The 9 Best Pokemon Fighting Games Free Download for Android/PC in 2022
Pokmon Fighting Games
1. Best Overall: Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee!
While some will claim it’s a stripped-down version of an otherwise complex turn-based role-playing game (RPG), we like to think of Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee! (and its electrifying counterpart, Let’s Go, Pikachu!) as a return to form for an overcomplicated franchise that, in recent years, has alienated some of its most devoted fans.
Taking cues from the overwhelming success of the Pokemon Go mobile game, Let’s Go, Eevee! removes the battle-to-capture element common to previous games in the series and replaces it with an active — and motion-controlled — Poké Ball throwing mechanic leveraging the unique functionality of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.
Generously considered a remake of the 1998 Game Boy title Pokemon Yellow, Let’s Go, Eevee! also reduces the number of creatures you’ll find in the wild, from a headache-inducing 809 to a more manageable 151.
It’s setting, the Kanto region will evoke wistful childhood memories for longtime series veterans, while newcomers will enjoy traversing the Kanto region for the first time.
2. Best Mainline: Pokemon Ultra Moon
Returning to the Hawaiian Islands-based Alola region of the Pokemon Sun and Moon games before it, Pokemon Ultra Moon is the latest game in the mainline Pokemon franchise.
Released in 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS, it is the first “enhanced” third installment in any Pokemon generation to include a new cast of creatures, even if the selection is thin. In addition to the 81 new Pokemon introduced in Sun and Moon, Ultra Moon brings five new monsters to your pocket.
The storyline is almost identical to that of its immediate predecessors — you’re an 11-year-old residing on Melemele Island and, to become the next Pokemon League Champion you have to complete nine islands Trials and four Grand Trials before contending with the Elite Four.
Since there are no gym battles, Pokemon Ultra Moon might estrange those confined to series mainstays. On the other hand, if you’ve grown tired of the traditional “wash, rinse, repeat” formula, you’ll relish the chance to explore new Pokemon forms and mechanics.
3. Best Story: Pokemon White 2
Traditionally, every mainline Pokemon fighting game is broken into two different versions, with subtle differences between each, which are then followed by a third, “enhanced” composite of the two not long thereafter. After Pokemon Red and Blue came Yellow.
Silver and Gold were reimagined one year later as Pokemon Crystal. And so on. Pokemon Black and White 2 deviate from this norm, opting instead to serve as a sequel to Black and White.
Under the assumption that you played the first Pokemon Black and White, White 2 takes place two years after the events of the first two games.
In the wake of Ghetsis’ arrest and N’s brooding monologue rescinding his earlier condemnation of humanity, you play as an entirely new character, born and raised in Aspertia City, where you and your rival set out to procure all eight gym badges, conquer the Elite Four, etc., etc. Until the climax, which we won’t spoil, the plot is similar to that of Black and White. It’s the Pokédex that has changed.
Over 300 Pokemon can be captured natively in the Unova region of Black and White 2, gracing it with the largest regional Pokédex to date. For those feeling bummed out by the absence of an international Pokédex in Sword and Shield, Black and White 2 is a sobering retreat.
4. Best Remake: Pokemon SoulSilver
A decade on from their debut on the Nintendo Game Boy, Pokemon Gold and Silver was starting to feel a bit long in the tooth. Considering they were — and still, are — the only games in the franchise spanning two regions, their remaking was long overdue in 2009.
But, even more so than Red and Blue remakes FireRed and LeafGreen, which came out five years prior, Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold did their source material justice, introducing a suite of new features to an already content-dense foundation.
Pokemon SoulSilver and HeartGold, like every mainline Pokemon release, are variants of the same game, with specific creatures exclusive to each.
Though it can also be captured in HeartGold, Lugia is featured on the front cover of Pokemon SoulSilver, therefore it is the superior of the two. Bundled with SoulSilver and HeartGold is a PokéWalker accessory. Clip it to your pants and you can level up and catch Pokemon while leisurely walking around.
In some regards, Pokemon Go is the natural evolution of SoulSilver and HeartGold. These remakes paved the way for the ultimate Pokemon experience, with a never-ending list of things to see and do, including the return of the Battle Frontier, 16 gym badges, new areas, interregional wild Pokemon, and much, much more.
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5. Runner-Up, Best Remake: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
Another remake, albeit on a more recent platform, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire launched alongside Omega Ruby back in November 2014. For Pokemon fans of the early 2000s, Alpha Sapphire might evoke feelings of nostalgia.
Its fully orchestrated soundtrack features a wide array of brass instruments while the PokéNav has been updated with some of the functionality that originated in Pokemon X and Y.
PSS, Pokemon Aime, and Super Training keep you not only connected with other players outside your game but allow you to develop hidden stats as well.
Those who prefer the classic Pokemon formula will appreciate the inclusion of HMs, or hidden moves, obtained in the game that streamlines traversal of the Hoenn region, as they were removed in its successor, Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Although the abundance of water-type Pokemon (and actual bodies of water) has been noted as a common complaint against Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, its charming characters, creatures, and the world more than makeup for any shortcomings.
6. Best Battles: Pokemon Platinum
Sadly, 12 years after their appearance on the Nintendo DS, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have not been remade. That said, you can still take a trip to the Sinnoh region in Pokemon Platinum, the “enhanced” remaster of Diamond and Pearl, which was released two years later.
The biggest change from those games is the reintroduction of the Battle Frontier, first demonstrated in Pokemon Emerald four years earlier.
In Pokemon Platinum, the Battle Frontier is home to five facilities, most of which will drop you into sets of seven battles at a time. After facing each batch of powerful rivals, they continue to grow stronger, and it becomes increasingly more challenging to prevent your Pokemon from fainting.
What’s more, certain Pokemon deemed too unbalanced for the Battle Frontier are barred from entry. So if you were hoping to wield the might of Arceus, the Pokemon god itself, you are unfortunately out of luck.
On top of its stimulating battles, Platinum brings new forms to legendary Pokemon — such as Giratina and Shaymin — and reinstates older legendaries, now available to capture.
7. Best Spin-Off: Pokken Tournament DX Nintendo Switch
If Tekken were a Pokemon Fighting Games, it would be Pokkén Tournament. In fact, Pokkén Tournament was developed by Bandai Namco, the studio that created Tekken, so it’s safe to say the similarities aren’t merely coincidence.
Pokkén Tournament and its Nintendo Switch variant, Pokkén Tournament DX, pits two players together in an active 3D fighting arena as you compete in one of two modes. Over time, by using various combos and attacks, you can build up a “Synergy Gauge” to fuel special moves and Mega Evolutions.
Whereas the original Wii U version of the Pokkén Tournament would require you to unlock individual fighters (which are, to be clear, Pokemon), Pokkén Tournament DX has 21 playable characters out of the box, including five that were omitted from the Wii U game.
You can also employ a number of support Pokemon to layer on basic support attacks, namely “Attack,” “Disrupt,” and “Enhance.” New playable fighters include Aegislash, Blastoise, Croagunk, Darkrai, Decidueye, Empoleon, and Scizor.
As for multiplayer modes, you can play “ranked” or “friendly” in either the Group Match or Team Battle Modes. The latter, exclusive to Pokkén Tournament DX, lets you select a three-Pokemon team, with the ultimate goal of knocking out the party chosen by your opponent.
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Before it was a jarring live-action film starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith, Detective Pikachu was an adventure game for the Nintendo 3DS. Released worldwide in March 2018, Detective Pikachu centers around a talking, bad-tempered Pikachu who is understood only by a random boy he stumbles across in Rhyme City named Tim Goodman.
Together, Pikachu and Tim conduct an investigation into the disappearance of Tim’s father. However, they become sidetracked along the way upon learning of a drug called “R” causing Pokemon to go “berserk.”
Similar to L.A. Noire, you’ll spend much of your time in Detective Pikachu talking to non-player characters (NPCs) in the world and searching for clues. Time-sensitive quick time events (QTEs) also makeup portions of Detective Pikachu’s roughly 12-hour campaign but worry not: If you fail, the story persists, just with inconsequential changes to the animated cutscenes that ensue.
9. Best Pre-Order: Pokemon Sword And Shield
Taking place in an all-new Galar region, Pokemon Sword and Shield are slated to hit store shelves on November 15, 2019, so while neither is playable as of this writing, you can pre-order either, or both, for same-day delivery.
So far, the biggest highlight of Pokemon Sword and Shield is their inception of the eighth generation of Pokemon creatures. About 20 have been revealed, though older Pokemon — including all evolved forms of Eevee — have been confirmed for the Galar region Pokédex.
Unfortunately, despite the continued existence of the Pokemon Bank (not to mention the advent of another cloud-based storage solution called Pokemon Home), only Pokemon native to the Galar region are transferable to Pokemon Sword and Shield. Of course, with sheep this relatable, what more could you need?