Pixelmon 5.0.2 has been released!
After several years of Mega Evolution requests, we've finally pushed out the first batch! This includes Mega Evolutions of all the Kanto starters and the mechanics behind obtaining and using Mega Evolution. This includes a shiny new Mega Ring accessory and changes to boss Pokémon. The wiki will be updated with these details shortly (or you could go explore yourself too).
Not to be overshadowed, the equally highly requested NPC Gyms are now in full force! A bunch of new Gyms (submitted by players like you!) can now spawn around towns. Of course, the spoils of war include Badges, so go out and train for this new challenge! Careful, as these Gyms are not quite as easy as the pre-existing Grass Gyms used to be. Note that Gyms can only spawn in newly generated chunks, so if you have an existing world, you will need to either find new chunks or use the /struc command to spawn some Gyms into your world.
As always, we have a large amount of other changes and additions. All Pokémon drops have been changed, and a new screen has been added for you to view these drops after a battle. Deoxys can now change its form using the new Meteorite item, and there are also a couple of new decorative blocks to build with. Check out all of the new changes in the Pixelmon changelog.
On the server side, those of you who have dabbled in external JSON files will be happy to know that messing up a file will no longer cause all of your NPCs to sudden disappear. We've also added some config settings that may be of interest to players who've run into problems with external moves and Apricorns. The /pokespawn and /pokegive commands have received overhauls to increase their customizability.
Remember, if you are using the Pixelmon launcher and already have Pixelmon 5.0.1 installed, you can download a patch file to update to Pixelmon 5.0.2 instead of downloading the entire Pixelmon jar file. This patch file is much smaller in size and will download much more quickly.
Note to server owners: Both Gyms and the new boss Pokémon have made heavy changes to external JSON files. If these files are enabled, you will need to integrate the new changes into your external JSON files (or vice versa). Check out the Pixelmon updating guidelines and external JSON files wiki pages for assistance. We are also active on Discord if you need extra help integrating changes.
-The Pixelmon Team