Red & Blue Walkthrough
Well, there are two ways to play....
1. Get all your Pokemon at a high level
2. Have 6 Pokemon and use them exclusively through out the game
Both of these seem to work as long as you spend the time to construct a
well balanced team. For example, even those guys may be cute, 6 Pikachus will surely lose
against any ground-type Pokemon. A well balanced team should include a normal Pokemon, a
psychic Pokémon, a ground Pokemon, and 3 other different Pokémon. This ensures you will
always have the upper advantage in a battle.
Leveling Weak Pokemon:
Here is an extremely effective way to level up Pokémon.
- First you must have 5 self destruct Pokémon
- Start your weak Pokémon off in a battle
- Now switch to a self destruct Pokemon and sacrifice it
- Keep changing to self destructing Pokémon until the enemies are dead
- Since you self destructing Pokémon all are dead, the first Pokémon gets ALL of the EXP
Excellent way to Capture Pokemon
- okay, this is an almost guaranteed way to capture a Pokemon
- weaken the Pokemon, or make it go to sleep
- as soon as you throw the ball, hold B and furiously keep
- this captures Pokemon the majority of the time
The Actual Walkthrough
This is where you begin. You start in your room, where there is a PC. Go check it out and
WITHDRAW the Potion. It will come in handy. Journey to the grassy area north, and Prof.
Oak will drag you back to his lab. You will be given the choice between 3 Pokemon,
Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. No matter what you choose, your rival Gary (or
whatever you named him), will pick the Pokémon that has an advantage over yours.
Note: Bulbasaur is the best BEGINNER'S choice. Squirtle is what most people choose,
because he will become quite strong. Charmander is probably the strongest, but the most
difficult to raise early on, because early enemies are immune to Charmander's fire
After you select your Pokémon, you will battle Gary. Be sure to win, so you can gain a
little experience and score some cash. Both yours and Gary's Pokémon have about 2 moves. 1
is Tackle, and the other is a move that lowers defense or attack. Use use the basic
attack, that should kill Gary since he usually wastes his time on the attacks that lower
defense or attack. Once you win/lose against Gary, go to his house (right of your house),
to get a Town Map from his sister. Now, you will set off to Viridian City, by going north
through Route 1.
The PokeMart has something for Professor Oak that you need to bring to him. It allows you
to use the Pokedex and allow you to play linked games or trade. Bring Oak's Parcel (that's
the item) back to Professor Oak in Pallet Town. On the way back, you can catch two
Pokémon, Pidgey and Rattata.. Now, go back to Viridian, buy whatever items you feel is
neccessary from the Pokemart (just some pokeballs, potions, and maybe antidotes) and go
through Route 2 to get to the Viridian Forest.
Here, you will face many trainers. Don't worry, this can be a good thing. It builds up
experience real fast, and you can catch Pokémon while your here. Building up levels too
fast can be bad too, since they won't obey you early on. If you bought Pokeballs, you can
capture some ok Pokémon. Depending on what version, you'll either get a lot of
Caterpie/Metapods or Weedle/Kakunas and less of the other. If you're lucky, you can find a
Pikachu. (Pikachu is really really rare..... I takes a lot of patience to find one....
Just wander in grass and fight waves of caterpie/weedles untill you finally see a
pikachu... it took me about 30 minutes untill I finally caught a Pikachu)
Here is the location of the first Gym. The trainer here is Brock. He uses rock-type
Pokémon. If you chose a Squirtle, you'll win fast. Bulbasaur does pretty good too.
Charmander isn't effective when you use Fire attacks on rock-Pokémon, so over level him or
use other Pokémon. Defeating Brock will get you a Boulder Badge, which will let you use
FLASH any time and raises the Power of all your Pokémon a little.
Note: When a badge lets you use something like FLASH or CUT, it doesn't mean you can use
it right away. You need to find a Hidden Machine (HM) that teaches that ability. Use it to
give that ability to a Pokémon and THEN you can use it.
There are several things to do in Pewter. Pewter is one of the few cities where you don't
have to do anything to get out of that city, in order to get to the next one. It's a good
thing to talk to everyone, explore suspicious areas, and check our all the buildings. As
in every RPG, it will usually end up with you getting rewards and freebies. When you're
ready, take Route 3 to get to Mt. Moon. If your Pokémon are in bad condition, use an item
to heal them. If you are cheap (like I was), you just have to make the trip back to the
Pokecenter in Pewter.
Outside is a Pokecenter. In there, there is a man who will sell you a Magikarp for $500.
Do not be dumb like James and buy it.... just leave it alone. Magikarp is the worst
Pokémon out there. BUT once he evolves to level 20, he turns into a Gyrados. At level 20,
I think he's as strong as some level 30 Pokémon even. But, don't get it right now. you can
get one (or many) for free later.
Not much to say about Mt. Moon. Find your way out. There are plenty of items lying around, and trainers protecting them
as well. Some trainers give you special items when you defeat them. Bring items along or
go back to the Pokecenter is all I have to say. There is one person who you MUST battle
that isn't too tough, but when you win, will give you a special item. There are 2 Fossils
to choose from when you defeat him. Dome or Helix Fossils. Either one of those fossils
will allow you to get a Rare Pokémon when you get to the Cinnebar Island. For now, when
you get to a PC, store this item, since you won't be able to use it for a while.
At this city, Misty is the trainer at Gym #2. She uses water type Pokémon. If you have a
Bulbasaur, he'll make short work of them. Squirtle does average, and Charmander the worst.
Like I said, Charmander isn't good early on. If you captured a Pikachu already, he'll do
well also. It's important that you defeat Misty, because you will get the Cascade Badge.
It lets you use CUT and Pokémon up to level 30 will obey you. That means that your Pokémon
won't ignore your orders in combat unless they are higher than level 30. It'll be a major
relief when you get this. Explore a little. In this city, there's a Bike Shop that will
sell you a Bike for $1,000,000,000 (or was it 1 mil?). Don't buy it! You can get a coupon
which is good for a free bike in the next town. There's a house with a cop blocking it.
This will be important later. Gary is lurking around, so be prepared to fight. He's at the
bridge. There's a few trainers on the bridge that you must defeat to get to Bill's Sea
Cottage. Defeat them and get a prize.
Bill, the Pokemaniac is here. He invented the Pokémon storage system (the thing that says
Someone's PC on the computer). He is stuck in the form of a Pokémon until you can help him
turn back to a human. Help him, and you will recieve an SS Anne Ticket. As a bonus, you
can check out Bill's PC and get the info on the evolved forms of Evee. Now that you've
helped him, when you go to a PC, it will now say Bill's PC instead of someone's PC. Return
to Cerulean City when you're all wrapped up.
Cerulean City (Part II)
Now that you've helped Bill, the house that was guarded by the cop is now accessible. Talk
to the people inside. They will tell you that Team Rocket messed up their house and stole
the Dig TM. He's right outside in the back. Defeat him, get the TM, and return it. You'll
get it as a reward. Go out to the back of the house again, and travel South. There's 3
buildings there. There's a daycare center, here, you can leave a Pokémon and have the
person raise it's level. You will be charged $100 minimum. You have to leave it there for
a while. For every level it's raised, it will cost you another $100. The daycare center is
great for low-level Pokémon. They improve faster than a Pokémon who is already strong.
There is a second building to the right. It has an underground tunnel that will take you
to Vermilion City and the SS Anne. Below the daycare center is the city gates. This one
leads to Saffron City, which is between Cerulean and Vermilion City on the Map. You can't
really go though yet. City gates are everywhere, and are not usable until you do a favor
for the guards.
Vermilion is the location of Gym #3. The leader is known as Lt. Surge. He uses Electric
Pokémon. Electric Pokémon suck against Grass Pokémon. Water will last the shortest. Fire
fights average. Defeating Surge will get you the Lightning Badge. It increases your
Pokémon's speed slightly, and lets you use FLY. You won't be able to get to Surge however,
until you get the CUT HM (see SS Anne). Vermilion has some neat stuff. Check out all the
buidlings you can. There's even a Pokémon club. Going there will get you a Bike Voucher.
Take it back to the bike shop in Cerulean to get a free Bike. Now, traveling is a breeze.
Put it at the top of your item list, since you will use it a lot. Bike's can be used only
outdoors and in caves. Go back to Vermilion City and get a fishing rod from the old man in
the house near the SS Anne. Now you can get unlimited Magic Karps when you fish in water.
Fish up a "Magic Krap" and leave it at the daycare.... Now go back and board the
I hope you brought some items along, because you will have many opponents to face. This is
mostly optional though. But it's best to do so to get some items and experience. Most of
the SS Anne's passengers quarters have trainers who will fight you. Almost all of them use
Water Pokémon also. There are many visible items as well as hidden items to search for in
the rooms. Gary is on the ship too. Try to stock up on recovery items because you are not
permitted to leave the ship often to go to the Pokecenter. You MIGHT be able to get off
once, but if you try again, the ship might just leave before you accomplish an important
goal. The Captain of the ship is sick. Help him , and get the CUT HM.
If you don't get it before the SS Anne leaves, you never will. And, you will be stuck
forever. Save before you board the ship just to be safe. Getting the CUT HM lets you figt
Lt Surge by the way.
Vermilion City (Part II)
Now that you have the CUT HM, teach it to one of your Pokémon. I don't know who can be
taught for sure, but I know ground-type can be taught (like Sandshrew), Charmander,
grass-type (Bulbasaur), and a few others. Know one really knows how they are limited. The
good thing about HMs is that they can be used an unlimited amount of times, where as with
TMs, you can only use them once, and many of them you will only find 1 of in the game. CUT
can also be used as an attack in combat, but it is pretty weak (it's ideal for weakening
Pokémon to capture in my opinion). BE sure to use it on a PokémonFight Surge and win the
badge. East of Vermilion City is Diglett's Cave.
This is a short path that will take you back to a special part of Pewter City that you
couldn't reach before, unless you returned their and used CUT. Diglett's cave is filled
with yup, you guessed it-Digletts. Very few Dugtrios are in there, but they are hard to
capture anyways. You should try and capture one. They are great. At a certain level, they
learn DIG which is a skill you can use in and out of combat. Out of combat, you can use it
like an Escape Rope and get it out of Caves and some buildings, and will take you back to
the Pokecenter you visited last. DIG in combat is a devatating attack. It can often be a
1-hit kill move. Beware, Diglett is a ground-type, which means it will die with just a
splash of water.
Pewter City (from Diglett's Cave or using CUT ability)
Here, you will get the FLASH HM from one of Oak's Aides in one of the houses. He will give
it to you AFTER you catch a certain amount of Pokémon. Also, you can get many items that
you missed because you didn't have CUT before. Now go back to Cerulean City so you can get
to Rock Tunnel. With the CUT ability, use it right next to the museum. It will take you
behind the counter of the museum so you can talk to some Scientists. Talk to the top one
and you will get Amber. Store this in your PC. It is just like the Helix and Dome Fossil,
which can be used to get some rare Pokémon later.
To get here, you have to defeat some trainers. You will be able to catch some Electric
Pokémon that you couldn't find before. Teach FLASH to an Electric Pokémon that you don't
like. Flash isn't a good attack to begin with, plus, you'll only use it ONCE to see in the
dark at Rock Tunnel. So, like I said, give it to a one of your crappy electric-Pokémon.
Flash isn't really an attack. It's one of those abilities that lowers stats in combat,
although I forget which. While in the tunnel, you will fight trainers and find items.
There's no gym here. This Town is the location of Pokémon Tower, where dead Pokémon are
remembered. Don't try going in there unless you want to find out why, the hard way. Talk
to all the people and you will find out Mr. Fuji is missing. He is in Pokémon Tower. If
you try and go in, on the second floor, you will be greeted by Gary. Continue after that,
and you will fight a host of Channellers (ghost-Pokémon trainers) and a bunch of Ghost
Pokémon. You can't fight/ID Ghost Pokémon unless you have a Silph Scope, which you can get
from Celadon City. So heed my warning, and don't go. Just find out what's up, and go West
of Lavender Town. There will be a City Gate to Saffron City (which you can't use, STILL)
and an underground tunnel that will take you to Celadon City.
This is the location of Gym #4. The trainer here is Erika. She specializes in grass-type
Pokémon. If you have a Charmander, you will kill her Pokémon quick. You can match grass
vs. grass Pokémon if you had a Bulbasaur. Squirtle's water attacks will not be effective
against grass, so if you use him, just use non-water attacks. However, since Squirtle is a
water-type Pokémon, thier grass attacks will kill him fast. You will be awarded a Rainbow
Badge for winning. It makes it so level 50 Pokémon obey you, and lets you use STRENGTH. To
get to here, you will need to use CUT on the bushes South of Celadon. In her gym, you will
find MANY trainers. Take your time to gain more EXP. Celadon is home to a very large
shopping mall where you can buy things for your Pokémon. On the top floor, there are
vending machines where you can buy Water, Soda Pop, or Lemonade. If you've been talking to
the guards at the city gates, you'd know you need to buy them water. Buy one for a guard,
and give it to him. He will share some with the other guards, and you can now go through
the city gates. Also on the top floor, there is a girl who is thirsty. Buy here any one of
those drinks, give it to her, and she will give you a TM. You can give her all 3. In the
mall, you can get a Stone that evolves certain Pokémon. Also, there is a Pokedoll, which
will get you an item later, or help you RUN from combat. You can also get the one of a
kind Evee by going into the back of one of the buildings. Once you have given the water to
the guards, you can go to Saffron. But first, back to the Lavender Town business. If
you've been around, you know what the Game Corner is. If you want to play, you need to get
a Coin Case from a guy in the Diner. You might have heard rumors that Game Corner is run
by Team Rocket. You also might have heard there is a secret switch. Go to Game Corner and
talk to the guy facing the wall. He is a member of Team Rocket and will fight you. Defeat
him and you can press the switch. It will open a door to the left, which leads to the
basement levels of Game Corner.
In Game Corner's basement, there are some Team Rocket trainers to fight, and items to
find. In a nutshell, here's how you get to the boss, Geovanni, leader of Team Rocket. Go
down the stairs as far as you can (4th Basement Level). You're going to have to find and
fight a Team Rocket guy who mentions the Lift Key. It will make it so you can operate the
elevator on the lower right-hand of every floor (except 3rd Basement) so you can get to
Geovanni. You might have to talk to him after you beat him so
you get the Lift Key. Now, take the elevator to get to the bottom floor and fight
Geovanni. Defeat him and get the Silph Scope. Now, you can identify/fight ghost Pokémon in
Lavender Town. At this point, you can either go to Saffron City and get the Marsh Badge or
return to Lavender Town to rescue Doctor Fuji. Also in this city is HM 02 which is FLY. It
is located left of Celadon City, near the city gate. Get to it's location by CUTTING the
bush in the small path that is close to the City Gates which lead to the bike path. Go up
and left, through the house. It will take you to a small hallway that is right above the
guardhouse. Then, there will be a house. Go in it and the girl inside will give you FLY.
Now, you can quickly return to cities that you have already visited without having to
journey long distances to return.
Lavender Town (Part II)
Why are we here at Lavender Town rescuing someone if our goal is to get badges to go to
the Pokémon league? 2 Reasons. There's a sleeping Snorlax blocking the route from Lavender
to Fuschia (Routes 12-15) and another Snorlax blocking the Bike Path that takes you from
Celadon City to Fuschia City (Routes 16-18). Now, what does this have to do with Lavender
Town? Well, Mr. Fuji is trapped in Pokémon tower. So what you say? Well, he has a
PokeFlute. What's a PokeFlute? It is an item that will
wake up the Snorlax and can be used to wake up sleeping Pokémon in combat. Mr. Fuji is on
the top floor if I haven't mentioned it already. With the PokeFlute, you can wake up a
Snorlax and attempt to capture it. There are only 2 in the whole game, so you should save
before you wake it up. It sleeps a lot, so it should make it easier. You can go right on
ahead to Fuschia but it's better to go to the Saffron City Gym first. You might wanna get
a ghost-type Pokémon just in case (because the Saffron Gym Leader uses psychic Pokémon,
which are weak against ghosts.
This is the location of Gym #5, which is headed by Sabrina. She prefers
Psychic Pokémon and will give you a Marsh Badge if you defeat her. It will make it so
level 70 Pokémon will obey you. You can't access this gym at first. If you've been to
Saffron before you finished up business in Pokémon Tower, you'd have noticed that there
was a tall building (Silph Co.) with the entrance guarded. If you rescued Mr. Fuji, you
can now go in. Here, you will take on Team Rocket trainers and rescue Silph Co. Doing so
earns you a Master Ball. The Master Ball will catch ANY Pokémon, 100% of the time. Beware,
you only get one, so save it (for Mewtwo). To get the Master Ball, defeat Giovanni to save
the president of Silph Co.
If you don't wanna go there right away, you can find the Psychic's house. The person there
will give you a free TM. Another place you can visit is a Dojo (Gym). It was the former
Pokémon Gym, but lost thier title, and now operate outside of the Pokémon League. In
there, you will fight a few fighting-type Pokémon trainers. Defeat the boss of the gym and
you get a free Pokémon. He will let you pick between Hitmonchan or Hitmonlee. There's only
one of each in the game, so this is the only time you can get
it. When you finish off Geovanni and defeat Sabrina, you should move on to Fuschia City.
It is home of the Safari Zone.
This is the location of Gym #6. The leader is Koga, who uses Pokémon with hypnosis-related
abilities. You can access this gym right away, but there's a catch. There are invisible
walls in the gym, so you'll have to navigate blindly through the maze. If you look close
enough, you'll notice that the floor has lines going from left to right. You can tell what
is a wall and what isn't by the lines on the floor. If they go up-down, then thats a piece
of wall. It's pretty simple to figure out. And you can get there
eventually if you run into the wall enough times. Anyways, defeat Koga and get a Soul
Badge. It lets you use SURF and the defense of your Pokémon will be raised a little.
Safari Zone/Helping the Warden
If you do some exploring in Fuschia, you'll find out something's up with
the warden of the Safari Zone. He's missing his gold teeth. You can find it in the Safari
Zone next to the Secret House. In the Secret House, you can get a free SURF HM. When you
bring the Gold Teeth back to the Warden, give it to him and he will give you the STRENGTH
HM. It is used to move boulders, and can be a pretty strong attack. You can use the skill
and move the Boulder in the Warden's house and get the TM. Next Door to the Warden's house
is the fisherman's older brother. Talk to him and he'll give you a Great Rod to fish with.
You can catch Goldeen and a few other water-Pokémon. If you came to Fuschia through Routes
12-15 (from Lavender to Fuschia), you might have met the fisherman's oldest brother. Talk
to him and get the Super Rod, which will catch you some better water-Pokémon.
Not much to explain here. Navigate through the cave to get out the other end so you can
head off to Cinnebar. If you try to swim inside the cave, there might be strong currents
that will push you in the wrong directions. To stop that, look for boulders in the cave
and use STRENGTH to push them in the nearest holes you can see. This will act as a dam and
regulate the force of the current, so you can SURF easier and maybe get out quicker.
Theres a secret Pokémon in here. It's one of the rare birds...Articuno!
Location of Gym #7. The leader here is Blaine, who will give you a Volcano Badge if you
win. It makes it so your Pokémon's special abilities increase a little. Blaine specializes
if fire-type Pokémon. You won't be able to get into the gym until you find the Secret Key.
The Secret Key is located in the building right above the lab. It has many fire Pokémon.
Make plenty of room for items too.
Also on this island is a lab, where you can finally unload those Helix and Dome Fossils,
as well as the Old Amber . The scientist there will restore the Pokémon using the fossil you found. It will
take a little bit of time though. When you are done with Blaine, swim North and return
home to Pewter. Go through Pewter and get to Viridian City.
Viridian City (Part II)
Location of Gym #8. If you explored here in the beginning, you'd know that the Gym was not
accessible before. Now, you will be allowed to enter. In the Gym is a bunch of those
spin-tiles that you encountered in Game Corner's basement. If you navigate your way
correctly, you will meet the 8th Gym Leader. The Gym Leader is someone you have fought
twice before. No, not Gary. You've faced him too many times. If you guessed Geovanni, you
are correct. You already know what kinda Pokémon he uses. Win against him and you are
rewarded with the Earth Badge. It makes it so Pokémon at any level will obey you. He will
also give you a TM. It contains Fissure, which is a 1-hit kill attack. It is somewhat
innaccurate, but could work out pretty well with the correct Pokémon. Now, journey West to
the Pokémon League. You must have all 8 badges, plus a Pokémon with SURF and a Pokémon
with STRENGTH to head to Indigo Plateau. You need SURF to cross water so you can head to
the cave that leads to the Pokémon League. In the cave, you'll need STRENGTH to move
boulders to activate switches which operate certain doors. If you travel down the right
path, you will actually see a Pokémon. Save before you decide to talk to it. That Pokémon
is a Moltres, a rare bird Pokémon. You can capture it with almost any Pokeball, but don't
use the Master Ball. When you get through the cave, you will see a cottage-like building.
That's a Pokemart/Pokestore. If you are there, you have reached Indigo Plateau.
Inside is a Pokemart and Pokecenter. Here, you can still deposit/withdraw items or
Pokémon, and you can still trade/match with other players with the game link cable. In
order to defeat the Elite Four (the Pokémon League), you will have to rely on items. You
will have to face 4 Trainers with lefel 50+ Pokémon, consecutively. Lose once, you'll have
to start all over.
Note: The surroundings of the Pokémon trainer will give you a hint of what kind of Pokémon
they use. The first one uses Ice Pokémon. The second is rock-type. The third is
psychic-ghost-type. The fourth is dragon-type.
Upon defeating the Elite Four, they crown you league champion. That is, they would if you
didn't have 1 more trainer to face. He defeated the Elite 4 right before you came along.
Yup, you've guesses it. Gary. He is pretty tough, but if you have recovery items, you
should be fine. Win against him, and your Pokémon's name/level as well as time will be
entered into the Hall of Fame. After that, you can continue on an rechallenge the Elite
Four and Gary, or continue on with your quest to become a Pokémon
The Secret Dungeon is located right next to Cerulean. Go up the bridge and use SURF, and
head on downward til you see the cave entrance. This is just a cave with lots of great
level 50 Pokémon to capture. Here, you will find Mewtwo. If you can see him, capture him
with the Master Ball you've saved up. he's a level 70 psychic Pokémon!!! In this cave, you
will need SURF to get to Mewtwo. You will also find some high-level Raichus as well. You
cannot get here until you have ecome a Pokémon League
Another secret area you can only get to with SURF. Here, you will find lots of electric
Pokémon (including level 20-24 Pikachus). If you manage to find your way to the exit, you
will see a Pokémon. This one is a Zapdos, and electric-flying Pokémon (lethal combo). You
can capture him with any ball except the standard Pokeball I think. he's rare and
1-of-a-kind, so you might wanna save before engaging him. To get to the Power Plant, go to
the area North-East of the Rock Tunnel. It's right above the Pokecenter. use SURF and
follow the river.