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Nuzlocke General Do you prefer 6-mon teams or rotation teams?

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What's your playing style? Large teams or small teams?

SirKillalot98

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Mostly 6 mon teams. Unless a mon is constantly behind or severe type disadvantages, I don't change the team.
 

Mattman324

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usually i just go with six pokemon because when i do runs where the whole box gets in on things it tends to slow the run down enough that i lose interest

which isn't to say i've not beaten games with 30+ member teams

it's just not as common
 

Killjoy

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I like having many trained Pokemons in the box, just to always have some backup when things in my current team go sour. Usually around the mid-late game I had pretty set in stone team, and only swaps them against gym leaders, when some members don't have good typing against it or moves.
Bad ability, lacking moveset or bad nature usually don't really matter for methe when training before fully set team. Unless Pokemon is really fragile (Dry Skin Paras. My bane of the existence.).
 

Arbitrary

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I generally stick to 6 and train others only after a death or if I feel a member switch for the Elite Four is a better idea. Half the time I spend most of the midgame using only 5 Pokemon in earlier gens since grinding gets so bad.
 

Emperor ServingSpoon

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I'd generally stick to a 6 mon team in earlier generations, but I'm fairly likely to end up with at least a few rotating members in both Gen 6 and 7. I've been playing a lot of limited runs lately (whether that be limited around types or colours), and in those kinds of runs it's especially handy to be able to make use of every Pokemon available to you, so I've had a lot of rotating members in those, too.

That said, narrowing those down to only 6 for the Elite 4, etc. is often really hard to do! Vikavolt ended up on my Ultra Sun Elite 4 team primarily because I felt bad for boxing my Vikavolt/Charjabug in every other Alola run I've done, and I still wish I could have brought Carbink in for one of them, since it's always been really useful up until then! And there were at least 6 members left off my Elite 4 team in my Y Grasslocke that were super reliable teammates, too! The cut is always hard... (But better that than unnecessary deaths before then!)
 
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Alan900900900

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Well, usually I just go with a team of 6, occasionally slipping into rotations of 7 or maybe 8 whenever I catch something I really want to use. Most of the time, unless I'm playing very cautiously, one of the rotation mons ends up dying and I'm back to 6 again. So, yeah, not a big fan of rotation teams, considering something tends to go wrong whenever I try one.
 

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I rotate my team based on what I'll need coming up (like prepping for gyms) and what's useful/strong in general.
 

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I used to only use 6 'mons, but eventually I had a run where I had 7 solid teammates, so I started a rotation there. Now it seems like I usually have a rotation of 7-8, sometimes 9 or even 10.
And don't get me started on wonderlockes...I have one right now where I have a 12-mon rotation, which is probably gonna be 14 soon...help me
 

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In nuzlockes I always rotate 'mons in and out for the situation at hand because while I hate to spend an hour grinding 2-3 pokemon I dug out of the box just to only be used in 1 gym, I'd hate it more of I lost my nuzlocke and invalidated my 20+ hours spent on the run.
 

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It's probably easier to do rotation teams in wonderlockes because of the boosted experience points.
 

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The boosted experience definitely helps. But if you've got the Gen 6/7 Exp. Share on, it's pretty easy to keep more than 6 Pokemon at the appropriate level for most of the game without any significant grinding, anyway.
 

Arie Kazami

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It's depending the situation. But if I need to choose, well...Rotation team.

Either for less victims or for covering my team's weakness.
 

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Usually I go for rotation teams in the beginning and then settle for a steady team about two-thirds of the way in. In my recent Omega Ruby navlocke, however, it was the opposite: I had a steady team in the beginning because of the limited number of PokeNav catches available, and then later on in the game I started grinding reserve mons and switching my team around more often for the variety.
 

JavierE64

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I normally prefer to just work with 6 members, only rotating if it's absolutely necessary. Heck, I didn't even had a full team at all on my earlier runs. Saying I'm not the biggest fan of Grinding would be an understatement.
 

ACottontail

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It depends on whether the game has the buffed exp share or not. In the older games I stick to teams of 6 or less pokemon as I hate grinding, and having more pokemon that I can't use 100% of the time feels like a waste in those games. However past gen 6 I like rotating teams as the exp share makes the process of keeping your team at a decent level more manageable. The first time I remember using a rotating team in the main story was in Ultra Moon, as I tried to add 2 new members to my team every island as I thought it would be fun to try to use some pokemon that came up too late to use in a normal play through. I also had a rotating team with whatever I wanted to train on it in Sword.

I also used a rotating team in my Nuzlocke run of Sword. For most of the run the team size was 8, but it got bigger. (As for the content creation question I plan to turn my run into a comic. The 8 mon team decision was before I knew I wanted to make the run into a comic, but making the team bigger than that came afterwards. Making the decisions to make my trainer dislike using pokeballs, (try to)give my pokemon strong characterization and other things, well I have keeping track of 10+ characters at once to look forward to.)
 

PageEmperor

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If there are multiple mons I want to use, then I use a rotation team of all the mons I want to use. Otherwise, just a team of 6.
 

Ionbird

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Team of 6. It's always what I've been used to. When I played Sword I had a rotation team however as my Pokemon were getting overleveled due to my catch Pokemon and fight all trainers impulses.
 

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