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Hey guys – I guess I don’t really use this blog so much any more, but I’ve recently stared a Nuzlocke challenge on my copy of Pokémon Soul Silver – I wanted to keep a log of what was going on, so I’m putting everything down in this post:

The rules:

  • I have to catch the first Pokémon I encounter in an area.
  • I must nickname all of my Pokémon.
  • I’m going by species clause, meaning that if I find a wild Pokémon that’s in the same evolutionary line as one that I already own it doesn’t count as my encounter for that area.
  • When a Pokémon faints it’s considered dead and must be released.
  • I can trade between versions for evolutionary purposes ONLY (e.g – to evolve Hauner in to Gengar). I can’t trade items from another game (e.g – Platinum) to help me.
  • The battle style is switched to “set”. Meaning that the game won’t say “x is about to switch t y, do you want to change Pokémon?”
  • My starter Pokémon is determined by my Trainer ID. If it ends in 1, 2, or 3 I pick Chikorita. If it ends in 4, 5, or 6 I pick Cyndaquil. If it ends in 7, 8, or 9 I pick Totodile. If the number ends in 0 then I pick whatever I want. In this instance my ID ends in 6, so I picked Cyndaquil.

Those are the rules – nothing too tricky because I’m not exactly the very best like no one ever was, but enough to keep things interesting for me.

Current progress

Contents:

To quickly find a specific subject copy the chapter title, then press Ctrl+F and paste it in:

1 – From New Bark Town to Falkner, the first gym leader in Violet City

2 – What happened from Violet City to Azalea Town

3 – Team Rocket at the Slowpoke Well plus training for Bugsy & my rival

4 – How the fight against Bugsy went down

5 – Training for my rival & fighting him

6 – How the fight against my rival went down

7 – Ilex Forest & Route 34

8 – Goldenrod City & the fight against Whitney

9 – Route 35, 36, 37, & the National Park

10 – Ectuteak City

11 – Routes 38, 39, & 42

12 – Burned Tower

13 – Ecruteak Gym

Oldest records at the top, working down to newest (I didn’t start logging progress until I defeated Falkner, the first gym leader):

1 – From New Bark Town to Falkner, the first gym leader in Violet City:

Quilava

Quilava / Fondue | Level 15 | Met at Level 5 in New Bark Town.

Quick Attack, Leer, Smokescreen, Ember

Bashful nature, Blaze Ability, Male.

Notes: Pretty reliable, OHKO’d Falkners Pidgey but I guess that’s not too much of a surprise considering my much I over-levelled this guy. Cyndaquil was actually the first Pokemon I ever started with so it’ll be cool to see what I do with this little guy.

Pidgey

Pidgey / Pudgey | Level 12 | Met at Level 2 in Route 29.

Tackle, Sand Attack, Gust

Serious nature, Tangled Feet ability, Female.

Notes: Pidgey is a Pokemon I usually roll with in games where it’s available early on. Nice rounded stats when it’s a Pidgeott, immunity to Ghost types is a nice touch and she should be somewhat useful against a few of the gyms scattered around Johto.

Beedrill

Beedrill / Bumble | Level 11 | Met at Level 3 in Route 30.

Poison Sting, String Shot, Harden, Fury Attack

Serious nature, Swarm ability, Female.

Notes: Honestly? I have never, ever properly used a Beedrill. Ever. Looking at is learn pool on Bulbapedia I can see why as well. I’d pick a Compoundeyes Butterfree over this any day – but hey, the point of a Nuzlocke is to forge unexpected bromances with Pokemon you hardly use, right? Definitely gonna have to see what TMs I can set this fella up with though.

Bellsprout

Bellsprout / Venus | Level 12 | Met at Level 3 in Route 31.

Vine Whip, Growth, Wrap

Hasty nature, Chlorophyll ability, Female.

Notes: I haven’t used a Bellsprout since wayyy back in FR/LG. From what I remember it’s actually a pretty decent Pokemon though. Gonna be depending on her to deal with my rivals water starter!

Flaaffy

Flaaffy / Mary | Level 15 | Met at Level 6 in Route 32.

Tackle, Growl, Thundershock, Thunder Wave

Jolly nature, Static ability, Male.

Notes: Another Pokemon I haven’t used in ages, and I’m not sure why either. I totally went overboard with the level grinding on this guy. A level 15 electric type dealt with Falkners rather troublesome Pidgeotto without any problem at all. His male gender kind of messes with his nickname (after the nursery rhyme), but that’s part of his charm! Hoping he stays around for the long haul.

Gastly

Gastly / Casper | Level 13 | Met at Level 3 in Sprout Tower.

Hypnosis, Lick, Spite, Curse

Bashful nature, Levitate ability, Male.

Notes: Aw yeah! You can never go wrong with a Gengar on your team. I find things are usually pretty slow going with Gastly but you’re definitely rewarded for it later.

2 – What happened from Violet City to Azalea Town:

TogepiEgg hatched!

Omlette / Togepi | Level 8 | Hatched at Level 1 in Violet City.

Growl, Charm, Extrasensory, Metronome

Rash nature, Serene Grace ability, Male.

Notes: Togepi (nicknamed Omlette – yes, I spelled it wrong. Oops) hatched in Violet City. He’s been trained to Level 8 and placed in a PC box for the time being. I’m counting this as my Violet City encounter, even though this Pokemon is forced on you. 

  • Pudgey grew to level 15 and learned Quick Attack!
  • Venus grew to level 16 and replaced Growth with PoisonPowder.
  • Used a repel through Union Cave as I want to catch Lapras later.

Ekans

New capture!

Kobra / Ekans | Level 7 | Met at Level 7 on Route 32.

Wrap, Leer, Poison Sting

Bashful nature, Shed Skin ability, Male

Notes: Another species I haven’t ever really toyed around with. Will be interesting to use when (if?) I get the chance to. He’s been PC boxed for the time being though.

3 – Team Rocket at the Slowpoke Well plus training for Bugsy & my rival:

  • Used Repels in Slowpoke Well as I want to guarantee getting a Slowpoke when I get Surf.
  • Gave Bumble a Poison Barb to give her Poison Sting attack a bit more much needed power.
  • Bumble grew to level 15.
  • Bumble replaced the move String Shot with Focus Energy.
  • Casper grew to Level 15.
  • Casper replaced the move Curse with Night Shade.
  • Fondue grew to Level 16.
  • Pudgey grew to Level 18.
  • Pudgey replaced the move Tackle with Whirlwind (Tackle seems redundant with Quick Attack in there).

Pidgey to Pidgeotto

Pidgeotto / Pudgey | Level 18 | Met at Level 2 in Route 29.

Whirlwind, Sand Attack, Gust, Quick Attack

Serious nature, Tangled Feet ability, Female.

Notes: Now I’m ready to wreck Bugsy. A Quilava and a Pidgeotto will make short work of him, I’m sure.

4 – How the fight against Bugsy went down:

Bugsy was actually really scary to fight. I totally forgot that Scyther had Focus Energy! The constant threat of critical hits was about to give me a heart attack! It actually went pretty well though. I used Pidgeottos Whirlwind to get rid of Scyther while I dealt with Metapod and Kakuna. I managed to paralyse Scyther with Thunder Wave, but Mary only just survived Scythers U-Turn attack with 1HP left! Quilava took care of the rest from there, though I had to use up a Super Potion. Nobody died though!

I think I’m going to do some extra training for my Rival now to be on the safe side. I’ll post my updated team when I’ve finished battling him.

5 – Training for my rival & fighting him:

I trained on Route 33 – being careful not to enter Union Cave so I don’t trigger my encounter there. Here’s my current team:

Quilava

Quilava / Fondue | Level 19 | Met at Level 5 in New Bark Town.

Quick Attack, Leer, Smokescreen, Ember

Bashful nature, Blaze Ability, Male, Holding Charcoal.

Notes: Not much has changed here, except for gaining a few levels.

Pidgeotto

Pidgeotto / Pudgey | Level 19 | Met at Level 2 in Route 29.

Whirlwind, Sand Attack, Gust, Quick Attack

Serious nature, Tangled Feet ability, Female.

Notes: A few move changes have been made, Quick Attack replaces Tackle since it deals more damage and is a high priority move, Whirlwind isn’t a move I’d usually use, but it’s there if I find Pidgeotto in an undesirable match-up.

Beedrill

Beedrill / Bumble | Level 17 | Met at Level 3 in Route 30.

Poison Sting, Focus Energy, Twineedle, Fury Attack

Serious nature, Swarm ability, Female.

Notes: I’m starting to see why I don’t bother with Beedrill that much in the game – it just doesn’t seem to learn any worthwhile attacks! I’m always setting up with Focus Energy, to increase my Critical Hit ratio, then following up with another attack, so I’m trying to work with what I’ve got.

Bellsprout

Bellsprout / Venus | Level 19 | Met at Level 3 in Route 31.

Vine Whip, PoisonPowder, Wrap, Sleep Powder

Hasty nature, Chlorophyll ability, Female.

Notes: I love setting up with Sleep Powder with this thing – I seem to be getting lucky with it considering it only has 60% accuracy. Can’t wait to replace Vine Whip with something stronger though.

Flaaffy

Flaaffy / Mary | Level 19 | Met at Level 6 in Route 32.

Tackle, Growl, Thundershock, Thunder Wave

Jolly nature, Static ability, Male.

Notes: Not many changes here except for a few levels though. Mary’s really growing on me though – he took down my rivals Crocnaw and Zubat without taking much damage.

Gastly

Gastly / Casper | Level 19 | Met at Level 3 in Sprout Tower.

Hypnosis, Lick, Confuse Ray, Night Shade

Bashful nature, Levitate ability, Male.

Notes: Replaced Spite with Confuse Ray and swapped Curse for Night Shade, since it deals reliable damage and I’ve never been a huge fan of the move Curse. Currently not very useful because all of its offensive moves are Ghost type, and they won’t work too well against Whitney, the next gym leader.

6 – How the fight against my rival went down:

Over levelling seems to be a bit of a theme here. I was a little bit overpowered for this fight but I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing in a Nuzlocke challenge – Fondue took out Gastly without too much hassle, and then I switched to Mary to deal with Crocnaw and then eventually Zubat. I was expecting a lot worse things from this fight since I always seem to recall it giving me grief.

7 – Ilex Forest & Route 34

ZubatNew capture!

Fruity / Zubat | Level 5 | Met at Level 5 in Ilex Forest.

Leech Life, Supersonic

Quiet nature, Inner Focus ability, Female.

Notes: Catching one of these was inevitable wasn’t it? I kind of wanted to catch Oddish since I was playing at night, but I’ve used plenty of Zubat and they’re definitely useful once they evolve in to Crobat. I even caught it using one of Kurts Friend Balls so that its happiness increases quicker. Staying in the PC box for now, but definitely a strong contender for a permanent team member.

  • Replaced Beedrills Fury Attack with Cut.
  • Replaced Flaffys Tackle with Headbutt.
  • Replaced Quilavas Quick Attack with Headbutt.
  • Failed to catch Abra on Route 34. 😦

Bellsprout to Weepinbell

Weepinbell / Venus | Level 21 | Met at Level 3 in Route 31.

Vine Whip, PoisonPowder, Wrap, Sleep Powder

Hasty nature, Chlorophyll ability, Female.

Notes: I just noticed that Bellsprout was close to evolving so I decided to go for it. Any extra stat gain is welcome against Whitney and dat Miltank.

  • Replaced Quilavas Ember with Flame Wheel.
  • All Pokemon grew to level 21.

8 – Goldenrod City & the fight against Whitney

  • Picked up the usual things here, like the bike & the radio card. Did some training in the underground but nobody gained a level.
  • With Whitney I took out Clefairy with two Fire Wheels from Quilava. For Miltank I switched to Weepinbell to put it to sleep, then I switched back to Quilava and used Leer to lower its defence  until it woke up. Then I paralysed it with Flaffys Thunder Wave, and then finished it off with a few Fire Wheels from Quilava – taking advantage of the fact that the Thunder Wave makes me faster than Miltank, and Fire Wheel does a lot of damage thanks to Miltanks lower defences.

9 – Route 35, 36, 37, & the National Park

Nidoran Female

New capture!

Nidoran (F) / Karen | Level 12 | Met at Level 12 in Route 35.

Growl, Scratch, Tail Whip, Double Kick

Impish nature, Poison Point ability, Female.

Notes: Pretty happy with this and this is pretty much in line with what I was expecting. Might evolve this in to Nidoqueen for the fight against Jasmine, but we’ll see how things go.

Vulpix

New capture!

Vulpix / Fennec | Level 13 | Met at Level 13 in Route 36.

Ember, Tail Whip, Roar, Quick Attack

Hasty nature, Flash Fire ability, Male, Holding Rawst Berry

Notes: Exactly what I was aiming to get on this route, so again I’m pretty chuffed with this. Only realised it had Roar after I caught it, so I guess I was pretty lucky that it didn’t use it. Will probably put Vulpix in to my team if Quilava dies.

HootHoot

New capture!

Hoothoot / Blinky | Level 17 | Met at Level 17 in Route 37.

Hypnosis, Peck, Uproar, Reflect

Lonely nature, Keen Eye ability, Female

Notes: I was using Headbutt on the trees here in the hopes of getting an Exeggcute but wound up with this instead. I haven’t really used Hoothoot much in the past since I always preferred to go with Pidgey or Spearow instead. Probably not going to be going on to the team any time soon, but nice to have I guess.

Sunkern

New capture!

Sunkern / Sunny | Level 12 | Met at Level 12 in National Park.

Absorb, Growth, Mega Drain, Ingrain

Quiet nature, Chlorophyll ability, Male

Notes: URGH! I triggered my encounter here by accident because my bike was going too fast. I accidentally went in to one square of grass and got this encounter. I was pretty annoyed because I wanted to try and catch a Scyther here. Bah!

10 – Ecruteak City

Poliwag

New capture!

Poliwag / Wagtail | Level 20 | Met at Level 20 in Ecruteak City

Hypnosis, Water Gun, Double Slap, Rain Dance

Timid nature, Damp ability, Female

Notes: Yes, I went all the way to Olivine City & back to get the Good Rod to get one of these. Really want to give Poliwrath a try, so this guy is going on my team straight away.

  • It’s been a while since I’ve posted a full update on my team – so with a little bit of training on some of the routes surrounding Ecruteak here’s how things are looking:

Quilava

Quilava / Fondue | Level 23 | Met at Level 5 in New Bark Town

Headbutt, Leer, Smokescreen, Flame Wheel

Bashful nature, Blaze ability, Male, Holding Charcoal

Pidgeotto

Pudgey / Pidgeotto | Level 25 | Met at Level 2 in Route 29.

Whirlwind, Sand-Attack, Twister, Quick Attack

Serious nature, Tangled Feet ability, Female

Notes: Can someone tell me why I got rid of Gust? Twister is nice to have since it makes enemies flinch, but I really should have replaced a different move here. Quite a while until Pidgeotto learns Wing Attack too.

Flaaffy

Mary / Flaffy | Level 23 | Met at Level 6 in Route 32.

Headbutt, Growl, ThunderShock, Thunder Wave

Jolly nature, Static ability, Male

Weepinbell

Venus / Weepinbell | Level 24 | Met at Level 3 in Route 31.

Vine Whip, PoisonPowder, Acid, Sleep Powder

Hasty nature, Chlorophyll ability, Female

Gastly

Casper / Gastly | Level 24 | Met at Level 3 in Sprout Tower.

Hypnosis, Sucker Punch, Confuse Ray, Night Shade

Bashful nature, Levitate ability, Male

Poliwag

Wagtail / Poliwag | Level 21 | Met at Level 20 in Ecruteak City.

Hypnosis, Surf, Body Slam, Rain Dance

Timid nature, Damp ability, Female

Notes: Using this to replace Beedrill since I wasn’t really using Beedrill any way and I don’t have the patience to wait for it to learn good moves. With a powerful move like Surf Poliwag immediately becomes useful, and I’m going to need a Pokemon that can carry me over water pretty soon any way.

11 – Routes 38, 39, & 42

Aipom

New capture!

Kong / Aipom | Level 15 | Met at Level 15 in Route 42.

Sand-Attack, Astonish, Baton Pass, Tickle

Quirky nature, Run Away ability, Female

Notes: So glad I found one of these! But talk abut being a total pain to catch!I think I must have thrown about a million PokéBalls at this thing before it was caught.

Poliwag-Dead
A death!

Notes: I seriously can’t believe this happened, and so soon after I caught her too! She died fighting…

Raticate

New capture!

Ratty / Raticate | Level 16 | Met at Level 16 in Route 38.

Focus Energy, Bite, Pursuit, Hyper Fang

Adamant nature,  Run Away ability, Female

Notes: Yup – this is who killed Poliwhirl! My encounter for Route 38. It used Bite twice, which lowered my HP pretty low while I was trying to get Hypnosis to work. I decided to switch out and Raticate actually wound up using Pursuit, which killed Poliwag before I could withdraw her from the fight. The silver lining is that a Raticate with an Adamant nature should be pretty handy if it ever makes it on to the team.

GastlyDeadGif

A death!

Notes: Yup! AGAIN. By another Raticate too – not a wild one though, this one was from a trainer on Route 39.  I knew the local Raticate had Bite & Pursuit, so I decided to try and withdraw as quickly as I could – but not only did the Raticate predict what I was going to do and used Pursuit, but it also got a Critical Hit. So now I need to replace two members of my team – and Gastly was so close to evolving too! It could have been a tremendous asset as a Gengar.

Meowth

New capture!

Bella / Meowth | Level 16 | Met at Level 16 on Route 39.

Growl, Bite, Fake Out, Fury Swipes

Bashful nature, Technician ability, Female.

Notes: I wasn’t expecting this to appear! I was really expecting Magnemite but I’m actually pretty okay with this. Pay Day could be nice, since money can be a little tricky to come by at times.

12 – Burned Tower

  • I decided to add the Raticate to my team, but I’m still not sure how to go about replacing the Poliwag that I lost. I don’t have that many options and I’ll most likely end up with a Magikarp, so for now I’ve just put Beedrill back on to the team as well.
  • The entire team has grown to Level 25 – except for Beedrill, which is at Level 22.
  • The moves of all the Pokemon is identical to my last team update, except for the following:
    • Beedrills Poison Sting has been replaced with Pursuit.
    • Flaffys Growl has been replaced with Charge.
    • Raticate underwent a fairly large move set change:

Raticate

Ratty / Raticate | Level 25 | Met at Level 16 on Route 38.

Focus Energy, Crunch, Sucker Punch, Headbutt

Adamant nature, Run Away ability, Female, Holding Quick Claw

Notes: Raticate will be my main weapon against Morty, the Ghost type gym leader in Ecruteak City. She knows some powerful Dark type moves, which are super effective against Ghost type Pokémon, and she has an immunity to Ghost type moves.

Of course, Morty isn’t at the top of my hit list just yet – first I have to battle my rival at the Burned Tower! So here’s how things went down:

  • First up was Gastly vs Beedrill – Gastly tried to set up with Confuse Ray, but it didn’t seem to effect Beedrill. Gastly resorted to using Curse, which lowered quite a lot of its HP, and Beedrill followed up with Pursuit, finishing it off.
  • Next up was Zubat, so I switched out for Flaffy & used ThunderShock, OHKOing Zubat, but not before it pulled off a successful Supersonic.
  • Surprisingly my rival sent out Crocnaw next – I was going to use Thunder Wave but confusion got the better of Flaffy. Crocnaw followed up with Scary Face, so I decided to switch out for Weepinbell. Crocnaw used Scary Face again while I used Sleep Powder and started wailing away with Vine Whip until Crocnaw fainted.
  • Magnemite was next, I decided to try and set up with Sleep Powder but Magnemite got a Supersonic in first, and Weepinbell hit itself in confusion. I tried Sleep Powder again, but Magnemite Paralysed me with Thunder Wave before I could get the move in. I decided to switch out for Quilava and go for a Flame Wheel, which OHKO’d the Magnemite, winning me the battle.
  • Then Joey decided to call me to brag about his super cool Rattata.
  • Flaffy grew to Level 26 after fighting the Fire Breathers that hang around here.

KoffingSneezing / Koffing | Level 14 | Met at Level 14 in Burned Tower.

Poison Gas, Tackle, Smog, Smokescreen

Lonely nature, Levitate ability, Female.

Notes: I was kind of hoping for Magmar here, but considering there’s only a 5% chance of finding one here it was pretty unlikely. I used Koffing briefly at the beginning of my Black 2 game, but it didn’t really become useful so I replaced it with something else. I can’t see me really using this guy any time soon – if I decide to bring a Poison Type with me then Zubat or Nidoran are much more likely to get picked. I will admit that the immunity to Ground type moves is nice though.

13 – Ecruteak Gym

So here’s the team I’m going in to this with:

RaticateRatty / Raticate | Level 27 | Met at Level 16 in Route 38.

Focus Energy, Crunch, Sucker Punch, Headbutt

Adamant nature, Run Away ability, Female, Holding Quick Claw.

Pidgeotto

Pudgey / Pidgeotto | Level 25 | Met at Level 2 in Route 29.

Whirlwind, Sand-Attack, Twister, Quick Attack

Serious nature, Tangled Feet ability, Female.

Weepinbell

Venus / Weepinbell | Level 25 | Met at Level 3 in Route 31.

Vine Whip, PoisonPowder, Acid, Sleep Powder

Hasty nature, Chlorophyll ability, Female, Holding Miracle Seed.

Beedrill

Bumble / Beedrill | Level 22 | Met at Level 3 in Route 30.

Pursuit, Focus Energy, Twineedle, Cut

Serious nature, Swarm ability, Female.

Quilava

Fondue / Quilava | Level 25 | Met at Level 5 in New Bark Town.

Headbutt, Leer, SmokeScreen, Flame Wheel

Bashful nature, Blaze ability, Male, Holding Charcoal

Flaaffy

Mary / Flaaffy | Level 26 | Met at Level 6 in Route 32.

Headbutt, Charge, ThunderShock, Thunder Wave

Jolly nature, Static ability, Male.

  • I swept through all of the gym trainers with Raticate using Crunch.
  • Decided to lead the fight against Morty with Quilava. Went well using Flame Wheel until Gengar popped out, it used Mean Look & Shadow Ball, then this happened:

Quilava-Dead

A death!

Notes: Yeah, as soon as Gengar used Mean Look I knew I was pretty much done for. Shadow Ball was taking off about 3/4 of my health & Gengar outsped Quilava, so there wasn’t a great deal that I could do. I basically had to give up on Quilava and let it die so I could switch to Raticate.

14 – The grind

So there’s been a lot of deaths lately and you know what? I’m just going to go ahead and level grind like crazy – my team is going to see a few big changes – here’s the alterations I’m making to my team:

Vulpix

Fennec / Vulpix | Level 13 | Met at Level 13 in Route 36.

Ember, Tail Whip, Roar, Quick Attack

Hasty nature, Flash Fire ability, Male, Holding Charcoal

Notes: Fennec here is going to replace Fondue. I don’t have a Fire Stone and I probably won’t have one for a while – but on the bright side it would seem that Vulpix learns some decent moves pretty early on (Flamethrower at Level 24? Yes please!). I don’t have too many Pokémon to pick from in my PC box any way – I have way more Flying types than I’d like to have.

Krabby

New capture!

Boxer / Krabby | Level 20 | Met at Level 20 in Olivine City.

Leer, Harden, BubbleBeam, Mud Shot

Bold nature, Shell Armor ability, Female

Notes: Pretty much just something that I need because I need to have a Pokémon that can use Surf after Poliwag died. I won’t just make it a HM Slave though, I’ll make an honest attempt at integrating her in to the team. Krabby is replacing Beedrills spot on the team.

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Written by Pokeh

February 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

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