Pokémon X/Y: Exploring End Game Content

By Jared Scott on December 18, 2013, 2:01PM EDT

It's no surprise that Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are some of the most played titles in the Nintendo 3DS' ever growing library. And while it has always been a great franchise, there has always been more content beyond conquering the Elite Four to keep players engaged. So here today we take look at the events, and possibly the lack thereof, to be had after the credits role in Pokémon X and Y.

One of the first things players look forward to after beating the Elite Four is searching for Legendary Pokémon. Sadly, there are barely any. Oh sure, you get to find Mewtwo and the "Z" Pokémon, but you're a bit cheated when it comes to the next set of Legendaries. You see, the three Legendary Birds of Pokémon Red and Blue are in the game, but you can only catch one. In a rather limiting move, the Legendary Bird you catch is determined by which starter you chose at the end of the game. This means that in order to have all three, you will either need find someone who will trade them with you or use the Poke Bank to save your Legendary and then start the entire game all over. This is a real bummer and feels very cheap. Supposedly other Legendary Pokémon have been found within the game's code, but searching for a Legendary and waiting for a special Nintendo event to unlock them are not equally enjoyable.

While it may sound like a cop-out, searching for players to trade with online is a blast. Why? Because as with any Pokémon game, there are certain Pokémon that are version exclusive and can only be obtained by trading. Granted, there are some who will make ridiculous demands for a Pokémon, but finding that one trainer who is on the same page as you makes the search worthwhile. Whether you're trading a Plusle for a Minun or an Yveltal for a Xerneas, trading Pokémon with fellow trainers across the globe makes you feel like you are a part of a larger family.

Online battles are fun as well, but it can be a little tricky to find someone to battle with. While there may be hundreds of players on the Player Search System, that does not mean that they want to battle. For example, some may be preoccupied with other things within the game. While fighting with someone from Italy and France is a blast, finding a fellow trainer to battle requires a little more patients then you may have expected.

After crushing the Elite Four, you gain access to Kiloude City. It has a Friend Safari which lets you go to different areas, each with up to three encounter-able Pokémon, which are unlocked according to your 3DS' Friend List. You can also battle your rival after participating in the Battle Mansion and you can win a hat if an artist likes your clothes. Sadly, the Pokémon Safari is rather empty. Running into three Pokémon per zone is just as dull as it sounds. Granted, most of the Pokémon will be ones you have not yet encountered, but it feels poorly thought out. The Battle Mansion would have been fun, but all of your Pokémon have their level reduced to 50 which takes away half of the fun. Honestly, Kiloude City feels incomplete. Its only real purpose is for you to run into your rival and catch a few Pokémon. Thankfully, running into your rival comes with a great benefit.

After winning the challenging battle with your rival, you will be able to upgrade the Mega Ring. This means that between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. certain spots will sparkle throughout the map. These sparkles are the locations of the remaining Mega Stones. While there are not too many to find, just discovering what the remaining Mega Evolutions are is a treat within itself. It's just a shame that Mega Evolutions have no effect on completing the Pokedex.

After upgrading the Mega Ring and visiting Lumiose City, you receive a message from the mysterious Detective Looker. After answering his request and becoming a part of his detective agency, you embark on a five chapter quest of solving crimes and having epic Poke-battles.

Surprisingly, the Looker quests are one of the most charming aspects of the entire game. While you receive little in terms of rewards, you become part of a touching story that involves a kind street kid, her Pokémon, and a tale of redemption. Even some of the Poke-battles in the later chapters are filled with emotion as you fight for the life of your new friend. Truly, the only complaint about the detective missions are that they end. Granted, it ends on a happy note, but it feels like it could have gone on for just a bit longer. Perhaps, in the future, GameFreak will bring Detective Looker and company back for one more heart filled adventure.

Though the wait is still ongoing, I find myself preparing for the Poke Bank in order to transfer over the perfect team of Pokémon to start a new adventure in Pokémon X and Y. It's unavoidable, but there will always be Pokémon at the end of the game that you wish you could have encountered at the beginning. Whether it's the cuddly Dratini or the snarky Garchomp, every Trainer has a dream team they wish they could have from the start of the game.

While the small number of Legendary Pokémon is shameful, Pokémon X and Y are still very fun to play after completing the main story. With touching side-quests and a massive slew of online features, Pokémon X and Y will keep fans going for quite some time.

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