Completed Pokemon Soulstones

This project is complete. Any future revisions will be bug fixes or small updates.
Project Status
Completed
Project Version
1.0.12


Pokemon Soulstones

About Project
I started making Pokemon Soulstones in February 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Due to the encouragement of some close family, I finally ventured down the path of making a Pokemon game that I wanted to play because I wanted to tell a story. As the project increased in scope, I became more ambitious and am now at the point where I wanted to release the game to the general public. In that regard, I've tried to include everything I always wanted in a Pokemon game, and I hope that everyone else that gets a chance to play it will enjoy it too.

In no way do I receive any profit or monetary compensation for this fan game. I have made this game under fair use laws and do not intend to breach those.

Tools used to make the game:
RPG Maker XP | Pokemon Essentials v17.2
GIMP
Audacity​

Content warning:
Please note that this project contains some mature themes, including coarse language and violence. Player discretion is advised.

Plot:
You are an Agent working for the Republican Agency that has been sent back from the year 3564 CE to the 21st century. You have been issued orders to track down strong trainers known as Soul Keepers and recover their sacred pendants (the Soulstones) that hold strong legendary powers and the ability to command the loyalty of certain Mythical Pokemon. What you discover as you venture out on your mission is that you have been inserted into a much larger conflict between two ancient factions; one that is seeking to unleash an evil upon the world and the other that is desperately trying to protect the Epoch Region from its return.

Features:
The following contains a list of the features of the game:
  • Generation 1 to 7 included;
  • Fairy type, Mega Evolution, Level Cap of 115 in the main game; level cap to be raised when post-game is launched.;
  • Estimated 25 hours of content;
  • Generation 3 style game world with mechanics and abilities up to Gen 7;
  • Day/Night cycle, ability to view encounters on a map, Hidden Grottos;
  • One region (the "Epoch - Present Day" Region) available at release;
  • Not your ordinary gym battle and league challenge as this is a unique story with heavy emphasis on narrative for progression
  • Choice of starters from Gen 1 - 7 and each starter has new abilities;
  • Some Pokemon that have Epoch regional variants have also received a stat boost to make them more compelling team choices;
  • Over 100 custom-made regional variant Pokemon for a National Pokedex size of 945 Pokemon available (NOTE: All Pokemon are available except for Legendary, Mythical, and Ultra Beasts which are not available in this release)
  • Over 20 custom-made Mega Pokemon
  • Over 50 side quests that motivate a player to explore and go beyond conventional story areas and encourage exploration and collection;

Screenshots:
And now for what everyone has been waiting for, to determine whether this is worth playing or not.

Pokemon Soulstones Discord:
As players progress through the game, please join me in the Pokemon Soulstones Discord server to answer questions, report bugs or just hang out and talk about the game!
https://discord.gg/UNnkvJb

Roadmap:

  • The main story-related areas of the game are fully COMPLETE. After one month of a public beta, I believe my testers have tried to identify and iron out as many bugs as we can find, it's not the same as having it tested by lots more players with all sorts of Pokemon teams trying all kinds of strange strategies (if you find bugs, please join the Discord and report them to me!).
  • A few side areas have also been completed (Diadem Village and Marronville City) that are available to players to visit for fun or collect some additional loot, but they are being refined and expanded upon as they are optional content.
  • Special content will be released relating to the Legendary Pokemon at a later date, hence why they are excluded for now.
  • Work is already underway on the "post-game" section.

Installation Guide:
  • Like any other Pokemon fan game created using Pokemon Essentials, simply click on the download link and extract the archive.
  • Note that there is both a Part 1 and a Part 2 and both parts must be downloaded and extracted to the same folder location.
  • When this is done, run the Game.exe file.
  • If you get an error message on startup regarding fonts not being installed, simply navigate to the Pokemon Soulstones\Fonts folder, select all the fonts, right click and install them as administrator.

Download:
Download Link for Pokemon Soulstones v1.0.12:

NOTE: Please note that Part 1 link has been updated to reflect the newest patch v1.0.12. You only need to re-download Part 1 and re-extract that package if you already had Part 2 installed.
Part 1
Part 2

Changelog:
Latest Changes: Patch 1.0.12
  • Mega E-Steelix got a bit of a stat change
  • E. Bonsly can now learn Sandstorm/ Earth Power
  • E. Skrelp / E. Dragalge got a modified sprite
  • Fixed positioning of Bisharp ally sprite
  • Paralyze Heals weren't showing up on vendor screens due to a spelling error.
  • Sirius City wasn't selling Repels in error.
  • Protective Pads didn't have an in-game icon.
  • There were issues with M-Charizard Y, M-Bisharp and M-Garbodor's sprites.
  • R115-107 Cable Car trade is now looking for a Slowking instead of a Toxicroak. She still gives you an Epoch Swoobat in exchange.
  • Some Mega Pokemon got some changes. Check detailed changelog on Discord on upcoming changes.

Credits:
If I have missed anyone or misquoted you in the credits, please tell me! I have absolutely zero intent to steal anyone's work and this has and always will be a pure passion project!

The following are credits for the various assets used in Pokemon Soulstones.

The vast majority of these names are because direct work was used, but some people were credited because I used their work in previous versions, or because I got inspiration from their work whether I used it or not, and I don't think the final game would be the way it is without me seeing their work, so I believe they should get credit for the creative processes of the game's development even if their final works weren't used.

Special thanks to the teams of Pokemon Rejuvenation, Pokemon Reborn, Pokemon Zero, Pokemon Castaway, Pokemon Daybreak, Pokemon Empyrean, and Pokemon Insurgence. I leaned significantly on these games for either assets,
inspiration, or bugging their leads for help throughout the entire development process (where assets were private, they were used for inspiration but I would be remiss to not include them in the credits list anyhow).

A HUGE thank you goes to everyone in the PokeCommunity and Thundaga discord servers for helping me with the random questions I had along the way because if it wasn't for the friendly folks on there, this game would never have become a reality!

------- ART (e.g. trainer overworlds, tilesets etc.) -------
Kyle-Dove
UlthiumDragon
MickelPickelYT
Skeizerr
PurpleZaffre
EndlessTGX
Geno
Maeracle
Skallhati
Smiley-Fakemon
JWNutz
Steelman2004
Anarlarendil
AveonTrainer
HGSSTransitions by Jonas930 (Art Ripped by Latias Tamer)
Kalarie
SageDeoxys
tonitur20
Delta231
enterbrain
kWharever
carchagui
Droid779
DormDude
Drawnamu
Alevanderlinde
XxSylph
AlizarinRed
Honnojis
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
The Smogon Sprite Project
Pokemon Defiance Mega Pokemon and Regional Form Resources
Pokemon Reborn Alterate Mod Pack
pyrromanis
BlueTowel
Magiscarf
Hexx_Vixtar
Angie
Beliot419

------- MUSIC -------
Jobless Music
MezmerKaiser
Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Chun Soft
FL.Remix
Hanksterman
Pokeli
Sela42
LukeeGD
Half Pixel
UberTuberBackPacker
RetroSpecter
ViziVoir
KecleonTencho(arugurete)
Raitsu
Monopoly Rubix
Helvetica
MC Bomber
Xencleamas
A Young, Dancing Moon
bauerklos music
Bliitzit
recordreader
Malik the Hedgehog
Alpha Remaster
raZ
iteachvader (for the .sf2 of Pokemon Emerald)
EesrekYT
Snowy Fox - RMN Music Pack
Pokemon Reborn Team
Pokemon Rejuvenation Team
Blizzard Entertainment for World of Warcraft soundtrack, Diablo soundtrack and Starcraft sound effects.


------- ANIMATIONS -------
Pokemon Reborn Team
Mde2001
Smeargletail
boonzeet
mej71
raZ
Luka S.J.
pret

------- TRAINERS (e.g. battle sprites) -------
Akuma-Tsubasa
Tsunfished
Drawnamu
ShinySeabass
buddyguyman
raZ
Assassannerr
PD
Pokecomicnewb
RichardPT
SilentNinja
ShiningStar5022
Litera-sure
Pokemon Reborn Team
TSR
duncapham
Furs the Fox
SuperAngel502
academico95
Mashirosakura
Young-Dante
Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Gamefreak
starsparkless
Mediocre-Mel
mickelpickelyt
kangaflora
Kaleriodion
CalculusNova
aveontrainer
Nephae
oniwanbashu
Cerulebell
Pokesho
Reign
Dragoon
castiboy
polloron
xavs-pixels
Keh-ven
Tebited15
Lolw3e932
soulcaliburfan
Poltergeist
saf3haven
CoffeeCup
RadicalRaptr
PKMNTrainerSpriterC
afo2006

------- TILES -------
raZ
Pokemon Reborn Team
Pokemon Rejuvenation Team
Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Gamefreak
WesleyFG
Michael
Leilou
Ekat
ditto209
jyadaha2
Andrea87sky
ditto209
LogiedanT-T
WillowWhips
PkmnAlexandrite
ditto209
Marcosik1992
Phyromatical
Alistair
Zeikaro

------- SCRIPTS AND OTHER GENERAL HELP -------
FL
raZ
PurpleZaffre
LostSoulsDev / carmaniac
Savordez
Marin
Rei
NettoHikari
Luka S.J.
mej71
shiney570
Maruno
Members of the Community Script Project
Nuri Yuri
GiraPrimal
DoesntKnowHowToPlay
KleinStudio
Michael
BIGFRIV
Marcello
JV
Sr. Haruno
Pokemon Reborn Team
derFischae
Boonzeet
ForeverZer0
Ccoa
Agckuu
Blizzard
thor348
Jonas930 - Replace Party
Vendily
Black Eternity
Ego13
thepsynergist
TechSkylander1518

"Pokémon Essentials" was created by:
Flameguru
Poccil (Peter O.)
Maruno

With contributions from:
AvatarMonkeyKirby<s>Luka S.J.
Boushy<s>MiDas Mike
Brother1440<s>Near Fantastica
FL.<s>PinkMan
Genzai Kawakami<s>Popper
help-14<s>Rataime
IceGod64<s>SoundSpawn
Jacob O. Wobbrock<s>the__end
KitsuneKouta<s>Venom12
Lisa Anthony<s>Wachunga
and everyone else who helped out

"RPG Maker XP" by:
Enterbrain

Pokémon is owned by:
The Pokémon Company
Nintendo
Affiliated with Game Freak

This is a non-profit fan-made game.
No copyright infringements intended.
Please support the official games!
 
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Shadowphil

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This Game looks quite cool! I´ll try it this day and maybe upload a small playthrough :D
 

Jos_Louis

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@Shadowphil: Thanks for the publicity. If you do a Let's play or playthrough or something, feel free to join the Discord and I can put a link up to your video there.

Also, to anyone that has gotten this far down in the thread, I should note that I've released a new Patch so if you downloaded the game prior to October 3, 2020, the download link for Part 1 has been updated to include the patch. I would ask that you please re-download Part 1 if you downloaded the game before that date. No re-download of Part 2 is required.

If you have never downloaded this game, then both Parts 1 and 2 will be required!
 

Shadowphil

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@Shadowphil: Thanks for the publicity. If you do a Let's play or playthrough or something, feel free to join the Discord and I can put a link up to your video there.

Also, to anyone that has gotten this far down in the thread, I should note that I've released a new Patch so if you downloaded the game prior to October 3, 2020, the download link for Part 1 has been updated to include the patch. I would ask that you please re-download Part 1 if you downloaded the game before that date. No re-download of Part 2 is required.

If you have never downloaded this game, then both Parts 1 and 2 will be required!
Ok thank you very much
 

Jos_Louis

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Bumping post as there has been a new patch 1.0.2 released that caches animation which greatly reduces in-battle animation lag. The battle experience should now be far more pleasant!

I've updated the link on the main post for Part 1. If anyone has previously downloaded this game, please re-download Part 1 as it contains the latest game with patched bug fixes. A re-download of Part 2 is NOT required.
 

Jos_Louis

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A small but very important patch has been deployed that hopefully eliminates the periodic freezing issue due to disabling of a looping music script that I think may have been causing the problem. All other changes were relatively small but this patch should be downloaded immediately for that reason alone. I'm not updating the KNOWN BUG section yet though, because due to the nature of the bug being infrequent and unpredictable, I'm not 100% certain it is gone yet. The main page's download link has been updated accordingly.
 
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Jos_Louis

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Another small patch 1.0.5 has gone live with fixes on bugs identified to date! Changelog and download link for Part 1 has been updated on the main post!
 
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Jos_Louis

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A new patch 1.0.6 has gone live with more changes. Changelog and download link for Part 1 has been updated on the main post!
 

Jos_Louis

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After a month-long public beta, the main game is officially released. The changelog and download link for Part 1 has been updated on the main post.

Post-game and additional legendary side quests will be released over the coming months but the main game is now officially available!
 

Jos_Louis

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Latest Patch v1.0.9 has gone live which should hopefully make the early game experience less tedious! I just re-uploaded as there was a problem with the earlier upload with the file size being way too small.
 
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Jos_Louis

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Latest Patch v1.0.10 with a few more incremental fixes has been posted. Check main post for change log.
 

Jos_Louis

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A new patch has gone live which has corrected a number of inconsistencies between regional variants' abilities to learn certain moves via their natural movesets vs. TM/tutor moves. A few other fixes are also included. Check the main post for the latest change log.
 

Jos_Louis

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A new patch 1.0.12 has been released! Check the main post for a change log.
 
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