Fan Thread What's your Favorite rom hacks?

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A thread to talk about fan created pokemon games we really enjoyed.

Azelf

Don't mind me...
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Dex Entry This Pokemon is too lazy too make any creative shit, and would sitting down like a sack of potatoes and play video games.
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He/Him
Pokédex No.
351
Caught
Jul 3, 2019
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68
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None of your business
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Quiet
I haven't played a lot of rom hacks (only a few), but out of the few ones I've played, Crystal Clear is by far my favourite one. Not only is it surprisingly compatible with Gen 7 and Pokebank (if you hack your 3DS like I did), but it takes the gameplay of Gen 2 and turns it into an open-world game where I can take on any Gyms at any order I'd want. As a fan of open-world games (I'm unashamed to say that Skyrim is my favourite game. :yay:), this feels like the Pokemon game I never thought I would've wanted. Also the fact that you can catch all 251 Pokemon in Gen 2, including the event-exclusive ones, have a legal check for Mew to be transferred to Gen 7, a trade-back guy who would let you evolve Pokemon like Haunter and Porygon,Pokemon being able towalk with you in the overworld...It felt like this rom hack was nothing more but a fantasy until I've played it.
 

genderqueer gorehound

burger king foot lettuce
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she/her
Dex Entry Entry unknown.
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she/her
Pokédex No.
60
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Jun 15, 2019
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949
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zeta halo
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Quirky
I maintain Scorched Earth as probably the most solid FireRed hack out there on the web right now. Only issue is that it was hosted on the old Nuzforums and I have no clue if the files are still available.
 

Alba Corbina

Johto League Champion
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Dex Entry Entry unknown.
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She/Her
Pokédex No.
581
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Jul 26, 2019
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622
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Quirky
The only fangame I've tried is Omicron, which is a New Region game. The writing isn't always great, but the level curve is actually reasonable so there isn't an obnoxious amount of grinding.
 

antingaround

genshin impact playerer
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Dex Entry nuzlocke psychopath
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Pokédex No.
228
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Jul 1, 2019
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235
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Jolly
even if i wasn't doing an insurgence run right now.... i'd say it's between any drayano hack (we pretend fire red omega doesn't exist! it's a crime) and... well, insurgence. dray's difficulty hacks and pokemon buffs make the game fun and fresh, and insurgence is well... insurgence. lots of content.
 

Electro

Dr. Ultimate Procrastinator Extreme
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he/him
Dex Entry Entry unknown.
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he/him
Pokédex No.
928
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Oct 22, 2019
Messages
671
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Adamant
I'm trying out a hack called pokemal, the premise of which is basically removing all the Pokemon and enlacing them with real, honest-to-god animals. It's currently in beta, and I'm only past the fourth gym, but I'm really liking it so far.
 

Arie Kazami

Trapped in Cycle of Grinding/Farming
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Dex Entry Just an Ordinary Trainer that doing his Nuzlocke
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Pokédex No.
388
Caught
Jul 5, 2019
Messages
334
Location
HERE
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Hasty
Pokemon Supernova Sun and Penumbra Moon from Dio vento still my favorite Pokemon hack until this day. Aside offering assortments of many Pokemon that couldn't be normally found in Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon series, the challenge is INCREDIBLY REAL. Even if you are not doing a Nuzlocke challenge on it. Also if you loves to hunting Shiny mons through Masuda method, this hack makes the eggs hatch much faster, so I recommend ya to try it at least once.

Also...I like Pokemon Insurgence and Pokemon Clover too, as well.
 

War Anvil

Life is too short to be little.
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He/him
Dex Entry I like your Sakurai, but not your players. Your players are so unlike your Sakurai.
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He/him
Pokédex No.
253
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
390
Nature
Lax
Renegade Platinum is nuckin' futs - and I say that as a compliment.

You get hard but not entirely punishing boss fights that require you to strategize instead of just rolling over enemies with the right type, and every Pokémon in Gen 4 is readily available, making for a diverse experience for any Nuzlocker!
 

REDalchemist

S.P.D. Jack Landors
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Whomst
Dex Entry There once was a man named Gold Roger, who was King of the Pirates. He had fame, power, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams.
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Whomst
Pokédex No.
217
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
316
Location
@crash nebula on ice
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Adamant
Dittoing any mentions of Pokemon Gaia. Every time I play it I just get astounded by the tremendous work put into it. Confident to call it the best Gen 3 based rom hack IMO. It's superb.
 

Waweezer

Johto League Champion
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He/Him
Dex Entry This pokemon is known to make weird comics at random, no one really knows why.
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He/Him
Pokédex No.
1893
Caught
Apr 22, 2020
Messages
950
drayano games, especially the unova ones. the extra mons, buffs, and harder difficulty makes these rom hacks amazing to nuzlocke and play in general. would definitely recommend!
 

Kit_The_Feef

Someone who draws too much ¯\_(ಠωಠ)_/¯
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Dex Entry Comic artist. Idiot. Has far too many active projects for his own sanity. Unreliable when it comes to updates on his non-comic endeavours.
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He/him
Pokédex No.
4612
Caught
Jun 16, 2021
Messages
1,326
Location
Australia
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Impish
Oh yeah, I've played every Drayano hack apart from *shudders* FireRed Omega. I'm excited for the BBVW2 and SGSS remakes!
 

Waweezer

Johto League Champion
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Dex Entry This pokemon is known to make weird comics at random, no one really knows why.
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He/Him
Pokédex No.
1893
Caught
Apr 22, 2020
Messages
950
Oh yeah, I've played every Drayano hack apart from *shudders* FireRed Omega. I'm excited for the BBVW2 and SGSS remakes!
I've played fire red omega, it's not that bad, but definitely not best, and yeah, I am pretty excited for redux, I literally just learned about it today after beating iris in bb2 today!
 

Neosonic97

The Fastest Thing Alive
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He/Him
Dex Entry Capable of casually moving faster than the speed of sound. His top speed is unknown, though some theorise it to be faster than light itself.
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He/Him
Pokédex No.
651
Caught
Aug 9, 2019
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596
Nature
Quiet
On the topic of fangames, I have to give an obligatory mention here to a non-Pokemon rom hack, but a Pokemon-styled fangame nonetheless, one styled in one. It's one I've done a run of on this very forum, and yep- it's absolutely the game you think it is if you've read my completed runs: Touhou Puppet Dance Performance: Shard of Dreams. Namely because the game itself, while it does have some frustrating elements to it (most notably that the AI will always read your moves perfectly), is an absolutely great take on what a modern Touhou Puppet Play would be like.
 

yoteboat

local coyote
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Dex Entry She's trying her best, Arceus help her...
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She/Her
Pokédex No.
5853
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Oct 18, 2022
Messages
4
Location
Would'nt you like to know
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Naive
Fools Gold!! I enjoy type swapping Pokémon a lot as a concept, the designs range from clever to absolutely silly (looking at you pidgey line) and the big update it got gives it a lot of extra content.

Also very nice sprite work for the overworld and mons, a big PLUS.
 

Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
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Dex Entry Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Loves music, worldbuilding, anthropomorphism, horrible puns, and Masquerain.
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She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokédex No.
208
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Jun 30, 2019
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3,550
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Gatto Region
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Quirky
Dittoing any mentions of Pokemon Gaia. Every time I play it I just get astounded by the tremendous work put into it. Confident to call it the best Gen 3 based rom hack IMO. It's superb.
From what I've seen of it. it seems like the rare Pokemon fangame that's both well put together and doesn't try to be ultra grimdark and edgy for whatever reason. It really feels like something you could buy in a video game store and actually give to your kids to play.
 

MixnMatch

Virtual Disaster
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Dex Entry Avid fan of virtual youtubers, both Japanese and English. Spends way too much time watching streams and talking with online friends.
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Pokédex No.
2221
Caught
Jul 16, 2020
Messages
48
Location
Internet
Nature
Relaxed
From more modern ones I'll say that Gaia and Unbound are above everything else, really.
From more oldschool, simpler hacks I'll say that I really appreciate YAFRH for general balance and good ideas despite being limited by then underdeveloped hacking tools.
Also I don't really understand bashing on FRO? It's quite okay for what it is, and I'll put it above more modern Drayano hacks because it sticks to its generation's mechanics instead of trying to shoehorn all modern stuff and random QoL things.
 

leonathemoth

Loveliest Volcarona
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She/Her
Dex Entry Entry unknown.
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She/Her
Pokédex No.
868
Caught
Oct 5, 2019
Messages
13
Nature
Modest
Unbound, Radical Red, anything by Drayno....
 

Neb

Cosmog Enthusiast
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He/They
Dex Entry Despite loving the outdoors, the Neb Pokémon has more introverted hobbies. As a result it has a socially awkward temperament.
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He/They
Pokédex No.
1199
Caught
Dec 14, 2019
Messages
115
Location
Oregon
Nature
Gentle
Despite the Johto-like wild Pokémon levels I really like Pokémon Uranium. The story can be dark at times, but it still feels like something from a Pokémon game. The soundtrack also brings much joy to me as a Gen 5 fan. It's very well done. As for the Fakemon, they're hit or miss. Some of them look like something I would've drawn as a kid, while others are delightfully creative. If it weren't for the very low wild Pokémon levels I would've beaten it by now.

I enjoy Blazed Glazed as well. The pixel art feels right at home with official Gen 3 games and the region is fun to explore. The story is absurd, but entertaining regardless. I prefer the Blazed version since it adds more moves and balances the difficulty a bit better.

Pokémon Pure Blue is a new favorite of mine. It stands out from other Gen 1 hacks by buffing weaker Pokémon, adding running shoes, letting you choose between some sprites, and improving Pokémon distribution. If you expect something super different from the vanilla game you'll be pretty disappointed, but if you want an authentic feeling Gen 1 experience that gives more options you're in for a good time.
 

DIO

🍷 The Invader 🍷
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「 The World 」
Dex Entry A shitposting vampire with all the time in the world matched with a very questionable sense of humour.
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「 The World 」
Pokédex No.
156
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
335
Location
Sneed's Feed and Seed (Formerly Chuck's)
Nature
Naughty
Pokemon Clover is unironically one of the best, most advanced hacks I've ever played. Bravo, /vp/!
 

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