A Closer Look At Pokémon X And Pokémon Y’s Starter Evolutions

By Ishaan . September 13, 2013 . 9:00am

The Pokémon Company have shared details on the evolved forms of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y’s three starters—named Quilladin, Braixen and Frogadier. Check them out along with other new Pokémon reveals below.



When Chespin evolves into Quilladin, the hard spikes on its body grow even sturdier, and it’s able to withstand the impact of even something the size of a tractor-trailer truck without flinching. Its solid shell repels attacks while it strikes back with its pointed spines. The gentle Spiny Armor Pokémon never seeks out battles on its own, but when an opposing Pokémon strikes, it fights back! It can learn the Ground-type move Mud Shot, which does damage to opponents and lowers their Speed. This move is super effective against Fire-type Pokémon, which are usually tough opponents for Grass types like Quilladin.





Braixen is the evolved form of the Fire-type Fox Pokémon Fennekin. Players will notice that Braixen keeps a small twig tucked into its tail. Fennekin often snacks on a twig, but Braixen uses it in another way—the twig calms its mind and is also sometimes used in battle after being set aflame with a little friction. Braixen can learn the Psychic-type move Psyshock, a special move that deals damage based on the opponent’s Defense, as if it were a physical move. Players will want to use Psyshock on opponents that have high Special Defense.



Froakie has awesome jumping skills that are greatly improved when it evolves into Frogadier. This Bubble Frog Pokémon can reach to the top of a 2,000-foot tower with ease and eludes its opponents by leaping around ceilings or into trees. Frogadier can learn the Flying-type move Bounce, which sends the user into the air on its first turn so it can attack on the second. Bounce is super effective against Grass-type Pokémon, which often pose a challenge for Water types like Frogadier.





The stylish Poodle Pokémon, Furfrou, can be groomed into a number of different appearances. The more it is groomed, the more styles may become available, some of which are being shown for the first time today. Players will be alerted to Furfrou’s grooming schedule, and if it’s left untended, its fur will grow long and shaggy, returning to Furfrou’s original look. This Pokémon is very intelligent and loyal to its Trainer, and it’s said that in ancient times Furfrou guarded the king of the Kalos region. Furfrou can learn Baby-Doll Eyes, a new Fairy-type move debuting in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y that allows its user to go first regardless of Speed and can lower the opponent’s Attack stat.




Meowstic (Female/Male):


Meowstic is a never-before-seen Psychic-type Pokémon that has different forms depending on its gender. This expressionless Constraint Pokémon does not show emotion to others, but it seems that some Trainers love the unsociable front it puts on. Unlike other Pokémon that have different forms based on gender, the moves Meowstic can learn will differ based on whether it’s male or female. Male Meowstic can learn the Psychic-type move Miracle Eye, a move that allows future moves to hit regardless of the opponent’s evasion, making it a powerful support in battle. Female Meowstic are better at outright attacks and can learn the Psychic-type move Extrasensory, which not only does damage but can also cause the target to flinch so it can’t use moves on that turn.




Mega Garchomp:

An already powerful Dragon- and Ground-type Pokémon, Garchomp, can Mega Evolve into Mega Garchomp in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. The increased energy released by its Mega Evolution turns Mega Garchomp’s arms into huge blades that send out a furious attack. Mega Garchomp’s Attack and Special Attack are greatly increased after it Mega Evolves, so its Dragon-type move Dragon Claw becomes extra ferocious.









Pyroar (Female/Male):



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

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  • DarthSithZero

    *Facepalm* Starters Evolution

    • Rytan

      Eh, I like them. But keep in mind that middle evolutions are always the awkward adolescent stage of Starters. I expect all their final evolutions to be badass. Not so much their megaforms, though. I haven’t been impressed by any we’ve seen thus far.

  • Ferrick

    starter’s evolution looks…. weird

    and fire psychic ?

    • Rytan

      Setting things on fire with it’s mind. Awesome.

      • TomSkylark

        ZOMG if that’s how the Fennekin line works, then I’m going to get a female and name her “Barrymore.”

        • Rytan

          I’m going with Carrie for mine. :P I kind of want all the starters, though…

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            No Jean Gray?

        • Kai2591

          Haha! I’ve already decided on a female fennekin in the first place! :)

    • TomSkylark

      That’s been the rumored typing for a while, although if we’re judging by the moves the second stages perform here, then the rumored typings for the other two starters in their final evolutions don’t match with the supposed leaks–Chespin’s final was supposed to be Grass/Dark and Froakie’s final was supposed to be Water/Fighting.

    • Time Sage

      hey, it could be worse it could be another Fire/Fighting. Like the last 3…

      • Ferrick

        good point

    • zaidandzhadow

      Such a dissapointment i was expecting to see a kyubimon like pokemon in Fennekin’s final evolution now anything can happen…

  • XypherCode

    So Braixen uses a torch in battle. I bet he spits oil to perform a flamethrower attack. lol xD
    …or maybe in the 3rd evolution he’s already juggling flaming twigs. :))
    And having a Pokemon like Furfrou is kinda cool especially in a Paris setting like Kalos.

    • zaidandzhadow

      It just sets the torch in flames then it throws at opponent

  • Elemiel

    That second picture of Quilladin reminds me of Teddie (or his face does at least). Frogadier be looking slick though.

    • SlickRoach

      Now because of his body type I’ll always think of Teddie >__<

    • Corginand

      My Pangoro will be named Kanji and now I’m tempted to pick Chespin just to call it Teddie.

  • TomSkylark

    Folks sometimes whine (sometimes justly) about the glut of Pokemon meaning that sub-par designs now get in, but the sheer number also means one can make pretty varied “theme teams” now so long as one doesn’t care about super competitive battling.

    There are now enough Fossil Pokemon with decent enough type coverage that I might compete with an all-Fossil team post-game–both of the new ones, and then one from each of the previous generations with Fossil Pokemon (since 2nd Gen didn’t have any).

    • 3PointDecoupage

      I’m digging the idea of a Dino team. Much cooler than having six Eevees.

      • TomSkylark

        I mean, they’re all pretty decent too, except for the 4th Gen Dinosaurs, which are a glass cannon and a wall with zero HP.

  • Savage Sui ♥

    Of the three secondary starter evolutions, Froakie’s is the only one that looks better in my opinion. The others are just… really strange-looking to me ^_^” Hopefully the final forms will bring some redemption~

    Besides that, I think Pyroar’s male/female designs are cool and the Fossil Pokemon are looking quite cute :3 Also, I’m really happy that we’re getting another Pokedog in this generation ^w^ lol.

  • Godman

    Awesome thought with the starters
    The knight, the mage, and the rouge

    • Elliot Roman

      i remember that rumor! looks like its gna be true!

    • Sperium3000

      Holy crap, I didn’t notice that before but it makes perfect sense. Kudos, man.

    • Kai2591

      Oh yeah….didn’t notice that.
      Damn I’m lagging in this kind of thing.

  • >__<

    So can't wait :3

    • J_Joestar

      It’s design is so… so… Brazen!

      • Yezzir!

        Braizen Braixen! =^_^=

        • Kai2591

          so I guess ‘Braixen’ is pronounced just like ‘Brazen’, huh?

    • Placido Michael Cortorreal Flo

      me neither xD and female meowstick looks cool too, the ¨i dont care¨ expression is priceless

      • So hyped =)

        • Placido Michael Cortorreal Flo

          me too :D

      • Kai2591

        exactly! that expressionless face is priceless!

  • SlickRoach

    Mega Garchomp? Arceus has abandoned us, all hope is lost ;__;

    • J_Joestar

      *Prays to Arceus for a Priority Fairy attack for Marril or Mawile*

    • KaiYamato

      You do know that its Mega Evolution decreases its speed, ya know the very thing that made it able to sweep opponents before they can do anything?

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Oh so thats why it has sandforce

    • Melwwzas MZS

      Yeah even though I loved to see his mega evolution, i have to admit that hes stupid powerfull, lets see how this new evolution stuff will work in battle, maybe there will be a way to play around it…. also, dont forget mega blazechicken too ridiculous good with speed boost.

  • Neophoton

    I’ll still be sticking to Fennekin, I just hope the stat spread is more favorable compared to the starters from last gen.

    Seeing as how it’s likely going the Fire/Psychic route, it renders Meowstic pointless for me. Shame since I really like both designs. :(

  • Flynn Scifo

    Can’t wait october ! Aw maan… Here goes my social life…

  • mike dickson

    nice chespin evoles into teddie

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    *Looking at the female Pyroar* …Looks like Jessie is getting herself a new favorite pokemon.

  • isotrex

    Make way for the cousin of Frogger is here… Frogadier FTW!!!

    • Tyrease Boyzer

      Fennekin is my starter for sure not too many mage pokemon i already pick nick name blazer

  • Hinataharem

    I want that poodle. Its expression is priceless

  • Learii

    I hope I can catch garchomp in the game because I don’t have other games to transfer him through pokemon bank =/

  • J_Joestar

    The new fossils are just too cute!

    • Savage Sui ♥

      Indeed they are~ they’re easily the cutest Fossil Pokemon so far :3 I wonder what their evolutions will look like… if they have ’em, that is .w. lol.

  • Suicunesol

    Anyone enlighten me with an idea of how some of the names might have been made?

    Quilladin = Quill + Aladdin
    Braixen = Bright + Foxen?
    Frogadier = Frog +Brigadier?

    ..honestly those are the first thoughts I had, but they don’t fit at all.

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Quill + Palladin?
      There’s also a big armadillo relative that lives in South American. I think it has a name similar to that.

      • Savage Sui ♥

        I was thinking along those lines as well for Chespin’s evolution’s name~ there were paladins (known as the the Twelve Peers) who were warriors of Charlemagne’s court. Charlemagne was a French monarch long, looong ago. The Kalos region where these starters are from is based off of France. It actually makes quite a bit of sense .w. lol.

        • Kai2591

          deep man. deeeep.

          I like how they consider all these in the designs (if true)

    • komiko12

      “xen” can refer to Vixen.

    • Dexward

      Braise + Vixen

      • Kai2591

        genius. these Pokemon names are.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    I just decided I love Chespin and hate Fennekin. Plus Pyroar and Talonflame are badass so no fire starters for me.

    • Necr0naut

      Same here. Just look at him in his little thorn-shell pretending to be a knight! How can you not love him?

  • jugss

    King of Kalos? Monarchy?

  • komiko12

    Garchomp looks like a giant jaw when viewed from the backside.
    Future Cynthia battles just got more deadly.

    • Zeik56

      The person who compared it to the Gaping Dragon from Dark Souls was pretty spot on I guess.

  • Kitestwinblades

    Meowstic? Expressionless? We’ll see about that ( `ー´)

    • Kai2591

      Tickle them to no end in Pokemon-Amie ;)

      • Kitestwinblades

        They’ll come clean eventually xD

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    The starters

    Knight, Witch and Thief

    Meowstic and Amaura has a spot on my team for sure :D

    • JustThisOne

      Never thought of it that way! But very true. Thief for life. :V

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Frogadier sounds like commandeer which means stealing

        • Kai2591

          nice observation ;)

  • Junko Enoshima

    and it isN’T FIRE/FIGHTING

    that’s the only thing i wanted to know :)

    • Alestaos

      Im so glad as well that its fire/psyhic. Which i believe is a 2nd after victini. If im right that would mean fenniken is pretty rareish…could be wrong didnt touch pokemon after black since that gen to me was the worst desgin wise etc. But super exicted for this one

  • 栗場 江理久

    I love the way male and female Meowstic looks. I can’t wait to go catch them both <3

  • Kami nii

    I need the baby T-rex in my life :)

  • konsama

    Yup, definitely going with the frog, tho still imo all 3 are ugly, but not different from all starters 1st evolution save for 1st gen. I hope the last evos look badass.

    Lastly, whoever thought it was a good idea to give a nearly broken pokemon a mega evolution deserves to be impaled with a shovel.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Managed to avoid seeing Frogadier til I scrolled past this article. Every other site I visited used Quilladin. Curse your being different, Ishaan! *shakes fist*

    Welp, looks like I made the right choice on picking Froakie. Frogadier looks awesome.

    And who’d have thunk Garchomp could get more beastly…

  • Corginand

    Tyrunt reminds me of Fossil Fighters. Not a bad thing, it looks cute.

  • lozffvii

    Knowing my luck, Tyrunt will be confirmed for Pokemon Y.

    • Necr0naut

      Here’s hoping :D

  • Melwwzas MZS

    i wonder if Tyrant’s final form will get the post of Rampardos containing the highest atk stat of all standards pokemons!!!
    they both are Dinossaurs so

  • Melwwzas MZS

    i wonder if Tyrant’s final form will get the post of Rampardos containing the highest atk stat of all standards pokemons!!!
    they both are Dinossaurs so

  • AverageGamers

    I had a feeling that Fennekin’s final will indeed be a Psychic/Fire type… and to be honest, I was expecting more like Ninetales rather than Renamon XD

    As for Chespin, I think he’s going to look armored-knight-like in its final form. This 2nd evo looked a lot like Pokabu’s 2nd though…

    I thought that furry white Pokemon was an alpaca, apparently it’s a poodle haha. I’m really digging the Simba Nala look on Pyrorar, and… that diplodocus Pokemon is a must have! XD

  • DanteMasamune

    Well by process of elimination I decided which starter I’ll chose but I set it in a matter based by occasion and not certainty.

    If I picked the boy (and I definitely will name him Dante) I’ll pick either Chespin or Froakie. Since the other gender character is your rival/friend based on which gender you pick. So if I pick the boy, the girl will pop up and have a role similar to May or Dawn and vice versa.

    Now why not Fennekin?

    If the idea of the 3 starters representing basic classes in RPGs (knight, mage, and rogue) and Chespin represents or becomes a knight I’ll dig it a lot but mainly if the design is really good. Plus Quilladin….Paladin….Paladins are badass. Plus, Froakie and Frogadier so far reminds me of Treecko and Grovyle so its final evolution could remind me of Sceptile (my favorite Hoenn starter and overall grass starter). Also, Fennekin seems to suit the girl much more out of all the starters while the other 2 suit the boy regardless (hell I picked Turtwig in DP/Pl despite wanting Chimchar because Dawn had a Piplup in the anime and it seemed to suit her and I grown to love Torterra). Plus……Mega Charizard……….that is all. I don’t know if the girl/opposing character will pick the starter stronger or weaker to yours but I don’t care I like Froakie/Frogadier/???? equally to Chespin/Quilladin/????

    Now if I pick the girl…..which seems likely since I kind of prefer her design (well I tend to prefer the female main character designs over the guys with the exception of HG/SS maybe its because they have breasts) I’ll pick Fennekin. Like I said it suits her and originally before seeing their stage 2 evolution I preferred Fennekin and a witch fox sounds cool and fitting for a girl……plus Mega Blastoise…….that is all….or Mega Venusaur…..mainly due that ability thick fat.

    Yeah I sound weird……but f it. I for a while was so lazy I didn’t nickname my Pokemon in Pokemon games for a while but I plan to for X & Y and already planned for nicknames for Honedge (Excalibur) and Pancham/Pangoro (Jack). Now I’m currently thinking of nicknames for the starters (even the Kanto ones).

  • KuroNathan

    psyshock is an odd choice for a fire/fighting pokemon.

  • noctis_nox

    Those are ugly secondary evolution.

  • Before, I thought I was set on my provisional squad, but now… I don’t know who I want now! Meowstic looks like something from Wind Waker, plus, I love that unsociable front.

  • “This expressionless Constraint Pokémon does not show emotion to others, but it seems that some Trainers love the unsociable front it puts on.”

    [Insert Kuudere-related joke/punchline here.]

    “MegaGarchomp’s Attack and Special Attack are greatly increased after it Mega Evolves, so its Dragon-type move Dragon Claw becomes extra ferocious.”

    Not to a Fairy-type it isn’t~

  • Kai2591

    Braixen looks awesome! Fire/Psychic confirmed! (right?)

    Tyrunt and Amaura looks pretty cute now, but obviously they’ll look badass in evolved forms :)

    Those Meowsticks are cute! (being expressionless makes them cuter, somehow!). Must have them in male-female pair.

  • Lis

    The fennekin… I don’t like it’s evolution… And it was based off of my favorite animal (fennec fox)… great

  • Just Tim

    I’m under the impression that Tyrunt and Amaura are the regional fossil Pokemon in Kalos, in the league of Kabuto and Omanyte.

    Meanwhile, I’ll go for Fennekin as the regional starter for Kalos.

  • Tyrease Boyzer

    Or just blaze

  • Tyrease Boyzer

    Or just blaze

  • Vash bane

    holy crap mega garchomps :O

    “ahem” now I don’t know which starter to have now they all look awesome

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