With the US Netflix release of “Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution” on World Pokémon Day this week (February 27th), why not get your D&D party into the spirit by running a session of Pokémon5E, a homebrew system that merges the wonderful world of Pokémon with D&D, the greatest role-playing game of all time.
Pokémon5E is not just a simple re-skin adventure of D&D, it is a well-thought out comprehensive system of play which allows PCs to become Pokémon trainers to collect and battle their Pokémon. Unlike traditional Dungeons and Dragons, your character is no longer a powerhouse hero with a slew of dangerous spells and deadly weapons. The trainers themselves have normal human abilities and skills and so combat and utility mechanics are transferred to the Pokémon.
All your favourite Pokémon are here! | Image from pokemon5e.com
The Pokémon themselves are very much the focus of the game so Pokémon5E includes its own versions of the Monster Manual with hundreds of well thought out and detailed stat blocks. As of the time of writing, there are 721 Pokemon available from Gen I – VI.
They even have their own Pokedex available which is a digital recreation of the Monster Manuals in mobile app form available on Android and iOS.
You can check out Pokémon5E on their official website HERE.
There you will find the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manuals, links to the Pokedex app as well as “Oak’s Parcel” – a one-shot adventure which serves as a introduction to Pokémon5E. The D&D community has also rallied behind Pokémon5E by creating a slew of extra content and supplements including character/inventory sheets, extra rules to cover Pokémon breeding, contests and evolutions and additional races and battle types. Links to these are all also available on the official website.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your Pokéballs and head off to become the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time!
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