Pokémon ‘IronMon’ streams are the best thing on Twitch right now

Over the past two weeks, every time I hop on Twitch, I’ve found myself browsing Pokemon Firered And the green leaf Streams so I can watch people play classic games in perhaps the most difficult way possible.

If you have played through the main line Pokemon Title before, you probably managed to get past the game without too much trouble. I’m sure all of my friends who have grown up have experienced some variation of just letting the novices carry them to become a Pokémon champion. But there is a group of players who make games significantly more challenging by applying some form of what the community calls “IronMon” rules.

The gist of IronMon is that it’s really hard to randomize. The Pokemon you encounter, their moves, and the items you capture are randomly selected, while the Pokemon you fight in the wild or those possessed by trainers have increased levels. Yes, this means that your novice Pokemon will also be random, so you won’t just choose between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. According to the rules, you can’t even peek at the available Pokemon to make your selection; All you have to do is go to the pokéball game and accept what you get. (Although advertising banners often check other bokip balls after they’ve already decided which ones to pick to see what they might be missing out on.)

IronMon challenges are kind of like Runs Nuzlocke But even more difficult. The standard IronMon rules seem, to me, like a really mind-boggling difficulty level – what if to start with a weak Metapod? But the challenge does not stop there. If your Pokémon faints, you must release it or re-store it, which means you cannot use it again. And on Twitch, I tend to drift off to watch a harder version of the challenge, called Kaizo IronMon, where players must battle with one pokemon. If that pokemon faints, the run starts all the way.

If you are interested in reading all the rules, You can check it here (Learn about a file even harder IronMon rule set, survival), but I really recommend showing up on Twitch and Check some streams.

STEELEDUP by Streamer GrandPooBear looked promising, but unfortunately it has been wiped out Just moments later. RIP STEELEDUP.

Many of the banners will likely hang in Professor Oak’s lab or move around the initial parts of the game. It is very difficult for a Pokemon to be good enough to survive in the early zones. As boring as it may sound, I find the early game amusing – the chat usually helps you vote which start you choose, for example, and it’s funny when you choose the wrong chat and the streaming device loses out on the spot. Sometimes the streamers will also “switch” to a new main Pokémon, and they will usually discuss the advantages of choosing one Pokémon over the other through chat.

When he starts running, it’s exciting. Each opposing Pokémon poses a potential danger, even when the swarming Pokémon in front of you is dozens of levels. The opponent can defeat even the strongest Pokémon with a well-timed counter move or by decreasing health through a status effect, resulting in long-term destruction. And players always call their own Pokemon, so I’ll invest in the fate of creatures with silly names like “STEELEDUP” (a Steelix) and “SMILE” (a Blissey).

But more than anything, I keep watching in hopes of seeing a run all the way—and to be there when things almost inevitably fall apart. One night, I was watching the broadcast Yatorbi (who is credited with creating the IronMon site in the rules) completely demolish running with the powerful Blissey. In the morning, I checked Iateyourpie’s Twitter feed to see how it turned out. I’ll let you see what happened to yourself In the final battle of the game:

heartbreaking. But I’m still following more streams to try and catch the next great run – or even the one that’s stuck in Oak Lab.

Screenshots from Jay Peters/The Edge