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Old July 23rd, 2018 (10:39 AM). Edited July 27th, 2018 by Xander729.
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    Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Nuzlocke Ladder Challenge


    Welcome to the Nuzlocke Ladder Challenge
    - The basis of this challenge is to create a progressively more difficulty nuzlocke challenge over the course of multiple runs, aiming to challenge your pokemon skills and abilities by seeing how far up the ladder you can climb


    This challenge is to be played on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon only
    to test how far everyone can make it on the same game



    Standard Nuzlocke Rules:
    Spoiler:
    All of these rules shall apply from the beginning of the challenge:

    All Pokemon MUST be nicknamed
    The very first pokemon you encounter in each area will be your encounter, you may catch it and only it in the given area (In USUM this is determined by the pokedex counting it as a separate area, so ie; Route 1, Hau Oli Outskirts, and the trainer school are all separate encounters)
    If a pokemon faints it must be released or discarded for all eternity
    Dupes Clause is in effect
    Species Clause is in effect
    Gift pokemon and static encounters count as the area you obtained them in
    The game ends upon defeating the champion
    a black out/white out means you must restart the challenge






    Now for the Ladder Details

    Each nuzlocke will add a rule making the run even more challenging, each time you beat the nuzlocke you move up a level on the ladder and may reset and and begin the game again with the next levels rules added to your challenge. In Example, upon starting this challenge you will play through a nuzlocke of the game with the standard rules, plus the rule given on Level 1 of the ladder. Now once you have completed the game and defeated the champion, your ladder rank will move up to 2. You may now attempt the challenged a second time with level 2's rule added on to level 1's, as the rules stack making it progressively more difficult the higher you go. If you should wipe during the run at any given point you may restart the challenge from the level you were on, so you can't lose your level at all.


    The goal is to see what level you can reach on the ladder, before you feel that the challenge is seemingly impossible for you to defeat If this seems like too big a time commitment, you can play at whatever pace you like. Only bragging rights go to whomever sits atop the ladder



    THE LADDER


    LEVEL 1
    NO EXP SHARE
    Spoiler:
    The exp share must be turned off for the duration of the challenge



    LEVEL 2
    LEVEL CAP
    Spoiler:
    The levels of each of your pokemon must not be higher than the next Totem pokemon or Kahuna's highest lvl pokemon. This also applies to the E4, where you must not be higher than the champion's highest lvl pokemon
    The 4 grand trial's highest lvl's are
    16, 28, 44, and 54. The champion's team caps out at lvl 60. These are your limits



    LEVEL 3
    SET MODE
    Spoiler:
    The battle style must be on set for the duration of the challenge



    LEVEL 4
    NO ITEMS IN BATTLE / TM USAGE

    Spoiler:
    No items may be used inside of battle, with the exception of any type of poke ball. This includes; healing items, and X items. No TM's may be used at any point in the game



    LEVEL 5
    NO POKECENTER HEALING OR PC HEALING/SWITCHING
    Spoiler:
    The pokecenter may never be used to heal your pokemon. You may also not put pokemon into the PC unless they are dead. This means if you want to switch out a new pokemon you must let one your current team members die, this is to prevent pc healing PP and adds a little extra challenge. I understand that characters will heal you without a choice during the game, but any way of healing by talking to somebody like your mother or any other characters throughout the game is banned. If you catch a pokemon with a full team, the pokemon you caught must be sent to the box or by switching it into your team, the pokemon sent to the PC must not be used again. The pokemart may still be used to buy items


    Now that the major hindrances are out of the way, the rest of the ladder will focus on slowly cutting off your options


    LEVEL 6
    NO HELD ITEMS
    Spoiler:
    All held items are banned; including Z-Crystals. If your pokemon has pick up, then you may take its items when it gathers them



    LEVEL 7
    NO EVOLVING
    Spoiler:
    All pokemon evolutions are banned and must be stopped upon occurance. However if you capture an evolved pokemon, you may use it as long as you do not evolve it further.



    LEVEL 8
    NO STAB MOVES
    Spoiler:
    all moves that are same type as the user are banned, including status moves. If you've got a pikachu that means no electric type moves including thunder wave.



    LEVEL 9
    NO STATUS MOVES
    Spoiler:
    No status moves may be used. All moves must be physcial or special attacks. A move that deals damage while also granting a status effect is allowed. This will get rid of all of you who have survived this long on the skin of your teeth with your precious sand attacks



    LEVEL 10
    NO POKEMART
    Spoiler:
    Yup I did it, you must be dead now right? Nothing at all may be purchased at any pokemart or other item selling station. Any healing items or balls must be picked up off the ground





    I hope you all see this as a cool opportunity for everyone to challenge themselves to the limit and see who can reach the top of the ladder first, although honestly I'm not even sure if it's doable. Nevertheless, I would love to give it a shot. If you find this challenge too long or complain about only having to add one rule per run as you go through, then don't complain, nobody has to play this challenge, I'm just putting out an idea I had that I believe has potential. There's also no reward for finishing the ladder, it's all simply for fun, and I have no way of knowing whether you truly completed them, so integrity is encouraged, it's just Pokemon.



    LADDER LEADERBOARD
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    Nobody Yet
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    Old July 25th, 2018 (1:10 AM).
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    Approved!

    I can already see me failing Level 1 multiple times.
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    Old July 25th, 2018 (1:20 PM).
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      Approved!

      I can already see me failing Level 1 multiple times.
      Thanks! My Goal for level will be to exploit the abilities I still have, like massive over-leveling and X-item spamming. I am not very familiar with gen 7, as I played Moon and Ultra Sun once each, so I'm hoping I didn't miss any huge workarounds to the rule set.
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      Old July 28th, 2018 (11:51 AM).
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        I took an L....


        My team was doing solid for a while and only had one death up until the butterfree trainer on route 3.

        His silver wind knocked out 5 members of my team before running out of PP. Inkay was able to survive the battle, but died later while training.

        At that point all I had left was a cottonee and a zubat lv 11. I trained and cottonee to lvl 14 and figured I would be good against Hala with fairy wind and X defenses, however I forgot that crits hit through defense changes, so I ended up losing cottonee to his machop. Zubat faired well until the crabrawler with power up punch.

        I will restart and attempt level 1 a second time, with hopefully better luck
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        Old July 28th, 2018 (4:51 PM).
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          Well since you only stated no poke center healing, doesn't that technically mean you can still ask your mother to heal your pokemon?
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          Old July 29th, 2018 (4:43 AM).
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            Well since you only stated no poke center healing, doesn't that technically mean you can still ask your mother to heal your pokemon?
            No, read the spoiler text for level 5, it clearly states that healing from any other NPC such as your mom is banned.
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            Old July 29th, 2018 (3:06 PM).
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              No, read the spoiler text for level 5, it clearly states that healing from any other NPC such as your mom is banned.
              Oh shoot I must have missed that! You're right, I guess I didn't read the challenge carefully enough. My bad!
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              Old July 30th, 2018 (5:26 AM).
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                Hi, this challenge seemed like a lot of fun so I decided to join in. I am excited to see how far I can get and my goal is to make it to at least level 3. So far I have started out level 1 and made it to the Paniola Ranch on Akala Island. I have had 4 deaths along the way, my meowth, slowpoke, murkrow, and mankey. I have had a lot of fun and surprised that I have even made it this far. My team has been mostly Dartrix and Furfrou, but I am trying to train up the rest of my team before taking on the water trial.

                My Team:

                Cloak the Lvl 19 Dartrix
                Silver the Lvl 19 Furfrou
                Zap the Lvl 16 Grubbin
                Philly the Lvl 14 Mudbray
                Rusty the Lvl 14 Drowzee
                Fancy the Lvl 14 Alolan Diglett
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                Old August 1st, 2018 (5:25 PM).
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                  I'll give this a go, I've never played Ultra Moon before so I am going in blind. I just got a good deal for it on eBay.

                  I'll see how far I can get.
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                  Old November 6th, 2018 (4:59 AM).
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                    I have taken a lengthy hiatus from Pokemon, or any other video games, but with the holidays approaching and more free time on my hands, I plan to dive back into this challenge, which I am still very excited to do, I just started up at the wrong time in August likely, with work and school starting up again. I am also going to consider working on the rules to allow for this challenge to be played on more than just Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
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                    Old November 14th, 2018 (11:37 PM). Edited November 14th, 2018 by Pokemaster995.
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                      Where's the ban on SoS captures, clutching that 1% bagon rate to that 1% level 10 salamance op

                      Going straight to level 10 and gonna go down one for everytime i lose, let's see how that works out
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                      Old November 15th, 2018 (1:00 PM).
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                        Well to answer your question, the rule is implied that by first encounter on the route, you have to catch the first pokemon that appears. I suppose you could SOS chain as long as the first pokemon has already been captured on a previous route.

                        Also, I would recommend starting on the first level to ease into it, as it's the general gist of the challenge to start at the bottom, however if you feel like attempting level 10, it is your game so have at it. However, attempting level 10 on the first try at the challenge will likely be straight up murder, as you have yet to gain experience with each of the individual rules and everything will be thrown at you at once. Also make sure you keep track of all of the rules since you're using all of them. Make sure you read the drop down arrows and if you find an exploit in any of rules that is too easy to abuse, let me know
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                        Old November 15th, 2018 (6:40 PM).
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                          Well to answer your question, the rule is implied that by first encounter on the route, you have to catch the first pokemon that appears. I suppose you could SOS chain as long as the first pokemon has already been captured on a previous route.

                          Also, I would recommend starting on the first level to ease into it, as it's the general gist of the challenge to start at the bottom, however if you feel like attempting level 10, it is your game so have at it. However, attempting level 10 on the first try at the challenge will likely be straight up murder, as you have yet to gain experience with each of the individual rules and everything will be thrown at you at once. Also make sure you keep track of all of the rules since you're using all of them. Make sure you read the drop down arrows and if you find an exploit in any of rules that is too easy to abuse, let me know
                          I think that using pokemon refresh is broken, can get easy critical hits, removing status, surviving with one HP, etc, you could make an 11th step adding it somewhere, but i would recommend allowing stab moves and swapping it with a refresh ban (stab ban completly shuts out some pokemon like grimer for example (may be salty as i caught one and it can only pound lol))
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