If you’ve already beaten the champion in your Pokémon X or Y game and you’d like to try something new and fun then you’ll want head over to Kiloude City to go on a Friend Safari.
The exciting thing about Friend Safaris is that you encounter pokémon here that are not naturally occurring in the game (hint: think starters, evolutions and pre-evolutions) and may only be available exclusively through this part of the game. Some examples of pokémon that you might meet here include Clefairy, Crawdaunt, Gastrodon and Sunkern. Friend Safaris also increase your chances of running into a much-coveted shiny pokémon.
In order to do a Friend Safari, you need to have at least one friend who is registered in the Friend List of your 3DS. If you don’t have any friends who play Pokémon X and Y, however, don’t despair. Every friend registered in your 3DS will have a safari, even if they don’t play the game. If they don’t play, however, they will only have two pokémon in their Safari. And, if you don’t have any friends registered at all, there are still plenty of places around the Internet where you can quickly make friends to swap friend codes with. Just do a search through Google or your favorite search engine for something like “3DS Friend Codes.”
To get to Friend Safari, you want to travel to Kiloude City. You will only be able to access this area, however, if you have already beaten the Elite Four and spoken with Professor Sycamore at Lumiose City’s Train Station. The professor will give you a Rail Ticket for your journey to Kiloude City.
Once you arrive in Kiloude City, you will need to look for a large building with a red roof at the top right of the city. This is Friend Safari.
As mentioned previously, the Safaris of people who do not play will only have two pokémon. This is also true for those who are playing the game, but haven’t yet beaten the Elite Four. Once players defeat the Elite Four, they then unlock the third and final pokémon in their Friend Safari. They will also need to sync their game through the Internet for you to be able to access all three pokémon.
Each person’s safari will have a specific type of pokémon assigned to it which they cannot change. For example, a person with a Fire-type safari would have only Fire pokémon. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know what type of pokémon that you have in your own safari without having someone else take a look for you.
All pokémon that are found through the Friend Safari are level 30 and are guaranteed to have at least two individual values of 31. Sadly, this also means that certain pokémon – like Muk and Drapion – may be underleveled.
One aspect of Friend Safari that many will love is the fact that they can obtain pokémon with highly-prized Hidden Abilities. If you are online at the same time that your friend is online and exploring his or her Friend Safari, then you have the best chance for locating one of these very special pokémon.
The best to way use Friend Safari, of course, is to have lots of friends who are also playing Pokémon X and Y. First of all, these players will be able to unlock the maximum number of pokemon for their safaris, allowing you to visit their safaris and capture all three of their available pokémon. Secondly, by having lots of friends, you will be able to catch even more pokémon since each player means three additional pokémon that you have the chance to catch, And, finally, having more friends means more chances for you to locate some very rare pokémon.
In short, if you are looking for a chance to build out your Pokédex with some rare and exclusive pokémon, now is the time to go wild with Pokémon Friend Safari.
By Nancy Schimelpfening