I’ve done it. I’ve bought Pokemon Y. After about 800 hours of Pokemon X, getting Shiny Charm, and having a lot of competitively finished Pokemon, you may wonder, “Why the heck did you buy Pokemon Y???” The truth is, I’ve been watching random Nuzlockes on Youtube… and I keep saying, “I could do better than this guy!!” The matter of the fact is ANYONE can talk big… its another thing to DO big. Or something. “What’s a Nuzlocke?” you ask from under a rock. Well, a Nuzlocke is when you play a fresh game of Pokemon, any generation of the main titles, and you follow specific rules that make it harder to beat. To quote Bulbapedia:
- Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released.
- The player may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances. If the first encounter in the area is a Double Battle in dark grass, the player may choose which of the two Pokémon they would like to catch.
- While not exactly a definite rule, the general consensus is that players must also nickname all of their Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
- Also not a definite rule, but the general consensus is that a black out/white out is considered to be “game over”, even if there are Pokémon left in the PC.
- Strongly implied, though not explicitly mentioned in the comic, is the stipulation that the player can use only Pokémon they have captured themselves, meaning traded Pokémon, mystery gifts, etc., are prohibited. Trading and retrading the same Pokémon (for the purpose of evolving a Graveler, for example) is something of a gray area, and may fall under optional rules. As of White: Hard-Mode Episode 3, it is implied that the player can accept Pokémon that are received freely from NPCs.
- Also strongly implied is a prohibition against voluntarily resetting and reloading the game when things go wrong. Being able to do so would render all of the other rules pointless.
So how am I going to do this Nuzlocke? I am going to modify them a little bit, to make it harder on myself, but keep some Pokemon for my collection… Here are the rules I will be following:
- Any Pokemon that faints is considered dead, and I will place those Pokemon in a PC box labeled dead.
- The first Pokemon I encounter in a new area is the one I will catch. I will include Gift Pokemon as being a Pokemon I can catch in that area. I won’t be trading any Pokemon though, since that’s a trade and not a gift. If the first Pokemon is one I already have in the Pokedex, then I am entitled to catch something else if I want. If I get into a Horde encounter as my first battle, and its a mixed Horde, I will take whatever was left in the battle. I will also not be breeding.
- I will nickname every Pokemon I obtain.
- White out/Black out means I lost the entire Nuzlocke. If this happens, I might restart and do a Wonderlocke or Egglocke instead for funsies.
- I won’t reload the game EVER. So I can’t undo a death, a game over, or try to get a better Pokemon first in an area.
In terms of how I will present this Nuzlocke… well, I don’t have a capture card. Those are stupidly expensive! Like… extremely expensive. To me anyway. I will be using my sad phone quality to take pictures… Miiverse doesn’t allow you to post screenshots from Pokemon X/Y for whatever reason. 😦 Now… onto the Nuzlocke!
Part 1 – The Road to Santalune City
Our adventure begins with Professor Sycamore giving us the usual Pokemon intro. He’s much different than the previous professors in that he is clearly suave, and if you read into the game… he is probably trying to get you to leave your house to spend quality time with your mom. For our first steps, I have indicated that I am, in fact, a female with a beautiful tan. They don’t really have a mocha in between, which is more like me, but I can’t complain about X/Y’s increased customization. I can only hope Gen 7 has even more options. I have dubbed this character “D The Gamer”!
After my weird dream where a professor tells me about how I should leave my house, my mother’s Fletchling rudely awakens me. Seriously! I’m pretty sure my torso is covered in puncture wounds. I get up and get dressed, ready to deal with life. Downstairs, my mother is hurrying me out the door… Outside, in Vaniville Town, I am welcomed by my new friends Calem and Shauna. They tell me to come meet them in Aquacorde Town. I decided to hang out on my mom’s Rhyhorn for a little while. I hope I can catch one of these in the future! I think Rhyhorn is a pretty cool Pokemon. I run out and commence the meeting with our newfound best friends.
After our introductions, these scrubs are trying to give me a nickname! For one, I hardly know any of you guys. For another, D is clearly my nickname. Being the mature adult that I am, I told them what they could call me.
Now its time to pick our starter!! Now, most people will randomize their starter, but I am going to be different. I’ve already played through X twice, once with Froakie and again with Fennekin. So, yeah, I’m going to go ahead and choose Chespin. I didn’t like Chespin at ALL the first time I saw him. He seemed like… a complete weirdo. I also didn’t like Oshawott, so I might just not like bipedal cute monsters… maybe? Either way, I choose Chespin! This Chespin turned out to be female. I’m going to name it Mercides… after my World of Warcraft Paladin… don’t judge me.
I receive the Pokedex from our buddy Trevor, whom I still believe to actually be a little girl cross-dressing. You don’t need to worry, I won’t tell anyone. Anyway, Trevor tells us the Pokedex will help us understand Pokemon on a deeper level. Kid is a total nerd. Tierno gives us a letter from Sycamore to our mom, which I hope isn’t a love letter. After our late lunch, Shauna decides to challenge me to battle. Look, Shauna, you have a type disadvantage and, unlike previous generations, our starters have a move of their type! Shauna’s Froakie turns out to be female as well. Is this a thing?
Needless to say, I one shot this thing. My Chespin might not be too bad actually despite being of a Rash nature (ugh + special atk – special def). I run back to my mom’s house, and give her the letter. She doesn’t really tell me what is going on, but she is suddenly giving me all my clothes in a bag and is telling me to get lost. Wow, that’s extremely rude mom! I’m what… 10? 18? Actually, its pretty hard to tell with these sprites. I guess it is time to get away from your murderous Fletchling anyway.
On our way out the door, Rhyhorn bids us farewell. I am sure he wishes he could come with us since our mom apparently never races Rhyhorn ever again. Seriously, she is a Rhyhorn racer! I was hoping I could grow up to race Rhyhorn too! Oh well, I go back into Aquacorde Town and talk to everyone. In this town, someone mentions that you can pet your Pokemon.
Ah, Pokemon-amie. I think I might use Pokemon-Amie if only to add some drama to this Nuzlocke, because playing Pokemon-Amie is boring and sucks. The best part is petting your Pokemon, but I don’t want to sit here petting someone for 20 minutes. I will grind that later, if I still have my Chespin. I suppose this is the rule I will add:
6. I may use Pokemon-Amie to max out affection once per badge. So, when I get the first badge, I will be allowed to use Pokemon-Amie once.
That will surely cause me tears and regret. Delicious! I’m also purchasing potions in this town… so here is another rule:
7. I am allowed to use 1 HP restoring item per battle. Unlimited uses outside of battle.
Yay! Extra despair and hopelessness. Well, I am sure it will all work out for the best. I decide against buying Pokeballs, since we are about to get a lot anyway. Onward to route 2!
On route 2, I first encountered a Pidgey. Lucky me, I don’t have Pokeballs, so I don’t have to count this as the only Pokemon I can catch. A few steps ahead, and we get into our little Pokemon Capture tutorial. Apparently Calem and Shauna have no idea that I am basically a 6-time world champion. Er, you know, because I’ve already beat this generation. Calem shows us his extreme, leet catching skills as he throws a Pokeball at Bunnelby. I really hope the first Pokemon I run into isn’t a Bunnelby…
I caught a Fletchling as my Route 2 Pokemon! Yes! I really love Fletchling for many reasons. Interestingly enough, this one has a Hasty nature, which is pretty decent. I accidentally hit “No” on nicknaming this Fletchling. Yikes! I will definitely nickname him once we reach the Name Rater. I will tentatively call him “Bob”. Why? Its an easy go to name for me. After grinding a bit to get “Bob” to level 5, I enter Santalune Forest…
You know what that means. I get to catch another Pokemon! Before I even step foot into the new area, Youngster Austin challenges me to a battle! Geez, its a good thing I grinded a bit. I dispatch his level 5 Zigzagoon with no causalities. Phew! Inside Santalune Forest, I first encounter a Fletchling… Since I already have one, I am going to let this one go. My second encounter is a female Pikachu! Wow!
I have named her Claudia, and she is a Mild mannered Pikachu. My friends all know I dislike Pikachu, but the truth is I love Raichu. Of course, I am not sure how long it will take before I can evolve her into one. Still, its nice to have an Electric-type this early in the game. Pikachu/Raichu have some pretty good early game stats for doing the Pokemon main game. Hopefully it will last me until I get a ‘better’ Electric-type! One letdown of X/Y is that there aren’t really that many new Pokemon. I hope in this Nuzlocke I can catch a lot more X/Y specific Pokemon than old gen ones. I am so happy, though, that none of the elemental monkeys showed up. I HATE the Pan* monkeys. They are probably the laziest Pokemon designs ever. I also don’t really like monkeys…
I’m pretty lucky Shauna is kind enough to follow me through Santalune Forest, as speaking with her heals up our Pokemon. It allows me to grind my Pokemon enough to feel good about my chances with these trainers. One of the coolest things about Santalune Forest is how nostalgic it feels. I don’t have a direct way to compare it, but the layout reminds me so much of Viridian Forest. Its fun how the friends in X/Y run around the forest alongside you, getting into battles and whatnot. One of my biggest peeves with this game is how the Super Friends weren’t always visible doing their own things. After the battles with youngsters and lasses, I make it out of Santalune Forest with all my Pokemon in tact.
The gang decide to split up, as everyone has different goals. Calem is our only true rival out of this bunch. A lot of people felt a lot of sympathy for Serena, but I personally think Calem is trying way too hard to be cool.
On this route, we have a couple of children that I am going to take lunch money from. This is something that has always been super weird about Pokemon… winning prize money from 5 year olds. Its not even remotely fair, but I guess these kids DID challenge me to a battle… and I guess this is like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, where if you don’t follow some archaic Pokemon rules someone shows up and takes you to jail. So, okay small children, bring it!
We are on a new route, which means new Pokemon! PLEASE NOT BIDOOF. I beg of you, Helix Fossil. Don’t give me Bidoof.
Yes. I found Bidoof. I hate this Pokemon. Ughhh, so I accidentally murdered it because I lost all ability to pay attention to this one fight. Yup, no Route 3 Pokemon for me. I don’t even care!! I know it could have been an HM slave, but I dislike Bidoof so much. Anyway, I have more children to take money from!
Of course, the next trainer I fight has a Bidoof. Its like this game wants to remind me that I missed my chance to get a cute Azurill. This route is full of children. Sorry, but I need your Pokedollars more than you do, kids!
It is kind of hard to call this place a city, but I’ll bite. I try to go to the Pokemon Center to heal my Pokemon, but Tierno interrupts me as soon as I walk in. He explains how to use this combo Pokemon Center & Mart to me. Tierno is actually a funny character, and I wish we had gotten to actually see his Pokemon Dance Team. Kind of odd his Corphish is a part of that team though.
I check every nook and cranny I can remember having an item, plus I pick-up the roller skates from the girl guarding the doors to the gym. I could attempt the gym challenge now, but all my Pokemon are roughly level 10. Since I can’t head to Route 4 before beating the Santalune City Gym, I decide to head over to Route 22.
I am having a dilemma as I enter this route. Do I want to catch a Pokemon here? Later in the game, this area has higher level Pokemon I could capture via flowers or fishing. Before I make a final decision, I might as well clear out all the trainers in this part of Route 22.
A Rising Star’s Litleo nearly took out my 3 Pokemon. I have this problem where I… sometimes… don’t pay 100% attention. I have no idea why, but Claudia the Pikachu AND “Bob” the Fletchling almost ended up dead! I was forced to switch in Mercides, my Chespin. The Litleo must have embered, because the next thing I know its in the red too from a Super Effective hit. Um… my bad. I did end up using a potion to save Mercides the Chespin, just because I felt Roll Out would take care of Litleo. I did beat the trainer without anyone fainting, but this was pretty close! Claudia got a nice work out with the Lass on this route. The Lass had all Water-types, which is totally okay with me.
Decided I wouldn’t try to catch a Pokemon on this route after all. There is something hiding behind a HM CUT-able bush, but I don’t have that HM yet anyway. Consider Route 22 still open for business later in this Nuzlocke. I’ll instead spend my time grinding on Route 3, where that dumb Bidoof still lives. I’ll end this part of my Nuzlocke here. Next time, I’ll be done grinding and take on the Santalune City Gym. This is a Bug-type gym, and “Bob” the Fletchling will probably be the MVP here.
Feel free to comment about Nuzlockes you’ve enjoyed, possible rule changes or additions I will have to make in the future, or even leave a comment on the Pokemon you think may be the first to die… Hopefully in the future I will have a better way to take pictures of this Nuzlocke. I’m incredibly disappointed that Miiverse only seems to exclude Pokemon X & Y screenshots.