Meet Pokémon X And Pokémon Y’s New Professor And Team Flare

By Ishaan . July 12, 2013 . 9:30am

Just like every new Pokémon game, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y have a new professor that will aid you in your journey. Meet Professor Augustine Sycamore (above), who hands you and your buddies your Pokédexes.


Naturally, you’ll also be going up against a new team of badguys. In Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, this role is filled by Team Flare—a “strange and fashionable group” that shows up in various cities around Kalos. Their motive is unknown.



The Pokémon Company have also shared information on two of the game’s Gym Leaders, who will be joining Santalune City’s Viola. Grant is a Gym Leader that excels at bike-racing, mountain climbing and other sports. Meanwhile, Clement, who is accompanied by his sister, Bonnie, is a young man with a love for science, and is an inventor of sorts.



Two new Gym Leaders have been introduced today, joining the Santalune City Gym Leader, Viola. Grant is a Gym Leader who excels at bike racing, mountain climbing, and many other sports. When they meet Grant, players will be facing a Trainer with a strong heart. Clemont, accompanied by his sister, Bonnie, is a young Gym Leader who loves science. Clemont gets extremely excited by the many devices he invents.


We also have information on two new features in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y:



Also introduced is a new game feature called O-Powers that allows players the ability to easily power up Pokémon in their party and provides other benefits in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. O-Powers are special powers that come in various forms and can be shared between players via the new Player Search System, or PSS. Sharing O-Powers with someone you’ve connected with locally or through the Internet is accomplished by tapping a player on the Touch Screen. Some O-Powers will temporarily increase a Pokémon’s stats, while others make it easier to catch wild Pokémon or increase the Experience Points gained in battle.


Wonder Trade:

For players of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y who want to add a little thrill to their Pokémon trades, Wonder Trade allows players to instantly trade a Pokémon for one offered by someone else in the world. The catch? Players will make the trade without knowing which Pokémon they’ll get in return. You might receive an unexpected rare Pokémon or one that will add strength to your Pokémon party!


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


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  • DCBlackbird

    They do have that flare

    • Ramengeddon

      or perhaps one could say they have quite the…Flair.
      ( •_•)
      ( •_•)>⌐■-■

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Like a bawss with all that savoire-afaire

  • Rohan Kishibe

    Aw man Sycamore was my guess for the professors name right after Baobab… Still wish it was Baobab though…

    • JustThisOne

      That’s a good one. But maybe we should save Baobab for an older looking professor.

      • Notquitesure?

        HOOIN KYOMA!!!

  • JustThisOne

    Not gonna lie, the suits look pretty fly.

    Wonder trade will be so fun! *__* Every will get zubats from me! But carefully bred ones with roost, and yawn.

  • Phoenix Wright

    The first time that I’ve encountered a trainer with the same name as me, and they are a Gym leader! =D

  • Brion Valkerion

    You get one guess on what type of Pokemon Grant’s Gym is after his name and description :p

    • Ying

      Fairy :D

  • natchu96

    This is Pokemon France, where even criminals must be stylish or they would’ve been arrested before they even got rolling.

  • Ying

    I don’t like the whole o-powers thing. Stuff like that so far has been DLC and I’ve been cool with that. If you don’t have the time or patience to train up your character to beat whatever it is then go for it if you want to spend the cash. However to actually include these methods of making the game easier inside the game makes me wonder why they just didn’t lower the overall difficulty to begin with. I don’t know it just doesn’t sit right on me :/

    • Steven Higgins

      I think they’re trying to increase representation of the bonds between trainers and Pokemon. And who knows, maybe with the Fairy-Type being added and the necessary re balancing that comes with it, as well as the addition of hoard and sky battles, the game may be more difficult without them than previous titles.

      So maybe they increased the overall difficulty and added o-powers to compensate.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Leave a message…Sounds like multiplayer things from BW2

  • Steven Higgins

    Sycamore looks like the youngest Professor yet. Possibly with the exception of Juniper but it’s harder to tell with females in anime/video games.

    Grant looks and sounds like a Ground or Rock type Leader (Grant+”i” &”e” = granite). Can’t tell about Clemont though. The Robot arm makes me thing Steel type, but the background color doesn’t scream metal to me, although there is that shield. Okay I’m going to say Rock and Steel.

    And the new team is Flare and they dress like disco secret agents. Well there goes the GRAMPS theory. And I guess Mr. Crocker won’t be their boss after all.

    • Pinkemon

      The yellow in Clemont’s background(I guess that shield thing is the badge design?) makes me think he’ll be an Electric type leader.

    • Given it’s science, expect Steel for Clemont. Steel, Electric or a combination of both.

      • JustThisOne

        I would guess Electric. But you’re likely going to end up fighting a ton of Magnemite anyway. :P

    • Captain Bringdown

      Juniper’s father doesn’t look very old and Fennel’s her old College buddy. It’s not hard to pinpoint an age group.

      Besides, I’ve seen 30-somethings that look like Sycamore.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Them boss ass suits with Team Flare

  • Barrylocke89

    “You might receive an unexpected rare Pokémon or one that will add strength to your Pokémon party!”

    Or you might get another damned Rattata. Good luck!

    • JustThisOne

      But.. but what if it’s the top percentage of Rattatas?

      He’ll know Ice Beam!

      • If I’m going to do that, I’ll take a Raticate with Blizzard first. :P

        Hopefully I’ve got a way to hit better than 80% of the time at that point…

        • JustThisOne

          Hail set ups! Or just take him to the mountains, where hail happens anyway. :>

          • Noor Mahmoud

            Train him at Mount Silver! That’s what Red did with his rat, and it is now over level 80!

          • Virevolte

            It gets a little fat, but that’s because of the Rare Candies.

      • mike dickson

        rattatas are overrated its all about the bidoofs bro all about the bidoofs

        • JustThisOne

          Nah, man. They look waay too happy. It’s all about angry faces!

          • mike dickson

            the term is retarded but yeah u raise a better point

        • komiko12

          Hey Bidoofs/Bibarels are much handy to have around. They learn more HMs than damn Rattata.

    • konsama

      I wonder how long will take to get broken by trolls trading you stuff like grimer for whatever you trade lol.


  • Team Flare? That’s hot.

  • KnifeAndFork

    Why are the graphics so bad

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      How long have you been playing games? The internet/ videos cant be trusted

      • KnifeAndFork


        • JustThisOne

          He means videos on the internet are almost never the true resolution in the game.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Because stream quality is meh, because its beeing streamed. Lots of videos have jaggies as such

          • JustThisOne

            Even if it does have jaggies, I’d still say the models are pretty slick. I mean, check out those attack animations!


    • Spider-Man

      It’s a handheld game. These were taken from the 360p video, what do you think it’s supposed to look like?

  • RinaDawg

    Team Flare’s motive is money. CoroCoro scans and the Pokemon XY website’s screenshot descriptions said so.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Team Rocket is back?

      • Probably their motive is a throwback to the very first antagonist group in Pokemon. (Team Rocket)

        • Captain Bringdown

          Wasn’t profit a means for Team Rocket rather than an end? Their whole schtick was more about systematic control if I recall correctly.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Another rock gym first?
    Even if you are trying to make type matchups clear and show normal can’t beat everything, there’s still steel and ghost types.

    • AuraGuyChris

      If you missed the previous news, Viola is the first Gym Leader.

  • abcdeee

    Lol I will be trading so many fletchlings in hope that someone will give me a shiny Xerneas xD

  • Logan Moll

    Honestly, I hate the new graphics. They’ll be cool in some ways, but the awesome looking sprite of the DS generation were so much more appealing to me. I would prefer just nicer sprites with a more dynamic world. It makes me sad to think the sprite based games that we’ve had up until now may be gone for good. :/

    • KnifeAndFork

      Why not photo realistic graphics rivaling that of Battlefield 4

    • Would sprites look good in 3D, or even push the power of the 3DS?

      • Logan Moll

        I, and many others, don’t use the 3D, so that doesn’t matter to me at all. They could surely do nicer sprites on the 3DS than they could on the DS. Think of the sprite based games on PSP. There can be some truly gorgeous sprites, and the DS certainly couldn’t do that.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Team Flare: Yeah, they look like they wouldn’t miss a Lady Gaga concert.

  • The font’s boring but who cares? Wonder Trade sounds like a very good inspiration for Creepypastas though… Also there’s a lightning bolt ahoge on Clemont. Thunder type perhaps?

  • Göran Isacson

    Dang Team Flare looks styling, and it’s nice to see the tree-theme with the professors still in place. Bancho Pandas, Gaga Villains, and a Gym leader who… okay I honestly don’t even know what’s going on with Grants hair. Is it dreadlocks that he’s tied up at the top and put colorful balls in it or what?

    • JustThisOne

      It’s rocks. He’s got gems in his hair. :O

  • Bur

    Am I the only one who had horrible, terrible thoughts at the phrase “O-power”? Or have I just watched way too much weird porn.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Okay, now we have the new Team Magma here! And what about the new Team Aqua?

  • AuraGuyChris

    Calling it. Team Flare’s boss is Miror. B.

  • CirnoLakes


  • sd28

    team fabulous or alternatively team style

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Team Flare kind of reminds me of the Elite Beat Agents:

    • FFmax

      Lmao I was thinking the same thing.

    • Corginand

      So, they use the power of music to demotivate people or something like that? :P

  • Just Tim

    It’s as if the impression I’m getting from Team Flare is about how greed is not good.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Team Flare…

    yaru janai

  • Antixono

    Anyone notice the flames in their hair?They certainly have a flare for fashion…

  • Team Flares’ got that flare lol.

  • Smooosh

    I really like the idea of wonder-trading! :)
    Sounds like a ton of fun, even if the chances of getting something useful are probably pretty low.

  • Wahahaha!! Imma send tons of Bidoof to the wonder trade! Beavers will take over the worrrrrrrldd!

    Bison: Of course!

  • honestly they should bring back the Team Rocket from Fire Red. Those red dudes look terrible…

  • Guest

    I like Team Flare’s look, has a over the top gang feel. But like a real gang, a classy mafia type gang.

  • DanteMasamune

    Team Rocket: The Mafia
    Team Aqua/Magma: Environmental Extremist
    Team Galactic: Insane Scientists
    Team Plasma (BW): Religious PETA Cult
    Team Plasma (BW2): Techno PETA Ninjas

    Team Flare: Stylish Thieves from Vogue

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