Gotta Catch ‘Em All. Fans of the long running and extremely Pokémon franchise know the phrase all too well. However, in the latest iteration of Pokémon, Pokémon X and Y, it appears that catching them all will require a vigilant gamer…or a skilled hacker.

That’s because there are three Pokémon hidden with Pokémon X and Y‘s code that have not been acknowledged by either Nintendo, Game Freak, or The Pokémon Company. They were only discovered once a skilled hacker dug a little deep into the 3DS (and 2DS) exclusive’s code.

The hacker in question, Smealum, has provided quick looks at the new Pokémon — Diancie, Volcanion, and Hoopa — which appear in that order below. Moreover, Smealum has revealed the mega evolution for the dragon-type Pokémon Latios and Latias, which can be seen in the second image. As far as details, we don’t know much about these three event, or legendary, Pokémon, aside from the fact that, as Smealum explained, Diancie is a Jewel-type.

So, what are these three Pokémon and why hasn’t Game Freak shown them to us before? Well, the most likely reason is that Volcanion, Diancie, and Hoopa are “event Pokémon,” meaning they will only be available for download during a short window or after the player has fulfilled specific requirements. Releasing event Pokémon has become a fairly common practice for the Pokémon franchise, and typically players find themselves with some powerful Pokémon.

Smealum has been able to bypass the event and has all three Pokémon unlocked already, but he or she will not provide their hack online. Players that want any of the three Pokémon will have to wait until Nintendo officially unleashes them on the public.

Pokémon, for a lot of gamers, is an experience-driven game, on many levels. The franchise always posts big numbers in the NPDs, and typically helps Nintendo push more than their fair share of console units. It’s for that very reason — the overwhelming Pokémon fan base — that the save file bug in Lumiose City was such a big issue.

Of course, we’ll keep you posted when Nintendo announces a release event for these three Pokémon, or the stipulations by which players can unlock them. For now, just keep working on catching almost all of them.

What do you think of the three presumed event Pokémon? Which one are you the most intrigued by?

Source: Kotaku