Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Version Walkthrough - Boulder Badge

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Pallet Town

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BULBASAUR
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.
Tackle
Growl
CHARMANDER
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.
Scratch
Growl
SQUIRTLE
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.
Tackle
Tail Whip

• Rival Battle 1

Rival Green

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If you picked Bulbasaur:
If you picked Charmander:
Squirtle Lv. 5
If you picked Squirtle:
Bulbasaur Lv. 5

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.

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Route 1

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Viridian City

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Pallet Town

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Route 22

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• Rival Battle 2

Rival Green

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If you picked Bulbasaur:
If you picked Charmander:
Squirtle Lv. 9
If you picked Squirtle:
Bulbasaur Lv. 9

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.

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Viridian Forest

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Pewter City

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• Gym Battle 1

Leader Brock

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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.

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