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Hey everyone! It's time for the next Azurilland Plays event, and this time we're playing Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver! I know I'm excited for this one, so let's jump in!
What's this thread for?
This thread will function similarly to the "Progress Lounge" threads that pop up whenever a new game is released. Feel free to post what's going on with you in-game here, and talk about the game itself. Whether you have a question, thought, or just something you wanted to mention, it's all welcome here!
I'll be posting an update each week with a question, a naming theme, and a goal for that week. You don't have to answer the questions, and if you can't keep up with the goals that's fine! If you wish to submit a naming theme idea or a fun question to ask everyone for the upcoming week, you can message me and we'll work out the details (:
This time is a bit unique, because I'll be providing two weekly goals for people to follow. The first goal is if you want to be on track to beat the main game, whereas the second goal is for users who want to get all the way through the postgame and beat Red. You can follow whichever path you want to, so pick the one that works best for you!
Battling and Trading
Unfortunately, the Generation 4 games don't have online connectivity anymore. However, you can still participate in battles using Pokémon Showdown or other battle simulators. If you're interested in this, make sure to say so in your sign up form!
Other ways to play
As with past Azurilland Plays, you may impose any rules upon yourself you wish, making a challenge out of your run. You are also allowed to play ROM hacks as long as they follow along the same story line give or take; likewise, you may run an emulated version of the original games. You may not link to any ROMs or emulators, as this is prohibited by our rules.
How do I join?
To join this playthrough, please fill out the following form:
Willing to battle using Pokémon Showdown:
Which game you're playing:
Hey guys! I'm super excited to be kicking off the newest installment in this series we're doing. Heart Gold and Soul Silver are some of my favorite games, and I'm sure we're going to have a blast!
Goals for This Week (August 15th - August 21st)
The goals for this playthrough are going to be a bit different than other games. Since the postgame allows you to travel to the Kanto region and defeat 8 more gyms, I've decided to have to goals a week. The first goal is for if you want to beat the Johto league (and thus the main story) within the 2 month playthrough. The second goal is for if you want to beat Red by the end of the two months. Pick whichever you want, it's totally up to you! (:
Johto League Goals: - Obtain your starter Pokémon
- Defeat Falkner and obtain your first gym badge
Red Goals: - Obtain your starter Pokémon
- Defeat both the Violet City Gym and the Azalea Town Gym
Question of the Week
Have you ever played Pokémon Heart Gold or Soul Silver using the Pokéwalker accessory? Will you be using it in this playthrough?
This Week's Naming Theme:
Remember that you don't need to follow these nicknaming themes if you don't want to, but this week's theme (suggested by Pendraflare) is Roman deities!
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the important thing is not how long you live it's what you accomplish with your life
In-game name: ~Kilza~
Willing to battle using Pokémon Showdown: Sure
Which game you're playing: SoulSilver
QotW: Honestly, I barely used the Pokewalker accessory when I played through SS the first time, and I'm playing SS this time through emulation so I can't use it this time around. I don't even know if it has any battery left, tbh
In-game name: Vee
Willing to battle using Pokémon Showdown: Not really my cup of tea. ^^;;
Which game you're playing: HG
I will try and complete this challenge as a Wedlocke and I'm going all the way to Red.
Question of the Week: Despite having two Pokewalkers from when I originally bought the game, I don't remember ever using it much. I wasn't exactly the most active person back in middle/high school since I would get dropped off and picked up at school. ^^;; I walk a lot more now that I commute to university and such, so maybe I should give it a shot one day. I am, however, not planning on using it for this challenge.
Alright, may as well make my sign-in post! I can't start just yet because I didn't bring either of my versions with me on vacation, but I get home on Saturday so that will be one of the first things I do when I return home. Anyway...
In-game name: Canary
Willing to battle using Pokémon Showdown: Sure why not.
Which game you're playing: Soul Silver
As for the Pokewalker, I can't remember ever making any serious use out of it, it's too much to really understand and having to carry it around made it feel like it wasn't the most productive item overall. More people might get good use out of it, but I wasn't one of them.
In-game name: Nick
Willing to battle using Pokémon Showdown: sure but its not like its actually gonna happen
Which game you're playing: HeartGold
The start of a new day! I walk downstairs, and mom tells me that Prof. Elm needs help with his research in some way, and that I gotta head over to his lab and help him. Apparently, he wants me to walk around with a pokemon to see if walking with it improves my bond versus keeping it in a ball. Okay, awesome! He also asks me to go see his friend Mr. Pokemon and see what EXCITING thing he's found this time. He gives me a pokemon to fulfill both of these goals. I pick Totodile, and I name him Rawr XD 2.
I arrive in Cherrygrove City. An old man gives me a tour of the city and gives me some Running Shoes for ease of travel. I thank him and go toward Mr. Pokemon's house, stopping to get an apricorn carrying box. I wade through tall grass to get to Mr Pokemon's house. Once there, he gives me an egg to give to Prof. Elm. Also there is Prof. Oak, who greets me and gives me a Pokedex! Everyone in this region is so kind! I thank both of them and head back to New Bark Town. On the way back, I meet this EDGY RED HAIRED MAN who challenges me to a battle. I Schmack him and his leafy boi. He runs away, but I get a look at his trainer card first; his name is Aidan.
Arriving back at New Bark Town, I learn that red hair man stole his Chikorita from Prof. Elm's place. He is EVIL. I give Elm the egg and head to Violet City to challenge the gym! On the way, I beat several youngsters and a bug trainer. Upon arrival in Violet City, I go south to Route 32 and do some Pokemon hunting. I catch a Mareep, and name her Starburst. I then train her for an agonizingly long time to challenge Sprout Tower.
Keeping this segment short and OOC: I hate Sprout Tower and don't know what Gamefreak was thinking. It's not fun to fight 7 fights of only Bellsprout and 2 Hoothoots. I didn't remember liking HG/SS that much, and it's stuff like this that is why. I'm still keeping an open mind, but going through Sprout Tower has left a REALLY sour taste in my mouth. Anyway, both of my pokemon are level 13 after tower, so I'm definitely ready to fight Falkner.
Gym time. Both of the trainers have all their pokemon oneshot by Starburst. Falkner's Pidgey is different: It gets in two sand attacks before Starburst takes it down. I end up having to switch out to Rawr XD 2 and switch back in to get all of the sand out of Starburst's face. After that, ThunderShock knocks out Pidgeotto in two hits. Badge get!
Update one is here from me!
To re-cap, I'll be doing a Wedlocke on Pokemon Heart Gold. I won't be opposing any strict additional rules, but I'll try to stay on par level-wise for the most part of the game. I thought about setting a limit to the gym leader's ace but Johto gyms are kind of crazy and I don't feel confident going up against Miltank with lv. 19s or Gengar with lv. 25s.
I'm going all the way to Red so two gyms get covered in each update. To avoid large bodies of text, I'm splitting up my update in a Zephyr Badge part and a Hive Badge part.
I'm sure all of you have played HG/SS or the original gen II games at least once, so I'm not gonna go in detail about the first parts of the game. You wake up, greet mom and head out towards the lab of Professor Elm.
At the lab, you get to pick your starter. I usually go by trainer card, but Wedlockes are tough so I wanted a Pokemon with the highest amount of coverage. In my opinion, this Pokemon is . Meet Neptune, the first member of our squad! He is a male, so the next Pokemon we get will have to be a female.
Skipping through the plot-related events with Mr. Pokemon and the Mystery Egg, we have our first rival battle on the way back to the lab. I think my starter was around lv. 8 at this point so I had no problem beating down the opposing .
After naming my rival (I went with the generic 'Silver') and getting the Pokedex/Pokeballs, it was finally time to expand the team. I actually put a lot of planning into this and will NOT be going in order with my catches (or at least try to). Since this is a Wedlocke, I can't box any Pokemon and swap them out for better options when they become available, so I'm try to get a solid pair.
My initial plan was to try and get to route 31 without encountering any females to fish for a female , which would pair up amazingly with my starter. However, I encountered a female on Route 30 instead. Not too bad of an alternative since they do cover some of each other's weaknesses. Welcome to the team, Pomona.
My next pair started on Route 31, where I did indeed encounter a on my first try, but it is a male so I shouldn't feel too bitter. I named him Faunus and moved on to Violet City, going south towards Route 32. After a few male (thank god for gender clause), I ran into a female ! The Goddess of Light, Latona, rounds up this next pair.
We're not done yet! I'm sure you all know about the Togepi Egg in Violet after beating the gym leader, but there's actually one other alternative. Using an online generator, you can get your hands on Primo's Eggs, containing either a , or . I went with the latter because how often do you see these in Nuzlockes? He hatched as a male and I called him Vulcan.
Vulcan needs a partner and I had a couple of areas without encounters left. I considered Dark Cave at first but I didn't want to have get stuck with a and have a 4x weak to Water pair. So instead I waited for it to become night in my game and headed into Sprout Tower where I caught a female to pair up with Vulcan and give me a full team of six. Any additional catches can be any gender and will go straight to the box. (I did go back to the areas I missed and caught stuff. I'll include that in my team update below)
After a bit a lot of training, I was finally ready to take on Sprout Tower. I took on most of them with either Vulcan or Pomona, who had evolved into a by this point.
After getting the HM for Flash, it was time for some more training and the first gym! Falkner's Ace is lv. 13, so I made sure the whole team was at this level as well.
Gym Battle VS. Falkner
Pair used: &
This gym battle was a breeze thanks to Latona, who easily took out both the and with her Electric attacks.
The Zephyr badge is ours!
Neptune the Totodile ♂
Hasty nature (+Spd -Def)
Pomona the Butterfree ♀
Relaxed nature (+Def -Spd)
Faunus the Bellsprout ♂
Adamant nature (+Atk -Sp Atk)
Likes to relax.
Latona the Mareep ♀
Hates to lose.
Vulcan the Slugma ♂
Lonely nature (+Atk -Def)
Often dozes off.
Proserpina the Gastly ♀
Somewhat of a clown.
After beating the first gym, we head down towards route 32 once again, now that the remaining of the route has opened up. Leveling in Johto is a pain, so I try to use all of my Pokemon while battling the trainers along the way to equally distribute the EXP. gain.
After training for the gym last time, I'm a little overleveled now so none of these fights were very challenging. The scariest match had to be against a while I had my Vulcan/Proserpina pair out. Thankfully, it didn't have a ground type attack yet so we got out of there unscarred.
Next I made my way through Union cave, where I caught a for the box. Remember, I can't switch out any Pokemon unless one or more of my Pokemon die. Union Cave is a great place to train up both my and against all of the Rock types. Again, I don't struggle with any of the trainers and make it to Route 33 without any casualties.
The next big task in the game is to defeat Team Rocket in Slowpoke Well and stop them from stealing Slowpoke's Tail. There you run into one of the executives who challenges you to a battle.
Battle against Team Rocket's Proton
Pair used: &
Pomona handled this guy on her own, destroying both his and with Confusion.
After chasing off Team Rocket, there's only the next gym left to do. Once again, I trained a little before challenging Bugsy so my Pokemon would be at the same level as her ace.
Gym Battle VS. Bugsy
Pair used: &
This battle was definitely a little more tricky than the last one. Bugsy starts off with his who is 4x weak my Rock Throw, but it's not STAB and after his Sitrus berry, he's back up to about 70% health. Quick Attack nearly took out my Slugmain one hit after just one Leer, so I switched out to Proserpina who is immune to Quick Attack and resists U-Turn.
After healing up Vulcan with a Super Potion, I put the opponent to sleep with Hypnosis before going back out to her partner. I miss my next Rock Throw, so I decide to just go for Ember instead.
After having the swaps out a few times with U-Turn, we finally manage to take it down with the Hypnosis + Ember/Rock Throw combo. His remaining and were a cake walk after that.
We did it! Another deathless gym battle and a new, shining Hive badge for our collection. That's it for this update. See you all next time!
My type of run is a Legend of Zelda playthrough. Basically, it's a casual run with the following rules:
I can buy no more than 5 healing items in between badges. If, however, I lose to a gym leader, I can buy 5 more, but ONLY once one of my Pokémon levels up. I'm impatient when it comes to training, so more motivation to use strategy and WIN.
I must use Set instead of Shift.
I can only have one Pokémon per group in my party at any time. If I have more than one I MUST immediately deposit to follow this. HM Pokémon count towards this limit, and I am considering the group each Pokémon is in based on their final evolution. Pokémon with two types can be in whichever group I choose if they fall into two groups. The groups are as follows:
I CANNOT use the Mareep line, since I always have in HGSS. ; ;
I started with Chikorita as expected. Named my rival Andrew when I returned to New Bark Town, and agreed to save money so I can get berries and other items I'll probably never use (besides Potions) delivered to me.
On Route 31 I caught a Caterpie, which I wasn't sure that I'd use, so I didn't nickname him. He evolved before Sprout Tower though and then again before Falkner.
I lost to Falkner because I forgot about Roost and hadn't trained enough, but after Butterfree learned Stun Spore and Sleep Powder and got two crits in a row with Confusion I won. :D
Forrest evolved in Union Cave I think (forgot to mark it down). Butterfree took care of the Slowpoke Well (mostly), and swept all of Azalea Gym thanks to Gust. And swept Andrew even with Quilava. CompoundEyes + Stun Spore is a great combo. I caught a Rattata on Route 33 in order to use Cut as well.
ya so i finished the johto side of the game and most of the kanto ****.
i beat brock, lt. surge, and janine so far so i'm gonna work on the rest of them tonight and start grinding levels for sprout cause somehow, chris thought it would be fun for me to try and battle red with sprout so that's what i'm doing i guess idk
btw, the pidgey, dratini, sentret and geodude are my hm slaves for the game i just brought them to the e4 so i could have something to switch to and heal aigul and sprout
edit: o ya this was a meganium solo too (until i used lugia for a lot of the league lol)