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Silver Linings: A Black 2 Nuzlocke

Silver Linings: A Black 2 Nuzlocke

by SilverStrangequark
Silver is a 21-year-old Pokémon trainer with plenty of travel experience on his shoulders... except, he has never been to Unova. One day, he decides to take the Nuzlocke challenge in the only region he has never visited... but why does everyone there seem to know him?

Based on my own run of Black 2. The full ruleset can be found at Page 8 of this comic.
You can also read it:
- On Tumblr: http://silverliningsblack2.tumblr.com/
- On deviantART: http://silverstrangequark.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Linings-A-Black-2-Nuzlocke-Cover-460162489

Update schedule: twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

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Silver Linings: A Black 2 Nuzlocke

Silver is a 21-year-old Pokémon trainer with plenty of travel experience on his shoulders... except, he has never been to Unova. One day, he decides to take the Nuzlocke challenge in the only region he has never visited... but why does everyone there seem to know him?

Based on my own run of Black 2. The full ruleset can be found at Page 8 of this comic.
You can also read it:
- On Tumblr: http://silverliningsblack2.tumblr.com/
- On deviantART: http://silverstrangequark.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Linings-A-Black-2-Nuzlocke-Cover-460162489

Update schedule: twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

IF SOMETHING IS UNCLEAR, PLEASE READ THE FAQ!
--->
http://silverstrangequark.deviantart.com/art/Silver-Linings-A-Black-2-Nuzlocke-FAQ-461904504
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You can also ask me questions if the FAQ does not contain the answer(s) you were looking for.

If you like my work, you may donate at: https://ko-fi.com/A837XHH

Recent Comments

I tried pretty hard to come up with something not cheesy for this. I typically see post-death moments like "the show must go on for the sake of the dead" and that never speaks to me. I think the living need stronger motivation than their own memories to go on. For Silver, that motivation should be not letting down the ones that are still alive, and have accompanied him through this hell of a journey, AND want to see it through to the end.
We're finally back! Thanks for the patience, everyone!

So the moment of Odette's redemption continues. This was the last backstory bit I had planned for her (or any of the characters, actually). Out of the entire cast, she has received the most mixed reception due to her character - some love her for her sass, some hate her for being a bitch. I can't blame the latter :P But I hope that this impression will be at least SOMEWHAT mitigated after the conversation she's having with Silver. If you're one of the Odette haters, let me know if I managed to make you hate her a little bit less!
Head’s up: I will be gone from home for at least a week shortly, so expect updates to resume sometime around mid-December. I should be able to post again even on Wednesdays by then. Thanks for the patience!
There just had to be a fully fledged Gary Stu in this story, so it might as well be the pretty swan and love interest of the bitter, snappy lady.
As you can see, Silver is taking it REALLY hard. Of all teammates, it's Cody who has to cheer him up. You know you've hit rock bottom if you're being consoled by someone who just lost his father.
But now! ODETTE MOMENT. I was SO looking forward to this. You'll see.
Sorry for the erratic update pace. It's more difficult for me to get an update out during weekdays as of late, but I'll do my best to keep at least Saturday posts unchanged. Don't worry if you don't see a page when you expect it, I have no intention of abandoning this comic, especially now that it's so close to the end!
Watch the video version here => https://youtu.be/P4bWivKihOw

The song is Bryan Adams' Sound the Bugle, from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. I think it speaks for itself.
Sorry for the single page update with no colour, though the monochrome part is intentional; it’s supposed to set the mood for the next few updates to come. Don’t worry, full colour will come back before the end of the chapter :)

Next update should be next Saturday, with ANOTHER video! This part of the story is heavily music-based, so there may even be a third video issue before the next story segment rolls out.
@Tepig16: Yeah, I feel. I tried my best to make it impactful, since it definitely had a huge impact on me. Not the good kind, unfortunately. :(
It's okay. I didn't need my heart in tact today anyway. T_T
Watch the video version here => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8hIaNcgPtw

So, for the in-game events, since I promised to explain what the hell happened: the Kyurem fight actually went just fine. What didn’t was Victory Road.

I mentioned before that I’ve been playing this run half-blind. I’d never played the game before, and all I looked up was the teams of the major fights (rival, Team Plasma bosses, Gym Leaders, Elite Four).

As such, I had no idea where to go in Victory Road. I happened to stumble upon the Ace Trainer duo that challenges the player to a double battle. They led with Braviary and Mandibuzz, and I had Sumihiro and Felix out. Braviary goes down in one shot, but Mandibuzz doesn’t - it uses U-turn. At the start of the second turn, there are an Archeops and a Carracosta on the battlefield. Sumihiro is at full health, and Felix is at about 90%.

Knowing that a hard hit from the Carracosta would probably cost Felix’s life, I decide to play it safe and shoot a STAB move from Sumihiro to the Carracosta (it was weakened, so I was pretty confident I could kill it). Then, I give Felix a healing item. The idea would be Archeops would get to hit, but two Pokémon at level 66 from full health can surely take a hit from a level 55 Pokémon, right?

Not if it’s a critical hit, apparently. Archeops one-shot Sumihiro from full health.

That was only the first shock. Then the Carracosta uses Aqua Tail, WHICH IS ALSO A CRITICAL HIT, and he kills Felix.

I turned off the game and almost quit. Didn’t play for 10 days, I thought I’d never get back to the run, that I’d never nuzlocke again at all. I don’t know what made me resume playing. Stubborness, probably, or a sense of duty to the living. At any rate, I picked up the game again after 10 days, and got to the end of Victory Road.

Then, there was Hugh. I had Lyrian against his Bouffalant, which had Wild Charge (Odette was a no) and Earthquake (Casper was also a no). I didn’t want Cody out against it, because I couldn’t trust his defenses to take a Head Charge. So I sent out Lyrian, and had her use Cotton Guard to boost her Defense and keep up with the enemy hits.

Needless to say, critical Head Charge makes short work of that setup.

I moved all these deaths to the Kyurem fight because it made sense. More dignified than dying against a random trainer, at least. I probably won’t do much in the way of Victory Road in the comic, in any case - there’ll most likely be a cut from the eighth badge straight into the E4 challenge. So this was the best compromise I could get.

As for what happened after the last Hugh fight… well, stick around and find out!
@Tepig16: I cried just as much, believe me. :(
*Cries in corner holding Samurott doll*
Just one page this time, and there'll be no update on Wednesday. Next Saturday, I'm posting a special update which should be video-based and led by music, if all goes well. I hope you like it! See you then!
@Tepig16: The game hurt me :(
Why do you hurt me like this? T_T
Me: has a half hour to spare, might not have it tomorrow
Me: decides to drop some more feels onto the readers
@SilverStrangequark: No! Stop it! T_T
@Tepig16: Felix already did. :(
No! They can't die. T_T