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Note: The following instructions apply to installing Pixelmon for the vanilla Minecraft launcher. If you are using Windows, it is also possible to install Pixelmon using the Pixelmon launcher.
- 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.
- If you are running a server, make sure that online mode is on. If you don't do this, Pokémon will be invisible to their owners. This cannot be fixed as the issue is outside of Pixelmon's scope.
- If Minecraft is currently running, quit out of it before installing anything.
- Pixelmon 4.0 runs on Minecraft version 1.8 with Forge version 126.96.36.1990 or later. Pixelmon 3.4 runs on Minecraft version 1.7.10 with Forge version 10.13.0.1230 or later.
- Pixelmon 4.0 requires Java 8 to function; it will not run with any older versions. Pixelmon 3.4 can run with Java 6, but it is highly recommended to use at least Java 7 as there are certain aspect of battles that will not function correctly with Java 6.
- Make sure that you have at least 1 GB of RAM allocated to Minecraft. To check this, go to your profile settings and look for the "-Xmx" argument in the JVM arguments box. If the number following the argument is "512M", change it to "1G"; if not, you already have enough memory allocated.
- If you have previously played on Minecraft version 1.8 and are using Pixelmon 3.4.0, make sure that your render distance is set to 16 chunks or less. Having a render distance over this limit will cause Minecraft 1.7.10 to crash when entering a world.
- Download the appropriate Forge version here.
- The Forge comes with an automatic installer; when you run Forge, make sure you select "client".
- When the Forge installation is done, open the new 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 and name the folder accordingly before placing the file inside.
- Do not extract or unzip the file.
- Now just boot up Minecraft, and if it loads without crashing then check whether, in the mods menu on the main screen, it lists Pixelmon as one of the mods. If it does, Pixelmon is installed!
- All Pixelmon downloads are universal, meaning they are both client and server.
- If you follow the instructions above and Minecraft crashes, start by examining the crash report and this crash reading guide.
- If you still have issues with Minecraft crashing and the crash reading guide doesn't contain the answer you need, try the support tracker.