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CoroCoro reveals new Pokemon, Mega Evolutions, type chart and more!

Pokemon X & Y — 11 September, 2013

September's CoroCoro has just leaked and showcases lots of new information about Pokémon X&Y. First up is a second Mega Evolution for Mewtwo! Each of the Mega Evolutions are version-exclusive. The previously revealed form is Mega Mewtwo Y, while the new one below is Mega Mewtwo X, which is Psychic/Fighting type and has the ability Steadfast (raises speed on flinching). Mega Garchomp is also revealed, which has the ability Sand Force.

Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Garchomp
Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Garchomp

The starters first evolutions are called Gerogashira, Teerunaa and Hariboogu in Japanese and keep their single types of Grass, Fire and Water respectively:

Gerogashira, Teerunaa, Hariboogu
Gerogashira, Teerunaa and Hariboogu (click for full size)

As in previous games there are two fossil Pokémon: Chigorasu (Rock/Dragon) and Amarusu (Rock/Ice) - both unique type combinations! Chigorasu has a new ability Hard Jaw that increases the power of biting moves (assuming moves like Bite, Crunch, Fire Fang etc). Amarusu has a new ability Frozen Skin which turns Normal type moves into the Ice type and boosts their power.

The new type chart for the Fairy type is confirmed. Fairy is super effective against Fighting, Dark and Dragon; not very effective against Fire, Poison and Steel; Poison and Steel are super effective against Fairy; Fighting, Dark and Bug are not very effective against it; Dragon type moves have no effect on Fairy type Pokémon.

See updated type chart

Continue below for more Pokémon and images!


Sprites added to gallery

Site Updates — 08 September, 2013

With less than 35 days until Pokémon X & Y are released, I finally got around to adding to remaining sprites we were missing from Pokémon Black 2 & White 2! This includes animated shiny and back sprites for all Pokémon, and the new Formes for Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Kyurem and Keldeo.

Gengar sprites from generation 1-5

The various pages for Pokémon X & Y have been updated, and I added a basic guide to the new feature, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, which should answer all the questions I've seen asked in various places.

Pokémon Bank guide
Pokémon X & Y videos

In other site news, on Pokébase the username change period is drawing to a close. If you wanted to change your username on Pokébase then you only have a few hours left to do it! See here for details.

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Pokémon Direct reveals Pokémon Bank, PokéTransporter and more Mega Evolutions

Pokemon X & Y — 04 September, 2013

Pokemon Bank logo Pokémon Direct has just finished airing and they revealed lots of fantastic details. The video featured Satoru Iwata (President of Nintendo), Tsunekazu Ishihara (CEO of The Pokémon Company) and Junichi Masuda (Director at Game Freak). First in the video they talked about how trading between games has evolved over the years, from link cables to wireless to wi-fi trading over the internet.

Then a new service called Pokémon Bank was announced, which is an online cloud storage service for your Pokémon! In Pokémon X&Y you will be able to send any Pokémon from your game to the Pokémon Bank. This will be a paid service - in Japan it's confirmed to be 500 Yen per year, which is about $5 or £3.

Furthermore, a new app called PokéTransporter will be released for 3DS. When you have any generation 5 game (Black/White/Black 2/White 2) in your 3DS, the PokéTransporter app will allow you to migrate the Pokémon off the cartridge and in to the Pokémon Bank. Then, back on Pokémon X&Y you can download them from the bank into your game!

Next up they talked about Mega Evolutions. It was confirmed that Professor Sycamore gives you one of the original starters - Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle - later in the game. But then it was confirmed that they all have Mega Evolutions! Also key to Mega Evolution is a new Mega Ring item, that causes Pokémon to Mega-Evolve when the ring connects with the Mega Stone the Pokémon is holding.

Mega Kanto starters
Official art of the Kanto starters Mega Evolutions

All three Mega Evolutions keep their type, but get new abilities. Mega Venusaur has Thick Fat (which halves the damage of Fire and Ice type attacks), and its Defense and Special Defense increase; Mega Charizard has Drought (makes it sunny) and its Special Attack increases; Mega Blastoise has a new ability Mega Launcher which makes pulse moves stronger (such as Water Pulse and Dark Pulse).

At one point Ishihara seemed to imply that every Pokémon will get a Mega Evolution: It's fun to imagine how each Pokémon will turn out with Mega Evolution. I want to see what happens to every single Pokémon. This is not 100% confirmed, however; it's possible that Mega Evolutions for all Pokémon will come in future games. More pictures below, including a new mystery Pokémon!


New nuggets of X&Y information from the Pokémon Game Show

Pokemon X & Y — 17 August, 2013

At the Pokémon Game Show this weekend in Japan, demos of X&Y were available for play. Several small bits of information have come out from that.

In the demo you battle your rival, then go to see Professor Sycamore who tells you about Mega Evolution and gives you a Mewtwo and you battle him. It's unclear if this is just a special battle for the demo or actual gameplay (it would be quite late in the game if so). There is a special Mega Evolution button on the fight screen; when pressed the Pokémon Mega-Evolves and can use a move on the same turn. Graphics have also been improved by having each move slot the same color as the type of move.

Move screen, Mega Evolution button
Pokemon X/Y move screen and Mega Evolution button

The Fairy type is confirmed to be not very effective against Fire types, and the Fire type is neutral against Fairy. In the overworld, running the default and the player must hold B to walk.

Update: an image appearing to show Sylveon's shiny form has surfaced, continue for details.


Ampharos, Absol and Mawile Mega Evolution details confirmed

Pokemon X & Y — 12 August, 2013

The official site has confirmed the Mega Evolutions of Ampharos, Absol and Mawile and provided clearer pictures.

Mega Ampharos, Mega Absol, Mega Mawile
Mega Ampharos, Mega Absol, Mega Mawile

When Ampharos Mega-Evolves, apparently the red orbs on its body emit a strong light.
Mega Absol increases its Attack and Speed.
Mega Mawile increases its Defense and Special Defense.

Our Pokedex has been updated with the latest details. For now, the Mega Evolutions are listed as forms. Based on currently-known information, Mega Evolution works in the same way as an in-battle form change.

A few other additions we haven't yet already mentioned in news are a new attack, Nuzzle (learnt by Dedenne), and a new Ability, Cheek Pouch (possessed by Dedenne and Bunnelby).


Mega Kangaskhan revealed at Pokemon World Championships

Pokemon X & Y — 10 August, 2013

The Pokemon World Championships are under way in Vancouver, and a new Mega Pokemon has been revealed in a trailer showing there! It's a Mega Kangaskhan and it has a new ability Parental Bond that allows it to attack twice in one turn. It appears the baby leaves its mother's pouch and attacks in the same turn as its mother!

Mega Kangaskhan
Mega Kangaskhan and baby

Pokemon X&Y videos


New "Mega" Pokemon announced!

Pokemon X & Y — 09 August, 2013

As noted in the previous article, CoroCoro has leaked and given details of new Pokemon and features. The biggest news, however, was the announcement of Mega Evolution. Described as an Evolution beyond all Evolution, Mega-Evolved Pokemon are stronger and often have a different type or ability. Six Mega Pokemon have been revealed so far, including Mewtwo, whose previously seen Awakened form is now confirmed to actually be a Mega Evolution.

Mega Mewtwo, Mega Lucario, Mega Blaziken
Mega Mewtwo, Mega Lucario, Mega Blaziken
Mega Mawile, Mega Absol, Mega Ampharos
Mega Mawile, Mega Absol, Mega Ampharos

However, although officially called Mega Evolution, the process is more like a form change. Pokemon can only enter their Mega forms in battle, when holding a unique Mega Stone item for each Pokemon. Blaziken, for example, evolves in battle when holding Blazikenite. A special event is lined up for the release of Pokemon X & Y to obtain a Torchic holding a Blazikenite.

Summary of the known Mega Pokemon:

  • Mega Mewtwo has higher Special Attack and the ability Insomnia.
  • Mega Lucario has higher Attack and the ability Adaptability. Requires Lucarionite.
  • Mega Blaziken has higher Attack and the ability Speed Boost. Requires Blazikenite.
  • Mega Mawile is Steel/Fairy type and the ability Huge Power.
  • Mega Absol has higher Attack and Speed and the ability Magic Bounce.
  • Mega Ampharos is Electric/Dragon type and has the ability Mold Breaker.

See a video of the Mega transformations below...


New Pokemon revealed in August CoroCoro

Pokemon X & Y — 09 August, 2013

This month's CoroCoro has leaked, and it has big news... literally. We'll have the major news in the next article but here are the new Pokemon and features revealed. Nintendo has now confirmed their details on the official website.

Bunnelby, Dedenne, Skiddo

Bunnelby (left) is a Normal type Pokemon based on a rabbit. It has a new ability Cheek Pouch which will restore HP when a berry is consumed, on top of the berry's usual effects. So it may cure a status condition and restore HP, or restore more HP than normal.

Dedenne (middle) is an Electric/Fairy type Pokemon. It also has the Cheek Pouch ability. It also looks pretty similar to Pikachu/Raichu but there is no apparent connection.

Skiddo (right) a Grass type Pokemon based on a goat, and is the prevolution to Gogoat.

Super Training screenshot Another feature revealed was Super Training. This consists of various mini-games that boost Effort Values (EVs). One mini-game revealed sees your Pokemon take on giant balloon Pokemon on a football (soccer) field.

The Super Training feature also has a screen giving you a good visual overview of your stats and EVs (right) using a spider graph. The green area in the middle shows your base stats, while the yellow area shows EVs gained.


New event to obtain a shiny Dialga, Palkia and Giratina

Pokemon Events — 09 August, 2013

A new real-life event has been announced to obtain a shiny Dialga, Palkia and Giratina during late August through October. The event runs at gaming stores in America, Canada, United Kingdon and Australia. Each Pokemon is available for a separate 2 or 3 week period, requiring you to go in three times. Exact dates are below.

Shiny Dialga, Palkia, Giratina
Shiny Dialga, Palkia, Giratina

America/Canada, at Gamestop:
Dialga obtainable August 19th to September 8th.
Palkia obtainable September 9th to September 29th.
Giratina obtainable September 30th to October 20th.

United Kingdom, at GAME:
Dialga obtainable August 30th 2013 to September 12th.
Palkia obtainable September 13th to September 26th.
Giratina obtainable September 27th to October 12th.

Australia/New Zealand, at EB Games:
Dialga obtainable August 30th 2013 to September 12th.
Palkia obtainable September 13th to September 26th.
Giratina obtainable September 27th to October 11th.


New ghostly tree Pokemon revealed

Pokemon X & Y — 31 July, 2013

A new Pokemon (which had been rumoured for a little while now) has been revealed in a new Japanese trailer video. It is known as Oorotto in Japan. It resembles a haunted tree and is rumoured to be Grass/Ghost type. The video shows a horde of them appearing in battle:

Ghost tree Pokemon, Oorotto

The trailer, which can be seen below, also shows Fennekin using a new move, translated as Glow Punch. It looks very similar to the other elemental punches like Fire Punch, but is likely to be a new type.

Also shown is an underwater battle, suggesting that Dive might make a return in a similar style to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald.


What? Pokemon Database is evolving!

Site Updates — 17 July, 2013

Congratulations! Your favourite website evolved into VERSION 3!

Welcome to the new Pokémon Database! This redesign has been a long time in the works, and has been developed in parallel with updates to the existing site (which at times was a pain in the butt). In many ways it has literally evolved as Scyther has been replaced by Scizor in the header.

Most of the site was redeveloped from scratch, and every page on the site has been reformatted (even if a lot of pages look very similar). We have also moved to a brand new server which should be a lot faster and fix some of the problems we have been having recently. Redoing a site from scratch also throws away a bunch of unused cruft in the coding behind the website and makes it a bit more streamlined.

One of the biggest changes is that the same site is also formatted for mobiles and tablets, using a process called responsive design. If you are on a desktop/laptop you can try shrinking your browser window and see what happens! Along with this we have discontinued the web app we made previously; it hadn't really worked for a while and was difficult to keep it up-to-date with the latest information. If you need a phone app that works offline I recommend the official one by The Pokémon Company. Search your phone's app store to find it. Or check out Pokédex 3D Pro in the 3DS eShop.

And as if the new design wasn't exciting enough, we have a ton of new content!

  • New base pages for every main series Pokémon game, listing the main features and changes. They are all accessible from the Pokémon games menu above. See Red/Blue for an example.
  • A full, dynamic HM chart for each game, allowing you to find which Pokémon learn which HMs, e.g. Gold & Silver HMs.
  • TM pages for each game, e.g. Ruby & Sapphire TMs.
  • Gym Leader & Elite Four Pokémon for every game, e.g. Emerald gym leaders & Elite Four. The type section now lists major trainers of that type from all the games as well.
  • Pokédex pages now have a short introduction to each Pokémon. This is a work in progress but it would not be possible without the fantastic help of our community! You can join in as well here.
  • Incidentally, all the Pokédex pages have been redesigned. They now use fewer tabs in all the sections. The list of moves uses one set of tabs for the game list instead of tabs above every different method of learning moves. When Pokémon have forms, there are now only two sets of tabs (one at the top and one above the moves) instead of five.
  • A new Size Pokédex in which you can filter and sort Pokémon by height or weight.
  • A new competitive stat Pokédex which lists combinations of Pokémon stats such as Attack+Speed for physical sweeper, HP+Defense+Sp.Def for walls and so on.
  • PokéBase has been upgraded. The main feature is a new wall where you can post (public) messages for another user.
  • We have also started work on an items section that has details for every usable item from the games. This is a big work in progress and will be filled out soon. For now it has some basic descriptions.
  • A new About page with a bit of information about the site and our history. Plus a new simpler way to contact us!

I hope you enjoy the new site as much as I continually enjoy making it. If you spot any problems with the site, particularly on a mobile or tablet device, please let us know about it on Meta-Pokébase here. Thanks!

Now that the redesign is done we should have more frequent content updates. I want to continue to build the best resource for Pokémon fans on the internet, and develop a great community of Pokéfans here with a new forum coming soon. And lots more besides!


English names for July CoroCoro Pokemon

Pokemon X & Y — 12 July, 2013

The official English names for the Pokemon revealed yesterday have been confirmed. The Pancham evolution is called Pangoro and the two squid Pokemon are known as Inkay and Malamar.

Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar

The cotton candy-like Pokemon is called Swirlix. The pink bird Pokemon is called Spritzee.

Swirlix, Spritzee

New moves/abilities have had their names confirmed:

  • Xerneas' ability is Fairy Aura which increases the power of all Fairy-type moves in battle.
  • Xerneas has an exclusive move Geomancy, exact details not known.
  • Yveltal's ability is Dark Aura which increases the power of all Dark-type moves in battle.
  • Yveltal has an exclusive move Oblivion Wing, exact details not known.
  • Topsy Turvy is learnt by Inkay, which reverses the opponent's stat changes.
  • Draining Kiss is learnt by Spritzee, which restores half the HP drained to the user.
  • Swirlix has a new ability Sweet Veil which prevents the entire team from falling asleep.