Hey. Hobo of Justice here. I’m the idiot that makes Power of the Universe. What is Power of the Universe? It’s a double “Nuzlocke Challenge” comic based on the trials and tribulations of two morons taking it on for the first time. It’s an adventure story with attempts at humor and drama. It’s Pokémon. Power of the Universe has been running since 2013, and yes, it’s super slow.

The games we took the challenge on were Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Our protagonists – Richard and Aron – are characters that represent how we played the games. Richard’s player did Diamond, and Aron’s player did Pearl. There’re some splashes of Platinum in there, too. The comic is a dramatization of what happened: catches, deaths, soup eating – you name it. But while the comic’s based on gameplay events, it’s not limited to them. I throw my own stuff in there, too.

What's this "Nuzlocke Challenge" thing?
The Nuzlocke Challenge is a self-imposed set of rules to follow when playing a Pokémon game with the intention of making it harder. The rules are:
1. Only the first encounter in each new area of the game can be caught.
2. If a Pokémon faints, it's considered DEAD and must be released.

These rules often result in players using and connecting with Pokémon they've never tried before, and adds a sense of danger to otherwise lax games. Lots of people add rules or clauses to the list for increased difficulty and/or fun.

Credit to Nuzlocke for creating the challenge. Thanks, Nuz.


Here's the rules followed in Power of the Universe:
1. Only the first encounter in each new area of the game can be caught.
2. If a Pokémon faints, it's considered DEAD and must be released.
3. Challengers fist bump after each catch.
4. Recovery and held items can only be used during Gym and Elite Four fights.
5. "Set" battle style.
6. Nickname everything.
7. Blacking out (losing all party members) results in challenge failure.



When does Power of the Universe update?

I don’t want to sugarcoat it, Power of the Universe has no update schedule. Strips go up when they get done for the most part, and they get done slowly. There can be long gaps in between pages (months), but that’s just how it is. I love making the comic, I’m just not very efficient at it. Updates are erratic, updates are slow, and I usually don’t know when the next one will be done.

When there is an update for the comic, it’ll go up at the end of the month. So, with time zones and junk, the first of the month is probably the best time to check. And for the time being, I’m making a Blog post every month that doesn’t have an upload. You know, so people don’t think I died or something.







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Pokémon is owned by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, Inc. I'm not affiliated with any of them. I just make a stupid webcomic based on their cool stuff.