My Plan For Pokemon Sword and Shield

*Quick note before we start: I am done with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The review for that will be up next week. Thank you for your patience. I promise it’s gonna be a good one. Now, on with today’s post!*

I don’t talk about it often, but I absolutely love Pokemon! Shocker, I know, given the absurd popularity of the franchise. So naturally, despite all the controversy surrounding the newest games (don’t bother me with any of it because I don’t fucking care about it, I just want to play a game), I am insanely excited to finally get my hands on Pokemon Sword/Shield! Chances are, I’ll be playing it as you’re reading this!

Naturally, I plan on reviewing the games as soon as I’m done. But I want to do so much more! There are two, albethey very similar, games for me to play! How could I leave it off at one review and be done with it? I couldn’t do that with Fire Emblem, and I can’t do that here!

As much as I wanted to do that with Fire Emblem…

So here’s the plan. First, I’m going to play one of the games (I don’t know which one I’ll do first yet) the developer intended way. I expect an easy, charming and fun time. That shouldn’t take me any more than two or three weeks if I take my time. After I’m done with that, I’m going to put up the review.

But I won’t be done there. Oh no! Because there’s one more method of playing Pokemon that the devs never originally intended. One that makes it far more brutal and, in my opinion, fun to play. When I play through the other version, I’m going to be doing it Nuzlocke style!

For those who don’t know, let me break it down. A Nuzlocke is a Pokemon run wherein you set your own rules to make the game more challenging. The most common set of rules are:

  1. If your Pokemon faints, it is considered dead. You must release it and never use it again.
  2. You can only catch the first Pokemon you find on any given route. If you kill that Pokemon, you do not get a new Pokemon from that route. If you run into a Pokemon that you’ve already caught, you are allowed to roll the dice and try again.
  3. You must nickname all Pokemon you catch in order to increase emotional attachment to them.

Those will be the three base rules that I set for the Nuzlocke run. However, should my first non-Nuzlocke playthrough prove itself to be too easy, then I’ll add a few extra rules to make it harder on myself.  These additional rules include, but are not limited to:

  1. No healing items in battle.
  2. Battle style at Set; you cannot switch in a Pokemon as the enemy is putting in a new one. If you want to switch to a more advantageous Pokemon, you’ll need that Pokemon to take a hit.
  3. Normal Pokeballs only; no Great Balls, Ultra Balls, so on and so forth.
  4. No grinding beyond the gym leader’s level. You cannot raise your Pokemon to a level any higher than the gym leader’s strongest (or weakest, if you want an extra challenge) Pokemon.

Depending on how quickly and easily I burn through the first version, I may add all of these rules and more. If you have any suggestions to make it any harder, please let me know!

I have three intentions for this Nuzlocke. First, I’m going to write a review for the Nuzlocke version of the game. In that review, I’ll be answering one question: did turning the game into a Nuzlocke make it more fun, or was it a similar experience to the normal playthrough?

Second, I’m going to write a special ‘Nuzlocke Diaries’ for a Friday post. This will break down my entire Nuzlocke in a more digestible, dramatic form. You could read along to see if I crashed and burned or succeeded!

Or, if reading isn’t your thing (what are you doing here?), then you have my third plan. I intend to record, edit and upload the entire thing. That way, I’ll keep to the Nuzlocke rules (because God knows the temptation to cheat with no one watching me would be too great) and hopefully provide an entertaining experience. Plus, you’ll be able to hear my voice!

Which, now that I say it, isn’t much of a good thing. I’m a writer for a reason.

Admittedly, that last one may take me a while. I’m a busy man, especially in November with NaNoWriMo going on. But rest assured, I’ll get around to finishing it eventually. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy it, if for no other reason than to watch my suffering. If not… well, at least I’ll have another finished project under my belt.

Because if you read my ‘Fixing RWBY’ series, then you know that I’m just great at finishing my projects!

Am I trying to get more mileage out of these games than I should? Yes. But you know what? I love Pokemon and all of these projects sound like fun! Plus, I want to try something new and bring one of my favorite franchises onto the blog in a big way! I hope that you guys will enjoy it as much as I will!

At least, I hope I will. Only time will tell.

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