According to Serebii, they're pronounced ZURR-nee-us and ee-VELL-tall.
I was wondering how to pronounce those names. It'll probably sound better when someone like in the anime or something says it, so I can get a better idea. But at least now I know how to say their names.
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From what I gathered, Yveltal is from wyvern, svelte, quetzal, Yv-, and possibly Yggdrasil.
It apparently sounds like evil-tall.
I don't get Xerneas. I'll go with what this one:
I don't know why, but for some reason these pronunciations feel off to me. Is there an actual source for them beyond just the assumptions of people reporting the names?
Xerneas sounds more Greek to me.
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I like the names, they seem to give off the majesty of the Legendaries and thus are very fitting.
Whatever the name comes from, I'm almost positive its not little bits of words that only remotely relate to teh creature they describe (svelt = not relevant at all ; quetzal = only relevant because they're birds; wyvern = only relevant because it's a winged critter?)
I expect a more obscure, but simpler explanation (like Cernunnos/old hindo-european cern/Kern (a word often used to describe horned animals, especially deers). is a lot closer to the truth.
The notion that either of these are in any way nordic doesn't appear to be based on any sort of legitimate reason.
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So Xerneas and Yveltal huh? I really like them. The names starting with (or at least containing) X and Y was anticipated.
Am I the only one who thinks Xerneas is too masculine for such a feminine-looking Pokemon?
Gyarados probably has the most complicated name origin of all the Pokemon.
Yveltal now feels much more menacing. That appearance and name that sounds like "evil"...