- Age 21
- Seen Nov 29, 2023
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF POKÉMON!
In this challenge, you are tasked with obtaining every possible Pokémon before each gym, as Professor Oak is getting too old to continue his dream of documenting every known Pokémon! This challenge isn't really a difficult one, but rather a more grindy and tedious one. The goal for this is to try and do it all as fast as you can, trying to optimize your in-game time as much as possible! It also helps to get you to use Pokémon that you wouldn't usually use!
1. You must get every single Pokémon before each gym/island kahuna/noble Pokémon. It's not enough just to get your starter, Pidgey, Rattata, both Nidoran, Caterpie, etc. in Kanto before fighting Brock, for example, but you have to get them to their highest evolution stage possible. In the example I mentioned, that means getting Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise, Pidgeot, Raticate, Nidorino, Nidorina, Butterfree, and whatever other Pokémon you can get your hands on at that point of time.
2. You are only allowed to use one game copy if it's a game that has an alternate version, and you are not allowed to trade for Pokédex entries, evolutions, or version exclusives.
3. You are not allowed to use glitches or hacking to get more Pokémon or rare candies, all of the grinding has to be done by hand. Any rare candies you get from the ability Pickup or any that you find that are hidden are allowed, however. It is also allowed (and advisable) in eligible games to use the experience share, Poke Amie to get an exp. boost, delay your Pokémon's evolution to get an exp. boost, and/or reset for better rng to help you go faster, whether that be resetting for a low encounter rate or getting more rare candies from Pickup. At the end of the day, most of the progress you will make is how much time you spend grinding encounters!
1. You can turn off the exp. share in the games that have it along with banning the use of rare candies if you so please.
2. If you really want to make Professor Oak happy, you can use another game to get your missing version exclusives and trade evolutions you wouldn't be able to get with just one game! Do note that you can't abuse this to trade over any and all evolved Pokémon needed to fill out more dex entries quickly as that defeats the entire purpose of the challenge.
3. In certain games, there are Pokémon you can get by using a unique feature, for example the island scan in the generation 7 games. Though they don't count towards your Pokedex completion, you can feel free to add a little bit more to your challenge by requiring the usage of those features to obtain Pokémon you wouldn't normally be able to otherwise.
4. If you'd like, there's a lot of different variants you could do with this challenge! From a 'capped' variant based on the gym leader/island kahuna/noble Pokémon's highest level to a 'type' variant where you unlock more new types to catch for each of the major fights that you win, there's a lot you can do! As long as it works with the Professor Oak's Challenge core rules, it's fair game if you'd like to spice the challenge up a bit!
5. You can also add any other additional game exclusive features into your run that may help with your challenge, such as dexnav chaining in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Any and all of the main series Pokémon games are eligible for this challenge! The same goes for the spinoffs, rom hacks, and even non-Pokémon games! As long as there's an important checkpoint of sorts that doesn't stop you from collecting as many things as you can that goes towards game completion, you can do a Professor Oak Challenge in that game! Focusing on Pokémon, this setup does work even on games like the Mystery Dungeon spinoffs and Colosseum/XD, where each section is differentiated by the major battles (i.e., fighting Skarmory in Red/Blue Rescue Team and fighting Miror B. in Colosseum, for example).
If you'd like to participate in this challenge, then feel free to reply with your username, which game you'll be playing, any optional rules/variant you'll be playing with, and make sure that you update your progress with your in-game time after every section so we can all know how fast you were! This challenge also requires you to do the post-game, as more often than not, there'll be a Pokémon or two, usually a legendary, that you can only catch after becoming the champion/beating the game.
As an example, I'll update this thread with how my first completed run went in Omega Ruby, and I'll be updating… eventually as I work through my Yellow, Platinum, and X Professor Oak's Challenges! As a little spoiler, I've gotten past pre-badge one (which is considered the collecting before you fight the first gym leader) in both Yellow and Platinum.
Game: Omega Ruby
Optional rules: No dexnav chaining