I beat Pokemon Y without using any healing items. Does it count for anything?
My AC:IV obsession has come to an end, nor has my Monster Hunter craze lasted through this long break, so it's back t' my Challenges for me.
Platinum - Scramble Update
- Ascended Mt. Coronet and gave that dumb ol' megalomaniac what was coming to 'em.
- Descended to Sunyshore and lolowned Volkner's entire gym with just Gastrodon.
- Skipped literally like 20 trainers on my way to and through Victory Road.
- Owned the Elite Four, though Flint was a close call... sun-boosted Flare Blitz is scary stuff.
- The RNG Goddess gave me her blessing despite the long break from my Challenge, and Gastrodon finished her Garchomp off with but 1 HP remaining. Challenge complete w00t!
The team is as follows.
Drifblim♂ @ Choice Specs, Aftermath, Gentle, Lv. 57
Drifblim proved to be incredibly useful this playthrough. Whenever I sorely needed to sponge an attack, it's immense HP was there t' ensure it wouldn't be 2HKO'd. Bar somethin' like a STAB Stone Edge... but 'ey, that's where the also-bulky Gastrodon comes in. It's attack stats were disappointing, but Specs at least let it 2HKO a lot of things that weren't quite as bulky as itself, and OHKO most things it hit super effective. Never found a use for Explosion sadly, but that's 'cause it's just a tad too slow.
Toxicroak♀ @ Fist Plate, Dry Skin, Adamant, Lv. 57
Queen Anne's Revenge
Toxicroak was my damage dealer, but she disappointed time and again by missin' crucial OHKOs... 'specially in the late game today. Oh, and everythin' in the E4 that she can threaten ****in' has a Fire-type or Psychic-type move... ._.; I think Toxicroak is useful in-game, but in this Generation, maybe not so much. In XY I imagine it'd be quite effective as a Fairy-type killer, but only if the opposin' Fairy isn't fast. 'Cause let me tell ya, Toxicroak's bulk sure let me down quite a bit, super-effective moves or not.
Gastrodon♀ @ Soft Sand, Sticky Hold, Sassy, Lv. 59
Gastrodon proved to be the most useful of my Pokes. Not because of the decent bulk, but because of her grand typing. Swampert is far better in-game for a variety of reasons, but Gastrodon still held her own. STAB Surfquake is 2 gud. With only Grass-types to fear, her synergy with my other two Pokes allowed her to play an excellent defensive pivot role in my three-Poke core. Really would'a liked to of had Water Absorb instead in a shitton of circumstances, but Water-types be damned regardless. Never proved to be an unbeatable challenge.
Despite my expectations for Toxicroak not bein' met, it was a fun Scramble regardless. Likely never would've used a Drifblim ever otherwise, and perhaps not a Toxicroak neither. But bleh @ Gastrodon (I've used many a [better] Water-type, as well as Swampert, many times).
The rules have been updated!
The following rulesets have been modified: General Rules
Rules changed: #4
Rules added: None
Please read any and all rule adjustments/additions, regardless of whether or not they pertain to any current Challenge(s) you're playing or planning.
T'is a small exception I in no way should've forgotten about given my status as an Eeveelution fan, as well as the fact I used a Sylveon myself. herpderp
Rule changes aside, I've been wantin' to play through Y for an Age(islash) now. I've also been rarin' to give Wedlocke a shot, and now that I've completed a Challenge for the first time in awhile, I figure the time's right. Won't get me into any Hall of Fame, but I couldn't care less. If y'all don't know what a Wedlocke is, it's a Nuzlocke variant which is considerably harder. One that'l be good fun, I reckon.
In addition to the standard fare rules, I won't be releasing any Pokes 'less they get KO'd. Makes thing much easier if you can release shitty Pokes whenever ya want, which obviously defeats the point. Also, I'm not counting any encounters with Pokes I used in my X playthrough, much as I wouldn't mind usin' another Lucario. No skipping routes via Repels neither, 'cause then I'd be given too much choice for what I can catch. Lastly, I'll also turn off Exp. Share. That way I'm required t' arrange my team around and deal with whatever issues may come up from battling with certain pairs.
Spoiler Alert!first update w00t
Much as I love the Fennekin evolution line, I've no intent t' use one again, so I chose my second favorite Gen 6 starter: Froakie. Don't like it prior to evolution, but once it does evolve I say Frogadier and especially Greninja are bloody cool. Unlike my usual Challenges, I'm actually gonna nickname Pokes for once. Definitely gonna regret it, but oh well. Froakie's nickname was actually somethin' I decided on 'fore I got my hands on it: "Dart". 10% in reference to the Poison Dart frog, 90% in reference to the Ninja-exclusive ability in Final Fantasy. I don't understand how that reference came to mind since I've only beaten VII and X, but whatever, good enough nickname I reckon.
... But what do ya know, the Froakie is a ****in' female. Wrench in my plans already, fantastic. Since Final Fantasy was on my mind, I went with the next best worst ninja nickname: "Yuffie". And no, I don't like said character from FFVII. Who does lol. Lackluster and unoriginal nickname aside, it is by chance a Modest nature (with 'Karp-awful IVs, mind you), so I can't really complain.
Managed t' derp my way through Route 2 and Santalune Forest without runnin' into anythin' but a female Pidgey, meaning I wasn't forced to capture an unsavory partner for Yuffie. Good news, as my starter bein' female lets me pair it with that there event Torchic since I never ran into an applicable partner. Fire/Water core w00t! Two starters as a pair, one of which has a Modest nature. Lady luck smiles upon me in-so-far. Said Fire-type can't get a nickname since I don't own it, but that's probably for the best. I'd probably give it a Fawful Bruce Lee reference for a nickname or somethin'...
Obviously had no trouble burnin' Viola to a crisp thanks to Torchic, not that I would've needed more than Yuffie anyways. Bug Badge get! With that done, I quickly headed off to Lumiose t' slap Professor Tree's starters around, then makin' like Silver and nabbin' one. I like Blastoise and Venusaur 'bout the same, so I chose Bulbasaur since I already had the other two types, and already used a Charizard in X. As with Yuffie, I came up with it's nickname almost instantaneously: "Erla". Bulbasaur's fusion between 'mon and plant reminded me of Skyward Sword's Kikwi, which are also rather ambiguous as to whether they're best classified as fauna, or flora. Chose to steal the Kikwi Erla's name since I loves me a good Earl Grey tea (in case ya didn't know, the Kikwi's names are all tea references... can't say I was ever clever enough t' notice). On that note, coffee > tea.
Oh, and take a look at Erla's IVs.
Att 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Def 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
SpA 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
SpD 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Speed 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Absurd, yeah? That's somethin' else for a random Poke. Anyways, with my third starter obtained, I needed a female Poke t' go with it, so I returned to Route 4 and derped in the grass. Reason I waited to catch somethin' here was 'cause I wanted to avoid finding a male Combee at all costs. Can't blame me for that, yeah?
Didn't find a bug type though. Instead, I ran into a female Ralts. No complaints truth be told, I was hopin' I'd get a Fairy-type, none the less one I like. I'd rather have a Gallade honestly, but 'ey, Gardevoir is great too. Shockingly, despite the fact I'm god-awful when it comes to naming, her nickname was the only one so far that made me actually think hard. I went with "Keiko" after a few minutes of ponderin'. T'is an old reference to a very long story I've no intent on yappin' on about, this post is long enough as is... and so is my playtime. Figured I'd end the session here, even if I progressed very little. Didn't exactly speed run through my X playthrough neither. The team is as follows.
Yuffie♀ (Frogadier), Torrent, Modest, Lv. 16
Torchic♂ @ Blazikenite, Speed Boost, Naive, Lv. 15
Roxas, Focus! Energy
Erla♂ (Bulbasaur) @ Venuaurite, Overgrow, Naive, Lv. 10
Keiko♀ (Ralts), Synchronize, Docile, Lv. 8
This team looks too good t' be true for a Nuzlocke, don't it... ?
So for some stupid reason I've decided that I'm going to do a No Item/Single/Scramble/Moveset/Unevolved in X. All egg moves are fine
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Challenge accepted. The RNG demands you use a Magikarp (no, I ain't jokin')... but, uh, I can only imagine you'll pass on usin' somethin' so overpowered. Instead, I'll give ya the RNG's next best choice: Anorith, with the following moveset.
- Fury Cutter
- Rock Slide
- Knock Off
- Hone Claws/Swords Dance
The boosting move is your choice. +2 in one turn rather than two will obviously be make or break late-game, but so will your STAB moves' imperfect accuracy.
Y - W Update
Spoiler Alert!After carefully trainin' Keiko up a fair bit, I got on with plotstuff and caught me a Snorlax. Named 'em "Joe", in reference to how America's average Joe ain't a good representation of healthy eatin' habits. Only took four Luxury Balls to nab 'em (Return is gonna be gnarly post-haste), but I actually had a really close call catchin' 'em. A critical hit Tackle he landed after I used an X Defend left Erla with just 1 HP. Would'a been so sad. T'is a good thing Joe didn't have an Attack-boostin' nature... ... ...
Derped in the Battle Chateau for monies and Exp. to evolve Keiko ASAP, then moved on to Connecting Cave and caught the one thing I really didn't want: a Whismur. =/ Axew would've been uber-potent, Meditite resists Joe's only weakness and is also uber-potent, and while Crobat ain't exactly the best thing ever, it at least resisted Fighting a mighty 4x... but instead I get another Normal-type, one which was wholly inferior both now and in the long run. It also has an Adamant nature, and thus a Boomburst that's probably WEAKER than Joe's Return. so much sadfaec right meow
... But what can ya do, t'is a Nuzlocke for ya. Named 'er "Mono", half 'cause Shadow of the Colossus is winnage, half 'cause it has to do with sound. Shortly after, I encountered a trainer with a Lv. 19 Pancham that could potentially OHKO Joe since he was still lv. 15. ._.; My doubling up on types issue with this pair ALREADY has come to pass, bloody hell. I've no intent on riskin' Joe for the sake of Mono, so a sacrificial Uproar allowed Joe to just barely finish it off with a Tackle, a two-hit Arm Thrust puttin' Joe at half health prior. So that's the first death already. Grand. Mono lived up to her namesake and is a dead character.
I already caught a Wingull on the route, so I needed t' either backtrack to a previous area where I've not caught anythin', or press on and get somethin' on the Route outside Glimmering Cave. Hippowdon would be pretty good, but a Sandile or Helioptile both have a Fighting-type weakness, so nope.avi. I could smash rocks in Ambrette town to get a Dwebble, but I really didn't want a Binacle. 10% 'cause it's Fighting-type weak, 90% 'cause I hate it. I reviewed my other options, and decided t' go with somethin' tried and true... a Magikarp. ;D
Caught it on Route 3, and nicknamed it Karpy in honor of a certain artist. Then back-tracked to everywhere else in order t' catch things and get 'em in my PC. Didn't find much worth mentionin', but I did nab a Venipede. If the worst happens and another teammate gets offed, Venipede is a definite replacement candidate.
Anyways, that's it for the update. Lots of text, little that actually happened. bad habit lol
Karpy♀ (?!?!?!?) @ Amulet Coin, Careful, Lv. 15
Despite the broken moveset, it's IVs are 'Karp-awful...
Joe♂ (Snorlax) @ Rocky Helment, Bashful, Lv. 17
- Chip Away
- Rock Smash
So broken early-game now that it has a 70 BP STAB move.
Yuffie♀ (Frogadier) @ Oran Berry, Torrent, Modest, Lv. 19
Combusken♂ @ Oran Berry, Speed Boost, Naive, Lv. 20
Erla♂ (Ivysaur) @ Miracle Seed, Overgrow, Naive, Lv. 20
Keiko♀ (Kirlia) @ Oran Berry, Synchronize, Docile, Lv. 20
Double Team (saved her life once when fighting a Kadabra [while still unevolved])
Thief (didn't learn this 'til after barely defeating said Kadabra...)
I'm a tad disheartened I've already lost a 'mon only one badge in. Only other Poke I've lost in a Nuzlocke was during my (still incomplete) Emerald Nuzlocke/Scramble, my Swampert. Was from a crit in the seventh gym IIRC.
So my Anorith needs to know Rock Slide, Knock Off and Hone Claws when hatched right? Since I can't use TMs
Rock Blast over Rock Slide, as Anorith has two moves at birth and thus that moveset wouldn't work in a No Item Challenge. I always do that when it comes t' No Item/Moveset Challenges, forgettin' to consider how many moves a Poke hatches with...
FIRST POKEMON X NO ITEM, SINGLE, SCRAMLBLE, MOVESET, UNEVOLVED (X NISSMU) CHALLENGE UPDATE
Spoiler Alert!After being rudely awoken by my mum's Fletchling, I got up and got changed into my regular clothes and went downstairs, where I was met by my mum who told me my neighbours were waiting for me outside. I went outside and met some new friends. I followed them to Aquacorde where they said we would be getting a pokemon!
We were met by 2 other kids about our age who gave us our pokemon. I decided to choose Chespin because Wynaut? Also I figured Delphox would be the easiest to beat with an Anorith.
Once all that was done, I went to route 2 and caught myself a Pidgey to trade for my Anorith egg, which I then did. I hatched it and trained it up to level 7 and gave it about 250 EVs in Super Training. This is the only intentional EV training I'll be doing. The rest will be given randomly as I play through.
It was finally time for Anorith's first trainer battle against the guy with the Zigzagoon. Anorith won easily with a couple of Knock Offs.
Anorith and I then went through Santalune Forest, battling and beating every trainer, healing whenever I felt like I needed to. Route 3 was next and went exactly like the forest.
Once I got to Santalune City, I healed and saved there.
Anorith Lv. 9
- Knock Off
- Hone Claws
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X NISSMU UPDATE
I've had this part of the challenge completed for a while, I just hadn't written this 'til quite recently
Spoiler Alert!After having a good rest at the pokecentre, Anorith and I were ready to take on the gym explore route 22. Anorith was easily able to deal with everyone except the trainer with the Riolu, which used Counter and almost KOed Anorith.
Once that route was cleared of trainers, we decided that it was time to challenge the gym (after healing of course). We skipped every trainer except the compusory one since I don't know of any way to willingly leave the gym before you've beaten Viola (is it possible?) and I wanted to have the best chance possible, especially against that Vivillon. The trainer's Kakuna used Poison Sting while I used Hone Claws. Luckily it didn't poison Anorith. If it had've, I wouldn't have been able to beat Viola in my first attempt. It was already difficuly enough with almost full HP.
The battle with Viola was a close one. On the first turn against the Surskit Anorith used Hone Claws. I didn't doubt his ability to OHKO the Surskit, it was the Vivillon I was worried about. Surskit used Bubble and did about 50% to Anorith, which kind of worried me, making me wonder if Anorith would be able to KO Vivillon before he got KOed himself.
As expected, one Knock Off was enough to take out the Surskit.
Then came the Vivillon.
On the first turn it used Harden before I could even attack it -_-. Knock Off then did about 33%.
On the second turn I went first, making me realise that it was a speed tie. It used Infestation. After the attack and then the damage it did at the end of the turn, Anorith was left with 9 HP. I needed to win the next speed tie to ensure victory. Unfortunately Vivillon won the tie but used Tackle instead of Infestation, leaving Anorith with barely any HP.
But his HP didn't matter at this point as the next Knock Off knocked out Vivillon, winning me the Bug Badge!
As a congratulations gift, Alexa gave me the exp. share as a gift for beating her sister. I turned it off so my other pokemon (HM slaves) wouldn't be gaining levels from it later on.
I had no trouble on the way to Lumiose City even though I battled all the trainers without taking a break to heal. When I arrived in Lumiose City, I went straight to the pokecentre as all those trainer battles had taken quite a toll on Anorith and I didn't want to have my first white-out against Professor Sycamore. Speaking of the battle with Sycamore, Anorith set up a Hone Claws against the Bulbasaur so that he could OHKO the Squirtle. I then proceeded to spam Knock Off. However, I underestimated Squirtle's ability to take hits as it survived a Knock Off and used Bubble. Luckily Anorith survived the next turn and Squirtle didn't. Charmander was the same.
I wasn't really thinking when I chose what Kanto starter to choose so I chose Charmander. Immediately after I chose it, I thought I should've chosen Squirtle so that I could have a Surf slave. Though looking back, it might not have been a bad choice since I can get that Lapras after I beat Korrina.
The next few routes were really easy. I battled all the trainers 'cause Anorith gains levels so slowly and I want to keep the level grinding to a minimum.
Route 8 was where I encountered my first problem: rain. On a route where everyone uses pokemon with super effective water type moves. I tried to avoid all the trainers on this route so I could delay my first white-out. But alas, I was unsuccessful. I ran into the path of Swimmer Genevieve. She KOed Anorith with a rain-boosted Water Pulse from her Psyduck.
So after healing Anorith at the pokecentre, I went back to Route 8 but this time, I managed to avoid all the trainers. Once I was at Cyllage City, I picked up a bike and went to Route 10, where it wasn't raining, and battled all the trainers to gain some levels. Once that was done, I waited until the rain stopped on Route 8 before beating every trainer there, especially Genevieve. At some point during this 'grinding' Anorith learned Metal Claw, making the gym battle easier, at least in theory.
I decided that we were ready for the gym since, despite the fact Anorith was at a type disadvantage, he would be able to one-hit everything after a Hone Claws.
As I was making my way to Grant, I was battling all the trainers (except the one with the Relicanth) without too much difficulty. But the last trainer (I think he's a hiker) managed to defeat Anorith . So after healing, I went back to the gym, carefully avoiding that hiker, and finally challenged Grant.
The battle was incredibly easy, all it took was a Hone Claws while Amaura used Take Down to allow me to completely destroy both Amaura and Tyrunt with Metal Claw.
I then went to Geosenge Town and saved there.
Anorith Lv. 31
- Metal Claw
- Knock Off
- Hone Claws
I'm regretting choosing Hone Claws over Swords Dance since it'll make the E4, especially Siebold, way more difficult. At least if I lose because I missed I could just try again until I hit it, but if I don't even do enough damage, there's not really much I can do about it. I fear that I may have to start this challenge again if I'm having this problem.
However, I won't be giving up easily. I'll only restart if I am sure that I can't win with Hone Claws.
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