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Pokemon Challenges

Updated on August 15, 2015

What is a Nuzlocke?

Well in brief, a nuzlocke challenge is a way players add difficulty to their pokemon gameplay. Not everyone does it, and there's nothing stopping you from breaking the rules, it's just a fun way to see how good at the pokemon games you truly are.

In a nuzlocke the following rules generally always apply:

  • You may only catch ONE pokemon per route. If the first pokemon you encounter faints or flees you can't catch any on that route.
  • If one of your pokemon faint it is dead. There is NO bringing it back. You have to either release it or put it in a box for the rest of the game
  • There are some exceptions to the previous rules, like say some water is blocking your path you may use a pokemon as an HM slave but ONLY and HM slave. It can not battle.
  • If your party "dies" and you have no usable pokemon left that's it you lose. It's game over.

Now for some custom challenges I made.

The nekolocke challenge

The pokemon series has several different cat pokemon, many including: Meowth, Persian, Glameow, Purugly, Skitty, Delcatty, and many more. So what is this challenge? Well in this challenge you can only use cat pokemon.

How to do this? Well if you have an action replay or any other cheat engine you could use that, or you could catch the cat pokemon and send it to another game. Once you've sent one of each cat to your game you may begin. It doesn't start until you get your first cat so you can relax for the first route or so. After you choose how many pokemon you'll have that's it, no more pokemon. The rest of the rules are normal nuzlocke rules.


  • You may catch one cat pokemon on each route
  • You can add mew and mewtwo if you're struggling too much
  • You can add one more pokemon to your team after each pokemon center you pass

The puplocke challene

The puplocke challenge is the opposite of the nekolocke. In this instead of cats, you're using dogs.

The dog pokemon include the following:

  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Houndoor
  • Houndoom
  • Poochyena
  • Mightyena
  • Lillipup
  • And much more

The same rules apply here as they did in the nekolocke, the legendaries you may use are entei and suicune. This is much easier then the nekolocke due to there being many more dogs then cats in pokemon.

Life/Deathlocke challenge

This challenge is a lot like a regular nuzlocke only the types you're allowed to use are restricted.

In a life run your goal is to spread life and purity to the world. You may use the following types:

  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Fairy
  • Normal
  • Psychic

In a death run, your goal is to destroy the world, and to spread chaos and destruction. You may use

  • Fire
  • Rock
  • Dragon
  • Ghost
  • Fighting

There is another thing in this type of challenge however that isn't in a normal nuzlocke. If you are playing pokemon X or Y you may sacrifice Xerneas or Yveltal in order to bring back one pokemon of your choice.

Should you be playing a different game and you want to bring a pokemon back, you will be granted this power after you defeated the elite four.

Pokemon Y
Pokemon Y

Pokemon X and Y would be the best games to choose for this challenge thanks to the legendary benefits.


Pikalocke Challenge

In this challenge you are only allowed to use the "Pikaclone" pokemon.

This includes:

  • Pichu
  • Pikachu
  • Raichu
  • Minun
  • Plusle
  • Pachirisu
  • Emolga
  • Dedenne

This is probably the hardest challenge on this list. Why? Because ground types are every where. For a little tip, use Emolga whenever you go against a ground type. With him being electric and flying, ground type moves no longer effect him, completely nulling one of his weaknesses. Just be careful with who you have out on the field.

The Dracolocke challenge

This is one of the easier challenges, if it weren't for fairy types. Here you can only use dragon types, except for legendaries.

However if this is too difficult for you (however that's possible, I guess the fairy gym) you may apply the following modifiers:

  • Be granted the use of Charizard
  • Allow the use of dragon type legendaries

Other nuzlocke challenges

The following are nuzlocke challenges that I did not think of and you can find over the internet or on YouTube.

  • Standard nuzlocke
  • Wonderlocke
  • Chesslocke
  • Colorlocke
  • Alphabetlocke
  • Monotypelocke

There are many more out there and I might do another blog about the nuzlockes above but for now this is all there is. Happy Gaming.

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      Simon Millard 

      3 years ago

      This sounds cool!


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