Conqueror of the Celadon Gym
- Pokédex No.
- May 5, 2021
- Pokémon Type
With my Pokemon Red++ slowly nearing its end, I figured it was about time I started doing another challenge alongside it. I wanted to do another hack game, but not just an 'enhancement' hack, but an actual full-fledged ROM hack which tells a whole different story and takes place in a new region.
After searching around on the net for a bit, I came across this neat-looking project which is actually completed as well, so I don't have to worry about having to put my run on hiatus because the next beta isn't out yet.
Aside from some of the core updates/mechanics added to this game, I know next to nothing about it at all, so that'll surely add to the challenge as well.
- Any Pokemon that faints is considered dead, and must be released or put in the Pokemon Storage System permanently.
- Dupes clause is active
- Gift clause is active
- The player may only catch the first Pokemon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first Pokemon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances
- The player must nickname all of their Pokemon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds.
- The challenge is considered complete after defeating the Elite Four and the Champion.
This is a hack of Pokemon Fire Red, so the game starts off in a similar way, introducing us to the professor. He kind of gives me Elm vibes for some reason. Like a slightly cooler Elm...? :p
I was kind of expecting something other than the standard Nidoran(F) but oh well. I'm also pretty sure this guy is the first to ever use 'historian' and 'exciting' in the same sentence.
The next bit just has you choose your gender and name per usual. I'm not the biggest fan of the female protagonist's design, but it'll have to do. I just wish her cap and jacket weren't the exact same shade as brown as the hair because now everything just kind of blends together. :/
Meanwhile the rival character gets a much better design. Bummer.
I can never think of creative names for my rivals, so I just picked a random one from the list. I like the name 'Ethan' so that'll have to do.
Here we go! I've never played this game before so I'm really excited to see what it has in store for me.
It immediately starts off completely different by shifting the scene to what looks to be...the inside of a train, perhaps? It's definitely not the protagonist's bedroom. Also that seems to be a...shiny Eevee? I'm not sure if it's ours or just a random Pokemon sitting there, but I wouldn't mind an Eevee.
Immediately after, a girl with a Dunsparce shows up and strikes up a conversation. Since Dunsparce is on the title screen, I feel like it will probably be relevant to the story in some way.
So it is our Eevee after all. I guess that means you don't actually need to pick a starter in this game, but it just gives you a default one. Eevee is one of my favorite Pokemon ever, so I'm not going to complain.
The girl then continues to talk on for a while about how she can tell if a person is good or bad by how happy their Pokemon look, before the train comes to a halt at its final destination.
If this isn't foreshadowing, then I don't know what is. I honestly could see this person turning out to be the Champion or something.
I don't know if the game changes Eevee's gender to match with the trainer you chose, or if I just got lucky but I'm really happy it's a female one! Generation 7 Pokemon are in this game so I'd love to evolve mine into a Sylveon which just looks very feminine in my eyes.
Before leaving the station, I got a Town Map from one of the guards. I have a poor sense of direction, so I might end up needing to use it at some point.
It honestly is really refreshing to start off your journey in a decently large city and not some teeny tiny town which has 0 stuff to do in it.
On the right, there's a bunch of little tents with convenient NPCs. One is a name rater, so I used this opportunity to nickname my Eevee. I'm going to name all of my Pokemon after herbs and spices in this challenge. The nickname 'Mint' fits not only for shiny Eevee, but also for my two favorite shiny Eeveelutions by design, being Sylveon and Umbreon.
There's also three female trainers who can add an addtional challenge to the game by switching up the mechanics. While all of these sound very fun, I wanted to stick to the basics for my first run of this game.
On the left side of the city, there's some houses and a couple of more convenient NPCs. I decided to teach Covet to my Eevee instead of Tackle since it has higher base power AND can steal items off wild Pokemon.
I eventually managed to find the lab, where you meet the Professor in person for the first time. I honestly vibe with him a lot in this scene because I am so clumsy, don't ever ask me to assemble something because I will fail.
After a little funny cutscene to assemble the Pokedex, things soon start going south...
The Pokemon games have got their fair share of silly grunt outfits, but this has to top it all. I wouldn't want to get caught wearing something like that. Judging by the dialogue, they're meant to be more of the 'comic relief' type of villain characters as well.
Ah, yes. The fact of any Pokemon game protagonist ー Having to help out characters of which you'd expect they can handle their own.
ーー But Professor, I already have a Pokemon.
Oh well, I guess I shouldn't turn down a free Pokemon. The Johto starts aren't my favorites since they're kind of boring imo (being mono type and all) but I'll roll with it. I'm personally leaning towards either Cyndaquil or Totodile since I chose the Grass starter in my other run, but I'll attach a poll to this thread and leave it up to you guys again!
Please remember to vote on the poll and not just leave a comment, since I'll only look at those results. uwu