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Overview

Pokémon Red and Blue are the first two releases in Nintendo's long-running Pokémon franchise. Developed by Game Freak, Red and Blue were the studio's first major successes. The company would eventually go on to create several direct sequels to the games for Nintendo's portable consoles that followed the Game Boy.

Plot

The basic premise of Pokémon Red and Blue involves a nameable protagonist who sets off on a journey to thoroughly train, catch, trade, and ultimately master as many Pokémon as he can. After acquiring one of three Pokémon from Professor Oak; Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander, and then fighting a subsequent training battle with his rival, the main character sets off to explore the world to fulfill his goals. In order to achieve ultimate success, he must use his Pokémon team to fight and defeat eight Gym Leaders, specialists who each deal in a specific type of Pokémon, as well as the Elite Four and Gary Oak. Only after all of that has been achieved does the story technically end.

Gameplay

Blue's title screen.

Most Pokémon are acquired by "catching" them while they are still out and about in the wild. They can be found by the player simply roaming about in the Pokémons' native habitats, which usually happens by walking around in grass, swimming around in a body of water, or in other similar instances. Once a battle has been initiated, it is up to the player to weaken the wild Pokémon's Hit Points (HP) enough so that they can throw a Pokéball at them. Pokéballs are the containers which hold each trainer's Pokémon and as long as the wild Pokémon cannot break free from one, it can be freely used by the trainer who owns it. If a trainer's team is full at the time of the capture, the newly acquired Pokémon is then sent to a PC for storage and can be retrieved at a later point in time. Captured Pokémon can also be given nicknames, although doing so is optional. In the anime this is shown through Ritchie, who also puts stickers on his Pokéballs to differentiate them.

Pokémon is a traditional role-playing game in many facets.

Pokémon Red and Blue's battle system consists of gameplay mechanics which are common with many turn-based Japanese RPGs. Up to six Pokémon can be a part of a trainer's roster at any time, which is where the game's defining characteristics come into play. Since each Pokémon can have a different type (i.e: fire, water, electric, etc.) a system of strengths and weakness is employed, in addition to the standard calculations based on their individual statistics. Every attack is also assigned a type, which is also taken into consideration during battle. Although most Pokémon have limitations regarding which attacks they can learn, they are allowed to learn some which aren't the same as their type. No attack can be used an infinite number of times, though, as the amount of usage is dependent upon the amount of Power Points (PP) each attack has. These Power Points can be restored either through the use of specific items or by visiting a Pokémon Center, which is also used to fully heal a trainer's current roster of Pokémon.

Typical battle scene

As the Pokémon enter into battles and continue to win them, they gain experience points. Once they accumulate a specified amount, they level up, which serves two purposes. Leveling up the Pokémon in Red and Blue allows most Pokémon to learn new attacks which can be added to their arsenal, in addition to raising their individual statistics. However, because each Pokémon is limited to four different attacks, considerations must be made as they reach progressively higher levels. Leveling up also allows most Pokémon to evolve, enabling them to become a new species. The point at which each Pokémon may evolve is different depending on the species, although the trainer is allowed to prevent a Pokémon from doing so if they desire. One such advantage which comes from canceling an evolution is that more advanced and powerful attacks can be learned earlier if the Pokémon doesn't evolve, assuming the attack can still be learned in an evolved form.

With Pokémon, though, it is not always possible to evolve them via leveling up. In those instances, special stones can be given to the Pokémon to force them to evolve. The most famous Pokémon in the Red and Blue versions which are able to do this include Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Eevee, the latter of which has multiple evolutions depending on the stone applied. Some Pokémon still do not evolve in this manner, however, which is elaborated upon below.

Outside of battling, one of the defining traits of Pokémon Red and Blue is its trading feature. Because Red and Blue each have Pokémon which are exclusive to their individual versions, collecting all of the Pokémon requires trading with someone who owns the alternative version. Trading is done by connecting the two Game Boys via a link cable. Each person then decides which Pokémon they wish to trade and the duo's choices are transferred. With a few very specific Pokémon, the trading process allows them to evolve once the switching is complete. Although traded Pokémon are under the command of their new trainer, they still carry identification which indicates who originally had them.

Two linked Game Boys can also be used by trainers to battle one another. The majority of the rules which govern battle in the single-player game remain the same, although items cannot be used in linked battles. Skirmishes are otherwise the same, with a winner being declared once one trainer's entire team of Pokémon has fainted.

Pokémon List

No.PokémonAdditional information
001Bulbasaur
002Ivysaur
003Venusaur
004Charmander
005Charmeleon
006Charizard
007Squirtle
008Wartortle
009Blastoise
010Caterpie
011Metapod
012Butterfree
013Weedle
014Kakuna
015Beedrill
016Pidgey
017Pidgeotto
018Pidgeot
019Rattata
020Raticate
021Spearow
022Fearow
023EkansRed version only
024ArbokRed version only
025Pikachu
026Raichu
027SandshrewBlue version only
028SandslashBlue version only
029Nidoran
030Nidorina
031Nidoqueen
032Nidoran
033Nidorino
034Nidoking
035Clefairy
036Clefable
037VulpixBlue version only
038NinetailsBlue version only
039Jigglypuff
040Wigglytuff
041Zubat
042Golbat
043OddishRed version only
044GloomRed version only
045VileplumeRed version only
046Paras
047Parasect
048Venonat
049Venomoth
050Diglett
051Dugtrio
052MeowthBlue version only
053PersianBlue version only
054Psyduck
055Golduck
056MankeyRed version only
057PrimeapeRed version only
058GrowlitheRed version only
059ArcanineRed version only
060Poliwag
061Poliwhirl
062Poliwrath
063Abra
064Kadabra
065Alakazam
066Machop
067Machoke
068Machamp
069BellsproutBlue version only
070WeepinbellBlue version only
071VictreebelBlue version only
072Tentacool
073Tentacruel
074Geodude
075Graveler
076Golem
077Ponyta
078Rapidash
079Slowpoke
080Slowbro
081Magnemite
082Magneton
083Farfetch'd
084Doduo
085Dodrio
086Seel
087Dewgong
088Grimer
089Muk
090Shellder
091Cloyster
092Gastly
093Haunter
094Gengar
095Onix
096Drowzee
097Hypno
098Krabby
099Kingler
100Voltorb
101Electrode
102Exeggcute
103Exeggutor
104Cubone
105Marowak
106Hitmonlee
107Hitmonchan
108Lickitung
109Koffing
110Weezing
111Rhyhorn
112Rhydon
113Chansey
114Tangela
115Kangaskhan
116Horsea
117Seadra
118Goldeen
119Seaking
120Staryu
121Starmie
122Mr. Mime
123ScytherRed version only
124Jynx
125ElectabuzzRed version only
126MagmarBlue version only
127PinsirBlue version only
128Tauros
129Magikarp
130Gyarados
131Lapras
132Ditto
133Eevee
134Vaporeon
135Jolteon
136Flareon
137Porygon
138Omanyte
139Omastar
140Kabuto
141Kabutops
142Aerodactyl
143Snorlax
144Articuno
145Zapdos
146Moltres
147Dratini
148Dragonair
149Dragonite
150Mewtwo
151MewNintendo Download Only without a glitch

Pokémon Gyms

During the adventure, there are eight different gym leaders to fight in order to acquire their badges. With these badges, the player is allowed get allowed to Victory Road, and reach Indigo Plateau for the Elite Four. Each Pokémon Gym Leader is an specialist in some Pokémon type, it's important to notice their type for better chances of counter-attacking with a more effective Pokémon. Here are the gym leaders, their location, their specialty and Pokémons used.

City GymLeaderBadgePokémon typePokémon used
Pewter City GymBrockBoulder BadgeRock / Ground
Cerulean City GymMistyCascade BadgeWater
Vermilion City GymLt. SurgeThunder BadgeElectric
Celadon City GymErikaRainbow BadgeGrass
Saffron City GymSabrinaMarsh BadgePsychic
Fuchsia City GymKogaSoul BadgeBug / Poison
Cinnabar City GymBlaineVolcano BadgeFire
Viridian City GymGiovanniEarth BadgeGround

The Elite Four

The very four best Pokémon trainers are the ultimate challenge for this game. They have to be fought, along with the current Pokémon Champion, in order to achieve the goal of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer.

Elite FourPokémon typePokémon used
LoreleiWater / Ice
BrunoFighting
AgathaGhost
LanceDragon / Flying

Elite Four Champion Gary Oak (Rival)

Pokémon Type - Gary has a very balanced team

Pokémon Used - Gary's Pokémon for the final battle will depend on which Pokémon he chose at the Professor Oak's lab. HIs choice will depend on the player's, whatever Pokémon the player chooses, he will choose the Pokémon with a stronger type against the player's. For example, if the player chooses Bulbasaur he will choose Charmander because fire is naturally strong against grass. Here are the three sets of Pokémon he might be using depending on the last evolution of the Pokémon he chose at the lab in the beginning of the game:

Gary's Starting PokemonOther Pokemon in Line Up
With Venusaur
With Blastoise
With Charizard

Glitches

MissingNo.

MissingNo.

Easily the most famous Pokémon glitch of all time, MissingNo. is a buggy Pokémon which, if caught, can make all kinds of strange things happen in the game.

To catch a MissingNo. is a very simple process. In Viridian City, talk to the old man who teaches how to catch Pokémon. Talk to him three times and when he asks the player if he wants to learn to catch Pokémon, the player must select 'no' the first two times and then say 'yes' the third. After watching him catch a Weedle, fly to Cinnabar Island and surf along the right edge of the island and don't leave the edge. Once a Pokémon battle happens, the player can run into a MissingNo. or one of the glitched Pokémon over level 100.

Some strange things will happen to the game when the player catches a MissingNo.. The item in the sixth slot will be duplicated to over 99. Also, battle history with the Elite Four is completely glitched. If MissingNo gains one level the he will evolve into a level 1 Kangaskhan. If you catch MissingNo then it can effect your game cartridge by altering the text to gibberish when you look at your pokemon in the elite four.

Duplicating Pokemon

This is a trick that many players would do send a good pokemon to a friend and still be able to keep the pokemon to play with for themselves. To do this trick you need to find a pokemon that you want to duplicate for whoever you are trading to and the recipient must get a pokemon they are willing to lose. Start a trade like normal but on the Game Boy that is trading the good pokemon switch it off before it says trade complete on the screen, on the other players game it will come up with the usual message and you will have the desired pokemon.

The Invisible PC

In Celedon city, there is a hotel in the bottom right-hand corner of the city. When you are in the hotel you need to go all the way to the right and go as far north as you can, take two steps back and one forward and then you will be able to access a PC out of thin air!

Misconceptions & Rumors

PokéGods

Along with MissingNo. there were always rumors about such pokemon called PokéGods. These Pokémon were believed to be obtainable in many ways, but were never true.

One such rumored way of getting these Pokémon was to get access to Bill's Garden, which was supposed to be a secret place behind Bill's house where powerful Pokémon resided. Another rumored way was to get access to the PokéGods City. This was a place that would be accessible to after having beaten the Elite Four 50 times in a row without saving or healing, Professor Oak would saying something like "I'm getting tired of this" and let the player roam around the ending area, where a ladder would be located. This is also not true.

The more viable option was the truck off to the side before getting on the SS Ann. This was possible by finding a way to surf before actually boarding the SS Ann. In the back of the truck were rumored to be a Mew and a Togepi. Togepi actually turned out to be a real Pokémon in Silver and Gold. Another Pokégod that turned out to be real was Pikablu. This Pokémon turned out to be Marill, the little blue water Pokémon.

Some of the PokéGods were rumored to have the names listed below (this is only a few of the many PokéGods):

  • Charcolt
  • Rainer
  • Sapusaur
  • Locustud
  • Mewthree
  • Pikablu
  • Chrono Mew
  • Sandswipes
  • Nidogoddess

Some PokéGods were believed to evolve from already fully evolved Pokémon using an item called a Mist Stone. However, the Mist Stone was just another false rumor.

Pokémon Green Version

Pokémon Green

Although it is commonly believed that the first releases in the Pokémon series were Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue, the Blue version of the game actually made its debut under a different title and was known as Pokémon Green. The games were originally released in Japan as "Pocket Monsters Red" and "Pocket Monsters Green". Due to numerous glitches and bugs in these original versions of the game, such as being able to find Pokémon in the wild which were only supposed to be obtainable at certain later stages in the game, they were amended and re-released as the more commonly known Red and Blue versions. Many of the sprites were changed and there were also some slight changes to the locations of wild Pokémon. These updated versions were later released in America and Europe, therefore the Green version was never released outside of Japan. Interestingly enough, when the games were remade and updated for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo decided to reference the Green version rather than the Blue, and the new games were released as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

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