Soul Link Nuzlocke

We’ve been keeping ourselves pretty busy with plenty of games lately. Yet, we started a new Pokemon journey. We’re playing the games doing a Nuzlocke version. However, it wasn’t until after we started that we heard of a Soul Link Nuzlocke.

There are only two basic rules of a normal Nuzlocke: you’re only allowed to catch the first Pokemon you encounter in each new area, and if a Pokemon faints, it is considered dead and must be released. Most also add the rule to nickname all Pokemon, to better forge a bond between the player and their team. Many people have put their own twists on the Nuzlocke challenge to make them harder, such as type or item restrictions, whether or not healing items are allowed, or catching duplicates. Then there are special Nuzlockes, like the Soul Link Nuzlocke.

The Soul Link Nuzlocke is the same except it’s two-player. Your Pokemon are “linked” to your friend’s Pokemon. For example, whatever you catch on Route 1 is “linked” with whatever your friend catches on Route 1. If your Route 1 Pokemon dies, then your friend’s Route 1 Pokemon dies. If your friend doesn’t catch anything on a route and you did, then your Pokemon automatically dies. The stakes seem so much higher because you’re basically caring for twice the Pokemon without controlling them.

Not only are you invested in your own team, but you’ll also spend plenty of time worrying about your friend’s team as well. While I’ve read plenty of Nuzlocke comics, I’ll admit that I’ve never seen a Soul Link Nuzlocke comic or story, for that matter. This was a challenge that Rachel had discovered fairly recently.

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I don’t even remember what I was doing… I just came across a Soul Link Nuzlocke playthrough on YouTube and decided to look up what it was. While this seems like it would be harder (and more stressful!) than the regular Nuzlocke, this is something I definitely want to try out!

It’s just one more Nuzlocke challenge to add to the list. There are so many to do… It’s a good thing we have seven generations of games to go through!

Have you heard of a Soul Link Nuzlocke? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. I have to admit that I’ve never been the biggest fan of Nuzlocke runs. I don’t have anything against other people playing them, but I could never do it myself. It’s because I have an instinct towards caution that would be monstrously amplified, turning into me overlevelling everyone after hours and hours of grinding rather than admit to a loss.

    • I totally get what you mean. I do the same thing. Though with the Nuzlocke I’m trying to control myself and just get them to two or three levels higher so I don’t make wild Pokemon faint and such. It’s just an interesting “extra difficulty” challenge for Pokemon that I’ve never tried before. Have you watched other people do Nuzlockes?

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