Pokémon X And Pokémon Y Have All New Horde Encounters

By Ishaan . June 11, 2013 . 7:51pm

Aside from Sky Battles, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will also have something called Horde Encounters. These are instances where you’ll face multiple wild Pokémon all at once—with only a single Pokémon on your side.


Horde Encounters are possible when Pokémon like Hondour, Axew, Tauros and Miltank appear en masse in the wild.


Additionally, The Pokémon Company has revealed another new set of Pokémon that will debut in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Check them out below:




An evolved form of the recently announced Fletchling, Talonflame, is a Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon that gains a whole new level of speed and firepower. Reaching speeds of up to 310 mph when diving for its prey, Talonflame can attack its foes with devastating kicks while embers spew from its body as it zooms through the sky. Talonflame knows Brave Bird, one of the strongest Flying-type moves. Use Brave Bird carefully, though, because the incredible strength of this move also does damage to the user.



The Water Gun Pokémon Clauncher uses its one oversized claw not only to seize prey but also to shoot condensed water at others as a projectile. This capability is so intense that it can crack a boulder! A Water-type Pokémon, Clauncher can also use its giant claw to crush opponents with the powerful Water-type move Crabhammer, which is more likely to land a critical hit. Critical hits against opposing Pokémon will do twice the usual damage.



Some would say that the Poison- and Water-type Pokémon Skrelp appears to be nothing more than a rotting piece of kelp, but don’t let its appearance fool you. Using its unique look to its benefit, Skrelp pretends to be a piece of seaweed, and when prey wander past it, Skrelp bathes them in poison so they can’t struggle when it attacks. Skrelp uses the Poison-type move Sludge Bomb, a move that can leave opposing Pokémon poisoned. A poisoned Pokémon will slowly take damage over the length of a battle.


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  • DanteJones
  • Shiki

    This is too much, too Poke’Adrenaline rushing, can’t sleep now!!!!!

  • Godman

    Wait! Wait!
    That pic that shows your friends and acquaintances, can I assume that they were all custom created and not just NPC’s?


    • VolticWind

      You would assume correct. You can customize both you hairstyle and outfit to suit your preference (within the options given of course).

    • Symbol de Au

      At least one of them is an NPC.

  • Maia Kasoya

    Battling a horde of Wailord with a Skitty.

    • 1Fella


    • Or, Magikarp versus a horde of Mewtwo.

      • Surgeon of Death

        MagiGarp wins

    • Zenthos

      Or Pikachu vs a horde of Spearow.
      Ah.. memories.

      • Linhua

        … it’s finally time to settle it.

        • Kai2591

          lol yeah they ran away in the anime…

  • VolticWind

    Fight a horde of Audino+Lucky Egg+Traded EXP bonus=A level grinders dream come true.

  • abcdeee

    So is Xavier and Yvonne their official NA names based on that screenshot?

  • Renaldi Saputra

    So that you need a wide range attack to kill simultaneously

  • Kaihedgie

    So what happens to Fly?

    • VolticWind

      They go higher, maybe?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Maybe in sky battle the move Fly wouldn’t be a 2 turn attack anymore I guess

    • AuraGuyChris

      You reach Space with it.

      • Kaihedgie


    • fyi1191

      Will fly to space and do a seismic toss.

    • sd28

      but what about sky drop

  • Rogerrmark

    This screams Dragon Quest.

    • Kelohmello

      Glad I’m not the only one who thought that.

      • Rogerrmark

        We received downvote already.How lovely the pokéfanboys are.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Guys on Disqus two downvotes in a hour really doesn’t need news updates. Smile and move on.

        • Asura

          I’m downvoting you now just because you’re making an issue out of it.

          • Rogerrmark

            What issue?I am not the one that’s butthurt because someone compared MY precious Pokémon with a franchise I don’t care/never played/heard about.
            And I like Pokémon,btw.

    • ragingmerifes

      Shhh… it’s a new thing on a Nintendo franchise. These don’t happen very often, so don’t complain.

  • What’s a Miltank doing in a horde of Tauros?

    But, seriously, like how there’s now aerial and land based battles. Hope water-based one willcome later on.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      U mean underwater battle?

    • VolticWind

      Maybe because Miltank are the female counterpart of Tauros. They can mate for a 50/50 chance of either being the child. Just my guess.

    • Same species theory is true.

  • Byas

    Hordes are actually a nice twist. I can finally fulfill my childhood dream and catch lots of Taurus at once, like in the anime’s Safari Zone episode. :P

  • Zenthos

    Holy wailord. How many innovative ideas must they put into this? Almost everything they do in the anime, we can now do in the game.
    More please!

  • chroma816

    I like the everything so far but the name “talonflame”.

    • Kelohmello

      No kidding. That’s kinda out there. There doesn’t even seem to be a clever conjunction of words like you tend to see with older pokemon.

      • Ehren Rivers

        There are usually one or two Pokemon per generation whose names are a bit on the nose. Voltorb or Haunter in the first game, for example. Let’s also not forget that the names of Pokemon tend to vary GREATLY by region. Flareon’s Japanese name was Booster for example. Localization plays a role here, y’know?

        I think Talonflame is forgivable next to more inventive names like Helioptile, Noirvern, and Clauncher.

    • Kaihedgie

      Sounds like something Ben Tennyson would come up with

      • FFmax

        Lol Ben 10.

  • I wonder if that increases the chances of encountering a shiny Pokemon?


  • Lazulis

    I wonder if the Hordes can be as dangerous as FOES

  • Draparde

    I’m loving what little of the characters i can see in the icons. but i wonder if you can obtain different outfits/ect during the game or do you choose it once at the start and stick with it.

    i wouldn’t mind either way if there’s a good enough choice. but i tend to enjoy changing my apperance alot in games when i can.

  • Saculogir

    Horde seems like a Nuzlocke’s player’s worse nightmare O_O

    On the other hand, farming exp and evs using multi-hitting moves with this will be fantastic~

  • Chris Wincott

    DAT character customization. I only expected you can change skin tones and to a few hairstyles. I can now peacefully go to poke-heaven.

  • AuraGuyChris

    Suddenly, you’re surrounded by five friendly-looking Audino! What will you do?

    • ShadowDivz


      • Zach Hodgson

        No, Audinocide! :D

    • Christopher Griego

      One can only hope.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Thats is just box of rape…… Nuzlocke is going to be the death of veteran players



  • Jesse Torres

    Wow this game is very impressive, i like how there are hoard encounters, that is just more experience points to level up.

  • porkiewpyne

    Miltank: Ya came to da wrong neighbourhood maddafaka

    Okay, now I’m scared O____o

    • Deekei

      more like, udderfucka


  • I’ve skipped Black/White and Black 2/White 2… I’m seriously tempted to start anew with the series… mmm… Character customization, battle system changes…

  • Seraph

    I missed the presentations, but can you catch one of the pokemon in the hordes? Or will it be like Gen V when you have to knock the other pokemon out first?

  • DarthSithZero

    A horde of glooms, sleeping, poisoning, paralyzing now that’s annoying

  • SonicRulez

    How the heck are you supposed to win vs a horde?

    • YoshEE

      get strong lvl, be lucky and kill them as fast as you can haha.

    • Level-up. But in case of high leveled Pokemon, luck and lotsa healing items.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Use wide range attack for example Earthquake

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Surf, Muddy Water, Earthquake.

    • Virevolte

      5 Lv14 Vs 1 Lv25.
      It should be okay, I guess.

    • Christopher Griego

      I’m ready for the challenge.

  • YoshEE

    Sky battle is awesome and new encounter is awesome. now that is left with new evil team that can also do the same as new encounter to fight us player. 5 vs 1 is going to be awesome. in my option.

  • komiko12

    Feels like Skrelp and Clauncher are version exclusives but who cares… Wi-Fi trading made things easier.

    I want to see the awesomeness called Spiritomb.

  • natchu96

    The Tauros horde has a Miltank with it. Well. Guess that explains it.

  • SirRichard

    Horde battles could be useful as hell for levelling up and giving you multiple shots at catching something. And I think that one screenshot confirms character customisation!

    EDIT: I should say, confirms it beyond just hair, skin and eye colours, I mean.

  • Keima88

    About the new fairy type rebalance.

    • Chris Wincott

      You, sir, just won the internet.

      • Keima88

        Not me. I am merely the messenger. The one who made this is the one.

  • ChiffonCake

    Damn, this generation keeps getting better… I might just get these games.

  • Kai2591

    Reading Skrelp’s description, particularly on how it attacks unsuspecting foes, it makes me think the purpose of all these Pokemon having so many skills: why? what for? hunting prey, for sustenance? *gasp* Pokemon eating other Pokemon!

    • Zubat annoyance (or frustration) has just increased!

      Can’t wait for the Magikarp horde attacks. Oh, the horror(!)

  • fireemblembeast

    I wonder if your moves in horde battles affect every pokemon at once, because if not, you’re utterly screwed.

    • Christopher Griego

      There are moves already in the current games that will hit two or three enemies at once depending on the move. Each move has its own properties, some of them only hit one enemy, some can hit two or three. Moves like Rock Slide, Earthquake, Heat Wave, Sludge Wave.. there are already a bunch. No doubt they will be adding more moves to X and Y that can hit multiple Pokemon at once.

      • fireemblembeast

        Ok, that’s what I’m hoping for, lol. I haven’t played pokemon in a long time, but I do remember now that moves like surf hit multiple enemies! >_<

  • Kitestwinblades

    You got Dragon Warrior Monsters in my Pokemon xD
    This looks REALLY good. Should speed up the Exp gain and I’m guessing you can just choose which one you want to catch. Team Rocket would have a field day in this game.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I really like that horde battles won’t just be all one type of Pokemon. That’s what it was looking like from the first screens I saw elsewhere, but thankfully the hordes mix it up. Nice, nice!

    Also @Ishaan you’ve Clauncher named as both Clencher and Clauncher.

  • Christopher Griego

    PSS is the new C-Gear! It looks really good.

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