Pokémon Go isn’t just a game. For a select few, it’s the realization of a dream. Since its inception, fans have craved a Pokémon MMO (massively-multiplayer online) game that allows players to compete with one another like real Pokémon trainers.
While Pokémon Go is still wildly popular, some fans have made their own renditions of the game. The following are the best fan-made Pokémon MMOs available online. They integrate all of the familiar aspects of the Pokémon games for free!
Disclaimer: The following games, while the products of monumental effort, are not official and are therefore liable to shut down at Nintendo’s discretion.
1. Pokémon Revolution Online
When it comes to fan-made Pokémon MMORPG games, Pokémon Revolution Online is at the top of the heap. From the sprite detail to the soundtrack, everything about this game is tailored to feel like an actual Pokémon game. The game also incorporates excellent ambient graphics which change with the time and weather.
The base game is fantastic in itself, but Pokémon Revolution Online also continually adds new features every month. For free, of course. You have the option to join or create your own guild while exploring the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions.
This game absolutely promises hours of entertainment. The map is huge, and the game is truly massively multiplayer. Not only that, you can join guilds and partake in player-versus-player (PvP) battles just like an actual MMO. Pokémon Revolution is definitely one of the best—if not the best—multiplayer Pokémon game.
Another top contender for best fan-made Pokémon MMO out there, the aptly named PokeMMO brings the Pokémon franchise into the modern era.
Of course, it has everything a Pokémon fan would want: a large Pokémon library, huge map, dynamic graphics, beautiful sprite animations, and so on. You can also build bases reminiscent of the secret base feature in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.
This is a facet I enjoyed in those Pokémon games and am glad to see in a Pokémon MMO. It’s much better than emulating old Pokémon games on your Android when you want to work on a base.
Better yet, it’s massively popular and polished. To install this game, you’ll need to access, download, and unzip a ROM of Pokémon FireRed. Other optional ROM installations will provide further graphic and visual content. Head to the developer’s instructions for a rundown of how to get PokeMMO working on your PC.
3. Pokémon World Online
Pokémon World Online (PWO) is an old-timer as far as Pokémon MMOs are concerned. Despite its age, it’s still one of the best online Pokémon games. It’s also, in my opinion, one of the most in-depth in terms of Pokémon statistical information and feature availability.
PWO is a standalone installation, which makes it a bit more immersive than browser-based alternatives. That also allows for a particular smoothness and finish that makes it feel like a serious Pokémon MMO compared to the other, more popular versions of the same type.
It’s also interesting in that the UI is largely customizable. Instead of a dynamic environment, you can cater the game design to your needs and focus on the battle rather than the environment. It’s a familiar Pokémon feel with more calculated gameplay, likely to entertain both old and new Pokémon players for hours.
4. Pokémon Planet
Pokémon Planet is not only fun, but impressive. The play area and Pokémon library are massive, and the game is true to the Pokémon series. You don’t need to download it, making it one of the best free browser games.
Pokémon Planet also hosts a multiplayer event called Clan Wars, wherein players of different clans—which you can start and join—battle each other at specific times throughout the week.
You can play with friends or go the solo route. While this game doesn’t provide much in the way of a single-player story mode, it’s a fantastic browser-based multiplayer experience and provides plenty of items and Pokémon to keep even the most hardcore Pokémon fans entertained.
5. Pokémon MMO 3D
Pokémon MMO 3D‘s focus concerns battle animation rather than environment modeling, but I’m still impressed by it every time I log in. Keep in mind, this isn’t some official endeavor on behalf of professional developers. It’s fans making dreams come to life.
Pokémon MMO 3D provides little in story. What is does offer, however, is exactly what users would want from a 3D version of Pokémon: you can summon and battle Pokémon in a 3D environment. Best of all, the developers are constantly working on both the user interface and Pokémon selection.
PokéOne is the newest addition to the collection of Pokémon multiplayer games. So far, this game is very promising—it may even surpass some of the above games as the best Pokémon MMO. PokéOne comes from the creators of Pokémon Revolution Online, and it shows. This amazing take on Pokémon 0ffers fun tournaments and events, and also allows you to interact with other trainers.
The development team is still working on PokéOne, so you can’t expect to see every type of Pokémon just yet. Right now, you can access the Johto and Kanto regions, in remarkable 3D graphics.
In order to download PokéOne, you’ll have to join the PokéOne Discord first. From there, you can find the download link, along with any other game updates.
7. Pokémon Legends
If you’re not in the mood for downloading an entire game on your computer, you can play Pokémon from the comfort of your own browser. Simply sign up for an account with Pokémon Legends, and access an entire Pokémon community. Pokémon Legends holds tournaments every hour, giving you the chance to win prizes (such as a Shiny Pokémon).
If you’re familiar with the history of Pokémon, you’ll notice that Pokémon Legends has an art style reminiscent of classic Pokémon games. It also comes with the option to auction off your Pokémon, purchase Pokémon from other players, and even trade them.
8. Pokémon Rise
Pokémon Rise makes you feel as if you’re playing a full-sized Pokémon game. This browser-based Pokémon game comes with everything (and more) that your typical Pokémon game comes with. Explore 25 different towns on a huge map, catch over 700 different Pokémon, and engage in battles with other players.
Not only does Pokémon Rise come with a plethora of features, but it also has an engaging storyline. Your character arrives in a new region after receiving an assignment from Professor Aspen. In that particular region, Pokémon Trainers started creating clans to overtake every Gym.
As you work to catch every Pokémon, you get the chance to form the most successful clan. The developers are constantly updating this game, so expect to see more features soon.
9. Pokémon Pets
Pokémon Pets may look a little old-school, but it’s still just as enjoyable as every other Pokémon online MMORPG on this list. This Pokemon browser game has been around since 2014, giving the developers plenty of time to add awesome features.
The game features 2,500 Pokémon—however, not all of them hail from the original Pokémon games. These made-up Pokémon are called “Fakemon,” and are created by the members of the Pokémon Pets community.
In addition to having exciting PvP battles, Pokémon Pets also has daily boss battles, daily rewards, and puts your skills to the test in endless tower battles. Once you get good enough, you might see yourself at the top of the Pokémon Pets leaderboard.
Play With a Team of Trainers in These Pokémon MMOs
You’ve played all the Pokémon games, tried your hand at Pokémon Go, and you’re still asking for more. So why not try a multiplayer experience with the Pokémon MMO games listed above?
If you’re more of a Pokémon purist, you can also try a selection of the best free, fan-made Pokémon games which—in my humble opinion—take the regular playstyle up a notch. Either way, you’ll have an awesome time celebrating Pokémon.