New Steel- and Ghost-type Pokémon, Honedge, Announced Today at Japan Expo, Paris

Game Developer, Junichi Masuda, reveals new Pokémon and discusses inspiration for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y at Paris’s Japan Expo.

LONDON, UK—July 5, 2013—Junichi Masuda, Director of GAME FREAK inc, creator of the highly anticipated Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games, launching worldwide October 12, 2013, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, released a special video message today for fans gathered at the Japan Expo in Paris. An all-new Pokémon, Honedge, was revealed together with Mr. Masuda’s personal insights into his inspiration for the new titles—France.

It is now known that Honedge 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 as nimbly as an arm. Pokémon Trainers who carelessly take this blade in hand may find the blue cloth wrapping itself around them and draining their energy!

Honedge can learn the attack Swords Dance, a Normal-type move. Swords Dance is a frenetic dance that uplifts the fighting spirit and sharply raises the user’s Attack stat. The effect can be increased by using this move multiple times in succession, helping Trainers who deploy this move at the beginning of a battle to overwhelm one opponent after another!

Paris was chosen as the location for this announcement, as Mr. Masuda’s message also included insights into France serving as his inspiration for the game’s unique setting. He explains how the team at GAME FREAK visited numerous locations across France during 2011, and the information they gathered there influenced the design of the newly discovered Kalos region. Their visit to Paris provided ideas for Lumiose City, the grand metropolis featured in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

To see the full video featuring gameplay footage of Honedge and Mr. Masuda’s discussion, visit the official Pokémon YouTube channel: youtube.com/pokemon.

For more information about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, including new images and gameplay video featuring information announced today, please visit www.pokemon.co.uk/xy.