I’ve said so before, but until Pokemon Go I had never played a single Pokemon game. I was gifted a used 3DS and played for the first time on Pokemon Sun, which as many of you know has a good quality of life interface and is generally pretty easy. No need to remember type matchups when the game will literally just tell you.
I mean, it is a game designed for children, but that’s not the point.
Because I like my games a touch trickier and darker, especially turn based ones, I thought I would give the Nuzlocke challenge a go. The rules of my Nuzlocke challenge are as follows:
- You may only catch one pokemon per route or area.
- Static pokemon, such as Shiny Gyrados or Legendaries are excluded (MERCY RULE)
- Shiny pokemon are excluded (MERCY RULE)
- Starter pokemon is based on trainer ID number- if the last two digits are 00-33 it will be a fire type, if it is 34-66 it will be a grass type, if it is 67-99 it will be a water type.
- One pokemon may be kept from in Safari zone, BUT I may choose which to keep, the rest shall be unkeepable types and will be in the box of fainted pokemon (MERCY)
- All pokemon must be nicknamed.
- No duplicates: If you catch a duplicate, you may catch another pokemon on that route or area.
- If a pokemon faints, it is considered dead and must be permanently boxed.
- If a wild pokemon faints, and it was eligible to be caught, no pokemon may be caught in that area.
- Rules do not begin until pokeballs are obtained.
Because it is my first real attempt at a Nuzlocke challenge, I’m keeping some mercy rules. I decided to go with Pokemon SoulSilver, since it has a fairly small pokedex and is said to be more forgiving than some of the other titles. I did actually make an attempt on HeartGold, but didn’t track it very well and allowed for more mercy after I got wrecked in the Blackthorn Gym. The HeartGold file remains for me as a sort of trial run, but only my SoulSilver run will be tracked. Fair warning, I did remember to get my screenshots in HeartGols so if you see the wrong colours or a loose Totodile from the other run, don’t fret.
Without futrher ado:
The game starts us in our home of New Bark Town. Because my trainer ID is 10229, I picked up a Cyndaquil who I named Uma. Yes I was listening to a Fall Out Boy track when it came time to name my first pokemon, but I’m pleased with it. Uma Thurman always plays someone fierce, and that is exactly how my Cyndaquil is. Like her character in Kill Bill. Or should I say…
Let the record how I neither regret that pun nor my terrible MS Paint drawing. I even did the katana and everything.
But anyway, Uma and I set off on our adventure to Mr. Pokemon’s house and then back to town for the pre-storyline shenanigans. Once I returned I reported that my rival had been up to no good and received some pokeballs to start my quest. Along the way I received some wisdom from an NPC. Treat all pokemon with utmost kindness. That’s pretty much the point of a Nuzlocke. Death is permanent. I’m not about to go making lateral comparisons between pokemon and real life, but my Cyndaquil is to be my partner. I will treat her and all my other pokemon well, and not let them be used as punching bags. I do not want them to sacrifice themselves for my safety.
Now’s where the game begins. I caught a pidgey along route 29 who I named Felicity, and then quickly jumped into route 46 to grab my pokemon for that route: a spearow named Colin. I’m super excited, because these pokemon are actually pretty good to have for the first few gyms and in Soul Silver you can get Fly pretty early on (compared to other games).
But then I did something stupid and lost Colin to a crit from a ratatta on Route 30. It’s a pretty cruel reminder that in nuzlockes you have to be SUPER CAREFUL. Pay more attention. Don’t disappoint that NPC. I put Colin in a graveyard box and continued playing. Before anything interesting happened, I caught a weedle on Route 30, a hoot hoot on Route 31, and a bellsprout on Route 32. So Baxter, Axel, and Ridley came along with me to train before taking on Sprout Tower in Violet City. In Sprout Tower I added a gastly named Cobain to my party.
For simplicity’s sake, I put Axel the hoot hoot into a box for safe keeping. This game is dangerous and I do not want to make a mistake and lose Felicity, but I also have to be prepared in case that does happen.
After some grinding everyone to around level 10 and running into my Rival, I took on the Violet City Flying Gym. It was pretty straightforward: Cobain, Uma, Felicity, Baxter, and Ridley took on the weak flying types with no problems whatsoever. I mean, I didn’t even use all of them. Ridley (bellsprout) would have been useless against flying types, and there’s no way I’m going to send in Baxter (kakuna) to harden indefinitely.
Overall, not a bad start. Next stop: Azalea town.