Well guys, we have only one more month before the games are out, so this is going to be our last wave of information unless something pops up shortly before the games are out
Edit: The English names of the Pokemon have been revealed, and has been edited as such
We finally got the first stages of the starters, and let's just say that they are a bit... different than I was expecting, Chespin specifically.
Chespin's evolution Quilladin seems to be getting the most hate in the fandom, probably due to the fact that it's rather different from what many were expecting. When many expected a humanoid armadillo, we get a ball shaped hedgehog (some say it's seed shaped, but I digress), granted this is probably due to some of the moves it learns such as Rollout (which hints at the final form being Grass/Ground), as for me, I'm perfectly fine with it, don't think it's the BEST design, but certainly not the worst. It's different from what I was expecting though, but at least Game Freak managed to surprise us with it. Though to be honest, I've seen far worse
Chespin evos out there, so just be glad with what we got at least...
On the same topic, Quilladin does reminds me a lot of Pignite in appearance, just as much as Chespin has a similar appearance to Oshawott, which makes me wonder about the final stage's appearance.
Now on to Fennekin's evo, Braixen, which on the upside, is at least not Fire/Fighting, but it's not Fire/Psychic as many were hoping for (maybe in the final stage), but oh well, pure Fire is at least passable enough for me. As for it's appearance, I'm a bit mixed on it, while I'm glad it's not a multi-tailed kitsune, it is biped but I was hoping for it to be completely quadruped myself.
Not sure what the stick does, some people are stating it's themed after a witch because the sticks position on the official artwork makes it look like a witches broom, but I go by the theory that it's like a kendo stick in a similar manner to Dewott's shells (which would hint at Fire/Fighting) or even a magic wand (which would hint at Fire/Fairy), it can go in any direction at this point
I don't have that much to say about Froakie's evolution Frogadier, other than it looks pretty cool with the foam cape, a lot of people are going with the ninja frog theory for Froakie, and with this evolution, I think it might be true. I also noticed that a lot of people seem to be jumping ship from the other two to Froakie, so I'm guessing the fandom definitely underestimated it, and it raised my chances of choosing it as my starter.
Overall, I'm... rather divided on what to choose as my starter now, I was originally going for strictly Chespin, but now I have no idea what I should pick...
Four new Pokemon
Definitely more Pokemon than last issue, which was nothing more than a Mega-Fest, the first new Pokemon is Furfrou, which is apparently based on a poodle as far as I can tell (France isn't complete without poodles after all), it is a normal type and it's appearance can be changed, which makes it look more like an actual poodle, but more colorful.
This generations resident fossil Pokemon are revealed in the form of Tyrunt, a Rock/Dragon T-Rex Pokemon, and Amaura, a Rock/Ice Diplodocus Pokemon, I've been waiting for a T-Rex Pokemon for a very long time, since it would be ridiculous to go through the entire franchise and not have the most well known dinosaur be made into a Pokemon sometime.
Finnaly, we have Meowstic, a Psychic Type cat Pokemon, it has both male and female forms, but unlike Pokemon like Jellicent, the forms are completely different given the moves they learn, the female is more aggressive, while male offers support, as well as their abilities.
On a more trivial note, Flabebe changes the color of the flower it holds according to where you are, this is more or less an aesthetic change in a similar way to Burmy's cloaks.
So Mewtwo is getting two Mega Evolutions, one for each version, the one we saw previously in Movie 16 was Mega Mewtwo Y, which is pure Psychic, and Mega Mewtwo X, which is Psychic/Fighting, I kinda like Megatwo X more than I like the Y one, but that's just me.
The only problem I have with this issue is Mega Garchomp, I mean really, why did you need to break what is considered to be the most broken Pokemon even more, or is this a way of actually FIXING the brokeness of Garchomp, we have no idea.
*still hopes for Mega Floatzel*
New Characters and Team Flare's leadership
For one thing, we have a stylist named Karuna, who is apparently a famous actress, and you have to talk to her at a salon/boutique (probably in Lumiose City) to change your outfit and customize your character, you can also battle her, but I'm getting the feeling that you probably have to battle her first before you get to customize, since as we all know that battling is everything in the Pokemon world.
Team Flare's Leadership has been revealed, and is apparently a committee of 5 scientists named Kuseroshiki, Momiji, Bara, Akebi and Kolea. Bara and Akebi and Momoji are female. Kuseroshiki is a fat guy and Kolea is a short guy, possibly opposing Tierno and Trevor. Whether these are just admins and there is a central leader is unknown, we only know that they want to make money, and now we know that they wish to create a "Beautiful world"
Fairy type advantages and weaknesses
The Fairy type is strong against Fighting, Dark and Dragon Pokemon, and not very effective against Steel, Poison and Fire. It is also weak to Poison and Steel, resists Bug, Fighting and Dark, and is immune to Dragon.
Also, Steel no longer resists Dark and Ghost-type moves, I have no idea why this was changed though, but it doesn't bother me.
Everything else so far is pretty much hidden in detail, but I won't cover any further because we have only another month before the games are out.