Nintendo and Game Freak have officially unveiled the evolved forms of the three brand new starters coming to Pokémon X and Y.
Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie will evolve into Quilladin, Braixen and Frogadier, respectively. The brand new trailer at the head of this post shows the evolved forms in actual gameplay.
The press release that brought news of the starters' evolved forms indicates how each Pokémon will change. Here's the skinny on Quilladin, Braixen and Frogadier.
When Chespin evolves into Quilladin, the hard spikes on its body grow even sturdier, and it's able to withstand the impact of even something the size of a tractor-trailer truck without flinching. Its solid shell repels attacks while it strikes back with its pointed spines. The gentle Spiny Armor Pokémon never seeks out battles on its own, but when an opposing Pokémon strikes, it fights back! It can learn the Ground-type move Mud Shot, which does damage to opponents and lowers their Speed. This move is super effective against Fire-type Pokémon, which are usually tough opponents for Grass types like Quilladin.
Braixen is the evolved form of the Fire-type Fox Pokémon Fennekin. Players will notice that Braixen keeps a small twig tucked into its tail. Fennekin often snacks on a twig, but Braixen uses it in another way—the twig calms its mind and is also sometimes used in battle after being set aflame with a little friction. Braixen can learn the Psychic-type move Psyshock, a special move that deals damage based on the opponent's Defense, as if it were a physical move. Players will want to use Psyshock on opponents that have high Special Defense.
Froakie has awesome jumping skills that are greatly improved when it evolves into Frogadier. This Bubble Frog Pokémon can reach to the top of a 2,000-foot tower with ease and eludes its opponents by leaping around ceilings or into trees. Frogadier can learn the Flying-type move Bounce, which sends the user into the air on its first turn so it can attack on the second. Bounce is super effective against Grass-type Pokémon, which often pose a challenge for Water types like Frogadier.
In addition to news of the starters, Nintendo unveiled the Mega forms of Mewtwo. We already knew Mewtwo could achieve the mega level, but now we know, according to the release, that "Mewtwo can Mega Evolve into either Mega Mewtwo X or Mega Mewtwo Y, depending on which Mega Stone Mewtwo holds—Mewtwonite X or Mewtwonite Y."
This Mega evolution stuff is equally nerdy and amazing all at once.
Finally, Mega Garchomp, Furfrou and Meowstic were also revealed. Dig into screenshots and art for all of these Pokémon in the gallery below. There's a ton, so get set.
Pokémon X and Y will launch for the Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 12, 2013. That release date is worldwide.