Creator of Pokémon Darkfire

London, UK
Seen 1 Week Ago
Posted April 6th, 2021
168 posts
12.6 Years
Pokémon Darkfire



Message from Karl, the scripter and composer:
Growing up, I would always go on walks with my GameBoy Advance and get lost in the original games.

After 10 long years of mostly lurking here, it's time to give something back to this great franchise and its community - Pokémon Darkfire!

Message from Ray, the mapper and tileset creator:
Since I was a teenager, I dreamt of making my very own Pokémon game, and I had the chance to make it a reality when I got my first ROM hacking tools. My early results were a bit disappointing - lots of bad, buggy hacks, all of them unplayable, left unfinished and forgotten.

I quit it for a long while, but I returned to it with a strong desire to put all the knowledge and skill I had accummulated in my starting years into a hack that's as much worth making as it is playing. Darkfire is the result of this desire. I hope everyone enjoys!


Pokémon have been acting strange lately. Some are even going missing completely from their trainers. Others simply won't respond to their trainer's commands. The region's most formidable scientists have blamed this epidemic on a severe Pokémon virus, however, any evidence is non-conclusive.

You are a youngster living in the beautiful region of Tenjo, east of Hoenn. After saving the local professor's facility from a Rattata infestation, your friend, Tyler, thinks it's a good idea to set off with you to explore the region and its beauty.

After some time exploring, you are confronted by a suspicious man who says he has been watching you battle and could use your talent in a much more brutal kind of battling, and the riches and fame that will come with this battling is something not to be ignored. He then tells you to "keep it up", and disappears.

From this point, every time you bump into Tyler, he seems to be acting more and more strange. After visiting the Tenjo Government Offices, he begins to believe the government is hiding something from the people, and so he disappears, seemingly following his own calling. After this, You begin to see symbols of the suspicious man who confronted you everywhere.

One day on your journey, news breaks out that Tyler has gone missing. Considering that he was trying to expose the Tenjo government because of his own conspiracy theories, it is clear that it does not sound good, and so you set off to find him.

As you meet new friends, they begin to assist you in the search for Tyler, however, frightening things are about to unfold...

You'll be involved in secret underground battling. These type of battles have no rules. Participants make Pokémon fight to the death for money, power and fame, and the crime rate is at an all-time high.

Through plot-twists and complete freak-outs, you will experience everything from brutal underground battles, to missing legendaries and missing people. Some say a human is running the underground corruption, others are saying no human can be so cold and it is an evil Pokémon pulling the strings.

Who will be the leader of this evil organisation? Is the government really up to no good? Where is Tyler? Why are the Pokémon acting so strangely?

All to be revealed, in this brand new, Gen 3 Pokémon adventure!


  • Brand New Region to Explore!
  • Completely Custom Music
  • Gen 7 Battle Mechanics
  • Double Wild Battles
  • Beautiful Battle Backgrounds
  • Gyms Replaced With Battle Tournaments
  • EXP From Catching Pokémon
  • Dizzyegg's Amazing Battle Engine
  • Dark & Gritty Storyline
  • Infinite TMs
  • 252 EV Cap
  • Stat Nature Colors
  • Running Indoors
  • Battle Tournaments Are Randomized
  • Brand New Movement Mechanics



  • Karl - ROM Hack Author, Scripter, Composer, Writer
  • Ray Maverick - ROM Hack Author, Mapper, Tileset Creator, Writer

Other Credits
  • ASM: Sierra
  • Tiles & Misc:Zein, Alucus of Borg, The RedEx, Alistair the Dead Hero, Magiscarf, Kyledove, WesleyFG, Zeikku, Zelix, Zeikaro, Zeo254, Novus, Dewitty/iametrine, Phyromatical, EVoLiNa, zetavares852, Saurav, Seiyouh, PrinceLegendario/sailorvicious, browniemakerx, LTSeraa, Newtiteuf, speedialga, PeekyChew, Ozumas, Xiros, JesusCarrasco/PureAzuure, Cuddlesthefatcat, ShoddyBattle, Zerudez, Hydrargirium, digibody, Davias, spaceemotion, Aten974, Warpas, Stormlugia, thegreatblaid, ~Trebuh~, Gallanty, calisprojects, Minorthreat0987, Endrasa, Lordkazeh, Dante, whack-a-hack, Flurmimon, Tratas, Midnitez-REMIX, Derlo, LuCaSBirll, ultimatetraveler, hek el grande, alphacerz, Tarev, PkmnAlexandrite, carchagui, WilliamGJ, Geben, ThunderDove, Reck, Morlockhater, cope, renekokkie, sagaxxy, Chaos, DWD, fankingomega, ChaoticCherryCake, Heavy-Metal-Lover, XDinky, Erma96, Poison-Master, Shutwig, Asdsimone, Xxdevil, Steinnaples, sylver1984, NikNak93, TeaAddiction, Gigatom, KageNoSensei, Neo, rata, Clara-Wah, AkizAkura16, Renob, kWharever, Aveontrainer, LunaMaddalena, igorfs10, rekman, sabfrompc, Mllessentials, whtdragon, Sallynyan, Burton-kun
  • Sprites: RBRNNova, Akuma-Tsubasa, art-56, solo993, JordieBo, MrDollsteak, Pixelheim
  • Translation: PokeAJ (Español)
  • Testers: Shahar, Trainerx493


  • Please report as you find.



Heiki Hecchara‌‌

Age 30
Seen 5 Days Ago
Posted February 12th, 2021
1,693 posts
13.8 Years
I've been looking forward to this thread for a long time. So much effort/ dedication/ love has been put into this hack and it really shows. Hoping it all goes well~

Inner Rhymes

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Seen 6 Hours Ago
Posted 20 Hours Ago
1,499 posts
6.1 Years
Loving the dedication that I'm seeing in the screenshots! Gosh, those tiles are eye candy for real! Can't wait! <3
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Age 31
Celadon City, Kanto
Seen April 7th, 2023
Posted April 7th, 2023
514 posts
12.9 Years
One can feel the dedication and love put into this work, the story sounds interestingly attractive and, oh my god those graphics!! To be honest cannot wait the final release! Judging from story's abstract and the map it is going to be a long journey therefore long time to see a finished hack, thus we'll have faith on you guys, go team!
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Age 28
Seen 6 Days Ago
Posted November 1st, 2022
819 posts
12.1 Years
Wow. I am looking forward to this!
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Ray Maverick

Age 27
Seen 4 Hours Ago
Posted 3 Weeks Ago
3,411 posts
14.3 Years
Thanks to everyone for their comments, your support and feedback means a lot

Is it gonna contain later generation Pokemon/Moves/Abilities?
will this have updated battle mechanics from gen 7?
We don't plan on adding gen 4-7 Pokemon, so gen 4-7 movesets/battle mechanics for just gen 3 seems like it might shake gameplay balance


The Psycho Pokemon

Seen 7 Hours Ago
Posted 2 Days Ago
1,404 posts
9.7 Years
thats unfortunate, I would have expected gen four pokemon at least on account of how many pokemon are otherwise useless without them, not to mention the phys/special split is pretty vital for many pokemon too. And I really dislike how Hidden Power didn't have a fixed base power of 60 regardless of type outcome until gen 6.


Currently open for rom hack beta testing.

Age 21
Seen December 10th, 2021
Posted September 3rd, 2021
422 posts
7 Years
Wow looks very cool. I took a 1 1/2 months absence from pokecommunity and I come back and find this cool looking Rom hack. Good luck on this dude.
Rom hacks i support: Pokemon Adventure Red Chapter, Pokemon Gaia, Pokemon Firered Rocket Edition, Pokemon Orange, Pokemon Unbound, Pokemon Masterquest, Pokemon Saffron Version, Pokemon Dark energy, Pokemon Sevii, Pokemon Radiant White, Pokemon Darkfire

Hacks I have beta tested: Pokemon Masterquest, Pokemon Saffron, Pokemon Sevii, Pokemon Aluminum, Pokemon Secret diaries. Pokémon Sors

Currently a Beta Tester for:
Pokémon saffron
Pokémon Sors

IMPORTANT: i'm currently OPEN to ANY rom hacks that need beta testing. PM me on pokecommunity, thanks!


Seen 3 Weeks Ago
Posted April 10th, 2022
1,305 posts
11.5 Years
The storyline is quite intriguing and the screenies are obviously gorgeous, you've done a fantastic job so far. Good luck! x


Gosh! What's poppin'?

Age 28
Seen 12 Hours Ago
Posted 1 Day Ago
529 posts
4.5 Years
Oh wow!
And I thought the screenshot in your signature looked good.

The whole thing does, this is just so nice to look at.

Also, that snowy tower reminds me of The Tundaria Tower from Golden Sun! <3
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Seen December 24th, 2021
Posted June 19th, 2021
3,045 posts
8.8 Years
looks very interesting and well-made! emerald hacks always get my interest and this one is no exception!
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