Project Murflocke is a written Let’s Play series where I play Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire with certain limitations. Known as a Nuzlocke Challenge, I am also incorporating three community voted rules into the mix. Here’s everything I will be self-enforcing:
- Any Pokemon who faints is considered dead. They must be released immediately or permanently banked.
- Only the first Pokemon encountered in a new area may be caught. If that Pokemon faints, then you do not capture any other Pokemon in that area.
- All Pokemon must be given nicknames.
- HM-slaves are allowed, but cannot fight under any circumstances.
- Any shiny Pokemon encountered may be caught but cannot be used.
- No fleeing.
- Newly caught Pokemon cannot join the Party unless a previous Pokemon dies.
- Pokemon cannot greatly exceed (more than 5 levels) the next Gym Leader’s highest Pokemon.
The shortened version of this above text will appear in every subsequent entry.
I don’t remember the “plot” to Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire at all. Pokemon Ruby was the last Pokemon game I played before returning to the series with X/Y over a year ago. While I doubt I hated it, the third generation of Pokemon games represents my ‘falling out of love’ with the formula. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire won’t have the nostalgia value of the first two games, but that’s probably for the best since it’ll feel newer.
Arriving in Littleroot Town (in the back of a moving van instead of waking up at my mom’s house), I was happy to finally be moved into a new place. My father is apparently some big shot gym leader two towns over (marital problems?!) since he has television commercials. I am imagining something like a cross between a local car dealership and a well-cut wrestling promo.
Speaking of wrestling, I was struck by the efficiency of our two Machoke movers. Not only did they unload my Wii U ((in-game, I still don’t regret getting rid of mine)) without breaking it, but they did it while wearing their title belts. I am going to pretend that not all Machokes wear them and that these two were Tag Team Champions. Seriously though, it is a bit ‘dudebro’ that they evolve with wrestling belts and tights on. Machop doesn’t even wear clothes!
The Pokemon world is a bit awkward. It has that ‘everyone is friendly’ vibe of 1950’s television, which flies directly in the face of my ‘everyone wants to rape/murder/rob you’ modern perspective. Immediately after checking out my new room (which seemed to be the entire top floor, mind you), Mom sent me to meet Littleroot’s leading professor and only other male resident with a house, Professor Birch. Upon arriving at his home, his wife forced me to meet their daughter and my new rival, May, by telling me to barge into her room upstairs. Thankfully, she had a speech ready just in case a strange boy came into town, so there was no miscommunication or ill will.
My first foray into the wild immediately led to a question of bending the rules. I had to make an on-the-fly decision to not go back and capture a Pokemon from Route 101. It’s a short trip, but I didn’t get Pokeballs until after Route 101, so the first wild Pokemon I encountered was impossible to catch. I didn’t want to break my rules, even if it meant losing out on a Pokemon, but my starter registered as being caught on Route 101 where I first met him, so it all worked out for the best.
Speaking of which … meet Kipper:
He’s a gentle guy, but not if I ask him to start throwing mud at you! My mudkip is also ‘thoroughly cunning’. He’s probably planning to break out of his PokePrison and put a pillow over my face while I sleep. Or maybe not! Something this adorable can’t dream of breaking his chains of eternal servitude, right? Right?!
Remind me to check the locks on my Pokeballs …
After trouncing May’s precious treecko (who narrowly escaped death because other trainers aren’t as hardcore about ‘survival of the fittest’ like mine is), I decided to find Kipper a brand new friend. Wandering the bushes of Route 102, I met this pretty pup:
I named her Luna on account of her love of darkness and wolf-like appearance. She’s pretty docile, which helps because on Route 103, I added yet another member to the team that I didn’t want her to eat. This is my zigzagoon I named Bandita:
She’s a lonely sort, but her extreme curiosity has already led to a few pilfered items. I managed to capture her when I saw her tail sticking out of the brush. Once I snuck up on her and captured her to do my eternal bidding in my quest to usurp my father’s fame, I realized two interesting facts. First, she had the move Charm which greatly reduces an enemy’s physical attack with her feminine wiles (and obfuscatory facial accoutrement). That’s pretty cool, I thought. Then I realized that she also had Tail Whip, Growl, and eventually Sand Attack. Basically, she does nothing but debuff the enemy! Ugh.
Route 103 planned to be a great place to get back into the swing of being a trainer. Fellow newbs were everywhere, so I opted to put the team of Luna and Bandita at the forefront so they could begin catching up to Kipper’s advanced form. Bandita would set things up by charming away their attacks and then tail whipping their defenses into rubble, and then Luna would jump in, howl, and tackle the opposing Pokemon to a brutal death, er, concussion/headache.
Luna was in critical condition after a series of pecks and tackles from opposing trainer’s Pokemon. I knew she would finish off the enemy in another Tackle, but the dastardly enemy wurmple had coated her in layers of its sticky, gross, bug strings! Slower than him, he got in a tackle on Luna before she could – it was a critical hit! Her innocent mass crumpled to the ground whimpering.
I did the only thing a merciful trainer can do in such a situation: I put her out of her misery and buried her. My darling Luna, I barely knew you. Don’t tell Bandita, but I secretly hoped she would be the first, not you!
This journey may be tougher than I thought, but at least I made it to Petalburg!