Today, I seek to discover if Natures are as important as we all act like they are, at least when it comes to normal gameplay. So, to that end, I have developed the following ruleset, partially drawing from Nyroc's Competitively Played Nuzlocke:
- [+] Rules
- 1. I can only catch the first thing I encounter in an area
2. I must nickname all the things.
3. If it faints it dead.
4. Dupes Clause: If you already have one of an evolutionary line, you can't catch anything else from that line. If you can encounter a Pokemon from the evolutionary line of a dead pokemon, you can ignore it twice; after that it counts as your first encounter
5. I can catch Shiny Pokemon but I can only use them if they follow the Special rules.
1. According to the Smogon dex entry for that pokemon/its highest evolution in that generation game I can only use the pokemon if the nature it has conflicts with at least one of the stat boosts/losses of the suggested nature.
(e.g. If Adamant nature (+Atk, -SpA) is suggested, Bold (+Def, -Atk) or Rash (+SpA, -SpD) are usable)
2. If no suggested movesets/spreads exists, I can do whatever I want with the pokemon.
3. Since I don't know how to do trade evolutions on a rom, anything that requires one doesn't count as my first encounter.
4: If a Pokemon's Nature conflicts with one of the recommended Natures, but compliments a second recommended Nature, I can only use it as long as I don't have 6 other fully viable Pokemon. Ex: if I have a Pokemon with the Bold Nature (+Def, -Atk) and Smogon recommends Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) and Impish (+Def, -SpA) (added after update 2)
I decided to go with White 2 because I haven't played the Gen V sequels since they came out.
The girl sprite's hair reminds me of Princess Leia, so that is the name I'll use.
I'll just keep him Hugh because I can't be bothered to come up with something more creative.
This opening shot is pretty.
I forgot this game opened with the mom getting a phone call. Because that's what people play Pokemon for; their virtual parent's social lives.
Aha! I can actually move around and stuff.
Yes, Mom, I saw the opening of the game.
No, I answered. And then I went and read a book. Run over.
Kidding, of course.
I said yes, game. I really didn't need you to explain it anyway.
All right! Now I can finally get this run started!
You know, you have a perfectly good Pokemon. You could've easily caught me something with it. Apparently, me not having a Pokemon isn't actually bothering you that much, Hugh.
I know! I haven't even met her yet, and she's already a better friend than you are!
It's funny because I'm intentionally making this harder on myself, and therefore my Pokemon.
Sounds good to me.
Thanks? I think?
So, Serperior has 3 recommended Natures, while Emboar and Samurott have 5. I figure the more different Natures recommended, the easier a chance I'll have of getting a starter I can actually use. However, two of Samurott's recomended Natures are Adamant and Modest, which are the exact opposite of each other. I hadn't really expected something like that when I made my rules, so I picked:
I'm not really sure what I should do if I run into that situation again, so if anyone reading this has any ideas, feel free to chime in.
Named for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Bold is (+Def, -Atk). One of Emboar's recommended Natures is Adamant (+Atk, -SpA), but Smogon also recomends Impish (+Def, -SpA), which I hadn't realized when I was playing. I'll box him next update.
"I know you've never seen me before in your life, but I'm totally trustworthy, I promise!"
You see? Bianca isn't just going to hand out a Pokedex to any random kid off the street, no matter how nicely they ask.
...or she is. GDI, Bianca, those are probably expensive. Does Juniper know you're doing this?
Oh well, battle time.
Hmm...we did about the same, and Dwayne outsped. This shouldn't be too difficult.
The AI tried to be clever with Leer, but it was too slow.
Has anyone ever used these?
Why thank you, Checkpoint Lady!
My Rt. 19 encounter. She's named after the lead singer of the Chipettes.
The one Nature recommended for Watchog is Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) so Brittany gets to stay on the team. Yay?
How'd you get all the way up there?
You know, that's a nice idea, but I don't think yelling at people from on top of a cliff is the best way of accomplishing it.
Amazed that you didn't shatter your legs jumping down from there.
More battles sounds excellent!
The houses in this town are pretty.
Alder noticed I have two town maps, and won't let me train at his place until I go give one to Hugh.
Brittany isn't having much problem with fighting the trainers on this route. We'll see if that keeps up when we start fighting more impressive Pokemon.
My Rt 20 encounter. I love the Sewaddle line! She's named after Vera Wang, since the Pokedex says fashion designers like Sewaddles.
That dark patch next to me works just like the mud patches in the swamp back in Gen IV. I wonder what this area looks like when it's not Autumn.
I'm getting close to the image limit, so I'll just grab my catch and end the update there.
It took me 5 freaking Pokeballs to capture this. I called her Ophelia because Azurills always look really upset and they're water-related.
Azumarill's recommended Nature is Adamant, so Ophelia's usable. And she has Thick Fat instead of Huge Power. It's funny; I playtested these rules in Diamond, and didn't manage to get this many viable Pokemon till after the first gym. I dunno if Unova just has better Pokemon for this ruleset or if I'm just luckier, but I was hoping for more of a challenge.
Next time: Floccesy Ranch.