Today marks the 10th anniversary of my favorite Pokémon game, the lovely Sapphire Version. After beating Crystal I was pretty much bored and done with the series. That is until I saw that magnificent whale, Kyogre, on the cover of one of the newest Pokémon games in early 2003. I thought the other mascot, Groudon, was pretty cool looking too, but let's be real here, I'm an ocean person. And so I bought Sapphire (my brother got Ruby) and with all the new innovations the game had to offer, I was roped back into the Pokémon franchise to stay. Needless to say I was horribly disappointed that Gen V ended without a remake, or at the very least another Hoenn based game. So to celebrate this momentous occasion, I'm replaying Sapphire as a Nuzlocke Challenge and chronicling my experience for all of you to read as a Let's Play fic. I'll start the game tonight after I'm done classes for the day so for now I present to you the rules I'll be playing by as well as an amusing Prologue I threw together. The first chapter will appear when I feel like I'm far enough. Let’s Play Pokémon Sapphire: The Nuzlocke Edition The Rules: 1. Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be put in the graveyard. No exceptions. 2. Only the first Pokémon encountered in each area may be caught, and none else. If the first Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances. The only exceptions are HM slaves and Shiny Pokémon, but they must never be used unless they were the first encounter. 3. Only one of each species may be caught. If a Zigzagoon is caught on Route 101, a second Zigzagoon may not be caught on Route 102 even if it is the first encounter. However, a Linoone can be caught should that be the first Pokémon encountered on a Route they are available. The only exception is if the duplicate is shiny (see above). 4. Every Battle must be fought. Every single Trainer that can be battled in Hoenn, even ones that are easily avoided or skipped, have to be battled. Likewise, there is no running from Wild Encounters. The only exceptions are if all Pokémon in the party are in the red and are out of PP or in the unlikely chance that a Wild Pokémon is a type that is immune to all the moves in the party (Wild Shuppet versus a party full of Normal and Fighting moves). Prologue “This is Pokémon Talk with Mary and Prof. Oak! Here to tell you about all 251 species of Pokémon!” my radio said waking me up. I grumbled as I got out of bed. Prof. Oak claims to be the authority on Pokémon, yet he still thinks there are only 251 Pokémon? Ha! What a joke! Maybe in the neighboring Johto and Kanto regions, but not in the whole world! My father Norman is originally from the Hoenn region and according to him there are about 135 unique species there not found over here! “Sapph! Time to wake up! We need to go to breakfast before the movers come!” my mother called up to me. Today was moving day so instead of dirtying our dishes which were already packed, Mom decided we were going to the Rob Evens for our last meal in Johto. The only clothes that I hadn’t packed yet were a pair of black pants with yellow at the bottom of the legs, a red and black sweatshirt with a yellow collar, a pair of yellow and blue fingerless gloves, a pair of yellow shoes, and my lucky white hat which were all laying on the floor ready for me to put on. I didn’t bother combing my short black hair since my hat covered all of it anyway. In fact, because of the fine texture, people often mistake my hat for my hair and think I have white hair and am just wearing a black headband marked with a Pokéball. After putting my alarm clock in the last open box I took one last look around my bedroom to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. It was the room I had known my whole life but I barely recognized it because everything I owned were in boxes stacked against the wall. Starting today I would be living in Littleroot Town, Hoenn where Dad lived. So I’m told, my dad was from Hoenn but came to Johto for a change of scenery and to broaden his horizons. It was here he met my mom and decided to stay in Johto up until last year when he moved back to Hoenn to become a Gym Leader. “Sapphire! Did you hear me?” Mom called again. I cringed at the sound of my full name. It’s not my fault my parents thought they were having a daughter just because the sonogram didn’t pick up a crucial part of my anatomy. Shouldn’t they have come up with a boy’s name just in case? When I asked them about it they said the only other name they could come up with was Ruby! “Yes Mom! I heard you! I’m coming down right now!” I shouted back as I made my way to the stairs. ---------------------- After we came home from breakfast we waited around for the movers to come. Luckily they didn’t take long. And by ‘they’ I mean one guy wearing a blue jumpsuit and two hulking grey Pokémon known as Machoke! Despite my initial shock, they were quite efficient in emptying everything from our old house to the moving van. Yes. Just one van. Huh. “Alright Sapph, let’s head out.” Mom said getting in the cab of the moving van. “Uh… Mom? Where do I sit?” I asked. There only seemed to be room in the front seat for two: her and the driver. “In the back with all of our stuff of course!” she said cheerfully. Uh huh. Riiiight. “Move it Kid, we’re on a tight schedule!” the driver said gruffly standing behind me. I quietly sobbed to myself as I made my way to the back. I climbed in like the piece of luggage I was treated as and was locked in by the driver. “This couldn’t possibly get worse!” I bemoaned out loud. My cries were answered by the low guttural growls of the two Machokes who were also in back with me. One of them stared right at me cracking its knuckles while the other one flexed its biceps. Biceps the size of my head no less! I chuckled nervously. It was a good thing the box with my other clothes was on top because I might need a change of pants if I survive my journey to Hoenn.