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Pokémon Shield – Nuzlocke Challenge


Part 3 – The Wild Area

So, after claiming her letter of endorsement, Lockie set out for Motostoke to start her Gym Challenge in earnest. Before that, she must first pass through the Wild Area, a huge open plain split into many different routes. That means that Lockie has the chance to catch several different Pokémon before progressing any further!

The Pokémon available do change depending on the weather, so there’s always the option to avoid the grass in some of these routes and find a different Pokémon later once that weather has changed.


Being chased down by wild Pokémon adds an extra layer of challenge to the Nuzlocke.

So the first area we come to is Rolling Fields. Lockie wasted no time and jumped straight into the grassy wilds, and her encounter for this route was … Oddish! I am very pleased with this result, as I have a lot of familiarity with this old-timer. Lockie successfully caught the little weed and named him Oberon.


An old classic, Oberon the Oddish.

The other options on this route in the current weather (overcast) were Budew, Bunnelby and Metapod. The only one I would have perhaps preferred is Budew, simply because I would choose Roserade over Vileplume/Bellossom.

Next route to venture through was the Dappled Grove, which was suffering from quite the heavy thunderstorm at the time! Fully aware of my crippling weakness to Flying types, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to find a bit of balance with an electric type Pokémon hopefully! The first encounter Lockie came across was another Lotad, so the Duplicate Rule allowed us to shove him aside and look for someone else, at which point we found Grubbin!


Gautier, our friendly little Grubbin.

Although Grubbin is a Bug type now, he will eventually take on the Electric type, so this is an investment for the future! Another capture in the bag, and Gautier the Grubbin has been added to the party! The other options here were Joltik and Budew … I am kind of disappointed I didn’t find the Joltik as he is super speedy, and I am a sucker for the fast hitters.

I suddenly found myself needing to do some levelling to catch up with the Pokémon around me – I suspect the game expects you to be catching lots of Pokémon and therefore gaining lots of Exp, which of course is not the case here! Gaspar got a nasty shock when a Tympole who was three levels higher than him spewed him with Acid! Our new friend Gautier came to his rescue and promptly wiped out the threat.

In the middle of this little level catch-up session, Beatrice evolved into Dottler! With this she gained the Psychic type, and also learned Confusion, Reflect and Light Screen, so not only does Lockie have slightly better type coverage, but also some good defensive moves!


Beatrice claims the title of First To Evolve!

Another close encounter for Gaspar as a critical hit from a Krabby with his Metal Claw deals serious damage! It was the perfect chance for Oberon to make his debut, and the near-killer Krabby never saw it coming. Oberon’s Absorb sent him packing!

The final area before reaching Motostoke was East Lake Axewell, and the weather here was intense sunshine (despite the fact that it was actually nighttime, so I guess … intense moonshine?). I crossed my fingers as Lockie dived into the grass, and rejoiced as Growlithe was the Pokémon who greeted us! A swift capture, and Lockie finds herself with a faithful pup, Gloria the Growlithe!


Gloria will become a precious member of Lockie’s team!

Mudbray, Minccino, Onix and Stufful were the other potential partners here, but Growlithe is by far the best of the bunch for me, so I am so happy with this result!

Lockie eventually made it to Motostoke, after an eventful journey through the Wild Area. We managed to capture three Pokémon here, and I’m quite happy with all of them! It seems like this is going great so far – there have been a few near misses, so I will have to exercise great caution in future, as I’m usually used to being several levels higher than the Pokémon around me.


Part 4 – The Gym Challenge

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Pokémon Shield – Nuzlocke Challenge


Part 2 – Beginnings

And so Lockie sets out on her journey with Gaspar by her side. I predict that there will be plenty of close calls, and maybe even some tragedies, but only time will tell.

It wasn’t long before Lockie found herself in her first random encounter on Route 1, as a Blipbug jumped out at her! Luckily the Pokémon are at a very weak point at this stage, and Lockie was able to catch it straight away with her first throw. She named the female Blipbug, Beatrice.


Lockie’s first capture!

The other random Pokémon that I could have encountered were Caterpie, Grubbin, Skwovet and Hoothoot. Perhaps I would have preferred these for the sake of familiarity, but using a Pokémon I haven’t had much to do with before should add to the challenge.

Upon reaching Wedgehurst, Lockie was introduced to Sonia, and then directed to Professor Magnolia’s house on Route 2. After healing up, she set off to meet the professor, and soon came to her first random encounter on the route, which was … a Blipbug. Thankfully I chose to use the No Duplicate rule, so this Blipbug was safe from my grasp. The next encounter was … a Lotad! Another easy capture by Lockie, and she soon found herself naming this little lady, Lillian.

The other possibilities would have been Rookidee, Hoothoot and Purrloin. I think Rookidee would have been my first choice here, but regardless, Lillian is a welcome addition to the party!

Lockie very nearly found herself facing her first tragedy, as a simple Level 7 Rookidee faced her down, and Gaspar was too slow to run away… Two pecks later and Gaspar is one hit away from an untimely end! Thankfully Lockie managed to escape on the third turn, and I suddenly realised how vulnerable my current team was to Flying Pokémon.

I decided to let Beatrice test her mettle against her first ever opponent, a Nickit belonging to Youngster Benjamin on Route 2 … and she did it! She managed to take the sly fox down, only losing 6HP in the process! I hoped she would be able to manage it as her Struggle Bug move is super effective, and she showed me that she’s got what it takes! Champion Leon, here we come!

Okay, perhaps I’m getting carried away here …

Once Lockie reached the professor’s house, a brief conversation between Magnolia, Leon and Hop led to Lockie being thrown into another battle with her rival! Not even our archnemesis, Rookidee, could slow Gaspar down! Hop just managed to get us into yellow health, but Gaspar powered through and swept his team of three, and grew to Level 11 in the process.


Hop makes for a good training partner before the threat of the Gym Challenge.

With this victory, Leon saw fit to offer Lockie a letter of endorsement, which will allow her entry to the Gym Challenge. So far, everything seems to be going our way for this Nuzlocke challenge. Next stop for Lockie is of course, the Wild Area. Many different routes await, as well as many strong Pokémon who could prove absolutely fatal to our team.


Lockie and Hop make their way towards the Wild Area by train.

Come back next time to find out how Lockie’s Wild Area adventure panned out!


Part 3 – The Wild area

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Pokémon Shield – Nuzlocke Challenge


Part 1 – Introductions

Hello everyone! So I have decided to do a Nuzlocke Challenge on the latest installment to the series, Pokémon Shield! First things first, I need to clarify what rules I will be following for this challenge.


Rules
  • All Pokémon that faint in battle shall be considered dead. They will be placed into a Graveyard Box on the PC.
  • Only the first Pokémon encountered on each named route/area may be caught. Due to the updated overworld mechanics of Sword/Shield, I have decided that where random encounters are possible, this must be considered the first Pokémon. Where random encounters are not available, I shall catch the first Pokémon I see that spawns.
  • I will be nicknaming all of my Pokémon.
  • If all Pokémon in the party faint, that shall be considered a Game Over.
  • I will not be trading Pokémon, using gift Pokémon, or capturing raid Pokémon.
  • I will be using the no duplicates rule – if my first encounter is a Pokémon that I have already caught, it will not count as the first encounter and must not be captured.
  • I will not be using healing items in battle.
  • I will not overlevel my Pokémon with intense grinding, Exp candies, Pokéjobs, or camp activities.

Our Nuzlocke hero, Lockie.

And now the trainer who will be taking on this dastardly challenge – Lockie! And her partner of choice for this challenge is none other than Grookey, who I have named Gaspar. Grookey was chosen on a dice roll, where 1-2 was Grookey, 3-4 was Scorbunny, and 5-6 was Sobble.


Lockie’s new partner, Gaspar.

Wish me luck on my Nuzlocke adventure – I really would prefer not to have to bury anyone in the Graveyard Box!


Part 2 – Beginnings