There are many ways to play Pokemon games, and many of them are things you shouldn’t do.
You probably love Pokemon, just like millions and millions of other people around the world. It’s hard not to, since the game’s simple rules make it appealing to people of all ages and skill levels.
Because it’s been played so much, there are a lot of new ways to play the games, though some of them may not be as good as the ones you remember from the Game Boy days. If there were a wrong way to play a video game, these are some of the wrong ways to play Pokemon.
Do A Nuzlocke
This is probably one of the most well-known ways to play Pokemon. Players may not think it’s bad, but Nintendo doesn’t seem to like it at all. They have their own rules that they follow, but those rules make every time they play a game different.
Most of the time, you can only catch one Pokemon per route, you have to give each Pokemon a name, and you have to let go of any Pokemon that faints in fight. It takes away from the “catch them all” idea, but it gives players who find the series too easy a simple task.
Only Stick To One Game
The Pokemon series has been around for more than 20 years, so it’s pretty big. That means you can play a lot of games on both handhelds and home systems. You could, of course, just play one game if you wanted to.
Getting good at one Pokemon game can have its own benefits, especially if it has a lot of material or brings back a lot of memories. You won’t get to see how the strange world of Pokemon grows or what came before it, but you’ll still have a great time.
Become An Eevee Fiend
It might take some planning and study to play this way, but given how popular the Eeveelution line is, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that a lot of people do this. Basically, you can get through a lot of games with just a group of strong Eevees.
You may have to breed your own Eevees, but you can get a full line of different Eevee evolutions that cover almost every type in the game. At this point, none of them are very good Pokemon, but some people will do anything for the fans.
Use Only One Pokemon
People who played the games when they were younger and only ever paid attention to their original starter Pokemon aren’t that rare. This goes against the whole point of Pokemon, which is to catch them all, but it has been shown to be possible in a number of games.
In some games, you might need to use HM Mule, but that’s fine if it means your godlike starter doesn’t have to learn a boring move like Cut. No one will argue with you if you want to see how strong that Charizard can get.
Become A Single Type Trainer
It’s easy to forget that all of the main Pokemon games are RPGs, which are games that let you play a part. One thing you can do is put yourself in the place of all the funny little NPC coaches you meet as you play.
If you really want to, you can train Bug Catcher better than anyone else in the world. When you get to Fire-Type or Flying-Type clubs, you’re going to have a hard time, but that’s a small price to pay for sticking with the bug life.
Never Evolve Your Pokemon
If you want your Pokemon team to be as cute as possible, you can totally ignore the evolution system. Which is important for most players to do well. You can just have a team of Pokemon that are always babies.
Without a lot of grinding, it’s possible that your team will keep getting beat up badly. But that’s a small price to pay for cuteness. A veteran player can also find a unique set of hurdles in this kind of playthrough. Which is something you might want to think about.
Do A Speedrun
Speedruns of your favorite Pokemon game are another type of challenge run that a lot of people try but Nintendo doesn’t seem to like. They require a lot of practice and understanding of how the game works and what the rules are, but they can be a lot of fun.
Most people think of the Pokemon games as easy-to-get-into RPGs that can be played by people of any age. Doing a speedrun kind of takes that away. They take a lot of work and often need certain types of Pokemon to go as fast as possible. So most people’s runs are pretty much the same.
Only Spamming The Strongest Attacks Possible
There’s a lot of technique you can use in Pokemon games, but since they were made with kids in mind first and foremost, they’re pretty easy. Because of this, you could just spam your strongest moves while running through Flappy Bird without a care in the world.
Some of these attacks may have major downsides, but you won’t care when your overleveled Gyrados uses its fifth Hyper Beam to wipe out another trainer’s Pokemon in one hit. Be a one-shot trainer. Depending on what you value, this will make fights more or less interesting.
Ignoring The Grind
Grinding is a part of almost every RPG that has ever been made. It’s almost impossible to avoid, and in the Pokemon world, this couldn’t be more true. The thing is, you don’t have to do any of the grinding to get through the games.
Most people would probably think it’s blasphemous to have a team made up of a starting Pokemon and Pokemon from early areas, but you can do it. Even if it was caught with a level 2 Rattata. That level 3 Pidgey can become a powerful force with enough work.
Roleplaying As Ash
This could be the best way to play wrong. You can choose any Pokemon game you want and try to relive Ash Ketchum’s adventures from the cartoon. If you do this, you will only be able to use a few Pokemon. But it will be a lot of fun.
You would have to follow Ash’s strange rule that Pikachu should never evolve into a Raichu. But you should be fine. Just be careful when you need to over-level your Charizard, because that could cause you some trouble.