Recently, I managed to get a copy of Pokémon Yellow going. I figured that I could play it like old times or I could go back in with something especially challenging.
I figure, with how many times I've played through it before, a challenge would be a welcome change.
So, here are some rules I've put forth for myself:
- No catching wild Pokémon who aren't of the Electric-type. This extends to the Safari Zone and anywhere else Pokémon can be caught wild. Event wild Pokémon, like Snorlax, are no exception to this rule.
- You must accept all Pokémon given to you by the game, but they are to be used solely as HM slaves unless they are or can evolve into an Electric type. This allows you to have Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Lapras, Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan, and Omanyte/Omastar or Kabuto/Kabutops as HM slaves. (Squirtle/Lapras for Surf, Charmander for Strength, and Bulbasaur for Cut as an example. This will allow you to progress through areas you otherwise wouldn't be able to.)
- You are allowed to evolve a Pokémon given to you by the game for HM compatibility (Charizard/Fly), but not by gym or Elite Four battling. Gifted Pokémon must be evolved by battling wild Pokémon only.
- Pokémon you can buy or win (Magikarp or any Game Corner Pokémon) are not considered to be gifts. You are not allowed to buy or exchange your winnings for them.
- Aerodactyl has been allowed in other challenges, but since you have to pay to enter the Pewter Museum to obtain him, I'm considering him bought and paid for, therefore, you aren't allowed to have him.
- Legendary Pokémon (see: Mewtwo and the three legendary birds), due to their rarity and difficulty to obtain, are exempt from all rules except for two:-- No cheating them into the game. For Mewtwo, you must wait until after you've defeated the Elite Four to gain access to Cerulean Cave.
For the legendary birds, you must catch them at their game-designated locations. The latter can be done before you face off against the Elite Four. (Zapdos, Power Plant; Articuno, the Seafoam Islands; Moltres, Victory Road.)
-- If it isn't Zapdos, due to the typing of this challenge, then you only have one opportunity to catch it. If you fail, then you cannot try again. Yes, you can use your Master Ball to mitigate the effects of this rule. (Since you only get one Master Ball, it's up to you to choose who it goes to.)
--- By one chance, I don't mean one Pokéball. I mean that if the legendary Pokémon faints, you run out of Pokéballs, or you black out, that's it. You don't get to try catching it again.
--- If you blacked out, you may go back and defeat the legendary Pokémon for the experience points. You just aren't allowed to catch it.
--- If you defeated the Pokémon, even by accident, then take the experience points and walk. You aren't allowed to restart because you wanted another Pokémon to get those points.
--- If you ran out of Pokéballs, too bad. Defeat it for the points and walk. You aren't allowed to go back to reclaim those lost items. Consider it a penalty for not being adequately prepared.
- No cheating Pokémon into the game even if they match the type of the challenge. (The different Pokémon versions had exclusives. Too bad. Play with what you have. Of course, I'm looking at Electabuzz as I type this.)
- All gyms and the Elite Four must be defeated with your core team. Legendaries, as outlined by and caught in accordance with this challenge, may be considered part of your core team.
By the end of the Pokémon Yellow Electric Challenge, your core team should look similar to this:- Pikachu/Raichu
- Articuno, Moltres, or approved HM slave
That said, you are allowed doubles, triples, or even entire teams of the same Pokémon if the game permits. You wouldn't be fooling anyone with six Pikachu, Jolteon, or Zapdos, but you are allowed a full team of Electrode, Magneton, or any combination which includes multiples of these two.
If you manage to collect more than two legendaries in accordance with this challenge, then they absolutely are allowed on your team regardless of typing.
This is an example of an acceptable team if acquired following this rule set:
- Any acceptable Electric type, gifted or caught wild.
- Any Pokémon that will evolve into an Electric type or HM slave.
- Mewtwo (If you want to fight the Elite Four a second time.)
I will not be streaming my gameplay. This is only for other people who may want to try the challenge.
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