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Pixelmon Minecraft - Everything You Need to Know

Have you ever enjoyed Pokemon games or anime in the past? It gives you a world made up of magical creatures that you can befriend, train and fight. Whether you are an explorer or a fight, there are always endless stories waiting to be told. Now, you can get the same experience with Pixelmon in Minecraft. It brings all the structures, items, and Pokemon you love to your pixelated worlds. So, leaving you with enough time to explore, let's dive into Pixelmon Minecraft and quickly uncover everything you need to know.

Pixelmon Minecraft

We are going over different aspects of the Pixelmon modpack of Minecraft in separate sections. Please feel free to explore all of them sequentially to understand everything you need to know.

What is Pixelmon in Minecraft

Pixelmon is one of the most popular and powerful modpack concepts for Minecraft. It brings the features, mechanics, and creatures of Pokemon to your Minecraft world. Poké balls, Pokemon center, evolutions, you name the element and it's here. Moreover, unlike most existing Pokemon games, Pixelmon also allows you to play with other trainers. But more on that later.

In terms of training and catching mechanics, this modpack matches its inspiration at every step. You also get a bunch of gyms around you world to find and collect gym badges. Moreover, even when you are playing in the single-player mode, Pixelmon has a lot of NPC trainers to keep challenging your Pokemon.

Features of Pixelmon

While playing on a Pixelmon mod or server, you can expect to see the following features:

  • Over 900 Pokemon from different generations
  • Functional Pokedex
  • Mega evolutions
  • PvP and multiplayer support
  • Pokemon breeding, training, and battling
  • NPCs, including gym leaders and trainers
  • Pokeballs, TMs, HMs, and evolutionary stones
  • Poke Marts and other structures
  • New biomes and blocks

Other than these features, you can find all the game mechanics from the Generation 8 Pokémon games.

Minimum Requirements

Since Pixelmon is a massive Minecraft modpack, you need to meet at least the following system requirements to run it without an issue:

  • OS: Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, or Linux
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or later
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or more
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 400 Series or stronger

How to Get Pixelmon on Minecraft

Install Forge for Minecraft

Since Pixelmon Minecraft is a type of modpack, you first have to install Forge, a mod engine, to run it. Here's how:

1. First, go to our dedicated webpage and download Forge for Minecraft 1.16.5. You will end with a file ending in the ".jar" extension. In case you are wondering, Pixelmon doesn't work properly on the newer versions of the game.

2. Then, open the downloaded file to launch the Forge installer. It will automatically detect your game's installation location. Check the "Install Client" option and click on the "Ok" button.

3. It will take a few minutes for Forge to install. Once it does, click on the "Ok" button to close the installer.

Install Pixelmon Modpack

Now that Forge is ready, it's time to get the main modpack up and running. So, follow these steps to easily get Pixelmon for Minecraft:

1. First, go to the Forge page of Pixelmon (here) and click on the grey "Download" button. Your browser will start downloading another ".jar" file.

2. Then, instead of opening it, copy and paste the downloaded file into your "Mods" folder of the Minecraft directory. It is usually located in the following spots:

  • Windows: %appdata%/.minecraft/mods/
  • Mac OS: ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/mods/
  • Linux: ~/.minecraft/mods/

3. Finally, to launch Pixelmon, open your Minecraft launcher. Then, select "Forge 1.16.5" in the installation dropdown menu and click on the "Play" button.

4. When the game launches, simply create a new world as you always do and being your Pixelmon Minecraft journey. The game will ask you for your starter Pokemon as soon as the world loads.

Pixelmon Minecraft Servers

If you want to experience the world of Pokemon with other players then you should opt for the best Pixelmon servers out there. You can use our linked guide to find all the Pixelmon server options you have. But let's quickly go through a couple of popular ones.

Complex Gaming

It is one of the most active Minecraft servers with a bunch of amazing game modes including sky block, survival, prison, and also Pixelmon. They rely on the Pixelmon Reforged modpack which includes over 850 Pokemon and a bunch of custom features. You can train your Pokemon, take it to gym battles, or fight other players on the server.

  • Server IP: smc.mc-complex.com (Java & Bedrock)

OPBlocks Network

OPBlocks is another popular Minecraft server that offers a bunch of ways to play the game including Pixelmon. It uses a custom modpack to bring hundreds of Pokemon to you. All the main mechanics of training, fighting, and breeding remain the same as in the original Pixelmon. But you get an additional bonus of unlocking the Pixelmon experience even on a weaker system.

  • Java IP: sm.opblocks.com
  • Bedrock IP: bedrock.opblocks.com (Port 19132)

Pixelmon Servers

As the name suggests, this Minecraft server takes the concept of Pixelmon quite seriously. You get all the basic gameplay features along with high spawn rates of regular and shiny Pokemon. Furthermore, there are also all kinds of bonuses including shiny starters and trading to give you the best experience.

  • Java IP: sm.pixelmonrealms.com

Pixelmon Wiki - All the Basics You Need to Know

Whether you join a Pixelmon server or unlock the Pixelom Minecraft experience on your copy of the game, there are a few basics you shouldn't miss. So, unless you want to roam around cluelessly, let's go over everything you need to know:

How to Use a Poke Ball

The most exciting part of any Pokemon experience, let alone Pixelmon, is catching your favorite creature. Follow these steps to learn how to use a Poke ball to catch a Pokemon:

1. First, you need to make Poke Ball lids with the help of Apricorns and ingots. Then, you have to combine them with a button to craft a Poke Ball.

2. Next, you need to find the Pokemon you want to catch. Unique Pokemon spawn in different biomes at distinct times. So, keep your eye out.

3. Finally, just equip the Poke Ball and throw it on the Pokemon to catch it. Keep in mind that weakening the creature first can increase your chances of successfully capturing it.

How to Train Your Pokemon

To make your Pokemon stronger and better, you have to train them in rigorous battles. There are a bunch of ways to train your friends in Pixelmon. Here are a few of the most reliable ones:

  • Battle experience: Every time your Pokemon battles it gains experience to increase its level and stats.
  • Type Targeting: You can target a specific type of Pokemon for the battle to get easy effort value points.
  • Consumables: There are a bunch of edible items including vitamins, wings, and candies in Pixelmon which give EXP and effort value.
  • EXP Share: You can use a special item to train a Pokemon without putting it into a battle. This comes in handy while training a newly captured Pokemon.

Pokemon Evolution

Most Pokemon in Pixelmon evolve only two times but you can find a few of them going through multiple evolutions too. The evolutions are usually triggered by the level and the environmental conditions of each creature. Though, you can use certain evolution stones to quickly level up a few Pokemon including Evee, Pikachu, and others.

Types of Pokemon in Pixelmon Minecraft

Much like the original Pokemon anime and games, you can find a total of 18 types of Pokemon in Pixelmon. These include Bug, Dark, Dragon, Electric, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ground, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, Rock, Steel, and Water.

Not to forget, much like its source material, the type of a Pixelmon Pokemon heavily affects which Pokemon it can defeat. For example, the water-type Blastroise is quite effective against the fire-type Charizard.

Pixelmon Alter Forms

Similar to the shiny forms of Pokemon, the Pixelmon has a bunch of alter forms. These refer to Pokemon with special textures that only spawn in specific biomes and special conditions. You have to time your adventure accurately to catch these ultra-rare Pokemon.

Some of the easy-to-spot options include the following:

  • Zoroark in plains biome at midnight.
  • Porygon Z & Porygon 2 in the End dimension.
  • Doublade in savannas biome at night.
  • Azumarill in beaches and river biomes during the day on sand blocks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Pokemon are in Pixelmon?

As per Pixelmon Wiki, there are a total of 915 Pokemon in the Pixelmon mod pack. Though, on some servers, you might only find 800 or 850 options.

Pixelmon Minecraft is not responding. What should I do?

The Pixelmon is a heavy and demanding Minecraft modpack. Some systems might have to go through a heavy load to make the mod work. So, it's best to wait and let your Minecraft world load completely.

Can I play Pixelmon on the Bedrock edition?

Much like other great Minecraft modpacks, Pixelmon is exclusive to the Java edition. Even if some of the servers might run on the Bedrock edition, you won't be able to get the Pokemon in your world.

Is Minecraft Pixelmon free?

Pixelmon for Minecraft is completely free. You can download, install and use it without spending a single penny.

Get Pixelmon for Minecraft Today

Just like that, it's time to relive your nostalgia and explore the world of Pokemon within Minecraft. But, this isn't the only mod that allows you to experience these amazing creatures. So, make sure to check the Minecraft Cobblemon too before deciding upon the Pokemon experience you want to go with. Meanwhile, if you want to make the most out of Pixelmon, don't forget to change your skin in Minecraft and look like a trainer. With that said, it's time to jump into Pixelmon Minecraft and start catching 'em all!

Udayveer Singh

Udayveer Singh is a contributor to our news feed here at Servers-Minecraft and is passionate about all things Minecraft!