With this challenge, your Pokémon Crimson/Crimson will be a whole new experience

Want a whole new experience with crimson or purple?  Then try the Nuzlocke Challenge.

Want a whole new experience with crimson or purple? Then try the Nuzlocke Challenge.

Most players new to the franchise with Crimson or Crimson should be happy that the one difficulty level available is kept low and doesn’t present us with too many hurdles. Many old hands, on the other hand, want a bigger challenge – and we have just the right thing for you, especially if you’ve played through the game before.

This is how you face the challenge

“Nuzlocke” sounds weird, but it’s a great idea. The name is based on a comic and describes a Pokémon challenge for which you need nothing more than a good portion of trainer ambition; and your game, of course. We highly recommend the challenge for Crimson and Crimson, but it works for other Pokémon titles as well.

The rules were set by the community, but of course – if you only play for yourself and don’t want to compete with others – you can adapt them freely and create your own experience.

With Nuzlocke you play the games in principle in permadeath mode. In addition to three fixed basic rules, there are a variety of other challenges that you can optionally add.

Do you want to know how crimson and purple compare with us? Then take a look at our test video:

Pokémon Crimson + Crimson - Test video for the first open world Pokémon

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Pokémon Crimson & Crimson – Test video for the first open world Pokémon

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The three basic rules:

  1. “Encounters”: You are allowed to only catch the first Pokémon you encounter in an area or on a route. What if you fail to catch the pocket monster? If you were unlucky, you missed your chance. With Crimson and Crimson, you have an advantage and a disadvantage here: it is more difficult to find out if you are in a new area (you have to look at the map for this). At the same time, you can choose your Pokémon freely because they are visible in the world.
  2. Permadeath: If one of your Pokémon is defeated and is incapacitated, this seals the end of your journey together. You either have to release it or put it in a box that you only send “dead” pocket monsters into. By the way: The attack Vitalsegen is taboo!
  3. names: To make permadeath even more dramatic, you’ll need to give each of your Pokémon individual names.

This is how you win or fail:

  • Goal of the challenge: You’ve made it when you manage to defeat the game’s champion.
  • Game Over: If you don’t have any more “living” Pokémon (i.e. not in stock in boxes), you’ve lost and have to start all over again.

Here’s another idea that fans are using to make crimson and purple a little more challenging:

Pokémon Crimson + Crimson fans want more difficulty


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Pokémon Crimson & Crimson fans want more difficulty

Optional rules:

Players have put together lots of additional rules that you can impose on yourself to make the challenge even more difficult. Here are just a few examples. You can find more at www.pokewiki.de.

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Hardcore Rules:

  • game over already when fainting: You may not continue playing with the “alive” Pokémon in your boxes if you faint from defeating all of the monsters on your team.
  • Random Encounters: So that you can’t choose the first Pokémon you encounter in the new area, you can simply close your eyes for a moment when you enter.
  • Bans on specific items: If you need a really hard challenge, you can also do without using certain items such as healing items.

There are also some rules that you can use to make the challenge a little easier. Some of the points do not work in all Pokémon games. However, you can find some suggestions at the above link.

What do you think of Nuzlocke? Do you already know the challenge? Did you feel like it? Do you use optional rules?