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Pokémon Online is the second most popular Pokémon battle simulator (after Pokemon Showdown!) with over 900,000 battles played in December 2010 alone. It allows players to experience real time Pokémon battles against Pokémon players from all over the world. It was created using the C++ programming language and Qt development framework. It is open-source and free for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android Phones, and Linux. The latest version is 2.0.1.
Pokémon Online has a full battle engine for the second, third, fourth, and fifth generations with all Pokémon, moves, items, and Abilities implemented. Single, Double, and Triple battle formats are supported allowing for diversity of play and giving VGC players a place to practice, along with the team preview and a selection of common clauses. The teambuilder allows competitive teams to be constructed in minutes rather than the days or weeks it would take in a real game, which means almost all competitive players use it as a testing ground. Pokémon Online also has:
- A ladder system
- A channel system
- Private Messages
- Ignore button
- Animated HP bars
- Battle music and Pokémon cries
- Challenge Cup (with Level Balance clause)
- Multiple teams able to be loaded at once
And Plugins or scripts can be created to add more features to the client or server.
On 28 July, 2010, the very first Pokémon Online usage statistics were released for all the tiers supported. The statistics contained the number of battles and percentage each Pokémon has been used, along with the different sets, EVs and Natures. Currently detailed usage statistics can be found here. Other servers may download the stat collection plugin and generate their own usage stats to publish, but so far none have.
The themes are stored with the client as CSS and images so can be easily edited. The client is able to switch between several themes and many alternate themes are available for download here.
Pokémon Online was developed by coyotte508 as the lead programmer, Darkness as the designer and nmilkosky as the programmer. Mystra, Mephistos, KazoWAR, CoolKingler and Steve have all contributed to the code. On 28 November, 2010, Version 1.0 was released, its "out-of-beta" stage. Weby currently hosts the main server, called Pokémon Online. Like the rest of the program the server software is open and anyone is free to set up a server.