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Old May 30th, 2011 (10:38 AM). Edited June 8th, 2011 by Gulpin.
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the 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 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.

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Username | Game | Deck

deku | LeafGreen | Turmoil
dragonomega | Emerald | Wildfire
jdthebud | Platinum | Endless Night
KoboraX | Silver | Giovanni
Luigi-San | Silver | Abyss
Alternative | SoulSilver | Golden Sky
tachikaze316 | HeartGold | Drill Point
InfernoRogue | Ruby | Team Magma
Fireworks | Ruby | Ruby
Brewds567 | LeafGreen | Overgrowth
pokepokemo | Emerald | Steeplechase
SuperSaiyanII | White | Blaine

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Old May 30th, 2011 (9:34 PM). Edited May 30th, 2011 by Perriechu.
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I'ma start this right away! >D


Spoiler:

- 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


Combusken // Impish // Level 19 // Blaze
- Double Kick
- Peck
- Focus Energy
- Scratch


Poochyena // Derp // Relaxed // Level 5 // Run Away
- Tackle
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So do we have to beat Red in GSC/HGSS or Alder in BW?
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Old May 31st, 2011 (2:15 AM).
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (4:14 AM). Edited May 31st, 2011 by Alternative.
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    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?
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (5:08 AM).
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    Here's my signup.

    Username: Jdthebud
    Game: Platinum
    Deck: Endless Night

    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.

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    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.
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (5:26 AM).
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    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?
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (5:36 AM).
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    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.
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (12:30 PM).
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    Um, yeah just a small update. :3

    Spoiler:


    - 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


    Combusken // Impish // Level 24 // Blaze
    - Double Kick
    - Peck
    - Rock Tomb
    - Scratch


    Electrike // Rash // Level 13 // Static
    - Tackle
    - Thunder Wave
    - Howl
    - ????? :(


    Poochyena // Derp // Relaxed // Level 5 // Run Away
    - Tackle
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    Old May 31st, 2011 (5:39 PM).
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    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

    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. :)
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    Added both of you! I started my challenge but I'm not going to update until I make a little progress.
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      Sounds interesting, I probably won't update much until I've finished one or two of my other challenges, but...

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      Definitely will be doing this challenge a couple times, like I promised. x3

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      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.
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      Old May 31st, 2011 (11:40 PM). Edited June 1st, 2011 by jdthebud.
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      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...

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      Team Night:

      Venom the Hardy Beedrill, ♂ - L25
      Ability: Swarm
      Moves: Twineedle, Pursuit, Poison Sting, Rage

      Needle the Mild Cacnea, ♀ - L25 @ Quick Claw
      Ability: Sand Veil
      Moves: Absorb, Leech Seed, Return, Pin Missle

      Slaves:
      Turtwig - Rock Smash
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        Old June 1st, 2011 (10:01 PM). Edited June 1st, 2011 by tachikaze316.
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          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 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.
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          Old June 3rd, 2011 (3:09 AM).
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            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
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            Old June 3rd, 2011 (7:38 AM).
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            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.
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              One problem Deku,I can't trade in emulator so I'll hack in Porygon2
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              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.
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              Team Night:

              Needle the Mild Cacnea, ♀ - L29 @ Amulet Coin
              Ability: Sand Veil
              Moves: Absorb, Leech Seed, Return, Faint Attack

              Venom the Hardy Beedrill, ♂ - L30
              Ability: Swarm
              Moves: Twineedle, Pursuit, Toxic Spikes, Rage

              Scar the Quirky Zangoose, ♂ - L30
              Ability: Immunity
              Moves: Slash, Shadow Claw, Quick Attack, Swords Dance

              Slaves:

              Turtwig - Rock Smash, Cut, Flash
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                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
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