Amongst all of the exciting Pokemon X and Y news that came out of E3 2013, one of the key pieces of information about the game that you may have missed, was the confirmation of sky battles and horde encounters. We previously had talked about sky battles as a rumor, but now we’re pleased to say that Game Freak are definitely going to introduce it into Pokemon X and Y.
While sky battles are going to be exciting for fans, we actually think the horde encounters could be the most significant new aspect of Pokemon X and Y. Sky battles are only going to be available for Pokemon types that can obviously fly such as flying and dragon based Pokemon, but Horde encounters should be available for all.
The new gameplay mode will see your trainer come up against a random number of wild Pokemon, sometimes producing up to five enemies on the screen at once. These battles are thought to be quite challenging for the player, but will produce a lot more experience for your Pokemon which will allow you to level up your squad more quickly.
Nintendo released some screenshots of horde mode during their E3 roundtable event and the one we have for you here gives you an idea what a poor Fennekin has to contend with – facing four tauros and one miltank all at the same time. We imagine that the horde battles are going to get very tough as you reach higher levels and could even include evolved versions of Pokemon as well for a greater challenge.
While we assume that most of you tuned into E3 to see details about sky battles and horde encounters live at the event, what you won’t know is that both new features will be getting an extended showing this weekend. We can confirm that both will be one of the main highlights of next week’s episode of Pokemon Smash – so don’t miss it if you want to find out more details.
What are your initial thoughts about horde encounters in Pokemon X and Y? Do you love the idea of facing five Pokemon at once? Remember to send Pokemon into battle with the ability to perform all area attacks.