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July 23, 2013


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This is a nuzlocke rule system I came up with awhile back, but never bothered to write down. It's basically a variation of the popular dual-locke with more emphasis on collaborative play.

Okay! First step, find a friend who loves Pokemon and nuzlockes as much as you do.

Got one? Good! Moving on~

You and your friend will need:
:bulletblue: A Nintendo handheld system
:bulletblue: Compatible Pokemon games (e.g. Platinum & SoulSilver, Black 2 & White, etc.)
:bulletblue: A method of trading  (link cable, IR, wi-fi, etc.)

Standard nuzlocke rules apply:
:bulletblue: Catch only the first pokemon on each route, cave, ocean, etc.
:bulletblue: If a pokemon faints, it's dead.

As far as additional rules go, it doesn't matter what you use as long as you and your partner use the same ones.

Now, onto the tradelocke rules:
:bulletblue: After every 2 badges, the trainers must pick 3 pokemon to battle each other.
:bulletblue: Winner gets to pick one of the opponent's 3 pokemon to trade with their own. Yes, you HAVE to trade. It's the whole point of the Tradelocke.
:bulletblue: A traded pokemon CANNOT leave your team unless it's traded back or dies.
:bulletblue: This is the only way to evolve trade-evolution pokemon (e.g. haunter, onix, etc.)

Optional rules:
:bulletblue: Starter pokemon CANNOT be traded.
:bulletblue: Battle after every gym instead of after every other gym.
:bulletblue: Set a level cap for each battle so one trainer doesn't out-level the other.
:bulletblue: Trainers must have one final epic post-E4 battle with all their pokemon.

And that's the gist of it!


Wanna get more people involved? Here's some additional rulesets for 3+ players.

Note: Keep in mind that the more people you add, the harder it is to manage. Someone could wipe, become too busy, or simply drop out.

Anyway, I'll do my best to make this make sense~

Rotation method:

Player 1              Player 3
   vs.                     vs.
Player 2              Player 4
Player 1 vs. Player 2, Player 3 vs. Player 4
Player 1     vs.     Player 3

Player 2     vs.     Player 4
Player 1 vs. Player 3, Player 2 vs. Player 4
Player 1              Player 3
Player 2              Player 4
Player 1 vs. Player 4, Player 2 vs. Player 3

You can choose to swap partners after every 2 gyms or just battle everyone at once. This can work with double-battles too, where the two winning trainers get to trade one pokemon with each of the other two.

If you decide to battle everyone at once, you still have to trade after every battle and use the traded pokemon in the next round. For example, let's say your starting team is Ivysaur, Pidgeotto, and Pikachu. You win the first round and decide to trade your Pidgeotto for your opponent's Fearow. Your round 2 team is now Ivysaur, Fearow, and Pikachu.

Bracket method:

I assume we're all familiar with tournament brackets, so I won't elaborate on it much. But just in case, here's a visual~

Something like this, but probably smaller. Same rules as the rotation method apply, where you must use the same pokemon (+ traded pokemon) for each round.

Anyway, if you have any questions or if something seems unclear, please let me know in the comments~

Happy nuzlocking!

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Herog9000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
oh and for 4 players you can do a free for all!
Lilyannetherose Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
so...i take it a player's game isn't over when they lose in the multiplayer battle
FrostStreak Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
OMFG I want to do this with my roomie when she gets a 3DS -scream-
becon431 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
This is such a great idea. Such a shame that i am unwilling to restart my SoulSilver, but maybe will do it with Diamond.
EeveeFennekinFan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Need to try this.. *goes try getting a friend*
DarkyTheCat16 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's funny, i had an idea f a tradelocke too... Though the rules are a bit different. I made it so that every time you caught a pokemon you had to trade it away for something else. I've actually been filling my boxes on Diamond just to do that.
Well, here's the ruleset I came up with:

Catch only the first pokemon you encounter on the route
      Shinies are exceptions
Nickname every single pokemon you catch

Every pokemon must be traded and CANNOT have the same ID as you do.
       You may, however, keep your starter, gift and/or shiny pokemon you catch from the wild if you wish.
            If you wish to evolve pokemon that evolve by trading or evolve an Eevee into either Leafeon or Glaceon, you may, but you must trade 'em back right away after evolution.

Can't remember any other rules I might have had...
And the nuzlocke (that I never started) was supposed to be on SoulSilver.
Haloister Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho - Oh ly shiznitz I could do this for my Gold nuzlocke seriously
StoneSteal Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish  I had friends so I can play this. :( (Sad) 
Zeldeon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
*rubs hands evilly in a plot to get sibling to do this*
SirChampion Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Wow this is really cool I want to try but if your the victor and trading a pokemon can it be any pokemon or a pokemon of the three that you trade away?
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