Pixelmon Breeding | The Complete Guide (With Pics)

Pixelmon Breeding

Welcome to the complete Pixelmon Breeding guide. We’ve created a step-by-step guide about everything there is to know in regard to the Pixelmon Breeding process. We recommend you use the table of contents down below to navigate throughout all of the aspects of Pixelmon Breeding.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Requirements in order to use Pixelmon Breeding
    • 1.1 Exceptions to the breeding rule
  • 2 Getting started
  • 3 What does the Pixelmon Breeding process look like?
  • 4 Hatching
  • 5 Inheritance
    • 5.1 IVs
    • 5.2 Poké Ball
    • 5.3 Growth
    • 5.4 Ability
    • 5.5 Egg moves
    • 5.6 Held items
    • 5.7 Alolan Breeding
      • 5.7.1 Ability Breeding Alolan Pokemon
    • 5.8 Other
  • 6 Config settings
  • 7 Trivia

Requirements in order to use Pixelmon Breeding

As with any type of breeding, two opposite genders are needed in order to produce a descendant. In the case of Pixelmon Breeding, you need two Pokémons of the opposite gender who are also part of the same Egg Group. This will ensure the production of a level 1 Pokémon egg which ends up being the base evolution of whatever Pokémon species the mother is. (For Example: If the mother is a Blastoise, it will produce a Squirrel egg).

Exceptions to the breeding rule.

  • A Ditto has the ability to breed with any Pokémon that is not in the Undiscovered egg group. A Ditto in this case can mate with a male, female and genderless Pokémon. This is also the only way that a genderless Pokémon has the ability to reproduce. If you end up breeding a Ditto with another Ditto, you’ll get an egg based on a completely random species.
  • A Pokémon that is part of the Undiscovered Group does not have the ability to breed with any kind of Pokémon for that matter.
  • There are certain Pokémon who’s mother needs to hold a certain incense in order to be produced. Below you will find a list of all of the Pokémon who need an incense, and what incense they need.
    • Chansey, Blissey→Happiny: Grid Luck Incense.pngLuck Incense
    • Chimecho→Chingling: Grid Pure Incense.pngPure Incense
    • Mantine→Mantyke: Grid Wave Incense.pngWave Incense
    • Marill, Azumarill→Azurill: Grid Sea Incense.pngSea Incense
    • Mr. Mime→Mime Jr.: Grid Odd Incense.pngOdd Incense
    • Roselia, Roserade→Budew: Grid Rose Incense.pngRose Incense
    • Snorlax→Munchlax: Grid Full Incense.pngFull Incense
    • Sudowoodo→Bonsly: Grid Rock Incense.pngRock Incense
    • Wobbuffet→Wynaut: Grid Lax Incense.pngLax Incense

This covers everything there is to know in regard to the Pixelmon Breeding requirements and the exceptions to every rule. Now, let’s move forward and get started with learning how the Pixelmon Breeding process works.

Getting started

Before you get started, make sure that you have created and obtained something that is called a Ranch block.
A ranch block is absolutely needed in order to start the Pixelmon Breeding process between two different Pokémon.
Once you have the ranch block, it’s time to start using it and move forward.

Once you’ve positioned the Ranch Block, two Pokémon can be placed inside the rank block.

Keep in mind that you have to place two Pokémon who are actually compatible breeding.

What Does The Pixelmon Breeding Process Look Like?

Before two Pokémon have the ability to breed with each other, they must first become compatible in a variety of ways. They first have to be compatible in terms of breeding rules. Next, they have to love each other. The way you get them to love each other is by placing them in an environment that’s suitable and big enough for them. IF there aren’t enough blocks for both parents to be happy and fall in love, the breeding process will not take place.

The moment both of the parent Pokémon are happy with their environment, they will automatically fall in love with each other and begin to like each other. You can gauge this by looking at the color of their hearts. Once red hearts are achieved, the breeding process begins and an egg will be produced.

In total, we have five level of hearts:

Level Heart color
0 No hearts
1 Gray Heart.pngGray
2 Purple Heart.pngPurple
3 Blue Heart.pngBlue
4 Yellow Heart.pngYellow
5 Red Heart.pngRed


The more suitable the environment is and the more suitable blocks the parents find themselves in, the faster both Pokemon will reach the red heart status and begin mating. The best way to figure out if a Pokemon is happy with its environment, is by trying to interact with it. Once you do so, it starts to display text in the shape of the following:

Text Meaning Duration of breeding process Duration per breeding level
Pokémon 1 has no one to fall in love with!” There is only one Pokémon in the ranch block. N/A N/A
Pokémon 1 doesn’t get along well with anyone here!” There are no other Pokémon in the ranch block that this Pokémon can breed with. N/A N/A
Pokémon 1 has a crush on Pokémon 2, but doesn’t feel comfortable in this environment!” Unsuitable environment. Pokémon already in love will start losing love for each other. N/A -30 minutes (loses affection)
Pokemon 1 likes Pokémon 2 a tiny bit more every day!” Suitable environment 2 hours, 30 minutes 30 minutes
Pokémon 1 is more attracted to Pokémon 2 every day!” Suitable environment 1 hour, 15 minutes 15 minutes
Pokémon 1′s love for Pokémon 2 grows rapidly every day!” Suitable environment 50 minutes 10 minutes
Pokémon 1 falls madly in love with Pokémon 2 every single day!” Suitable environment 37½ minutes 7½ minutes
Pokémon 1 loves Pokémon 2 as much as possible!” The two Pokémon have produced an Egg in the ranch block. N/A N/A


There is also a possibility to advance Pokemon by breeding level by using something that is called the Isi’s Silver Hourglass or Isi’s Golden Hourglass, which can be obtained from special drops. The breeding process will then continue to take place, even if the chunk is completely unloaded.

The minute both of the Pokemon reach their highest level of affection, the Egg is produced, which will immediately show up by being dropped in the Ranch’s Block. Your next step to claim the egg is to open up the Ranch Bock interface and obtain it.

Once you’ve obtained it, the egg will go into your party or your PC, depending on whether or not your party has reached its maximum capacity. The two parent Pokemon will reset their affection level and if left unchecked, the breeding process will simply restart again.

Do not try to destroy the ranch block for any reason during the breeding process as it will cancel the process and the Pokemon’s affection level toward each other.

Hatching during Pixelmon Breeding

After the breeding process has been completed, the mother Pokemon will drop its egg. Next, the player has to pick up and claim the egg and walk around with it until it decides it is ready to start hatching.

You can not have an egg hatch while it’s in your PC and you have to walk around with it in order for it to progress to the hatching point. You can open up the Egg’s summary screen and see how much longer it will take before the Egg hatches.

Once you’ve taken enough steps and walked around enough while carrying the egg, it will hatch. You can speed up this hatching process by increasing your walking speed such as mounting a pokemon. How many steps is need for a Pokemon to hatch really depends on the type and breed of Pokemon, and even then will differ.

Another way to speed up the hatching of the egg, is that if you have a Pokemon in your party that is either of the Flame Body or Magmo Armor type, it will make your egg hatch twice as fast while walking round.

The moment your level 1 pokemon egg hatches, you have the ability to use it in battle right away.


The parents of the newly born Pokemon have the ability to pass down certain elements and attacks to its descendant.


All together, both parents will pass down three random IVs to their child. The IVs can’t be overlapping, meaning that both parents cannot pass the same IV.

Poké Ball

The Poke Ball that the mother ends up being in will be passed down to the child, unless we are dealing with a Master Ball or a Cherish Ball. The Father’s Poke Ball will not be able to be passed down in any situation.


The growth and size of the child is determined by a combination of both parents.


Below you will find more information that applies to both normal and hidden abilities.

  • The mother Pokemon has a 60% chance to pass down here abilities to her child.
  • If the father Pokemon ends up breeding with a Ditto, the father’s ability has 60% chance of being passed down to the child.

There is no chance whatsoever of obtaining a hidden ability for the child when breeding.

There are however exceptions to the rule and the inheritance of certain abilities by the child Pokemon depends entirely on the ability slot of the Pokemon itself, rather than the abilities themselves. You have to make sure that all abilities in the parent pokemon are obtained naturally, and not by the help of third parties.

Egg moves

There is a possibility that if there are certain moves the parents have, they could potentially pass down those moves to their child, even if it means that their child may not have the ability to learn those moves.

  • If the mother or father have the ability to perform certain specific “Egg Moves”, the child will inherently obtain these moves while in egg form.
  • If the father knows a move that it has learned through a TM or HM, the child will also learn these moves considering it has the ability to lear these moves through TM and HM.
  • If the Mother and Father know moves that their child could learn, but not until later on when it has reach a higher level, it can still learn those moves right away, causing the child to learn moves to normally a higher up Pokemon would know.

Keep in mind that if four or more than four moves fit the criteria mentioned above, then the moves the child will inherit are decided by these methods.

Also, Egg Moves in general are prioritizes. If there is a possibility more than four egg moves can be passed down, the egg moves that came from the mother will be prioritized.

Another cool thing to know, is that if a Pikachu or a Raichu breeds while they are holding a light ball, the child Pichu will automatically learn the move called Volt Tackle, regardless of the fact that its parents may not know this move.

Held items

If certain items are held while breeding, it will influence certain aspects of the Parent Pokemon that will be passed down to the child.

  • Grid Destiny Knot.pngDestiny Knot: If held by either parent, five IVs will be passed from the parents to the offspring instead of three.
  • Grid Everstone.pngEverstone: If held by a parent, the offspring’s Nature will always match the nature of the parent holding the Everstone. If both parents are holding Everstones, the offspring will randomly inherit one of the parents’ Natures.
  • Power items: If a power item is held by any given parent, the child will always inherit the IV from that parent that corresponds to the power item. If both the mother and the father are each holding a very different power item on their own, both of the parents will pass down their IVs.
Stat Power item
HP Grid Power Weight.pngPower Weight
Attack Grid Power Bracer.pngPower Bracer
Defense Grid Power Belt.pngPower Belt
Special Attack Grid Power Lens.pngPower Lens
Special Defense Grid Power Band.pngPower Band
Speed Grid Power Anklet.pngPower Anklet

Alolan Breeding

If you end up breeding with two Alolon Pokemon, the changes of receiving an Alolan Pokemon depend solely on the parents.

  • If both the mother and father are Alolan, the egg will be Alolan 100%.
  • If the mother is Alolan, but the father is a normal form, the egg will be Alolan half the time.
  • If one of the parents is an Alolan, and the other a Ditto, the egg will be an Alolan 25% of the time.
  • You can never breed to get a Pokemon you do not have. Let’s say you want to breed an Alolan Squirrel and a regular Starmie, you will receive a regular Starmie, not a Alolan starmie.
Ability Breeding Alolan Pokemon

The way breeding abilities work for Alolan Pokemon is slightly different than normal form pokemon.

  • The powers and abilities of an Alolan Pokemon will never be passed down to the child if the child is not Alolan.
  • A normal form Pokemon will never pass down its powers to the chid if the child is Alolan.
  • A Ditto will never be able to pass down its abilities to either an Alolan child or a normal child.

Other info in Pixelmon Breeding

  • In the case that both the mother and father Pokemon have different original trainers, the child pokemon will have twice the chance of being a Shiny Pokemon.

Config settings for Pixelmon Breeding

  • “allowBreeding”: If this setting is set to false, breeding becomes impossible and ranch blocks cannot be created.
  • “allowRandomBreedingEggsToBeLegendary”: This setting can allow two Ditto parents to potentially (randomly) produce Legendary Pokémon from their Eggs.
  • “breedingTicks”: This shows how long it will take for a Pokémon to advance from one breeding level to the next under normal conditions. This is measured in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second). If breeding environments are enabled, this time will be affected by multipliers depending on how comfortable the environment is for both Pokemon to begin the breeding process and start loving each other..
  • “numBreedingStages”: This indicates the number of breeding levels that are required in order to produce an Egg.
  • “stepsPerEggCycle”: Egg cycles are used to determine how many steps it takes for Eggs to hatch. The lower this number is when showing, the fewer steps it will take for the egg to completely hatch.
  • “useBreedingEnvironment”: This setting determines whether or not the environment around a ranch block influences the speed of the breeding process. If this is set to being disable, the speed of breeding will become irrelevant and is always equal to “Pokémon 1 is more attracted to Pokémon 2 every day!”

Final Words on Pixelmon Breeding

The breeding process can be a very overwhelming process. When Pixelmon was first introduced, the Pixelmon Breeding process was vastly different the it is today. We recommend you use this guide when dealing with breeding and try to influence the child Pokemon that can be produced. There is a lot to it, but if you take it all in and take it slow, this guide will be able to get the most out of the Pixelmon breeding process for you.

Keep in mind that eventhough Pixelmon is not available anymore for further updates, the realm s very much still alive to this day.

Pixelmon was shut down in 2012 upon request by the Pokemon Company. While the original software has been taken down and deleted, versions are still roaming the internet to be downloaded at any given time.


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