Matt Bird writes all sorts of nonsense, but he dedicates a large chunk of his time to writing game walkthroughs.
It's been a while, but you're about to meet Professor Sycamore, the resident Pokémon expert. You're also about to get your first look at a real city. Ready for Lumiose? Then let's get to it.
- One of Sycamore's assistants will give you TM 27, Return, on your way into the city. Score.
- Enter the city. There will be time for exploration soon; go to the lab first. It's to the west of where you came in.
- Hop off on the second floor of the lab. The woman to your right when you exit the elevator will give you five Luxury Balls.
- Head to the third floor. Professor Sycamore will greet you and run off. Follow him—but only after speaking to the nearby woman, who will give you TM 54, False Swipe.
- Talk to Sycamore in the next room. After some banter, he'll challenge you to a Pokémon battle. Oooo.
Pokémon Professor Sycamore
Bulbasaur, level 10
Squirtle, level 10
Charmander, level 10
This battle really isn't that difficult. Stick to elemental weaknesses on each Pokémon: Fire and Flying for Bulbasaur, Grass for Squirtle, Water for Charmander. Normal attacks will do them in just as easily, as well.
- After beating Sycamore you'll have the choice of one of three Pokémon—namely, one of the three you just beat up. All are good, so choose based on holes in your elemental offense. He'll also give you a Mega Stone corresponding to your Pokémon, and if you choose Charmander you'll get either Charizardite X or Y, depending on your version of the game. You'll ultimately use these stones to transform your Pokémon into its Mega form.
- Go back downstairs and watch the cut scenes.
- Follow Calem to the cafe, west of the lab. Watch the cut scene within.
- There, all done with the story in the city. Half of Lumiose City is currently blocked by a power outage, but you can at least explore the South Boulevard.
- Start at the far west end. You'll see an open door in the buildings. The people in here have advice . . . and nothing else. Sigh.
- Down the street and on the left side is a cafe for photography enthusiasts. Photo spots should now be open to you.
- Across from the cafe is another building. A girl in the lobby will give you a Quick Claw, while the computer workers on the second floor will hand over three Timer Balls and three Quick Balls.
- Across the street from the gateway to Route 5 is a beauty salon. You can get your hair trimmed and coloured here. It's an expensive change, though, at $3,000 for a full change. Not recommended right now.
- Near the Lab is a Pokémon Center. Expect the usual . . . save for a guy at one of the tables, who will trade you prizes for Poké Miles (accumulated via distance travelled in the game, as well as trading and interacting with other people playing Pokémon X or Y).
- Across from the Pokémon Center is the PR Video Studio. It's largely an aesthetic thing where you can create a PR video for your trainer. Have fun.
- Across from the Route 4 entrance is another cafe. The people within talk a lot about Poke Mileage.
- Across the street from the cafe . . . another building, this one home to the local transit office. Info and naught else.
- Check the one-star restaurant across the street and to the right of the Route 4 gate. Here you can partake of three Double Battles for $3,000. Each of these battles is timed; you're told to try to finish within a certain amount of turns (almost always two). Do so three times in a row and you'll receive a prize based on how well you followed instructions. The prize consists of Tiny Mushrooms. The better you did, the more Tiny Mushrooms you'll receive. An expensive venture, considering when you first arrive here, but you can sell the Tiny Mushrooms and make a fair killing in the process.
- You can find Vernal Avenue across from the Pokémon Lab. Mind that you can't go too far down it, again because of the blackout.
- The cafe on the right side of the street is largely useless.
- The clothing store beside it is . . . well . . . a clothing store. Except you're not 'stylish' enough for it yet. Peh!
- On the right side you'll find a Stone Emporium. Here you can buy evolutionary stones for your Pokémon. Very handy later on, and useful now if you've been training a Panpour, a Pansage, or a Pansear. A man here will also sell you a Mega Stone for a rather ridiculous price, and, trust me, you don't have the cash for it.
- Next to the Stone Emporium is a shop that sells herbal medicines for your Pokémon. They're useful, but they'll make your Pokémon dislike you with repeated use.
- Next up is a Pokémon Salon. You need a Furfrou to make use of it, and you won't have one. (Yet.) Once you do have a Furfrou you can use this Salon to style its fur.
- The cafe beside the Salon is for Furfrou admirers. Useless.
Aaaaand that's that. The rest of Lumiose City is, for now, closed. Time to head to Route 5!
- After you've beaten the Champion, make a return trip to the Pokémon Lab. A scientist on the second floor will give you the Poké Radar.
- Also after you've beaten the Champion, head to the cafe where you first met Diantha. (It's a red one, down the street from the Pokémon Lab.) The Champion is inside, and she'll trade you a Ralts for any of your Pokémon. This is not so special . . . except that the Ralts is carrying Gardevoirite. Pass over a Bidoof or something and never look back.
- Return to the clothing store on Vernal Avenue after thrashing the Champion and you'll gain admittance. Inside are two floors, one for girls and one for guys, with some ridiculous prices on clothing. Yikes.
Anonymous on October 28, 2013:
You need to add Looker's quests.
Me on October 27, 2013:
I put on a hat i got from the last city (the one u use a pass for) and got in
Matt Bird (author) from Canada on October 23, 2013:
Huh. Thanks for that. I haven't paid a ton of attention to the 'style' aspect of the game because I don't really care what my guy looks like, but I suspect I need to delve into it a bit more. Does giving out tips on a regular basis contribute to style as well?
Anonymoos on October 23, 2013:
You need to max out your style to get in the clothing store.
Oooorrr you wear a matching clothing set -- the tags of each piece of clothing you buy look different, and correspond to a certain fashion... thing. "Cute", "Elegant", etc. For girls, anyway. You can wear a matching set of that, and you'll be let in.
Otherwise, you have to raise your style. The Battle Institute, talking to Alexa, and working at the hotel accomplish this nicely.
anonymous on October 23, 2013:
To Tore: you actually only need to explore the rest of lumiose before gaining admittance into the shop. I spammed the battle institute with an amulet coin then took the lumi cab to all of its destinations. Got some nice mary janes while I was in there ^^
Tore on October 21, 2013:
About the clothes' store, even after defeating the league master and becoming the new champion, the lady doesn't let me in... So I guess there is some other thing to complete before...
Matt Bird (author) from Canada on October 21, 2013:
Spamming Return takes down MOST pokémon. I love that move, even if you're not getting STAB.
rawr on October 20, 2013:
Spamming return works to take down prof. Sycamore's pokémon quickly
favNiggaObams on October 17, 2013:
can you buy a duskstone in lumiose!
ArchTalko on October 15, 2013:
Thanks a ton! Can't believe I missed False Swipe my first time through the lab. I'm 8 badges in and am just now getting the tm T_T