Hello all, this thread will be here to talk about the tedious and difficult challenge known as the Professor Oak Challenge. This challenge was started on Reddit and has an entire subreddit for it. The rules are simple but test your patience and endurance. Obtain every Pokemon you possibly can in a single given game before you reach your next Gym badge. To elaborate, here are the rules more in depth.
1. Obtain every Pokemon possible before reaching your first Gym Badge.
This means that you must fully evolve your starter Pokemon before reaching the first gym badge of your selected game. For example, say you are playing Pokemon Red. You got your starter ready but you must also catch and evolve Pidgey, Rattata, Caterpie, Weedle, etc. Every single Pokemon that can be caught before Brock must be fully evolved. Stone evolutions are an exception because some stones are not available later into the game. It sounds easy, but it is very draining and tests your patience thanks to a slow and repetitive nature.
2. You can only use one version of a game.
If you are playing Pokemon Red, then Pokemon exclusive to Pokemon Blue will be unobtainable. Trading is also not allowed meaning trade evolutions like Alakazam and Gengar are also unavailable.
You are free to use items and any rare candies you find. The trick to the playthrough is to find the right Pokemon to grind off of and which Pokemon to evolve first. This challenge also works very well in the remakes, and, believe it or not, is actually a little bit more difficult, even with the EXP. SHARE. The easiest version to try this challenge is in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire version due to the Pick Up ability on Zigzagoon. It has a 10% chance to get an item after every battle, out of those items, a Rare Candy which can easily lift hours of grinding. This changed from Emerald version onward.
I am currently attempting this challenge on my Omega Ruby version and I am about 10 hours in with 3 fully evolved Pokemon under my belt (Beautifly, Dustox, and Mightyena. I would count Nuzleaf but I have to evolve it with a leaf stone) I saw a video that inspired me to attempt my version of the Professor Oak Challenge and see if I can handle it. It's rough but I'm actually enjoying it! This thread is here for anyone interested and hopefully post times for how long it took everyone to finally get to their first gym leader.
For more information about the challenge and for extra tips, view the subreddit it originates from, r/ProfessorOak.