Pokemon: Obsidian Version

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Hello everyone, I'm making a pokemon ROM hack, basically that means I'm making my own pokemon game: Obsidian version (the title may change eventually). It's still deep in the developmental phases, but by the end it will be an entirely new region with a pokedex of up to 200 original pokemon (around 50 have been sprited so far). It's going to run on the engine for the gba games, so it will have graphics similar to ruby and sapphire. On this thread I'll be posting information about it leading up to it's release, things like characters, pokemon, and the map. Once production is far enough along, I'll also be posting the release date here, and where you can check the game out for yourselves. Feel free to leave feedback on the things that I post here, it's better to hear the critiques before the game is released so that hopefully I can fix most of the problems. Thank you for your attention, and I hope you all like whatever you see here.


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My advice? Don't post the

My advice? Don't post the release date. Nintendo has been a real gluteus maximus to fangame developers lately. Shutting down Uranium on Launch day and the 8 year labor of love that was POkemon Prism just days before the final version launched.


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Desark's usually vacant stare might lead one to believe that there isn't much going on in his head. And it's usually true. Desark's head is definitely in the clouds. He is capable of following extremely specific instructions to the letter... once he finally gets around to following them at all. He usually comes back to earth when food is involved, and will occasionally grasp that certain situations are serious enough to warrant his full attention, but this is quite rare. Desark would quite happily spend entire days staring off into the distance or basking in the afternoon sun. He is a sub-species of TT refferred to as a Totemic Terror.

Xerxes, the Deadly Nadder


Xerxes, like Voodoo and Scritter, comes from the area around Barbados. He was found heavily injured during an intended year-long trip to the area, his hide pierced by arrows and darts covered in poison, with a dislocated wing, and his leg badly broken from his crash. Over the course of about six months of care, he was healthy enough to begin rehabilitation. After two months of rehabilitaion, he was ready to fly to his new home. He has since become a loyal member of the pack, although he is still weary toward people. His leg still bothers him, so he occassionally walks with a limp in his stride, and this gets especially bad when the wheather gets extremely cold. Xerxes is sometimes overprotective of other dragons and still displays occasional aggression toward humans. When he is relaxed, his personality will emerge. He is highly curious, adventurous, and will never pass up a meal. He will not accept food directly from any human hand. Whether this is a matter of pride of a sign of his weariness is anyone's guess. While his exact age is unknown, he appears to be quite young, and is prone to occassional impetuousness and silliness when he thinks no one is looking.


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A Rumblehorn who migrated from Barbados for reasons no one really knows. A bit of an oddball, Bonehazard was first encountered in the rocky outcroppings surrounding Outcast Island. It seemed he had been there for some time, as the Outcasts had already come up with a healthy amount of superstition surrounding his mysterious patterns. Superstition that Bonehazard seemed to quite enjoy. A few attempts were made to capture him, but all ended in faliure. Bonehazard was wily enough to avoid obvious traps, and never quite flew close enough to be fired at successfully. After a few months of tormenting the Outcasts, he moved on to Berk to test his luck. Unfortunately for him, the residents of Berk weren't quite so spooked by his appearance, and were already living alongside dragons. He has since bonded with a few villagers, but he still loves to make trouble, squeezing himself into tight, dark spaces and popping his bone-patterned head out to scare passing vikings, stealing fish, and occasionally making a huge mess wherever he goes.


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I don't do subjects ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'm not really worried, they've only shut down 2 games out of, by my count, no less than 50 of these kinds of things. I think it's because they were bigger productions with years of working and teams of people working on it. This is a one-man endeavor that I hope won't take more than 2 years. Either way, I doubt nintendo is monitoring the school of dragons forum for this kind of thing, so it should be fine. I also think I'll leave "pokemon" out of the official title, just as a precaution. Maybe call it fakemon obsidian version.

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I'd be worried if my efforts could very well be for naught tbh. There's been tons of one-man projects that have been shut down by Nintendo. It's not a matter of the size of a team, it's a matter of whether they find the material or not. Sure, if you only want to share the game on this forum it's super unlikely that they'll find it, but would you really work for two years just to share your project on such a ridiculously small scale? 


Ditching the Pokémon IP in the name is a super good idea though! As long as you don't use source material owned by Nintendo, you might be safe. Nintendo is still on its massive DMCA spree, and I think they have taken down over 500 in hide'Nintendo' games in 2016 alone. Then again, you can always follow the tracks of Pokémon Uranium: Release it, have people download the material, receive a C&D, take it down and depend on the people who DLed the game to spread it around. Once something's online, it's super hard for a company to take everything down.











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I don't do subjects ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Honestly, I'm making this more as a hobby than actually hoping to get it popular in the public eye, think of it like my version of building a model ship or something. I'd like to share it with people, which is why I posted this here, but I'm mainly making it in my spare time just for my own enjoyment because it's fun to me. If it only has a small audience, or even if it gets taken down, I can still look at my creation whenever I want and let my friends play it, and that's fine with me. I get where you're coming from, though. I may change some names (pokemon and pokeballs) to avoid this kind of thing if I decide later on that I do want it to be popular, but for now I'll just post small bits of information in 1 or 2 places leading to the release. Thanks for your concern, btw.

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In that case, I wish you the best of luck! The amount of effort that goes into stuff like this is ridicilous. It definitely sounds like a fun project to work on in your spare time. 

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Like NightmareRebuff said,

Like NightmareRebuff said, it's best to not share any release info on your ROM hack.

Actually, it's better to keep development quiet until the very release of the game. Nintendo is incredibly strict on third party/ripped/altered content of their IP (for a good reason), and they will send you a C&D once they get wind of it.

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I don't do subjects ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I responded up there ^

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I don't do subjects ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So, originally I was going to post screenshots from in-game events as I made them, but since I don't want to wait for months upon months to post anything, I think I'm going to start with posting descriptions of towns, characters, and hints of the plot. So to start:


Welcome to the Vivida region! This island region is isolated from most others, meaning all Vividan pokemon are specific to this region. You are greeted in the opening by Professor Pine, the region's leading expert on pokemon. Beginnig your journey in Dewlan Town, a small town surrounded by forests at the southern part of the region, you choose your starter pokemon and set out on your adventure. At the pokemon lab where you recieve your starter you meet Amber, another new trainer ready to take you on as their rival. Then on your way to the next city, you encounter another soon-to-be rival, a trainer named Kaz, whose only pokemon is a Kraven(A dark/flying crow pokemon) that they recently caught. Dewlan town connects to route 1 and route 9, route 9 is blocked at the start of the game. Route 1 is home primarily to early-game flying, normal, and grass type pokemon.


Tommorrow I'll add more about Amber, Kaz, and possibly the gym leaders.

(An update on the pokedex, there are now 91 pokemon, about halfway to the goal)

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A few special characters

I'll be editing this one from time to time, for now here are all the main characters planned to be in the game



Amber is sweet and energetic, you meet as you leave professor pine's lab when she rushes in and runs into you. After leaving the lab, she follows shortly after and challenges you to see her new pokemon in action. Amber has a real love for pokemon, and is taking on the pokemon league challenge as a way to meet and catch as many kinds of pokemon as possible. She challenges you periodically to see your progress, hoping you can both become strong enough to achieve your dreams


You first meet Kaz on route 1, after catching his first pokemon he challeges the first person he sees to test it's strength: You. Kaz is typically silent and avoids people, but along your journey he occasionally sees you fit to test his skills. Kaz keeps a team of dark type pokemon, and gains levels faster than Amber.


A self-proclaimed superhero, he appears to aid you at some points of the plot. He is courageous, upstanding, and outgoing. You get the opportunity to battle him in the post game.


The only non-joy nurse in vivida, she runs the pokemon center in polluna city. She typically is pretty apathetic, but takes the time to warn weaker travellers to leave the city as soon as they can.


A lifeguard and water type gym leader. Washington loves to watch trainers with great potential, and will be very encouraging to you in your challenge. His gym is the Pokeocean water park, you'll have to ride a series of pool floats to reach him.


fairy gym leader


grass gym leader


normal gym leader


poison gym leader


flying gym leader


fire gym leader


rock gym leader


steel elite 4 member


psychic elite 4 member


dragon elite 4 member


dark elite 4 member


region champion

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Helmedge, The grass type pokemon

Diploomerang, The water type pokemon


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All 200 pokemon have been designed, sprite work starts now and should be done 1-2 months from now