In the world of Pokémon, every generation of games introduces new characters who leave their indelible mark on the franchise. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the sixth-generation games for the Nintendo 3DS, brought us an especially colorful cast. Among them was Serena, a captivating and elegant trainer who can serve as either the player character or as your rival.
If you choose to play as Calem, the male trainer, then Serena initially starts as your rival. However, her journey through the Kalos region and character development have some notable twists that make her story and relationship with the player an unforgettable part of the game. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look into Serena’s background. We’ll also explore her unique character traits and analyze her Pokémon team when she takes on the role of your rival.
Serena hails from the picturesque Vaniville Town in the Kalos region, which serves as the setting for Pokémon X and Y. She is a talented and aspiring Pokémon trainer with dreams of becoming a renowned battler, like her parents.
Serena’s journey unfolds as she embarks on her quest to become a Pokémon Master. Although she is Calem’s rival, she also serves as a friend and ally, such as in battles against Team Flare. She often travels alongside Calem and their friends as they explore Kalos, encounter new Pokémon, and uncover the region’s secrets.
Serena’s determination is one of her most prominent character traits. She displays unwavering resolve in her pursuit of becoming a Pokémon Master. She is also loyal to her friends and does not hesitate to help even her rivals when it comes to fighting the villainous Team Flame.
Despite her competitive spirit, Serena is a kind-hearted girl. She cares deeply for her Pokémon. She is quite fashionable, as well. Echoing her role as a Performer in the Pokémon anime, Serena’s in-game design is elegant, contrasting the more casual style of the other characters, including Calem.
Serena’s Pokémon Team
As the player’s rival, Serena brings a diverse team of Pokémon into battles. Her team includes a variety of types and abilities rather than consisting of one dominant typing. This is usually the case with rival characters in Pokémon games, in contrast to other opponents such as Gym Leaders.
Serena’s battle lineup varies depending on which starter the player chooses. Trainers need to strategize and adapt their teams to effectively counter hers. Here’s a list of some of the Pokémon you may encounter when facing Serena, plus some strategies to beat her:
- Meowstic (Psychic-type): Meowstic’s Psychic type gives it an advantage against Fighting and Poison-type Pokémon but makes it vulnerable to Dark and Bug-type moves. To beat Meowstic, consider using Pokémon with Dark or Bug-type moves, like Greninja or Scizor, to exploit its weaknesses. Additionally, Steel-type Pokémon can resist Psychic attacks and deal heavy damage.
- Absol (Dark-type): Absol’s Dark typing makes it strong against Psychic and Ghost-type Pokémon and weak to Fighting, Bug, and Fairy-type moves. To defeat Absol, deploy Fighting-type Pokémon like Lucario or Breloom, or use Fairy-types such as Gardevoir or Azumarill.
- Altaria (Dragon/Fairy-type): Altaria’s dual typing of Dragon and Fairy makes it resistant to Bug and Fighting moves but susceptible to Ice, Fairy, Steel, and Poison-type attacks. To counter Altaria effectively, use Ice-type moves like those from Lapras or Mamoswine, or employ Steel-types like Aegislash.
- Clefable (Fairy-type): Clefable’s straight Fairy typing makes it resistant to Bug, Dark, and Fighting-type moves and super-effective against Dark, Dragon, and Fighting-type opponents. However, it’s weak to Poison and Steel-type attacks. To defeat Clefable, deploy Poison-type Pokémon such as Dragalge or Steel-types like Aggron.
Finally, bear in mind that as your rival, Serena will choose the starter Pokémon that is most effective against yours. She will also acquire an Eevee and evolve it into one of the Eeveelutions that is the same type as your starter (Fire, Grass, or Water). Make sure you have a fighter on your team that can counter these types.
Here are some fun facts and trivia about Serena’s character, both in and out of the Pokémon games:
- Before the release of the Generation VI games, Serena had the name “Yvonne” in promotional materials. This is the name for Serena’s counterpart character in the Pokemon Adventures manga, who looks identical to the game version.
- Her character design closely resembles that of the female player character from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the GameBoy Advance remakes of Pokémon Red and Blue.
- As the player character, her appearance can be customized. In contrast to Calem, who has more winter clothing options, Serena has more warm-weather clothing available to her.
- In the Pokémon anime, a character named Serena is one of Ash Ketchum’s traveling companions in the XY series. Her character is loosely based on the game version, with a bigger emphasis on her journey to become a Performer.
In Pokémon X and Y, Serena is a stand-out character, whether you choose to play as her or let her take on the role of rival. Her captivating personality, elegant style, and evolution from a rival to a friend make her a memorable character and earned her a major role in the anime.