Hello, everyone! So, a long time ago, I saw someone posting about a challenge where they played through each individual generation or region, and turned that into a story, and I was inspired. Of course, if I was just doing a regular run of a game from each region, that wouldn't be a challenge, now would it? So, I'm going to impose some rules and restrictions.
1. In every game, there is one particular Pokémon that I must use in the game. This can be traded in from another game (which I'll have to do for Black), gifted by an NPC (Red, HeartGold, Platinum), or it can be freshly caught (OR, X, Moon). For this run, since Eevee is a Pokémon you can find in almost every generation (and it's one of my favorites), I'm going to say that I must use an (unevolved) Eevee in every game, and that I need to get it before the seventh gym (or in Alola, before the last island). This is going to be a rule in my run for story purposes, but if you do a run like this, it can be whatever Pokémon and it doesn't have to be there for an important reason.
2. I must play through each region in order. If you're doing this by generation as well as region, you need to do it in order as well, but because I don't have any copies of Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald, I'm just doing it by region. I'll be using, in order, Red (Virtual Console), HeartGold, OmegaRuby, Platinum, Black (Japanese Copy), X, and Moon. If the 8th generation comes out before I finish (which it might) I'll include that too.
3. You cannot use healing items, ever. That being said, you can use any Pokémon Center you find as much as you want to.
4. Every new region, you will do a new challenge, which can be as small as "No items in battle except for Poké Balls" or as complex as "SleepWonderWedlocke". Once you finish a game, that region's challenge ends, and you start the next region's challenge in the next game. For example, I will be doing a basic Nuzlocke for Red, a Catchless Challenge for HeartGold, a Wonderlocke for OmegaRuby, an Unevolved Challenge for Platinum, a LanguageWedlocke for Black, a Scramble for X, and a Magicalocke for Moon.
5. Other than the Pokémon from rule one, you may not use any Pokémon more than once.
6. Nickname every Pokémon, even if you aren't doing a Nuzlocke.
7. Try your best, and have fun!
I won't be updating this as often as I plan on updating Intergalactic Romance?! and Everyday Nonsense. It should be updated at least once a week like my Casual Runs will be, but we'll see. That being said, I hope you enjoy this challenge! The first update will be tomorrow (Thursday).
So, I promised the first update would be tonight, and I like keeping my promises! So, here we go!
Since we're starting the first region today, I'll explain the rules for the challenge specific to this region, which is a regular Nuzlocke.
1. Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released or boxed.
2. You may only catch the first Pokémon on a route
Dupes Clause: You can't catch any Pokémon that you've already caught.
Ball Clause: The challenge does not officially start until you get Poke Balls.
3. Nickname every Pokémon.
This was how it always was. Something always went wrong, no matter what time, no matter what world. And this time, it was something that I was definitely going to be blamed for.
The building was in flames, destroying some of the research that those...people, if they could be called that, needed in order to destroy not just the world as Ciel knew it, but also the entire universe. And this wasn't the first world that this happened either. I'll never understand why people feel the need to destroy worlds and universes, and everything. There's really no need to be so destructive....
"You'd better get out of here, Ciel," Viola muttered, pushing me away. "You know what they'll do if they catch you. They'll kill you."
"I know. They'll kill you too, you know."
"Yes, but I can afford to. You can't. You can't let anyone find out who you are, Ciel. Now, go. Get to the car, and get out of here. You know how to use the time device. It still has seven or eight charges. You'll be fine for a while, at least."
I rolled my eyes. "Sure, keep telling yourself that, Viola. I'll meet you in the next life, then." Then, I ran off.
I tore through the parking lot, and went into the forest, where Viola parked the car earlier. I opened the driver side door, grabbing the time device, and put it next to my heart...
Kanto - Chapter One
I woke up in front of a television, in an unfamiliar room, and the world around me was in black and white.
Well, this should be interesting.
I was a guy this time around, not that I wasn't used to it by now. I had changed forms every time I traveled, and sometimes, that meant becoming a guy. I was also...short. Child-sized. I definitely couldn't be older than 13. Now that was unusual. I never became a child in my previous travels....
Time to figure out where I am...
I went down the stairs, where I saw an older woman, reading a magazine. She looked over at me, and was surprised.
"Oh! Aren't you supposed to meet Professor Oak today?"
"Oh, don't play dumb! You're getting a Pokémon today!"
Wait...what? Aren't Pokémon fictional, part of a video game or something? I remembered that in a previous world, I saw several children playing a video game and talking about "Eevee" and "Pokémon"...
"I was waiting for you to get up! Now, go talk to the Professor!" the woman said, pushing me towards the door.
I decided that the best course of action would be to search for the Professor. I decided to head towards the grass, when...
"Wait! Stop! Don't go into the tall grass!"
I turned around, only to see an old man in a lab coat. Maybe this is the Professor that woman was talking about?
"Here. Come with me, Ciel!"
Wait, what?! How does this guy know my name?!
The old man dragged me by the arm into a building, where there was a young man waiting.
"Gramps, I'm fed up with waiting! Why did you take so long to get here?!" the young man said in a whiny tone.
"Now, now, Alexis. Be patient. I needed to get Ciel," the older man responded. "Now, Ciel, it's time. You need to choose a Pokémon from over there."
I looked over, and sure enough, there were three balls over on the table. I walked over, and picked up the ball in the middle, and out came an odd, turtle-like creature.
"So you're choosing Squirtle, then?"
I looked down at the creature. It was a little cute, at least. I shrugged. "Sure."
"And what will its nickname be?"
"Huh? Oh..." I said, looking back down at the Squirtle. "Jaquie."
That's when Alexis abruptly took the ball on the far right of the table, and then held it out in the most overdramatic fashion ever.
"Let's battle! I wanna see who's stronger! You can't refuse!"
"What...?" I whispered. This stupid, bratty, annoying kid had beaten me. Granted, it was my first fight using this...thing, but I wasn't expecting for that Alexis kid to win.
"Smell you later, Gramps, Ciel!"
I curled up my fist. Normally, I wasn't one to be riled up easily, but that kid really needed to be put in his place. I followed him out of the lab.
Of course, by the time I went out, Alexis was nowhere to be seen, but there was a mysterious woman outside, who quickly approached me.
"You're lucky that your challenge hasn't started yet, Ciel."
"And who might you be?" I asked, glaring at the woman.
"That is not your concern. Your concern should be not allowing any of your Pokémon to die."
"What do you mean by that? Die? Why would I worry about my Pokémon dying?"
She didn't respond, only handing me a piece of paper.
"Read this soon. Preferably, before you get your Poké Balls. You'll need to memorize what's on here." Then, she disappeared.
Who was that?
I shook my head. Maybe it'd be best to get to the next town and find that brat...
I walked into the grass, this tome with my Squirtle, Jaquie, following me. There were a couple Pokémon in the grass, but they were easily fended off.
Finally, I was in a new place. Up ahead, I saw a building, with a sign saying, "Pokémon Center, Heal Your Pokémon Here!" Jaquie was a little hurt from tussling with a rat Pokémon earlier, so I decided that stopping in would be a good idea.
"Hello?" I said, walking into the small building.
"Hello! Welcome to the Pokémon Center, where we'll heal your Pokémon for free! Do you want us to heal your Pokémon?"
"Wait, free? I thought there might be a cost or something...."
"Nope! It's so we can help out all Pokémon trainers in Kanto. Not everyone has a ton of money, you know! So, do you want us to heal your Pokémon?"
"Alright! Please hand me your Pokémon, please." I did, and in no time, Jaquie was healed up.
"Thank you. Please come again!"
I nodded, then headed out. Time to read this note....
Squirtle, Lv. 5
Tackle - Tail Whip
And this is why I tend to implement either Ball Clause or Cheren Clause (you don't lose if you mess up the first rival battle(s) of the game) in my challenges: the first rival fight can be really luck-based sometimes.
But in all seriousness, this is already pretty interesting. In case you didn't catch it, Ciel is a time traveler who gets into trouble everywhere she goes. And this time, she's unprepared for what's ahead.
I'm a little upset that I lost the first battle, but nobody's going to count that against me, right? I'll be getting the Poke Balls in the next update, mostly because it's late, and I'm a little tired. With any luck, I should be posting an update again next Thursday, updating Intergalactic Romance?! over the weekend, and maybe posting the start for one of my other casual runs? We'll see.
You'll have an unevolved Eevee in every game? Based on your theme you must be quite the fan of that thing. And I have a feeling I know who you're talking about who did that "legacy" challenge, haha! And with no bag items in battle, this is sure to be tough.
Seems we have a protagonist who isn't exactly on the good side of many here, as well. Guess we'll have to find out how this unfolds!