Originally this was posted almost daily to miiverse as a playthrough of an Alpha Sapphire (AS) nuzlocke that I decided to do after never being able to bother finishing the game. I had a habit of getting bored and then restarting the save file. Doing a nuzlocke, drawing my random thoughts, creating characters for each of the pokemon caught as well as adding in past O.Cs while playing the game seemed like a good idea to keep me interested and motivated to finish the game. Some of it was also based around responses of those who commented, such as which pokemon should I keep on the team, who should I train for a gym or if anyone wanted to give eggs for the purpose of one of the rules I chose to follow (though in the first two instances it rarely occurred unless I couldn't decide myself). So with that in mind, this story is the product of my easily bored mind trying to scrape together what was left of my motivation to actually finish this game. Though of course now without the limitations of the comment limit on miiverse, it'll hopefully be more of a coherent story since originally it was more a mass of funny sketches of things I imagined would happen in game with missing bits of plot. I'll be including all the original drawings for the nuzlocke here as well throughout the story n_n
Also shout out to Sould1n and his Nanka's Pokemon Miiverse Adventure (NPMA) for his well-written interactive pokemon yellow playthrough he did on miiverse (which is clearly better than mine would ever hope to be considering story writing isn't something I particularly excel at xD). Definitely check it out on his DA. Here's the link to the first part of his Director's Cut of his original story, hopefully you'll also enjoy it as much as I do n_n
Nanka Pokemon Miiverse Adventure Act 1Nanka's Pokémon Miiverse Adventure Act 1: Bumpy Beginnings!
All Nanka could see was white; an endless white world expanding out before her, behind her and all around. She didn't question it; her head hazy and her mind tired as a familiar voice echoed across the expanse.
"Hellllooo theeerrreee…" The familiar voice echoed as the shadowy figure of an old man in a lab coat materialised before her. "Welcome to the world of Pokémon!"
"P-professor Oak?" Nanka mumbled, a yawn escaping her lips as her town's local professor stood before her.
"My name is Oak!" The familiar Professor introduced himself robotically, as if he was a pre-recorded message. "People call me the Pokémon Prof!"
"Ummm, I knew that already… Professor?" Nanka mumbled, tilting her head in confusion as the Professor continued to ramble.
Nanka blinked; suddenly seeing no
It's not necessary to be aware of my past O.Cs for this nuzlocke story, this story does incorporate them as they are personality and background story-wise. However, I do consider this story quite separate from the pokemon manga I did attempt on miiverse that I've re-posted here to DA (Link to that if you're interested in reading it wolfamongroseshb.devia… ). Though if I were to put this story into some kind of context, feel free to imagine it as a post-Pokemon Journey alternate universe story. Needless to say, to properly enjoy this, you'll have to know what pokemon is as the general term and the games I suppose.
But what is a nuzlocke?
A nuzlocke is a way of playing pokemon in "hard mode" as it was originally coined by the first person to post a drawn play through of a nuzlocke. It's also a way of playing the game using pokemon you normally would never would have considered. It involves following a few essential rules. Other rules can also be added but they're optional. Typical optional rules used are things such as the no dupes clause, no items, safari zone based rules, type based, wedlockes, ect. Many of these additional rules can be easily found if you're interested in knowing more about them. However, the basic rules every nuzlocke should follow are:
1) You can only catch the first pokemon of each route. If the first encounter faints, then bad luck you get no pokemon for that route.
2) Caught pokemon must be nicknamed in order to 'bond' and become attached to said pokemon.
3) And most importantly...Any pokemon that faints is considered dead for all intents and purposes. This pokemon must either be released or placed in a box in the PC never to be used again.
Fun fact: it's now known as simply a nuzlocke rather than pokemon hard mode due to the original pokemon hard mode comic having a nuzleaf called Nuzlocke (named inspired by a character from Lost don't ask me why) which featured often throughout the comic. In case you're interested in reading it here's a link to it n_n Original Nuzlocke Hard Mode comic
The nuzlocke rules I decided on for my Alpha Sapphire playthrough:
1) Only one pokemon per route may be caught in the first encounter, with the exception of routes that included both a body of water and land that had different pokemon spawning in said areas. This rule is just a personal preference of mine to follow since I rarely use water type pokemon and wanted to have a good variety of them throughout the nuzlocke.
2) All pokemon must be nicknamed and given a personality.
3) Any pokemon that faints is considered dead with no exceptions. All dead pokemon must be placed in a PC box specifically for them because I'm morbid enough to do that.
4) Equivalent Exchange: A rule I made up to mix things up since I'm not entirely a fan of gen 3 pokemon. It's inspired by Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood; my favourite anime x3 If a duplicate pokemon is caught for the first encounter, this may be traded for an unknown egg to be used in its place for the nuzlocke.
5) No healing items (potions, berries, status, revives, ect) are to be used throughout the playthrough except for the Elite Four and Champion battles (still no revives though).
6) Legendary pokemon cannot be used throughout the playthrough (honestly what's the point of doing a nuzlocke if you did?).
7) NPC trades are allowed so long as the pokemon needed for the trade you already own are on your nuzlocke team (and are living of course, did I need to clarify that trading away a dead pokemon is morally wrong?). No GTS trades, however trading for the purpose of evolving your own pokemon is allowed.
8) Using the Dexnav to find pokemon is ok for first encounters so long as it appears on it's own.
And with that out of the way, let the story begin...
Chapter 1: Who to choose?
A girl sat in the back of a moving truck, among the cardboard boxes filled with clothing and other belongings that mostly didn't belong to her. She yawned and stretched her arms as they'd gotten stiff from sleeping among the boxes. Her neck now aching from having laid her head on the edge of a nearby box, she rubbed at it absently as she took out her phone and searched for professor Birch's number to video call. She figured she might as well do that now before she arrived in Littleroot town, the place she'd now call 'home' while she stayed in Hoenn. After being put on hold for a few minutes, professor Birch appeared on screen. "Hi! Sorry to keep you waiting! Welcome to the world of Pokemon! My name is Birch. But everyone calls me the Pokemon Professor. And this…is what we call a Pokémon." He took out a pokeball from his lab coat and tossed it into the air. An azurill appears from the blinding light as the pokeball then lands back into the professor's hand. He continues on about what pokemon are, how pokemon can be both friends and be used to battle and other various things pokemon are typically helpful with. H.B already knows all this, she'd traveled across other regions and figured Hoenn wasn't much different with how gyms and the Pokemon League worked. However, there was one fundamental difference between the other regions she'd visited and Hoenn. She'd be attempting a nuzlocke here for the first time. She'd heard a nuzlocke was a way of both bonding and training with your pokemon, though it came with risks. It involved catching the first pokemon in each new area and training with them constantly. This supposedly allowed the trainer and pokemon to bond quicker together and become stronger together as well as they worked side by side to improve. The problem was she'd heard it can also push a pokemon far beyond their limits, causing some to die in the process. She fretted about this when Grant had first told her this is how he usually trained his pokemon. She didn't want to hurt her pokemon and push them so much. She was fine with just travelling with her pokemon and battling only when they felt like it, she told Grant at the time but Grant shook his head dismissively. "You want to become stronger as a trainer don't you?"
H.B slowly nodded, "yeah but I don't want to hurt..."
"Hurt pokemon? Tough luck. All battles involve hurting pokemon, get used to it if you want to become better," Grant looked at her and smirked, "Like me and Sebastian here." He patted the head of the large mightyena by his side roughly, messing up his fur. He was right about that, but she wasn't entirely sure this was the way to do it. Wasn't it too much? For her? For her pokemon? Seeing that she was still hesitating to commit to the idea, Grant held both her shoulders, locking his eyes with her own. "It's not so bad. Just find pokemon willing to push themselves too. You'll see it's the best way to improve yourself and your pokemon to be as strong as you've ever wanted to be. Once you and your pokemon are strong, you don't ever have to worry about them getting hurt anymore anyway," He shrugged as he let go of her shoulders. "You don't need to push yourself as hard as Grant and I do either. You can take it at your own pace. Play it safe if need be," Sebastian added. She still found it strange sometimes when the mightyena spoke, but knowing he thought it would help her become a stronger trainer too she agreed. She'd soon found herself travelling to Hoenn by boat from Kalos, looking forward to her new adventure... and worried about it too. She was sure she'd be careful trying this method of training both herself and her pokemon. Her thoughts were soon interrupted as she realised Birch had been asking her a question and was waiting for her to respond. "Sorry, can you say that again?"
"What about you? Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?"
She took a deep breathe and exhaled, why has every professor I've met had an issue with not being able to tell what gender I am? For a moment she considered answering with I identify as a pikachu actually, before thinking that might be a bit rude to say to someone who was helping her to begin her journey in Hoenn. Instead she said, "A girl." He wrote something down on a clipboard nearby and asked "And name?"
"H.B" she replied, before then realising she had her video turned off from her phone the entire time. Hastily she turned it on, maybe that's why he'd asked about her gender. Having now seen her dressed in her full May attire that made her look as though she was cosplaying Norman's daughter, he looked back at her in surprise before quickly composing himself again. "Ah...I see! You're THAT H.B! The one moving in with Norman's family in Littleroot town, near my lab. Feel free to visit once you're settled in."
"Thanks professor, see you later then," she hung up. Well that was a little awkward, she thought. She'd forgotten she was now stuck dressed this way. When she'd first arrived in Hoenn, she'd bumped into Norman's wife nearby their previous home. They'd soon gotten into conversation about what brought her to Hoenn and if she had a place to stay. Norman's wife was nice enough to offer her a place to stay until she'd gotten settled into Hoenn and ready to set out on her journey. That was when things began to go south. Norman was... a bit of an odd fellow, she later realised. When she'd first arrived at their home with her bag and belongings they'd both welcomed her into their home as if she were a part of the family. H.B had comfortably settled into their daughter's old bedroom. Though it was a bit odd at first, she didn't mind too much since they'd announced they were moving to Littleroot soon and the room would be changed then, with May's belongings put into storage. By the next few days, they'd began packing with most rooms soon filled with boxes and furniture still to be dismantled. With the constant moving about of boxes she never noticed when her clothing had suddenly disappeared from her bag until she was changing in her room. Looking about the room for something to put on, she'd seen some of May's clothing conveniently stacked on the dresser. She sighed as she crossed the room and put them on. Somehow they'd fit, though she knew May was only ten when she'd went on her own pokemon journey, she found it odd that they fit at all and comfortably at that considering she was twenty-one years old. She figured she'd ask later if her clothes had been packed by mistake into the truck. Later she'd found out her clothing had been moved into storage instead and it would be near impossible to find them again...or so Norman had claimed. When he'd left to take care of his gym, his wife however admitted he'd taken them and replaced then with clothing like their daughter's that'd fit her. She had apologized profusely about it, explaining that Norman was missing their daughter May since she'd left some time ago and supposed he thought of her as May with how similar she looked to her with her hair colour and style... As well as being quite short for her age. H.B had accepted her apology though it wasn't the woman's fault. She did however think it was a bit creepy that Norman would go this far just to pretend she was May. She never confronted him about it, but she didn't forget either until that phone call with professor Birch. She figured she'd be leaving soon anyway for her own journey so she didn't worry too much about it. She'd just get new clothes the moment she found a clothing store in Hoenn.
It was then the truck lurched to a halt, snapping her instantly away from her thoughts. Clipping her bag around her waist, she hopped off the truck. Littleroot seemed like a small neighbourhood, very small in fact, so before long she'd found Professor Birch's lab. However, after asking the lab assistant where the professor was, he suggested checking his home or out in the field nearby. She decided to head over to his home first, after all she'd heard the professor had a son who was beginning his journey soon too. Maybe I could find out more about Hoenn and its pokemon from him before heading out on my journey, she thought to herself as she greeted the professor's wife who directed her to a room upstairs. A boy leaned over his desk, packing pokeballs and other items into a bag. He looked up at the sound of her footsteps as she entered. "Hey! You...Who are you?" He looked as confused as he sounded as he looked her up and down. I really need to get new clothes the first chance I get... H.B thought to herself as she shifted a little uncomfortably in the May-like clothing she now had on."Oh! You're May H.B, right?" He said suddenly.
"It's just H.B," she corrected him.
"Right...Sorry, just used to Norman always calling you that whenever he visits. Dad, I mean Professor Birch, mentioned you'd be moving here too so you could challenge the gyms. I assumed you'd be a guy but I guess you're not. My name's Brendan, so, hi neighbor!" He added quickly.
"Nice to meet you, Brendan. I'm H.B, you don't happen to know where the professor is do you?"
"He hasn't given you a pokemon yet? Do you want me to catch you one?"
"Oh no that's ok, thanks for offering but...-"
"Aw, darn... I almost forgot I was supposed to be helping him catch some pokemon. Some other time, okay?" He closed up his bag and rushed out of the room before she could say anymore. That could have gone better, she thought as she headed out into the nearby route. I guess I'll just have to look for him on my own. It wasn't long before she stepped into the route that she'd heard someone calling for help. A grown man stood cowering from... A poochyena? The puppy-like pokemon yipped and ran around him in circles, stopping to growl at times in mock play before barking again. "Halloo? H.B? Please! Help me out!" H.B stood for a moment staring at the sight before turning on her heels and taking a few steps back towards Littleroot. He couldn't be serious about needing help, she'd come back later when he wasn't trying to waste her time with games. "WAIT! Where are you going?! Don't leave me like this!" He pleaded. She sighed as she turned back, maybe he was being serious. "In my bag! There's some pokeballs!" He shouted in a panic as the poochyena was now playfully gnawing at his leg. He pointed at a brown shoulder bag conveniently near H.B's feet. She sighed, two can play at this game. She picked it up and shuffled through it as she walked closer to the professor. "Hmm...Well I can't find them," she said before handing the bag to the professor who then dropped all three of the pokeballs into her hands after a quick search of the bag. "Here. Choose one of these: this lizard, this chicken or this wannabe frog tadpole thing. Oh and quickly, this poochyena is eating my leg," He said looking unimpressed and sounding slightly annoyed. H.B smiled a little. I knew it, he was being dramatic, she thought. She took her sweet time mulling over which of the pokemon to pick, it's not like the professor was going anywhere anytime soon. After a few minutes, she decided on the torchic. A cute chick, the perfect new partner for her journey. What better pokemon to start with than a fire type?
"Also if you name him, make it original and meaningful," Birch added as H.B slowly handed back the other two pokeballs.
"I will choose the chicken and name him Nugget," She said aloud as she held the pokeball. If he was going to insist on her playing at this dramatic rescue, she'd do so too with her naming choice. The professor face-palmed.
"Ok...? Please help get this poochyena away from me!"
H.B nodded as she let out the torchic, "Go Nugget!"
The torchic jumped at the sight of the nearby poochyena... or maybe he was more concerned about why he'd been called Nugget the moment he was released from his ball, H.B wasn't too sure. Soon the poochyena had begun chasing Nugget about, much to his delight but not so much to Nugget's. Worried for her frightened torchic, H.B picked up a stick and threw it as far as she could into the long grass. The poochyena bounded off after it. Nugget and the professor sighed in relief as the poochyena was soon out of sight. "Whew… I went into the tall grass to survey wild Pokémon when I was suddenly jumped! You saved my hide. Thanks a lot!" The Professor said as he bowed in thanks as did Nugget repeatedly in unison. "It's ok I was...happy to help," she said. Did he really need to thank me for throwing a stick? "This isn't the place to chat, we should head back to my lab. Help carry me to my lab won't you?" H.B sighed, he wasn't really injured but she supposed he was determined to go through with his dramatic act so reluctantly she agreed. With his arm over her shoulder, they hobbled back to Littleroot.
Back at the lab, H.B and the professor were soon deep in conversation about her plans for her journey and her decision to try a nuzlocke approach to her training as they drank tea. Nugget sat nearby, eating an oran berry H.B had handed him. He wasn't so sure he wanted to be part of something called a 'nuzlocke' with how dangerous it sounded. He anxiously pecked at the berry as H.B and the professor talked over the details. "As thanks for saving me earlier, how about you keep torchic? I'm sure he'll be of great use to you in your journey," the professor beamed at Nugget. Nugget almost choked on his oran berry at the suggestion. Go on a journey with this nut job?! Is he crazy?!
H.B nodded in agreement, "If that's ok by you I'd love to bring him along. I'll be sure to take care of him."
"Great! Good luck to you on your nuzlocke. I'm sure you'll get to the Pokemon League. You'll want to head to route 102 through Oldale town. It shouldn't be too difficult to find." With that, they waved their goodbyes as H.B headed out to begin her journey. She was nervous but excited at the thought of starting her nuzlocke as Nugget walked alongside her as they headed towards Oldale town.
Brendon was having an entirely different start to his journey. He'd spent most of his morning surveying the pokemon on route 102 with his trusty mudkip. He'd soon grown bored and headed back towards the lab, hoping to have a break before going out again. He began to wonder how much more he'd have to do for his father for the day before he could get a real start to his journey. It was at that moment that May...No H.B, his new neighbour walked on by with a quick smile and a wave with her new pokemon, the ever frightened torchic. He scoffed at the idea of battling her torchic later, he'd clearly come out the victor with his type advantage. The idea of having a rival now still excited him. He'd always have someone to battle along his journey and guide with his knowledge of Hoenn and its pokemon. Though his hopes of having a male rival were dashed before him, he was still glad he'd have a near-aged rival to compare himself and his progress with, or so he assumed based on her height and demeanor. She did look a few years older though, but by how much he did not know. He shrugged as he opened the lab's front door, maybe he'd ask his father about her later.
His father was busily moving pokeballs from the desk to the nearby PC, however Brendan was more focused on there now being a wooden peg where Professor Birch's left leg once was. "Dad! What happened to your leg?!" Brendan exclaimed, his voice filled with anxiety as he rushed to his father's side. How could this have happened in the short time I was gone? "Oh you noticed!" He said back cheerily, oblivious to Brendan's worry. Brendan rolled his eyes at the obvious statement, did he honestly think I wouldn't notice him looking like a pirate? "I was out researching and a poochyena attacked me. H.B came to help but she took over an hour deciding on a pokemon, so by that time it ate my leg. But look! I got this neat peg leg made out of birch! Isn't it cool?!" He said excitedly as he tapped the new leg onto the tiles of the laboratory floor.
The words came out as a hurried jumble to Brendan. He was still having trouble processing what had happened and this explanation made it all the more confusing. How could his father not be bothered by this? Why wasn't he upset or annoyed or anything for that matter? Why am I the one worrying in this situation instead of him? WHY DID HE GET A BIRCH LEG OF ALL THINGS?! He took a few deep breathes to calm himself. He knew his father wasn't the type to worry about things, so this situation shouldn't surprise him. Of course he wouldn't blame anyone for what happened, but Brendan did. His new neighbour was there, she could have helped but she didn't. It was her fault, not his....Even though he was late to doing what his father had asked of him. He became teary-eyed at the thought and wiped at his eyes furiously to dry them. He wracked his mind as to what he could do to make up for not being there for his father when he needed him the most. A light switched on in his mind as he remembered his earlier conversation with his father about H.B... She was attempting to do a nuzlocke. "Father! I will avenge your lost leg by making her lose something important too...Her pokemon!" He said as he stormed out, tears streaming down his face. The professor watched dumbfounded as his son left the lab in a hurry. "What's gotten into him?" He asked the nearest lab assistant as he sat down and took off the birch leg, stretching his left leg. His toes felt cramped after having been in the fake leg for so long waiting for Brendan to show up, but it had been worth it. His prank had been a success. The pink-haired lab assistant shrugged tiredly, he wasn't in the mood today to explain that Brendan had taken it seriously. After all, he was a minor character no one paid much attention to... Or so he assumed as no one ever referred to him by name.
To be continued in Chapter 2: The Nuzlocke Begins...