Traditional Nuzlocke

The O.G.

The Nuzlocke Challenge has only two rules that must be followed:

  1. Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead, and must be released or put in the PC permanently (whatever, as long as the Pokémon is never able to be used again during the run).

  2. You may only catch the first wild Pokémon encountered in each area, and none else. If the first wild Pokémon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances. If the first encounter in the area is a double battle, the player is free to choose which of the two wild Pokémon they would like to catch but may only catch one of them. This restriction does not apply to Pokémon able to be captured during static encounters, nor to Shiny Pokémon (usually).


Other near-universally used rules include:

  1. You must nickname all of your Pokémon, for the sake of forming stronger emotional bonds (it hurts more when J-Lo the Taillow dies than, you know, Taillow the Taillow).

  2. You may only use Pokémon you have captured yourself, meaning Pokémon acquired through trading, Mystery Gifts, etc., are prohibited.

  3. You may not voluntarily reset and reload the game whenever things go wrong. Being able to do so would render all of the other rules pointless.

Basic Nuzlocke Rules.png

here's an example...

A hugely popular animated version of an original attempt at a Nuzlocke by Pokétuber 'Jaiden Animations'.