PokeMMO Turns Fire Red Into A Pokémon MMO [MUO Gaming]

Craig Snyder 02-10-2012

pokemon mmoJust recently, I introduced MUO readers to an online version of the Zelda series’ “A Link to the Past”. The Zelda series is one that just won’t fade away. In this post, I’d like to go down that same road with another huge series in gaming history: Pokémon!


If you were a kid (or parent) in the ’90s, you know Pokémon. Video games, movies, and perhaps most popularly with trading cards, Pokémon exploded onto the scene and every kid wanted to be a part of it. Today, the monster-taming adventure continues on through handheld consoles as games continue to be released under this legendary series.

We’re in the age of the MMO, and certain fans won’t allow the Pokémon series to slack behind. Just recently, I stumbled upon PokeMMO and if you’re an eager kid or nostalgic grown-up then this could definitely turn into a timesink.

Click here to go to the official PokeMMO website!

The PokeMMO website lists the game as “coming soon,” but after spending a few hours on the game I can tell you that it has evolved far beyond that stage of development.

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In a nutshell, PokeMMO is the Gameboy Advance’s “Pokemon – Fire Red” in a massively-multiplayer form. PokeMMO allows for battling other players, trading with them, chatting, joining ranked tournaments, and even the development of user-created content that could be added to the world.


Let me explain how you can immediately begin playing.

Create an Account

You’ll first need to register an account to play under. Be advised that your account name won’t be your trainer name. You can make several different characters under a single account.

Download the Game

Next, download the PokeMMO archive. Extract it to wherever you’d like.

pokemon mmo online


It’s portable and requires no hard installation, so you can take it with you on a flash drive or throw it in your Dropbox.

Download the ROMs

To play PokeMMO, you need to have the Fire Red ROM. Optionally, you can also pick up HeartGold and SoulSilver for the DS. They will be used for graphical updates in the future.

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These ROMs (extracted from any archives) need to be placed in the roms folder, wherever you extracted the PokeMMO archive at.


Please be aware of the legality of owning ROMs and emulating console games on your PC. If you are unaware of how any of that jargon goes, read up on it. We take no responsibility in anyone’s activity should they choose to illegally download a ROM. Be a good gamer!

Run the Game

If all went well, you can now run the game. For Windows users, run PokeMMO.exe. If you’re on Linux, use Login, go through the character creation process, and you’ll be ready to get started!

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If you need help, try using the chat or one of the various walkthroughs and FAQs online. The core of this game is Fire Red, so you can still enjoy a full playthrough of a great game in the Pokémon series while readying yourself for the challenges of the MMO aspects.


Let me know what you guys think of this game and the Pokémon series overall in the comments!

Related topics: Custom Android Rom, MMO Games.

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  1. tychoflorent
    February 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    is there a way to play on chromebook os?

  2. samuel
    March 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

    can anyone help me i created a acount but i wont let me play pokemmo

  3. aaron brisol
    December 25, 2012 at 4:30 am

    >>>>>>i was wondering this game is so awesome can it be possible to make it for android phones if so like the emulaters for droid <<<<<

  4. Tim
    October 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    This looks awesome! One problem though, what's their plan on dealing with cheaters? Pokemon games are notoriously easy to mod.

    • TDarkShadow
      October 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      To the author, please remind the viewers that this is a alpha and the mod is only for a 1/3 finished. At this moment, you can't battle the Elite Four, nor can you reach the Sevii Islands. Some (or many) moves aren't even implemented yet and most of the battle animations neither.
      Still, this is a awesome "mod" and I hope it will be completely finished one day.

      @Tim, all the data is server-side handled so it is very difficult to cheat / hack your pokemon.

  5. Drew Butler
    October 7, 2012 at 4:33 am

    friggin sweeet!! thanks for the share!. will be on there tomorrow as ebola1nhd if anyone wants to add me! :D

  6. Raj Sarkar
    October 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Awesome! :D

  7. Kavita
    October 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    i liked the game...and ofcourse the article too...

  8. Vasu Gupta
    October 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    i have this and its very nice. its a should have app

  9. Terqz
    October 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

    At last! I been waiting this since I was a Kid. I thought it was just a dream thinking I will be living in a pokemon world. To share what I mean, when I was a kid I go to tall grassy areas and when I see a bird pretending it was Pidgey. *very excited*

  10. Loreson San Juan
    October 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    gonna catch'em all

  11. Edwin Williams
    October 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Love Pokemon and MMOs. Now I can have both!

  12. Cristina Torrão
    October 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    It's not available in my country yet :(

  13. Mark Alsisto
    October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Super Mario bros!!!!

  14. Justin Pot
    October 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    There's no way this is legal.

    • Michael Schultz
      October 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      It's not like they're providing the ROMs. At worst it's a grey area.

  15. swayam
    October 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I love game to PokeMMO is the Gameboy Advance’s “Pokemon – Fire Red” in a massively-multiplayer form.

  16. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Pokemon Forever! :)

  17. ritu
    October 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Brings back fun memories :) can't wait to try!

  18. philip
    October 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

    nice article.thanks

  19. Michael Avila
    October 2, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Awesome love pokemon.

  20. Ramon Mondragon
    October 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Wow this is awesome, can't wait to play!

  21. Jake Thompson
    October 2, 2012 at 2:49 am

    This is sheerly brilliant. :D

  22. Areeb Majeed
    October 2, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Nice! Article..