So we're doing this. I am not much of a fan of the Nuzlocke game, as KoL has pointed out in the past it is very easy to break. Oh well, I will try my best not to completely destroy the game by playing it the way it wasn't intended to be played. I won't be releasing my Pokemon, either, I can use them on the post game and such after I win this. Not going to let that work to go waste. Don't worry, I will box them permanently until then should they faint. As the screenshot above and the thread title shows, I'll be Nuzlocking Pokemon Emerald, my personal favorite game. This is going to be separate from the main Nuzlocke thread as per the suggestion of Linkachu. I will be playing a male, as that is my IRL gender. We'll also be using my Screen Name as my Character Name, for convenience sake. We begin our struggles in not abusing this game in Littleroot. As the home town, Littleroot has not much of interest outside of the Lab. There are no Trainers to battle, Trades to complete, or Pokemon to catch. As a quick, personal note, I do like the touch of changing the Machoke to Vigoroth in the moving sequence. Anyway, we begin by going through the normal sequences. Grab the Potion and set the time, we've done this sort of routine a million times by now. Mother sends us off to pester the Birch family, the only other people who own a home in Littleroot. We meet May, who will try and fail to be our rival in this game. Or, MAY, as I should say. Emerald was before Game Freak realized that they could use lowercase letters in their proper nouns. As another quick note, I'm pretty sure she hits on you in this scene. Which makes her giggle a hell of a lot creepier. Anyway, MAY remembers that she was supposed to help her father collect wild Pokemon. Instead of rushing off to him, she instead plops down on her computer. She's a great influence to her sibling down on the first floor, ain't she? Anyway. You all know what happens next, we've got to locate the professor. Said professor is currently getting his shit ruined by a rabid Zigzagoon. MAY is just a wonderful daughter. By the way, I'm not counting any of the battles up until the point we get the Pokeballs as the "First Pokemon I saw" on that specific Route. It makes it a bit fairer that way. But anyway, Birch- Er, PROF. BIRCH needs us to save him from the rabid Zigzagoon, since his daughter can't be asked. I'm not letting you guys tell me what Pokemon to choose, as that wouldn't end well. (No, I do not like Mudkip.) We're going with this Pokemon, Torchic. The battle menu has been unchanged since RBY. You have four options, ATTACK, BAG, POKeMON, and FLEE. As this is a tutorial battle, FLEE is unavailable to us. The only thing useful right now is ATTACK. Choosing to ATTACK leads to a second menu, where up to four attacks can be chosen. Torchic starts with Scratch, a basic Starter attack, and Growl, a move that lowers an Enemy's Attack. Scratch spam is good enough for now, don't waste your time with Growl. About three hits should down the Zigzagoon, even if it does use Growl on you. PROF. BIRCH forgot the first rule of Pokemon. Never wander into tall grass unless you yourself have a Pokemon. Though, to be fair, I guess he had three, he just managed to leave the bag that had said Pokemon about a dozen feet away from where he was in the tall grass. That's possibly an even worse mistake. ... Somehow, I fear this level of incompetence is becoming a theme. Dad must of been throwing pictures, around, as Birch recognizes me. We then teleport to his lab. I hope he remembered to grab his bag this time. Birch decides to repay me by giving me the Torchic I used to save his ass. He asks if I want to name it, which I indeed do. Because I am uncreative, the Torchic is named Cid, after the Blaziken from my stories. Birch wants us to reprimand his daughter for him. This family is just a tad dysfunctional, eh? Apparently saving Birch's ass doesn't make me a proper trainer, I need to destroy MAY as well. Sure, why not? We now enter Oldale for the first time. While here, we can grab another free Potion. They really give these things away at first! Since this is a Nuzlocke, these things will come in handy. In an effort to make things more fair, I won't be grinding at all before going to May. I managed to avoid any fights going up to Oldale. I do manage to get into one, with a Poochyena, while heading up to May herself. Then another, with a Zigzagoon. The Zigzagoon managed to put up a fight, but killing it, and it is killing it, as this is Nuzlocke, netted me enough EXP to level up once. ANOTHER Zigzagoon puts me well on the way to Level 7... And in need of one of my potions. Anyway, May decides she needs to battle me. May, like any good Rival, magically picked the Pokemon with the Type Advantage. No matter, it has nothing that is Super Effective against Torchic. Defeating it brings Cid up to Level 7, and costs me my other potion (She got a pair of Critical Hits). This game already wants me to lose. Cid is also well on the way to Level 8, and learns Focus Energy, which I think increases Crit' chance. We also get 300 Poke (Poh-key), enough to buy a new Potion. Inflation really hit the Pokemon world hard. May dashes off, back to the lab. Which is also our next destination. Making a pit stop in Oldale to heal and buy a Potion first, though. May is nice enough to wait for us at the gate to Oldale. Though she seems to be incredibly nearsighted. She won't notice you until you are right next to her, oddly. Or maybe she's blind and does everything by hearing, and knows our footsteps already when we get close. That sounds a lot cooler, let's go with that. May of course rushes off. And we, of course, follow, like the loyal lap dog (Growlithe?) that we are. Utilizing ledges means there are no battles between Route 103 and Littleroot. Nice of Game Freak, isn't it? Possibly the first "Ohai" variant in a Video Game. Birch is very happy that we beat up his daughter and stole her lunch money. As a reward, we get a Pokedex. Apparently May gets easily excited, and shows Daddy the data it stores on every Pokemon she manages to catch. Mustn't be many, as she only challenged us with one. May also forks over a share of her Poke Balls, which means we can now capture Pokemon. Leaving those two to 'tard out in the lab, Mother finds us. She is quite the understanding woman, as always (Or she wants to sleep on the only bed in the house.) She gives us the Running Shoes, which I believe are also an RSE creation, and her support on our adventure. Anyway, Home is now a makeshift Pokemon Center. If we're ever in the neighborhood (Read: Almost never), we can stop there and get some rest. Anyway, now that we can capture Pokemon, our Nuzlocke challenge can finally begin. And already, we capture our first Pokemon. Poochyena, Level 3, male. His name is Specter. Not the Pokemon I wanted, but hopefully he'll be a badass addition to the team. Route 103 is a little more generous, and coughs up a Level 4 male Zigzagoon. This is Andre, named after my Linoone character. I think that's enough for the first update. I'll grind a bit off camera, then we'll head off to Petalburg, and possibly push through to Rustboro City. Pokemon and Stats as they are now: Cid - Torchic Level 7; HP 24/24 Ability: Blaze (Powers Fire attacks to 1.5 when HP falls below 1/3) Knows Scratch, Growl, and Focus Energy. Specter - Poochyena Level 3; HP 15/15 Ability: Run Away (Guaranteed 100% chance to Flee from any Wild Pokemon Battle) Knows Tackle. Andre - Zigzagoon Level 4; HP 17/17 Ability: Pickup (Chance to pick up an item after battle; won't work if he already has a held item) Knows Tackle and Growl.