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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Reviewed at: Chapter 1

Hi everyone Obreezy here with another post review yea yea. Just read the first chapter and it's great loved how you got the Mc with loving animals as well as the Mc being transported to the pokemon world. I also loved what you did how you had him transported don't want to say anything about it to the people who haven't read it yet, but after reading the first chapter. I'm really looking forward to the chapters after it. Please keep up the good work on this story fuggmann please don't drop it


This is a great story with a plan

Reviewed at: Hiatus notice

I would say that I was surprised how great this one was.  I was legit impressed with how well it was flowing and the action is extremely well done.  A human trying to understand pokemon powers and mentality is amazing to read!  I didn't know I needed this but I do.

(To author) The biggest story point I love and want to also critic is also a minor spoiler, but basically I love the way he is tramatized and has to deal with it to grow (not just brushing it aside) is great.   However spoiler...

Having his friends come in and tell him his problem is such a clique...

I am glad he is still mad at her as coming in like that because without knowing his past is asshole-ish at best.  He definately should be the adult and move past it like he is doing, learning from it as there is some little truth there.  But too many MCs just roll over and accept ever critic is true when sometimes they are not.

But please make sure he moves through and recovers from the trama slowly.  Don't just drop it as humans don't do that....  Also it would be good if she regrets it when she finds out. (Just a call back would be good)....

But as you have done such a great job so far I doubt you would decide to just have him blab his life story next time she asks then have him get over it..

He has put it on hiatus to plan and write, but that is WAY WAY BETTER than a story with no plan at all and will eventually be dropped.

Again, amazing job, it is a great story I will wait for


This story is going places, and I'm really loving revisiting the Pokémon world through the eyes of this author. 
I especially love the concept of a former Zoo keeper, and of seeing how they would interact with and see Pokémon differently. 
The characters are engaging and believable, and they deal with the trauma and culture shock that the MC goes through pretty well I feel. 
My favourite part definitely has to be the relationship that the MC develops with Vulpix. I look forward to seeing where it will lead us. 😁 


ive never read a fanfic before, but i can tell that this is one of the best. the fact that you can take only concepts and characters of one series, and make a completly new and exciting story bogles me.

the mc develops with the story, trying his gameknowledge to see if what he learnt cna be used in 'real life'. 

theres always some kind of explanation to why he finds thing others did not (as far as i saw atleast) and he always stays human, without turning into a know-it-all boring mc

i highly recommend this to people who love pokemon, and people like me, who has a tab up at all times, to search up the pokemon so you know what theyre talking about without accidentaly mixing up growlithe and groudon. 


I only ended up reading this because it showed up in the Best Rated section in spite of being a Pokemon fic. Not only are fics rare in the Best Rated section here, good Pokemon fics are rare as hen's teeth just about anywhere. I have to say, at the time of writing this review it has managed to make it into the top 5 Best Rated stories, and it definitely deserves the position.


The style is excellent, the details given make the story come alive in ways few authors can manage properly, and honestly I really like the sections from other people's POV. Seeing what others think of the MC even while maintaining a narrative focused on them is nice.

Grammar is exemplary, I have seen no issues there. Not much else to say on that end, it's the sort of thing that you only really notice if there are issues after all.

The Story itself is engaging and makes me constantly want to see the next chapter, even when it just finished punching you in the feels. Granted I don't exactly like the more PTSD styled bits (I read in part to escape my own issues, and seeing that is almost too real) but they're handled well enough and the story is good enough that they aren't putting me off.

And Characters, not many people can pull off having pokemon as full characters in their own right without just letting them talk, this story manages that and more. They manage to be just as expressive and interesting as the human characters, and in this story that's saying something.


All in all this story is among the best and I can't wait for more.


Pull at my heartstrings why don’t you

Reviewed at: Chapter 18

I love this so much. Pokémon is great, but what makes this so great is how the MC interacts with the people and Pokémon within this world. He's down to earth, a bit of a nerd, and cares. He isn't perfect or OP but has his strengths. That strength being that he develops his relationship with his Pokémon by respecting them and, in turn, earning their trust. I know it doesn't sound like a crazy superpower, and it isn't, but it's powerful in a different way. You'll see when you read it. It's marvelous, go read it, you'll love it.

Style - descriptive, paints clear pictures, love how it's imbued with distinct personality depending on the narrating voice.

Story - clear character motivations, fun world-building, and it's super interesting to see how the mechanics of gyms, labs, and being a Pokémon trainer work

Grammar - nothing that pulls you out of the story, so great

Character - our MC's character is clear and well portrayed. Each side character has their distinguishing traits, personalities, and motivations. I wish there were a little more about his travel friends, but it makes sense since he hasn't had the time to really get to know them personally.


I really hate it. Why? That's quite easy... It is just too good for me. It have too little chapters and is updated too slowly. Because of that I'm checking RoyalRoad every hour if there is new chapter of this story. I already checked 5! times if I really followed it because I was afraid that I missed a chapter... This is just pure torture for me! I need MOARRRR!!!


Why the hell do reviews need titles?

Reviewed at: Chapter 18

I've read or tried to read every novel listed in the first couple pages of the "Best Rated" section of this site, and so far this is my favorite. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's perfect, but I believe it is one of the best you can find on this site. The only issue I have is the relatively slow release rate, but if that is the price of this kind of quality I will gladly suffer the payment.



Long chapters, no fluff, excellent pacing. The long chapters are the only reason I can survive on the meager release rate. There are no massive info dumps to disrupt the story, things are either shown as Lee observes the world around him or learned as Lee learns them. At no point did I lose interest in the story or have to start skimming because I was bored. The occasional interludes offer PoV shifts that provide context and/or flesh out the world.


I pretty much never read fanfic because very rarely can a fan of an author write better than the author themselves. In this case there's not even a question -- Pokemon is pretty terrible as a story IMO, the games are awesome because of the gameplay. Fuggman takes a game story that no one at Nintendo ever took seriously and makes it into a fully realized world. We haven't gotten to see too much of it yet, but he seems to have fully converted the game-logic into an actual working world that I am incredibly excited to explore alongside our MC, Lee.


Characters are fully realized people with personalities and goals. Note that this includes every Pokemon in addition to the humans. No one acts idiotic or changes their behavior without reason, with the possible exception of 

Team Rocket. We only see them once so far, and they act EXACTLY as they do in the show. They also have a blast off sequence, which seems to break the realness of the world --  waiting to see if either 
A. They died from it -- hilarious.
B. There is some explanation in the future to why they would survive it.
If they did survive without explanation it won't ruin the story for me, but I will feel disappointed.

MC neither gushes over Ash nor joins him on his journey. He treats him as a good kid who is somewhat annoying, same as I would.


Excellent writing overall. I seem to recall several instances of incorrect usage of "it's" (THIS IS NOT A POSSESIVE, THIS IS "IT IS"), but I am an actual grammar nazi so take that as you will.


Pokemon for us 'older' folks

Reviewed at: Interlude 3

Pokemon first came out when I was a child, but I didn't play it.  By the time I decided to give it a chance, I was old enough to find the cartoons incredibly irritating and the game dialog too childish to capture my interest.

I really missed out. :(

This 'adult' verson is very well done and has thouroghly captured my interest.
1. The pokemon aren't constantly repeating the same word over and over
2. The characters are believable and dynamic while still holding true to their source material.
3. Locations from the game and the movies are brought to life.
4. It doesn't back away from real problems like burns and broken bones.
5. It does a fantastic job of scratching that isekai itch that us RR readers have.
6. Other real background issues are very well done, making this world feel very real.

The isekai issue is actually handled in a slightly unusual fashion.  Instead of a 'insert yourself here' character with generic knowledge, we are given a zookeeper with a deep understanding of animals.  And on top of this, we have a bit of time travel, as the main character (from the year 2020?) arrives in this world at the begining of Ash's first adventure.  The author is doing a fantastic job of handling what proper animal care and future knowledge can do to a world.


Hits the pokemon feel, not cringe, and new

Reviewed at: Chapter 16

What the titel says,

It is good as a pokemon fanfic, it got the "feel" right (especially the pokemon/trainer relationship, but it really is the entire world)

The world is beleiveable, consistent and appears logical (internaly), idk the word don't get the "this shouldn't work in this world"

It avoids ALL of the cringe that i honestly feared. 

It is also...more...than "just a well written pokemon fanfic" or maybe not, but i find the story roundet, it is not as swallow aa one might fear. 

Ugh.. words..if you like pokemon, just read this, and if you don't like this, it's Worth the read