What is the Nuzlocke Challenge? [ COMIC ]

After the previous post about what Pokémon would be like if it was more like Dark Souls, I was reminded of the Nuzlocke Challenge. Now, a few of you have mentioned the Nuzlocke Challenge in the comments over the past couple years, but I’ve never actually shared anything about…Until now.

So, what is the Nuzlocke Challenge?

The Nuzlocke Challenge is a different and harder way to play Pokémon by using a couple of self-imposed regulations. Good thing is that these new rules are pretty simple. In fact, there are only two simple rules to the challenge and they are as follows:

1. If any of your Pokémon faints they are considered dead, and must be released.

2. You may only catch the first Pokémon encountered in each area, and no one else. If for some reason the first Pokémon you encounter faints or flees, there are no second chances. If the first encounter in the area is a Double Battle in dark grass, the player may choose which of the two Pokémon they would like to catch.

That’s it!

Now if you want to look deeper, there is additional clarification about these rules, some plus optional rules as well, but these are the basic rules to play the Nuzlocke Challenge.

So, why play the Nuzlocke Challenge?

Let’s be honest, Pokémon is not a hard game to beat. Sure, it can take forever to collect all the various Pokémon, but that’s not really challenging it’s time consuming. The Nuzlocke Challenge makes the game harder and different. It makes it new again.

If you’ve already tried the Nuzlocke Challenge or are considering doing so, let us know in the comments below. Look forward to reading about your experiences.


  • Sensei Le Roof

    Does the double battle sub-rule also apply if your relevant battle is a horde battle in X or Y? Logic says yes, but one can never be too sure…

    • Sensei Le Roof

      I also just realized any X/Y Nuzlocker is most likely gonna miss out on Rotom and Banette. (They’re both trash-can battles, available one day a week, in areas with lots of opportunity for wild battles.)

  • joe c

    Rule 3 is you have to name every Pokémon you catch; because forming bonds with them is a good thing.

  • my challenge was always cause the first of any new type you meet and get rid of your starter pokemon but rule 2 is the same

    • Sensei Le Roof

      I made a challenge with just one rule: At all times, as many of the colors red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple as possible must be represented in your main party. (You’d use their battle sprites for determination, not their Dex entry, so for instance Charmander would count for orange, not red.)

  • Alexander

    I haven’t actually played through Ruby/Sapphire yet. Maybe I’ll pull up my emulator and do the Nuzlocke challenge in the one gen I skipped….(and no, I’m not buying the remakes. Not anytime close to launch, anyway).

  • Krixous

    I have beaten the nuzlocke challenge a grand total of 3 times my bidoof survived it all sadly on pearl i had to break the rule cuz i missed out on a water pokemon everytime til i couldnt continue without one so i guess 2 times completed