Earlier this week, a lot of new monsters were revealed for Pokemon X & Pokemon Y in the Japanese magazine CoroCoro, including the evolved forms of the brand-new “starter Pokemon” – Chespin, Finnekin and Froakie.
The second-stage starters were far from the only creatures revealed by the latest CoroCoro; this new batch of Pokemon is actually pretty cool. There’s an evolution for Litleo, the previously-revealed lion cub Pokemon. There’s two different species whose appearance or abilities are based on their gender, and there’s even a few Mega Evolutions – perhaps the most interesting being Mega Mewtwo X, meaning that the X & Y versions will have their own exclusive Mega-Evolved version of Mewtwo. More details (including moves, types, abilities, and most known information) after the break.
Below you will find images and descriptions of each new Pokemon revealed by CoroCoro’s October issue, as well as comments detailing my personal reactions to each new creature.
New Pokemon from CoroCoro’s Oct. 2013 Issue:
The Spiny Armor Pokemon
Pokedex Entry: “When Chespin evolves into Quilladin, the hard spikes on its body grow even sturdier. Despite its prickly appearance, Quilladin is considered a gentle Pokémon that avoids battle.”
Known Moves: Tackle, Growl, Vine Whip, Rollout, Wood Hammer, Solarbeam, Leech Seed, Aerial Ace, Pin Missle, Mud Shot
Comments: I don’t have as much of a strong negative reaction to Quilladin as when it was first revealed, but Chespin’s second stage isn’t my favorite Pokemon to look at, to say the least. I’m not sure what it is – perhaps it’s the cheeky, blank expression. Perhaps it’s the obnoxiously rotund body shape after falling for Chespin’s rather cutesy design. Perhaps it’s the fact that I still can’t put my finger on the final Type combination for Chespin’s third form, even after seeing its second form and some of its known moves.
Based on the Pokedex and its attacks, Quilladin points toward a Grass/Ground- or Grass/Rock-type combination. I have always loved the Grass/Ground combo with Torterra, so seeing Quilladin change into something like that would be nice. The Grass/Rock combination sounds a little better, though less likely – Rollout may be a Rock-type attack, but it also makes sense for the round-shaped Pokemon to learn. I think Chespin/Quilladin/the final form of the Gen. VI Grass-type starter Pokemon will lead the trio in Attack and Defense base stats.
The Fox Pokemon
Pokedex Entry: “Once Fennekin evolves into Braixen, it no longer eats branches. But it still keeps a tree branch in its tail, which seems to calm the Pokémon.”
Known Moves: Scratch, Tail Whip, Ember, Howl, Fire Spin, Flamethrower, Psychic, Glow Punch, Psybeam, Flame Charge, Lucky Chant, Psyshock
Comments: I really like Braixen. If you look at the known moves, Braixen hints at a possible Fire/Psychic-type combination in its third form, as it can learn the moves Psychic, Psybeam, and Psyshock. Glow Punch is a new attack in Gen. VI, and currently there is no known Type for the move – it looks and sounds like it could be a Fighting-Type attack, but it could also be a Fire-Type or even Psychic-Type.
Braixen looks to be pretty quick, though it also doesn’t look like it will end up with a very solid Defense base stat – I’m guessing it will lead the Gen. VI starters with the highest Special Attack and Special Defense.
The Bubble Frog Pokemon
Pokedex Entry: “Frogadier evolves from Froakie, and when it does, its jumping skill improves. During battle, Frogadier confounds its opponents by leaping about the ceiling or into trees.”
Known Moves: Pound, Growl, Bubble, Quick Attack, Hydro Pump, Bounce, Water Pulse, Lick, Round
Comments: I actually like Frogadier a lot more now than when I first saw the reveal photos. Unlike Chespin and Finnekin, Froakie’s second form doesn’t seem to give any clear or obvious hints about its final form’s possible type combination. It learns Bounce, a powerful Flying-Type attack…but it also learns Lick, a weak Ghost-type move that has been popping up in various movepools since the first generation. It doesn’t look like it could gain the Ghost-Type; Water/Flying seems more likely, especially due to the cloud-like bubbles on its neck, and the Pokedex hints about it being agile, leaping into trees and onto ceilings.
Water/Flying definitely isn’t my favorite type combo – it’s plagued Gyarados for long enough – so I hope Frogadier evolves into something a little different. Anyway, I’m guessing Froakie’s evolution line leads the Gen. VI starters in HP and Speed.
The Royal Pokemon
Ability: Rivalry or Unnerve
Pokedex Entry: N/A
Known Moves: Noble Roar, Flamethrower, Take Down, Work Up, Headbutt, Echoed Voice
Comments: I really liked Litleo, so getting to see its evolved form was a nice treat. Pyroar looks to be a solid Fire-type; the Fire/Normal combo shouldn’t do too much harm to its offensive capabilities, and picking up the immunity to Ghost-type is a decent trade-off for an additional Fighting-type weakness.
Pyroar features an all-new buffer move called Noble Roar, powerful STAB moves like Flamethrower, Headbutt and Take Down…it looks like it could be a great Pokemon for single-player use throughout the storyline, but its capabilities as a competitor might not be as strong. I love both the male and female forms of Pyroar; the male’s mane is intimidating and the female’s wispy hair is elegant…overall great character designs for this second-stage Pokemon.
The Poodle Pokemon
Ability: Fur Coat
Pokedex Entry: “The more it is groomed, the more styles may become available. Players will be alerted to Furfrou’s grooming schedule, and if it’s left untended, its fur will grow long and shaggy, returning to Furfrou’s original look. This Pokémon is very intelligent and loyal to its Trainer, and it’s said that in ancient times Furfrou guarded the king of the Kalos region.”
Known Moves: N/A
Comments: Furfrou was a Pokemon I decided was necessary when it was revealed that the Kalos region was based on France – there has to be a poodle somewhere, right? The idea that you can spend time grooming your Furfrou and changing its appearance is an interesting gimmick, one that also plays into the new character customization options in an interesting way.
I’m not as excited about the idea of “grooming” my Furfrou to change its form – actually, I like the default fur style the most. I wish Furfrou wasn’t pure-Normal; hopefully it will evolve and learn some powerful Normal-type moves, standing among fellow canine Pokemon such as Stoutland, Arcanine and Houndoom.
The Royal Heir Pokemon
Ability: Strong Jaw
Pokedex Entry: “It’s believed that Tyrunt is over one hundred million years old. The Pokémon is known to be a bit selfish, and will throw a fit when it doesn’t like something.”
Known Moves: Crunch, Dragon Tail
Comments: First, I couldn’t be more excited to finally see a Pokemon based on a tyrannosaurus. Second, I couldn’t be more thrilled about its Dragon/Rock-type combo: those are two of the most effective and useful attack types in the competitive meta game. Third, the Strong Jaw ability will increase the power of moves like Crunch, so I really hope to see a powered-up version of Bite/Crunch that could be learned by a possible evolution of Tyrunt. The name certainly implies that it could grow into something larger and meaner, right?
I really like both fossil Pokemon revealed for Gen. VI (Tyrunt and Amaura, seen below), but I think I’ll be picking the Jaw Fossil and trying Tyrunt myself – the Dragon/Rock combo sounds too tempting to me.
The Tundra Pokemon
Pokedex Entry: “Like Tyrunt, Amaura is believed to be one hundred million years old.”
Known Moves: Aurora Beam
Comments: The first thing that attracts me to Amaura is its Rock/Ice-type combination. Fighting-Type won’t be kind to Amaura, but this is one of the most interesting fossil Pokemon yet, as far as I’m concerned. Making Amaura more formidable is its Refrigerate ability, which turns any Normal-type move into an Ice-type attack, and boosts its power a little bit. Basically, what this means is that Amaura could use any basic attack – Body Slam, Giga Impact, possibly even Explosion – and cause more significant damage than you’d ever expect.
The idea of an Ice-type Explosion hitting an opponent’s Garchomp makes me very, very happy…even if Explosion doesn’t end up in Amaura’s movepool (or its evolved form, which I’m almost counting on), the Refrigerate ability makes it one of my favorite new Pokemon in this batch.
The Constraint Pokemon
Ability: Keen Eye or Infiltrator
Pokedex Entry: “The organs within Meowstic’s ears possess a formidable psychic power, so it usually keeps them clamped shut. But when Meowstic is threatened, it will lift its ears and release this power. This Pokémon tends not to show its emotions to others and remain expressionless, but it seems that some Trainers love the unsociable air it puts on.”
Known Moves: Extrasensory, Miracle Eye
Comments: Meowstic is pretty cute – although I think there have been plenty of cat Pokemon in past generations, this one is a nice change of direction. The male/female forms will learn different moves and feature different abilities; my guess is that the male Meowstic learns Keen Eye (its eyes have more of a glow) and the female learns Infiltrator (due to its mischevous smirk).
Who knows if Meowstic will outpace fellow felines like Persian, Liepard or Delcatty; I hope it evolves into something with an equally-interesting split between its male and female forms.
Mega Mewtwo X
The Genetic Pokemon
Pokemon Details: Increased Attack base stat
Comments: The Psychic/Fighting-type combo is going to be particularly interesting for Mewtwo; also building a physical powerhouse out of the classic legendary Pokemon sounds like it could be a nice change of pace. Mega Mewtwo X is exclusive to Pokemon X, so owners of the X version actually enjoy the benefits of its Type combo more than Y’s Mega Mewtwo Y, a pure-Psychic Pokemon.
Mega Mewtwo X and Y really don’t need boosted base stats, but the increased Attack stat should really influence trainers to use moves like Zen Headbutt, Close Combat, or whatever Mega Mewtwo X can unleash upon opponents.
The Mach Pokemon
Ability: Sand Force
Pokemon Details: Increased Attack & Special Attack base stat, Decreased Speed base stat
Comments: I’m thrilled and equally terrified to see a Mega-Evolved Garchomp; it sort of sets the bar pretty high for what kinds of Pokemon we could see with Mega Evolutions. Garchomp is a monster to deal with in the competitive meta-game, so its increased Attack and Special Attack stats will certainly make it more intimidating – however, the decreased Speed stats are concerning, and the Sand Force ability doesn’t seem to be more useful than Garchomp’s normal ability, Sand Veil. Sand Force increases the power of Rock-, Ground- and Steel-Type attacks by 30% as long as there is a Sandstorm in effect; it also makes the user immune to Sandstorm, which is already covered by Garchomp’s Ground-type.
Honestly, I’m not proud to admit how often I’ve been waxed by a Garchomp in WiFi battles, so I’m less upset about some of its setbacks…but going back to what I said before, the bar has been set very high for the potential of the Mega Evolutions; it wouldn’t surprise me to see Mega Dragonite, Mega Haxorus, Mega Salamence, or Mega Tyranitar. In fact, I’m almost counting on it at this point – Garchomp can’t be the only elite Dragon-type with a sweet Mega Evolution.