In Pokemon X and Y, the main legendary Pokemon are named with the first letter of each their respective games. Pokemon X’s mascot is Xerneas, the Life Pokemon, while Pokemon Y’s mascot is Yveltal, the Destruction Pokemon. Catching this Pokemon is part of the story, meaning that the game will not let you progress until you catch them (Black and White did this as well with Reshiram and Zekrom, respectively). Defeating them will not progress the story nor give you experience. Catching them won’t give you experience either. These Pokemon are obviously difficult to come by as there is only one of these legendaries in each game. Getting another would require you to get someone to trade you theirs. This can usually be done by trading for them on the GTS, but they will probably ask you for an even more difficult Pokemon to get. If you are lucky, though, someone may Wonder Trade you their legendary if they plan on starting a new game. If you have a friend with the opposite version as you, you should consider trading your respective legendaries at least so your Pokedex will say that you’ve caught them. I don’t want the information that I state here be the reason you get one version or the other, but I can’t. Getting an Xerneas in Pokemon Y or an Yveltal in Pokemon X is next to impossible. Let me tell you about each of them.
Note: I don’t have a favorite, so I won’t be trying to persuade you to get one or the other. Both of these Pokemon are good to have since they are legendaries and legendaries generally have higher base stats than most Pokemon. Plus, mascot legendaries tend to have exclusive moves and abilities as well. While one may be more useful in one situation than the other, picking one over the other can be difficult (luckily, there’s no rule that says you can’t get both games).
- Highest base attack of all non-mega evolved Fairy type Pokemon
- Highest base stat total of all non-mega evolved Fairy type Pokemon
- Signature ability is Fairy Aura, which multiples damage dealt by Fairy type moves by 1.33
- Signature move is Geomancy, a two-turn move that will multiply the user’s Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed by 2
- Highest base HP of all Dark type Pokemon
- Highest base stat total of all of all non-mega evolved Dark type Pokemon
- Signature ability is Dark Aura, which multiples damage dealt by Dark type moves by 1.33
- Signature move is Oblivion Wing, a Flying special attack move with 80 power that restores the user’s health by 75% of the damage that was done by the move
With their abilities, high base stats, STAB from their moves, it would seem these two Pokemon are tough to deal with. That is, they would be, if it wasn’t for another Pokemon. This Pokemon is actually like the Rayquaza, Giratina, and Kyurem for Xerneas and Yveltal. I’ll be writing about said Pokemon tomorrow. But, let’s just talk about some of the origins for Xerneas and Yveltal.
Xerneas and Yveltal are based off Nordic mythology. Xerneas is the four stags that reside around the trunk of Yggdrasil, the world tree. These four stags have antlers that are red, blue, gold, and purple; These colors all appear in Xerneas’s antlers. Yveltal is known as the Blind Eagle. If you look at Yveltal’s eyes, you may notice that they resemble the eyes of a blind person. The stag and the eagle represent life and death, respectively. However, there is a third animal: the serpent. The Pokemon I’ll be writing about tomorrow is based on this serpent. Jörmungandr (don’t ask me how to pronounce that) is the name of this serpent. Jörmungandr grew so large that it can circle around the Earth and bite its own tail. If it were to stop, the world would end. The Pokemon this is based on isn’t exactly like that, but it does closely resemble Jörmungandr.
Fun Fact: Xatu is the first Pokemon and was the only Pokemon to begin with the letter X. With the addition of Xerneas, there are now two Pokemon that begin with the letter X (Sorry, Xatu).