How to play Pokémon Phoenix Rising on Mac


Game summary

Phoenix Rising is a non-profit fan-made game created using RPG Maker XP and Pokémon Essentials. It takes place in the beautiful Hawthorne Region. The game follows a non-traditional storyline introducing RPG mechanics, a multi-choice storyline, moral ambiguous gameplay, rich characters, new Mega Evolutions, Relic Pokémon, and much more.
First released: Jun 2018

Play Pokémon Phoenix Rising on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play Pokémon Phoenix Rising on a Mac is through Parallels, which allows you to virtualize a Windows machine on Macs. The setup is very easy and it works for Apple Silicon Macs as well as for older Intel-based Macs.

Parallels supports the latest version of DirectX and OpenGL, allowing you to play the latest PC games on any Mac. The latest version of DirectX is up to 20% faster.

Our favorite feature of Parallels Desktop is that when you turn off your virtual machine, all the unused disk space gets returned to your main OS, thus minimizing resource waste (which used to be a problem with virtualization).

Pokémon Phoenix Rising installation steps for Mac

Step 1
Go to and download the latest version of the software.
Step 2
Follow the installation process and make sure you allow Parallels in your Mac’s security preferences (it will prompt you to do so).
Step 3
When prompted, download and install Windows 10. The download is around 5.7GB. Make sure you give it all the permissions that it asks for.
Step 4
Once Windows is done installing, you are ready to go. All that’s left to do is install Pokémon Phoenix Rising like you would on any PC.
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🕹 Editor's notes

Pokemon fan games have hit the nail on the head as many game enthusiasts are now shifting from the main series game to the fan-made Pokemon games. One such fan game is Pokemon Phoenix Rising which was released in 2018 in the month of May.

Unlike Ash Grey, Phoenix Rising is not a ROM hack. It was developed using our self-made Arisen Engine, RPG Maker XP, and Pokemon Essentials engine. It is available for download on the official website and offers multiple new features.


  • New Storyline
  • New Map
  • PokeStrap
  • Skill Trees
  • Character Customization
  • New Region

Phoenix Rising is a game that is seeking perfection, with the only complaint being that it is still a work in progress. It was more enjoyable for me to play the first episode of this game in a couple of hours than the entire gameplay of x and Ultra Sun.

Every house in each city has its own story as interactions are developed for almost every item like sinks, refrigerators, etc. There are a lot of side-quests that can help you earn more rewards, just like in the first Pokemon game.

It is also easy to have quick access to features such as exchanging your carry Pokemon around, viewing key items, or counting steps. The storytelling in the game is taken from the real Pokemon anime.

Episode 1 of Phoenix Rising can take Pokemon gaming to another level if the developers keep upgrading it. It is by far the most convincing Pokemon game in a long time, and even the older generation gamers can blend in nicely without any struggle.

The graphics in the game and the decision to make story-driven gameplay are commendable. It is one of the best fan-made Pokemon games and is considered the best among most gamers. 

Phoenix Rising is a fangame that looks to stick to most of the original series and retain gameplay events.