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Pokémon Vortex v4
 
Pokémon Vortex is a free online Pokémon MMORPG based on that of Pokémon Crater.
It has many features Crater had and more.
These include:
 
 
Clans.
- One of v4's biggest update was obviously the re-introduction of in-game clans. Once you have completed all gyms, elite 4's, champions, battle frontiers and battle maison, you will be able to create your own clan. Of course if you want to get stuck in right from the start, you can join other peoples clan as soon as you create your account without the need to complete all of the gyms.
Clans have their own battle function where you will be assigned a random player of another clan to battle, once you have completed that battle you will be able to battle your next opponent. These wins are all added up between every member of the clan to make your clans total battle count which will help put you up on that Clans leaderboard.
The clans leaderboard is similar to the top trainers one but the points for clans is based on total experience of everyone in the clan, total wins and how many members are in it.
There are many updates in the works still yet to come for this new section of the game.
 
PokéBay.
- The biggest introduction to v4 was PokéBay which is an auction system where players can auction their items, Pokémon, avatars and promo codes to other players. Auctions have set minimal start prices and as the price of the auction rises, the minimal bid requirement will get higher.
PokéBay comes equipped with highly detailed search, filter and order options to help users find exactly what they're looking for. When a player has found what they are looking for, they can view an auction to see bid history and various details about the Pokémon/avatar/promo code/item being auctioned.
Not ready to bid on it? Don't worry, PokéBay also has a watch list where you can keep track of auctions you want to bid on later or just want to see the outcome of when it's ended.
 
Map navigation and player integration.
- You can search through 25 elemental maps (Fire, Grass, Water, Ghost/Psychic, Electric, Ice and Rock) for all your favorite Pokémon to catch and battle.
Each map has its distinct elemental Pokémon to be found on it with over 700 Pokémon in six different variants.
You can choose the appearance your trainer which will be seen on the maps, there are 20+ sprites to choose from, seeing other members on the map will allow you to click their chosen character sprite and have the options to battle them, message them, view their trades, or view their profile.
Maps also have a time lapse based on the GMT time zone which affects Pokémon spawns. For example, something like Murkrow will only be able to be found at night whereas Latias can only be found in the day.
 
Trainer battling.
- There are numerous battling methods on Vortex, you can battle through the gyms to collect all the badges from Kanto, Johto, Orange Islands, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola and the Elite 4's/Champions from these regions.
In addition, there are also the Battle Frontiers from the Hoenn and Sinnoh regions as well as the Kalos Battle Maison to complete before you can find legendary Pokémon on the maps.
You can also battle your friends and other online members through their profile page or searching a username through the battle page.
Sidequests are also available and now finally have prizes. You can work your way through the regions of the Pokémon games such as Kanto to gain experience, money, achievements, items and exclusive Pokémon.
Finally, there are the special battles, you can battle all the teams of your favorite villain characters of Pokémon such as Team Rocket and Team Aqua.
Special battle events will be added occasionally, or during specific holidays.
 
Pokemon Types.
- Pokémon Vortex includes its own six types of Pokémon to collect, over a total of 5,300+ Pokémon.
These types are Normal, Shiny, Dark, Mystic, Metallic and Shadow. Each type has its significant battling purpose that gives it a slight perk when going against another Pokémon.
There are also unobtainable special types of Pokémon for you to battle on your way through Sidequests and the Event battles such as Pink or Crystal:
Pink Rhyhorn.gifCrystal Onix
 
Leaderboards.
- We multiple leaderboards here on Vortex, the main one being the global top trainers list which can be ordered in 4 different ways giving you 4 possibilities to enter the list.
The main order is by points which is calculated from all factors of your account. (Total experience, average experience, unique Pokémon and battle count)
Each of these are ways in which the top trainer list can be ordered by.
To make things a bit easier, we also have a local top trainers list which is a separate leaderboard for each country which is identical to the global top trainers except you can only be on the list for your current location.
There is also a ranking board for the Pokémon that have the highest experience in the game. Stick to one Pokémon and go all out - You'll eventually end up with one on there.
The most exciting of the leaderboards is the seasonal top trainers. This leaderboard is reset monthly and will only count a players progress for that 'season'. When the list is reset, everyone who places in the top 100 will be given an exclusive prize available no other way.
Finally the richest users list is where you will end up if you decide to save all those hard earned Pokédollars rather than spending them. This list is ordered by who has the highest amount of money in the game currently.
 
Unique Pokémon.
- Vortex has its own unique Pokémon made by staff and members, so far these include Darkrown, Mewtwo (Armor), Rotom (Halloween), Caterpie (Christmas), Dratinire, Dratinice, Dratinilic, Diglett (Christmas), Togepi (Halloween), Pikachu (Jedi) and Cubone (Vader).
Each come in all of the six Vortex types, Normal, Shiny, Dark, Mystic, Metallic and Shadow and can be obtained in different ways.
These Pokémon are as follows:
Dratinice.gifDratinilic.gifDratinireDarkrownRotom (Halloween)Pikachu (Christmas)Mewtwo (Armor)Caterpie (Christmas)Diglett (Christmas)Togepi (Halloween)Pikachu (Jedi)Cubone (Vader)
We add more Vortex unique Pokémon as we come across a nicely designed sprites we're willing to use.
 
Trading.
- We have a very detailed trade system where you can search for, offer and put up your own Pokémon in a trade. Trading can also be made easier to find a specific Pokémon or requirement by using the trade forums here.
 
Pokédex.
- You can keep track of all the Pokémon in your account through the Pokédex side tab. This lists every Pokémon, here on Vortex in all five types that you own and need.
Pokémon you own are depicted with the Pokéball it was caught in and Pokémon you need are depicted with a faded Pokéball.
 
Evolution.
- As you would expect, evolution is available on Vortex with realistic methods. Many Pokemon evolve through leveling up in battles while others require an elemental stone which can be purchased at the PokéMart.
v3 brought in new methods of evolution such as gender-based evolution, happiness evolution and many new item-based evolution's. v4 expanded on this and brought in location-based evolution and time-based evolution.
You can read about how to evolve specific Pokémon on Vortex by visiting the evolution wiki guide here.
 
Messaging & Notifications.
- Vortex has its own in-game messaging system where you can communicate with other members instantly, you can save sent messages and store received messages in your inbox. You can message a member by clicking 'New Message' on the message page or by clicking 'Send Message' on a users public profile.
You can also block people from messaging you who you would rather not having contact you by clicking the block button on their profile.
If you have it enabled, you will get message notifications whenever you receive a new message.
As well as leaving people offline messages to read when they get online, we have a new in-game live chat system that sits in a bar on the bottom of every game page. This bar also serves as your notification hub where you will be notified of messages, trades, friend requests, badge unlocks, auction outbids and more.
 
Profiles.
- You have 2 profiles, a main profile that only you can view and a public profile for other members to see.
Your private profile can stores your email address, Forum username and Skype username privately if you do not wish for this information to be publicly available. You can also track your progress through this page, it displays your username, sprite, wins/losses, points, unique Pokémon, total experience, average experience, money, register date, public comments and all your badges.
You can edit your profile comments, trainer overworld and avatar here.
Your public profile is slightly the same except this will show other players a bit more information on your account such as tell them your current Pokémon team, global and local rank, country along with badges and certain options such as; message, view trades, view all Pokémon, battle, add to friends, follow, invite to clan and ignore.
Finally, this page displays your last login to Pokémon Vortex and registration date.
 
 
Fossil Lab.
- Here you can regenerate your fossil items you won from Sidequests back into their living Pokémon state. For example, you may win a Dome Fossil Dome%20Fossil.png from Sidequests - You can then go to the Fossil Lab to regenerate it to a Kabuto.
The type of Pokémon it turns to is random. It has a 5 in 10 chance of being Normal or it has a 1 in 10 chance of becoming either of the special variants; Shiny, Dark, Mystic, Metallic or Shadow.
Restoring a fossil also has a 1 in 10 chance of dropping the avatar for the corresponding Pokémon you're restoring.
 
 
Event Center.
- The Event Center is where you'll go to take part in special events held here on Pokémon Vortex. To enter, you will need an 'Event Ticket' to unlock the page. These are one-time use items that will unlock the page to take part in any current event we're holding.
You may be given an Event Ticket by Pokémon Vortex or you may have to win one, this depends on the event and how we choose to run that specific event.
 
Community.
- We have a very warm and welcoming community here on Vortex and many ways of meeting other members.
Our favourite, of course, being Discord where you can text, audio and video chat with other Pokémon Vortex players as well as join in an hourly quiz we run for in-game goodies.
And then there's the forums where you can join and post to make friends, trade, share art, join/create contests and more. We also have a Pokémon Vortex Facebook and Twitter where you can like/follow us to receive the latest news and updates straight to your social networking profile.
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