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Nuzlocke Fun Things that Happen in Nuzlockes

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What fun/awesome things have happened to you in Nuzlockes?

Funen1

If you're alive, you can keep moving!
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Team Omega
Pokédex No.
215
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
40
Location
St. Paul, MN
Pokémon Type
Dark, Ice
The most awesome thing to happen to me in a Nuzlocke remains my fight against Wattson in Emerald, my first-ever Nuzlocke. As a bit of backstory, I had previously lost my Plan A for the fight, Daichi the Makuhita, before getting to Wattson, so I had to use other Pokemon for his team, such as Banzai the Mightyena for Voltorb. Cappie the Breloom handled Electrike and Magneton, but she needed assistance from Augustine the Manectric to paralyze Wattson's own Manectric first. Cappie had to deal with paralysis too because of course the RNG favors Gym Leaders, but the plan with her was to take out Wattson's Manectric quickly with her strong moves... only I couldn't take it out quickly after all, and the Manectric reached +5 Attack. It got to the point where I ultimately had to forgo curing any paralysis for fear that a sudden crit would kill Cappie, because she was the only thing standing between me and a surefire wipe. Thanks to some extremely clutch paralysis procs, she somehow pulled through at the last moment, thus saving the run from a very early ending and cementing her status as MVP, even with her reduced usage afterwards.

To a lesser extent, Chestnut the Bayleef (later Meganium) pulled off something similar with Whitney's Miltank in HeartGold. Miltank never reached the same kind of threat level as Wattson's Manectric, thanks to it always choosing Stomp for its more immediate power, but the degree to which Chestnut was able to tank said attacks with Reflect was awe-inspiring to watch as it unfolded. Even with Chestnut mostly restricted to Razor Leaf and poison damage for a fairly low amount of damage over time (factoring in Whitney's healing items), her defenses just never let up throughout the whole thing. She had a close call at the end though: on the turn that poison damage would've finished Miltank off, Stomp crit and dropped Chestnut to 5 HP. She bent, but she never broke, and I never had to bring out anyone else to back her up.

On a more lighthearted note, I recently did a Nuzlocke of X, and I had one of the luckiest things happen to me during it. My first encounter in Connecting Cave was Axew... in a horde battle. That's a 0.25% chance btw, which doesn't compare to shinies but is still damn rare. Gaze the Haxorus would later become one of the linchpins of my run through the Pokemon League, and it was sweet how he had that kind of introduction to go along with it.
 

Xerxos

xerx gon give it to ya
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Globetrotter
Team Omega
Nuzlocke Master
Pokédex No.
6
Caught
May 14, 2019
Messages
142
Location
Oregon
Nature
Quiet
Pokémon Type
Electric, Fire
Pokédex Entry
Just a guy who does way too many Nuzlockes but never documents them.
Took out half of Steven's team in Sapphire - Armaldo, Claydol, and motherfuckin' Metagross - with a Seviper of all things. This was also in a STABless, set mode, level limit, no item in battle run, so he wasn't even able to heal except through Giga Drain and the Shell Bell. Probably the most fun Champion battle I've ever had in a Nuzlocke, even though my Lunatone did end up dying. :/
 

PageEmperor

Currently busy grinding in my nuzruns and studying
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
647
Caught
Aug 8, 2019
Messages
366
Location
With an axe
Pokémon Type
Electric, Water
Pokédex Entry
Just a guy with way to many ongoing Nuzlockes.
The fact that in spite of all the weird ass encounters I've been having in my Diamond randomiser, I've managed to attain a surprising balanced team. Rock/Ground, Water/Ice, Grass/Poison, Psychic/Ice, Electric, Normal. And yeah I could switch out the last one for something else but it seems like this is fine.
 

Rhema

Conqueror of the Azalea Gym
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
212
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
209
Location
Hearthome City
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
She tries her best, but doesn't succeed. She gets what she wants but not what she needs.
During an ORAS run (not the one that As Above, So Below is about) I was doing a Wonderlocke and got a shiny Ferroseed! I was super excited to use it, and then a Numel promptly killed it with Flame Burst. So, the first half of this story was really fun......the second half, not so much :P
 

PageEmperor

Currently busy grinding in my nuzruns and studying
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
647
Caught
Aug 8, 2019
Messages
366
Location
With an axe
Pokémon Type
Electric, Water
Pokédex Entry
Just a guy with way to many ongoing Nuzlockes.
In my first ORAS nuzrun, I got my first death unexpectedly during the first fight against the villain boss. In my current ORAS nuzruns, I have defeated the villian boss and got my 4th badge, and I still haven’t had my first death, and so my current AlphaSaph run has officially beaten that run as the longest I’ve lasted without a death, excluding deathless runs.
 

Garnet

Hater of the Monty Hall Problem
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
322
Caught
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
146
Location
Littleroot, Hoenn
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
They/He
Pokémon Type
Dark, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
A strange Pokémon that claims to be both an artist and writer, yet almost never has any work to show for either.
Okay, okay. I know on the old forums I posted about that Shiny Audino I found after a near-wipe who carried my team, cuz that was sort of my Iconic Nuzlocking Moment™. But I don’t remember whether or not I ever posted about the time a Minun was the MVP of my team? And that sentence is still such a wild one to type that it needs recognition.
It was years ago, an Emerald run I believe, and I’d just gotten to Slateport. I remember going up north of town thinking, “Oh boy, new teammate! An Electrike would be cool, or a Gulpin, I’ve never used a Gulpin.” And so I walked into the grass and what do I find? A Minun. So of course, I’m like “Oh great, a gimmick-based Pikaclone. And I’m not even going to get a Plusle to go with it, wonderful.” But it ended up being that I threw the Plusle, who I named Scrapper after the kind of obnoxious little shit of a robot front Skyward Sword, on my team regardless. I don’t know why I did it any more, if I’d been having shit catch luck or lost a bunch of my early catches or if I really needed the Electric coverage, or if I tossed him on as a joke or to use as death fodder. Hell, I might have just stuck him on to compliment Fi, my Kirlia, with another Skyward Sword reference. That seems like something I would do.
Oh yes, that’s right. I’d managed to catch and keep alive a Ralts that run. For the whole run. And she managed to get outplayed by a lone goddamn Minun.
It turned out that Scrapper was a beast. I can only assume he had a Sp. Attack IV of like 37, because I figure there was No Way he could be as strong as he was even with just a perfect 31. Dude’s named after a robot, maybe he messed with the code to make himself a monster. I’ve joked with my friend that he was actually Raikou disguising himself as a weak little Minun so he wouldn’t have to keep running around trying to flee from ten year olds who want to catch a god, but my Nuzlocke screwed up his plans so he just went along with it.
Scrapper was frail, but he one-shotted damn near everything he went up against. And don’t even get me started on once he learned Thunder. I don’t think the little monster ever missed with it. You know how normally with Pokémon luck that 70% accuracy works out to be more like 30% in practice? Scrapper took one look at that and said “Actually, this is just Shock Wave but overpowered now.”
Needless to say, when the time came to fight the champion, Scrapper damn near soloed him. I had Fi switch in for Whiscash, and she took it down fairly easily, then nearly got herself killed against whichever Pokémon he sent out next. This despite me giving her an Electric move for coverage. Meanwhile Scrapper didn’t have any problems whatsoever taking it and the rest of his team down.
Basically what I’m saying is my little RSE NU Tier Minun in a single battle format without a Plus supporter was stronger than a Pokémon described as creating black holes. And that’s pretty fuckin wild.
 

Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
993
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
Fear the Minun. It WILL kill you, and it will NOT show mercy.

Fear it.
 

Draknir

Fear the Deer
Pokédex No.
240
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
100
Location
Probably using my laptop
Nature
Quiet
Pokémon Type
Dark, Dragon
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So, I'm doing a White Randomizer Nuzlocke and lose 15 Pokemon by the time I got to the Elite Four, 8 of which were yesterday alone. I beat the Elite Four with no losses but proceed to lose half my team to N's Reshiram alone, and two more to the rest of his team. I'm left with only a Darmanitan, who finishes N off. Cut to Ghetsis. My only hope was to spam Work Up until I was +6 and hope I can OHKO everything.

That Darmanitan won and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

EDIT: And I just got a Shiny Ho-Oh in a White 2 Randomizer. Too bad I'm probably not going to use it.
 
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Rhema

Conqueror of the Azalea Gym
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
212
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
209
Location
Hearthome City
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
She tries her best, but doesn't succeed. She gets what she wants but not what she needs.
I’ve gotten Pokerus completely randomly (not from a Pokémon I knew had it or from a wondertraded mon) and it was so surprising and fun! The extra boost really helps during a Nuzlocke.
 

JavierE64

Masks are so 2016!!! But don´t forget to wear one
Writer
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
310
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
541
Location
Perú
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Grass, Water
Pokédex Entry
The Master of both Light and Darkness; who loves the Violent and Dramatic, and the Fun and Adorable.
In a simple run of Pokémon X, while I was exploring Reflection Cave, I was constantly attacked by wild Wobbuffets; but since most of Pokémon had little attacking prowess, I managed to defeat all of them without losing a single member by just doing little to no damage and heal off on occasion.
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is okay, actually
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
450
Caught
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
878
Location
Good Question
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon has too many ideas for their own good.
I found a shiny female combee while searching for Munchlax (to steal leftovers from) in platinum. It was wild
 

Arbitrary

Conqueror of the Viridian Gym
Pokédex No.
334
Caught
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
110
Location
Here
Nature
Adamant
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
Fighting
I found a shiny female combee while searching for Munchlax (to steal leftovers from) in platinum. It was wild
Trying to actually get Munchlax in DPPt is probably the least worth it thing ever. 1% chance on four random trees set at the start of the game and it's nearly impossible to tell which one. I'm not surprised you got a shiny first.
 

SimplyUnknown

Conqueror of the Goldenrod Gym
Writer
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
242
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
266
Location
Invisibly Watching
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
A silent watcher who speaks only when something needs to be said. Offers free hugs to those who need them.
So it had been a while since my last nuzlocke and I was doing a regular non-note-taking run of Black 2 because I'm actually pretty fond of the series. I was using the Repel trick to guaruntee an Eevee in that Castelia City grass portion because I like Eevee, as you can probably tell. Grass starts shaking, I step into it, and I start squealing because it's a shiny Eevee. He takes me 6 balls to catch with the barest minimum of health and paralyzed to boot, but I didn't care.

Even better, this Eevee was my very first encounter Shiny that I've ever gotten. The other 4 shinies I have were all from Wondertrade. People can be very generous.

On that note, my very first Shiny was in my X wonderlocke that I recorded on the old forums. Faye, the level 100 Shiny Moltres. Very pink, but still pretty awesome.
 

sunburstblue

blue stars burn brighter
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
274
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
62
Location
Rumbly earth land
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Water
Pokédex Entry
Well, her Pokédex No. is #274, which is Nuzleaf. Could anything be more hilariously fitting for this forum?
In my Sapphire nuzlocke 5 years back I had a gigantic rotation team (like 15 mons by the end of it) that I kept regularly leveled.

That meant a lot of grinding.

On Route 112 I encountered a shiny Volbeat. I was ecstatic, but just thought it was luck of the draw. Nope.

By the end of the game I had three shinies. A Volbeat, a Linoone, and a Tentacruel. You better believe all three were a part of that rotation team.

((Also, nothing beats the feeling of having a pokemon with 5 Amie Hearts survive a OHKO hit. Watching my Incineroar survive a super-effective OHKO from Ultra Necrozma after it had taken out half of my team, then strike back and annihilate it was so rewarding))
 

Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
993
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
Watching my Incineroar survive a super-effective OHKO from Ultra Necrozma after it had taken out half of my team, then strike back and annihilate it was so rewarding
Oh yes. About the exact same thing happened in a non-nuzlocke run of Ultra Sun I did a few months back, except that since I started with Incineroar to begin with, I hadn't lost half my team prior.

It was much more rewarding than my original playthrough, in which I cheesed the fight with Zoroark like everyone else does.
 

Arbitrary

Conqueror of the Viridian Gym
Pokédex No.
334
Caught
Jul 2, 2019
Messages
110
Location
Here
Nature
Adamant
Pronouns
He/him
Pokémon Type
Fighting
So I'm doing a Platinum run, except I'm not allowed to evolve. I can use single stage mons or any evolved mons I find in the wild (the only one I've found of the latter so far is a Roselia that I crit, great), but can't actually evolve. I was really scared of Fantina, then just trolled her with a Captivate Eevee I didn't even train to minimise her Mismagius's Special Attack, then trolled some more with a Bronzor, Imprisoning Confuse Ray and then spamming Extrasensory. I only used two or three healing items the entire battle and it was way easier than expected.

The entire team besides Rotom will be replaced later by hopefully better stuff, but for now I'm surprised at how well this is working.
 

Ardomew

Conqueror of the Viridian Gym
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
179
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
117
Location
The Canadian Wilderness
Nature
Modest
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Normal, Psychic
Pokédex Entry
The Violet Wizard. Passionate about art, food, and games.
My battle against Elite 4 Olivia in Ultra Moon was pretty great! My Malamar wiped out four out of five of her Pokémon(not Armaldo for obvious reasons), thanks to Contrary Superpower. The icing on the malasada though was that her Gigalith managed to survive a hit with Sturdy and land a Bulldoze on Inkwell, raising her speed and allowing her to outspeed Lycanroc the very next turn! Such a fun battle!
 

TheTRUEgge

Ethos is okay, actually
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
450
Caught
Jul 9, 2019
Messages
878
Location
Good Question
Nature
Quiet
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Fairy
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon has too many ideas for their own good.
Abusing dupes and grabbing a bisharp to cheese the ultra necrozma fight is always pretty fun! I’ve done it... three times
 

PageEmperor

Currently busy grinding in my nuzruns and studying
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
647
Caught
Aug 8, 2019
Messages
366
Location
With an axe
Pokémon Type
Electric, Water
Pokédex Entry
Just a guy with way to many ongoing Nuzlockes.
The fact I managed to get past the victory road in AlphaSaph with a well balanced team is a good enough fact. I am just proud of them and can't wait to beat the game with them.
 

RubyClaw

Challenge Seeker and Nuzlocke Completionist
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Writer
Screenshotter
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
22
Caught
Jun 9, 2019
Messages
512
Location
Kanto Route 1, 1% encounter rate (Israel)
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
He/Him
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
I just love the moments when I use a pokemon in an important battle, and it evolves thanks to the exp it gained in that battle. It both feels very epic as if this battle was a crucial moment for it to master its own skills, and feels great to know I could have grinned just a bit more and made the battle easier and more boring, but I didn't and still I made it. (I just had this moment using my Tentacool against Flannery in Alpha Sapphire, but it happened to me countless times in Nuzlcokes so far). It feels extra fun if I don't remember/know the level in which this pokemon evolves (happened often in my blind runs).
 

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