The Best Pokecord Alternatives & Pokemon Discord Bots of 2020

Pokemon is a well-loved and super popular series, and players are always looking for more information and more to do in the franchise. With this short list of the best Pokemon bots for Discord, you and your server members can play Pokemon games right from your Discord app or tab, or quickly look up information without having to open Bulbapedia!

Update: Well, Pokecord shut down. Obviously, that reduces it’s status as a best discord bot. Several alternatives have been added for people who want a similar experience.

Update 2: I now have a video review of Pokecord alternatives!

Let me know about other great Pokemon Discord bots in the comments! There’s a whole bunch, so this isn’t meant to be exhaustive, just the easiest and most effective bots to toss on your server and immediately have a good time.

Best Gameplay Pokemon Discord Bots & Pokecord alternatives

Pokecord

WAS active in >1.3 Million discord servers!

Well, Pokecord shut down so you can’t play it anymore. I’ll leave it here for reference.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Pokecord so I won’t spend too much time talking about it. It’s the most popular bot that lets Pokemon spawn in your Discord server and lets players catch them, trade them, and grow them up. It features Shinies, IVs, and a limited battle system.

If you just want to sit back in Discord, chat, and catch Pokemon low-effort, Pokecord has you covered.

Pokecord Description

Upsides
  • Most popular bot, many of your server members may already play
  • Decent support for things like Shinies, battles, a Pokedex
  • Catch Pokemon in several different languages, without changing the bot’s base language
  • Increase your Pokespelling skills by racing your friends to catch that Elgyem or whatever it’s called
  • Give Pokemon nicknames full of emoji to torture your friends
  • Helpful to boost engagement in your server by rewarding chatting & reading
Downsides
  • Very behind on features compared to Mewbot and other more battle-focused Discord bots
    • Status moves, breeding, multi-pokemon fights, minigames are all absent
  • Special evolutions are annoying, requiring things like a dedicated channel named “#day” to evolve daytime only evolutions
  • Requires a moderate degree of setup if you don’t want it to spam your channels
    • I highly recommend making an exclusive channel for any of these game bots
  • Commands aren’t well documented; see my Pokecord Guide for help
  • Economy is wonky and basically requires constantly voting for the bot on the Discord Bots list
  • Pokemon spawn rate is heavily biased against legendaries, starters, and some other Pokemon
    • On top of that, certain Pokemon appear far more than other common, non-legendary/starter pokemon

Mewbot

Active in >60,000 servers.

Mewbot is Pokecord’s less popular but more fully featured cousin. It works largely the same, just having a lot more features and some minor differences here and there. It unfortunately has more than it’s fair share of bugs and save wipe issues.

I have a MewBot Guide here. Bot invite link.

Mewbot features
Upsides
  • Basically does everything Pokecord does
  • Battles are much more in-depth than Pokecord with functional status moves
  • Pokemon spawns are more evenly distributed than Pokecord, meaning less duplicates and more excitement
  • Relevant minigames like game corner and fishing
    • Fishing gives evolution/etc items for free
  • Economy is a bit less bad than Pokecord
Downsides
  • Far more buggy than Pokecord, has had two “everyone lost all/most pokemon” database incidents now.
  • More complicated than Pokecord
  • Nags for upvotes just like Pokecord
  • Not as popular as Pokecord
  • Can be harder to enjoy the more complete battle system due to less people that play it

PMDiscord

You guessed it; a Discord bot game based entirely around the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series! No dungeon exploring, but it has complex battles featuring terrain coverage, stat boosts, and team mechanics. Focuses exclusively on Pokemon Battles rather than collection, unlike Pokecord and Mewbot.

Pokemon Mystery Discord explaination

Upsides
  • Multi-player team based battles unlike most bots
  • PVE and PVP, even cross server PVP
  • Choose your pokemon instead of having to catch
  • A unique and balanced combat system based on Pokemon Mystery Dungeon—not many bots are based on PMD
  • Free and no vote-nagging unlike most Pokemon Bots! You can earn currency with a ‘novote’ mystery gift
  • Decent level of customization especially in sandbox mode
Downsides
  • A little confusing to get started in
  • Can be spammy—variable challenge speeds are available, but it’s best put in it’s own channel
  • Seems to be no legendaries or shinies, since you simply hatch what you want instead of catching
  • Not as commonly played as Pokecord or Mewbot
  • Challenges are made for multiplayer, which can be frustrating if other players aren’t online

PokeTwo

Active in >20,000 servers

PokeTwo is pretty much…literally just PokeCord again. For better or worse, if you liked Pokecord, that’s what this is. It only misses the Market feature for now and it’s planned to be added. From the commands to the embeds it’s virtually identical, though the voting system seems more generous.

PokeMeow

Active in >60,000 servers

PokeMeow Guide here

PokeMeow is a newer and pretty slick discord bot with lots of gameplay features that differentiate it from Pokecord. It has events, more of an economy, an auto-catching bot and lots of other unique things.

PokeMeow menus
From PokeMeow’s description

Myuu

Another more fully featured discord bot, this one doesn’t make you remember commands other than .menu. It has full party teams, semi-graphical battles, regions and more.

Myuu Guide by me.

Myuu's menus
From Myuu’s description

Best Informative Pokemon Discord Bots

Let’s be real here. There’s 890 Pokemon, and about as many Moves, Items and Abilities. These bots will help you keep things straight and figure out how the heck you evolve that Inkay.

Beheeyem

Easily the best quick-reference Pokedex I’ve come across, named after everyone’s least-favorite-to-spell Pokemon Beheeyem. Get quick mainline game info on Pokemon, Abilities, Items, or Moves. No extra set up or weird permissions required, great for any server with Pokemon discussions going on.

Beheeyem even has spelling suggestions, making it useful for Pokecord players trying to sneak in a sly one.

beheeyem showing it's features

Note: Images for this article are taken from official listings for these bots on their own homepage or top.gg Discord bot listing. Descriptions in images may be out of date and were written by the bots’ creators, not me.

Upsides
  • Best bot I’ve seen to get a quick overview of a pokemon and a link to Bulbapedia (and Smogon and PokemonDB if you prefer)
  • Simple commands, all you need to remember is b.dex (pokemon) and b.help
  • Spelling suggestions help for for children who can’t read good
Downsides
  • Website seems abandoned, though Gen 8 info is being added to the bot so it’s not dead yet
  • Oddly narrow and specific set of commands

Professor Bellis

The least-common bot on this list, Professor Bellis is a pretty new bot that uniquely (as far as I’ve seen) has Pokemon Masters Sync Pair information. It also has a whole Pokemon Masters style game built into it too, though I actually added it to my server just to look up Sync Pairs since Beheeyem doesn’t do that.

Professor Bellis information

Upsides
  • Info most other Pokemon bots lack
  • Built in Pokemon Masters minigame you don’t have to whale for
Downsides
  • Pretty picky syntax
    • For example @Professor Bellis help works instead of !help like the documentation suggests
  • Everyone seems to have stopped playing Pokemon Masters already

Best Pokemon GO Bots

Pokemon GO is by far the most popular Pokemon side game, and due to it’s real world nature there’s a lot of complexities that bots can help out with. Due to my limited Pokemon GO experience I haven’t used them myself, but asked experienced Pokemon GO players what they use.

None of these bots violate Pokemon GO terms of service via disallowed automation, cheating, location emulation, etc.

Meowth

If you have a larger Pokemon GO server it can be a hassle to arrange meet ups, report raids/spawns in specific areas. Meowth can help you coordinate and plan raids and more:

Meowth Discord Bot Features

Upsides
  • Lots of features
  • Reports from your local community, no (TOS-breaking) auto-reporting
  • Public and self-hosted versions
  • Most PoGo features you should need
  • Integration with popular third party programs like Silph Co & Pokebattler
Downsides
  • Might be too complicated to be useful if your group is small enough
  • Self-hosting (not recommended anyway) requires the expected amount of setup, requires some Linux knowledge

Silph Road

Silph Road is a major PoGo information site that has a Discord Bot to help you find other communities and players. Have a look at their features and see if the bot interests you, I know some players find them useful.

More Pokemon Discord Bots

There’s far more fully featured Pokemon bots than I ever expected to see on Discord, you can browse more on the Discord Bot Listing site top.gg or the other discord bot listing discord.bots.gg.

I’m sure plenty of these bots are great, but the list also includes lots of barely related bots that happen to have a pokemon command, unmaintained bots, or bots that may be more trouble than they’re worth compared to the ones I’ve included in my list.

Always be cautious when adding Discord bots to your own server, and be ready to boot spammy or unfun bots. Be careful which permissions bots request, some may ask for @everyone or other disruptive features.

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