Pokémon X And Pokémon Y’s New Ghost Pokémon Is A Sword

By Ishaan . July 5, 2013 . 9:00am

Yesterday, The Pokémon Company revealed a brand new Pokémon at the Japan Expo in France. Now, we have further information, along with the first screenshots.


Honedge is a Ghost/Steel-type Pokémon, and it comes into being when a departed spirit possesses a sword that once belonged to humans. It can use the blue cloth attached to its hilt like an arm, and has the ability to drain energy from people using it.


Unsurprisingly, Honedge can learn Swords Dance to power itself up by raising its Attack stat.




Honedge will make its debut in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which are slated for worldwide release on October 12th.


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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    It looks pretty kawaii for a nonhumanoid. I think I will most likely use it as I like the steel type.

    Though didnt DQM franchise also have a sword creature?

  • AuraGuyChris

    I’m adding this to my “You’re gonna piss your pants with ghostly facts” Pokémon Team.

    • Miss_Madness

      That’s part of why I love ghost types, those facts. Those horribly wonderful facts.

  • shuyai

    we already have electrical appliance Pokemon so why not? next we will have everyday items such tissue roll, chopping board and kitchen sink etc.

    i was just joking but somehow i have no problem envisioning such pokemon…why? every time i see pokemon i think”well back in my day-” dam i am getting old

    • French

      You and me both

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste


    • Herok♞

      You mean back in your day when you had 3 non descript piles of goo, 2 pokemon designed to look like a pokeball and a magnet that became 3 magents, clearly those were the most original designs ever.

  • Go2hell66

    so much creativity…

    • kmantle

      as with the giant pokeball with a face? or the amorphous pink goo with dot eyes?

      • Go2hell66

        yea its amazing how many stupid ideas they can come up with

        • Enzo

          better than any stupid ideas you could come up with.

          • Go2hell66

            ooooh my feels

          • Enzo

            yeah, must hurt knowing you care so much.

        • puchinri

          Ditto may not look creative, but given its origin (and many theories and official info), I wouldn’t say it was a stupid idea or one without plenty of thought.

    • Miss_Madness

      I believe we’ve gotten our quote of people not like the design of a pokémon for lack of creativity for today. So thank you for your opinion, we’ll see you the next timm pokemon info is posted for another comment that is just as unoriginal as this one .

    • DarthSithZero

      Some pokemons looks fantastic and some pokemon looks they ran out of ideas

  • Jungo

    I like how they mention it can use its blue cloth to hit people. Yeah, I’m not exactly worried about how a SWORD can hit people…

  • roydgriffin

    I already love that guy! :)

  • i really like this pokemon. i think “inanimate” objects work really well for ghost pokemon, with the whole posession element and whatnot. it looks pretty cool!

    • Kai2591

      yeah exactly :)
      I think this is the first Pokemon of its kind? (an inanimate object being a Pokemon).
      The fact that its a frikkin sword is so frikkin awesome imo!
      Will make it one of my mains! xD

      • idunno… i think rotom’s forms count because it posesses things, and maybe the litwick evolution cycle? but other than that, i cant really…oh wait. ice cream(vanillish) and trash(trubbish). NOW i think that;s it. lol.

        • Kai2591

          oh, I see….I didn’t know those Pokemon (only played till Ruby).

          • then it should be really exciting to continue onto x and y from there!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    If only Team Plasma had these, then they would fit the knight theme more.

  • kmantle

    Ghost/ steel, I suppose?

    I wonder if it has an evolution. I want a scythe pokemon. And double battles with that scythe and a dusknoir.

  • Armane

    Looks kind of dull in my opinion. Hopefully it evolves into something sharper looking.

    • FFmax

      Yeah maybe it could become a phantom knight or something hopefully.

      • Kai2591

        wow, nice idea!

    • EverEndingStory


  • bassgs435

    I love it, Honedge is going to be part of my team ASAP

  • JustThisOne

    Woah, wait. It can take the sheath off? Isn’t that like… it’s face?

    • Nanaki

      It’s holding the sheath in the cloth attached to it in the photo.

  • Great more inanimate objects as pokemon what a stupid idea

  • Guest

    At the game freak offices: pokemon concept division

    Developer number 1: i have a great idea bro.

    Developer number 2: really what is it .

    Developer number 1: another useless inanimate object as a pokemon .

    Developer number 2: man those suckers we could create a talking pile of shit and they oh wait we already did lol.

    • bassgs435

      we got it with the first post that you don’t like inanimate objects as pokemon and find it stupid , no need to keep making more posts, thanks

      • randominternetperson

        we got it with the first post that you like inanimate obects as pokemon and find it amazing, no need to keep making more posts, thanks

  • CirnoLakes

    In before people nickname theirs Soul Edge or other similar names.

    • bassgs435

      I’m naming mine Excalibur or Arondight
      still thinking on which

    • Maumac77

      Tsurugi for me. Reminds me a bit of Shaman King

  • Calling it Soulcalibur lmfao

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    If Honedge could evolve into the legendary Excalibur, then the game gets all my money! 83

    • Spirit Macardi

      Just whatever you do, don’t let him learn “Sing” x3

      • Notquitesure?


      • NTaiyokun


    • NTaiyokun

      But then to train it, you would need to attend a 5-hour storytelling party!

  • a pizza.

    I for one, applaud the effort for new Pokemon. Nostalgia nerds who say the original 151 are the “real Pokemon” piss me off.

    • They piss everyone off, they can’t seem to let go of the past.

    • puchinri

      Just yesterday my friend said that they’re literally trash now, and I had to remind him of Muk. People just try to be obtuse about it now. It’s fine to have a preference, but don’t bash/diss what comes next just because it doesn’t suit your palate.

      • Steven Higgins

        The only Pokemon that are literally trash are Trubbish and Garbodor.

        • puchinri

          I actually couldn’t remember which two the Pokemon even were, but he also couldn’t name them (and he hasn’t even played the games for a generation or two so I didn’t feel he had any right to pretend to make a point).

          Going to remember them now though, for when it comes up in the future~.

          • Steven Higgins

            You may not want to use those. They were from Gen V so you’d just end up proving your friends point. I was actually trying to be funny because Trubbishs species is “Trash Bag Pokemon” and Garbodors is “Trash Heap Pokemon”.

            Just stick with Grimer and Muk if you want to make the point that not all Gen I Pokemon are gold and all others crap.

  • Just Tim

    Please give it Levitate, please give it Levitate, please give it Levitate as its default ability!

    If Honedge were to be a physical attacker, as hinted by Swords Dance:

    Honedge @ Expert Belt or Life Orb
    4HP/252 ATK/252 Spe (projected)

    Projected pre-existing moves before Gen. VI:
    Bullet Punch (hey, some medieval swords were thrown as projectiles too)
    Shadow Sneak/Shadow Claw
    Sacred Sword
    Pain Split

    • komiko12

      That would be great if Honedge has high stats or an upcoming evolution.

  • DarthSithZero

    How this can be A pokemon?

    • Barrylocke89

      How can Magnets attached to a screw be a pokemon?

      How can a floating gas cloud be a pokemon?

      How can Icecream cones be pokemon?

      This isn’t new :P

      • Silver Citizen

        You forgot the bag of garbage.

      • DarthSithZero

        Yes I had that issue with those previous pokemon, why they have to be so bland or simple, I mean i dont need them to look like Digimons, but seriously a electrode/voltorb looks like they ran out of ideas

  • A sword that uses sword dance, hmmm
    I’ve always wondered how the pokeworld would react if they just threw a regular animal like a dog with no powers or anything, that’d be interesting they cant pokecatch it so they’d probably freak out

  • DuskSharkEX

    Honedge party will them all named after the Swordians from Tales of Destiny. Make it happen!

    • puchinri


  • Strain42

    I know it’s probably pronounced like hone and edge, but I like to pretend it’s a silent H so it sounds like Ownage :P

  • Prinnydoom

    It just got better ^____^

  • It better know Night Slash!

  • puchinri

    Oho, that’s a cool and rather unique concept for a Pokemon. Makes me think of the possible reason/origin (and how it ties into the French theme especially).

  • These Pokemon are looking more like typical RPG monsters. Now we just need a suit of armor to go with Honedge.

  • Unemployment Master

    I don’t like it.

    What is the difference between Gengar possessing a sword and this?
    Mine would be named Rebellion, but the last pokemon game I played was Gold.

  • Guilherme Matheus Silva

    I wonder if it’ll evolve to an Excalibur

  • Ben Sylvia

    I want one.

    I want one and ALL the merchandise.

    If I’m correct, it’s based on a Gladius?
    Which considering is pretty small, I would assume it will evolve into a more *ahem* “JRPG Overcompensating Sized” Sword.

    Which I hope will kinda look like Soul Edge, Soul Calibur 3 version.

    Edit: I came so close to predicting this last year, thought about Steel/Ghost could be a possessed armor or something similar.

  • Raltrios

    I can give this a pass. Being a ghost gives it an excuse to be an inanimate object. Way better than an effing Ice Cream Cone.

    Inb4 Voltorb.

  • Byas

    I didn’t really like this one, but oh well, there’s always some pokemons that I don’t like and some that I love in every gen. :P
    Kinda strange since I tend to like pokemons based on “possessed inanimate things”, this one just didn’t appease me for some reason.

  • SlickRoach

    It’s sad that there are people too unopened to change to accept the new Pokémon. I’ve been playing since R/B/Y and Vanilluxe & Garbodor are among my favorites.

  • Notquitesure?

    Hopefully they upgrade shadow punch to 90 rather than 60 so physical ghost have actual proper good STAB

  • isotrex

    I hope we can get some reference meme pokemon. hahaha. That’d be freakin’ hilarious.

  • beat

    so its an attacker then. :D i guess i found my steel and ghost type(if it has any evolution)

  • AndyLC

    It’s the spirit of a dead Farfetch’d, he became the sword!

  • Kai2591

    Equip a Grindstone for max stats!

  • almostautumn

    This is an imposter of the true ghost sword. The people at Nintendo are… are… oh, what’s the word?

  • grevlinghore

    Cool. I can finally create my dream-team of a chandelier, an ice cream, a pile of garbage, a sword, a balloon and a laundry washer. Watch out Pokemon League, here we come.

  • Vash bane

    … seems Zelda slipped into pokemon some

    • grevlinghore

      As if Zelda was the first to bring up the concept of haunted swords. No Sir!

      • Vash bane

        quite misunderstanding me I meant design wise it looks like a monster from zelda

        • Guest

          TP – Arbiter´s Grounds, right? Zelda still wasn´t the first to come up with that design, so I still think it sounds off to say that “Zelda slipped into Pokémon some”, even if there is an obvious similarity :>

          • Vash bane

            i said that because I recently played Zelda so it was the first to come to mind X3

  • Warboss Aohd

    dat pokemon iz zoggin’ metal lookin’.

  • I’m not being a ‘nostalgia nerd’ but I’m not really liking the new Pokemon :L

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