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Inviso
01/05/22 11:14:08 PM
#51:


Twinleaf Town: Magikarp->Gyarados (Violeta)
Lake Verity: Bidoof->Bibarel (Erin)
Route 201: Starly->Staravia->Staraptor (Edgar)
Sandgem Town: Turtwig->Grotle->Torterra (Rafael)
Route 202: Shinx->Luxio (Cecilia) *DECEASED*
Jubilife City: Manaphy (Tristan)
Route 203: Abra->Kadabra->Alakazam (Yuri)
Route 204: Kricketot->Kricketune (Roberto)
Ravaged Path: Zubat->Golbat->Crobat (Sumara)
Oreburgh Gate: Geodude->Graveler->Golem (Sylvester)
Oreburgh City: Shieldon->Bastiodon (Percy)
Oreburgh Mine: Onix->Steelix (Jemma)
Floaroma Town: Mew (Zelda) *DECEASED*
Floaroma Meadow: Wurmple->Cascoon->Dustox (Lucas) *DECEASED*
Route 205: Buizel->Floatzel (Samantha)
Valley Windworks: Shellos (Sally) *DECEASED*
Eterna Forest: Buneary (Tiffany) *DECEASED*
Old Chateau: Gastly->Haunter->Gengar (Stephen)
Route 206: Bronzor *DECEASED*
Route 207: Machop (Gordon) *DECEASED*
Route 208: Machop->Machoke (Ivan) *DECASED*
Route 211: Ponyta->Rapidash (Chase)
Mt. Coronet: Chingling->Chimecho (Nicholas)
Hearthome City: Happiny->Chansey->Blissey (Joy)
Route 209: Bonsly->Sudowoodo (Woody)
Lost Tower: Misdreavus-> Mismagius (Hermes)
Solaceon Town: ???
Solaceon Ruins: Unown (Effie)
Route 210: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 215: Mesprit (Flora)
Veilstone City: ???
Route 214: Goldeen->Seaking (Elvis)
Ruin Maniac Cave: Hippopotas->Hippowdon (Jordan)
Valor Lakefront: Girafarig (Patrick) *DECEASED*
Route 213: Wingull->Pelipper (Louisa)
Route 212: Wooper->Quagsire (Amelia)
Great Marsh: Psyduck->Golduck (Colleen)
Trophy Garden: Pikachu->Raichu (Ashley) *DECEASED*
Pastoria City: Remoraid (Barbara) *DECEASED*
Route 216: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 217: Medicham (Yasmin) *DECEASED*
Route 218: Shellos->Gastrodon (Larry)
Route 219: Finneon->Lumineon (Jennifer)
Route 220: Tentacool (Gillian) *DECEASED*
Route 221: Roselia (Pierre)
Fuego Ironworks: Luxio->Luxray (Reynold) *DECEASED*
Canalave City: Tentacool *DECEASED*
Acuity Lakefront: Machoke->Machamp (Butch)
Spear Pillar: Palkia *DECEASED*
Acuity Cavern: Uxie *DECEASED*
Valor Cavern: Azelf *DECEASED*
Lake Valor: Noctowl (Eileen)

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Team Rocket Elite
01/05/22 11:55:24 PM
#52:


What level Pokemon did you have out while throwing various balls at Palkia, Uzie and Azelf? Were they lower level than the opponent Pokemon?

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Inviso
01/05/22 11:56:28 PM
#53:


Yes in all cases.

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Team Rocket Elite
01/06/22 12:01:38 AM
#54:


I think you got killed by the catch rate penalty then. Pokemon that are a higher level than the Pokemon you have out are significantly harder to catch.

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Inviso
01/07/22 7:22:11 PM
#55:


Continuing on, I hit up route 222 and found a level 41 Chatot (named Polly). From there, it was a trip down route 222, clearing out the trainers there, which proved annoying because you had a string of fishermen with Gyarados, and I didn't have any of my Electric-types available. Still, I got through there and traveled up to route 223. I found a level 36 Tentacruel, and despite the assholes being notoriously tough to take down, I managed to crit with Quick Attack, thus ruining my catch for route 223. However, I realized there's a single, one-tile-wide strip of water that's technically part of Sunyshore City, so I surfed around there until I found a level 31 Mantyke (named Irwin). I wound up using Barbara (who's still a corpse, but I figure can be used for evolution) to evolve Irwin into Mantine, and he's of course useless. Another useless Water-type to add to my team.

Anyway, I fought all the trainers along route 223 (love how focused on Water-types this godawful region is), and I ran afoul of a double battle with Pelipper and Drizzle. I was using Eileen and Polly, since I had mostly weak Water-types on my team, and they both got OHKOed by Rain Dance-powered Water moves. So...wonderful. Awesome. RIP Eileen (Level 36 to 41). RIP Polly (Level 41 to 43). But nope, useless Irwin doesn't get killed. Of course not. In fact, I then went into the underground to clear all the new habitats (since Sunyshore opens a new section of the underground map) and level up for the final gym. I made a mistake down there too. Fought Gravelers, but the Graveler I was fighting had Sturdy. Colleen got it down to 1 HP, and I figured "I don't want to waste a PP on a Water-type attack that's actually useful. I'll use Zen Headbutt." Zen Headbutt missed, and the Graveler proceeded to Rock Blast Colleen to death. RIP Colleen (Level 21 to 47).

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Buffy_Summers
01/11/22 4:59:03 PM
#56:


This makes me want to do my own Nuzlocke. But I get kind of bored of it pretty easily if I don't get my favorites.
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Inviso
01/14/22 8:42:54 PM
#57:


Picking this up again soon. I've been spending the past week catching everything that unlocked in the underground in Diamond, but I just finished doing that, so I'll be picking Pearl up again. Need to unlock the national dex to get some version exclusives, after all.

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Inviso
01/17/22 10:42:59 PM
#58:


Dammit, had a whole post typed up and closed the tab by accident.

I was leveling my team up to 50 in anticipation of Volkner. Even though he's an Electric gym-leader, due to Sinnoh's shitty Pokemon selection, he has a diverse team that can't be stopped by just choosing Ground-types. And I thought I'd finished, but as I was putting together my team of Grass- and Ground-types, I realized that Sylvester was still down at 46. So I threw a Lucky Egg on him and went underground to beat on some Houndooms and Gravelers.

Three levels later, I was at around 35% health, but I needed maybe two more battles to level to 50. I figured a Golem could take out two Ponyta to get the necessary EXP. One battle went by fine. The second, the Ponyta used Low Kick. For those who don't know, Low Kick is a Fighting-type attack (stronger against Rock) that does more damage to heavier foes (Golem is thicc AF). And with that, I lost my long-running Geodude. RIP Sylvester (Level 5 to 49).

With Sylvester's leveling a flop, I picked out my team and went after Volkner. His gym was annoying, because again, there are only three fully-evolved Electric-types in Sinnoh, so a bunch of trainers had Psychics or Steelix or whatever. I beat him all the same though. Sure, I wasn't exactly prepared for the number of Ice Fangs that would've been 4x effective against Rafael or Shay. But I had Stephen with me, and cursed body disabled Ice Fang long enough for Shay to Bulldoze Luxray into oblivion for the win. With that, I now have all eight gym badges, and next up is Victory Road and the Elite 4!

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Inviso
01/17/22 10:45:12 PM
#59:


Twinleaf Town: Magikarp->Gyarados (Violeta)
Lake Verity: Bidoof->Bibarel (Erin)
Route 201: Starly->Staravia->Staraptor (Edgar)
Sandgem Town: Turtwig->Grotle->Torterra (Rafael)
Route 202: Shinx->Luxio (Cecilia) *DECEASED*
Jubilife City: Manaphy (Tristan)
Route 203: Abra->Kadabra->Alakazam (Yuri)
Route 204: Kricketot->Kricketune (Roberto)
Ravaged Path: Zubat->Golbat->Crobat (Sumara)
Oreburgh Gate: Geodude->Graveler->Golem (Sylvester) *DECEASED*
Oreburgh City: Shieldon->Bastiodon (Percy)
Oreburgh Mine: Onix->Steelix (Jemma)
Floaroma Town: Mew (Zelda) *DECEASED*
Floaroma Meadow: Wurmple->Cascoon->Dustox (Lucas) *DECEASED*
Route 205: Buizel->Floatzel (Samantha)
Valley Windworks: Shellos (Sally) *DECEASED*
Eterna Forest: Buneary (Tiffany) *DECEASED*
Old Chateau: Gastly->Haunter->Gengar (Stephen)
Route 206: Bronzor *DECEASED*
Wayward Cave: Gible->Gabite->Garchomp (Shay)
Route 207: Machop (Gordon) *DECEASED*
Route 208: Machop->Machoke (Ivan) *DECASED*
Route 211: Ponyta->Rapidash (Chase)
Mt. Coronet: Chingling->Chimecho (Nicholas)
Hearthome City: Happiny->Chansey->Blissey (Joy)
Route 209: Bonsly->Sudowoodo (Woody)
Lost Tower: Misdreavus-> Mismagius (Hermes)
Solaceon Town: ???
Solaceon Ruins: Unown (Effie)
Route 210: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 215: Mesprit (Flora)
Veilstone City: ???
Route 214: Goldeen->Seaking (Elvis)
Ruin Maniac Cave: Hippopotas->Hippowdon (Jordan)
Valor Lakefront: Girafarig (Patrick) *DECEASED*
Route 213: Wingull->Pelipper (Louisa)
Route 212: Wooper->Quagsire (Amelia)
Great Marsh: Psyduck->Golduck (Colleen) *DECEASED*
Trophy Garden: Pikachu->Raichu (Ashley) *DECEASED*
Pastoria City: Remoraid (Barbara) *DECEASED*
Route 216: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 217: Medicham (Yasmin) *DECEASED*
Route 218: Shellos->Gastrodon (Larry)
Route 219: Finneon->Lumineon (Jennifer)
Route 220: Tentacool (Gillian) *DECEASED*
Route 221: Roselia (Pierre)
Fuego Ironworks: Luxio->Luxray (Reynold) *DECEASED*
Canalave City: Tentacool *DECEASED*
Acuity Lakefront: Machoke->Machamp (Butch)
Spear Pillar: Palkia *DECEASED*
Acuity Cavern: Uxie *DECEASED*
Valor Cavern: Azelf *DECEASED*
Lake Valor: Noctowl (Eileen) *DECEASED*
Route 222: Chatot (Polly) *DECEASED*
Route 223: Tentacruel *DECEASED*

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Inviso
01/18/22 6:48:51 PM
#60:


Well, the game has markedly become more difficult. I got to Victory Road and caught a level 45 Graveler (named Creed) to replace Sylvester, but he didn't last long. I wound up fighting an Ace Trainer with a Clefable, and my only Pokemon with either Steel or Poison attacks was Dani. Metal Claw did not OHKO, but a critical hit Moonblast did. And when I sent Creed in to Earthquake the thing to death, another critical hit Moonblast took him out as well. RIP Dani (Level 35 to 52). RIP Creed (Level 45 to 46).

Things continued going wrong (though I'm not REALLY complaining, since I'm mostly using my D-team and I had 30 Pokemon upon entering Victory Road) as I fought a Veteran, and I had nothing particularly strong against Hippowdon. I figured I'd send in Irwin in hopes he could OHKO with Bubblebeam, but not so much. Irwin survived the Crunch attack with 4 HP, but Hippowdown's ability kicks up a Sandstorm, and that's all it took to kill Irwin. RIP Irwin (Level 31 to 52).

And then I fought a tag-team of Ace Trainers, who both apparently know how to play Pokemon. I'm so used to NPC trainers sucking that they caught me off-guard. Staraptor Close Combatted Erin, and Whiscash finished her off with an Earthquake, while Sumara could only flap helplessly. The Whiscash tried to finish her off with Zen Headbutts, but she outlasted and survived the battle. RIP Erin (Level 3 to 50).

I finally got out of Victory Road with my four casualties, and decided to surf the waters of the Pokemon League for my final catch of a standard Nuzlocke run. A level 39 Tentacruel (named Tyana) joined the party, and at this point, I know I need more training. Cynthia is notoriously hard, even for non-Nuzlocke players, and I'm averaging 12 levels lower than her strongest Pokemon, across the board. So I went back underground, only to discover that the level boost for beating Volkner is unforgiving.

The Gravelers, in addition to knowing Explosion and Earthquake, now have Stone Edge as well, giving them three of the strongest moves for their respective typings, and Sturdy, so I can't hope to reliably OHKO them. Woody fell victim to this first, as an Earthquake crit killed him, and then Samantha died to a Stone Edge. My batteries are dying, so this is the end of my update for today. RIP Woody (Level 16-51). RIP Samantha (Level 8-51).

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Inviso
01/18/22 6:52:56 PM
#61:


Twinleaf Town: Magikarp->Gyarados (Violeta)
Lake Verity: Bidoof->Bibarel (Erin) *DECEASED*
Route 201: Starly->Staravia->Staraptor (Edgar)
Sandgem Town: Turtwig->Grotle->Torterra (Rafael)
Route 202: Shinx->Luxio (Cecilia) *DECEASED*
Jubilife City: Manaphy (Tristan)
Route 203: Abra->Kadabra->Alakazam (Yuri)
Route 204: Kricketot->Kricketune (Roberto)
Ravaged Path: Zubat->Golbat->Crobat (Sumara)
Oreburgh Gate: Geodude->Graveler->Golem (Sylvester) *DECEASED*
Oreburgh City: Shieldon->Bastiodon (Percy)
Oreburgh Mine: Onix->Steelix (Jemma)
Floaroma Town: Mew (Zelda) *DECEASED*
Floaroma Meadow: Wurmple->Cascoon->Dustox (Lucas) *DECEASED*
Route 205: Buizel->Floatzel (Samantha) *DECEASED*
Valley Windworks: Shellos (Sally) *DECEASED*
Eterna Forest: Buneary (Tiffany) *DECEASED*
Old Chateau: Gastly->Haunter->Gengar (Stephen)
Route 206: Bronzor *DECEASED*
Wayward Cave: Gible->Gabite->Garchomp (Shay)
Route 207: Machop (Gordon) *DECEASED*
Route 208: Machop->Machoke (Ivan) *DECASED*
Route 211: Ponyta->Rapidash (Chase)
Mt. Coronet: Chingling->Chimecho (Nicholas)
Hearthome City: Happiny->Chansey->Blissey (Joy)
Route 209: Bonsly->Sudowoodo (Woody) *DECEASED*
Lost Tower: Misdreavus-> Mismagius (Hermes)
Solaceon Town: ???
Solaceon Ruins: Unown (Effie)
Route 210: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 215: Mesprit (Flora)
Veilstone City: ???
Route 214: Goldeen->Seaking (Elvis)
Ruin Maniac Cave: Hippopotas->Hippowdon (Jordan)
Valor Lakefront: Girafarig (Patrick) *DECEASED*
Route 213: Wingull->Pelipper (Louisa)
Route 212: Wooper->Quagsire (Amelia)
Great Marsh: Psyduck->Golduck (Colleen) *DECEASED*
Trophy Garden: Pikachu->Raichu (Ashley) *DECEASED*
Pastoria City: Remoraid (Barbara) *DECEASED*
Route 216: Meditite *DECEASED*
Route 217: Medicham (Yasmin) *DECEASED*
Route 218: Shellos->Gastrodon (Larry) *DECEASED*
Route 219: Finneon->Lumineon (Jennifer)
Route 220: Tentacool (Gillian) *DECEASED*
Route 221: Roselia->Roserade (Pierre)
Fuego Ironworks: Luxio->Luxray (Reynold) *DECEASED*
Canalave City: Tentacool *DECEASED*
Acuity Lakefront: Machoke->Machamp (Butch)
Spear Pillar: Palkia *DECEASED*
Lake Acuity: Sneasel (Dani) *DECEASED*
Acuity Cavern: Uxie *DECEASED*
Valor Cavern: Azelf *DECEASED*
Lake Valor: Noctowl (Eileen) *DECEASED*
Route 222: Chatot (Polly) *DECEASED*
Route 223: Tentacruel *DECEASED*
Sunyshore City: Mantyke->Mantine (Irwin) *DECEASED*
Victory Road: Graveler (Creed) *DECEASED*
Pokemon League: Tentacruel (Tyana)

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Inviso
01/19/22 6:07:33 PM
#62:


God...dammit.

I was working on leveling my team to 55 (I go in five-level chunks), and I'd gotten through most of my low-tier Pokemon and was only my upper echelon. And I'm down to my last three: Violeta, Rafael, and Shay. Everyone else is 55 and I've swapped some of the lower-tier guys into the rotation. Now, because I have a trio with Water and Ground attacks, I've swapped back to fighting Gravelers and Houndooms. But I don't want to send Violeta out first, because I'm terrified of Stone Edge. So I'm using Rafael. And he's doing fine. He's got Giga Drain to heal up on Gravelers (I know his attack stat is better, but against Gravelers, a high power special attack is still 4x effective), and is basically chugging along great.

So I wind up fighting a Houndoom, and this WHOLE time, I've been operating under the assumption that Rafael's Ground-typing would cancel out his Grass-typing to make Fire attacks neutral. I was wrong about this. We're at the level where Houndoom naturally learns Flamethrower, and Rafael is slow as fuck, so he moves second, gets blasted by a critical hit Flamethrower, and survives with 5 HP. And then the burn hits. I then had to watch and PRAY that Earthquake would OHKO this Houndoom, but the burn condition was JUST enough to lower my attack so I didn't get the kill. And despite Rafael being my starter and having all those "Rafael looks at you expectantly" friendship actions, he did not power out of the burn. Nope, the burn dropped him to zero, and I lost my started Pokemon.

The sad thing is that I was literally thinking to myself, how in my previous attempts at Nuzlockes, my starter is lucky to make it to level 20. I have a history of my starter getting blasted by a crit, or me thinking they're just a lot stronger than they really are. But now, after almost fifty levels, he doesn't get to make it to the endgame. He doesn't get to square off against Cynthia. The massive wipeout of six Pokemon from my last update is NOTHING compared to losing Rafael. RIP Rafael (Level 5-53).

I'll say one thing though. Between my Pearl Nuzlocke and my normal Diamond run, I specifically went into these remakes, wanting to use Torterra, since I'd never done so before. And if I'm being honest, it didn't impress me all that much. I mean, sure, it gets Earthquake really early. But until that point, you get no Ground-type attacks by level. And despite having a stronger physical attack stat than special, it does not learn a physical Grass-type attack after level 13, with Razor Leaf. How the hell does this NOT naturally learn Seed Bomb? Because it's not like you can just pop a physical Grass TM on it. Despite my current sadness over losing a long-term survivor...I'm not coming out of this playthrough thinking any more positively about Torterra. It still stands out as being FAR inferior to its starter counterparts.

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