How Pokémon X And Pokémon Y Were Inspired By France

By Sato . July 4, 2013 . 8:25pm


GameKyo reports a new Pokémon that was recently revealed during a Japan Expo exclusive video presentation, where Pokémon X and Pokémon Y director Junichi Masuda talked a bit about the upcoming game. Masuda also shared the ideas behind the French motif of the sixth generation’s main region, Kalos.



The new sword-like Pokémon is named Monorparle in French, and Hitotsuki in Japanese, according to the director. Around the 3:52 mark of the video, we get a look  at the Steel and Ghost type Pokémon that is said to be an ancient soul that presents itself in the form of a sword.



In the presentation video,  Masuda talked about their reasons for going with France as an inspiration for the Kalos region of Pokémon X and Y, which is evident in the shape of the region looking similar to the country itself. From the start, the team decided that the theme of the sixth generation would be “Beauty,” which is also the meaning of “Kalos” in Ancient Greek, Masuda revealed.


While brainstorming which part of the world would best correspond their ideas, they wanted it to be a country that boasts some of the most tourists; a fashionable country with a sophisticated culinary taste and linguistics. This ended up making France a perfect fit for what they had in mind for Kalos.


In 2011, Masuda travelled to France along with some crew members to collect material for Pokémon X and Y. One of the game’s largest cities, Lumiose City, was inspired by the city of Paris, featuring a large tower similar to the Eiffel tower. However, they didn’t limit themselves to Paris, as they were also inspired by other cities such as Lyon and Reims, and we’ll be seeing similar areas in the Kalos region.



Not only is the region inspired by the larger cities that France is known for, but also the smaller areas that often go unnoticed by many outsiders. For example, on the far-west part of the map, there’s an area with various standing stones, which Masuda added after getting the idea from visiting the Neolithic menhir collections located in Carnac of north-western France.


Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released worldwide on October 12th.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    Steel/ghost? I like.

    I wonder if they’ll have a location in reference to Lascaux? It’d be a perfect way to handle the mythology of this region’s legendaries and the French motif.

    • DuskSharkEX


      • TiredOfMyOldUsername

        Lascaux is a setting of a complex of caves somewhere in france, but i don’t remember where.

        Edit: If someone is interested in knowing more about Lascaux

        • Solomon_Kano

          They’re in southwest France.

      • Solomon_Kano

        What blood said and then some. The Lascaux caves were the site of some ancient paintings (on the cave walls, of course) from the Upper Paleolithic era. The paintings were all of animals that lived at the time.

    • ToshiChan

      Cofagrigus should’ve been the first steel/ghost…

      I feel there was lost potential there

      • Solomon_Kano

        I don’t think sarcophagi were made of steel, but I would’ve went with it.

        • Noor Mahmoud

          They aren’t. Simply stone.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ah. Yea, so no steel.

        • ToshiChan

          This a good point I messed up on purely based on looking at the aesthetics of the Pokemon.

          Maybe it should’ve been at least part Rock type, though this would’ve opened up a lot of weaknesses too.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, rock would’ve made sense. Those weaknesses though… ack lol.

    • Just Tim

      I hope one of its abilities is either Levitate, Flash Fire, or Heatproof.

      • Solomon_Kano

        It floats, so I’d hope for Levitate.

        • Just Tim

          I can see it as OU, as per Smogon standards.

          –1 weakness (if granted by an ability)
          –immunities (Poison, Normal, Fighting guaranteed)
          –Fairy killer

        • mike dickson

          dude i was thinking the same ghost steal with levitate will be pretty awesome

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Ruin, the people who died in battle who had regrets

  • Ben Sylvia

    Yes. Yes! A thousand times YES!!!!

    Finally I can satisfy my obsession with swords while collecting Pokemon!!!

  • PlatinumMad

    Aw yeah a sword, all those resistances.

    So many nicknames possible


    • Renaldi Saputra

      sword dance

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Blade runner

    • NTaiyokun



  • vileBrenman

    I bet he just wanted to go to France…

    • Ethan_Twain

      That’s definitely how I would make that decision if I was in charge of Pokemon. “Mr. Miyamoto, I’ve got it! We’ve always had slot machines in Pokemon, and it’s inspired me! The next game must be set in a region based on Vegas! I need to go on site to research immediately!”

  • Melwwzas MZS

    hmm that dual type, this guy will be able to check any other ghosts easily and packing levitate(what seems clear in the video) he can be a solid counter to chomp, plus he can even deal with the twins really nice!
    and of course great burn spammer !poor scizor
    wow if he joined the cast in this generation saturated with fighters he would be a pain to almost any of them.

  • Godman

    Noooo! My wish of finally getting a Ghost/Steel type pokemon has been granted. . . and its a sword :(
    I always had the idea of having a steel box with yellow glowing eyes seen from a rectanglar hole, then having it evolve to a ghost wrapped in chains and shackles, calling it the prisoner pokemon.
    A sword just seems meh
    Here’s a good idea of what I thought

    • Melwwzas MZS

      cool visual i like ,the final form looks pretty badass just being behind of the dusknoir design with is my favourite ghost ever

    • Why don’t you send it to them?

    • fyi1191

      Nice artwork!
      Those chains and fire reminds me of SkullMeramon

      • Renaldi Saputra

        deathmeramon u mean?

    • Detrimont

      looks like a Kingdom Hearts boss to me

    • Renaldi Saputra

      yep, more like DeathMeramon I think..
      and will be more similar if you color the body with blue

  • Zonron

    i bet its based off the sinnoh sword legend

  • I’ll be proud if I were French

    • Ony

      As long as there are no big (false) stereotypes (french bread, kepi and mustache), I’m damn proud.

    • Virevolte

      I am, and truthfully, Paris don’t fit my idea of “beauty”. Not the places that aren’t for tourists. :/

      I hope they’re weren’t too disappointed by the visit.

      (Still glad to have Kalos based on France though.)

      • puchinri

        Well, it is based off more than just Paris, and understandably~. I think French in general is a good reflection of (the ideal of) beauty and a nice choice.

        I hear Lyon is quite nice though.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    okay, we need a shield pokemon and a ghost knight pokemon..
    equip the sword and shield onto the knight and it will be a badass pokemon in Kalos

  • AndyLC

    Farfetch’d, wield that sword!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      farfetch’d changes into Cursed Paladin form
      type changes into Flying/Ghost
      learned new move: Cursed Blade
      power: 100 type: ???? attack type: physical PP: 5 accuracy: —
      explanation: hit with a cursed sword. This attack will never miss. Enemy has a chance to get poisoned, burned, paralyzed, or frozen.
      gain a new ability: Curse Touch
      : When an enemy attacks with a physical type move, the enemy will have a chance to get cursed

  • Suicunesol

    I think it’s AWESOME. A possessed sword Pokemon (like Soul Edge or that insane sword monster from RO) is a great idea. Something about it gives me the impression, though, that it might be part of a trio. A sword, shield, and armor trio. And the three Pokemon come together to form a complete Pokemon…

  • JustThisOne

    Hopefully the route you encounter it is some kind of forgotten battlefield, where there are swords just sticking out of the ground. *__* Then after many years, the sword grows into a pokemon! :> It would be such an awesome setting!

    • Renaldi Saputra

      that would be interesting

  • supervamp

    Didn’t they already tell us the region was inspired by France?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      the just want to explain some more details

  • Seeing more details and hearing about how much inspiration they pulled from France is getting me more hyped for these games. I didn’t know that was even possible.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Unova = America = Ice cream pokemon.

    Are we getting a crepes pokemon?

    • puchinri

      Please~! That’d be so fun and silly and cute! I hope they do that! Or just other cute, choux pastries or something. >u<

    • kylehyde

      Crepes are really thin pancakes.

    • Suicunesol

      Or maybe a baguette Pokemon.

  • SirRichard

    Ghost/Steel is a hell of a type combination and it just looks plain awesome, I’m definitely going to be maining one of these.

  • JohnNiles

    Steel/Ghost type? Mine.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I posted it on OT yesterday, Its so badass looking I bet it evolution is going to be……..

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Well, at least they are taking inspiration from somewhere other than Japan. Not that there is anything wrong with Japan, but their previous games all focused on the various regions of Japan, so it’s nice to see a change of pace in that regard.

    That said, while I suppose France is indeed the ideal place for what they were aiming for, I’m not sure it’s natural habitats contain enough different animals to make X/Y feel fresh enough. It might have been better had they picked a more exotic location, such as Australia or Brazil.

    • EverEndingStory

      Last generation was New York, wasn’t it?

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Right, I forgot that Black & White was based on the US. Still, it’s good that they’re continuing to explore non-Japanese natural habitats.

    • puchinri

      That’s a good point. I was thinking over that a bit, but I’m not too familiar with France to really think of any particularly special creatures and such that would make for good Pokemon. In general, I think it’s rich enough in culture and many other factors to supply ideas though, but they do seem to be doing well so far, so I guess they saw enough for inspiration.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’d certainly like to see them inspired by South America for the next region. Lots of potential there.

  • puchinri

    I absolutely adore the thought and work they put into the regions. It’s cool to see them taking so much inspiration and reflecting it back into the game~. I can’t wait to play and see that all come to life.

  • Glad to hear they used Lyon for reference

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