Pokecord: Discord Pokemon Game Guide & Command List

Pokecord Guide by SirTapTAp
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My Discord Server started playing Pokecord and it’s not exactly well documented, so I thought I’d make a guide with basics and commands to help people get going!

The game has several undocumented commands not listed in the official command list on their website, so check out the full(er?) list here!

Updates

2019-05-13: Found an Evolution Spreadsheet since many pokemon have non-standard evolutions in Pokecord.

2019-05-08: Thanks to @DocSigma for pointing out the undocumented p!shrink command! Added it to the list

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2019-05-03: Pokecord now has a “real” pokedex and a 50 credit reward for pokemon caught after this update. Use p!collection to see the “old” pokedex. Updated the command list.

Pokecord Basics

How Pokecord works is it pulls Pokemon data from Bulbapedia. Each pokemon has base stats, IVs, a Nature, Moves, and can potentially be Shiny (presumably at the standard astronomically low rate).

Pokemon can be traded and fought (1 v 1), and there’s no penalty for losing a fight and no reason not to catch or trade anything. There’s no winning or losing the game, so you can play as casually or intensely as you like.

Pokecord isn’t a perfect Pokemon clone however. Some important points to note: Pokemon do not have teams or abilities in Pokecord (right now). Your ability to earn money is limited to dueling (a pittance), voting for Pokecord daily on Discord Bots (kinda…icky), or selling pokemon on the ingame market (which is pretty weird).

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Where To Play Pokecord

You can play on any Discord server that has Pokecord enabled. You can either invite the bot to your own server, join our server (we’re well moderated!), or join the official pokecord server (expect catching spawns to be incredibly competitive).

Spawns seem to be a combination function of time and how many messages posted, meaning a more active server means more pokemon—but also more competition to catch those pokemon. On fast, popular servers, mobile users have a pretty strong disadvantage compared to keyboard users.

Quickstart

Once the bot is in your server, pokemon will start to spawn based on time and number of posts. Type p!start to get started, then p!pick (starter name) to select a starter.

When a pokemon appears, the first to correctly p!catch it gets it. There’s no limit to how many pokemon you can get, so there’s no reason (other than politeness) to not catch a pokemon. In a server with friends, consider letting other players catch pokemon you already have (alternately, catch them and trade them to who wants them for free).

It helps to add all pokemon you’re planning to duel with to your favorites list, so you don’t have to go through the whole pokemon list every time. Pokemon are always referenced by number not name in commands, so this will help you find the numbers quickly.

Pokemon level just by chatting in a server with Pokecord active; only your active pokemon gets experience this way though, so be sure to p!select who you want to raise. Without an Everstone (in p!shop), Pokemon that can evolve via level will automatically evolve at that level with no cancel prompt.

Duels are very buggy but there is no harm in losing, so do them as much as you want. See the Duel Commands section below for pitfalls.

What’s Missing/Different In Pokecord

As far as I can tell these are the major differences/omissions from Pokecord

  • Teams/battles for more than 1v1 pokemon
  • Status/stat changing moves do not work at all
  • Pokemon gender, meaning some evolutions are presumably random? and some moves likely do not work
  • You can’t cancel evolutions manually, you must buy and hold an everstone
  • Held items only exist for evolving or preventing evolution
  • Abilities are also completely omitted
  • There is no breeding of pokemon
  • Mega Evolutions work differently and are semi-permanently activated out of battle. Use p!mega to toggle Mega Evolution state rather than having them hold the stone in battle.
  • Aside from selling pokemon (Team Rocket, anyone?) there’s no effective way to get money at a reasonable scale
  • Any pokemon can be a random spawn, including baby pokemon, legendary pokemon, starters, and evolved forms that aren’t usually available.

Competitive Gameplay

Theoretically speaking, Pokecord attempts to emulate Pokemon battles almost 1:1. It is in practice quite buggy however and is nowhere near the quality of Smogon’s Battle Simulator, which I recommend you use if you want truly competitive and accurate gameplay (or you know, play the actual games).

That said, the same aspects of competitive gameplay in Pokemon apply to Pokecord. It is thus important to know Natures and IVs for individual pokemon, tiers and matchups and all the strategy in a normal pokemon game.

The biggest difference in Pokecord is that all duels are 1 v 1, which is actually an extremely unbalanced format leading to lots of bans in the unofficial Smogon format for it. Basically the best Legendary or Mega evo you have will always win. This greatly limits strategy specifically making any sort of switch in, kamikaze, or trap gimmicks pointless and greatly reducing the importance of Bulk while exaggerating the already high importance of speed.

Other major differences in Pokecord (other than the bugs) include that status moves do not work, natures can be changed (but not IVs, which normal Pokemon DOES let you enhance…), so you’re really only looking for good IVs, if you care about them. Also abilities don’t appear to be implemented (RIP Shedinja) and held items are also only for evolution.

This is a guide for playing Pokecord quickly, not in-depth Pokemon strategy. There’s already very established sites to teach you the latter, so check out those links if you want to know more.

I highly recommend Bulbapedia for any in-depth gameplay information and Smogon for any practical/”Meta” strategy in the games, and Serebii is great as a quick reference as well.

Commands

The official command list is actually missing quite a few important commands, mostly server administration stuff. Whenever (pokemon) is included in a command, replace it with the number of the pokemon without the parenthesis. Almost no commands use the name of the pokemon, number is instead how to reference them, since you can have multiples of any given Pokemon.

(Still filling these in)

Starting Pokecord

  • p!start
    • Enters you into the game. Other commands will not work, including p!catch, until you officially start the game.
  • p!pick (pokemon)
    • Select your starter, you can pick any “starter” pokemon from any mainline generation. This does not include Pikachu or Eevee.
  • p!help 
    • The bot will DM you a series of help messages for p!help 1-5. You have to enable DMs from server members to get the DMs

Pokemon Commands

  • p!catch (pokemon name)
    • The most important command, catches the currently spawned pokemon, if you guess the name correctly and no one else catches it first. Spawns eventually expire, or expire instantly if another spawn occurs. If the bot doesn’t respond to this command, the pokemon is already gone.
  • p!hint
    • Get a hint to the currently spawned pokemon. It’s just the first letter though
  • p!order alphabetical|number|level|iv
    • Orders your p!pokemon list in the manner selected. Note “number” means order caught, not Pokedex number
  • p!detailed
    • Use this to show/hide IVs in info boxes, in case you want to see them. Disabled by default.
      • I strongly recommend leaving the info off, as you can’t do anything about it and in the context of this game it’s basically meaningless.
  • p!select (pokemon)
    • Sets your active pokemon to the input number
    • use p!select latest to select your last caught pokemon, useful for quick Nicknaming.
  • p!pokedex
    • Shows all pokemon, limited to pokemon caught since the Pokedex update on 2019-05-03
    • Options –rewards –caught –uncaught
    • Use “pokedex claim all” to take all rewards at once
  • p!collection
    • Shows all collected pokemon, basically the old pokedex before the new update
Favorites List Commands
  • p!addfav (pokemon number)
    • Adds a pokemon to your favorites list
  • p!fav
    • Displays your favorites list, for easy reference/selection for trading/duels
  • p!removefav (number)
    • Removes pokemon from favorites list
Other Commands
  • p!challenges
  • p!daily
    • Claim your
  • p!redeem
    • Redeem a code. These have to be generated by the developers so you probably don’t have any of these
  • p!silence
    • Silences your personal level up warnings
  • p!challenges
    • Dead command for a time limited event

Duel Commands

Battles are very buggy.

When a player uses a move in a public channel, the bot will delete it (but it will show briefly).

Market Commands

Options:
pmarket search | Show the requested page of the market. pmarket search | Search the market. pmarket view | View detailed information for a pokémon on the market. pmarket info | Alternative to view. pmarket list | List a pokémon on the market. pmarket buy | Buy a pokémon from the market. pmarket remove | Remove one of your pokémon from the market. pmarket listings | Display the pokémon you have listed on the market.
Search Options:
--name | Search for pokémon by name (not nickname). --shiny | Search for shiny pokémon. --level | Search for pokémon by level. --type | Search for pokémon by type. --price | Search for pokémon with a specific price. --hpiv | Search for pokémon by their HP IV. --atkiv | Search for pokémon by their Attack IV. --defiv | Search for pokémon by their Defense IV. --spatkiv | Search for pokémon by their Special Attack IV. --spdefiv | Search for pokémon by their Special Defense IV. --speediv | Search for pokémon by their Speed IV. When searching by IVs, you can use the “>” or “--hpiv > 27 You can use multiple search options in a single command.
Order Options:
--order lvl ascending/descending | Order results by pokémon level. --order price ascending/descending | Order results by price. --order iv ascending/descending | Order by the sum of the pokémon’s IVs. --order name ascending/descending | Order results by name.(Alphabetical Order) Tip: As long as you type the start of ascending/descending, the bot will understand. Example: lvl a

Bot Commands

Mostly self-promo stuff from Pokecord.

  • p!appeal
    • Appeal a ban on the official server only
  • p!botinfo
    • Shows Pokecord bot info
  • p!donate
    • Donation link for Pokecord
  • p!invite
    • Get a link to invite the bot to your server
  • p!patreon
    • Patreon link for Pokecord
  • p!server
    • Get invite to the official pokecord server

Administration

Only the server admin can activate these commands. They affect settings for the whole server.

If you’re worried about Pokecord disrupting your server, I would first set up the redirect and channel commands, and possibly clearspawns and disable levelup. Alternately, just prevent the bot from speaking in any channel but your spawn channel via restricting its role.

Consider changing the prefix early too so people get used to it, p! is a bit annoying to type.

  • p!shrink enable|disable
    • Shrinks the size of pokecord’s posts to reduce clutter
  • p!levelup enable|disable
    • Removes levelup messages for the server
  • p!channel enable|disable
    • Toggle whether pokecord commands can be used in a channel. Default is on.
  • p!prefix (prefix)
    • Sets the server prefix, if you don’t like p!. My server uses just p so it’s easier to type, especially for quick p!catch rushes.
  • p!redirect (#channel)
    • Redirects all Pokemon spawns into the channel passed. Useful to prevent spam and annoyed server members if everyone’s not a fan. I recommend starting out with it redirected on a large server.
  • p!redirect disable
    • Disables redirecting of spawns
  • p!clearspawns enable|disable
    • With this enabled, the bot will remove the image/post of a pokemon spawn after it’s caught. Can clear up chat spam but also makes it more confusing for new players.

Pokecord Evolutions

Here’s a spreadsheet with info on non-standard evolutions in pokecord.

Administration Tricks

Restrict Level Up Messages To Channel

There’s no built in way to do this, but if you restrict PokeCord’s Send Messages permission by default, then only give it rights to post in specific channels, it can only post level ups (and commands) in those channels.

Bugs

If you thought designing a robust, highly accurate pokemon game inside a Discord API sounds difficult, you’re right.

Double Spawns

Sometimes the bot will spawn a pokemon then immediately give a second spawn. Only one spawn is ever active at once in a channel (server?) in Pokecord, so the first pokemon is simply gone.

Battle Bugs

There is a lot that can go wrong in battles. There is a pretty brief timer on move selection,

If one player can’t start a duel because the bot says they’re already in a (canceled/completed) fight, try having the other party start the battle instead.

According to the bot itself, some moves are buggy and may “crash” battles. If this happens, there’s not much you can do but not use that move.

No Wild Pokemon Spawn

This is a big problem and there’s a few reasons. First, make sure the bot can post at all and double check it’s permissions.

If everything was working and all commands still work but spawns never appear to happen (wait at least a few hours with good server activity; spawns are based on chat frequency), what may need to happen is you need to make a new channel to spawn pokemon and delete the old channel. In our case, deleting the old channel was what actually fixed it, a new channel alone isn’t enough.

This bug seems to happen to users who have already forced a redirect. Since deleting a long-running channel can be such a big deal in a server (plus since not everyone wants to see the pokecord spam), I strongly recommend making a separate channel just for pokecord, otherwise there may be no easy way to fix this with the current buggy version of the bot.

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