What is the Nuzlocke Challenge? Put simply, the Nuzlocke Challenge is a set of rules that raises the difficulty of main-series Pokémon games. The Nuzlocke Challenge encourages players to use Pokémon they would not normally use and pushes players to form stronger emotional bonds with their Pokémon as they travel across the region, experiencing battles packed with more tension and excitement than ever before. What are the rules? The original Nuzlocke Challenge only had two rules: 1. The player may only capture the first Pokémon he or she encounters in an area. If you accidentally KO the Pokémon you encounter or run out of Poké Balls, tough luck. 2. If a Pokémon faints, it is considered "dead" and must be released immediately. In more recent Nuzlocke Challenges, "dead" Pokémon are placed in a PC box named "Dead" or "Cemetery." These Pokémon cannot participate in battles and cannot use HMs. You may not "redo" battles; deaths are final. As the Nuzlocke challenge grew in popularity, players added their own rules. These are the most popular: All Pokémon obtained by the player must be nicknamed. Pokémon are your friends. Nicknaming your Pokémon increases the strength of your bond. If the player's first encounter in an area is a double battle, he or she may choose which Pokémon to capture. The player loses the challenge and must restart if he or she blacks out or whites out. What other options do I have? Sometimes, players choose to tweak the rules listed above in order to lessen or to increase the difficulty of a challenge. Ways to make the challenge easier: No repeats: the player may capture the first Pokémon they encounter in an area which they do not already own Switch mode: the player can switch out his or her active Pokémon before the opponent sends in a new Pokémon Shiny Pokémon: the player may capture any shiny Pokémon he or she encounters Ways to make the challenge harder: Set mode: the player does not have the option to switch Pokémon before the opponent sends in a new Pokémon Items: the player may only use items outside of battle Poké Marts: the player may only purchase a certain number of items at each Poké Mart Poké Centers: the player may only visit each Pokémon Center a limited number of times The player may choose to simulate "paying" for a Pokémon Center visit by purchasing items from the Poké Mart and discarding them. Starter: the last number of the player's Trainer ID determines his or her starting Pokémon (1-3 = Grass, 4-6 = Fire, 7-9 = Water, 0 = player's choice) Legendary Pokémon: the player may not capture or use legendary Pokémon Gift Pokémon: the player may not use gift Pokémon Levels: the player's Pokémon must be the same level or of lower level than a Gym Leader's Pokémon Challenge mode: the player must start Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 in Challenge mode Combining challenges: the Nuzlocke Challenge can be combined with another challenge (e.g. Scramble Challange) Do not post just your team in this thread. Provide a description of your progress. Comics and narratives are encouraged!