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  Client Update 1.97.2
Posted by: Donar - 11-13-2017, 09:14 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (22)

This update has been a long time in the making and while it does not immediately bring any changes visible to players, it gives many new tools for the content staff to work with.
We have departed from our old custom scripting language that went by the name of XanaScript and will from now on work with Lua. For now all NPCs have been converted one-to-one and aren't yet taking advantage of the new tools available, but this will change over time.
The same applies to the newly added support for berry trees and Pokemon forms: they are now possible but you might not immediately see them put ingame.
Finally a battle timer for PvP has been put in that is currently set to 60 seconds per round.

This update has been tested by staff and a handful of players, but as always there is no guarantee for there to be no bugs. If you encounter any problems, please report them through the Bug Catcher on the Playerdex.

You can find the download links to the latest installer here: https://forum.pokemon-world-online.com/s...?tid=25997


  • Replaced XS with Lua (along with many new tools for scripters)
  • Added new map options (more staff tools)
  • Added support for berry trees
  • Added support for Pokemon forms
  • Added online notification for friends
  • Implemented a PvP battle timer
  • Changed it so gym leaders can be instantly rebattled upon losing, EXP will only be rewarded upon winning
  • Changed it so your last Pokecenter is based on where you last healed, not by just entering a Pokecenter
  • Changed it so IVs start at 0 now, this should have been the case from the beginning, as this is how it works in the handhelds
  • REP is no longer awarded for beating NPCs, at the same time there are no REP requirements in place anymore
  • Fixed HP not visually updating when leveling up while in battle
  • Fixed effectiveness message not being displayed if defender fainted before the last hit of a multi-hit attack
  • Fixed Dragon Tail & Circle Throw to not active if the defender fainted
  • Fixed check for status moves that don't ignore typing
  • Fixed collision check for sideway ledges
  • Fixed crash when trying to start a battle with no pokemon / fainted party
  • Fixed old crash related to PvP (this also means there is no longer a 2 Pokemon requiremen)
  • Added support for Pokemon forms
  • Added support for berry trees
  • Improved performance slightly for font rendering
  • Fixed misaligned Pokemon chat links
  • Fixed an issue with npc movement collision checking on the edge of maps
  • Fixed not being able to trade when not having a full team of 6 Pokemon

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  Halloween Swarm Event (CLOSED)
Posted by: Jinji - 11-05-2017, 04:25 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (22)

As everyone knows, earlier this week, we celebrated the unquestionably best holiday of the year. The evening in which we remember those long departed, and dress up in frightening clothing and share sweet treats with one another. Yup, Halloween!

Unfortunately, Halloween this year fell on a rather awkward day - a Tuesday. This unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of our modern calendar meant that celebrating the day was awkward for many, due to it falling in the middle of the working week. But we didn't want to let you all down.

It is my pleasure to announce the opening of a belated Halloween spawn event. Until next Sunday, you can speak to a special Ghostly NPC located at Pewter City in Kanto, or Cherrygrove City in Johto, to be taken to a special, otherworldly location where you can catch some spooky Pokémon for yourself! There is no quest, only a special map for you to hunt in. Spirits, spiders, and even a sentient balloon await for you to catch...

Or did, once. Halloween is long past us, and the Lost Park is not a location designed to remain found. This event is now concluded; and is no longer accessible. Players who are still in the Lost Park following this event's closure may remain and wander around to your heart's content, but be aware what you see now is but an illusion; and there are no longer any Pokémon to find. You may talk to the Teleporter NPC to return to reality.

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  Charity and 4th Gen Starters - Token Store
Posted by: Rigaudon - 09-23-2017, 12:19 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (6)

Thank you, PWO community! 

We've reached our goals for emergency funds. From now on, whenever there is an excess of donations, proceeds will be given to the Child's Play charity.
But that's not all.

Chimchar, Piplup and Turtwig will be made available on the token store indefinitely. Like every other Token Store Pokemon, availability will depend on rotation. 

The 4th Gen trio will also join the other starters as event Pokemon, so keep an eye out.

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  [Weekend Event] Back to Farside Valley! [CLOSED]
Posted by: Rigaudon - 08-01-2017, 05:29 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (36)

THIS EVENT HAS CONCLUDED. A big thanks to our community for joining us! Feel free to leave feedback here or on the suggestion forum if you want.
You will still be able to complete the quest if you started it, assuming you have enough tickets. The Move Tutors will also stay for a couple more days.

It's about time for another event month. Based on past feedback, we've redone the scripts. Pippin has taken a sharp eye to the spawns, too.

The event will begin on August 11, 2017. As usual, head to Cherrygrove or the Pewter City museum to get started when the time comes. This is a weekend event, so this opportunity will only be available until August 13, barring downtime.

See you there.

Event opened on AUG 11, Midnight UTC.
Event will close around AUG 13, 11:50/Midnight UTC.

UTC is a timezone. Google "local time UTC" to see what time it is currently.

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Photo Important notice to Photobucket users and signature artists!
Posted by: Jinji - 07-01-2017, 12:13 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (1)

Attention all PWO Forum Users! If you are currently using a Photobucket account to host signatures and avatars for PWO or any other Forum, or to host signatures you've created for other people, it is with regret that I must inform you that you will need to upload those images to another host in order to continue to use them.

As part of a recently-announced change to Photobucket's Terms of Service, it is no longer permitted for users on certain account tiers - including free users - to embed images on sites outside of Photobucket. This feature now requires a paid Plus 500 plan, at a cost of $399.99 a year.

As a result of this change, if you are not a Plus 500 user, it is no longer possible to use Photobucket-hosted images on the PWO Forum - or, indeed, any other Forum or website. If you are currently using Photobucket for this purpose, you may find your signatures or avatars may stop loading in the future, or may be replaced with advertising. I have taken the opportunity to make this announcement, even though it does not directly relate to PWO and is out of our control, in order to inform such users of the inconvenience as early as possible so that you have time to find new image hosting services and can continue to use the signatures and avatars you enjoy seeing on your PWO Forum Posts.

Thanks for your time.

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  Hello Discord, Goodbye IRC.
Posted by: Rigaudon - 05-29-2017, 02:39 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)

A small handful of you have raised the possibility of PWO starting our own Discord server, and recently our Staff team took this into consideration.

Our IRC has seen less and less use lately. That, combined with multiple other advantages when presented with the opportunity to swap, has lead us to move on to Discord. We have disabled voice chat, as that would be impossible to moderate.

We've set everything up accordingly, so feel free to join us:

Seems some people are confused about the rule page. Just click on a general chat to the left once you join.

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  [Event] Spring Forth to the Blue Archipelago![CLOSED]
Posted by: Jinji - 05-10-2017, 06:49 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (49)

FINAL UPDATE!! Event is now closed, we hope you had a great time! Leave feedback below, we'd love to hear from you about your experiences- good, bad or ugly so we can do even better next time! Smile

UPDATE!! Final closure time announced! Check the bolded sentence below.

As stated below if you're in Kanto just enter the Museum in Pewter City- if in Johto talk to the Event guy in Cherrygrove City.

Land Ahoy! GuiiHenrique's first place map submission will be host to this month's event. It was quite a journey to reach this point, considering the nomadic nature of the landmass, but the beautiful vista was worth it.

The celebration started on May 15th at 6pm UTC and will last for a week. The final closing time will be May 22nd at 8pm UTC.

You can join in on the fun in the Pewter City Museum's top floor Holodeck, which has been retrofitted into a teleporter to the previously-hidden paradise.

Those of you from Johto can hitch a ride with the event guy in Cherrygrove.

See you there!
-PWO Staff

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  Donation/Server Logs
Posted by: Rigaudon - 05-09-2017, 08:59 PM - Forum: Change Logs - Replies (3)

The Basics:

Since this is a newer topic and a newer concept, this topic is liable for editing at any time.

1) The game and websites are hosted on one server.
2) The server costs approximately $333 a month. 
3) No staff are paid to work on PWO. $0 goes to staff for their work.
4) "Ownership" of PWO is treated as a responsibility (NOT authority) between Admins and DEVs.
Ownership cannot be bought or otherwise opted in. It is a skill and trust-based council of existing staff. No amount of money suddenly makes you skilled or trusted for an admin/DEV position.
5) The money is hosted on Paypal. Admins and Devs have access to the paypal account(s)
6) Paypal is notorious for freezing accounts out of the blue and for no reason, locking access to payments.
          We may look into safer, alternate storage options due to this.
7) We will donate funds beyond our "emergency funds" cap to an as yet undecided charity.
          We will disclose amounts donated/allocated to charity monthly, at a cap. To avoid being a tempting legal target, we will just note "Charity donations: $300+"
          We know this could slightly raise eyebrows but we'd rather have unfounded accusations flung at us from players than a legal letter from Nintendo. 
8) There is no set time for me to update this. I will try to do it once per month, but there's not going to be an exact day per month.
9) We might look into more donation options outside of Paypal if necessary and if we have the time. 

If you have further questions, post it on a separate topic. This topic is for logs only. 

CURRENT (May 9, 2017)

Server: Paid! ($333/$333)
Set aside for emergency: $302

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  Ownership and Abilities
Posted by: Rigaudon - 05-01-2017, 08:21 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

Before we begin, I want to note that you can ask related questions in your replies, as usual.
Just make sure to read the entire topic to make sure I didn't already answer it. I'll likely ignore repeat questions.

This topic is a continuation of the "A New Leg in our Journey" announcement. (Click here for link).


As many of you have doubtless noticed or at least heard about, we've changed ownership.
Instead of Xanatus being the sole owner, all of the Admins and Devs are putting in joint effort in that regard. This change is not being treated like a additional authority but as added responsibility.

The paypal account is under a single Admin's name. However, the Admins and Devs can see the balance at any time, cancel payments, and a DEV can access the account in an emergency.

We have shared access to the domain registration, server, etc and it can be reached in a pinch.

First, so we can prevent downtimes. No more waiting for domain renewals unless it is completely out of our hands. 
Second, we can now almost immediately (depending on user's paypal settings) know if a donation was valid or not. Instead of getting back to people at an indefinite time, we can do this almost immediately.
Third, we can make informed changes to the token store instead of stabbing in the dark and hoping changes won't make the game sink.
Forth, we can invest back into the game more readily if the income is enough. I don't mean paying staff - we won't make enough for that. But maybe we could get some really nice forum software, for example. 
Finally, TRANSPARENCY. We can know what we make, you can know what we make.

We have moved to a single octa-core server. Costs are $333* monthly.
*May be slightly inaccurate, we'll know for sure when we renew for next month.

And look!
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Remember that "I wish" and "if only we could" talk about money and where it goes? That dream is now our reality.

Where is the server?/What are the risks?
I -think- we're still in Sweden, but frankly that doesn't matter. The Paypal is in the USA and thus could be frozen at any time for any reason. After we survive and settle for a bit it might be worth looking at alternate storage methods for obvious reasons.

What about paysafe/etc?
We're open to looking into these but it may take a while to set up. If you have a list of GOOD payment systems that do not require us to be pre-approved, send them to Rig in a forum private message. Nothing else or she'll lost track of them.

Immediate goals:
We want to make next month's "rent" and if possible build up a safety net for the next several months. 

We need to know how much we make on any given month and plan properly accordingly. If donations spike this month and fall off a couple months from now, and we planned inaccurately, that can suck.

I'll make a change log based on server costs and goals after this month, so keep an eye out for that. I can't promise I will share every single dollar at the moment (if we appear to have too much we become a target for lawyers), but for those of you that keep up, you should have a good idea.

Also, staff will now know exactly what we make.

Ok cool, but after you make enough to coast for a while, what will you do?
We are heavily considering donating it to charity. We want to keep it related to what PWO is already doing, so perhaps something like Child's Play seems appropriate. We don't really want to get too ahead of ourselves though, so haven't dug into this too much.

Feel free to suggest them in the comments and we'll check them out. Make sure they're related to something you think PWO is doing, such as providing a safe environment for people/providing free entertainment.

Inb4 the "donate everything to [your username here]" charity is suggested.


As some of you have already noticed, you can change a Pokemon's ability through the Playerdex. Once.

This is a temporary system. You cannot change natures, and we will not let you change natures no matter how much it is asked for or insisted upon. We fully expect to remove this Playerdex system once the full one is added. Adding natures means you can ignore the new system and make a perfect Pokemon for free; not gonna happen. 

We made a temporary ability system for a few reasons:
a) Battling was overly stagnant. Tanks ruled the lands, etc. Abilities help with that and add some diversity. Diversity and meta shifts also tend to help the market.
b) You guys needed a visible and impactful update. NPC redos are all fine and dandy but at the end of the day, you guys aren't going to feel that impact.
c) It hurts nothing and doesn't compromise our future plans.

So enjoy. Just be careful what you choose.

Not all abilities are working right now. It was not part of the full battle system test from long ago. 

Here is a list of which abilities are implemented (click here for link).

Please use it before changing a Pokemon's abilities. It's on the wiki.

In the unlikely event you run into an incorrectly labelled ability, feel free to leave a report on the playerdex. The client is usually for visual issues, for reference.
Pokemon will still always start with their first ability.

To avoid scams:
If a Pokemon has its first nature (use google), its ability can be changed.

The next event is still on track but was obviously delayed by downtimes/etc. That aside, PWO appears to be moving along nicely.

That should be all. Any questions? Need clarification?
Keep in mind that we can't give time estimates for anything.

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  A new leg in our journey
Posted by: Bluerise - 04-30-2017, 09:25 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (5)

Hello dear friend of Pokémon World Online!

As some of you may or may not be aware, we have recently been experiencing issues with some of our web services. Unfortunately, such issues like this are out of our reach. This results in long periods of down time until we can contact the appropriate person to get things back up and running. Sadly, this is not the first time we have experienced this either. With that in mind, we have devised a new strategy!

We are now planning to replace how Pokémon World Online is 'owned'. As part of this plan - we intend to move away from a one-man management team to a management covered by our Developer and Administration team with the benefit of allowing access to all things necessary. Therefore, more hands available to monitor and troubleshoot problems as opposed to one. This should also help to prevent incidents like this happening in the future and allow faster communication between staff and players.

You may have noticed that you have landed to this announcement from a new domain. We hope to continue running from this domain and if allowed in co-operation with Xanatus - to redirect players from our previous domain (pokemon-world-online.com) to this new domain.

Do not fret though! There should be no data loss during this transition as our Developer team is working hard to ensure that any data we currently have is available on our new server, which we will be migrating to within the near future. This will mean that the current client to connect to our server will be updated to allow you to connect to the new server so please keep an eye on our web services upon their return for an updated client.

We would like to thank Xanatus and all our Players for the support they have given to the game whether it's by donating, providing help to other players and staff alike or just being involved with the game.

We hope you continue to provide your support as we embark a new leg in our journey!

Thank you!

Update - 26th April 2017: The game is now back online after moving across to the new server. You can now download the client from one of the links given below. Web services are still offline.

Update - 30th April 2017: Main site and Forums are now back online. The Playerdex will be available by end of day (Sunday 30th April).

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