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Pokémon Clover is a ROM Hack of Pokémon FireRed collaborated by the various anonymous members from the /vp/ board in 4chan. Clover started out in 2014 as a simple reskin of FireRed before evolving into a overhauled game in which the full version was released on April 10th, 2020.

The game can be found in the official website here. The game's soundtrack can be found here. The composers for Pokémon Clover are Dimbus Maximus, aaaa and Le Ruse Bird of SiIvaGunner fame.

Tropes specific to a key character should be in the Characters page. The same applies to tropes pecific to inidvidual species of Pokémon; they can be found on the following sub-page:


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Tropes present in-game

  • Adaptational Heroism: Surprisingly, Hitler of all people is this. Instead of the infamous German Nazi of World War 2, here he's a Weapons Designer for Checkem Island's research facility that got rejected from Art School.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Female memers have purplish-pink skin.
  • Anti-Climax: Played for laughs with Adesign's theme and signature move, An Attack. The former shares an intro with the epic Weather Trio theme, before shorting out into a remix of the ABC song peppered with Adesign's cry. As for An Attack, it charges up immensely, complete with the whole screen shaking... only to unleash a generic hit animation.note 
  • Anti-Frustration Features: There's a lot.
    • There's a lot of quality of life features from later generations: stats affected by the nature are marked, you start with the Running Shoes, the game has G6 Exp. Share as well as catching EXP, the TMs are reuseable infinitely, caves have dust cloud phenomena that give Gems and Pokémon, and a precise IV checker. The only things that aren't from later games are berry trees scattered around the region that respawn over time (which is a G2 feature), and being able to catch things in middle of moves like Dig or Fly (which was made impossible Generation IV onwards).
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    • The HMs have seen a considerable improvement: there's an option to auto-enable them, they can be replaced by normal moves, and Cut, Flash, Fly, Strength, and Rock Climb have been buffed.
    • PP restoring items can be bought in the Marts, in addition to Leppa Berry trees being found across the world.
    • All boss battles restore any used-up consumables at the end, promoting their usage in these fights.
    • If you somehow missed Flash, there's a guy at the beginning of Rock Tunnel that offers you teleport you back to the place that has it.
    • In towns with Gyms, type-resist berries correlating with the leaders' respective types are usually found in the same town as them. These are especially useful given the amped-up difficulty of the Leader fights.
    • In Outcast Island's laboratory, there is a man named Mr. Stoneshard who will trade you two shards for its corresponding evolution stone (i.e. a Thunderstone for two Yellow Shards), and vice-versa. Shards are used to teach Pokémon useful moves, while the elemental stones that Mr. Stoneshard accepts can be bought in the Animango City department store (albeit for a high price).
    • The Pokémon Battle Club in Triport City. It's home to four reasonably powerful, but not terribly difficult trainers whose power scales depending on the player's progress in the game. Additionally, all trainers can be rematched after you leave the building and come back. It's designed to be a place where players can grind more easily without having to worry about Anti-Grinding.
    • Hidden abilities are now far easier to attain. Aside from the Hidden Grottos, the player can use the new Dream Pill item to give their Pokémon one of their hidden abilities. Additionally, the Dream Ball has been reworked so that it gives a Pokémon its hidden ability upon capture.
    • Located in Animango City, Balltism Co. lets the player change what ball their Pokémon is in for a small fee. After a postgame sidequest is completed, the player can also buy the aforementioned Dream Balls and Pills, in addition to Ability Pills.
    • The postgame has the Grindhaus Ranch, located on Dubus Island. This allows the player to grind for experience and EVs without having to worry about their Pokémon getting knocked out. Additionally, the facility also sells EV-reducing berries, has a comprehensive EV and IV checker, and offers Hyper Training services. Speaking of which...
      • Zig-Zagged with Hyper Training. It's a bit stronger than in Pokémon Sun and Moon in that the boosted IVs can be passed down via breeding, but the Bottlecaps needed to use the service are a finite resource.
  • Anti-Grinding: The experience system from Pokémon Black and White returns, meaning that experience gained depends on the difference between the user and opponents' respective levels. Additionally, experience is halved after the player's Pokémon becomes the same level as the next gym leader's ace.
  • Art Evolution: As development on the game progressed, the sprites have become better-drawn and more in-line with the sprites from the GBA era of Pokémon.
  • The Artifact: Since the help feature was removed from the game, the L and R buttons don't really do anything anymore.
  • Artificial Brilliance: Trainers are now much more likely to switch out their Pokémon if they have a disadvantage, be it type- or stat-wise.
  • Artificial Stupidity:
    • Prior to the final release, if the player picked Keksandra and Arabomb, then Viol would use both the Grasshole and Krokling lines. Both of their final evolutions share the exact same typing and have similar stat distributions. This was amended in 1.0 so that if Viol uses Grasshole, then he replaces the Krokling line with the Galavik one.
    • Trainers that carry Pokémon with the Inversion ability, which temporarily turns the battle into an Inverse Battle, will often switch in to a Pokémon that it's normally effective against (i.e. a Motherfuck against a Ground-type), only to get hit with a super-effective move.
  • Balance Buff: In addition to the buffs given to the aforementioned HMs, the previously-worthless Illuminate ability now acts as a clone of Compound Eyes, increasing the accuracy of the wielder's moves.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Caray, it's a Poop Flute! This is muy raro!" "Raro" can translate to "rare," but it can also translate to "odd." Indeed, it is pretty odd for Team Karma to be carrying something like that.
  • Black Comedy: It is a 4chan project after all. Getting five minutes into the game only to be offered a choice of a Cartoon Creature with a plant sprouting out its anus, a used condom and a Muslim suicide bomber as your starter is all you need to know. The game actually opens on a proud disclaimer that it's going to be offensive as hell.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • A good deal of Trainer Tips are written in a way that doesn't really make sense from in-universe standpoint; most are either dev commentary or insults, but few are genuine advice.
    • Jew Harpagon, who you meet in Victory Road, notes that he was supposed to be a reference to The Miser, but the developers didn't write any dialogue for him to be a proper one. He then scolds the devs for their laziness. After you battle him, he even acknowledges that he's breaking the fourth wall, "because [he] can".
  • Cap: A soft example. Once the player's Pokémon reaches the same level as the next unbeaten gym leader's Signature Mon, experience gained from defeating opposing Pokémon will be halved. The soft cap will only be lifted if the player beats said gym leader.
  • Chest Monster: Some of the item boxes in are actually Chompest in disguise.
  • Character Name Limits: One of the things not changed from the base game. This means that certain things imported from later games had to be renamed, such as Petal Blizzard becoming Petal Storm, or Draining Kiss being shortened to Drain Kiss.
  • Character Tiers: Discussed in-universe. In one of the houses in the Battle Channel, an NPC asks for the Pokémon tier list so that he can choose only those that are in OU.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Metal Coat is now used solely as an evolution item, with the Katana inheriting the Steel type-enhancing effect.
  • Developers' Foresight: Attempting to steal a Focus Sash from a Motherfuck will cause the Sash to disintegrate.
  • Elite Mook: On certain Routes there are Route Masters, which can be fought only after defeating everyone else on that Route, are stronger than everyone else there and always have some gimmick to the fight.
  • Forced Tutorial: Inverted. The person who's supposed to teach you how to catch a Pokémon will tell you to look it up in the internet instead.
  • Greedy Jew: The Merchant class. They don't give any Pokédollars when you beat themnote , they give you the TM for Thief, and they use Pokémon related to money, including the similarly-designed Chantruth.
  • Kaizo Trap:
    • After clearing one of the more complex Victory Roads around, defeating the other PC rival one last time, you get ready to head for the League only to get assaulted right at the exit by "Fucking L. Jackson", who quotes Pulp Fiction before throwing at you a team of six Motherfucks with ridiculously high Speed and Explosion as their only move. If you didn't heal after the previous fight, have a Pokémon with Protect on your team, or simply enough HP to survive the onslaught (notably, this fight also disables your items and is even an Inverse Battle from Generation 6, meaning the Normal-type Explosion can hit everything with at least normal effectiveness) you'll have to go through the cave again. He was apparently added there just to screw over Nuzlocke players.
    • When you obtain the TM for Thief, the Jew you obtain it from warns you to not use it against his fellow Jews. The Pokémon that Jews carry tend to hold items such as Nuggets, which fetch a high price. Surely using Thief on Jews is a good idea, right? Nope. If you use Thief on a Jew's Pokémon, three Jews will attack you and your battered party right when you reach the league, and they will steal your Pokémon's items by using moves such as Trick and Swindle. And this comes right after the aforementioned L. Jackson Kaizo Trap. You can lessen the blow by removing your Pokémon's items before fighting them; even then, they'll still annoy you by giving your Pokémon items such as Iron Balls and Flame Orbs.
  • Joke Item: Or more accurately, Joke Ability. An Ability is the signature ability of Adesign... which does absolutely nothing, in or out of battle.
  • Lethally Stupid: Trainers can invoke this on their Pokémon knowing Shitpost, where the user uncontrollably spreads idiocy to deal heavy Ground-type damage for 3 turns.
  • Level Scaling: Upon beating Terry, most trainers' Pokémon will be the same level as your highest leveled mon.
  • Made in Country X: Junk Ball are the usual "cheap Chinese knockoff," being cheaper than regular Poké Balls, but being even worse than them.
  • Mirror Match: Once you can enter your rival's house in the post-game you can face your own clone with the exact same Pokémons. Your clone will always win speed ties, forcing you to switch strategically to win.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Overworld items are stored in item chests instead of Poké Balls, the same as in Orre games.
    • The music used in gates is the one used in Unova games. On top, the Gym guide will give you Fresh Water if you talk to them, the same as in these games.
    • Like in the vanilla games, there are some Trainers that just use the same Pokémon 6 times, including Blobbos.
    • On Route 9 there are dancers that "dance and will disappear one day for no reason," serving as a roadblock referencing the infamous one from Unova games. There's a similar group of Fishermen on Route 11.
    • A guy in the Animango's hotel has craving for jelly-filled donuts.
    • Canon Pokémon, regions or characters are mentioned by various NPCs.
    • A kid in Animango talks about starting a magazine called GAME FREAK, while his father says about how his kid might one day start up a development studio, referencing the history of the actual company.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game is remarkably more difficult than the average Pokémon game, as the boss trainers have well-optimized sets and often carry at least one Pokémon to cover their weaknesses. Not to mention how many of the routes are longer, nurses outside of Pokémon Centers often cost money to use, and the Kaizo Traps that lay scattered across the region.
  • No Fair Cheating: Cheat in the game, and after beating the champion, you will be arrested, just before you register your team in the Hall of Fame. This effectively soft-locks your game, trapping your character in a jail cell forever. There's a noose in the corner, labeled "the easy way out", but using it deletes your save file. Note that things like emulator save states are fair game, the game will do this only if you do stupid stuff like hacking items in or getting Legendary Pokemon you have no possible way to obtain before becoming Champion illegitimately.
    • As of Version 1.2, DO NOT EVEN BOTHER trying to activate a "Walk Through Walls" cheat in an attempt to skip some of the obstacles or get into a place where you have no business being in before you even complete the Elite Four because if you pull that stunt, the game will immediately teleport you to that room. As in, straight away, no matter where you are when the code is activated. But, should you be stupid enough to do that, you can delete the code from your cheat list; merely disabling the WTW cheat is not enough because the game still thinks you have it on, thus triggering the failsafe. Though, if you didn't think to save your game and/or make a save state before you activated the code, well... it really sucks to be you, in that case.
  • Non-Elemental: The ??? type is used as one of the elemental types which has neither weaknesses nor resistance; in addition to Curse being this type, Meme and An Attack are two ???-type moves unique to this game, and Adesign is the sole ???-type Pokémon.
  • Not His Sled: While the Fochun region's layout is based heavily on Kanto, progression through it plays out quite differently:
    • Only Brock reprises his role as a Gym Leader; every other Gym Leader is unique to Clover. Lampshaded by Brock, who asks if you were expecting Misty after telling you to challenge Tumblrita.
    • Team Karma's Headquarters is not located in the Game Corner; in fact, you don't even go to it until after you clear out the region's equivalent of Silph Co. The secret passageway in the Game Corner still exists, though. You can open it with the Basement Key obtainable from the Game Corner's prize counter, and it's where you fight Jewipede.
    • The Champion battle isn't fought against The Rival (though you do fight him right before the Champion battle). Instead, the Champion of the Fochun league is Your Mom. No, really.
  • Not Hyperbole: The Trainer you fight in Pewter Gym still says you are light years away from facing Brock... except this time, it's true as in place of Brock there's a warp tile that sends you to a random asteroid in the outer space, where Brock actually is.
  • Pressure Plate: Victory Road and Rotting Pit have puzzles that requires you to push boulders into switches.
  • Shout-Out: Loads of them. It is a 4chan project after all.
    • With the game having a SiIvaGunner contributor, a great number of music in Pokémon Clover are RSE soundfont remixes of songs:
    • A house in Vitlya City contains a nerd angrily ranting on how terrible this game is, he'd rather circumcise a rabid cat than to play this game. Outside there's a guy talking about going fast and giving you Quick Claw if you say yes; if you say no he mentions how it's no use, as well certain somebody who wants to make sure you're buying the newest version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
    • A girl in Gadech City has been diagnosed with Slugma. Speaking of Fortnite, the trainer encounter song for Youngsters is a remix of the infamous Default Dance music.
    • A guy by Mt. Moot paraphrases Friedrich Nietzsche's quote about the abyss.
    • A lot from the Trainers you fight:
      • The Lass resembles Yotsuba Koiwai, Gamers have Joker's makeup and all, and Weebs wear Kamina's famous glasses.
      • Certain Trainers instead incorporate this into their dialogue: a Team Karma Grunt quoting Burgerpants, a Pokémon Ranger quoting Jojos Bizarre Adventure characters, a Channeler wanting to talk to you about "their lord and saviour Jesus Christ," a Lass in Rock Tunnel quoting Call Me Maybe, a Trainer in Troll Hole talking about jet fuel melting steel beams, a Pokémon Ranger saying how he got bit by a Toxiraptor only for the Pokémon to die after three hours of excruciating pain... Yeah, there's a good amount of these.
      • Other might have these in their names, such as Sailor named Moon, or a Hiker called Edmund who has made Super Blobbos Boy and The Binding of Embortion.
      • There's a Youngster named Ness who has Pokémon based on the other party members in EarthBound: a Caroline note , a Galavire note , and a Cacademon note .
    • Some NPC helped another one get them a tulpa, only for them to call it a Stand.
    • A random NPC on Route 9 mentions how Vegeta isn't just a Dragon Ball Z character, but also a spice used in Slavic countries.
    • Pokémon Quartz, Pokémon Reborn, Pokémon Sage, and Pokémon Uranium are mentioned at various points by random NPCs, with various degrees of niceness.
    • There's a Vietnamese person in Animango City that says ASS DRUG BAG FUCK before giving you a Hyper Potion.
    • The merchandise shop in Animango City features a poster of Dio Brando, life-sized dolls of Hatsune Miku and Kat, as well as normal dolls of Reimu Hakurei, Son Goku, and Marx.
    • A guy in Animango's observatory talks how "Pokémon faint when they are killed" while another just after Vitlya Woods says "Just because you're correct doesn't mean you're right".
      • There's quite a lot of Fate references throughout the game. The Infestation move tutor in Parax Town mentions something about the power of the worms and its side effect of changing the recipient's hair color. The move tutor in Outcast Island offers a variety of jaded advice straight out of a certain Counter Guardian, and even says "I am the bone of my sword" when teaching Swords Dance. Meanwhile the move tutor in Polony City is a certain Mapo Tofu-loving priest.
    • A guy in Beehive's restaurant has made a very long and specific order.
    • You can find the Sanchez Brothers in the Game Corner.
    • Kommando Military Base and the areas near it are filled with references to Ace Combat and its fanbase. There's even a Bird Keeper north of Telekino City named Pixy (who has a Pixila).
  • Spin-Off:
    • Clovermon Hunter, a shooting game starring Edgie.
    • Balloofang Fight, a Balloofang-based hack on Balloon Fight.
    • Pokémon Periwinkle, a hack of Pokémon Yellow that replaces Pikachu with Blobbos.
    • Pokémon Ultra Quartz: Let's Go! Blobbos, a hack of Pokémon Quartz that incorporates elements from the Let's Go! games.
    • Pokémon Ultra FireRed XD, another FireRed hack that features several Clover Fakemon, as well as Kanto-exclusive evolutions for them.
  • Starter Mon:
    • As you start out in the Fochun region, you can choose between a Grass-type Grasshole, a Fire-type Arabomb and a Water-type Ejacasm.
    • In the Ebin region, the following set can be chosen by starting trainers instead: a Fighting-type Reptyke, a Rock-type Faeriock and a Flying-type Cloucat.
    • In Kekkoh, the starters are a Grass-type Sadrog, a Fire-type Hodtog and a Water-type Gnarrk. Kekkoh is unavailable in the current release, however, so they are instead wild encounters in the Ebin Islands.
    • Discussed in a building in Telekino City, where one guy wishes the starters to be stronger Pokémon Pitayen, Fireshi and Slugbud, but another criticizes the batch having too much Poison-types as well as an over-powering Dragon-type.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: The first time you visit Burial Tower, you have to avoid being spotted by the skeletons.
  • Surprise Creepy: In contrast to the rest of the game (which is quite lighthearted, Vulgar Humor and Black Comedy aside), Zanyis Town Ruins and the Rotting Pit are genuinely unnerving. To elaborate, Zanyis Town Ruins is a town that's been reduced to a moldering husk, with a background theme that wouldn't sound out of place in The Twilight Zone. The Rotting Pit, on the other hand, is a labyrinth beneath the town's ruins, with the maze being made of bones, some of which are visibly human. The cause of all of this? Endranther, an Olympus Mon based on death and decay, which fled to the town and presumably slaughtered everyone living there.
  • Take That!: By the truckload.
    • The villainous Team Karma is themed around Reddit and Know Your Meme, with the former also getting a mon parodying its mascot that is stated to never do anything except steal or copy other people's stuff.
    • A bunch of the Trainer class exist solely to take shots at certain groups, like the NEET class holding a Gardevoir dakimakura, Theorist class with tinfoil hats, or Neckbeards with fedoras.
    • There's some Self-Deprecation mixed in too; if you say no to the tutor of Magic Room (which temporarily disables items), he asks what kind of person would permanently take out items. In the final release, items are limited in usage, and Route Masters straight up ban them. There's also a guy in Animango's Department Store that says he's playing Clover and that it's shit.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Some trainers have Pokémons with hacked stats and moves:
    • The trainer ambushing you at the start of Rock Tunnel has a Motherfuck with maxed effort values in all stats when you can only max two stats legitimately. Same goes for the Champion's Masdawg.
    • Bonus Boss Masuda has illegal moves such as Overbite on his Militant.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Outcast Island has quite a few Neo-Nazis; their leader, Polk, is even the island's Gym Leader, though he's surprisingly sympathetic. Hitler himself appears in the postgame, but thanks to the player's influence he's content with just making weapon designs for the military, rather than world domination and genocide.
  • Torpedo Tits: With the user's milk used as ammunition, Lactose Shot is essentially this, somehow functioning like Margearna's Fleur Cannon.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Meta-example with Pokémon Sage, the other Pokémon game developed by 4Chan users. Clover makes a metric ton of potshots at the game, ranging from subtle (a show on TV about growing plants stating that sage takes the longest time to grow) to blatant (a trainer in Team Karma's Headquarters claiming that he's from the region Sage takes place in, where they hate Clovers); that said, Clover does give it a genuinely good-natured Shout-Out in the credits.
  • Vulgar Humor: There are quite a few moves unique to Pokémon Clover that weaponize bodily taboos like Enema, Cum n' Go and Lactose Shot.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: While Brock is relatively straightforward to beat, the next two Gyms will give you taste of what's to come in major battles.
  • Wham Episode: The second visit to the Ruse Cruise after it's been hijacked by Team Karma and retrofitted into one of their bases. Not only do you find out that Kymmi is working with Team Karma, you can also find an Info Dump about the history of the Fochun Region, which contains the first hints that there's more to Team Karma than they seem.
  • Wham Line: During the game's finale atop Mt. Clover, the third member of the Karma Shadow Council drops one before and after his battle, finally revealing Team Karma's purpose:
    Now that we've finally come face to face, I have a couple of questions for you. When you were fighting Team Karma all the way back in Gadech City, Beehive and the boat base, did you ever find yourself at a loss as to why exactly you were fighting them? Sure, it was obvious that Team Karma was doing villainous things, but did you notice anything strange about that? Did you even consider WHY Team Karma was committing these comically generic crimes? Well... I'll tell you why. It was all just a ruse, tailor made for you!
    After the battle....
    Because circumstance had allowed for you to make it this far, I'll elaborate on a few things you may not have realized. Firstly, your very existence has had Team Karma on the defensive since the day you took your first step out of Veepier Town. That is why it was necessary to create a distraction for you, something to keep you busy and thinking you were successfully thwarting some evil team escapades in order to keep you as far away from the real Team Karma as possible. The plan would have gone off without a hitch, too, had it not been for your little friend Kymmi's slip up. If there's something that the boss has taught us, though, is that any mistake can be corrected.
  • Wham Shot: After defeating the Fochun Elite Four and Edgie, the player enters the Champion's room... and it uses the same tileset as the player's house, complete with Veepier Town's music. Even the player character is visibly confused. Then, the champion appears: it's the player character's mother.
  • Your Mom: In Beehive City's Pokémon Center, there's a youngster who claims he knows who the Champion of the Fochun League is: "your mom, and [he] fucked her". Funnily enough, he's half right: your mother is the Fochun League Champion.
    • Interestingly, two-thirds of your mother's team is built around this joke, with two of her Pokemon (Mozzamazel and Wifemin) being stereotypically attractive and feminine, and another two (Semdemen and her Signature Mon, Baddon) being associated with sex.

 
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