Zcron’s Random Tutorials for Pocket Monster Success #2
Welcome to Issue #2 of Zcron’s Random Tutorials for Pocket Monster Success, where I will provide insight on how YOU can be successful in the wide world of Pokemon ranging from battling to role-playing. For the second issue, I’ll be discussing some popular Pokemon mods that you can add to 5 very popular games. Also, from here on until I get internet good enough for streaming again, I will be releasing these tutorials on a monthly basis.
DISCLAIMER: Mod at your own risk.
I’m starting with Stardew Valley’s assortment of retexturing mods because they are the most interesting to me personally. In Stardew Valley, one of the options in building your farm is to start raising animals. While these animals normally range from cows, chickens, pigs, and even dinosaurs; retexturing them with one of several mods can change those animals into various Pokemon: Cows into Camerupts, Chickens into Torchics, Pigs into Grumpigs, and Dinosaurs into Shieldons. Of course, there are several texture packs to choose from, rewriting the code so that even Marnie’s animals change as well. For your pet animal, a separate retexture can usually be integrated. Ones I’ve seen have ranged from Growlithe, Vaporeon, and Glameow that will hang out around your farm as your partner. This is a fun thing to do for any Pokemon fan that doesn’t impact gameplay like the other mods certainly do.
Out of all the Pokemon mods out there, the one most people recognize is Pixelmon. This mod was developed in various renditions for the purpose of giving people a sense of running around in an open world and catching Pokemon. The mod would let you explore the blocky world of Minecraft and capture Pokemon to battle gyms with in randomly generated towns. And while Pixelmon still exists, this mod made gaming news when Nintendo reached its lengthy hammer of copyright violation over the chilled-out shoulder of GameFreak and put a legal stop to the development of Pixelmon mods (especially for for-profit servers). Of course, numerous Pixelmon servers still exist, but are constantly taken down to this day. One can’t help but wonder if this means Nintendo was scared of Pixelmon taking away from its core audience too much.
Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark is a game about murdering and taming prehistoric creatures so you can murder more prehistoric creatures and other players while also building sad stone houses, so of course it has Pokemon mods! The most well-known is Arkmon, which removes all normal creatures and replaces them with “surprisingly good” 3D models of Pokemon ranging from Charmander to Shuckle to… Espurr? In one of the YouTube tutorials I watched, the streamer was murdered by a vicious Espurr several times, and I personally think that’s enough to warrant trying it out. If you’re looking for a more serious modding experience however, this is definitely not the game to do it on. Partly because half-naked adults don’t really blend with adorable and murderous Pokemon.
For the 5 people who saw my PokeRim stream all those months ago… First I pity you, and second it was an absolute mess. For the stream, I found every possible Pokemon-themed Skyrim mod and downloaded them in a new world. All the dragons were giant Charizards, a very quiet Lucario followed me everywhere and helped kill stuff, abominations of what were supposedly Gyarados were ported into the pre-existing daggerfish models without any sort of speed alteration, so I ended up with lightning fast Gyarados that could swim on land and murder me in a second. The concept was cool, but I think I spent about 30 minutes trying to slay a Persian with a Caterpie summon and it didn’t work too well. Any sane person should know to mod Skyrim at their own risk.
Left 4 Dead 2
Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the Zubat mod in Left4Dead2. The mod turns all normal zombies into Zubats with drastically smaller hit-boxes than before, a clear reference to those days when we would all blunder through Rock Tunnel wishing we had bought a repel due to all the nonstop Zubat encounters. This mod makes those days a reality once more as hordes of hungry Zubats try to suck your blood. I encourage anybody as easily entertained as myself to try this out.
Okay, most of these mods are pretty bad, but that’s part of the joy of modding, and those wishing to be the very best should at least take a shot at the very worst.