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Official Pokemon Nuzlocke Challenge Thread!

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  1. Splash_King

    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    I'm sure anyone reading this thread will immediately think "what the hell is a nuzlocke challenge?!". That's what this thread is for; to spread the knowledge of the Nuzlocke Challenge, and let everyone pick fun at this epic new way to play your Pogeymanz games!

    To start off, the Nuzlocke Challenge can be done with any Pokemon game, so choose your favorite and get at it. The rules of the Nuzlocke Challenge are simple, but challenging.


    1. Every new area, route, a cave, anywhere you find wild Pokemon, catch the first new Pokemon you encounter, and capture no more. If you fail to catch it for whatever reason, you can't catch anything else in that area!

    2. If your Pokemon faints, treat it as if it's "dead", and release it as soon as possible. No revives, no Pokemon center healing, nothing. A fainted Pokemon can NEVER be used again.

    3. If every Pokemon you've captured has fainted, that's it. The challenge is over, and likewise, the challenge is failed.


    It makes for a more fun, and clearly more challenging experience than your average play through. I also have my own spin on the rules to make it a bit less rough around the edges. These aren't consistent with the common rules of Nuzlocke, and are considered entirely optional.


    4. Tying in to rule 1, if you find a Pokemon you've already captured/the pre-evolve form of the Pokemon you captured, you can skip it entirely (run, KO, etc.) and catch the next applicable wild Pokemon you find on that route.

    5. Not as much as a rule as a guideline, but if your Pokemon faints, don't soft reset, turn off the game, etc. Critical hits and unexpected moves are definitely frustrating, but no matter what the challenge is, as long as you can restart from a good point, you'll always win in the end. Mistakes and cheapness can and will happen, so bear with it and live it down if you get unlucky, rather than take the cheap way out and restarting at your last save point.

    6. If at any time you find a Shiny Pokemon, you may catch it no matter what rules this might break. You may even use it on your team if ya like, and absolutely do not (and should not) release it if it is ever knocked out. Even if you aren't supposed to release it, if it is knocked out, throw it in your PC since you aren't allowed to use it in the challenge anymore afterwards. Any shinnies knocked out are to be treated as any other Pokes KO'd, aside from releasing them.


    In case anyone is wondering where the roots of the Nuzlocke Challenge originate from, go here.

    http://www.nuzlocke.com/?page_id=2

    Also, it's encouraged you keep us posted on your Nuzlocke Challenge! How many badges are you getting, what's your team and who's getting added/dieing, are you having an easy or rough time, etc. etc. If you've got something to talk about in regards to your challenge, feel free to post it.

    And of course, ALL credit for this thread's idea and inspiration go to Neosquid, AKA Nick, and the Nuzlocke Challenge itself to none other than Nuzlocke. Thanks for the info, Nick. =D
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    Alright, my first post. I started my Nuzlocke Challenge yesterday, havn't made too much progress, actually, but here goes.

    Started off with a Piplup, simply because of the advantage against Roark; can't have Chimchar if I chose it dieing on the first gym, and I'd rather have a Piplup than a grass type... ugh.

    "Rival ADHD wants to battle!" As you'd think, I won the battle easy, and went on with the tutorial. 5 pokeballs later, let the real challenge begin! I immediatly searched the grass in route 202; and I regret it quickly. I found a measly Level 4 Kricketot... .-. I caught it regardless, you never know when a suicide Bide might be useful... or not.

    Going back, I went to Route 202 to hopefully catch a Starly, since it's a great poke to raise with a Piplup (Flying and Water moves cover a lot of types offensively). And lucky me, I found one; level 2, but it survived Piplup's pound with over half HP, even though Piplup was level 7, it must of had good stats. Pound number two, and I crit my first wild poke already! DX There goes one team slot, and on the first route of the game... -.-;

    Moving onto Jubilife, I went to Route 204 to hopefully catch something helpful, like the Starly I had to crit... And ofcourse all I get is a level 4 Bidoof... I deposited it, since I'll use it as an HM slave later. Feeling unlucky, it's time for Rival battle #2; with only a Level 4 Kricketot and a Level 9 Piplup...

    "Rival ADHD wants to battle!" Piplup wipes out his Starly with a few bubbles easily; he only got off one tackle, the other missing. But then out comes Turtwig, so I retreated to Kricketot. I bide'ed twice, but the first one he didn't attack me, and the second one he only hit once, so I chipped off half it's HP. But come a third tackle, and Kricketot is dead. Off to the Nexus with you...

    Piplup barely mopped up with 6 or so bubbles, since Turtwig used Withdraw atleast 4 times before Piplup came in; it didn't know peck yet, so physical moves weren't an option. Regardless, Rival battle #2 was a (pathetic) win.

    Moving through Route 203, I finally encountered another Starly! =D I promptly caught the level 4 Starling, even though it's stats were rather lackluster apon looking at the summary... Ah well. Moving on!

    Starly: Level 4, Quircky, Tackle/Growl.

    Since I'll be facing Roark soon, I wanted to catch a Geodude in the Oreburgh Gate cave, but no... instead, I found a Psyduck; I already have a Piplup so the piece of junk is just death fodder/an HM slave... 3 poke balls, and it's mine.

    Off into the Oreburgh mines, I still really wanted that Geodude, or even an Onix; a Steel type would be useful if I kept it alive long enough to evolve. But what do I find instead? Nothing much better! A Zubat. -.- Useless. Off to the gym!

    Last gym trainer, Piplup evolves, huzzah! Prinplup tore through Geodude and Onix with OHKO Bubbles (lolwut?), and pwnt Cranidos with a Critical Hit Metal Claw; neither of us would of OHKO'd eachother without a critical, so I'd of won regardless. Coal Badge down, 7 more to go.

    Off to the rugged path, I trained up Starly on trainers the way there. Regarding rule 3, since I had both a Zubat and Psyduck, I spent a few minutes looking for Geodude; until I get impatiently frustrated, and check my dex. What a suprise, Geodude aren't in the Rugged Path. -_- I caught an extra Psyduck, which comes in handy later, and moved on...

    Roffle stomped a few galactic grunts and evolved Starly, got the honey and key, pwnt more grunts (owned by "some kid"), and healed before fighting Mars. Galactic Admin battle!

    Her Zubat was promptly owned by Staravia, and out comes Purugly, deadly as it is unappealing. Remember when I mentioned that Psyduck being useful? "Go, Psyduck!" "Purugly used Fake Out!" "Psyduck fainted!" A free switch was all it was good for. XD Staravia comes back out to Intimidate the Purugly, my key to victory. A Wing Attack-Scratch fight later, Staravia barely survives at 2 HP; I was suprised when Purugly moved first on the last turn, we were speed tied the entire time... If I didn't intimidate it, I would of lost Staravia already. Shows you need to be catious for Nuzlocke Challenges, eh?

    TL;DR

    Chose Piplup, owned Rival ADHD on both battles, caught a Kricketot (suicided to beat Rival... wasn't using it anyways) and Bidoof, accidentally critical hitted a Starly but caught another one, caught a Psyduck, a Zubat, and a Psyduck (where the hell's my Geodude instead of this shit? DX), pwned Roark with my evolved Prinplup, OHKOing each of his pokes.

    Evolved Staravia, pwned Team Galactic at the Windworks, and sacrificed my second Psyduck to pwn Mars' Purugly. Pwnt. Heal. Save. Win.

    Back to the center to heal, and that's where I left off. So far, so rediculously unlucky. Can it get worse? Damn right it can; and will. I'm expecting the worse soon... ... ... More to come.
     
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    How dare you insult the great Zubat!....OK, fine...I guess they are kinda boring. I honestly only like what Crobat looks like in the 3d games.

    I really dont agree with Rule #3, I think it just takes away some of the challenge. But thats just my opinion, you do whatever you want.

    I think Ill update on how Im doing in Emeralds Elite Four, since thats what Im doing now. My team consists of a Swampert, Beautifly, Sharpedo, Sableye, Lileep, and Doduo. After I grind some levels, I think Ill start.
     
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    Hola, Nicky. =)

    Ya, rule #3 does take away from the challenge a bit, but noone wants to use the same poke twice/use it as death fodder. What if you encountered nothing but Bidoof as your first pokes in the beginning? It's more about making the challenge a bit more fun in terms of pokemon selection/less chance of epic bad luck pwning you. I see your point clearly, though, so that's why it's an optional rule.

    A Beautifly, and on a Nuzlocke challenge, Nick? You really couldn't do better, or did you really want one on your team? :lol:
     
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    Well, I was aiming for a Dustox, but I guess my Wurple wanted to evolve into a Beautifly, which is fine with me. I like Beautifly, and just because its weak dosnt mean its not usable. Sure, it may not take hits very well, but it has pretty decent offensive stats. And with Hariyama dead, it will be very useful against the Dark-type user of the Elite Four.

    At least Im not using Luvdisc or Unown.
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    Dustox isn't much better than Beautifly... And Beautifly's Sp. Atk caps at 306, but hey, if that puny bug's working for you, epic win, Nick. I wouldn't dare use a Beautifly on my first Nuzlocke playthrough. :lol:

    Lol, indeed.
     
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    RockerJ Still Obsessed with P4

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    If anyone has a spare D/P/Pl, I'd do it. I don't have a place to trade my battle team to restart my Platinum, and I"m too lazy to do it via emulator on my PC. Sounds, interesting though. Is anyone here bored enough to narrate it and put it on YouTube?
     
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    Been awhile since I updated (been busy with other things; slacking on my playthrough), but hey, here it is.

    Healed, evolved, and ready to pwn, onwards to victory--or fail, whichever comes first. I stopped by the windworks to catch something, and I get another water type; a Buizel, ugh... Caught it regardless, and moved on. Not much really happened; I caught a Budew and Buneary on Route 205 and in Eterna Forest, but... meh. I'm aiming to have a Roserade, but Roselia were quite common in later routes, so I stuck a Soothe Bell on Budew and left it rotting in my party, no battles.

    Arriving in Eterna, Staravia pwned Gardenia and the gym trainers on it's own, no healing. 'Nuff said, lol. Proceeding to the Galactic HQ, I pwned all the trainers, healed, and returned to fight admin #2, Jupiter. Galactic Admin battle!

    Staravia vs. Zubat was lulz. I just double team'd 6 times (evasion n00biness, I know...), and proceeded to OHKO it with Wing Attack after a super potion. But I double teamed for a reason; next pokemon in was Skuntank, a suprisingly strong poke, even for later in the game. It's rediculously powerful move, Night Slash, topped every single one of my moves so far. 70 Base Power, STAB made it 105, and a high crit ratio.

    Sadly, double team came to no advantage; second Night Slash hit Staravia, and even worse, it was a critical... Staravia was felled in one shot, even with +6 evasion, and a pathetic chance to be crit'ed... T_T When I said I was expecting worse things to happen soon, I WAS BEING PSYCHIC! DX Into the nexus with you...

    Prinplup proceeded to barely 3HKO with Bubblebeam, even after a Wing Attack. Skuntank would of barely 3HKO'd Prinplup with Nightslash, and since Staravia had only 12 less defense (I checked before I released it), it would of easily survived a crit-less Night Slash. UGH! All that leveling and gym-pwning for nothing but a crit. Damnit game freak...

    Losing our first, full-playthrough poke already, I needed to replace it ASAP. A single Prinplup isn't the best strategy the entire game. I went East of Eterna to Route 211 hoping I'd find SOMETHING useful; and amazingly, I found a Machop right off the bat. Terrible stats and nature (Sassy; +SpD, -Spe), none the less I kept it and grinded it a small amount to make it a workable lv. 20, so it could atleast do some damage.

    Leaving Eterna, we received a (Togepi) egg from Cynthia, and struggled our way through cycling road with a craptastic Machop and electrically-weak Prinplup, ugh. Beneath cycling road, I caught a Gligar; but I'm not interested in a Gliscor, so pass. I already visited the route below; Route 207; awhile ago, actually, but I wasn't paying attention, and KO'd the first poke I found, a Geodude. :lol: Woops.

    Moving through Mt. Coronet, we caught a Bronzor with little trouble; he didn't spam Hypnosis, thank god, and confusion only made Prinplup attack itself once. Only one ball, too. But outside, we encountered some rediculous trouble...

    As I predicted, I found a Roselia; and it was quite strong, actually. Laughable physical defense and HP, but it's Sp. Atk and to a degree speed was great. But it was a complete ***** to capture... Mega Drain and especially Magical Leaf 2HKO'd Prinplup and Machop when it leech seeded them; and it Stun Spored both of them. Must of missed my chance to catch it 3 times from paralysis, and being forced to switch each time to heal. I'm suprised I didn't lose any pokes trying to catch the damn thing. It must of took literally around 25 turns and 4 pokeballs, but I got it. It hasn't battled yet, actually (only lv. 20), but with my new Exp. share, it'l kill some pokes soon enough.

    Arrival at Hearthome! I was distressed to find that Machop and Roselia wouldn't fare very well against Fantina, and Prinplup alone would probably be haxed to death from sleep and confusion. I came prepared and let Prinplup battle every trainer on the way, but if it didn't evolve in the gym, I was going to grind a bit. But lucky day, it evolved on the semi-last trainer. =D Time for a gym battle.

    I destroyed all of Fantina's ghosts in one Bubblebeam, except Misdreavus, but all it did was Magical Leaf. And on a poke more than 10 levels higher, fully evolved, it did 6 damage. :lol: Game, gym badge 3 acquired. Would of been rediculously easier (and less cheap) if Staravia's normal typing was still... .-.

    Off to Solaceon. I found a Ralts on the way; I was damn happy, until on turn 2 it used Teleport, GAH! No way around that, lol... Aside from me failing, I took the time to evolve Machop (which will soon be a Machamp) via trainer battles, and Roselia's next on the training list. Healed in Solaceon, and saved. Next up I'll acquire some items from the ruins, and head off to Veilstone. I'll tackle the tower on 209 once I teach my Machamp Payback.

    I need to update more often, too much for one post, lol.
     
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    RockerJ Still Obsessed with P4

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    Actually... Nope. It was not a Double Post
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    Beat me to the post, lol.

    If you want me to store your pokes for ya, I've no problem with it. Same as cloning for someone, except you just keep the pokes a bit longer; and less trading.
     
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    RockerJ Still Obsessed with P4

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    And honestly, they're hacked anyways. So you could probably just dissect the stats, and not even keep them in your box. I'm not sure what they're stats are, but oh well.

    Done posting. Good bye.
     
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    kikae Ancient Brawler

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    i don't feel reading all this
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    What's too long, the first post or my over-detailed posts? I can make better TL;DR's if you want. :lol:
     
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    Im doing a run on Leaf Green. Sorry I couldnt update earlier, I was out of town. Heres my rules:

    My rules:

    -Release Pokemon if it faints
    -Can only catch first Pokemon in each area
    -Can only hold up to 3 healing items (Potions, Antidote, Ethers, etc)
    -Battle Style must be Set, not Shift

    Anyway, Im in Celedon City right now with the following team:

    Charizard (Lizardon) lv.37

    -Flamethrower
    -Metal Claw
    -Mega Kick
    -Fly

    Fearow (Fluzzard) lv. 35
    -Peck
    -Secret power
    -Pursuit
    -Mirror Move

    Graveler (Bigoron) lv. 36

    -Rock Throw
    -Magnitude
    -Rollout
    -Defense Curl

    Pinsir (Stagtite) lv. 19

    -Brick Break
    -Seismic Toss
    -Cut
    -Bind

    Hitmonlee (Hitmonoris) lv.25

    -Brick Break
    -Jump Kick
    -Rolling Kick
    -Focus Energy


    As you can see, Pinsir and Hitmonlee are still in training. And Im not teaching Fearow Fly because I think it will learn Drill Peck soon. As for the Water type, Im thinking Slowpoke (Shellder isnt found in LeafGreen, damnitt.)

    Going to tackle the Rocket hideout and Erikas Gym real soon.
     
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    A lot of crazy **** happened recently.

    I was training Hitmonlee, and some Koffing gets a critical with Sludge and poisons it in the same freaking turn, killing it. Damnitt...

    After I beat Erika and the Rocket Hideout, I got the Poke Flute from Pokemon Tower. I took the long route to Fuscha City, killing the Snorlax, figuring I could just catch the other one. I also caught a Bellsprout on the way there.

    I got the Surf and Strength HMs, and taught Surf to my Gyarados. Graveler swept through the entire Poison Gym no problem. And by Surfing, I encounter a wild Slowpoke, which I want to catch. But, instead of using Sleep Powder, I accidentally have my Victreebel kill it with Secret Power....nice. Luckily, I catch another one in Vermillion City, and grind it up to level 40.

    Now time to invade Silph Co., which was taken over by Team Rocket. It wasnt so hard, I just had to heal at the Pokemon Center every 20 seconds cause I kept getting poisoned.

    Then I go to take on Sabrinas Gym. Naturally, I thought it would be easy, since my already tankish Slowbro knows Amnesia. Of course, Im fu-king wrong. Her Calm Minding Mr. Mime Baton Tosses to Alakazam, which kills my Slobro with a Critical-hit Psychic. Now Im scared shitless, because this bastard has the potential to easily kill my entire team. Luckily, Charizard manages to outrun it and murder it with Fly. What a close call......geez.

    Also, when I try to catch the Snorlax near Celedon City, I forget to bring enough Poke Balls, and fail to catch it. I r smart. At least I wasnt planning to use it on my team anyway.....

    Ill try not to post so much in one update again, sorry.

    To sum it up:

    -Hitmonlee dies to some nerds Koffing
    -Beat Erika
    -Beat Rocket hideout
    -Caught Victreebell
    -Beat Koga
    -Caught Slowbro
    -Beat Silph. Co
    -Slowbro dies to Sabrinas stupid Alakazam
    -Beat Sabrina
    -Failed to catch Snorlax

    Current Team:

    Charizard (Lizardon) lv.45

    -Flamethrower
    -Steel Wing
    -Fly
    -Mega Kick

    Graveler (Bigoron) lv. 43

    -Rock Slide
    -Magnitude
    -Rollout
    -Defense Curl

    Fearow (Fluzzard) lv. 42

    -Drill Peck
    -Secret power
    -Mirror Move
    -Pursuit

    Pinsir (Stagtite) lv. 43

    -Strength
    -Brick Break
    -Revenge
    -Guillotine

    Victreebel (Sapsack) lv. 43

    -Acid
    -Secret Power
    -Sleep Powder
    -Giga Drain
     
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    RockerJ Still Obsessed with P4

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    Sounds exciting, to say the least. It does spark my interest. As soon as CK gets back, I'll trade him my Battle Team and try it on Platinum.
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    Props for using Set, Nick. Me using it meant death for my Staravia (I always have Set on, no matter the playthrough type), so... it's a lot more hindering than people think.

    Holy balls at the healing item rule though, Nick. That takes guts, but it's certainly doable (Lemonade, Full Heals, Fresh Waters early game, Hyper Potions, Full Heals, Full Restores end game).

    I feel your pain about the crits... DX

    Let's see, where was I... Oh, right, Solaceon. Did a lot, so more slimming down...

    Into the Solaceon Ruins, I found a crap-ton of items, caught an unown, and immediatly traded my Machoke back and forth between games, evolving it. Then, I left towards Route 210. I encountered a Scyther immediatly, hence I was happy, and managed to catch it! But I discovered it had a Timid nature... DAMNIT! Ups it's already high speed, and lowers attack. Absolutely useless. Moving on...

    Taking a right to 215, I battled my way through plenty of trainers, leveling up Roselia primarily. A few close calls, remedied by a Super Potion or two, but nothing scary yet. I was ecstatic to find the Staravia I was hoping for near the end of the route, and caught it promptly; to discover it also has a Timid nature... ... ...

    FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU-

    Ariving at Veilstone with two Timid natures in tow, I promptly destroyed the gym with my Machamp and Roselia, and proceeded to beat up the Galactic goons. Obtained Fly, and taught it to Staravia. I wanted to teach Machamp some Tutor moves via shards, so off to the underground in Eterna! But two hours of item farming, and all I got were some stones, an Icicle Plate, and some items to sell... Not a single blue shard; I need 6 of them for any Punch move. Only have 2. -.-; Defeated, I flew back to Veilstone...

    After getting a Porygon for free, I went off to Pastoria. This was 3 AM, so my stupidity level was over 9000; hence me leaving Roselia in on a Geodude to catch it. When it selfdestructed, my heart sank; but I didn't need to sulk, since Roselia survived with a miraculous 2 HP... oh thank god. After healing, continue trainer grinding, and off to Lake Valor.

    Trying to find another Staravia, but all I got was a Girafarig (WITH ANOTHER F**KING TIMID NATURE! GRAH!). I'll be out of Staravia locations soon. =/ Right outside of Pastoria, I found a Wingull instead of a Staravia, ugh... When I arrived in Pastoria, I hunted the great marsh, only to find a Wooper, and promptly leave. I'm not catching anything useful...

    I left to route 212 to hopefully find a Staravia, but again I'm disappointed when I catch a Shellos instead. WHY AM I GETTING ALL THESE CRAPPY WATER TYPES?! DX

    Again, this was late at night, so when I got to Backlot's Trophy Garden, I didn't stop to think Kricketunes and Kricketots plagued the place at night. So I caught a Kricketune instead of my beloved Staravia... Damnit! T_T

    Back to Pastoria again, I trashed the gym leader, beat up a Galactic Grunt, and moved on to Celestic Town. On the way, I scoured literally the entire route with my Dowser to find a Shiny Stone, only to discover you need Surf to get it... I only thought "screw it", and after easily defeating Cyrus, moved onto Canalave. I immediatly went to Iron Island, and again scoured the entire place with my dowser. Found a lot of healing items and star pieces, but... eh. Figures the Shiny Stone was in the last room of the dungeon; not even needing to be dowsed. -.-

    Regardless, back to Canalave, we evolve our Roselia to Roserade, and save. Ok, I'm not going to update so spaciously anymore, atleast once between each badge. :lol:

    Stealing Nick's format for TL;DR:

    -Caught a rediculous amount of bad nature/water pokes!
    -Got two more badges easily!
    -Wasted a lot of time, effort, and money...
    -Evolved Roselia to Roserade!

    Current Team:

    Machamp Lv. 44 @ Fist Plate
    Sassy Nature
    Moveset:

    Cross Chop
    Revenge
    Payback
    Vital Throw

    Needs some offensive type variety, I know... Would have some if I was given some blue shards. -_-;

    Roserade @ Big Root
    Docile Nature
    Moveset:

    Stun Spore
    Petal Dance
    Giga Drain
    Magical Leaf

    Same issue as Machamp. As soon as I get Sludge Bomb, it's getting it.

    Empoleon @ Iron Plate
    Timid (ARGH!) Nature
    Moveset:

    Metal Claw
    Surf
    Brine
    Peck

    Will be replacing Metal Claw with Flash Cannon after gym, and Peck with anything; Ice Beam, maybe.

    And then, Floatzel (Route 218), Graveler, and an egg [both from Iron Island(unhatched Riolu)]. Which brings up an issue I just realized; they're both from iron island... guess that egg's being released once it hatches. .-. I gotta stop playing Nuzlocke Challenges when I'm dead-tired. XD
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    DP, woopeedoo.

    Shorter update! =D

    As you'd expect, I went straight for the gym apon turning on my DS. Machamp and Empoleon OHKO'd everything, literally. A paralyzed Machamp with Guts is a frightening poke when it lands super effective STAB moves. :lol: ... Well, unless it can't move 3 times in a row... which has happened every time it's gotten paralyzed so far... WHATTHESHITHAX?!

    Byron was crushed, badge #6 is mine. Moving on! Galactic bomb goes off in Lake Valor, so we go and crush many grunts, and take on Galactic Admin Saturn. Toxicroak took two surfs, but... can't say anything good for his other pokes, lol. The galactics retreat, and it's off to Lake Verity!

    Before beating the second pair of grunts, I took the liberty of lobbing a Dusk Ball at a Starly, lv. 2. Yes, I'm serious. Returning to the center, I'm happy to see it has a Docile nature (nuetral), the same as Roserade! :D Slap on an EXP. Share, and back to Verity.

    Pwnt Mars for the second time (again, Purugly survived two surfs; and did a measly 20 damage back with a Crit :lol: ), and we stocked up on items for our journy to Snowpoint. I scoured Mt. Coronet and the Routes to Snowpoint with the Dowser and found a plethora of items; happily, two blue shards... Only two more now. .-.

    Caught a Sneasel, and killed a Snover accidentally (it died from Empoleon's peck for god's sake...). Many trainers later, Starly evolved, and by the time we finish invading Galactic HQ, I'm sure I'll have a Staraptor ready for battle! :D I gave it a crapton of vitamins, after all (10 protein, 6 carbos, and whatever Irons and HP Ups I had on me). Save at the center, and next time I'll tackle gym 7; another easy one for Empoleon and Machamp.

    To sum things up;

    -Got a gym badge; #6!
    -Crushed both Galactic Admins!
    -Caught a non-Timid Starly and evolved it! :D
    -Caught a Sneasel!

    -Found lots of hidden items.
    -Killed a wild Snover...

    Team as of now:

    Empoleon @ Wise Glasses Lv. 48
    Torrent
    Moveset:

    Flash Cannon (courtesy of gym 6)
    Surf
    Brine
    Peck

    Roserade @ Big Root Lv. 48
    Poison Point
    Moveset:

    Shadow Ball
    Petal Dance
    Giga Drain
    Magical Leaf (soon to be replaced by Sludge Bomb)

    Machamp @ Fist Plate Lv. 48
    Guts
    Moveset: (no changes)

    Cross Chop
    Revenge
    Payback
    Vital Throw

    Staravia @ Exp. Share Lv. 31
    Intimidate
    Moveset:

    Defog (deleting ASAP)
    Wing Attack (replace with Close Combat)
    Fly
    Aerial Ace (replace with anything, maybe Return once friendship is max)

    Graveler Lv. 31, Bidoof Lv. 4. Both are HM slaves, although I'll replace Bidoof with a Bibarel/Floatzel soon.
     
  19. Neosquid

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    You get tired, CK? Us cyborgs never get tired.......you fleshys are so weak.

    I guess your doing pretty good, CK. I wouldent worry so much about natures, through. Theyre not really that important. I dont think so, at least.

    ________________________________________________________

    Now obviously, with Slowbro gone, I need a replacement Water-type. After all, If I didnt have one Id have to kill myself. So I just decide to grind my Lapras up to lv. 45. And Lapras has Shell Armor, so it cant be hit by crits! Ha ha, yeah.


    I Surf from Pallet Town to Cinnabar, and get the key from Pokemon Mansion. Lapras tears through Blaines Gym with no problem. Bill drags me to the Sevii Islands and forces me to do his job. I catch a lv. 37 Slowbro there, and when I get back to Kanto, I trade it for some dudes Lickitung. I plan to use it as a backup member in case something dies.

    Lapras completely owned Giovanni. I really think its too overpowered...but whatever. 8 badges, yeah! Now time to take on the League!.....but not before another battle with my rival, Blue. He was actually a little bit tough, due to having higher levels then me. Believe it or not, Blastoises Water Gun took out 3/4ths of Fearows health with a Rain Dance boost. Geez, good thing it didnt know Surf or Hydro Pump.

    Victory road was a freaking b-tch. The trainers had extremely overpowered Pokemon, all my Pokemon almost got killed. But I managed to get through without anything dying, and I didnt heal the entire time, except for one Full Restore, I think.

    When I got to the league, my team was around lv. 47. Im not using any items in the league, so Ill probably grind them up to about lv. 60. That wont be for a while, however, because Ill be at camp this entire week.

    ______________________________________________________

    To sum it up:

    -Trained up Lapras
    -Beat Blaine
    -Got Lickitung as a backup Pokemon
    -Beat Giovanni
    -Got to the Pokemon League
    -Going to grind for levels

    Current team:

    Charizard (Lizardon) lv. 52

    Flamethrower
    Mega kick
    Fly
    Steel wing

    Fearow (Fluzzard) lv. 50

    Drill Peck
    Secret Power
    Mirror Move
    Agility

    Graveler (Bigoron) lv. 50

    Rock Slide
    Earthquake
    Rollout
    Double Edge

    Pinsir (Stagtite) lv. 50

    Strength
    Brick Break
    Revenge
    Swords Dance

    Victreebel (Sapsack) lv. 50

    Acid
    Secret power
    Giga Drain
    Sleep powder

    Lapras (Nessie) lv. 51

    Surf
    Ice Beam
    Thunderbolt
    Confuse Ray


    Ill probably teach Sunny Day to something, due to the benefits it gives to some of my team, notably Charizard and Victreebel. Ill replace Victreebels Acid with either Sunny Day or SolarBeam, if I can even find the TM for the later. I want to keep Giga Drain in case it needs to heal. I might also teach Rain Dance to something in case I need to stop Sunny Day immediately, like if Im up against a Fire-type. Any other suggestions?
     
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  20. Splash_King

    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    Natures can be important, Nick. What if my Staravia had a +Def nature, and it barely survived that crit from S****ank? I'd have a rediculously beefed up more team by 10 levels each or so, since I wouldn't have to let my Staravia absorb all the experience right now.

    Or, what if my Machamp had a -Def +Spe nature? Machamp literally outruns nothing, as it's speed is like a Slowbro with a +1 speed boost. XD And if he has less defense, and since he's slow, he'd die quickly and be of no consequence. As long as the nature doesn't hinder the pokemon, it's usable. If it does the way it did to that lv. 22 Staravia, it would of been useless. Spoiler, my Staravia evolved (omgNOWAI!) and could barely OHKO Golbats once it got up in the levels. If it had less attack via that Timid nature, it would of gotten pwnt by almost everything, since it'd only 2HKO the weakest things like aforementioned Golbats and Glameows, and maybe 3HKO Purugly's, and not get even close to a 3HKO for a Gyarados or something.

    So my point is, natures really affect a pokemon's use, and it's all or nothing in a Nuzlocke challenge, so I don't want my Staravia being useless after pumping all that Exp. into it. I don't want to grind on this playthrough, so... yeah. =P Straight through the entire time (except for the Empoleon grinding... had to in order to stand a chance against Fantina =P).

    ... I wish my entire team had Shell Armor... T_T

    Don't you get Solarbeam in the mansion in Cinnabar? Or did they swap it out for Sunny Day in FR/LG (if they did, you'd of gotten Sunny Day on the bottom floor, right?)? Can't remember.


    Anywho, time for the update!

    Off to the gym! Empoleon and Machamp cleaned up with Flash Cannon and Revenge/Vital Throw respectively, easy gym with nothing epic or worrisome. Running off to Acuity and then to Galactic HQ, time for a home invasion!

    Got Sludge Bomb for Roserade! =D 90 Base Power STAB without Petal Dance's negative effect. Epic. None of the Galactic Grunts stood a chance; except for the scientist that nearly OHKO'd my just-evolved Staraptor with Psychic. Staraptor's Sp. Def with a pathetic 45 at level 36... I was in disbelief. All of it's stats are very low, actually, horrid IVs. But I kept training it regardless.

    Actually, I did stupid things on the way up to Cyrus... In a double battle, I had Staraptor use Fly and Empoleon Surf, and Empoleon attacked first! DX I was positively puzzled to see that a STEEL-CLAD PENGUIN outran a gigantic bird. Nearly OHKO'd Staraptor like that Kadabra... Too many close calls. @_@ Shows what 10 levels can do when a pokemon just evolved; Empoleon only outran it by 5 speed points.

    Moving on! Cyrus was pwnt unepically, what a suprise. So off to Coronet! I found a crapton of good items on the way up, but I only needed to use a Full Heal or two (parafusion=insanity) and some Fresh Waters for my still weak Staraptor. The Mars and Jupiter were owned, even with my shitty rival doubles partner doing literally NOTHING to help. Off into the distortion world!

    A quick ways down, and it's time for the epic Cyrus battle! Cue epic battle music here.

    I had Staraptor waiting for Gyarados; but to my atonishment, he sent out Houndoom first... @!*$!!! Close combat disbanded it, but now Staraptor was in serious danger of being OHKO'd; and what does he send out? Weavile, ugh. I was afraid it had Pursuit, but sent out Empoleon anyways. Ice Punch did nothing on it. Flash Cannon OHKO'd. And here comes what I was waiting for; Gyarados.

    I was hesitant to send in Staraptor, but I predicted an Earthquake for my Steel penguin, and sent it in; I was right. Intimidate, no damage switch, sweet! Out goes Machamp, taking only 20 damage or so from Ice Fang.

    But now it gets close... Waterfall does enough to 4HKO Machamp, so I need to act fast; if I get flinched twice, Machamp is near-death. I taught it Rock Slide, so I went with it. 1 shot nearly OHKO'd Gyara, so turn two, I got flinched though... 55 HP left, enough to take one more Waterfall. Go, Rock Slide! Victory is within gras--


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    Gyarados randomly uses Giga Impact; a move only 10 Power strong than Waterfall when factoring in STAB. Machamp would of survived in the single digits at the least, I know; BUT IT GETS A CRITICAL HIT! GAAAAAAAH!!! Damn you Nick and your Shell Armor! DX DX DX Into the nexus goes Machamp... My hardest hitting poke... Ugh!

    REVENGE. Staraptor goes in to 3HKO with Fly, taking only half health from the twice-intimidated Gyarados' Ice Fang. Honchkrow is promptly handled by a switch to Empoleon, with 2HKO's with Surf, and takes near-no damage from a Drill Peck and Night Slash. Cyrus' last pokemon, a Crobat, is also promptly 2HKO'd, although Empoleon took confusion damage once. Supersonic fail... Them damn Zubats and their confusion and them speedy-ass evolutions...

    UGH! Cyrus was defeated, but I lost one of my most reliable pokes. Machamp was never close to being one-shotted with his great HP and workable defenses, and OHKO'd pretty much everything not resisting Revenge. So much for that...

    Moving onto Giratina, screw it. I lost my Machamp that had Payback, lob a masterball, and throw that damned ghost-dragon into my PC forever. I don't plan on using legendaries this playthrough.

    After releasing my best fighting type, save. Game. ... Ugh.

    To sum things up...

    -Machamp fainted! Into the nexus...
    -Defeated Cyrus and disbanded Team Galactic; or did I... ?
    -Staraptor has become a full-fledged team player!
    -Caught Giratina w/ masterball, not using legendaries regardless.
    -Got our 7th badge!


    Pretty much anything done in this update was all major stuff; I dragged the post out too much, another big post... uh, woops. :lol: But hey, it was the main boss of the game. =P


    ... Well Nick, you certainly jinxed me... DX
     

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