An integral part of any Pokémon game is its sense of adventure and seeing wondrous things. Visiting towns and cities with your Pokémon and speaking to residents to hear many of the entertaining, informative (and quirky) things that they have to say; are just one element of the many that make up exploration.

You'll find many free items on your adventure, especially if you follow our guide closely.

The Pokémon world is made up of three primary types of locations. Within towns and cities , there are few trainer battles, except in specially designated areas such as Pokémon Gyms (where there are many). In these places you can buy and sell items, heal your Pokémon and talk to other people, sometimes getting some very cool items!

Routes are the primary areas of wilderness that connect towns. They almost always feature many trainers that are itching to battle. They also contain grass (or dark sand or another equivalent depending on the climate of the route) which can be moved through to find wild Pokémon to catch

The final area type is special wilderness locations . These generally don’t connect cities, but instead branch off from other areas of all kinds. They also feature wild Pokémon and trainers and quite often need to explored to advance the plot and tend to have a more interesting ‘theme’ to them than what Routes do.

Exploring the Pokémon world is all about imagination and losing yourself in a bit of a child-like fashion. It’s about the sense of realism and the feeling that the world is very much alive and not just a computer-generated entity.


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    1 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    11 July 2022
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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  • Everything that’s new to Pokémon X & Y.
  • 5 amazing tips to get your Pokémon collecting off to a blistering start.
  • Every single route, trainer battle and hidden shortcuts are covered.
  • What Pokémon can be found on what routes (both versions).
  • How to beat every single gym leader without breaking a sweat.
  • Where to find all those hidden items.
  • The locations of every single legendary Pokémon!
  • Where to find all of the amazing Mega Stones.
  • Pokémon-Amie, Super Training, Battle Chateau etc all covered!
  • Accompanied by over 240 super high-quality screenshots!
  • Additional details on the elusive event Pokemon distributions.
  • Encounter rates for finding wild Pokemon.
  • Videos for all the Gym Leader and Elite Four battles, plus legendary and shiny Pokemon.
  • Dozens of additional tips and reminders throughout the main walkthrough.
  • How to solve crime with the Looker Bureau in the post-game.
  • Full breakdown on how to breed the perfect Pokémon of your dreams!
  • How to catch those insanely rare Shiny Pokémon!
  • List of all the really helpful (and free) O-Powers.

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