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Gen III Challenge

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Today I dug out my old Gen III Pokemon GBA games. It was kind of weird playing them in no small part due to the fact that most of the Pokemon I used to use back then have made their way to later games via the PalPark and its iterations.

Even though my Emerald game has a full Pokedex there were only a handful of Pokemon on the chip. Same goes for my copy of Leaf Green. Just a couple of middling Pokemon on those old chips. When I popped in Ruby I was shocked to see that I had restarted it at some point in the past. Not so shocked to get the dead battery message

With my intention of running the Ruby/Sapphire Challenge in February I have decided to trial it by clearing out my Ruby and starting it fresh.

The challenge will require me to limit myself to only using one Pokemon of each type MAX! Yup, if I catch a dual-type that blocks two typings from my team. It also means that if I start with Treeko I can never use/catch another Grass Pokemon. If I start with Torchic and pick up a Machop before he evolves I can never evolve Torchic!

I'll report back my results.

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  1. Sorgatani's Avatar
    When the Gen IV challenge was first brought up (well before the current discussions), I tried doing one on a spare Diamond cartridge.

    All I can say is that the type restriction is tough! Good luck :d
  2. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    I think the hardest part is planning for which Pokemon to use.
  3. Deneves's Avatar
    So if you start with Mudkip you can't catch Kyogre?
  4. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    That is correct. If you nab zigzagoon early no tailow.
  5. pokemonpal7's Avatar
    Are you allowed extra HM Slaves? If not, this will get really interesting.
  6. Deneves's Avatar
    Could you release the Machop and then evolve Torchic?
  7. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    Nope. One of any type (evolutions being only exception for same type). I started playing my Ruby this morning then started tracking down version exclusive info. I wanted Lot ad for eventual Water/Grass but he is only in Sapphire.
  8. Vott's Avatar
    I'll probably do your challenge/Nuzlocke today. I got inspired by many which includes you
  9. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    No extra slaves. Your Water Pokemon will be a slave due to the need of Surf, Dive and Waterfall.
  10. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    If you do join the group and post a starting pic and then pics right after you beat each gym. There will be a leaderboard so take pics of the save screen.
  11. Sorgatani's Avatar
    With Gen IV, you couldn't get Palkia or Dialga if you began with Piplup (well, you could get Dialga if you didn't fully evolve piplup, but still...)
    HM slaves are the hardest to account for :/
  12. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    Right now I just reached the first gym with Torchic and Zigzagoon. Zigzagoon can learn surf so he covers the early HM stuff. I'll try and catch a Maril or Tentacool for the other two water HMs.
  13. pokemonpal7's Avatar
    What if I caught a Nincada? I'm assuming when it evolves, you have to release either Ninjask or Shedinja, but what about the typing? Could I never get a Numel or Flygon now, or what?
  14. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    You could keep both as long as those types have not been caught. If they have already been caught you can't evolve. Don't forget that Shedinja requires an empty slot and a pokeball. You can avoid that Pokemon from showing up.

    If an early stage has a different typing than a later stage that early stage typing is still blocked unless you caught the later evolution and never had the early.
  15. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    I just beat my Dad's gym and so far I find the limits on Pokemon to be not that hard to work with. Up until after I fought Team Magma on top of the volcano I think I only had four Pokemon in my party. Early on I found two Pokemon was sufficient to beat the gyms.
  16. pokemonpal7's Avatar
    I suppose it all comes down to how well you plan.
  17. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    I wanted a water Pokemon for the fourth gym but the only one I ever encountered was either Wingul or magikarp. Wingul cannot learn dive/waterfall so he's out and Gyrados is not in my plan.
  18. pokemonpal7's Avatar
    What about Tentacruel/Tentacool? They can learn the three water HMs, and you can find them in Dewford by fishing w/ the old rod.
  19. HMTKSteve's Avatar
    I thought the old rod only catches magikarp? Regardless I will be catching a jelly as my water Pokemon once I need dive. I have also learned the value of a small party; everyone levels up faster!
  20. pokemonpal7's Avatar
    Yeah, that's why solo runs are kind of easy. Also, I remember you can catch Tentacools because I was like "heck, why not" and sed my Old Rod and got a Shiny. Now it's in the (hopefully) good care of Deneves.
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