Nuzlocke Complete: An Anticlimactic Finish to a Climactic Challenge

That’s right, folks… the Ruby Nuzlocke has ended! So, did I get a taste of sweet, sweet glory, or did I get a taste of Metagross’ metal ass? Well, read on to find out already!

Steven StoneLast time I left you, my team had been seriously beaten to a pulp. I lost Evil Tooth and Louie in an epic battle against Salamence. I nearly lost the rest of my team, but superbro Olimar (Lanturn) saved the day. Now, only one more challenge remains: Steven, the Pokemon League Champion!

I decided to lead with Olimar. He hasn’t failed me yet, and has gotten me out of more than a few jams. Since I’m running blind, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that he had a Metagross on his team. My plan was to use as many X items as I could, and then sweep his team. Lanturn was pretty much the only member of my team who could hit Metagross (for neutral damage, even), so I need him to last forever. I figured, pump him with steroids, and mow down the opposition.

Out first comes Skarmory. It’s my lucky day. I could totally power up while taking his hits.

So, to make a long story short, I proceed to use X items and Full Restore while he used some Toxics and Aerial Aces. Once I have my Special Attack, Speed, and Defense at +6, I proceed to sweep. One Thunderbolt is all it took.

Next, came Aggron, which went down with a Waterfall, but then came Metagross… the only ‘mon I truly feared. Even with +6, I was still worried.

I shouldn’t have been, because a Tbolt to the face killed the mother trucker.

Next, was Cradily, Claydol, and Armoldo, which I Waterfalled into oblivion.

I was the Champion!

Congrats, Scott!

Congrats, Scott!

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So, I guess that’s it!

It wasn’t the most climactic of endings, but hell, I just successfully completed my very first Nuzlocke! Awesome!

I think next time I’ll ban the use of X-items, because it took the challenge away at the end. I wonder if I could have actually defeated Steven without them. Who knows.

Up next, I think I’m going to play through Soul Silver. I haven’t played either of the Johto remakes, so it will not be a Nuzlocke. I will, however; post updates. And I’ll be getting Black 2 when it comes out, so I’ll post about that, as well.

I’ll probably do a post recapping this Ruby Nuzlock. It will give me perspective, and I wouldn’t mind reliving some of those moments!

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you continue to follow my Pokemon adventures!

Pokemon Party

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The Wrath of Salamence

Last time, I tore my way through the first three members of the Elite Four. Sidney, Phoebe, and Glacia put up little fight, and I managed to come away unscathed.

Now, I’m up against Drake, the fourth and final member of the Elite Four. Typically, the final member is the toughest, and uses powerful Dragon types to overpower your team. Will Drake get the best of me, or will I find the will to survive? Read on to find out.

Drake Elite FourI decided to lead with Nimbus, my Altaria – Dragon on Dragon. I was going to hit them hard, and hit them fast. That was my plan, at least. On my first move, I used an X-Special, and his Shelgon used Dragon Breath for about 1/3 damage on my Pokemon. I managed to take it out on the next turn with a Dragon Breath OHKO.

Next, he sent out his Altaria. I get off a Dragon Breath and it pulls a Dragon Dance. Obviously, it Full Restores the next turn, and I get two Dragon Breaths off for the KO.

Next is Flygon (one of my favorite Pokemon).

With base 100 speed, Flygon out-sped me. He gets off a Dragon Breath and paralyzes Nimbus! This isn’t good: I’m below half health and paralyzed! But luck was on my side, and I managed to get off a Dragon Breath for a OHKO!

He sends out another Flygon, and I use a Full Restore on my first turn. He Dragon Breaths me for another paralysis, which really pissed me off. Two times in a row? WTF? Anyways, I used a Full Restore again, and he manages to get off two Sand-Attacks. Finally, I hit him with a Dragon Breath for the OHKO.

Now, it’s time for the final Pokemon: Salamence.

Salamence

Fuck this guy.

I’ve been worrying about him from the start. ‘Mence is one of the most feared dragons out there, and he could easily destroy my team if I’m not careful. Since Nimbus had its accuracy lowered by two stages, I decided to withdraw her, and send out Evil Tooth. He’s a defensive boss! He can take a hit, right?

Well, right, but a Pokemon is only as good as its trainer.

He gets off a Crunch, which takes off about 40% of my health, and I managed to get a burn with Will-O-Wisp. Take, that, DUDE.

Instead of using a Full Restore, I try to get a Confuse Ray off. Another Crunch should leave me with about 20% of my health, and I can Full Restore on the next turn. Big mistake. He gets a Critical Hit, and Evil Tooth goes down! Now, because I didn’t play it safe, I lost one of my best bros! What am I going to do now?

Send out Nimbus, that’s what.

I get hit with a Dragon Breath which does almost half to me, but I manage to take it down to the red with a Dragon Breath of my own. After burn damage, it probably had about 10 HP left! I was so close!

It was holding a Sitrus berry, so it restores some health and we both Full Restored our next turn. So, now Salamence is at full health again, and is no longer burned. This is just great!

After a few back and forth Dragon Claws and Dragon Breaths, I switch out Nimbus for Kool-Aid, my Kecleon. His Dragon Claw does about 20% damange (not much), so I felt pretty confident. Too bad I forgot I was now Dragon Type because of my Color Change ability! His next Dragon Claw almost knocked me out! My Screech manages to hit ‘Mence, greatly reducing its Defense stat. I decide it’s best to take Kool-Aid out of there.

I send out Louie, hoping to get off a powerful Slash, since it has weakened defense now. His Dragon Claw does almost half my health in damage, and then he Flamethrowers me almost for the kill on the next turn. The sunlight I brought with me is working against me! Also, Slash didn’t even take off half it’s HP. I Full Restore, and he gets off a Crunch and another Flame Thrower, which burns Louis’ big red ass! My Bulk-Up is pulled off, but it looks like a futile attempt. I have to Full Restore again, and he does another Crunch/Flamethrower 1-2 punch, this time, with a Critical Hit Flamethrower!

Louie is dead.

Groudon PWND

FUUUUCKK!! That’s two down! Now what?

In comes Olimar, ruler of the deep. I take a Dragon Claw, but manage to get off the Confuse Ray. On the next turn, he hits himself in the confusion – finally, something working in my favor – and with this free turn, I get a Critical Hit with Spark… for the knock out!

Salamence is dead!

In retrospect, I should have used a few more X-Specials on Nimbus, and another Dragon Dance. I would have dominated his team if I had done so , but alas, I had not. Evil Tooth and Louie made the ultimate sacrifice.

Now, I’m about to face the Champion. It’ll be 4 on 6, and it will be tough. I remember that he has Metagross, and I’m not sure how I’ll tackle that problem. I was going to use some STAB Earthquakes from Louie, but that is no longer an option.

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

Lanturn FTW

Bring on the Elite Four!

Hoenn Map

After grinding my balls off for longer than I could keep track of, I finally said “Enough!”… it’s time for the Elite Four!

So there I went, through that sacred doorway. There’s no turning back now!

DAMNIT! I FORGOT TO DELETE WATERFALL FOR SURF! Too late now. FML.

First Battle – Sidney

Elite Four Sidney

As you know, I’m running blind, so I figured from the look of the room and Sidney’s appearance that he may have Ground types. I lead with Olimar, who has amazing HP and a decent Hydro Pump. These Ground types will be easy!

Out comes Mightyena… he’s a Dark trainer.

WTF!!!!

Still, I’m way over-leveled, so I easily take it out with two Sparks (yes, I forgot to teach him T-Bolt. I’m really risking things here).

Next, I use a combination of Nimbus and Kool-Aid to take out the rest of his team. Cacturn, Sharpedo, and Absol went down without a fight, and Shiftry pulled off a Double Team, but I still got the OHKO. What a weak dick.

Onto the next one!

Second Battle – Phoebe

Elite Four Phoebe

I had no clue what type she was rollin’, so I sent out my Normal type, Kool-Aid. Turns out she has Ghosts! This was a great move, because Kool-Aid can’t get hit by Ghost moves, PLUS, he knows Faint Attack (a Dark move).

I proceed to destroy her team. I had to use my Yellow Flute a couple of times to cure my confusion, but that’s about all the excitement that happened.

I got bored in the middle, so I sent out Louie to do a few Earthquakes. He easily kills a Sableye and Dusclops. To finish, I sent out Kool-Aid and 2HKO her Bannette.

Sorry, girl. Don’t mess with my Kool-Aid!

Third Battle – Glacia

Elite Four GlaciaI assumed this bitch was full of Water and Ice types, so I lead with Olimar again. This time, my assumption (and memory from 2005) was correct.

Finally, a match that gave me a little challenge. It wasn’t much, but it was something.

I managed to get through her first four Pokemon with about 1/2 my HP left, and then she sends out Walrein; her last hope.

I use my first Full Restore of the Elite Four Challenge, and Walrein Body Slams me and gets Paralysis! I use a Paralyze Heal on my next turn and he Body Slams me again. I get off a Confuse Ray and hope for some self-inflicted damage. Nope! Another Body Slam, and I’m below half my health. I use another Full Restore and he gets another Body Slam while confused!

WTF! He gets the Parahax, but I can’t get the Confusionhax?

Anyways, I use Spark which does  puts him in the red, but he has a Sitrus Berry! His HP goes back up and, while confused I might add, gets off a third Body Slam. I Spark him again and his health gets down in the red. This is where Karma comes in…

I finally catch a break, and he KOs himself the next turn! Take THAT Walrein, ya fuckin’ bitch!

So far, so good…

Cool Squirtle

“Scott, you’re too cool for school.”

Three down, one to go (not counting the Champion). So far, the Elite Four has been pretty uneventful, and honestly, rather easy. Most of my guys are around level 60, so the difficulty should be getting harder soon. Also, I remember there is a Salamence and Metagross coming up soon, which could be troublesome.

Stay tuned for my next entry!

Hiatus and Other News

Yeah, so I haven’t played Pokemon in a while, but I’ve been busy. Life, ya know? It sucks, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Anyways, I haven’t played Pokemon in a while. I’ve done a little grinding on my Ruby Nuzlocke from time to time, but nothing considerable.

Recently, though, I finished the grinding, and am preparing to take on the Elite Four! I’m just going to stock up on X-Items and hope for the best. This will be the true test folks! (remember: I’m running blind!)

Here’s the team I’m rolling:

Elite Four Team

I managed to catch Groudon according to the rules of the Nuzlocke, so I’m going to use him. I figure I’ll need all the help I can get when going through the Elite Four, and he’s one of the most well-rounded ‘mons I have. Hopefully, I can challenge them soon, and post another update.

I’m excited to be this close to finishing my FIRST Nuzlocke challenge!

Wally Blocks My Path to the Elite Four, and Pays the Price

Wally from Pokemon

“I know you have no PP after going through that cave, but let’s battle!”

Last time I updated, I was preparing to battle Wallace at the Sootoplis City gym. Well, in preparation, I trained Kool-Aid (Kecleon), Evil Tooth (Duskull), and my new Bro extraordinaire, Olimar (Lanturn) to level 50, and we easily defeated him. His Milotic was annoying, but wasn’t a problem.

After that, I moved on to Victory Road, everyone’s favorite route. With countless uses of HMs, and high level pokemon using Whirlwind, what’s not to love?!

The best part is, when you finally get to the end, you’re worn and battered team has to fight a random battle against that little brat, Wally (ok, I actually love Wally, but still!).

Even though I was weakened from the trek through the cave, I still managed to mop the floor with his spikey-headed face.

I had the pilot episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on in the background during this battle.

Gordon Ramsay Chooses You

“I choose you, you fucking wanker!”

Not sure what that has to do with anything, but I’m sure it summoned some kind of inner strength.

So, now I am currently grinding all of my Pokemon in preparation for the Elite Four. If you read my last post, you know that I’m running blind. I’ve played Sapphire before, and I know that the Elite Four is kind of similar from game to game, so I’m pretty sure I know what I’m in for, but I don’t want to go in underleveled. If I do that, I’m finished.

I do not want that to happen.

So, next time you hear from me, I’ll either be headed into the Elite Four, or filling you in with a battle report.

Stay tuned!

Tate and Liza get PWND and Personal Revelations

Tate & Liza PWND

My Gym “Challenge” in Mossdeep City, against Tate & Liza, was anything but challenging. It was a double battle against a Lunatone and a Solrock, so it should have been at least a little challenging, but it wasn’t. I swept the floor with them. It may have been easy, but I came away with an important realization, which I will tell you about in a moment. First, here’s what went down in the gym:

Kool-Aid (my Kecleon) lead with a Faint Attack on Solrock, since it had the lower Special Defense of the two, and took off about one third of its HP. Lunatone used Hypnosis but misses, and Solrock used Psychic on Kool-Aid (but only does about 20 damage). Ending the turn, Evil Tooth (my Dusclops) Shadow Punched Lunatone, doing about 75% damage.

On the next round of attacks, Kool-Aid finished off the Lunatone with a Faint Attack, Solrock used Sunny Day, and Evil Tooth hit the opponent with Confuse Ray.

The Sunny Day worried me a little bit; because I didn’t want Solrock to use Solar Beam on Kool-Aid (which would make it a Grass type), and then use Flamethrower the next turn. This was my only concern with the battle. I hoped that I could kill my opponent before this happened.

Because I knew Solrock had high defense, I changed things up a bit. Kool-Aid let out a deafening Screech, which lowered Solrock’s defense by two stages. If I can hit with a Shadow Punch, I would win the match. Solrock tried to attack, but hurt itself in its confusion, which allowed Evil Tooth to deliver the final blow.

The battle was over.

Evil Kool-Aid

This was by far one of the easiest battles yet, and here’s why:

I looked up the gym leader on Bulbapedia.

Because of this, I knew what Pokemon they had, and even the moves of each Pokemon. This allowed me to prepare, and I was able to develop a strategy to counter everything they had.

After the battle, I realized that I shouldn’t have done this. It was way too easy! The whole point of the Nuzlocke challenge, in my opinion, is to make the game harder and more interesting. If I hadn’t “cheated”, I probably would have had a more difficult time defeating Tate and Liza, and probably would have lost a Bro in the process.

You know what? I’d take that over a cheap victory, which is what this was.

From now on, no more cheating. I’m going blind the whole way.

Blind Run

"Of course I run my Nuzlocke blind, bitch!"

Dark Shark Rage Quit

Motherfuggin' SharpedoYes, I did rage quit. Yes, I was pissed. So, I’m going to make things right. First, let me tell you what happened.

My son was being a brat all morning, and I was getting really frustrated with him. He started to watch TV and mellow out a bit, so of course I, being the Pokefreak I am, decided to try to play some of my Ruby Nuzlocke while he was distracted.

I had just received the Super Rod in Mossdeep City, and thought a Carvanha would make a great addition to my team, so I started fishing.

Meanwhile, my son continues to terrorize.

I toss my rod into the ocean and, what’s on the other end? No, not a Carvanha, but a Sharpedo! Holy shit! It was level 38, and my Gloom, Sprout, was only level 37. I figured I could put it to sleep, attack it once, then catch it.

I was wrong.

Its first attack was Crunch, which took out almost half my health. I didn’t care though, because he’d be asleep in a moment, then I could use Moonlight.

NOPE!

Sleep Powder missed!

I was pretty pissed about that, so I tried using Sleep Powder again. The bastard was faster than me, so it went first. It used Slash. “Good”, I thought. It’s less base power than Crunch, and no STAB. I should survive this, and everything will be fine.

NOPE!

Critical hit!

Sprout went down.

I was so pissed. I had just spent the last hour or two grinding that ‘Mon! I was trying to get to level 47 to learn Giga Drain before I used th Sun Stone to get Bellossom. Now, all of my grinding and rare candies were wasted! Also, my son had pushed me to the brink, and I did something I shouldn’t have.

I turned off the power.

Ivan Drago's #1 Nuzlocke Rule

Ivan Drago's #1 Nuzlocke Rule

This is against the spirit of the Nuzlocke. There are no do-overs. There are no retries. If your Pokemon dies, it dies.

I was in such a rage, that I wasn’t thinking, and turned the power off. I just couldn’t deal with it at the moment. It was the wrong thing to do.

So, to make amends, I have put Sprout into my “Dead” PC box. He is no longer with me, because I was stupid, and was not completely focused on my Nuzlocke. This happened to me once before, when I was trying to play with my son being a monster. I should have learned my lesson then, but I’ve definitely learned it now.

Anyways, Sprout is dead, and I didn’t get a Sharpedo (or even the experience points from killing it!). It’s a total waste, but hey, I guess that’s my punishment for acting like a two-year old (ie. my son haha).

Sprout’s replacement is Evil Tooth, the Duskull. I’m confident he’ll make a good addition to the team.

Anyways, I am now preparing for the Mossdeep gym. I think I’m going to us Kool-Aid and Stachmo, my Kecleon and Linoone. They’ve been very reliable, and have good Special Defense stats. I might also train Evil Tooth. He’s a defensive beast when evolved. 

Either way, I’m definitely going to grind a little more. Don’t want a repeat of Fortree City.