Borne of Caution

by Fuggmann

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An irritated Pokemon might tell you to stop what you're doing. An irritated animal will probably just attack you. Pokemon, for all their power, would be open books and a breeze to care for to any competent animal handler on Earth. After a fiery death, a professional zookeeper who never outgrew Pokemon games ends up in the world of Pokemon. The entire world is thrown onto its side.

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This great. I've been reading this over on FF net for the past few months and it's one of my favorites.

It updates often enough and doesn't just follow the MC's of the original story around.

Honestly it's just like our MC was ended up here and is making the most of it.


Way better than I thought and I'll try to explain

Reviewed at: Chapter 14

My initial worries going into this novel were that it would not provide anything I had not seen before when reading *pokemon inspired fanfics*. I had a feeling that it would be like watching a youtube 20 part playthrough of Fire Red - entertaining but nothing I had not seen before. 
HOWEVER, this blew my expectations out of the water. Fuggman has approached this novel with surprising attention to character detail. Every character is well fleshed out, even ones we have all heard of (e.g. Ash and Brock) have gained new life and depth through his portrayal. Not to mention the pokemon are all given their own characters and entertaining traits and are not reduced to just eye-candy. 
Furthermore, something that excites me most about this novel is how Fuggman does not hesitate to use his imagination to EXPAND on the pokemon and their movesets. The training of the pokemon quickly became one of my favourite parts of the plot as I saw how an "earthing's" approach to pokemon would revolutionise the game we all know and love. 
If you were hesitating because you were worried it would be cliche, dull, or some weird self-insert, then I can assure you that you can cast aside those worries as this is the furthest from such things. 
Lastly, the chapter sizes are IMMACULATE, and I never notice grammar or spelling mistakes. 


One man's trash is another man's treasure

Reviewed at: Interlude 3

The author has taken to calling their work trash, i hope they're doing it ironically for the most part, because i've actually enjoyed the story so far. 

This story has been an earnest attempt at a fresh approach to the pokémon genre. And so far i feel like it bas succeeded in it's attempt

The story has mainly focused on the world, or more specifically the pokémon side of this world up to this point Which makes sense, because this setting wouldn't be chosen otherwise. 

But what i do like is that the author has tried, and in some cases tried well, to fill this world with interesting characters. Both original and not. A story without good characters is not something i can get invested in, so i pray that the author takes the necessery time to develop them properly. So far good steps have been taken in this department with internal struggles and nuanced interactions. 

I also like that there is a plot these characters all take part in, which gives a clear sense of progression. 

Overall my experience with this story has been good, and i certainly do hope for more. If i have one last criticism to make it would be the upload rate. It's a cliché for a reader to ask for faster uploads, but in this case i genuinly think that i as reader would benefit from reading this story on a more consistent basis then i have been doing. 

In any case, i have high hopes for this story, and i hope it will able to take me on a journey. 


An adult take on a children's game

Reviewed at: Chapter 16

Pokemon in itself is a rather flawed story with a lot of plotholes if you think deeper about it. This makes writing fanfics about it rather difficult because you either have to emulate that happy go lucky brain afk behaviour of the characters in that story or you fill out the holes in the story that inevitably pop up when you think a little deeper about what is happening and why it is happening.

Borne of Caution has done a fantastic job at going deeper into the mechanics of pokemon and patching up a couple of common sense errors that would pop up from questioning the whys and hows of what was designed to be a children's game with a bit of backstory.

Its a very enjoyable and fluent read with no aparent flaws in the writing itself but as a non native english speaker i doubt i would find the minor imperfections anyway.

In addition to the regular storytelling there are a couple of side chapters that offer some more perspective on the events in the main story. I usually do not like reading different point of views because it breaks away from the main story and is often of little relevance, but in Borne of Caution I actually enjoyed every single one of the side chapters because they build up on the main story and sometimes elaborate further on the character's thoughts and motivations for making certain decisions in the previous scenes.

The characters in this story are very diverse and true to their nature, the scientists are motivated by their curiosity, the children are somewhat naive and the animal handler who is our protagonist actually cares about the pokemon's wellbeing as his first priority and does not like to see them hurt in battle. The manner is which the protagonist came into this world is also not forgotten and his trauma is being mended slowly through quite wholesome interactions with his Pokemon.

The Pokemon themselves also have quite a depth of personality and surprising intelligence, to the point where i would say they are additional protagonists in this story rather than side characters that only come out for battle.

Overall I can't see any flaw in this story as of Chapter 16 and give a full score for perfect execution of everything this story promised to be.


Please Keep Writing.

Reviewed at: Chapter 16

Okay, I normally would not read fanfics, especially ones about Pokémon. This is well written and well thought out. Fleshed out characters though childish in a sense, it's a cut above most of what you see on this app for the most part without slamming the character into the ground repeatedly. Retains a wholesome vibe without going sickening with naivety really. But what surprised me the most was I don't pick up novels until they have a sizeable amount of chapters as I read far too fast. I have been waiting on the update but it's lack of an update has left me disappointed, I ask you. Nicely, if you could update this oddly enjoyable story. Thank you. Please update more. Or I'll be sad. 


Also could you add Cubone? It seems like they'd have an odd synergy based off the protagonist and the pokemons backstory.  And honestly don't know what else to say as I've pretty much stated my opinion. 


Best Pokemon Story I Have Read

Reviewed at: Chapter 16

I haven't read many Pokémon stories but the relationship between MC and his Pokémon and other characters has a great balance of being realistic and fantasy. Having a zoologist as a trainer is interesting and the writing is fantastic. Keep up the good work author! I look forward to what other Pokémon will join his team. 


The pokemon world you deserve

Reviewed at: Chapter 15

I didn't think I'd get in to a fanfic about pokemon, but then I remembered that pokemon was a big part of my childhood, and I've always wanted a more in depth experience of it than what the games and anime give. And this story is in the depths. Actually good characters, realistic pokemon and character interactions. I couldn't help but keep reading, and I hope you do to. 


I know some of you lot are not 100% sold on the synopsis and have decided to visit the review section to really sell you on the fanfic. If this is the case keep reading. 

At first I was sceptical, the first chapter didn't really sell me and there were no reviews at the time I started. I honestly thought it would be a slogfest of a read, describing the battles the way the games play. HOWEVER, I was proven wrong. Every now and then you find a gem on RR, a story that is well written, well structured, easy to read and shines with the love and effort put into writing it. This is one of those gems, an instant favourite.(assuming you like Pokémon)

A moving story about a man with PTSD, his vulpix, the exploration of the Pokémon world (all regions and Pokémon included) and the friends he makes along the way (but not ash, thank fuggmann).

This story has rekindled my love for Pokémon and I now see it in a completely new way.



This book is one of the best that I've started in a really long time. It easily has one of the best first 20 chapters on RR, not even counting the fact that they're huge. It is in depth with great characters (and Pokémon). I just really wish there was more of it.

Sadly, this looks like it's gonna be one of those really good books that updates once in a blue moon. I can't see this getting a huge following compared to the heavy hitters on this site considering two things. First is it current low chapter count, which will be a turn off, and second is the low release rate. These things suck individually, but when they're put together, it's much worse.

I was able to finish this in a day, and while it was amazing for that entire day, afterwards I was filled with anguish, considering the fact that the 15 or so chapters I read were what the author did in a little over a year.

I really do love this work author, and I understand you're doing it because you want, I just can't recommend people to get committed to a book that will only have 150 chapters in 2030. If you upped the release rate, I would easily be able to recommend people this, and you would instantly see returns on that decision. It would get more popular, you would see more patrons, and leave you with a great sense of satisfaction.

Like I said earlier, I understand that you might not be in this for money or to gain a cult following. However, I don't think that ever hurt anybody.

I'm gonna be honest. This review is just a roundabout way for asking for more chapters. I really hope it works. Thank you for the amazing read regardless.


This made me feel so nostalgic

Reviewed at: Chapter 15

Well for starters I am no great fan of pokemon. Have watched the first 1-2 seasons like many kids of late 90's did but never watched again. 

Played some of the beginning Nintendo games like firered/emerald but no more. 

But man reading this story brought it all back. Plus as someone rightly said in one of the reviews, this is pokemon but with something more. Such great characterization, good background story, a respectful way of dealing with Lee's trauma, the distinct personalities of all the pokemons. This is really something amazing. Also loved what the author did with Vulpix abilities. What a way to make one of the original cute pokemons into a potential legendary. This was such an amazing read I just keep sighing in admiration, again and again. Vulpix really became my favourite pokemon now. Also just bought and installed various nds simulators and stormsilver roms to enjoy the games again. This story really brought all the nostalgic memories back. 

Easily one of the best I have read on Royalroad. Totally worth 5 stars!