Pokemon X and Y Weekly - Ready for our workout

With no big breaking news this week, today's episode of our Pokemon X and Y video series covers one of the added features for the franchise. X and Y uses the 3DS's bottom screen for Super Training, a set of small minigames that will raise your monster's stats. Could this replace EV training? Will it hurt the game's delicate balance? Watch for our thoughts on the mode, along with our favorite comments to last week’s episode. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss an episode…

Pokemon X and Y Weekly is GamesRadar's weekly Pokemon X and Y show. The title was a pretty obvious hint. Come back every Tuesday for the latest news, analysis, and speculation about the next generation of Pocket Monsters.


  • Frieza - August 27, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Poke'Poking would be a cool mini game. Your Pokemon would poke each other until one of them faints or something.
  • Sinosaur - August 27, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    I want to see Pokemon riding horses like Yoshi rides horses at the Olympics. Rapidash will be the best at horse riding.
  • JarkayColt - August 27, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    I think Game Freak have already stated that their intentions were to make EV Training and EVs as a whole more "transparent" in Pokémon X & Y. Therefore I think Coop is right about the "Effort-o-meter" probably representing the total gained Effort Values. Previous games gave no indication of having maxed out points, beyond having to speak to a certain character to hear that the Pokémon has "put in a lot of effort". Therefore, the system is likely an alternative to obtaining EVs and therefore not a game-breaking feature. Just like regular EV-training, it may be possible to max out all 510 EVs within the same level, however, you may know from previous games that doing this does NOT automatically give you an instantaneous massive stat boost (emphasis on massive). The stat value auto-readjusts itself based on how many points are invested, in small fractions. This means that you can combine methods like EV Training, Super Training and vitamins like HP Up because they all contribute to that same value. In fact, Super Training as a concept sounds almost identical to the Training facilities in Join Avenue from Black 2 and White 2, which allowed you to easily increase EVs, albeit X&Y obviously uses a new interactive element. In other words, I reckon the 510 cap is staying there, but now you can probably just achieve it faster, and the more graphic representation of stat increases is a nice addition if you don't want to get tied down in spreadsheets. In there isn't any new Pokénews next week, can you make an episode about the Fairy type or one that quickly runs through your thoughts on all the new Pokémon revealed so far? I actually have a feeling that they won't reveal many more Pokémon until the games release, to keep the surprise.
  • Smash_Bro - August 27, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    This is exactly everything that I was going to say. Thank you so much for explaining and saving me 10 minutes of writing and editing XD
  • JarkayColt - August 28, 2013 4:38 a.m.'re welcome? XD I also forgot to add that B2W2 already makes EV training easier than this episode suggests anyway. If you buy Vitamins from Department Store Nine to reach up to 100 points, and then battle Pokémon using both a relevant Power Item (e.g. Power Bracer) and Pokérus combined, then you actually only need to KO up to 16 Pokémon to max out the stat (if you're only KO'ing Pokémon worth 1 point normally; otherwise it's even faster than that, especially if you get help from Join Avenue). You can achieve all 510 EVs in just around half an hour if you know what you're doing. I'd be interested to see if Super Training is actually faster than that, because I actually doubt it, haha.
  • tyler_14_420 - August 27, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    I think it's possible that they are looking to make EV Training more accessible by reducing some of the complications of it (Fighting certain pokemon to farm certain EVs) to make the competitive scene more accessible.
  • J-Fid - August 27, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    This is probably just another option in the grand scheme of EV Training. It will probably also do nothing to your stats once you have all of your EV's. How about PokeBaseball?
  • shawksta - August 27, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Yeah, it seems more to simply replace EV values. Nah, it wouldnt break the balance, its pretty much the same. That video you presented for Victini is odd. Shiny Victini is Red and White not Purple, and Shiny Drilbur is Red Stripped not yellow. Either way, its hard to say what to want on Super Training, considering Pokelathon on HG/SS had a LOT of sports.
  • SpadesSlick - August 27, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Pokebasketball where voltorbs are the balls that you have to dribble and shoot.
  • supergiraffe - August 27, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    The sickly Pikachu gets me every time.

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