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Gulpin
May 30th, 2011, 10:38 AM
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/thumb/6/62/Pok%C3%A9mon_TCG_logo.png/200px-Pok%C3%A9mon_TCG_logo.png
challengethe concept
In this challenge, you are to use an offical theme deck (official as in published by the Wizards of the Coast or by the Pokemon Company, not a deck you made yourself) and use the cards in the deck to build a Pokemon team to use in a game that you choose.

the rules
1. All PC rules apply.
2. You must use Pokemon whose cards are in the deck that you choose.
3. Any Pokemon is allowed as long as it is in your deck.
3. Trading or hacking for Pokemon or eggs that can't be found in your game is allowed.
4. Emulators are allowed.
5. HM slaves are allowed.
6. This challenge is for any of the main series RPG games (RBY/GSC/RSE/FRLG/DPPt/HGSS/BW).
7. The challenge ends after defeating the E4 and champion, but going further in the game is encouraged!
8. Please update! We want to hear about your adventure.
9. Have fun!

choosing a deck
To choose a deck, go here (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Theme_Deck_(TCG)#English_expansion_Theme_Decks) and choose any of the English or Special theme decks. There are many to choose from, so you should be able to find one that suits you.

now what?
Now that you have a deck, click on it and you will find a list of cards that are included in that deck. Any of the Pokemon listed as a card can be used in your team. You can only use the Pokemon are listed, and if they are not fully evolved you must keep it that way. The only rule that you must follow is the play through the game using only Pokemon in the deck that you choose. Some optional rules are to nickname yourself and your party based on the trainer cards in your deck, to not use legendaries even if they are in your deck, using moves similar to the move(s) on the card for your Pokemon, or any other restriction that you can think of.

sign-up
To sign up, please fill out and post the following form:
Username:
Game:
Deck: please link to your deck!

competitors
Username | Game | Deck

deku | LeafGreen | Turmoil (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Turmoil)
dragonomega | Emerald | Wildfire (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Wildfire_(TCG))
jdthebud | Platinum | Endless Night (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Endless_Night_(TCG))
KoboraX | Silver | Giovanni (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Giovanni_(TCG))
Luigi-San | Silver | Abyss (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Abyss_(TCG))
Alternative | SoulSilver | Golden Sky (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Golden_Sky_%28TCG%29)
tachikaze316 | HeartGold | Drill Point (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Drill_Point_%28TCG%29)
InfernoRogue | Ruby | Team Magma (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Team_Magma_%28TCG%29)
Fireworks | Ruby | Ruby (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ruby_(TCG))
Brewds567 | LeafGreen | Overgrowth (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Overgrowth_%28TCG%29)
pokepokemo | Emerald | Steeplechase (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Steeplechase_(TCG))
SuperSaiyanII | White | Blaine (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Blaine_%28TCG%29)

champions
none! be the first!

Perrie ✿
May 30th, 2011, 09:34 PM
Username: dragonomega
Game: Emerald
Deck: Wildfire (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Wildfire_(TCG))

I'ma start this right away! >D


- Started the game.
- Named myself Gaga [What?]
- Choose Torchic
- Owned my Rival. >D Crits for the amazing win!
- Grinded Torchic to Level 8
- Burnt through all the noobs on the way to Petalburg city
- Helped Wally catch Ralts.
- Defeated all the noobs in Petalburg forest.
- Caught Derp the Level 5 Relaxed Poochyena
- Grinded Torchic to evolution level against all the route 116 noobs. 8)
- Forgot Ember of Peck! >( /restart.
- I didn't really restart. ;3
- Got, like 10 Million Geodude's thrown at me in Roxanne's gym. :(
- Defeated Roxanne! >:)
- Defeated the Aqua noob in the cave. /No$gba gave me the horribad mist! >:(

The team so far! 8D

http://imgboot.com/images/aragornbird/256.gif
Combusken // Impish // Level 19 // Blaze
- Double Kick
- Peck
- Focus Energy
- Scratch

http://imgboot.com/images/aragornbird/261.gif
Poochyena // Derp // Relaxed // Level 5 // Run Away
- Tackle

jdthebud
May 30th, 2011, 11:22 PM
Here's my signup.

Username: Jdthebud
Game: Platinum
Deck: Endless Night (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Endless_Night_(TCG))

So do we have to beat Red in GSC/HGSS or Alder in BW?

KoboraX
May 31st, 2011, 02:15 AM
Username: KoboraX
Game: Silver
Deck: Giovanni (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Giovanni_(TCG))

Alternative
May 31st, 2011, 04:14 AM
I have one question about this before I start. Is there any rule to how many Pokemon you have to use? Because most challenges have some sort of rule that you must use at least 4 Pokemon to prevent it from being a solo/duo/trio challenge.

Also, do we have to choose decks from Bulbapedia, or do we have the choice of choosing from PokéBeach's sources as well?

Gulpin
May 31st, 2011, 05:08 AM
Here's my signup.

Username: Jdthebud
Game: Platinum
Deck: Endless Night (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Endless_Night_(TCG))

So do we have to beat Red in GSC/HGSS or Alder in BW?

In GSC/HGSS you just have to beat the E4/Champion one time to be counted as a Champion, and in BW you just need to beat Ghestis, but going further is encouraged.

I have one question about this before I start. Is there any rule to how many Pokemon you have to use? Because most challenges have some sort of rule that you must use at least 4 Pokemon to prevent it from being a solo/duo/trio challenge.

Also, do we have to choose decks from Bulbapedia, or do we have the choice of choosing from PokéBeach's sources as well?


There isn't a rule for that because some decks may be limited, but I suggest using at least four.
It isn't limited to Bulbapedia, but it was the most complete source I could find. As long as what you choose is a theme deck it will be fine.

On to another point, I was thinking of adding more challenges to this thread that deal with Pokemon cards - a booster pack challenge where you buy a booster pack and use the Pokemon in it as a team (you must link to a picture of each individual card), or a random card challenge where you shuffle your cards and pick one to six and use them as a team (again with the linking). The only problem with these ideas is that there is no way to tell if someone is just choosing whatever Pokemon they want.

Alternative
May 31st, 2011, 05:26 AM
Just one more thing, there should be just something to note, that some decks have more than one Pokemon choice, such as Exeggcute 3x, so I'm assuming you'd be allowed to use up to three Execcgute then?

Gulpin
May 31st, 2011, 05:36 AM
Just one more thing, there should be just something to note, that some decks have more than one Pokemon choice, such as Exeggcute 3x, so I'm assuming you'd be allowed to use up to three Execcgute then?

Yes, if you wanted to thats fine.

Perrie ✿
May 31st, 2011, 12:30 PM
Um, yeah just a small update. :3



- Taught Combusken Rock Tomb
- Defeated May in Rustboro city
- Sailed to Dewford
- Delivered the letter to Steven
- Defeated Brawly
- Arrived on Slateport beach
- Defeated every trainer and junk
- Arrived in Slateport city
- Went north and caught an Electrike! 8D
- Saved. <3

The team so far! 8D

http://imgboot.com/images/aragornbird/256.gif
Combusken // Impish // Level 24 // Blaze
- Double Kick
- Peck
- Rock Tomb
- Scratch

http://imgboot.com/images/aragornbird/309.gif
Electrike // Rash // Level 13 // Static
- Tackle
- Thunder Wave
- Howl
- ????? :(

http://imgboot.com/images/aragornbird/261.gif
Poochyena // Derp // Relaxed // Level 5 // Run Away
- Tackle

Luigi-San
May 31st, 2011, 05:39 PM
Username: Luigi-San
Game: Silver
Deck: Abyss (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Abyss_(TCG))

Alternative
May 31st, 2011, 05:51 PM
Well now that that's cleared up, I'm going to take a go at this challenge. :3

Username: Alternative
Game: SoulSilver
TCG Deck: Golden Sky (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Golden_Sky_%28TCG%29)

Just so you know, I won't be starting for a while, as I'll need to Poké Shift some Pokemon from there to Black, which could take a while. I'll try to get it done soon though, which should be good. :)

Gulpin
May 31st, 2011, 06:02 PM
Added both of you! I started my challenge but I'm not going to update until I make a little progress.

tachikaze316
May 31st, 2011, 06:12 PM
Sounds interesting, I probably won't update much until I've finished one or two of my other challenges, but...

Username: tachikaze316
Game: HeartGold
TCG Deck: James (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/James_%28TCG%29)

Enigma
May 31st, 2011, 09:38 PM
Definitely will be doing this challenge a couple times, like I promised. x3

Username: InfernoRogue
Game: Ruby
TCG Deck: Team Magma (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Team_Magma_%28TCG%29)

I plan on using Aggron, Claydol, Houndoom, and Groudon. I feel like my team would be incomplete without having Groudon in there. This is a Team Magma theme deck, after all.

jdthebud
May 31st, 2011, 11:40 PM
So, my team from Endless Night is gonna be Cacturne, Beedrill, Zangoose, and Houndoom. I thought about using Darkrai, but I don't like his moveset before L60, and I have enough Dark types to worry about. I will hack in Cacnea at the beginning, Weedle in Eterna Forest, Zangoose at Rt. 208 (where he is found with Ruby Dongle), and catch Houndour normally. Beedrill is almost a necessity if only for taking Fighting attacks, lol. And I am super excited to use Zangoose in Gen IV. He is one of my favorite Pokemon, but I haven't used him very much for challenges.


Anyway, I started my game, although I haven't gotten very far.

Update #1 on Platinum.

Name: Night
Rival: Barry
Starter: Turtwig

Hacked in Needle the Cacnea after getting to Jubilife City.
Needle beat Roark pretty easily, although Crainidos' Headbutt almost one-shot her.
Beat Mars in the Valley Windworks.
Caught Venom the Weedle in Eterna Forest.
Venom evolved into Kakuna and then Beedrill.
Venom beat Gardenia easily.
Now I'm stuck in the TG Eterna Building - Jupiter's Skuntank is unbeatable...


Screens:

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4885/endnightraork.png http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/6717/endnightgardenia.png

Team Night:
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/d/d9/Spr_4d_015.png
Venom the Hardy Beedrill, ♂ - L25
Ability: Swarm
Moves: Twineedle, Pursuit, Poison Sting, Rage
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/7/78/Spr_4d_331.png
Needle the Mild Cacnea, ♀ - L25 @ Quick Claw
Ability: Sand Veil
Moves: Absorb, Leech Seed, Return, Pin Missle

Slaves:
Turtwig - Rock Smash

Crimson5M
June 1st, 2011, 07:55 AM
Username: Fireworks
Game: Ruby
Deck: please link to your deck! ...Ruby (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ruby_(TCG))

Brewds567
June 1st, 2011, 07:52 PM
Username: Brewdz
Game: LeafGreen
Deck: Overgrowth (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Overgrowth_%28TCG%29)

tachikaze316
June 1st, 2011, 10:01 PM
Actually, since I'm not going to be using a cartridge (apparently I'm half way through a bug mono on my heart gold)...I might as well use a different deck, because it was mostly the fact that I could have everything pre-elite four that had me wanting to use the James deck so...

I'd like to use Drill Point (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Drill_Point_%28TCG%29) instead if that's okay.

Final team will probably be Rhyhorn (I doubt I'll end up at a high enough level for it to reach 'don, but if it does I'll hack to evolve it to 'perior), Vibrava (Maybe Flygon), Hippowdon and Aerodactyl.

pokepokemo
June 3rd, 2011, 03:09 AM
I'm gonna join up for this!
Username:Xero
Deck:Steeplechase (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Steeplechase_(TCG))
Game:Emerald

I think my pokemon will be Rapidash,Shelgon(Hopefully Salamence),Porygon2
and Swellow.
I need to hack in Ponyta and Porygon2 because I'm playing on an emulator
I'll hack Porygon2 for a starter if that's okay

Gulpin
June 3rd, 2011, 07:38 AM
I'm gonna join up for this!
Username:Xero
Deck:Steeplechase (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Steeplechase_(TCG))
Game:Emerald

I think my pokemon will be Rapidash,Shelgon(Hopefully Salamence),Porygon2
and Swellow.
I need to hack in Ponyta and Porygon2 because I'm playing on an emulator
I'll hack Porygon2 for a starter if that's okay

It is okay to hack in Pokemon that you don't need, but you should probably start with a Porygon instead of a Porygon2, but you don't have to if you don't want to.

SuperSaiyanII
June 3rd, 2011, 12:57 PM
Username: SuperSaiyanII
Game: White
Deck: Blaine (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Blaine_%28TCG%29)

pokepokemo
June 3rd, 2011, 04:59 PM
One problem Deku,I can't trade in emulator so I'll hack in Porygon2

jdthebud
June 6th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Update #2 on Platinum.

Finally beat Jupiter in Eterna.
Caught Scar the Zangoose on my way to Hearthome, and did Wayward Cave.
Beat Fantina with Scar's Swords Dance/Pursuit.
Beat Barry as well, and saved in Solaceon Town.

Screens:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/7430/endnightfantina.png

Team Night:
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/7/78/Spr_4d_331.png
Needle the Mild Cacnea, ♀ - L29 @ Amulet Coin
Ability: Sand Veil
Moves: Absorb, Leech Seed, Return, Faint Attack
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/d/d9/Spr_4d_015.png
Venom the Hardy Beedrill, ♂ - L30
Ability: Swarm
Moves: Twineedle, Pursuit, Toxic Spikes, Rage
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/0/03/Spr_4d_335.png
Scar the Quirky Zangoose, ♂ - L30
Ability: Immunity
Moves: Slash, Shadow Claw, Quick Attack, Swords Dance

Slaves:
http://archives.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/d/d2/Spr_4p_387.png
Turtwig - Rock Smash, Cut, Flash

pokepokemo
June 6th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Update No.1

-Hacked in Porygon2 as my Starter and beat May
-Grinded and beat the trainers
-Went to Petalburg and helped Wally
-Met Scott
-Hacked in a Lv.5 Ponyta
-Went to The woods and beat the Grunt
-Caught Taillow
-Beat Rustboro with Porygon2's Psybeam
-Went to Dewford to train Taillow
-Beat Brawly with Taillow's Wing attack

Pokemon:

Virtuon the Porygon2
Psybeam,Conversion,Conversion2,Agility

Blazer the Ponyta
Tackle,Tail Whip,Growl

Soar the Taillow
Wing Attack,Focus Energy,Quick Attack,Peck

LaureTheLoner
June 8th, 2011, 01:59 PM
Username: LaureTheLoner
Game: Pokemon Soul Silver
Deck: Imma be the biggest loser in the world and actually use the Soul Silver collection :D http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/HeartGold_%26_SoulSilver_%28TCG%29

jdthebud
June 8th, 2011, 03:03 PM
Username: LaureTheLoner
Game: Pokemon Soul Silver
Deck: Imma be the biggest loser in the world and actually use the Soul Silver collection :D http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/HeartGold_%26_SoulSilver_%28TCG%29
Can you even do that? I thought you had to pick an actual deck...

Gulpin
June 8th, 2011, 04:06 PM
One problem Deku,I can't trade in emulator so I'll hack in Porygon2

That is fine then!

Username: LaureTheLoner
Game: Pokemon Soul Silver
Deck: Imma be the biggest loser in the world and actually use the Soul Silver collection :D http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/HeartGold_%26_SoulSilver_%28TCG%29

jd is right, please choose a Theme Deck.

cutiecasie
June 11th, 2011, 02:06 AM
I wanna sign up!
Name: Ruby
Game: Ruby
Deck: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ruby_(TCG)

The team will be: Blaziken, Swellow, Delcatty, Hariyama

pokepokemo
June 11th, 2011, 02:20 AM
I just made a HUGE progress from Brawly's gym to Lilicove. :)

-Cleared Granite Cave and delivered My message to Steven
-Arrived in Slateport and finished the delivery there to
-Beat May and Wattson,after a little grinding
-Travelled to Lavaridge.Grinded along the way
-Got back to Rustboro and got an exp.share
-Ravaged my way to Lavaridge.and also destroyed the Magma's
-Beat Flannery quite easily
-Went to grind in the desert
-Went to fight the somewhat always difficult to beat gym leader Norman
-Beat that guy using Conversion2 and a lot of other stuff
-Surf was taught to a slave
-Beat Winona,only trouble was Altaria
-Went on to Lilycove to buy some Tm's
-Currently inside the Aqua Base.

Pokemon:
Blazer the Rapidash
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_078.gif
Overheat,Fire Blast,Strength,Body Slam
Lv.41

Virtuon the Porygon2
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_233.gif
Thunder,Tri Attack,Conversion2,Recover
Lv.41

Soar the Swellow
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_277.gif
Fly,Aerial Ace,Endeavor,Steel Wing
Lv.40

cutiecasie
June 11th, 2011, 09:43 AM
Well I've done quite a bit, I just got to Mauville City and have all team members and two badges

Team:

Fire the Combusken lv 20- Named after Fire Energy
-Scratch
-Double Kick
-Focus Energy
-Ember

Lum the Tailow lv20- Named after Lum Berry
-Wing Attack
-Focus Energy
-Double Team
-Quick Attack

Fight the Makuhita lv19- Named after fighting energy
-Tackle
-Vital Throw
-Sand Attack
-Arm Thrust

Rainbow the Skitty lv20- Named after Rainbow Energy
-Sing
-Tackle
-Assist
-Doubleslap

LaureTheLoner
June 13th, 2011, 08:52 AM
That is fine then!



jd is right, please choose a Theme Deck.

I went to the bulbapedia list and Soul Silver was one of the decks how can I tell which one is a "theme"

cutiecasie
June 13th, 2011, 09:52 AM
Update on Ruby with the ex ruby theme deck
-Trained for Wattson (Taillow and Makuhita evolved)
-Beat Wattson
-Did Team Magma stuff
-Beat Flannery
-Beat Norman
-Did Weather Institute
-Beat Winona (Combusken evolved)
-Evolved Skitty
-Did Magma Base
-Beat Tate and Liza (hardest gym by far in the game)
-Did Team Magma stuff
-Killed Groudon
-Beat Wallace

Team:
Blaziken Lv 42
- Blaze Kick
- Double Kick
- Quick Attack
- Bulk Up

Swellow Lv 42
- Aerial Ace
- Quick Attack
- Steel Wing
- Fly

Hariyama Lv42
- Strength
- Vital Throw (Will be replaced by Brick Break)
- Earthquake
- Smelling Salt

Delcatty Lv40
- Thunderbolt
- Return
- Shadow Ball
- Sing

Any suggestions for moves, items, training locations, etc?

LaureTheLoner
June 13th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Actually I'm going to do the Royal Frost theme deck in Pearl version

pokepokemo
June 13th, 2011, 05:07 PM
Finished!!!!!
-Proceeded to smashing Aqua Members
-Went on to Mossdeep city to beat Tate and Liza
-After Grinding a bit I finally beat them
-Beat Magmas with help from Steven
-Went diving to chase the aquas
-Beat Archie and went to Sootopolis
-talked to the champ Wallace and went on to sky pillar
-Beat the gym after the interesting scene that Maxie and Archie gave up
-Caught Bagon
-Evolved Bagon
-Tackled Victory Road
-Lost to Elite 4
-Grinded a LOT
-Evolved Shelgon
-Grinded again
-Finally Won thanks to Thunderbolt and Shadow Ball from Virtuon

Final Team:
Dreamer the Salamence Lv.51
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_373.gif
Dragonbreath,Dragon Claw,Earthquake,Brick Break
Especially useful against Drake and took out most of his pokemon.
Great attack proved Earthquake great against Wallace's Tentacruel

Virtuon the Porygon2 Lv.55
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_233.gif
Psychic,Thunderbolt,Shadow Ball,Tri Attack
A Valuable member because of his high Sp.Atk and decent Atk
Rarely ever used as lead except against Pheobe because of Horrid speed
Made great use of Virtuon against Wallace using Thunderbolt

Blazer the Rapidash Lv.53
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_078.gif
Overheat,Toxic,Bounce,Double Edge
Strong member because Double edge and High attack make a good Combo
Only drawback was that it doesn't have flamethrower to match

Soar the Swellow Lv.51
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k610/Ironapplication/th_277.gif
Steel Wing,Fly,Aerial Ace,Return
Used as a Lead or attacker against Sidney's Mightyena,Shiftry and Cacturne
Great speed makes it nearly always attack first

Cutiecasie,I suggest That either Hariyama or Blaziken should be holding a King's Rock because they rely on direct attacks
For training places I think focusing on one pokemon and giving it a macho brace in victory road will work

I also want to challenge this again

Deck:Overgrowth (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Overgrowth_(TCG))
User: Red
Pokemon:Gyarados,Ivysaur,Beedrill,Starmie

cutiecasie
June 18th, 2011, 01:20 AM
Done my challenge!!!! Here's what Happened:
- Beat Wallace
- Beat Victory Road and Wally (Quite hard becaise of PP loss)
- Beat Sydney (1/10- Not to hard because 2 fighting types)
- Beat Phoebe (6/10- Bulk Up + Blaze Kick spam)
- Beat Glacia (2/10- Would be 1 but Walrein made it hard)
- Beat Drake (8/10- Hardest of them all especially Salamence)
- Beat Steven (5/10- Hardest ones were Cradily and Metagross)
- In total the Elite 4's Hardness in this run was: 22/50

Team:

Fire the Blaziken Lv51
- Blazekick
- Double Kick
- Bulk Up
- Quick Attack

Fight the Hariyama lv46
- Stregth
- Brick Break
- Earthquake
- Smellingsalt

Lum the Swellow lv45
- Aerial Ace
- Quick Attack
- Steel Wing
- Fly

Rainbow the Delcatty lv45
- Shadow Ball
- Return
- Thunderbolt
- Sing

Impo
June 18th, 2011, 03:16 AM
Oh, this looks like a fun challenge, sign me up!

Username: Impo
Game: Pokemon Pearl
Deck: Luxchomp of the Spirit (http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Luxchomp_of_the_Spirit_%28TCG%29)

I couldn't find many choices in decks, so I probably went with an easy one...