Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Version Walkthrough - Boulder Badge
- Once you awake in your room, check your PC's item storage. You'll start out with a Potion already stored.
- Try to leave town to get the story going. There's nothing in town of interest, so Prof. Oak will take you straight to his lab.
- Prof. Oak will present you the choice of three starter Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle.
- Once you've chosen, your Rival will challenge you to a battle. After the battle, feel free to leave town.
Bulbasaur is the Grass type of the starters. It starts as a dual Grass/Poison type, meaning it is immune to being poisoned, one of the more annoying status effects you can be afflicted with. Venusaur has the lowest base stat total of the three starters at 525, but makes up for it for having the highest HP stat of the starters. If you want to focus more on limiting what your opponent can do to you, Bulbasaur is your choice.
Charmander is the Fire type of the starters. It evolves into the dual Fire/Flying type, Charizard. Charizard has the highest base stat total of the three starters at 534. Its stat distribution shows that it is the attacker of the three starters, with high Attack and Special Attack. If you want an all-out offensive team to play through the game, then Charmander is definitely your choice.
Of the three starters, Squirtle is the only one that always stays as only a Water type. This means it won't gain any new immunities, but won't gain any new weaknesses. Its stat distribution doesn't focus on attack, but has by far the highest defenses of the three starters. If you're worried about keeping your team alive through the game, Squirtle is what you should go with.
• Rival Battle 1
If you picked Squirtle, using Tail Whip once at the beginning of the battle will lower his defenses enough to give you an edge, even if his Bulbasaur constantly uses Growl. If you picked any of the other Pokemon, your status move is all but useless at this point. Just use your attack move to deal with his Pokemon and you should win. No matter how the battle ends, there's no consiquence.
- The first man you see will offer you a free Potion when you talk to him. Use it if your Pokemon gets hurt while exploring this route.
- If you run out of Potions while exploring, you can always head back to Pallet Town and talk to your Mom, who will restore your health.
- The Pidgey and Rattata here are good for Training your Pokemon up a few levels. Level 7 is probably a good spot to hit while exploring.
- Enter the PokeMart (The building with the blue roof) and the clerk will tell you he has a package he'd like you to take to Professor Oak.
- Head around the left side of the fenced off tree farm and you'll come across another free potion.
- Turn around and head back to Pallet Town when you're finished
- Give Oak the package and he'll reward you with a Pokedex.
- Your rival will tell you how he's going to get a Town Map from his sister, but tell her not to give one to you. Despite that, she'll happily give you one.
- If you haven't healed your Pokemon yet and need to, talk to your Mom. She'll heal your Pokemon to full health.
- Head back to Viridian City when you're done here.
- Once you're in Viridian City, head left and you'll reach Route 22.
- If you picked Charmander, the first Gym leader will be tough. Grabbing a Mankey will be very helpful against Brock's rock type Pokemon. It learns Low Kick at Level 6.
- Head out of the grass and walk right and your Rival will stop you for a battle
- After the battle, head north from Viridian City to Viridian Forest.
• Rival Battle 2
If you picked Bulbasaur, you'll definitely want to leave it at the Pokemon Center. Pidgey, your Rival's other Pokemon, is also strong against Bulbasaur. If you picked Squirtle, you might want to pick up a Spearow to take down Bulbasaur easily. Otherwise, rely on STAB moves to take them down. I recommend not using your starter against his, as they have a type move that's strong against yours.
- Head left from the exit, then north. In the grass, you'll find a Pokeball for the taking.
- The forest is very straightforward, with the only splits eventually leading to the same place, so getting lost is really impossible.
- All the trainers in this Forest have Pokemon weak to either your Charmander, or either of the two birds we can catch at this point. You might want a Spearow back in Route 22, as it learns a Flying type right off the bat.
- If you didn't pick Bulbasaur as your Starter, you'll want to find and catch a Pikachu in the forest, as it's one of the few Pokemon strong against the second gym leader we can find before battling her.
- Other than the Archaeology Museum in town, there is no points of interest in Pewter City.
- Head over to the Gym to test your skills against Brock, the Rock Type Gym Leader
• Gym Battle 1
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For those of you who picked either Squirtle or Bulbasaur, you have the easy job in this battle. Bulbasaur's type move is Leech Seed, which doesn't directly harm, so it won't be super effective. However, it still is resistant to the moves Geodude and Onix throw at it. Squirtle's Water Gun will easily destroy both these Pokemon.
Charmander's the tough one here. If you picked up everyone's favorite lizard in Pallet Town, leave it in the Pokemon Center. Back in Route 22 you can catch a Mankey which will prove useful for this battle. Once it hits Level 6 it learns Low Kick, which combined with Rock's weakness to fighting, does extra damage to heavy opponents, which Onix is.
An alternative choice for this battle is to catch a Caterpie back in Viridian Forest and level it up to Level 10 where it evolves into Butterfree and learns Confusion. Geodude and Onix have low Special Defense, so Confusion will hit these Pokemon pretty hard.