I know I haven't finished my HG Nuzlocke, but since we're celebrating Unova, here comes Black Nuzlocke. The rules are all the same as in my previous Nuzlocke runs.
There is the holy trinity:
I can only catch 1st Pokémon in each new area
Every Pokémon must be nicknamed
When Pokémon faints, it must be permanently put in a box
And I'll also be using few more rules:
I'll be using SET Battle Style
Dupes and shiny clause
Black out is game over
The Nuzlocke starts when I get Poké Balls
My Pokémon can't have higher level than the strongest Pokémon of the next Gym Leader (14 for Cress, 20 for Lenora, ...). Should this happen, they have to be boxed until that Gym is beaten. I'm not sure how I'll do E4, but I'll probably get to the average level of final Ghetsis battle, which is 52.
My Starter depends on the last number of Trainer ID. 1-3 for Snivy, 4-6 for Tepig and 7-9 for Oshawott. If the last number is 0, I'll just look ath the second last number.
Healing items in battle are banned. Held items are still okay though.
Attempt 1 - Part 1
And let's start right away. My ID ends with 4, which must now be some kind of sick joke. I start with Fire-type for the 4th time in a row in this Nuzlocke series. But Tepig is i my opinion the best starter out of the Unova trio, so it's okay. I think I'll go with latin nicknames, so welcome Ignis, which is latin for fire.
Route 1 encounter was Patrat and Ignis decided to show himself and killed Patrat with critical hit. That's really great start. But I was still able to beat N easily and got Tenebris the Purrloin on Route 2. So this run is as good as finished. If you don't know I did beat Black 2 with just Purrloin without fainting, so this should be the same.
But since I don't take gifts and can't level up to level 17 for Ignis to evolve, I had to invent new strategy for Cress. I started with Tenebris on level 14 and with Oran Berry and used as many Sand-Attacks as I could on his Lillipup and then beat it with Scratch and Fury Swipes. I was able to trigger Potion there, which was helpful. I then used the same strategy on Panpour and was lucky, since it used Work Up all the time and then couldn't hit Tenebris. Some more Scratches and Fury Swipes later and I got my first badge. I told you Tenebris will be my sole win condition of this run.
There was a Patrat waiting on my in Dreamyard. This time I caught it and named it Normalem. And after battle with Cheren, I caught Cornu the Pidove. Then, after beating Team Plasma, I used Repels to trigger encounter with Drilbur, since I need some more type coverage and Excadrill is really great Pokémon. It took me several Repels to finally get Talpa the Drilbur.
After that I quickly got to Nacrene, beat N and got decided not to catch something outside Pinwheel Forest. While Tympole would be nice, I didn't want to risk getting any of the other encounters there and would rather get one of bugs from inside of Pinwheel Forest.
N battle in front of Nacrene Gym was really close. His Tympole's Bubblebeam hit hard. And after that, that random Herdier in Nacrene Gym was also annoying. After clearing the lesser trainers, I trained my whole team to level 20. Ignis, Tenebris and Normalem evolved, which could mean a lot in following battle against Lenora. I was thinking about strategy for that battle for a long time. One possible strategy was to just send out Ignis and Arm Thrust everything, but I wasn't sure if Ignis is tanky enough to survive Retaliate from Watchog or fast enough to beat it. And I would hate losing Ignis. My other strategy was to use whatever I can to beat Herdier and then use Normalem's Confuse Ray and Tenebris's Sand-Attack to hinder her Watchog as much as I could so I could beat it.
And the battle was really a show! I went with Ignis strategy, only to be reminded that Intimidate exists. So I barely beat Herdier with Ignis. Then I decided to switch to Tenebris, who got hit by Watchog's Hypnosis. So I switched to Normalem and was able to put Lenora's Watchog under confusion. Going back to Ignis, Watchog hit itself several times. Watchog then hit Ignis once and it took majority of his HP. So I switched to Talpa and finished the battle after another powerful Retaliate.
So this run started pretty well. I'm really enjoying it. Can't wait for Clay battle. It will be fun battle with my current team.
Ignis, Calm Male Pignite
lvl 20, Blaze @Charcoal
- Flame Charge
- Defense Curl
- Arm Thrust
I was lucky and got Sewaddle in Pinwheel Forest. I named her Mater. She evolved pretty quickly into Swadloon.
Beating Team Plasma here was easy. I mostly used Cornu and made him evolve and I got to Castelia. After another small hsutle with Team Plasma, I challenged Burgh. My strategy was to use Ignis and boost his speed as much as possible with Flame Charge. It worked well against Whirlipede, but Dwebble stopped this strategy hard. I had to switch to Talpa to get rid of Dwebble. After that I sent out Ignis with about a half of HP, but he was still able to one-shot Leavanny with Flame Charge.
Now it's time to beat two rivals and for more encounters. Battle with Bianca was easy, I easily swept her with Ignis, but battle with Cheren was hard. Cornu beat his Pidove and then survived with just 2 HP in battle against Dewott. I switched to Mater and still had hard time beating Dewott. But the rest of Cheren's team was fine. I had Talpa to beat his Pansear and used Talpa and Normalem to take care of his Liepard.
And now for those encounters! Route 4 gave me Darumaka, which is probably the worst encounter on this route for me. Desert Resort rewarded me with Sandile, which is cool and I'm looking forward using instead of Tenebris. I hope boxing the best Pokémon out there won't result in me losing this Nuzlocke. And since I got Sandile in Desert Resort, I could get guaranteed Yamask in Relic Castle. I named Sandile Ocularia and Yamask Persona.
I switched around my team a little bit, since I felt like I wasn't using some of my Pokémon that much, trained them all to levels 25-27 and challenged Elesa expecting at least one death, since my team couldn't really handle her Emolga. Speaking of Emolga, let's return few moments before challenging Elesa. The very first Emolga I faced in this Gym proved to be strong opponent and killed Talpa. That's just great. I was really looking forward to use Excadrill.
Anyway, I started the fight with Elesa with Persona. I was able to put burn on both Emolga, but it was too much for Persona, who died because of that. Thanks to the burn, Emolga couldn't really hurt Ocularia, so I beat both of them with her. Ocularia survived with only few HP left, so I switched her for Normalem when Elesa sent out Zebstrika. I was able to use one Confuse Ray and one Sand-Attack, before being forced to retrieve because of low HP. I sent out Ignis to finish the job and got another badge.
Phew, this Gym was hard. And there is Clay coming up, who I have no strategy against. I could use Mater to take care of his Krokorok and Palpitoad, but I knew his Excadrill will kill at least one of my Pokémon. I could use Ignis against it, but didn't want to lose it. I had to come up with new strategy.
There is still more encounters to have before facing Clay. I got Sacerdos the Audino on Route 5 and Anas the Ducklett. I totally forgot about Ducklett. It might be exactly what I need to beat Clay. Especially with Scal that can be found in Cold Storage. Speaking of that location, I got Inutilia the Minccino. I think I'll stick with Normalem instead. But Mater finally evolved, so the journey here was worth it.
So I have Pretty nice team to fight against Clay. I started with Mater and easily beat his Krokorok. Clay then sent out Excadrill and I switched to Ocularia just as Excadrill used Hone Claws. I had to gamble and put Swagger on it, which didn't work at first and Ocularia got killed with Bulldoze. Great, now I lost all of my Ground-types. That's bad. But Ocularia's sacrifice wasn't in vain. Confused Excadrill hit itself from this point until it fainted. And Anas also helped it faint quickly. Clay's last Pokémon - Palpitoad, was then just a small pushover in my way for this badge.
Ignis, Calm Male Pignite
lvl 31, Blaze @Charcoal
- Flame Charge
- Defense Curl
- Arm Thrust
Continuing on, I easily beat Bianca and got Boletus the Foongus on Route 6 and Mechanica the Klink in Chargestone Cave. I was really hoping for Joltik, Tynamo or even Boldore, to have a Pokémon with super-effective type against Skyla. Well, I'll have to beat her somehow with my current team. At least Mechanica knows some Electric-type moves.
Battle with N was easy and I got another chance to get Electric-type on Route 7. Which I failed and got Arietes the Deerling. Cornu died to a Seed Bomb from random Simisage. Wow, Pidove line is really useless. To be honest, I don't even remember using it aside from leveling him. And so I put Mechanica on my team and trained it a little bit.
Ignis got to level 35 on my way to Celestial Tower, so I boxed him to make sure he won't get overleveled. Not that I plan on using him against Skyla, but I just wanted not to use overleveled Pokémon at all. Anyway, I got Lucerna the Litwick in Celestial Tower and quickly went back to fight Skyla. I started with Tenebris and beat Swoobat, while also taking one huge hit from Acrobatics. I switched to Normalem and to disruption tactics with Confuse Ray and Sand-Attack to take on Unfezant. And for once confused Pokémon actually hit themselves. Unfezant went down quickly and I repeated this strategy with Swanna, only to realize that she knows Aerial Ace. But I was still able to switch safely into Mechanica and beat Swanna with few Charge Beams.
Battle with Cheren was harder than usual. His Unfezant was annoying and his Simisear almost beat Anas with a critical hit. But Anas evolved after this battle. But I got Surf and was able to go to Routes 17 and 18 to get Spectrum the Frilish and Cancer tscsssshe Dwebble. Returning back in track, I also got Musculus the Gurdurr. And this Mountain was full of really strong trainers. Thankfully I didn't lost any Pokémon, but my lack of healing items and repels made this location pain to get through. I knew I had to level up, so I spent some time here.
When I got to Icirrus City, I caught Captionem the Stunfisk and went straight to the Gym, where I beat Brycen easily with newly evolved Ignis.
Going to Dragonspiral Tower, Ignis accidentally killed Golett here. And then cleared the whole Team Plasma side quest without any deaths and continued on my journey. I caught Cochlea the Shelmet on Route 8, Bufonem the Palpitoad in Moor of Icirrus and Puella the Gothorita.
When I got to Opelucid City, I realized I had no Ice-type against Drayden. I tried to tackle the Gym anyway and Normalem died to a critical Dragon Claw powered by Dragon Dance by very first Fraxure in the Gym. So I had to check my Pokémon and found out Spectrum can learn Blizzard. So I grinded her until evolving and challenged the Gym again.
And it went really badly. Spectrum was able to beat Fraxure with Blizzard, but then missed few attacks against Druddigon, which was fatal and Spectrum died to super effective Night Slashes. I then sent out Anas. She beat Druddigon, but lost about half of her HP. Drayden's ace started with Dragon Dance, but then missed all Dragon Tails and so I was able to win with few Fly attacks.
Ignis, Calm Male Emboar
lvl 43, Blaze @Charcoal
- Defense Curl
- Arm Thrust
Tenebris, Adamant Female Liepard
lvl 43, Unburden
- Night Slash
- Fake Out