• Welcome to the world of Pokémon!
After Professor Oak's introduction to the world of Pokémon, you'll find yourself in your room. Head downstairs and your mom will stop you. She'll give you a speech about a new item to the series, the Pokégear. This handy device acts as a phone, a radio, and a map. You'll be using this quite frequently. After setting the date, she'll ask you to head over to Prof. Elm's lab.
Prof. Elm will ask you to do him a favor. He says he has a friend who's constantly saying he's made discoveries and this time he wants you to go check out what's up. To do this, he offers us three Pokémon: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Chikorita is a good choice if you want the game to be hard. Cyndaquil and Totodile are both good average choices.
Before leaving, Prof. Elm will offer his phone number. His number is one of few that you cannot remove from your contacts, as you can only hold 20 numbers. Calling him does very little, he'll only encourage you to stay strong on your journey. However, he'll call you periodically in the game. Before leaving, his assistant gives you some potions, which will heal your Pokémon a small amount.