Pokemon has long established itself as a family-friendly franchise. With its cute animals and their proven turn-based combat system, the games have long been accessible to a wide range of abilities and abilities since the original concept of catching and defeating Pokemon was first introduced in 1996 in Japan.
The franchise's sleight of hand and ease of use has contributed to its great popularity, but it can also leave a lot of work to be desired by experienced players. For adults, the Nuzlocke Challenge is a popular strategy that allows players to customize rules in order to have a more challenging experience while playing Pokemon.
What is a Nuzlocke Challenge?
A Nuzlocke Challenge is a game that involves players imposing their own rules. There are only two primary rules to a Nuzlocke Challenge.
The Nuzlocke has many variations. Some players nickname their Pokemon so that they feel more attached to them. Others play modded Pokemon games that change the spawns of Pokemon so that a wider variety of Pokemon appears in the grass so you have a chance at seeing a stronger Pokemon like Kyogre.
How do I start a Nuzlocke Challenge?
All you need to get started on a Nuzlocke Challenge is a fresh save file on a Pokemon game, and you must follow a set of guidelines. Managing the challenge will be much more difficult, but here are a few general guidelines to start you off.
- Pick a game youre familiar with. Youll want to know as much as you can about the game so you can adequately prepare for potentially dangerous events like a rival battle or particularly challenging trainer. That way, youll also know which Pokemon are available on which routes, so can anticipate which Pokemon you might catch and you can make sure to keep the right Pokemon at the front of your party to optimize elemental matchups.
- Make sure you level up your Pokemon as much as possible; that way, you have a higher likelihood of success in battles.
- Carry antidotes. You dont want a Pokemon to faint from poison damage (especially when its a permadeath!) while walking around, which can happen in gens 1 through 3.
- Switch your Pokemon out of battle if youre the slightest bit worried. If you have a Pokemon thats low on health, then swap them out. Dont risk it; always switch out sooner than you think you need to.
Nuzlocke University has more detailed information as well as guides to Nuzlocking specific Pokemon games. These guides will assist you in selecting a starter Pokemon, which is an especially critical decision in Nuzlocke, and will highlight specific trainers or Pokemon to be aware of. Another great idea is to watch successful Nuzlocke streams of the game you picked.
What is the origin of the Nuzlocke Challenge?
Nick Franco, a webcomic artist who goes by the moniker Nuzlocke, developed the concept in 2010 and drew a comic illustrating the concept using the 2002 Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire as a base.
The idea of catching em all goes against the series' slogan. Nevertheless, the game has since become a fan favorite way of playing. Although popularized with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, followers continue to use the challenge with more modern versions of Pokemon and have even transposed it to other video game franchises.
Why is it popular?
It's not just that its harder, it's because Pokemon are more strategic. Rather than catching a batch of baddies who can wipe the floor with any gym leader, you need to know specific details, such as whether or not your opponents Pokemon has a superior physical attack or special defense ability. Even a simple trainer battle can have you battling for your life depending on the scenario. It's less mindless grinding and more a game of chess, where you're calculating the moves of AI-controlled
Franco described what he thought was the challenge's core appeal in an interview with Know Your Meme. He said that after each challenge, people have stories to tell.