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Pokemon Red and Blue are the two initial releases of Nintendo's long-running Pokemon 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 the followed the Game Boy. Although the official number of Pokemon was often touted to be 150 in the games' marketing, the actual number of acquirable Pokemon was 151, albeit with the caveat that the additional creature couldn't be acquired through normal means.

Bulbasaur, the grass-type starter pokemon.
Bulbasaur, the grass-type starter pokemon.


The basic premise of Pokemon Red and Blue involves a nameable protagonist who sets off on a journey to thoroughly train, catch, trade, and ultimately master as many Pokemon as he can. After acquiring one of three Pokemon 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 Pokemon team to fight and defeat eight Gym Leaders, specialists who each deal in a specific type of Pokemon, as well as the Elite Four and Gary Oak. Only after all of that has been achieved does the story technically end.

Gameplay Mechanics

Most Pokemon 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 Pokemons' 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 Pokemon's Hit Points (HP) enough so that they can throw a Pokeball at them. Pokeballs are the containers which hold each trainer's Pokemon and as long as the wild Pokemon 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 Pokemon is then sent to a PC for storage and can be retrieved at a later point in time. Captured Pokemon can also be given nicknames, although doing so is optional.

Typical JRPG gameplay
Typical JRPG gameplay
Pokemon Red and Blue's battle system consists of gameplay mechanics which are common with many turn-based Japanese RPGs. Up to six Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon Center, which is also used to fully heal a trainer's current roster of Pokemon.

Typical battle scene
Typical battle scene
As the Pokemon 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 your Pokemon in Red and Blue allows most Pokemon to learn new attacks which can be added to their arsenal, in addition to raising their individual statistics. However, because each Pokemon is limited to four different attacks, considerations must be made as they reach progressively higher levels. Leveling up also allows most Pokemon to evolve, enabling them to become a new species. The point at which each Pokemon may evolve is different depending on the species, although the trainer is allowed to prevent a Pokemon 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 Pokemon doesn't evolve, assuming the attack can still be learned in an evolved form.

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

Outside of battling, one of the defining traits of Pokemon Red and Blue is its trading feature. Because Red and Blue each have Pokemon which are exclusive to their individual versions, collecting all of the Pokemon 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 Pokemon they wish to trade and the duo's choices are transferred. With a few very specific Pokemon, the trading process allows them to evolve once the switching is complete. Although traded Pokemon 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 Pokemon has fainted.

Venusaur, evolved form of Bulbasaur and Ivysaur.
Venusaur, evolved form of Bulbasaur and Ivysaur.

Pokemon List

  1. Bulbasaur
  2. Ivysaur
  3. Venusaur
  4. Charmander
  5. Charmeleon
  6. Charizard
  7. Squirtle
  8. Wartortle
  9. Blastoise
  10. Caterpie
  11. Metapod
  12. Butterfree
    Charizard, evolved form of Charmander and Charmeleon
    Charizard, evolved form of Charmander and Charmeleon
  13. Weedle
  14. Kakuna
  15. Beedrill
  16. Pidgey
  17. Pidgeotto
  18. Pidgeot
  19. Rattata
  20. Raticate
  21. Spearow
  22. Fearow
  23. Ekans - Red version only
  24. Arbok  - Red version only
  25. Pikachu
  26. Raichu
  27. Sandshrew - Blue version only
    Blastoise, evolved form of Squirtle and Wartortle.
    Blastoise, evolved form of Squirtle and Wartortle.
  28. Sandslash- Blue version only
  29. Nidoran?
  30. Nidorina
  31. Nidoqueen
  32. Nidoran?
  33. Nidorino
  34. Nidoking
  35. Clefairy
  36. Clefable
  37. Vulpix  - Blue version only
  38. Ninetales - Blue version only
  39. Jigglypuff
  40. Wigglytuff
  41. Zubat
    Butterfree, evolved form of Caterpie and Metapod.
    Butterfree, evolved form of Caterpie and Metapod.
  42. Golbat
  43. Oddish - Red version only
  44. Gloom - Red version only
  45. Vileplume - Red version only
  46. Paras
  47. Parasect
  48. Venonat
  49. Venomoth
  50. Diglett
  51. Dugtrio
  52. Meowth - Blue version only
  53. Persian - Blue version only
  54. Psyduck
  55. Golduck
    Pidgeot, evolved form of Pidgey and Pidgeotto
    Pidgeot, evolved form of Pidgey and Pidgeotto
  56. Mankey - Red version only
  57. Primeape - Red version only
  58. Growlithe - Red version only
  59. Arcanine - Red version only
  60. Poliwag
  61. Poliwhirl
  62. Poliwrath
  63. Abra
  64. Kadabra
  65. Alakazam
  66. Machop
  67. Machoke
  68. Machamp
  69. Bellsprout - Blue version only
    Sandslash, evolved form of Sandshrew.
    Sandslash, evolved form of Sandshrew.
  70. Weepinbell - Blue version only
  71. Victreebel  - Blue version only
  72. Tentacool
  73. Tentacruel
  74. Geodude
  75. Graveler
  76. Golem
  77. Ponyta
  78. Rapidash
  79. Slowpoke
  80. Slowbro
  81. Magnemite
  82. Magneton
  83. Farfetch'd
    Raichu, after evolving Pikachu with a thunderstone.
    Raichu, after evolving Pikachu with a thunderstone.
  84. Doduo
  85. Dodrio
  86. Seel
  87. Dewgong
  88. Grimer
  89. Muk
  90. Shellder
  91. Cloyster
  92. Gastly
  93. Haunter
  94. Gengar
  95. Onix
  96. Drowzee
  97. Hypno
  98. Krabby
    Nidoking, evolved form of Nidoran male and Nidorino after using a moonstone.
    Nidoking, evolved form of Nidoran male and Nidorino after using a moonstone.
  99. Kingler
  100. Voltorb
  101. Electrode
  102. Exeggcute
  103. Exeggutor
  104. Cubone
  105. Marowak
  106. Hitmonlee
  107. Hitmonchan
  108. Lickitung
  109. Koffing
  110. Weezing
  111. Rhyhorn
  112. Rhydon
  113. Chansey
  114. Tangela
    Alakazam, evolved form of Abra and Kadabra.
    Alakazam, evolved form of Abra and Kadabra.
  115. Kangaskhan
  116. Horsea
  117. Seadra
  118. Goldeen
  119. Seaking
  120. Staryu
  121. Starmie
  122. Mr. Mime
  123. Scyther - Red version only
  124. Jynx
  125. Electabuzz - Red version only
  126. Magmar - Blue version only
  127. Pinsir - Blue version only
  128. Tauros
    Onix has no evolutions in this game but is rock-type like Golem
    Onix has no evolutions in this game but is rock-type like Golem
  129. Magikarp
  130. Gyarados
  131. Lapras
  132. Ditto
  133. Eevee
  134. Vaporeon
  135. Jolteon
  136. Flareon
  137. Porygon
  138. Omanyte
  139. Omastar
  140. Kabuto
  141. Kabutops
  142. Aerodactyl
  143. Snorlax
  144. Articuno
  145. Zapdos
  146. Moltres
  147. Dratini
  148. Dragonair
  149. Dragonite
  150. Mewtwo
  151. Mew - Nintendo Download Only without utilizing a glitch.

Pokemon Gyms

 During the adventure you'll have to face 8 different gym leaders and beat them to acquire their badges, and with them, get allowed into Victory Road and reach Indigo Plateau for the Elite. Each Pokemon Gym Leader is an specialist in some Pokemon type, it's important to notice thetypr for better chances of counter-attacking with a strong type Pokemon. Here are the gym leaders, their location, their specialty and Pokemons used.

Pewter City Gym

Leader - Brock 
Badge - Boulder Badge
Pokemon Type - Rock/Ground
Pokemon Used - Geodude, Onyx

Cerulean City Gym

Leader - Misty 
Badge - Cascade Badge
Pokemon Type - Water
Pokemon Used -  Staryu, Starmie

Vermilion City Gym

Leader -  Lt. Surge
Badge - Thunder Badge
Pokemon Type -  Electric
Pokemon Used -  Pikachu, Voltorb, Raichu

Celadon City Gym

Leader - Erika 
Badge - Rainbow Badge
Pokemon Type - Grass
Pokemon Used -   Tangela, Victreebel, Vileplume

Saffron City Gym

Leader - Sabrina
Badge - Marsh Badge
Pokemon Type - Psychic
Pokemon Used - Kadabra, Alakazan, Mr. Mime, Venomoth

Fuchsia City Gym

Leader -  Koga
Badge - Soul Badge
Pokemon Type - Bug/Poison
Pokemon Used - Koffing, Koffing, Muk, Weezing

Cinnabar City Gym

Leader - Blaine
Badge - Volcano Badge
Pokemon Type - Fire
Pokemon Used - Growlithe, Rapidash, Arcanine, Ponyta

Viridian City Gym

Leader - Giovanni
 Badge - Earth Badge
Pokemon Type - Ground
Pokemon Used - Dugtrio, Rhyhorn, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Rhydon    

The Elite Four

 The very four best Pokemon trainers are the ultimate challenge for this game, you have to beat them all along with the current Pokemon Champion to achieve your goal of becoming the greatest Pokemon trainer.

Elite Four Lorelei

Pokemon Type -  Water/Ice
Pokemon Used - Dewgon, Cloyter, Slowbro, Jynx, Lapras

Elite Four Bruno

Pokemon Type - Fighting
Pokemon Used - Onyx, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Machamp, Onyx

Elite Four Agatha

Pokemon Type - Ghost
Pokemon Used - Gengar, Golbat, Hunter, Arbok, Gengar

Elite Four lance

Pokemon Type - Dragon/Flying
Pokemon Used - Gyarados, Dragonair, Dragonair, Aerodactyl, Dragonite

Elite Four Champion Gary Oak (Rival)

Pokemon Type - Gary has a very balanced team
Pokemon Used - Gary's Pokemon for the final battle will depend on which Pokemon he chose at the Professor Oak's lab. HIs choice will depend on yours, whatever Pokemon you choose, he will choose the Pokemon with a stronger type against yours, for example, if you choose Bulbasaur he will choose Charmander because fire is naturally strong against grass. Here are the three sets of Pokemon he might be using depending on the last evolution of the Pokemon he chose at the lab in the beginning of the game:
With Venusaur - Pidgeot, Alakazan, Rhydon, Arcanine, Gyarados
With Blastoise - Pidgeot, Alakazan, Rhydon,  Exeggutor, Arcanine
With Charizard - Pidgeot, Alakazan, Rhydon, Gyarados, Exeggutor



Easily the most famous Pokemon glitch of all time, MissingNo. is a buggy Pokemon which, if caught, can make all kinds of crazy stuff happen in the game.
To catch a MissingNo was a very simple process. In the town with the final gym you are to talk to the old man who teaches you to catch pokemon. You must talk to him three time and when he asks you if you want to learn to catch pokemon you must say no the first two times and then say yes the third. After you watch him catch a weedle then fly to Cinnibar Island and surf on the right edge of the island and don't leave the edge. Once a pokemon battle happens you can run into a MissingNo or one of the glitched pokemon over level 100. 
Some weird things that will happen to your game when you catch a MissingNo is that the item in your 6th item slot will be duplicated to over 99. Also when you go to check your battle history of the Elite Four it wil be all glitched. If MissingNo gains one level the he will evolve into a level 1 Kangaskhan.


Along with MissingNo there were always rumors about such pokemon called PokeGods. These pokemon were beleived to be obtainable in many ways but were never true. 
Some rumored ways of getting these pokemon where to get access to Bill's Garden which was suppost to be a secret place behind Bill's hosue and you could catch many powerful pokemon there.   Another rumored way was to get access to the PokeGods City. This was a place that would be accessable to you after you have 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 you roam around the ending area and you would find a ladder to the city. This is also not true.
The more viable option was the truck off to the side before you get on the S.S Ann. This was possible by finding a way to surf before acutally 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 pokemon in Silver and Gold. Another pokegod that turned out to be real was Pikablu. This pokemon turned out to be Marill, the little blue water pokemon.
Some of the PokeGods were rumored to be the names listed below (this is only a few of the many pokegods):
  • Charcolt
  • Rainer
  • Sapusaur
  • Locustud
  • Mewthree
  • Pikablu
  • Chrono Mew
  • Sandswipes
  • Nidogodess
Some PokeGods were to be belived to evolve from already fully evolved pokemon using an item called a Mist Stone. But the Mist Stone was also another rumour that is not true.

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