Pixelmon – Starters’ Guide

This is a very simple guide I threw together for new users who want to play Pixelmon for themselves. It includes step-by-step installation of Pixelmon, links to websites with Pixelmon and Minecraft crafting lists, as well as some simple explanations of how to get yourself started in the world of Pixelmon. Enjoy!

Table of Contents:

  1. Installation (Windows)
  2. Craftable Items Basics
  3. Special Interactions
  4. The First 1-2 Hours
  5. Online Servers

I. Installation (Windows)

1. To successfully install Pixelmon, you will need to make three downloads, in addition to owning Minecraft (note: the links all adfly-enabled, but should be perfectly safe. It’s one of the ways the programmers of Pixelmon are able to fund the project)

Minecraft Forge

-Pixelmon Version 2.3.1


2. If you haven’t already updated to the new Minecraft launcher (not just a new version, but a whole new file to open up the game), you can find it here.

3. Run Minecraft and log into your account. Leave the window open.

4. Run MineCraft Forge, make sure “install client” is selected and press “ok”. You can close Minecraft now.

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5. Find the “run” application on your computer and search %appdata%. Open the .minecraft folder. Just leave it for now.

6. Open winrar, and through winrar open up the “Pixelmon 2.3.1.zip” file.

7. Drag the “database” and “mods” folders from the Pixelmon zip file (still opened in WinRAR( into the .minecraft folder. (make sure you don’t drag them into a folder within .minecraft, just into .minecraft itself)

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8. Re-open Minecraft, and in the bottom-right corner where it says “Profile”, select “Forge”. Click “Play”.

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9. You should be good to go! Enjoy Pixelmon! :D


II. Craftable Items Basics

A full list of craftable items can be found here (via the Pixelmon Wiki)

Most of these items utilize Aluminum Plates, which are made by first smelting Beauxite Ore, then putting it on an Anvil and hitting it with a Hammer for around ten seconds (until the shape of the object on the anvil turns into a grey square)

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In addition to Iron Ingots, a PC also requires Redstone, a Glass Pane and a Redstone Lamp. You can find out how to craft regular Minecraft items here

Poke Balls are made by first cooking three Red Apricorns over a furnace, and then placing them side by side on a Crafting Table. This creates a Poke Ball Disc, which must be hammered on an Anvil until you can see three separate layers on the disc on the anvil. You then do the exact same thing with three Iron Ingots on a crafting table, and a Button (made by putting a cooked Cobblestone (Stone) on a crafting table). Then, the Lid is placed on top of the Button, with the Iron Base underneath.

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Potions are created with a Glass Bottle, Milk, and Wheat from left to right on a crafting table. Milk can be harvested from Miltank by right clicking it with a bucket.


III. Special Interactions

Some Pixelmon can be interacted with in certain ways, and others will yield special drops in battle:

-Right-click a Miltank with a Bucket to yield Milk

-Right-click a Mareep with Shears to yield Wool


Here is a full list of special Pixelmon drops and what they’re useful for:

-Apples – Snorlax

Refills your food gauge

-Blaze Powder – Charmander, Charmeleon, Magmar

Creates an Eye of Ender, a brewing ingredient, fireballs

-Bone – Cubone, Marowak

Makes Bone Meal, which is used as fertilizer and in dyes

-Diamond – Dratini, Dragonair

Used to make powerful weapons, the Healing Table, Enchantment Table and Jukebox

-Egg – Chansey, Exeggcute

Used in making cake and pumpkin pie

-Ender Pearls – Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam

Combines with ingredients to make the Eye of Ender, used to face Minecraft’s final boss

-Feathers – Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Spearow, Fearow, Doduo, Dodrio

Used in creating arrows and the book and quill

-Glowstone Dust- Pikachu

Base ingredient for Redstone Lamps, used in making the PC

-Gold Nugget – Meowth, Persian

Nine of these crafted on a table make Gold Ore

-Gunpowder – Voltorb, Electrode

Used to make TNT

-Ink Sacs – Tentacool

Used in dyes, and the pen and quill

-Iron Ingot – Magnemite, Magneton

Used to make many different items

-Leather – Miltank, Tauros

Used to make equipment/items like books and an item frame

-Raw Fish – Magikarp

Cook to refill your food gauge

-Raw Beef – Miltank, Tauros

Cook to refill your food gauge

-Rotten Flesh – Zubat, Golbat

Refills your food gauge, but causes food poisoning (a rather pointless ailment that lasts 30 seconds)

-Seeds – Oddish

Used to plant wheat

-Slimeballs – Grimer, Muk, Ditto

Used to make items like leads (For leashing mobs) and sticky pistons

-String – Caterpie, Weedle

Used to make bows, leads, wool and the Old Rod

-Wool – Mareep, Flaaffy

Used to make beds, carpets, can be coloured with dyes


IV. Pixelmon – The First 1-2 Hours

-When you first begin your adventure, you’ll probably want to start training your new Pokemon immediately. The problem is, you have no means of healing your partner when the game begins, so you should be out of luck within minutes. I suggest seeking shelter, gathering wood, starting to plant seeds near water. Typical Minecraft survival stuff.

-Begin to dig until you have Iron Ore. At this point, you can create shears seek a bunch of wild Mareep to gather wool from (or many Spinarak, to combine string into wool, but that takes far longer). Now you can create a bed, which is the easiest means of healing your Pokemon, but can only be done at night.

-Now, you can either choose to train your Pokemon or delve deeper into the caverns to find diamond, Beauxite Ore, fossils, etcetera, to craft new Pokemon-themed items and enrich your Pixelmon experience.

V. Online Servers

Want to enjoy all the fun of Pixelmon online with other players? MinePick.com has a list of the internet’s best Pixelmon servers. You can check it out right here: http://www.minepick.com/pixelmon


Alexandre Trottier decided that it would be nice to show people how to install Pixelmon to enjoy it for themselves in a nice text-based format (as most other tutorials are videos). Let him know what you think about the article by tweeting @NF_Alexandre. If you want to support NintendoFuse, you can like the official NintendoFuse Facebook page, follow us on twitter @Nintendo_Fuse, and commented/shared the article by scrolling down. The  NintendoFuse forums are just begging for your discussions about anything you want to write about!


About the author:

When Alex was young, he used to cry whenever his parents tried to hand him a game controller. Having complete control over the life of a red-clad Italian plumber was just too daunting to him. Nowadays, he only cries when the controller’s taken away.

Hailing from the frigid tundras of Canada, Alex plays video games not only to entertain himself, but also as a source of warmth to get him through the winter. He loves all genres of video games, the more difficult the better. Some of his current favourites include Citizens of Earth, Super Smash Bros. and Monster Hunter.

Alex – who has written posts on NintendoFuse.

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  • help

    it just says prepering to download and never will let me start the download !

    • Alexandre Trottier

      What says “Preparing to Download”? Forge? Minecraft? Pixelmon? Is it in your browser, or a specific program?

  • redfredrick

    uhm yeah when I try to login with forge it doesnt allow me to while otherwise its fine

    • Alexandre Trottier

      You need to sign in with your Minecraft account initially. Afterwards, reboot Minecraft and choose “Forge” as your user! Hopefully that works.

  • jcduggs

    you guys are idiots it worked fine with me

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  • jcduggs

    help restart and try again

  • jcduggs

    refred idk get a better computer

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  • locawdude

    it works perfectly fine for me :)

    • Alexandre Trottier

      Perfect! Good to know it worked out :D

  • Jonathan Marhold

    Getting pixelmon is oh so easy! First download the “technic launcher”. Then look up “pixelmon mod pack”. Copy past URL into “new mod pack”. Presto, it will download all mods and install in like 10 mins-2hours, depends on internet and computer.

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  • Joseph Donahue

    Can u add what biome all the Pokemon spawn at

  • budder

    i got the mod and all but whenever I right click ATTACK when im in a battle it just takes me out of the battle menu!