on sites like pixiv and Danbooru uses the names of the Laverre Gym set for tags.
Even Better Sequel: From a technical standpoint. Critics gave the game more glowing reviews than both Black and White games. On the gamers side, those who play the series for competitive battling consider X and Y to be the best games yet.
Evil Is Cool: Yveltal, for being a Dark-type and embodying destruction. Also Lysandre, for very ravishing in appearance, fitting for being a boss of Team Flare, a team whose goal is to attempt to make the world more beautiful by comiting genocide on humans and Pokémon alike.
Evil Is Sexy: The four female Team Flare admins/Scientists. They weren't kidding when they say Kalos is beautiful. Malva of the Elite Four also gets this treatment due to being in the same group.
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.
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.
In the first three months of the game, there's a free event Pokemon: a Torchic with a Mega Stone. As long as you can get online, you can get this Torchic at the very first Pokémon Center. 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 Pokémon, you get one of the best Pokémon in the game for free at the beginning.
Someone has made a program that allows anyone to view their opponent's stats, movesets, and even read their inputs online. The implications for Wi-Fi battles are horrifying, which is why soon after its existence was made known, online rating battles were disabled until a patch was released to prevent the program from working.
Several Megas wound up being this:
Mega Gengar gained a Special Attack boost that tied it with White Kyurem for fourth-highest in the game, along with a large Speed boost as well. The thing that really overdid it, however, was its acquisition of Shadow Tag, allowing it to snipe at least two Pokémon without fail by way of its flawless attack coverage and access to shenanigans like Destiny Bond and Perish Song.
Mega Kangaskhan's Parental Bond ability lets it attack twice in the same turn without reducing the chance for secondary effects on the second hitnote Some of the most notable examples: Power-Up Punch now doubles attack while attacking, Body Slam has a 51% chance of paralysis, and Seismic Toss does 200 HP fixed damage, making Mega Kangaskhan a walking death machine that obliterated whole teams by itself. In its heyday, it degenerated the singles metagame into one team: M-Khan, two checks, and two counter-checks, and filler - which you can still see in full effect in Battle Spot. You know it's bad when Masuda himself is considering nerfing her in response to fan complaints.
Blaziken was one of the few Pokémon who was granted a Mega, and like Kangaskhan, Mega Blaziken had enough speed and power to 6-0 teams by itself. Normal Blaziken, meanwhile, got no notable nerfs that would make it less broken; however, it gained access to Baton Pass and Speed Boost on the same set, making the task of checking it even more daunting as it can now escape with any boosts passed onto another sweeper.
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 Pokédex 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.
Diancie is created when Carbink undergoes a strange mutation. Carbink is named after Carbon and Diancie is named after Diamond. Via extreme heat and pressure, carbon turns into diamonds.
Tyrantrum also seems to be more popular in America than in the rest of the world, with America loving the T. rex in general thanks to Jurassic Park, and most T. rex fossils being found in the US and Canada.
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 Zubat 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.
A rare horde of Smoochum in the Frost Cavern can cause major frustration. Why? They all know Sing. Lum Berries don't help, since any of them can use it again in the following turn, meaning that if you wanted to catch one without a Pokemon with Insomnia or Vital Spirit, you will need to go to a Pokemon Center right afterward.
In some caves, there are Pokémon (Woobat and Noibat being some of them) that will unexpectedly drop at you, even when you use 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 unless you know a Guide Dang It solution to avoid them. 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.
Bunnelby were everywhere in the Wonder Trade during the games' initial release, which many found annoying when they were looking for rarer or better Pokémon. This was due to Japanese Griefers flooding the Wonder Trade with Bunnelby, though this has abated somewhat (because after a while, they get nothing but Bunnelby in return).
For a while, the American fans tried to counter-prank them by spamming Zubats in the Wonder Trade.
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.
Harsher in Hindsight: In recent years, Nintendo World (or what used to be the Pokémon Center) has declined in Nintendo novelties and memorabilia, in lieu of clothing and apparel. Guess what new implemented feature takes up a bulk of the game.
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 and Y back in 2009 with a tag battle pairing the two against Ash and Paul.
Several Guides for Pokémon Red and 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 another Kingdom Hearts example: 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 both of Hydreigon's innate types: Klefki, the key Pokémon.
In an early episode of Pokémon anime, "The Tower of Terror", Ash's and Pikachu's 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.
This comic shows various ludicrous "Mega Evolution" ideas. However, Mega Alakazam does exist ... and he's seen juggling a huge amount of spoons. Mega Slowbro exists now too, and it looks exactly like in the picture!
Remember the Galactic grunts trying to get honey? Well, this game allows you to use honey to initiate horde battles. Meaning that you can use it to attract pokemon in great numbers.
KISEKI would have been a fitting end credits song for Mewtwo Strikes Back, considering how its lyrics basically state "all life is equal" and "life is worth living to its fullest", which (aside from being major themes in AZ's story) are basically the entire Aesop that Mewtwo learns over the course of the movie, especially in the Japanese version. Not to mention that you can catch Mewtwo itself in these games.
In a bootleg game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, "Pokemon 4-in-1", there is a game called Pica Click, where you randomly click blocks. Guess what you do in the Global Link attraction, "Balloon Popping"?
An episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Joey make intentionally horrible Mega Charizard puns while riding a Baby Dragon (which very vaguely resembles a Charizard). Mega Charizard X, revealed a few days later, bears a much greater resemblance to the Red-Eyes Black Dragon - Joey's signature card.
In Platinum's post-main-scenario, Gardenia will at one point admit that she has no idea what she'd do if she ever encountered a Grass/Ghost pokemon—she adores Grass pokemon, but is terrified of ghosts. Between Phantump/Trevenant and Pumpkaboo/Gourgeist, she may want to hold off on going to Kalos for a bit...
The "Hoenn confirmed" meme, now that Hoenn has been confirmed.
Though as a short joke a bunch of "Sinnoh confirmed" memes popped up for about a week.
Even posts that have nothing to do with Pokémon saw these comments. Like this one.
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 much easier to defeat than in previous generations. 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.
It's the Same, so It Sucks: Despite given the options to customize the player characters' clothes some players call out Game Freak on this due to Calem's default clothes are too similar to Hilbert's while the female protagonists are always varied.
As usual, the protagonists are starting to get this treatment, though Serena seems to get it more than Calem, especially with her role in the anime.
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.
Memetic Loser: Hydreigon, thanks to being quad weak to Fairy and going from "difficult to counter" to "send in a Fairy".Note One of Hydreigon's most notable traits was how its movepool let it hit just about anything Super Effectively, making it very difficult to switch into. Because Fairies resist all but 1 of Hydreigon's common attacks and are naturally bulky on the Special spectrum (which Hydreigon utilizes), they all pretty much wall it to death while threatening to OHKO with their Fairy attacks.
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 his Pokemon's fur and breathing in its musk...and one of his pokemon is a Tauros...
Mr. Mime's newly added Fairy-type did wonders for its already well-established reputation as one of these.
The Fairy-type being a Memetic Badass has created a meme where a harmless looking Fairy-type utterly terrifies a Dragon-type. Some even exaggerate them to no weakness status before their weaknesses are revealed.
"HOENN CONFIRMED!" in response to any tiny hint that there will be a Gen III remake has led to people using Insane Troll Logic and making the declaration.
Espurr's apparent Thousand-Yard Stare has resulted in a lot of fan art, image macros, and jokes.
"Diggersby Tho", a forced meme as a result of the player Shofu repeating the phrase in this video.
It's become common to associate Tyrunt and Amaura with the movie The Land Before Time considering they're both dinosaurs. Tyrunt's evolved form Tyrantrum, meanwhile, has spawned a huge number of Jurassic Park comparisons and macros.
And similarly, Pyroar and the Luxray line being used in The Lion King memes.
"Snorlax has finally woken up!" - A running joke that if you put Snorlax's sprites side-by-side in order of the releases, he gradually goes from lying down to finally standing up.
"It's been 3000 years..." A line said by AZ when he is reunited with his Pokemon has been exploited by replacing his Pokemon floating above his hands with a variety of different things, including shiny Pokemon, the Pokémon Bank logo and the Hoenn remakes.
The player being stopped by a construction worker with "I'm sorry, there's a blackout. You can't go any farther until it's fixed." ...promptly followed by a Tourist walking past the two.
"Please understand..." note Used to mock Game Freak for the delay of Poke Bank.
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.
Mis-blamed: Battle Chatelaine Evelyn was mistaken as a cheating bitch from having an Entei with Sacred Fire, Ho-oh's Signature Move. It took three months since X and Y's release for Pokémon Bank to follow just to get Entei in Pokemon X and Y (by transfering) to confirm that it can learn the move through the move relearner.
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. He even says a much.
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.
Team Flare in general. Their bright orange outfits, tendency to strike poses before battles, and the way they constantly talk about beauty and/or try to act cool makes them more silly than threatening.
Some might have this reaction to Lysandre crying. That he's crying and for why is pretty sad. The actual image of it and the fact that it comes right out of nowhere, on the other hand...
Players are very excitied about this being the first game in the series where you can change your character's outfit. There was one part in HeartGold and SoulSilver where you change into a Team Rocket outfit. While it was only for a short time, it's still a second outfit.
This also isn't the first time you're able to legitimately get two starter Pokémon in-game without trading. Pokémon Yellow lets you obtain Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle at certain points and you start out with a Pikachu.
And if you really wanna get technical about it, some Spin-Off games have features that predate 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.
Mewtwo is already Purposely Overpowered and banned from official (and unofficial) tournaments, so giving it 2 Mega Evolutions feels unnecessary. The main purpose for this may have been to appease Mewtwo fans by giving its Mega Evolutions higher base stat totals than Arceus and higher offensive stats than Attack Forme Deoxys.
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.
Political Correctness Gone Mad: Compared to the previous two generations, you will be more likely to encounter the censorship in two ways: You will be prompted right after you name your playable character/pokemon that it contained a swear word, and the censorship has gotten so strict, you can't actually use one of the Kalos' Gym Leader's name (see Scunthorpe Problem in the Video Game entry)! Pokemon transferred from previous generations may also loose their nickname as well as the name of their original trainer thanks to said censorship.
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.note Note that, while the elemental monkeys do return, they're in a far less prominent role and aren't essentially required to beat the first gym like they were in B/W. The Kanto starters replace them as early-game gift Pokémon.
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 (especially Tierno), 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. It also has Protean, one of the best abilities in the game.
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 according to Smogon. 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.
Thanks to Mega Evolution, more Pokémon that were disliked because they were either near useless in battle such as Mawilenote its type changes to Steel/Fairy and it has added defenses, as well as its Huge Power ability giving it the highest unboosted Attack stat in the game, as well as Sucker Punch for priority to cover its low speed, or Pokémon that were considered inferior to other Pokémon of their type, such as Pinsirnote Its increased stats, mainly in Attack, as well as its Aerilate ability turning all Normal type moves into Flying type, as well as giving a 30% power boost on top of STAB, giving it a strong priority move in the form of Quick Attack, as well as a strong Flying type Return and Kangaskhan, are now considered some of the most threatening Pokémon in the game, and in Kangaskhan's case, become a total Game Breaker that its Mega Evolution was banned from the OverUsed tier on Smogon.
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't learn Explosion. Most took back their criticisms however since Trevenant ended up being an all-around usable 'Mon with a cool typing.
Baby Pokémon were considered by many to be pointless from a gameplay perspective, as most of them don't offer anything new for their evolved forms. These games made them more useful by ensuring they always have at least 3 perfect IVs when they're encountered in the wild. This gives them a very helpful role in breeding for perfect IVs once they're evolved.
Shiny Garchomp was heavily derided for being practically identical to regular Garchomp. Its Mega Evolution gives it a pink color scheme, causing it to look very different from regular Mega Garchomp.
The change to critical hits has caused an entire strategy to be rescued from the scrappy heap. In previous generations, relying on critical hits was seen as a luck-based gimmick. While critical hits only deal 1.5x more damage now, the formula was changed so that if an attack has its critical hit rate increased by three, it will always be a critical hit. This allows a Pokémon with a Scope Lens and Focus Energy to always land critical hits. As critical hits ignore decreases to the user's attack stats, this allows Pokémon to use attacks that lowers the user's attack stats like Overheat and Draco Meteor with no downsides.
Fennekin found itself in an inversion of this, falling from Ensemble Darkhorse status upon Delphox's reveal, but after a while people grew to view Delphox on a neutral level. The line still hasn't re-ascended to its former glory, though.
Just about every Pokemon that was Retconned to become a Fairy became much more useful due to the type's resistances and hard to exploit weaknesses. Special mention goes to Clefable, which shot up from Never Used (the lowest tier) to OverUsed (the highest) on Smogon.
That One Achievement: A lady in the Café Le Woof will give you two Pearl Strings if you maintain your Furfrou's style for 15 days straight, and this is harder than it sounds. Catching the Furfrou and getting it styled (it only costs 500 credits) is easy, but a Furfrou loses its style if you don't renew it within four days or if you return it to storage, meaning you must keep it in your party constantly that entire time, and make sure you renew the style every four days or so. If it loses the style, you have to start over. Still, you can make the best of this; Furfrou has some use, being able to learn Surf and Rock Smash, letting it fill those positions for a while; and it can be lethal in a battle if it uses Retaliate at the right time.
Reflection Cave isn't that complicated, but fairly lengthy, and the trainers inside are easily among the hardest a player will have faced up to this point. Many of them have high level Pokemon with very good type coverage, such as Hawlucha. Even the wild Pokemon can be a pain - if you run into a Wobbuffet, you will not be able to run from the battle thanks to Shadow Tag, and you can easily lose a Pokemon if it uses Destiny Bond/Mirror Coat/Counter at the wrong time. A woman halfway through the cave will heal your Pokemon if you talk to her, which makes it much easier, but many players do not know this since it hasn't been in the majority of dungeons in previous generations.
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 unless you keep still for a bit. 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.
Lumiose City in general, due to constant camera screws, being difficult to navigate even with a map, making you pay money to take the cab if you don't want to deal with the confusing layout, and, in the initial release, being the cause of a Game-Breaking Bug.
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. Though Taunt makes it easier.
Head It and Tile Puzzle on Unlimited in Poké-Amie. The former has the potential to really screw you over with some really unclear hitboxes, especially with smaller Pokémon in the freaking air, and Pokémon doing their victory pose in the middle of a run. The latter demands near perfection and a really long amount of time playing to get any good puffs at all.
Fighting all the Sky Battles, which can only be fought with certain Flying-type Pokemon and Pokemon with Levitate (to be specific, their in-battle model must have them flying in the air and not standing on the ground, so Haunter can fight in Sky Battles but not Gengar). One of the Sky Trainers has an Aerodactyl that will obliterate nearly any Pokemon you are allowed to use with Stone Edge. Not even Yveltal can stand up to it without levelling up quite a bit. The aforementioned Haunter is probably your best bet.
Collecting all Vivillons, most of the time, you have to trade a legendary for one in GTS, but that's not counting shinies which are almost impossible to obtain due to people asking for pokemon that can't be traded over the GTS
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 ridiculous 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.
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.
The elemental monkeys (Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour) were never really liked when they debuted, note nearly identical to each other and only really useful for the first gym, after which they could be replaced for a far better Pokémon but their reputation worsened when the game was released. Why? They are extremely common in Wonder Trade - given out by fledgling trainers who just started their journeys. Because they're so common, players groan if they get an elemental monkey by Wonder Trade. Some even consider it an insult to receive an elemental monkey.
This also applies to other Com Mons found in Santalune Forest or Route 2, especially Caterpie, Weedle, Bunnelby, and Fletchling. Equally, if not more insulting to receive via Wonder Tradenote Bunnelby and Fletchling with hidden abilities get a pass due to the fact that they're both extremely good, as does Scatterbug, due to Vivillon being highly collectable (see Ensemble Darkhorse above for more).
Mega Aerodactyl. One can make a case for it being the least popular Mega Evolution in the game. Not only is its design dislikednote it's just regular Aerodactyl covered in a disproportionate amount of black spikes, a stereotype of Pokémon overdesigning, but it's also somewhat of a Power Up Letdown, as its Tough Claws ability doesn't boost any of its good STAB moves.
When it comes to trainers, Viscountess Danielle at the Battle Chateau received a lot of hate for being a snobbish Jerkass who mocks your outfit, no matter how expensive it was.
Though all of the rivals have received their share of backlash, Tierno has gotten it the hardest, especially overseas. He is seen as the most bland and boring character in the game, as well as being incredibly annoying with his dream of making a team of dancers (which never gets expanded upon). While Shauna and Trevor at least got small scenes dedicated to them, Tierno got nothing, you could take him out of the game and literally nothing would change.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The transition from 2D sprites to 3D models. While there's no denying that many of the models are pretty, most aren't very dynamic like the Gen V animations were, many Fire-types have Special Effects Failure with their body flames, and many flying Pokemon with wings are showing hovering in place in a very Narmy way (Swellow is probably the best/worst example of this one) since they have to use the same models for Sky Battles.
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.
One player encountered another player on Wondertrade who's greeting was "Hail Satan" which is really insane that "that" was allowed to pass, yet you still aren't allowed to name your Chespin Spike.
You can only search out for the hidden Mega Stones from 8 to 9 PM after defeating the Elite 4. 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.
Pokémon Bank being an online service. Many fans question why the service couldn't just be stored in the 3DS system's SD card. The fact that it only took a day for the service to be taken down in Japan and delayed everywhere else due to high traffic has only made this more frustrating.
Poké Transporter. The Pokémon you want to transfer from your Generation 5 games must be placed in the first box in whatever Gen. 5 game you have. After that, you must go to the Poké Transporter and send those Pokémon to a special box in the Bank, from where you can send them to whatever boxes (Bank or in X/Y) you want. THEN, if you have more you'd like to transfer, you have to boot up your Gen. 5 game, move all of the Pokémon you want to transfer over to the first box, and repeat ad nauseam. It's much better than the Pal Park and the Poké Transfer, but it still gets very tedious, especially if you don't have the digital version of X/Y, and especially if you have a lot of Pokémon to transfer.
The attractions on Pokémon Global Link are a mixed example. On one hand, they allow players to obtain evolution items that can only be found once in-game (like the Deep Sea Scale) or are expensive to buy (like the items at the Battle Maison). On the other hand, the prizes you get are completely random regardless of your score, with useless berries being obtained about 75% of the time in Balloon Popping, causing some people to call it a glorified lottery. There are also people that are annoyed that all of the prizes are items obtainable in-game, instead of currently unobtainable items like the Gems.
Game Sync causes a lot of frustration for players because half the time, the server is too busy and refuses to connect.
Squick: Greninja uses its tongue as a scarf. In Pokémon-Amie, it likes it when you pet its tongue!
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.
It also keeps reminding you about Wonder Trade, the GTS, etc. no matter how many times you use those features. As well as constantly hounding you to fill in your profile, even after you have already done so.
Surprise Difficulty: Turning the EXP Share off makes the game a lot more challenging due to the high level curve and variety of Mons the NPCs use; it's actually one of the hardest main series games this way!
X and 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.
Not only that, but they are scarcely challenged throughout the game, being only fought early on and once towards the end of the game.
Minor example, but despite the main rival supposedly recieving a Kanto native starter when you do, they never use it in their team, despite not filling their team until the post game.
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. If they can give some flying Pokemon grounded models for Pokemon-Amie, many people think that Game Freak could have done the inverse with little effort.
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 with Lysandre, she has no real impact on the plot despite the fact that she's the champion.
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
Many people think that Sycamore being secretly in Team Flare would have been a very interesting thing to include.
One other reason why Dedenne is so hated is that it is near-useless in battle, and doesn't even have any good Fairy STAB moves to use.
A few Pokémon, such as Pyroar and Tyrantrum, have popular designs but poor competitive potential, similar to a number of Gen V Mons like Serperior, Samurott and Golurk. Special mention goes to Aurorus, a cool Ice-type jeweled dinosaur who nonetheless has the worst defensive typing in the game.
Mega Banette is probably one of (if not the) worst Mega Evolutions introduced. While it gets the amazing ability Prankster and it has the movepool to abuse it, its stat distribution is that of a slow Glass Cannon and does not mix well with the job it was meant to do. The inability to hold items means it cannot use Leftovers and the only way for it to heal are the undesirable moves Rest (restores to full health and cures Standard Status Effects but the user is unable to do anything for 2 turns afterward) or Pain Split (combines the target's and user's current HP and divides it evenly between them), meaning it's a supporter that needs support to stay alive. Prankster Destiny Bond sounds cool in theory, but in practice doesn't really work since any reasonably intelligent opponent won't fall for it and will just PP stall by spamming Status Buffs or switching out, use a faster Priority attack to kill you before it can activate it, or even let their Mon get KO'd on purpose if it benefits them.* Trust us, letting something get KO'd to allow another Mon a free switch-in is a legit strategy, especially during the endgame when they can clean up and secure the win. It also faces severe competition from the (marginally) bulkier Sableye who has most of the same options but has a self-healing move that doesn't suck in Recover. Oh, and Prankster doesn't proc for Mega Banette the turn it Mega Evolves, meaning you either have to waste one of its moveslots on Protect to keep it alive or try to find an opportunity that lets you leave a Glass Cannon on the field for a whole turn without it getting crippled or OHKO'd.
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.
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.
Jerkass 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 s/he 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".