I've been doing a HeartGold Nuzlocke run, and just beat the elite four, though at the cost of three of my team members. Will and Koga were easy. I lost Crikey to Machamp's Revenge's crit (yes, I know, irony). Karen was easy enough, but without Crikey, Lance was a pain in the butt. Thanks to my defensive team members, there were only two more casualties.
Team for Elite Four (Levels are after victory or death):
Sheldon the Magnezone
- Thunder Wave
- Mirror Shot
Sheldon was helpful in bringing down Xatu and Crobat, but really shone against Lance, killing Gyarados, Aerodactyl, and his level 49 Dragonites.
Cappy the Umbreon
- Tail Whip
- Quick Attack
- Faint Attack
- Confuse Ray
Cappy's defenses, simply put, are amazing. He destroyed Will's team, along with part of Karen's. He outstalled and killed Lance's strongest Dragonite, using synchronized paralysis along with Confuse Ray to outlast it.
Florence the Togekiss
- Air Slash
- Aura Sphere
Florence's flinches, combined with Cappy's parafusion, made an impressive stalling mechanism against Lance. Florence also killed Koga's team, along with most of Bruno's.
Timmy the Primeape (R.I.P.)
- Cross Chop
Timmy's biggest role in the Elite Four was taking out Karen's team. He sacrificed himself heroically to allow Sheldon a free switch-in, without which victory would have been impossible.
Starshine the Dragonair (R.I.P.)
- Thunder Wave
- Dragon Rush
- Aqua Tail
Starshine's first two battles were against two Geodudes, both of which were the first Pokémon on their route, and both of which exploded, almost killing him. This crippling fear of rocks proved well-founded, as a critical hit from Aerodactyl's Rock Slide killed him before he could ever prove his worth. Sigh... only the good die young.
Crikey! the Feraligatr (R.I.P.)
- Ice Fang
Crikey! was my starting Pokémon and my powerhouse. Throughout all of Johto, he would be my backup, the one that I used when backed into a corner. He was finally taken down by a critical hit, having taken me almost all the way to victory. His death was the most tragic, as it left the other party members with the unfortunate task of taking his place.
Now, onto Kanto! I'll probably post once or twice then, and a final post after I beat Red, or die trying.