The HG/SS Challenge rules, for general reference

The 2010 Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver Challenge: Digimon CourageGold and KnowledgeSilver

Official Rules and Conditions

Tyler is playing HeartGold.
I am playing SoulSIlver.

The Trainer of HeartGold is “Tai”, with a rival of his own choosing that bears no importance on final judging. Tyler has opted to start with a Cyndaquil.
The Trainer of SoulSilver is “Izzy”, with a rival of her own choosing that bears no importance on final judging. Shelli has opted to start with a Totodile.

Prior to the start of the challenge, a game will be started to obtain a Chikorita. This Chikorita will be sent to Pokémon Pearl or Platinum so that it may be made available for the completion of either player’s Pokedex. (A Chikorita is now sitting on my Pearl version as of my typing.)

The players must embark on their Pokémon Journey and develop a team specific to the Chosen Child of their game. Each player will be judged on the Pokémon that he or she truly raises in the interest of their child. In the spirit of being a Pokémon Master, there is no limit to what the players catch, nor is the object of the challenge to complete their Pokedex first. Pokémon on the players’ teams can be references to character personalities, interests, memes, symbols, or references to references, etc. The player must be able to explain the reasoning for choosing each Pokémon that he or she has chosen, within reason.

“Snapshots” of each player’s game will be taken before each gym or other important battle as he or she progresses through the game, to track process and for judging. Trainer relevance becomes more important as the game progresses. It’s less important to have relevant Pokémon against Falkner than it does against the Elite 4.

Additional Rules:

  1. The Final 6 Pokémon on the player’s team, to be used to defeat Trainer Red on Mt. Silver, will be judged on their relevance to the trainer.
  2. The Pokémon used to defeat each Gym Leader and the Elite 4 will be judged based on their relevance to the trainer. Consideration is given for having to train specific types for each Gym Leader and Elite 4 Trainer. Consideration is also given for the first 2 or 3 gyms, where Pokémon variety is slim and players may not have access to easy trades between their other games. (*cough* I have 3 DSes and Tyler does not *cough*)
  3. The Pokémon used in important battles in the game’s storyline will be judged based on their relevance to the trainer.
  4. Pokémon used to progress through the game that are not used in important battles will not be judged for relevance.
  5. Pokémon that the player wishes to teach Hidden Machines to will be judged based on their relevance to the trainer.
  6. Movesets of the Pokémon that the player raises will not be judged for relevance. The player is still encouraged to develop movesets with both strategy and relevance in mind.
  7. Nicknames of the Pokémon that the player raises will not be judged for relevance. The player is still encouraged to name their Pokémon with relevance in mind, if they wish to nickname their Pokémon.
  8. Held Items of the Pokémon that the player raises will not be judged for relevance.
  9. The Pokémon that the player chooses at the conclusion of the in-game Arceus Event will not be judged for relevance, unless this Pokémon is used in a manner described in rules 1, 2, 3, or 5.
  10. WILDCARD CLAUSE. The player’s starter Pokémon may be used throughout the game without reason. If the player wishes to use another starter from a different generation, it must replace the starter Pokémon from HG/SS. The older generations of starters the player can obtain later in the game upon meeting certain conditions will be agreed upon in advance, in order to facilitate completion of either player’s Pokédex. Because of this, any starter Pokémon the player obtains may be used throughout the game without reason.
  11. The gender of the player character will not be judged for relevance. Yes, this means someone can go cavorting around as a male trainer named Mimi, because it’s all aesthetics.

I’m pretty sure by “judging” at the end what’s gonna happen is Tyler and I are probably just going to look at each other’s teams and laugh at our twisted imaginations. But man, it’s gonna be fun.

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