Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow Version walkthrough - Boulder Badge

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Pallet Town

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Say goodbye to Mom!Professor Oak's warning!Wild Pikachu!

You are finally given control over yourself. You can interact with several things in this room and almost every room from here on out. These include the SNES in front of you, among many others, though these are usually just for continuity and entertainment, and as such will only be mentioned when they have a direct effect upon the game. For starters, walk up to the PC in the top left of your room and open up the item storage to withdraw a potion. Now, head downstairs. You mom is sitting at the table and mentions she knew the day would come when you would leave the house. Head out and try to walk north into the grass to be stopped by Professor Oak, as he comes to warn you of the dangers of travelling alone.

If you're playing Yellow Version, you are ambushed by a wild Pikachu, but Professor Oak catches it. You follow him back to his lab where you are presented with a pokeball, which contains your very first pokemon! In Red and Blue, you will get to choose between three starters on the table: Bulbasaur, the grass type, Charmander, the fire type, and Squirtle, the water type. Whichever you choose, Blue will choose the Pokemon that yours is weak to. In Yellow, before you can take the only pokemon on the table, Blue comes to take it first. As a consolation, Professor Oak decides to give you the wild Pikachu he just caught, with the warning that it may misbehave until you have tamed it.

NOTE: Now is the best chance to abuse the happiness glitch present in Yellow.

Blue has an idea!That was supposed to be yours.Who has the better starter?

If you're on Red or Blue Version, Blue will fight you with the pokemon you're weak to: Bulbasaur, if you chose Squirtle; Charmander, if you chose Bulbasaur; or Squirtle, if you chose Charmander. For now, neither of these pokemon has learned any elemental moves, so the weakness shouldn't factor in. Whichever your pokemon, it'll have one physical damaging move, Tackle or Scratch, and one status affecting move, Tail Whip or Growl. There's no real applicable benefit to the status changing moves at this point in the game, so your basic strategy is to attack mercilessly until you've won. Barring any critical hits on your rival's side, you should win. If Blue happens to use nothing but his one damaging move, too, you may be in danger of losing, in which case you should use the Potion you grabbed from the PC before leaving your room.

• Red/Blue: Rival Battle

Blue

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If you picked Bulbasaur:
Fire
If you picked Charmander:
Squirtle Lv. 5
Water
If you picked Squirtle:
Bulbasaur Lv. 5
Grass

If you're playing yellow, after you have gotten your Pikachu, Blue will challenge you. You have two moves, Thundershock and Growl, and the key to winning this fight is using your Thundershock. There are a few things that can happen here. Eevee can use Tail Whip, which will lower your defense, but since it wastes a turn which will do extra damage in order to enable the extra damage, this effectively does nothing in such a short battle. Eevee can also use tackle, which is slightly more damaging than your Thundershock now. If Eevee uses nothing but tackle, you're going to lose unless you use the Potion we grabbed from the computer earlier. There's also a chance that either attack will be a critical hit, in which case the hit pokemon will take much more damage than normal, as well as either pokemon's attack can miss. And there's a slight possibility that Thundershocking Eevee will paralyze it. Overall, you're all but guaranteed a win if you use nothing but Thundershock and use the Potion if Pikachu's health drops too low.

• Yellow: Rival Battle

Blue

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After the battle, given a win, your Pokemon should level up. Back in Professor Oak's lab, Blue leaves in defeat. On Yellow, Pikachu emerges from his pokeball on his own. Professor Oak realizes that Pikachu dislikes pokeballs, and encourages you to let it walk with you to increase it's happiness. At present it should have moderate happiness with you, indicated by a neutral face if you interact with it. If your Pikachu needs health, you can visit Mom for a free healing. When you're ready, head north to Route 1.

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Route 1

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Pokemart: Giving free samples since 1997.Got a free potion!

For now on this route, there is not much you can do. You have to walk through the tall grass in order to get to Viridian City, and along the way you may encounter two different pokemon, Rattata, a normal type pokemon, and Pidgey, a normal/flying type. Though you cannot catch either now, so it's best to just keep heading north until you reach Viridian City. You can, however, collect a potion by speaking to the first person you encounter, who happens to be a worker at the pokemart up ahead, and he gives you a potion as a sample.

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Viridian City

: The eternally green paradise. Boulder Badge

Who hides potion in a tree?You've been recognized from Pallet Town.Time to be a delivery boy.

In Viridian City, you find your first pokecenter, which is essentially the building you'll heal your pokemon in, switch out your pokemon from the boxes, and battle over connections. You'll also find your first pokemart, where you'll buy all the common goods you can't find elsewhere. If you try to continue past Viridian City, the path north is blocked by an Old Man who doesn't let you pass, and the path west will run towards Victory Road and the Elite Four, which you cannot access until you have earned all eight badges. Explore the town, and you may find a potion in a strange looking tree on a back path behind the Old Man. When you decide to enter the pokemart, you'll be greeted by the cashier, who will ask you to deliver a Oak's Parcel. There is nothing more to do in town or along Route 1, so take the package and head back to Pallet Town.

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Pallet Town

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Delivery complete.This is where the real adventure begins: Gotta catch 'em all!A Town Map will help.

Back in Pallet Town, you can go home and talk to Mom to heal Pikachu if need be, though your destination is Professor Oak. Enter his lab ant talk to him, he'll open his package to discover his custom pokeball has arrived. Blue comes in bragging about his Eevee's strength, and Professor Oak gives you both a Pokedex to record pokemon on your travels. Blue then says he'll get a Town Map from his sister before leaving. You, however, can also head to her and get yourself a Town Map, as it's extremely useful. After having both a Town Map and Pokedex in your inventory, head back out to Viridian City.

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Viridian City

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Old Man's feeling friendlier now.How to catch Pokemon.

Back in Viridian City, you can continue north and the Old Man will have had his coffee, and apologized for being rude (which is kind of redundant if you never spoke with him in the first place) and will show you how to catch a pokemon to make up for it. Immediately, a wild Rattata appears, and he throws a pokeball with no success. He mentions they have pokeballs at the pokemart, and heads off to get more. You can head in the same direction, and the pokemart will now be open for business. Following your victory over Blue, you should have $3175. You can buy pokeballs, antidotes, parlyz heals, and burn heals. I recommend to pick up one of each of the status healing effects (there is a school near the Old Man in which you can learn about them), and spending the rest of your cash on thirteen pokeballs. Either that, or you can buy fifteen pokeballs as a second choice. After you're stocked up, head back to Route 1.

There is also an alternate method we can use to get five free pokeballs. Instead of buying any now. simply head out to Route 22. You can train your Pikachu if you want, or continue straight to the rival battle below. If you choose this method, you will have to fight your rival with one and only one pokemon; Pikachu. He does good against Spearow but may be weak by the time you get to Eevee again. Win or lose, if you complete that battle and head back to Pallet Town without ever buying any pokeballs or catching any more pokemon, talk to Professor Oak and he'll give you five free pokeballs. However, this is not recommended, since not only can you buy more pokeballs than you need right now without the hassle, but grabbing them now will void a great ball we could get after Mt. Moon.

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Route 1

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Catching our first wild Pokemon.The team should be half full now.

On Route 1, walk around in the first patch of grass you find until you encounter a pokemon. Rattata should be easy to catch, since a level three or four will survive a thundershock and become an easy target for a pokeball, and a level six will survive two thundershocks and be an easy target. Avoid a level five, as it'll still be strong after one, but will die after two. Pidgey can prove tricky, as a level three will die from one thundershock, and a level five or six will die from two but still be strong after one. It's only easy to catch a level four with Pikachu, so it's easiest to catch a rattata first, heal it and come back for pidgey. After both have been caught, head back to Viridian City and heal at the pokecenter. Then, head west to Route 22.

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Route 22

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Pokemon League is only for Pokemon masters.Blue wants to fight again.That destination is a long way away.

Once on Route 22, stick to the first patch of grass to catch all of your pokemon. Mankey and spearow are the real prizes here, and shouldn't be too difficult to catch, but may take some time to find as they have a lower appearance rate than either of the nidorans or rattata. You should train here as you catch, defeating any duplicates you encounter and heading back to Viridian to heal when needed, because after you have finally caught all the Pokemon you want here, if you continue along this path you'll find Blue, and be challenged to a(n optional) battle. A team of six pokemon level six or higher should be sufficient to beat him, and stronger pokemon will mean an easier win.

On Red and Blue version, he's gotten one new Pokemon, a Pidgey, and he's trained it to level 9. Pidgey isn't weak to anything you have at the moment, but it doesn't know any flying type moves either. You can use anything to defeat it, and you'll do well. Watch out for it's sand attack, which can mess up your accuracy. Next, he sends out the starter you fought earlier. This pokemon, besides a higher level with slightly improved stats and HP, is exactly the same. No new moves and no items. You can defeat it with basically anything equally leveled. Don't be afraid to use a potion if you need to.

• Red/Blue: Rival Battle

Blue

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$175
If you picked Bulbasaur:
Fire
If you picked Charmander:
Squirtle Lv. 8
Water
If you picked Squirtle:
Bulbasaur Lv. 8
Grass

On Yellow Version, he opens with a Spearow, which is weak to electric, so opening with Pikachu can assure an easy win. You can really defeat it with anything, but you should stay away from using a Mankey, since Peck is super effective against it. He then sends out a level eight Eevee, and if you've trained a mankey to level nine, he'll know Low Kick, which is super effective against Eevee, otherwise any attack you have at this point will wear it down until it's defeated. The only real troubles you should face is if Eevee hits you with it's new move, Sand Attack. This will lower your accuracy and can turn the battle in Blue's favor, so don't be afraid to use a Potion or switch out if you need to.

• Yellow: Rival Battle

Rival Blue‡

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‡: This battle is skippable. However, if you continue, you cannot come back later for this battle.

If you win, Blue will give you some words of encouragement before leaving. Otherwise, he'll taunt you as usual. Either way, now would be the time to head back to Viridian City, then head north along Route 2 towards Viridian Forest. The gym in Viridian City is currently locked, and the Old Man will be wandering around, and will offer to try to show you how to catch a pokemon again, which he may succeed finally. Route 2 contains no new pokemon and has no items to find, so continue straight, through the junction to Viridian Forest.

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Viridian Forest

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More items hiding in trees.She's looking for the rarest forest-dweller.

While wandering around in Viridian Forest you'll encounter plenty of Caterpie and Metapod, the occasional Pidgey and, if you're lucky, a Pidgeotto or in Yellow. We want our pidgey to eventually evolve into pidgeotto, and since Caterpie evolves into Metapod at level seven (and Butterfree at level 10). In Yellow, Caterpie is the only pokemon we want to catch here. Red and Blue also offer the much more substantial prize of catching a Pikachu. It only appears 5% of the time but it will be extremely useful, so make sure you catch one. Red and blue, also, offer the second Bug Pokemon, Weedle, and it's evolution, Kakuna. It's rare in Blue, and Caterpie and Metapod are rare in Red, but if you can you should catch both Weedle and Caterpie.

Immediately in Viridian Forest, you'll see a young trainer who wonders where his friends have gone. Directly in front of him you can find an antidote by searching the tree. Then, head directly left, and find a Lass in the grass who's looking for a Pikachu, then challenges you to a battle. She challenges you with a level six male and level six female Nidoran, and can be easily dealt with with any of your pokemon.

A free Pokeball!There are almost as many Bug Catchers as there are Bug Pokemon around here.Found a potion in the forest!

After dealing with the Lass, head straight up and find a Pokeball hiding in the grass. Then head back the way you came and to the right. You'll encounter a trainer who complains about running out of pokeballs, and farther ahead you'll find a Bug Catcher. He only has two level seven caterpie, which are weak to flying type moves, but should prove an easy win for any of your pokemon. Continue straight up and you'll encounter another Bug Catcher. He uses two metapod and one caterpie, all level six, and should prove another ridiculously easy battle. After dealing with him, head up the left path to find an item lying on the ground. In Red and Blue Version, this is an Antidote while in Yellow, it's a Potion. Continue around, to the left and down, to find yet another Bug Catcher eager for you to defeat him. This guy is a bit stronger, with a level eight caterpie and metapod, but if you've trained your pokemon well he should still be laughably easy.

Found another potion!We're finding potions everywhere.The last battle in the forest.

Continuing left, head all the way up through the next path covered in grass, and all the way down through the next. When you come to the split, take the right to find your second potion at the bottom. Then head back up to the left. Ahead will be a trainer leaving you barely enough room to pass. Stop before him and search the spot directly in front of him to find an invisible Potion. Then step forward to battle the final Bug Catcher in this area. All he has is a level ten caterpie, which should easily fall to any equally leveled pokemon you own, or even a level six spearow. Talking to him reveals that he dropped something. Fancy that. Continue north to exit Viridan Forest, through another junction, and finally make it to the north side of Route 2. Again, there are no new pokemon in the grass here, so continue north and you'll arrive in Pewter City.

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Pewter City

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Your rival beat you here!Getting your own personal manager.

Head to the pokecenter if you need to heal up. Inside is a jigglypuff that can put Pikachu to sleep (if you have it with you), and there will be a businessman on a cell phone, and you can overhear him talking about the elusive Team Rocket at Mt. Moon. Heading to the pokemart will reveal that a new item, the Escape Rope, is in stock here. Inside there is a customer complaining about a weird fish pokemon because it's weak, and another talking about good things happening by training weak pokemon. Outside of the pokemart is a science enthusiast excited about the museum. If you tell him you haven't gone yet, he'll lead you to it. It has a $50 entry fee, and contains a lot of exhibits to teach you some pokemon history, though there is nothing necessary or even significant here yet. Trying to take Route 3 to Mt. Moon will make you stopped by a recruiter, who takes you to Brock's gym to challenge him. Since your starter was a forced Pikachu, it'll be difficult to defeat a rock type gym leader with it. The two best recommendations for this gym is training a caterpie to level 10 until it evolves into a butterfree and learns confusion, or training a mankey to level 9 until it learns low kick. Either method you choose, enter the gym when you're ready.

Stopped on the way to Brock.If he sees you, you have to fight him.

Inside, you can read the plaque under either statue to learn that Blue has already passed through and defeated Brock to claim the first gym badge. Talk to the guy with glasses at the right and he'll tell you that he's not a trainer but he sees how to win and he can take you to the top. He'll then ask to be your manager, and will give you advice. If you say yes, he'll give you advice on type advantages for this gym. If you tell him no, he'll tell you it's free and he'll be your manager anyway, and then tells you about ordering your pokemon for the best effect. Finally, head up to face Brock's subordinate, the Jr. Trainer♂.

In Red and Blue Version, he has a level eleven diglett and sandshrew, which should be by far the toughest battle you've had so far, and they just may give you a little trouble. Use Butterfree's Confusion or Mankey's Low Kick and you should pull through. If you had trouble with him, though, you should go back to Viridian Forest to train a little more, because Brock is much tougher. In yellow, he's easier as both of his pokemon are downgraded two levels, to level 9. They have the same moves and weaknesses, but those two levels make a big difference.

Brock introduces himself.You don't get to back down now.Prepare for your first Gym Leader battle.

He'll give you a science lesson in a huff as he loses, and lets you advance to the gym leader, Brock. In Red and Blue Version, Brock uses a level 12 Geodude and a level 14 Onix, which are both very powerful. They should prove a tough fight, even to your Mankey or Butterfree. Geodude knows only Tackle and Defense Curl, and as a result can't do much damage, but can drag the battle out longer to it's eventual win if you don't deal a lot of damage quickly. Onix's Screech can drastically lower your defense, twice the effect of a Tail Whip, but it doesn't seem to use it very much. Onix has two moves that may give you trouble; the first is Bide. It stores energy and if you damage it but do not destroy it, it will unleash double the damage you dealt upon your Pokemon, almost assuredly fainting it. It can also use Bind, in which it prevents you from using a move or other action for a number of turns. If it uses Bide, don't attack and instead use status moves such as string shot, harden, or leer. If it uses Bind, use a potion if necessary and attack it as soon as possible since it does little damage, but doesn't allow you to attack. Whichever stragety Brock chooses, you should be able to pull out a win with Mankey or Butterfree.

• Red/Blue: Gym Leader Battle

Brock

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In Yellow Version, it's a different story. Like the Jr. Trainer♂ before him, both of Brock's pokemon are two levels lower, making Geodude and Onix 10 and 12, respectively. Geodude has lost Defense Curl, due to the lower level, and as such will do nothing but Tackle you the entire fight. It shouldn't be a problem. Onix, on the other hand, seems to open much more often with Screech, setting you up for more damage, and seems to favor the two moves Bide and Bind over Tackle much more than it does in Red and Blue. Still, those two levels make a big difference, and if you're using Mankey with Low Kick or Butterfree with Confusion, you should be able to win without too much trouble.

• Yellow: Gym Leader Battle

Brock

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Geodude Lv. 10
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Upon your victory, Brock humbly admits defeat and promptly hands over the Boulder Badge, with an explaination that it lets traded pokemon up to level 20 obey you as well lets you use HM5 Flash outside of battle. He next hands you TM34, and explains how to use a TM, or Technical Machine. He tells you it contains Bide, his favorite move. Once you have received all your awards, you can talk to your manager to be congratulated, and check the plaque to see your name immediately added to the list.

Got your first badge.He gives you a TM to boot!Now everyone can know how awesome you are.

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