How to Do a Nuzlocke Challenge in Pokémon

The Nuzlocke Challenge is an interesting way to play Pokémon games. It can spice up a game you're bored with. It brings in new rules in which you play by, and changes your experience as an overall. Nuzlocke challenge is basically a hard mode Pokémon journey. For few Pokémon players, this challenge may be too much to handle, but if you follow this tutorial, you will finally become a Pokémon hardcore pro!


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    Familiarize yourself with the rules. Nuzlocke is where when one of your Pokémon faints, it's considered dead. Meaning that you will have to release it, or just keep it in a PC box but never use it again. And the final rule is one Pokémon per area. It doesn't matter if you made a faint by accident, or if you already caught it, first Pokémon you find in an area is that.
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    Begin a new Pokémon game.
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    Choose a starting Pokémon. Choose a reasonable starter Pokémon.
    • For example, if you are doing Nuzlocke challenge in Pokémon Leafgreen/Firered, you must choose between Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. Bulbasaur is kind of a Special Attack kind of guy and is considered as an Easy Pokémon to start with. It can eliminate the first two gym leaders for that game, but that's for people who want an easy runner, or if they like Bulbasaur because they find it enjoyable.
    • Squirtle is a normal runner, which develops good defense other than the rest of the stats to begin with. Squirtle can take out Brock (First Gym Leader) and make it neutral to beat Misty (Second Gym Leader).
    • Charmander is the hardest to start out with. It has good special attack and speed to begin with, but it will have some trouble between Misty, Brock, and is neutral to Lieutenant Surge (Third Gym Leader). Charmander can be chosen by people who feel like they want a good challenge.
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    Stock up with any kind of potions, healing items, and TM's and HM's. This is major towards the Nuzlocke challenge. Potions, super potions, hyper potions, max potions, and full restores are needed to survive this challenge. As you can see, poison will bother you in the game, so stock up on Antidotes just in case your Pokémon is poisoned and it will die by the time you reach the Pokémon Center.
    • Other status healers are recommended also, Antidotes are just the items to save you. Revives, and max revives will be useless when you are going to run through this challenge, since you can't resurrect your dead Pokémon. TM's and HM's are important if you have a Pokémon with a poor Move pool.
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    Think about the Pokémon that may help you on your journey. For example, you meet up with a Tangela. Very solid Pokémon to have with decent stats to have, but a poor move pool to have, (move pools are the selections of moves the Pokémon learns by gaining levels). Diglet/Dugtrio have powerful moves to have in their move pool but very weak against HP and defense/special defense. This is one reason to think about the Pokémon. All Pokémon all have advantages and disadvantages to start with.
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    Create a decent Pokémon team with different types. All Pokémon teams go up to six Pokémon. And to go through Nuzlocke, you need to have a unique Pokémon team. If you start out with Mudkip (Hoenn Region), and it soon evolves to Swampert, making it extremely powerful Pokémon. Swampert is a Water/Ground type Pokémon and only has one Weakness (Grass). Having more than three Pokémon that have water/ground doesn't make it easy, in fact, harder than you might think. A team like Swampert, Swellow, Minus, Numel, and so on. That makes it a unique Pokémon team because all the Pokémon have some sort of different type. Remember, you need to run into these Pokémon!
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    Grind up some levels. Nuzlocke will be a pain if you have Pokémon five levels lower than a Pokémon you are challenging. To raise more levels, you can either battle wild Pokémon over and over, or battle trainers you probably missed. Don't let the Pokémon faint, or it's going to the graveyard.
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    Start your journey. When you reach a new area where wild Pokémon are available, the first Pokémon you encounter is the one you may catch. You may not catch any Pokémon in that area other than that first. You must release your Pokémon or place it into a PC Box if it faints; as it is counted as dead.
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    Find ways to earn money. You need Pokedollars to be able to buy healing Items and others, so you are going to need to battle a lot of Pokémon Trainers (Grind levels by going to Wild Pokémon first), and selling some of your items. You don't have to sell all of your items, but the one's you don't need. For example, you can sell Gold Nuggets, Big Pearls, and Revives/Max Revives. Those you don't need to use during your journey.
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    Repeat the process and you will be a pro at Nuzlocke! Enjoy playing Nuzlocke and good luck at it!


  • With every Nuzlocke challenge, you can have your own rules, but you must stick by them. So if you choose to do certain things, do them wisely.
  • Be prepared for major battles. It's helpful to look up the Pokémon and movesets of bosses and prepare for them accordingly.
  • If your Pokémon gets poisoned, always have antidotes/ Pecha berries with you. In Gen. 6, poison won't affect you out of battle, but in 1-5 poison will take away 1 HP per four steps. Poison leads to careless deaths.
  • Healing items recommended.
  • If you don't want to catch the same Pokémon in each route, play with a duplicate clause. A duplicate clause allows you to find and catch a different Pokémon if the first Pokémon you encounter is one that you've already caught.
  • It is your choice is you want to count Gift Pokémon or Static Pokémon as encounters.
  • It is advised that you nickname your Pokémon to bond with them, making it that much more devastating if they die.
  • Grind your Pokémon. Being underleveled for a major battle puts you at risk for losing Pokémon, particularly valuable team members. In Pokémon Black/White/Black 2/White 2, Audino gives you a lot of experience, making grinding easier.
  • Use exp. share to help you with grinding up levels
  • Nickname Pokémon should be used.
  • For added challenge, play the game on Set mode, which prevents you from switching your Pokémon after the opponent's Pokémon faints.
  • To increase the difficulty further, refrain from visiting the Poké mart and use only the Pokémon Center and items you find on the field to heal your Pokémon.
  • Use only a Pokémon Center as your way of healing Pokémon for added challenge.


  • Each floor of a cave does not count as a new area.
  • Don't run out of Pokeballs.
  • Avoid poison.
  • You may not go back to an area you've already visited to catch another Pokémon from there.
  • You may not use revives or max revives.
  • You must catch the first Pokémon in every new area you visit. You don't have to use it.
  • Avoid making Pokémon dead.
  • Also, once a Pokémon has fainted, you must get rid of them

Things You'll Need

  • A Pokémon game
  • A Game Boy (for Pokémon R/B/G/Y), a Game Boy Color (for Pokémon G/S/C), a Game Boy Advanced (for Pokémon R/S/E/FR/LG), a Nintendo DS (for Pokémon D/P/Pla/B/W/B2/W2) or a Nintendo 3DS (for Pokémon X/Y)
  • A notepad/reminder of the rules (If you added your own or you need some more clarification while you play)

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