Aqua's Journal, September-
After some training, I decided to challenge my dad, Norman, at his gym. I was a little impatient (my new team members weren't quite as strong to keep up with the rest yet), but it worked out well. Since I'm always training the weaker members, Ace was really itching for a good fight- and he got it! The trainers before dad were a breeze, but I was a little afraid to face the gym leader, since defeats haven't gone very well for me so far.
I needed to ask him some questions about my journey so far, but he said he needed to fight me first. He seemed so proud to see me there, and he was really excited to battle.
The battle itself went great! Ace and I came up with a strategy of stat boosts with flame charge and power-up punch, so we just kept getting stronger and stronger! His last Slaking was able to hit Ace once, which almost knocked him out! But a swift double kick was enough to finish off the battle! I was so happy that Ace was able to stick with me though to the end.
After the battle, I finally got my answers.
Dad was mumbling about "this is impossible... I can't believe you were able to make it this far... through all your trouble..."
I didn't understand what he meant at first, but then he explained... about Nuzlocke. He said that it was a virus, that- like pokerus- is rare, but very contagious for Pokemon. Pokerus can be described as a "positive virus" that boosts stats, and can be identified by a purple marking on the Pokemon. Nuzlocke, however, is visually unidentifiable and has very negative effects: it harshly lowers a pokemon's ability to recover from a knock out.
He told me about how Professors Birch, while he was working with Pokemon breeders to get starter Pokemon for the next specially selected trainers (such as myself), Ace's family seemed to show signs of Nuzlocke. The breeders would test their strength and stats through battles, and many of them didn't survive defeats. Birch had told my dad about how his new Torchics were probably infected, and he was afraid of the other Pokemon getting infected too. And he was also worried about any trainers interested in the starters.
Now that I think about it, I think I do remember dad trying to convince to pick a Mudkip or a Treeco instead... but I ignored him because I loved how cute Torchic was and I thought it would be cool to start off with a fire-type. I'm glad Ace was able to stay with me, but... I wish dad would have told me sooner about this. Maybe he was afraid of how I would react. Maybe he wanted to see if I would be able to have a good team, even if they do all get the Nuzlocke virus.
But either way, I proved today that I can do this. Balto, Salem, Ember, Suika, and Wormy had to lose their lives to Nuzlocke, but I won't let their deaths be in vain. I will put my trust in my Pokemon, and come up with new strategies as to keep my team defensive and strong!
In conclusion, this clears up a lot of things for me. I always wondered how gym leaders were able to keep their jobs when new challengers defeat them (and their Pokemon die). Well the answer is: not everyone's Pokemon are like mine. I'm sorry dad, that I won't be able to become a gym leader like you, but maybe you know that already. So I'll tell you now: I still have the dream of defeating all the gym leaders! And mostly, I want to explore all of Hoenn! Hoenn is known for its beautiful oceans, and I can't wait to see them for myself!