I'm playing Pokemon X currently, and I really want a female Fennekin (as seen in the trailers). I've read the chances of getting a female starter are low, but not impossible.

Someone on GF said that the gender of your starter depends on the gender you pick (at the start of the game). Is this a rumor or is there any correlation?

So, will I just have to keep soft resetting my game or what can I do to increase the odds?


The gender ratio for the 6th generation starters is currently unknown, but all starters so far had a ratio of 12.5% female / 87.5% male, or 1 : 7.

The gender of your Pokémon does not depend on your character's gender. Both male and female protagonists can have either male or female starters.

This specific gender ratio is used to make it more difficult in breeding more of them since players usually get them as gifts or Fossils rather than catch them in the wild. All starter and Fossil Pokémon are in this group.

The only way to ensure you'll get a female starter is indeed by saving the game beforehand and reloading it as necessary.

  • So, I guess my best bet is to just keep soft-resetting? – KernelPanic Oct 16 '13 at 17:27
  • Saving just before you are given a pokemon usually is enough to allow for stat re-rolls. So if you don't get what you want, you can do a soft reset and try again. – UnderscoreZero Oct 16 '13 at 17:27
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    @Nolonar "Save Scumming"? I don't think that was needed. It's not like me getting a female starter is going to hurt anyone. – KernelPanic Oct 16 '13 at 17:30
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    @user56652 You can test it by checking stats. If you don't see any stat changes after several soft resets then they are chosen at game start. However, I kind of doubt this is the case. – UnderscoreZero Oct 16 '13 at 17:31
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    @user56652 It's just an expression. I do it myself too and am neither ashamed of it, nor of admitting to it. I'll edit it, so that it appears less offensive. – Nolonar Oct 16 '13 at 17:36

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