Like previous Pokémon games, X and Y both follow a linear storyline; the main events occur in a fixed order. The protagonist of Pokémon X and Y is a young teenager from Vaniville Town who, along with his or her friends; Shauna, Tierno, and Trevor, set out on a journey through Kalos to become Pokémon masters. At the beginning of the games, the player chooses either Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie as their starter Pokémon from one of their friends, later receiving either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, from the Kalos Region's leading scientist Professor Sycamore. The player's primary goal is to obtain the eight Gym Badges of Kalos and ultimately challenge the Elite Four of the Pokémon League, and its Champion, to win the game. Obstructing their way is the villainous Team Flare (???? Furea-dan), whose goals seem to be geared towards making money off of Pokémon, but the reasons are still unknown.