A downloadable asset pack

Get this asset pack and 1 more for $8.00 USD
View bundle
Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

This is a character pack for games like the original gen 1/2 Pokémon games. They are made to be used in GB Studio and you should be able to use them in rom hacks as well. Of course you can use these assets for any kind of project you like. 

This pack includes:

  • A total of 32 overworld character sprites with walking animation (16x16)
  • 20 in-battle trainer portraits
  • 8 animated gym leader / elite 4 portraits
  • 20 emote bubbles
  • 16x16 dialogue box avatars

Trainer portraits:

  • Youngster
  • Lass
  • Gentleman
  • Lady
  • Male ace trainer / grunt
  • Female ace trainer / grunt
  • Gardener
  • Fisherman
  • Scientist
  • Hiker
  • Engineer
  • Psychic
  • Diver
  • Sailor
  • Fire dancer
  • Prospector
  • Bug catcher
  • Ghost hunter
  • Waiter
  • Security guard

Animated gym leader portraits:

  • Fire
  • Ground
  • Grass
  • Water
  • Bug
  • Fighting
  • Electric
  • Dark

Extra overworld character sprites:

  • Nurse
  • Officer
  • Old lady
  • Old man

The animated portraits all have 4 frames so they might take up too many frames or memory on the actual Game Boy hardware so i made them so that they would look fine if you just use the first frame.

Some trainer characters are partially based on existing trainers from the original Pokémon games but they are all made from scratch and do not infringe on any Nintendo or Gamefreak copyrights so you can use them for commercial projects.

I want to keep expanding this pack so if you have a request, please let me know! If you have a cool OC you want to see in this pack you can DM me on twitter and i'll see what i can do.

If you like this, i'm sure you'll like my other GB Crystal project:

I also have a lot of other Game Boy assets:

Game Boy assets by GGL

Credits are highly appreciated :)


Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
Tags16x16, Characters, Game Boy, Game Boy ROM, Pixel Art, pokemon, Retro, Sprites, Top-Down
Asset licenseCreative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal


Get this asset pack and 1 more for $8.00 USD
View bundle
Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this asset pack you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

GB Crystal - Character Pack v1.1.zip 192 kB

Development log


Log in with itch.io to leave a comment.

Hello! I love these! 

I was wondering if you did commissions for custom sprites like these :)

Firts, I'd like to than you for your work, your sprites are amazing that's precisely what I was looking for!

However there is problem: I think a frame is missing per character, so as you can see on the gif the character do the same step when he walks.

Am I missing something?

Hey, thanks for supporting me :)

It's actually intentional, even though it looks a bit odd if you focus on it when it's not in motion. This is how the original pokemon sprites worked as well. They probably didnt use a flipped side frame because it would look nearly identical to the other and removing frames from an animation actually makes a difference on the Game Boy that had very limited space to work with.

Either way i'll try to add the flipped frame soon!



After watching a Pokémon Red walkthrough on YouTube you absolutely right! Every step uses the same sprite.

Don’t touch anything 😉


Good stuff

Thanks a lot :)


I’m liking where you are going with this, what is your eventual direction for the series? I know you are making it in a way that it doesn’t mess with a Nintendo copyright, it wouldn’t help to have to use actual Nintendo Pokémon sprites with trainers and a world made by you though, does that mean you may eventually try your hand at actual Pokémon style monsters? Or is that something you plan to leave up to the developer to figure out? It seems like a huge undertaking but would be pretty cool. 

I would love to make some pokemon style monsters some time but like you said that is a great undertaking. I might upload some free alternative pokémon sprites to be used in fan games though. So yeah it's really up to the developer what they want to use this for. Right now i'm not sure what the next step will be for this series so i'll keep expanding this pack and work a little more on the GB Oracles series.