Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Nuzlocke Challenge Explained

With the release of the next mainline games in the series, it is time to focus on the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Nuzlocke challenge and how that would work in the new open-world format. Thankfully, it seems that not much should change on that front for players. 

The name of Nuzlocke comes from a fan comic called Nuzlocke that had to do with a mix of the Pokémon Nuzleaf and the Lost protagonist, John Locke. In addition, it helps that there is the word “lock” in the name since that is exactly what this challenge is all about. 

The idea of the Nuzlocke challenge is to “lock” you into what Pokémon you use for that playthrough. Instead of picking the most potent, balanced, or cutest Pokémon, you can find, it is somewhat left to RNG.

In the Nuzlocke challenge’s most basic form, you can only catch the first Pokémon you find in each new area you visit. It doesn’t matter if you encounter a Bidoof followed by a Shinx; you would only be able to capture the former in this area. 

The only exception is in double battle scenarios, in which the player can pick which Pokémon they want but still only one.

The other main rule is that once a Pokémon faints in battle, even a single time, they are considered dead at this point. You must release them and move on without them, including the starter. 

Other optional rules you can apply to the challenge, like naming your Pokémon to have a better connection to them when they pass. Or, even having a game over if all of your party’s Pokémon faint since it would be a game over. 

But this isn’t a challenge you set up in the game’s backend itself, so it is up to the player to restrict themselves in this manner. You can pick and choose what rules you prefer and all that. 

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