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more rules of nuzlocke that needs to be added.
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The Flying Rodent
Jan 08, 2022
I'd consider those additional rules to be 'Hardcore Rules': The original Nuzlocke rules were simply 'Permadeath' and 'catch the first pokemon in a new area & nothing else'. As for the 'Hardcore Nuzlocke Rules', from what I can gather, they're generally considered to be: - Set must be enabled in the options menu, as is the case in competitive battles. - Items cannot be used in battle, which means that potions are only useful in between battles, and X items are banned. - Pokemon from the same species can only be caught once, i.e. 'the Species Clause'. - Pokemon fighting major objectives (rival, Gym Leaders, Elite 4) must not exceed the maximum level of their highest Pokemon. This prevents 'grinding everything to 10+ levels above the current opposition', which is a tactic that can be used in 'standard' Nuzlockes to steamroll over challenging opponents. - Your team must not exceed the number of Pokemon held by a Rival/Gym Leader. This means that against gym leaders with 2 Pokemon, you may only bring 2 Pokemon to fight them. IMO it's the combination of the last two 'hardcore rules' (restriction on max level + no. of pokemon) that make things the most interesting, as it essentially forces you to research your major opponents to a certain degree (even if it's just 'finding out their no. of pokemon & max level'). It can also result in certain Pokemon being overlevelled for particular challenges (and thus unable to participate), which means more time spent using Pokemon that you wouldn't otherwise consider.
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What's the best team to playthrough Pokémon Yellow?
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The Flying Rodent
Jan 08, 2022
Within the context of a Nuzlocke: A 'best team' is highly dependent on what you start with, the rules that you set for yourself, and what you manage to catch. Generally speaking however, for Red/Blue/Yellow, here are some Pokemon that deserve mentions within the context of a RBY a Nuzlocke. Pikachu as a starter is walled by Brock, so your best options are: Mankey (Low Kick at level 9), Nidoran Male or Female (Double Kick at level 12), or Caterpie (Confusion at level 10 as Butterfree). Pidgey has Sand Attack, which offers an alternative way to get through Brock's Gym, in the event that you lack any Pokemon with Super Effective moves against his stuff. Nidoran (F), Spearow & Pikachu also have Growl, which can help as well. Additionally, the Water Gun TM in Mt Moon can be taught to Rattata, Jigglypuff, Clefairy, and Nidorina/Nidorino, if you lack 'Geodude coverage' by this point. If you allow for 'guaranteed in-world' Pokemon to be selected for your team: Magikarp in Mt Moon Pokemon Centre (which with some effort can be evolved into Gyarados and taught Water Gun and/or BubbleBeam after Misty), Bulbasaur from the girl in Cerulean, Diglett from Diglett's Cave, Eevee in Celadon Mansion (might want a dice roll to pick an evolution, and if not I'd pick Jolteon), Snorlax on Route 16 or 12, and Lapras in Silph building, are all great 'guaranteed picks' for any team. For a final team makeup, you're mainly aiming for something that can beat: - Lorelei (Water types mainly despite being 'the Ice lady'), Bruno (Fighting Types + Onix), Agatha (Poison & Ghost types), Lance (Gyarados + Dragon types), and your Rival (Flying in RB/Electric in Y, Psychic, Ground, Water, Fire, Grass). A Grass/Ground/Electric/Ice core can beat all of these (e.g. Venusaur, Jolteon, Lapras, Dugtrio), so I would strongly advise aiming for these 4 archetypes within your team!
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What's the best team to playthrough Pokémon Red and Blue?
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The Flying Rodent
Jan 08, 2022
Within the context of a Nuzlocke: A 'best team' is highly dependent on what you start with, the rules that you set for yourself, and what you manage to catch. Generally speaking however, for Red/Blue/Yellow, here are some Pokemon that deserve mentions within the context of a RBY a Nuzlocke. In Red/Blue, Bulbasaur is the best starter for a Nuzlocke. By a mile. For best results: Delay evolving it until level 41, to gain access to Sleep Powder ASAP (and give it the Body Slam TM for some extra damage in the mean time). If you grant yourself the option to choose, pick Bulbasaur. If you're playing randomised, and you're lucky enough to roll Bulbasaur (like I managed to do), then well done! If your starter is Charmander, and you lack other options for Brock, use Ember against his low-Special rock types, even if they resist it. Pidgey has Sand Attack, which offers an alternative way to get through Brock's Gym, in the event that you lack any Pokemon with Super Effective moves against his stuff. Nidoran (F), Spearow & Pikachu also have Growl, which can help as well. Additionally, the Water Gun TM in Mt Moon can be taught to Rattata, Jigglypuff, Clefairy, and Nidorina/Nidorino, if you lack 'Geodude coverage' by this point. If you allow for 'guaranteed in-world' Pokemon to be selected for your team: Magikarp in Mt Moon Pokemon Centre (which with some effort can be evolved into Gyarados and taught Water Gun and/or BubbleBeam after Misty), Diglett from Diglett's Cave, Eevee in Celadon Mansion (might want a dice roll to pick an evolution, and if not I'd pick Jolteon), Snorlax on Route 16 or 12, and Lapras in Silph building, are all great 'guaranteed picks' for any team. For a final team makeup, you're mainly aiming for something that can beat: - Lorelei (Water types mainly despite being 'the Ice lady'), Bruno (Fighting Types + Onix), Agatha (Poison & Ghost types), Lance (Gyarados + Dragon types), and your Rival (Flying in RB/Electric in Y, Psychic, Ground, Water, Fire, Grass). A Grass/Ground/Electric/Ice core can beat all of these (e.g. Venusaur, Jolteon, Lapras, Dugtrio), so I would strongly advise aiming for these 4 archetypes within your team!
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