Despite being over a week away from Oct. 12, the official release date of ‘Pokemon X’ and ‘Pokemon Y,’ leaks have sprung up around the web with detailed information about the game. Though for a series as popular and anticipated as 'Pokemon,' the leaks were inevitable.
So far, Nintendo has only revealed the first 2 forms of the 3 starters. They appear to be intentionally leaving out the third forms until the official release date — but the fanbase's desire to know is too strong, and the final forms of the 3 starter Pokemon appear to have been leaked. The concept of choosing 1 out of 3 unique Pokemon at the beginning of the game has been an eternal principle for the series; the powerful final forms of these starters are precious partners that players are likely to keep on the forefront of their teams.
Grass, Water and Fire — these are the 3 primary types for the starters, and always have been. Of course, secondary types have often found their way into the formula when the starters evolve further. Charmander grew from being just Fire type into both Fire and Flying once it became Charizard. On the other hand, some starters, like Treeko after it evolves into Sceptile, retain their singular type even at the final form (Grass in this case).
Unlike the primary types, which interact with each other in a rock, paper, scissor style in terms of strengths and weaknesses (Grass beats Water, which beats Fire, which beats Grass), the secondary types usually had little to no correlation.
That changes in X and Y.
The Grass starter’s final form, Chesnaught, is Grass and Fighting. The Water starter’s final form, Greninja, is Water and Dark. Lastly, the Fire starter’s final form, Delphox, is Fire and Fighting PSYCHIC!
Fighting, Dark and Psychic — these 3 types have a similar rock, paper, scissor dynamic associated with Grass, Water and Fire. Fighting defeats Dark, which defeats Psychic (and Dark is even immune to Psychic attacks rather than just resistant), which defeats Fighting. The addition of this new cycle to the existing one makes for exciting new depth for this generation’s starters. Expect a bevy of new and unique attacks to accommodate these rare type combinations.
No official artwork has yet been released for the staters’ final forms. The only info to go off is various leaked screenshots corroborating each other. They depict the in-game models of the three evolutions.
Chesnaught features an overwhelming beige tone all around and a head that seems a little too small for his body. The large arms and spikes indicate that he may possess high physical attack prowess. His speed, however, is likely to suffer from his massive frame.
Greninja’s design is sleek and his frame lithe. The scarf wrapping around his lower face invokes ninja vibes aplenty. It is likely to have high speed and low health, but decent defensive and offensive stats.
Delphox, being part Psychic, gives off a very “mage” feel with its lower body covered in fur to form a robe of sorts. The ornate fur bursting out of its ears to form strange fiery shapes, however, makes its head look a little too large and off-balance. Expect Delphox to stay true to the mage archetype by having massive special attack and special defense, but lacking in everything else in comparison.
Overall, the concept for the new starters is a little more impressive than their appearances. Their intriguing secondary types are sure to give them a varied moveset and make them a great addition to any team — if the leaks are to be taken as fact, of course.
In any case, it’s good to see the the possibility that the Fire starter may not be Fire and Fighting. Again. Three generations in a row for that combination was just a bit too many.