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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!


TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER


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
                vs.
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!

~Yin
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:iconherog9000:
Herog9000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
oh and for 4 players you can do a free for all!
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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
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FrostStreak Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
OMFG I want to do this with my roomie when she gets a 3DS -scream-
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:iconbecon431:
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.
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EeveeFennekinFan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Need to try this.. *goes try getting a friend*
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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.
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:iconhaloister:
Haloister Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ho - Oh ly shiznitz I could do this for my Gold nuzlocke seriously
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:iconstonesteal:
StoneSteal Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish  I had friends so I can play this. :( (Sad) 
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:iconzeldeon:
Zeldeon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
*rubs hands evilly in a plot to get sibling to do this*
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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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:iconyindragon:
YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
You can only trade one of the 3 pokemon you used to battle with one of your friend's 3 pokemon. If you'd rather include all 6, that's up to you. I made it 3 because the trading system only allows you to show 3 pokemon at a time, and because if there's a pokemon you really want to keep, you can keep it safe by not letting it battle.
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:iconguynuttle:
Guynuttle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thanks for the ruleset Yin! Aki and I are going to be trying this out this weekend!
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:icongodlis:
Godlis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Have you ever done one of these Tradelocke Runs?
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:iconyindragon:
YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
In the middle of one now.
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:iconcalvinbeckett:
CalvinBeckett Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Sounds pretty cool, I might try this out w my cousin and record it for a YouTube Channel I'm planning on starting in the near future (a month or so). :D
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:iconjk-howling:
Jk-Howling Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Me and a friend decided to try this out on our White games :'D Wish us luck.
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:iconyindragon:
YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Good luck! ;P
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:iconjk-howling:
Jk-Howling Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Thanks cx
We added another rule though- shinies, if caught, cannot be traded. Because y'know. Epicness.
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:iconrageofkyubii:
rageofkyubii Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I am all for this. I'm just finishing up a White duolocks and would love to do another co-op Nuzlocke with someone.
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DoodleNugget Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
i saw something like this in a pic on FB, except it had R/B/Y as the preffered game... other than that it was exactly like this
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zactoab Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Well, the sky seems pretty unclear, I think it's because of all the rain.

 

(I love loopholes)

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SnivyGurl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hm... Maybe I can talk my bro into doing this with me...
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Dragnia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I had a friend who had basically the same idea. Only he was more heartless and said he would totally just take the starter and use it as a meat-shield >3>;

I would do this, but I have no wi-fi back at my apartment :'d well, Nintendo Wi-Fi compatible internet : < unless I can and get it changed ;n;...
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Poketcivmonster444 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I love this idea!

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WolfpackDragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gosh darn it! Does it have to be with someone else, cus all the other Pokémon players in my area are trolls in the most serious form. (Not even kidding.)
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:iconchathofsky:
ChathofSky Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This is both brilliant and terrifying.
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:iconjren-and-lashingtail:
Jren-and-Lashingtail Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
 Gonna try this... If I can get my friends to even do Nuzlockes
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:iconmad-revolution:
Mad-Revolution Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I look forward to stealing this idea once I get a 3DS
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:iconocatipus:
Ocatipus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but so after every battle you get to heal the ones that die right?
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:iconyindragon:
YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Pokemon don't die during link battles. Think of it as friendly fighting.
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:iconlightnymfa:
Lightnymfa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*drags friend along* FETCH YA SOULSILVER NAO!
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:iconxyliax:
Xyliax Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
This sounds really cool...
unfortunately I don't have any friends that like pokemon :saddummy:
maybe my sister would do it with me...
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:iconamarantha-thea:
Amarantha-Thea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll do it with you if you want.
It sounds fun
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:iconxyliax:
Xyliax Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hmm I don't know maybe
 
I definitely wouldn't be able to make a comic though I'm up to my knees in Nuzlocke Sapphire at the moment
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:iconamarantha-thea:
Amarantha-Thea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've still got my comics to work on as well but if you wanna try it I'd be up for it.

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Xyliax Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Don't you have to be in close range to trade though :?

If not I'd love to try it sounds like fun :meow:
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Amarantha-Thea Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can connect via internet and i think most ds's are the same
My last nuzlocke was one were we traded every gym and I think he lives in the dakota's and i'm in idaho
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Xyliax Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'd have to find my DS ( I lost it ^^;) and check, but I'm not sure :P
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:iconamarantha-thea:
Amarantha-Thea Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you find it. I was distressed when I lost mine
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Neowth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I must try this sometimes XD
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Thalateya Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Oh wow, this looks really cool, I'd do this if I had somebody to play with...

Every two badges though? I'd probably prefer it more often, like after every gym or in every town or something.
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YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
You can change it up if you want. If you'd rather battle after every gym, I can't stop you. XD
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shinysquirtle11 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is like one of the greatest ideas I've ever read/seen/about to do. :D (Big Grin) Clap I am a dummy! La la la la Nod Giggle :happybounce: Singing Airborne EVIL Laughter! Smoking #1 
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AoiSora19S Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
o3o looks confusing as fuck and very stress inducing. it could be a hit
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:iconrapididous:
Rapididous Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Okay! I think I'll end up doing this with my brother. Sounds pretty fun, in my opinion.
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ShaddyK Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
This....Sounds like sheer awesomeness....
I MUST DO IT!
I must now acquire FRIENDS and a 3DS! *flees to squander paycheck*
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BlitzkriegOmega Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
on that "Level Cap" thing, I did a Vs-Locke for Platinum and we battled after every gym. the rule was that the pokemon you use CANNOT Exceed the Gym Leader's strongest pokemon. if you leveled up in the gym battle, too bad. no dice. oh, and the E4 level cap was 60, but you can use pokemon who leveled in the E4.
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YinDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Hmm, never heard of a VS-locke. Is it roughly the same as these rules?

At least in Gen 4 and above, they have the "flat rule" which helps with over-leveling, but only if the pokemon are level 50 or higher. :T
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BlitzkriegOmega Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Sort of...it's 1v1, we battle after every gym and at the end of the Elite four.

for gyms 1-8, players must agree not to exceed the gym leader's level and have a 3v3 singles match to "claim" the badge. me and Zarb used a simulator program for the battles since I had no access to Wifi. if a pokemon exceeds the gym leader in the battle, it MUST sit out for the fight. Oh, and once you finish the gym, the moves and levels are locked in. no sneaking off to gain a few extra levels while you wait for your opponent.

the Elite four has a level 60 max for entry. any levels gained in the 5 battles are fair game for a 6v6 doubles. to prevent ties, the Elite four title is worth 3 badges instead of 1, for both the increased difficulty of the battles AND the larger final battle.

Variations of the rules can include the usual difficulty enhancers listed in your journal, along with the winner can chose one of the loser's pokemon that he/she used and have it Boxed either permanently or for the next Gym battle set.
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lastwingedwolfflying Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds cool! Might try :)
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