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The player's green-haired rival is a childhood friend, and is on a journey for the same reason as the player. Unlike previous games, the rival will sometimes engage in double battle with the player.
The villainous organisation in Shin'ō is named ''Team Galaxy'' (ギンガ団). Among other things, they try to entice Pokémon to do their bidding, invite the professor to do research for them and steal people's Pokémon.
Lucario's trademark move, ''Aura Blast'' (はどうだん) is a Fighting-type move.
is able to learn ''Nature's Blessing'' (しぜんのめぐみ), which changes type and power depending on the berry it is carrying.
Weavile learns ''Seize'' (さしおさえ), which stops the opponent from using items.