Pokémon Z Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＺPocket Monsters Z) is the third game to Pokémon X and Y, and is the third Generation VIcore 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
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.
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.