Ever had a hard time choosing which soul to sacrifice to a Bide-ing Patrat? Do you sometimes find yourself torn between adding that feisty Ratatta or an arguably better ROI of Caterpie to your party? Well fret no more, the Lorelocke rules are here to help make the decision for you!...what? You decided to take that Caterpie because it’s cuter?!
The Lorelocke Rules
Conceived by @RubyClaw, this ruleset adds an extra layer of gravy to the combination of EVs, IVs, nature and ability that make each Pokemon unique. In brief, when a potential new capture is encountered, it is subject to a randomly selected rule from the Lorelocke manual. You might have stumbled across a Pidgey with Griffin Ancestry, or an Ekans with the Glare Of The Basilisk rule for example. Lorelocke rules can have a positive or negative effect on a Pokemon’s usability or its synergy with the rest of your team. They’re also based on some cool mythology and folklore from around the world too...so ya might just, ya know, learn something…
All the usual Nuzlocke rules will be in place in addition to the Lorelocke ones, and I’ll also be playing both Shiny and Dupes clauses. The game I picked was Fire Red, as my laptop would have a hernia trying to run a HeartGold ROM. Hopefully I’ll be able to spin this journey into a tale that amuses you, convinces you to try your own Lorelocke, or at least distracts you for a few minutes from Twitter.
Rats! Foiled again by arbitrary character limits. Gee, this reminds me of attempting to make overly verbose profile posts on a certain forum…
Okay, Rival 1 - Mewstein 0. Now I REALLY have to crush you.
Down at the lab, and under Oak's watchful eye I choose Bulbasaur because....well, he’s my favourite of the Kanto starters. Plus I’ll feel a little less ashamed if I lose this ‘Locke with Bulbasaur rather than Charmander for some reason. Now it was time to determine what Lorelocke rule this fine fella would be subjected to:
2! That is…(hurriedly scrolling through the Lorelocke pdf)... Chosen of Heqet:
“While this pokemon is in your party you may cancel the lore rule of every Water pokemon in your party and the effect of lore rules of Water type pokemon as you catch them. You may ignore the dupe clause when you choose to and try and catch a pokemon you already have (you must declare whether you want to catch the pokemon before attempting to capture it and revealing its lore rule).”
Imhotep the Bulbasaur also has a Modest nature, but I’m sure we’ll allow him to brag a little about his victory over Nemesissssss’s’s’s’s Charmander.
After the obligatory delivery trip (I assume Amazon hasn’t yet infiltrated Kanto), we cast all fear of Lyme Disease aside and plunge into the grass of Route 1 armed with Pokeballs and potions. The first capture of this run will be:
A Pidgey! And a swift trip to the random number generator reveals she’s a Peacekeeping Dove Pidgey.
“This pokemon can’t have more than 2 damage dealing moves. You are not allowed to open a trainer battle using this pokemon.”
Hm, that’s going to limit her movepool and make her less useful when navigating the more populated routes of Kanto, but by Lorelocke standards this is pretty tame stuff. I catch her, and put her on the team. The Kanto Pokedex entry is quite fitting for our feathered pacifist:
However, Dove also has a Naughty nature...I imagine she’s one of those passive-aggressive types that like to stop traffic by sitting in the middle of roads in the name of climate change. That enhanced Attack stat will ensure her limited attacking moves will pack a wallop though.
After grinding Dove and Imhotep to level 9, we head over to Route 22 to confront Nemesis a second time.
Lurking in the grass is the second capture du jour:
Rodon't you....never mind.
This critter also happens to be a Colo Colo, and according to Googlapedia: "The Colo Colo or Colocolo is an evil rat-like creature from Mapuche mythology." The Colo Colo rules are pretty evil too:
“As long as your Ratatta/Raticate is in your party choose another victim pokemon from your party. The chosen pokemon can't stay in battle for more than 4 consecutive turns. If it stays for more kill it in the end of battle.”
Yikes, to the box with you for now buddy - at least until we find something that allows me to cancel that particular rule...
If you start killing my team, I'm renaming you Pepsi.
And with the Nemesis battle looming on the horizon like a cloud of Storm Herald Weezings, that’s where we’ll leave the quest for now. Join me next time on this magical, mythical journey!
Imhotep, Modest natured Bulbasaur
While this pokemon is in your party you may cancel the lore rule of every Water pokemon in your party and the effect of lore rules of Water type pokemon as you catch them. You may ignore the dupe clause when you choose to and try and catch a pokemon you already have (you must declare whether you want to catch the pokemon before attempting to capture it and revealing its lore rule).
Dove, Naughty natured Pidgey
This pokemon can’t have more than 2 damage dealing moves. You are not allowed to open a trainer battle using this pokemon.
ColoCola, Relaxed natured Ratatta
As long as your Ratatta/Raticate is in your party choose another victim pokemon from your party. The chosen pokemon can't stay in battle for more than 4 consecutive turns. If it stays for more kill it in the end of battle.