The Cagelocke is both a cooperative and versus style Nuzlocke variant created by the user "aDrive" on YouTube.
The Cagelocke follows the three classic Nuzlocke rules; only the first Pokemon on each route may be captured unless it is shiny, all Pokemon must be nicknamed, and if a Pokemon faints it is considered dead. No held items or TMs can be used throughout the playthrough. After each Gym badge is recieved, both players will anonymously choose a Pokemon to enter "the cage"; a one on one online Pokemon battle with the levels set to 50 between the two chosen Pokemon. The losing Pokemon is considered dead, while the winning Pokemon receives benefits. No single Pokemon may enter "the cage" more than twice.
Cage Victory Benefits
A Pokemon that wins a cage match will receive one of three benefits (player's choice):
- The ability to have TM moves
- The ability to hold an item
- One free revival (revival only qualifies for the Pokemon that won the cage match)
It is possible for either of the players to win the CageLocke, no matter the results of the cage matches. It all comes down to the final battle, a battle of each players full teams to decide who won the CageLocke.
Alternatively, if all of your Pokemon faint during a battle, the CageLocke is over and opposing player wins.
Did you know? aDrive lost both of the first two CageLockes, the first time due to being defeated by Lysandre, making ShadyPenguinn the winner, and the second time due to losing the final Cage Match to PokeaimMD.
An alternative version of the CageLocke has been set in action by Twitch users Machaku, GoffiesEnigma, Evo2587 & MissSnowBunny where the same rules are applied, except a free for all has to decide who wins the benefit after each gym. The final battle is a 6v6 free for all.
It's a common misconception that the Cagelocke was named after legendary actor/internet meme Nicolas Cage. However, this is purely speculation by fans of the actor and should not be taken seriously because Nicolas Cage should not be taken seriously. He doesn't even play Pokemon.