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Whilst we intially learned of this Pokémon’s existence yesterday, although the name circulating around the Internet having been that localised for the French version of Pokémon X and Y.

Today, Game Freak director Junichi Masuda shared a special video message with attendees at the Japan Expo in Paris, which included confirmation that this new Steel and Ghost-type Pokémon will be named Honedge.

The Pokémon comes into being when a departed spirit possesses a sword that once belonged to humans, and can use the blue cloth attached to its hilt as an arm to ensnare foes to drain their energy.

Honedge can learn Normal-type move Swords Dance, which lifts the fighting spirit and therefore sharply raises the user’s Attack statistic. It can be used multiple times in succession to increase its effects.

Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS worldwide on October 12th.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.