I'm a big fan of Pokémon and it was a huge part of my childhood, but I haven't played any Pokémon games in a while. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pokémon and the games but they don't quite grab my attention like they used to. And to be honest, they've never been very challenging.
There is, however, a way to make the Pokémon games more challenging. I'm sure some of you have heard of the Nuzlocke Challenge, for those of you who haven't, it's a set of self-imposed rules to increase the difficulty. Here are the core rules:
These rules make the game more challenging, deepens the bonds with your Poképals, and forces you to use Pokémon you normally wouldn't. You can get the full details on the "Nuzlocke Challenge" here.
I will be playing Pokémon LeafGreen. Here is the full list of rules I'll be adhering to:
Note: these rules do not come into play until the player has Poké Balls and can catch Pokémon! Then it's on, bitchez!
I'll be doing one more thing to make it even more interesting; all of my Pokémon will be named after Anime Vice users! You could be on my team in Pokémon form! Now then, lets see what happens...
|Okay, so, according to the rules, my choice of starter Pokémon depends on the last number of my Trainer ID. My ID is 07463, which means my starter Pokémon must be... Bulbasaur! I decided to name him TAKA, after- I consider him my "partner in crime" on Anime Vice (I'm not really sure what I mean by that, either) so it only seemed right to name my first Pokémon partner after him. Right, this is already off to an interesting start - I normally pick the fire-type starter. Now I just have to make sure little TAKA never loses a battle! No pressure, right? We took Gary's Charmander down with ease.|
|After grabbing the free potions from the PC and the guy on Route 1, delivering Oak's parcel from the PokéMart, and receiving my first Poké Balls, the Nuzlocke Challenge truly began. Who would my first wild Pokémon be? Pidgey? Rattata? Suddenly there's so much more pressure when walking through tall grass. Playing with Nuzlocke rules really does make the game a different experience, even in these early stages... it's a Rattata! It was easily captured, and I can never catch another Pokémon on Route 1 again. Despite the gender, I named her FOXX, after.|
|After arriving in Viridian City, I knew Gary was waiting for me on Route 22; the route between Viridian City and the Pokémon League, which I won't be challenging for a good while yet. I could continue on to Viridian Forest and ignore my rival, but where's the fun in that? Cue the Rocky training montage; it was time for some grinding! To play it safe, I aimed to get TAKA and FOXX to level 12 before challenging Gary. This took a little while...|
|On Route 22 and Route 2 the first Pokémon I encountered were Rattata, so I chose not to catch them. I was hoping for a Mankey or a Pidgey, but no luck. The Forest was another matter though, I knew several kinds of bug Pokémon waited within, and if I was really lucky, maybe even a Pikachu. I took a deep breath, and walked into the grass... it was a Metapod! Another easy catch, I decided to call him VISIONZ, after. My team was growing!|
|During my trek through the forest I sent VISIONZ out first, then called him back and defeated enemy Pokémon with TAKA and FOXX. This shared the EXP with VISIONZ and it wasn't long before he evolved! My first Pokémon evolution, a joyous occasion indeed. As a Butterfree, VISIONZ started learning new moves including Confusion and Sleep Powder, earning his place on my team.|
|Continuing to play it safe, I decided to do some more grinding. I aimed to get my three Pokébuddies to level 15 before challenging the Pewter City Gym Leader. I'm not taking any risks this early on. I defeated Brock's underling with ease, and got enough EXP for TAKA to evolve! It was time...|
What kind of Pokémon will I catch next? Who will I name it after?! Will I continue to be victorious, or will my luck start to run out? Find out next time!