World of Warcraft WOWkemon add-on turns pet battles into Pokémon punch-outs

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Tossing spheres at vocabulary-strapped monsters sounds like madness, but Blizzard certainly must enjoy Pokémon's idea, with its pet battles minigame (opens in new tab) stepping through the Mists of Pandaria in World of Warcraft. If you don't already have a certain song (opens in new tab) stuck in your head, then the player-crafted WOWkemon add-on (opens in new tab) dispenses with all subtlety and turns your critter conflicts into full-blown Pokémon rumbles.

When entering a battle after installing, WOWkemon launches a short tutorial by Professor Birch describing the Pokémon-ified battle screens and ability menus. Sounds, screen effects, and even the font closely resemble the style of the handheld game family. Sadly, it lacks the occasional bout of terrible translation (opens in new tab) for true authenticity.

Ready to be the very best (like no one ever was)? Head over to WOW Interface (opens in new tab) to download the add-on.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?