Imagine a world that is entirely your own – where the environment can be changed and altered to your liking, an immense list of items can be created using the resources the land has to offer, and the sky, or bedrock if you so choose, is your limit. This is Minecraft, a world of infinite possibility. Now, picture this world filled the brim with Pokemon to encounter, battle, capture and train. You’re not dreaming: it’s called Pixelmon, and is almost as amazing as it sounds.
With the rise of the internet and the development of new, powerful hardware, fans of the Pokemon series have been crossing their fingers for a new, more immersive way to “catch ‘em all”. Pixelmon, although unofficial, most certainly fills that need. Essentially, it takes your game of Minecraft and drops Pokemon into it, adds some new HUDs and craftable items, and lets you create your own experiences battling and training your team in addition to all the regular, exciting things Minecraft has to offer (minus the monsters).
A swarm of Venomoth flutter around in the swamp biome
At the beginning of the game, you choose one of four starter Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander or Eevee, before you are thrown out into the wilderness. Your surroundings are brought to life by fully animated wild Pokemon with their own unique cries. The world now contains new Pokemon-themed features: Apricorn trees that can be used to create Poke Balls, rocks that can be combined to make the evolutionary stones (especially useful if you choose Eevee as your starter), fossils that can be used to revive ancient Pokemon, trainers that you can battle, and a new type of ore, Beauxite, that can be used to craft special tools and equipment.
Yes, you can even create your very own Pokemon Center
Not only are over 170 Pokemon readily available to battle and capture, but some of them can be interacted with in special ways similarly to mobs the original Minecraft. For example, if you right-click a Miltank with a bucket, it will be filled with water, and clicking on a Mareep with shears will get you wool (and leave the poor Pokemon half-bald, which looks quite hilarious). Certain Pokemon will drop items when you defeat them, like string from a Spinarak. You can even send out your own Pokemon so they can wander around for themselves. These details add a further level of immersion into the world, and even more depth to the gameplay.
Shearing Mareep is way more fun than it should be
Pixelmon is certainly far from being a perfect game, but it is continuously being updated and improved. Some attack moves are still not programmed properly, and there are still quite a few bugs here and there, but it definitely doesn’t detract from the overall charm and fun of the mod. If you’re looking for a way to get back into Minecraft, or just to have a great, fresh Pokemon experience, you’ll definitely find it here.
My Squirtle, hanging out at home
If you’re having trouble installing Pixelmon, or just want some tips and tricks for playing the game, you can find the companion article, “Pixelmon Guide” on NintendoFuse right here.
For more information about the game, head over to the official Pixelmon website.
Alexandre Trottier loves Minecraft and Pokemon, so as soon as he heard about Pixelmon he just had to try it out for himself. If you want to talk about Pixelmon with him, you can tweeet @NF_Alexandre, leave a comment below, or talk to us on the official NintendoFuse Facebook page. As well, you can head over to the NintendoFuse forums to discuss Pixelmon and pretty much anything else. Below you’ll find a plethora of “share” buttons, allowing you to spread this article to a variety of social media outlets and support NintendoFuse!