Generation VI (Japanese: 第6世代 Dai Roku-sedai) is the first generation of the Pokémon series to be exclusively 3D and overall sixth generation of main series game. It was announced on January 8, 2013 with announcement of Pokémon X and Y. This generation started with Pokémon X and Y in 2013 and following with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in 2014. This generation features a new region called Kalos, inspired by France, and the return of the Hoenn region.
This generation bring 72 new kinds of Pokémon in the Kalos region with 8 new legendaries.
Chronologically, X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire take place in a different timeline due to Mega Evolution existing in these games.
Generation VI comes with a new way of evolving known as Mega Evolution, which grants some Pokémon an extra stage of evolution. A special stone and item is required for this purpose. Several Pokémon from each generation can have this as evolution.
Pokémon games followed 2D movement with 4 directions up to Generation V. In generation VI, this feature is expanded to 8 directions of up, down, left, right, upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right.
- It is the first generation to feature remakes in 3D.
- Generation VI introduced the least Pokémon than any other generation with only 72 Pokémon.
- Generation VI is the only generation that does not have:
- This is the first generation to have games made for mobile devices. This includes "Pokémon TCG Online" and "Camp Pokémon".
- This is the first generation to drop the name "Version" from the name of its games.
- This is the first generation to have all starter Pokemon. In Pokémon X and Y, you get the Kalos starters and the Kanto (Red, Green and Blue) starters. In Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you get the Hoenn, Sinnoh (Diamond and Pearl), Johto (Gold and Silver), and Unova (Black and White).