The Pokemon Starter Challenge: Intro


Today I will be starting a new series of articles on my blog. I will be playing through most of the Pokemon games I own three times, each time with a different starting Pokemon, and I will only use that Pokemon in battles. This is a new way to enjoy some old favorite games of mine. There are a few ground rules that I will cover in this article, so that you know what I’m doing in these runs. Here they are:

  • I will only use my starter in battles.
  • My starter will evolve as soon as possible.
  • I will not use any healing items in battle, but can use them between battles.
  • I will not optimize IVs and EVs.
  • In games that have them, I will use held items, if they are useful.
  • If I the stater gets KO’ed, I will reset the game.
  • I will skip most wild battles, unless I need more levels to progress.
  • I will only catch what I need to use HM moves to progress.
  • If I encounter a shiny Pokemon, I will try to catch it.
  • I will fight every trainer battle I encounter, but will skip the easiest to avoid, with some exceptions. I may battle them if I need more levels to progress.
  • I will fight every trainer battle I can permanently miss. This includes all gym battles, with some exceptions, and some other areas of the game that have these.
  • I will avoid using glitches, unless they are unavoidable.
  • I will try to play each playthrough in the same game in the same way, unless the game gets too hard. Extra leveling might be necessary and will lead to these deviations.
  • I will not include any post game content in these playthroughs, unless you count the second journey in Silver or Soulsilver as extra content.

Unfortunately, I cannot record my play sessions, so I will include in each article some of the more noteworthy results. The information I will include will involve:

  • The Pokemon I chose.
  • The recorded play time I have at each milestone.
    • This includes each gyms’ completion in most of these games.
    • This also includes the play time after I complete any trials and grand trials in Sun version.
    • As well as finishing the game.
  • The level I complete the game at.
  • Each loss before each milestone.
  • How much play time elapsed in between each milestone, not counting resets
  • Any additional notes, such as slight deviations, or any noteworthy misplays or mistakes.

So, which games will I play?

  • Pokemon Blue version.
  • Pokemon Silver version.
  • Pokemon Leafgreen version.
  • Pokemon Diamond version.
  • Pokemon Soulsilver version.
  • Pokemon White version.
  • Pokemon X version.
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire version.
  • Pokemon Sun version.
  • Pokemon Sword version might not be immediately included, as I am currently using the game for competitive battles. I will look into if I can have multiple save files using another profile. If not, you will have to wait until the next Pokemon games are released.

There are some games I am omitting here:

  • I do not own ruby, sapphire, emerald, Colosseum, or Pokemon XD.
  • I no longer own Let’s Go Eevee.
  • I will omit Platinum, Black 2, and Ultra Moon, as they are similar to other games on this list.
  • I will still play Leafgreen and Soulsilver, as enough changes will keep these games interesting between playthroughs.
  • I may amend these articles later with these games at another date.

The main reason I am doing this is to take a look and see which game is the hardest and longest. This is by no means the most scientific way of judging this, but it will give me and my readers an idea how these games stack up with each other. I also sort of played blue version this way the first time I picked up this game, so it is also for nostalgia’s sake.

I hope that these articles will be interesting to you, and as of this writing, I completed Venusaur’s playthrough in blue version. Each article will have stats for all three runs when they go live, and will be updated with links to each article as they come out. I look forward to showing you the results I get.


This is just the introduction to The Pokemon Starter Challenge. Are you looking forward to these articles? Which run do you think will be hardest? Which do you think will be easiest? Which will be longest? Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you enjoyed this intro, and want to see the rest of the articles, then click that like button and share on social media. To keep up with That’s All Games you may subscribe via email or WordPress. Until next time, have fun gaming!


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