In the absence of a new Pokemon fix to entertain myself, I have decided to embark on a Wonderlocke play through of Alpha Sapphire to keep things fresh.
For those who perhaps don’t know, the wonderlocke rules are as follows:
-Only one Pokemon can be caught on each route.
-The first Pokemon encountered on each route has to be caught, if it faints then you cannot take a Pokemon from this route.
-Each Pokemon caught must be immediately traded on wondertrade and the received Pokemon can be used.
As you can imagine this can lead to some interesting Pokemon being used in your party which might otherwise be overlooked and can introduce Pokemon not native to the region. To keep the difficulty up somewhat, a Pokemon cannot be used if it is received at a level ten above what you traded, and if it faints in battle it can no longer be used.
I am going to regularly post my progress throughout the game with updates on all Pokemon received and lost. Last night I created my character, Lucina the trainer, and made my way to the first gym to battle the leader Roxanne.
Caught and received Pokemon:
Route 101 – Zigzagoon (sent) Bunelby (received)
Route 102 – Wurmple (sent) Poochyena (received)
Route 103 – Zigzagoon (sent) Cyndaquil
Petalburg Woods – Pokemon knocked out
Route 116 – Wurmple (sent) Shellos (received)
The route to the gym leader was fairly uneventful, the only casualty being Bunnelby who I carelessly let faint to a Seedot using bide (embarrassing, but Bunnelby is up there on my most hated Pokemon of all time due to its hideous evolved form so no great loss there.)
The gym itself was rather trickier as I did not get Shellos until just before the leader. The gym was predominantly rock type, and my Cyndaquil and Torchic both suffer badly against rock types. My Poochyena’s defences are terrible and didn’t hold up well at all. Only the arrival of Shellos Waterpulsing the crap out of everything made the leader beatable without casualty (although it was a close run thing.
Next time…..The journey to badge number 2!