Pokémon Z Version
Pokémon Z Version's boxart, featuring Zygarde's Neo Forme.
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: RPG
Players: 1-4 players simultaneous
Connectivity: None
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VI
Release dates
Japan: July 4, 2014[1]
North America: July 4, 2014[2]
Australia: July 4, 2014
Europe: July 4, 2014[3]
South Korea: July 4, 2014[4]
Japanese: Official Japanese site
English: Official English site

Pokémon Z Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターZ Pocket Monsters Z) is the third game to Pokémon X and Y, and is the third Generation VI core series game. The game was first seen on December 13, 2013 when a low-resolution cell-phone picture of an upcoming issue of CoroCoro magazine was leaked around the Internet. On December 17, the magazine was officially released and the game was also officially confirmed during a worldwide announcement by Reggie Fils-Aime through Nintendo Direct at 8 pm JST. The game was released worldwide (except for select countries) on July 4, 2014, along with Pokémon CoalRuby and TideSapphire and is available for both retail sale and download.

Like previous third versions, the region and starting area remain the same as in previously released paired versions. In Z, the player begins his or her journey from Vaniville across all of Kalos.

Changes from Pokémon X and Y

Aesthetic changes

  • Calem, Serena, Shauna and Tierno have different outfits designed for hotter weather, as the entire Kalos region has changed in temperature.
  • All the moves that has the Punch label have been redesigned. For example, the paw print replaces the fist.
  • When the player starts the battle with the Zygarde in the Aura World, instead of displaying "Zygarde appeared!", it displays "The Aura World's Zygarde appeared!". It is referred to as "the wild Zygarde" in other instances, such as attacking, however.
  • Seals have now been reused.

Storyline changes

  • Both Xerneas and Yveltal appear on the Team Flare Secret HQ. Zygarde, the mascot of Z, then phases into the world in front of Lysandre.
  • A new area known as the Aura World is playable. It has floor-like sections floating at ninety-degree angles from each other. It does not follow the Law of Physic, making things like surfing down a waterfall going up possible. The camera angle switches between perspective and isometric views to suit the angle of the player. It also has moving platforms with jumpable gaps between them. Zygarde, when here, will be in its Neo Forme and is also the only wild Pokémon located here.
  • Two new characters to the main storyline were added. One is Flaviere, the goddess of Team Flare, and the other is Malley, a princess who is kidnapped by Team Flare.
  • Some of the Gym Leaders have been reordered: Clemont is now the second Gym Leader, Grant is the third, Korrina is the fourth, and Ramos is the fifth. The appearance of players' Gym Badge case have also been reordered: the Voltage Badge is now the second Badge, the Cliff Badge is the third, the Rumble Badge is the fourth, and the Plant Badge is the fifth.


  1. Japanese Pokémon Z minisite (Japanese)
  2. Poké (US)
  3. Poké (UK)
  4. Korean Pokémon Z minisite (Korean)