If you are using Windows, you can also install Pixelmon using the Pixelmon launcher. Most of the following instructions apply to installing Pixelmon for the vanilla Minecraft launcher.
This is a guide to installing Pixelmon. This guide covers the installation of Pixelmon client-side, either for use in singleplayer or for joining existing Pixelmon servers. If you are installing Pixelmon on your own server, see the server installation guide.
This guide assumes that you have already purchased and installed Minecraft. If you do not have Minecraft installed, you will need to do so before installing Pixelmon.
- A paid copy of Minecraft.
- 2 GB of available RAM.
- A 64-bit Java 8 version.
- If Minecraft is currently running, quit out of it before installing anything.
- Make sure that you have at least 2 GB of RAM allocated to Minecraft. Note that this requires a 64-bit operating system and a 64-bit version of Java. If you do not know how to allocate memory, see this page.
- Be sure that you have a paid copy of Minecraft, not a cracked launcher. If you use a cracked launcher, your Pokémon will not be saved when you quit Minecraft. This bug cannot and will not be fixed.
- Do not use the Technic launcher to install Pixelmon. You will not receive a starter Pokémon, and will not be able to use Pixelmon features; this incompatibility will not be fixed. Use the Minecraft launcher or the Pixelmon launcher.
- The Pixelmon jar file is universal, meaning that the same jar can be used for both client and server.
Pixelmon is compatible with several versions of Minecraft, shown in the table below. Each version of Minecraft requires a different version of Pixelmon to be used. Note that only the Minecraft 1.10.2 version of Pixelmon currently receives updates; versions of Pixelmon for older versions of Minecraft will no longer receive updates or bug fixes.
There is no Pixelmon version for Minecraft version 1.11 yet. See this page for Pixelmon's current status with regards to Minecraft 1.11.
|Minecraft version||Pixelmon version|
- Find the recommended Forge version for your chosen Minecraft version on this page. Depending on your operating system, download either the "Installer-win" (Windows) or "Installer" (Mac OS/Linux) file.
- The downloaded file is an automatic installer; when you run it, make sure you select "client".
- When the Forge installation is done, open the Minecraft launcher and click "Edit Profile". Then go down to "Use Version" and click on the drop-down menu. There should be an option named after the Forge version you installed. Choose that and click "Save Profile".
- If Minecraft loads without crashing then you have installed Forge correctly.
- Download the latest version of Pixelmon here.
- Make sure that the downloaded jar file's size is around the size listed on the download page. If it is significantly smaller (e.g., 0 B), then the download was corrupted, and you should try re-downloading the file.
- Open the Minecraft launcher, press "Edit Profile" and then "Open Game Dir" to open your Minecraft folder, open the "mods" folder and place the Pixelmon file there. If there is not a mods folder, create a folder named "mods" in the Minecraft game directory and place the Pixelmon file inside this new folder.
- Do not extract or unzip the file.
- Now just boot up Minecraft, and if it loads without crashing then go to the mods screen on the main menu. If it lists Pixelmon as one of the mods, Pixelmon is installed!
- If you follow the instructions above and Minecraft crashes, start by examining the crash report and this crash reading guide.
- If Minecraft never finishes loading or it is very laggy, you may need to allocate more memory to Minecraft. See Fixing memory issues for instructions about resolving this issue.
- If you still have issues with Minecraft crashing and the notes above don't contain the answer you need, try posting a support ticket on Pixelmon's support tracker.