You start off as a beginning minor trainer when playing the red or the blue version, or Ash in the Pikachu (yellow) version. You start off in your own house*. In order to start the real game; you would have to get a pokemon first. So walk to the field up North, but you obviously you won't get every far. The professor will bring you back to his lab and let you choose between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle** (or if playing the Pikachu version, you automatically get a Pikachu.) Before you set off to your journey, you will have to accept the challenge from Gary*** (or whatever you name him at the beginning of the game.) After that, no matter you win or not, you can proceed.
*The woman downstairs (which is your character's mother) act as the nurse in
**Charmander is quite a good choice when starting, because it is a fire pokemon
and most pokemons are not very strong against fire. Choosing Squirtle might
give you a problem when trying to defeat grass pokemons, but will help you a lot
when battling against the first gym leader that uses rock pokemons. Bulbasaur
will be a great help when fighting the second gym leader
*** He will choose the pokemon that is good against your pokemon (i.e. if you
choose Bulbasaur, he will choose Charmander)
To the North on your way to Veridian city, you will cross some small fields where many wild pokemons* will challenge you. Along the way, talk to the people. One of them will give you a potion. There is a pokemon center** where your pokemon can get treatments of their wounds. Now go to the poke-shop. The cashier will give you an item to deliver to the professor. When the item is delivered, the professor will give you a "Pokedex" which will give you the information on the pokemon you caught and the picture of the pokemon you've seen. To get a town map, go to Gary's house (at the right of your own) and talk to his sister. Then proceed again to the North.
*These wild pokemons includes Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow, and Nidoran (male and
**There is a pokemon center in every town, and in the it there is a computer that
allows you to store pokemons and other tools
When you get to Veridian city, this time you are able to buy things from the poke-shop. In order to catch pokemons*, you will have to buy "Pokeballs" from the shop first. And make sure you buy some potions if you are a big fan of that. To the west of Veridian city is the way to the pokemon league (but until you've won all 8 badges, you won't get very far) and right after you've crossed the first field, you will see Gary again. There it will challenge you with pokemons at about level 8. So if you trained your pokemons to be above level 8, you will have a very big chance to win**. After battling with Gary, you might want to walk a little more to the west, because there are a few more different pokemons around**.
*To catch pokemons, you will have to weaken them with your own pokemon
first, then throw a pokeball at it. And you can only carry 6 pokemons at a time
**Remember that if you loose to a battle with a challenger or you as the
challenger, you will loose half of your money, but if you win, you will gain
***There are Mankeys in the Pikachu version, and none in the Green version
There is a gym in Veridian city, but at the moment it is empty. So you should proceed to the North. Thru the house, you will get to the Veridian Forest where many different bug pokemons are located*. There is a man lying on the ground blocking your way, but he'll move when you talk to him. Look at the tree next to the man; it will give you a booster shot. There are also some challengers along the way too. There are 2 items (which looked like a ball) along the way, pick it up 'cuz this is a potion that will recover your pokemon for up to 20HP. The exit of the Veridian Forest to Pewter city is on the Northwest corner.
*These includes Caterpies and Metapods in the Pikachu version. For the other
versions, it includes also Weedles, Kakunas, and some Pikachus
In Pewter city, you will meet the first pokemon gym leader Brock. He is a rock pokemon* trainner, and carries two pokemons:
1) Geodude: level 12
2) Onyx: level 14
So be sure that most of your pokemons are at level 13 or above, and remember that flying pokemons are not good against rock pokemons! At the North of the city, there is a museum displaying fossils of extinct pokemons. Take a look if you want, but its reason for being will come up later. After defeating Brock you can proceed to the East of the city to Mt. Moon.
*Rock pokemons are weak against water, grass, ice, fighting and ground type
pokemon (and if you are using Pikachu, don't even bother using any electric
attacks, 'cuz it won't work)
On your way to Mt. Moon, there are quite a few challengers. Most of them used grass and poison pokemon so by some antidote before you go. There are also some fields with many Spearows, Jigglypuff (not in Pikachu version though) and other pokemons along the way. There is a pokemon center right beside Mt. Moon. In it, there is a person that will sell you a level 5 Magikarp for $500, but you can also catch it with an old fishing rod, which you will get later on.
In Mt. Moon, there are many different pokemons* to battle. There are also many challengers and items to pick up in there. To the left-hand side, there are two items: potion and TM12. To the right of the same floor, there are 3 more items: potion, rare candy and escape rope. When going the right, you will notice a stairway (stairway A) to a lower floor. If you wish to get an item that will increase the HP of your pokemon, go down the stairs and follow the path until you see another stairway (stairway B). Go down stairway B, and you will see the item on your upper left. Now return to the stairway A you took and go up, and then to the left. There you will see stairway C. If you go down the stairs and to the left, where stairway D is, and go down again, you will see TM01. Now return to stairway C and go downwards and to your left. In the upper left corner, there is a Moon Stone, which will evolve some pokemons. There is also stairway E. Go down stairs and follow the path to stairway F. Now you can go down the steps and up the others again and walk along the way to where stairway G is.
*There are Zubats, and Geodudes in all versions, Clefairys and Paras
Just before you reach stairway G, you will have to battle with Team Rock's Jessy and James, who train 3 pokemons* which are all around level 16:
So power up your pokemons first. After battling with them you can go up stairway G, and then to the right to exit Mt. Moon.
*I'm not very sure if these are the 3 pokemons you battle in all versions (Pikachu
version for sure it is true,) because I heard somebody saying something about
battling a level 16 Raticate
Just before reaching Cerulean city, there is TM14 a few bushes that have some pokemons* along the way. Make sure that you catch some, 'cuz you can't go back until quite a while. You will see a man standing in front of a cave, but don't bother trying to get there, because you can't until you defeat everyone in the pokemon league In Cerulean city, there is a bike shop, but don't bother trying to gain money and buy it now. The house above the bike shop have different purposes in different versions**. In this city, you will have to face the gym leader, Misty. She is a water pokemon trainer***, and she use 2 pokemons:
1) Staryu: level 18
2) Starmie: level 21
After defeating her, proceed to the North of the city. There, you will, once again, have to battle with Gary and 15 other challengers.**** To the left, there are fields full of grass pokemons. To the right, you will find Bill***** the "Pokemaniac." You will have to follow his instructions to turn him back to a human. Then he will give you a ticket to go on to the St. Anne later on, and you can go check out his PC. After all this, go back to the city and to the house at the right top corner. Go in the house and out the back door, then follow the path downwards.
*There are some Ekans (not in the yellow version) and some other pokemons
you've seen before
**In the Pikachu version, this house is a "Pokemon Spa." The girl inside will give
you a Bulbasaur, if you have captured about 20 pokemons. In other versions, it is a "Pokemon Trading Center"
***Remember that electric pokemons and grass pokemons are good against water
****If you are playing the yellow version, there is a person on the upper left
corner after the bridge. He will give you a Charmander
*****One time, a person told me something about taking 4 Evees in different
evolved (3 evolved and 1 non-evolved) form to Bill, something will happen, but
I'm not very sure at the moment
Down the path, you will see three houses. One of them is a "Pokemon School." You will have to go across a few fields* before getting there. You can put your pokemon there and come back later to pay some fees to get it back. You will find your pokemon being powered up more if you leave it there longer**. Another house, which is a little more southern, is a gate to Saffron city. You will find that Saffron city has gates all around it; therefore, at the moment, you can't get there. The only way out is to go into the third house and go downstairs to the tunnel. This tunnel will lead you to a field that's very near Vermillion city. In those fields, there are Abras*** and other pokemons, and some challengers. Head south to reach Vermillion city.
*In the Pikachu version, there are some Jigglypuffs there. They are all about level
**To my knowledge, the pokemon's experience increase by 1 for every step you
***Abras are very useful. Although it can do nothing but teleportation before it
evolves, but this knowledge can bring you to the pokemon center you had visited
last time (saves a lot of time)
At the very south of Vermillion city, you will find a cruise. This is the St. Anne. There are many challengers on board, but don't defeat them all just yet. First you must find the captain, he will give you Hidden Machine 01* only if you haven't defeat all his passengers. Just before you enter his room, you will, again, meet and battle with Gary. Remember that once you got Hidden Machine 01, and get out of the St. Anne, it will depart. So be sure you fought some of the passengers first! The 3rd gym is also located in this city. Before you get to fight Lt. Surge, the gym leader, you will have to solve a little puzzle first**. This is an easy match since Surge only use one pokemon***:
1) Raichu: level 28
If you go to the house located on the farthest left of the pokemon center and talk to the man inside, he will give you an "Old Fishing Rod." Since the rod is "Old" you can only catch Magikarp with it. The house above and to the left of the gym has six people in it. Talk to the man in black and he will give you an exchange ticket. Now you can go back to Cerulean city's bike shop and give it to the store manager; he will give you a bike for free.
*Hidden Machine 01 is a tree cutting ability. You can put it on grass pokemons
(and I know it also works on Charmander and Sandshrew.) Remember one thing
though, once a hidden ability is put on a pokemon, you cannot get rid of it;
therefore, my advise will be, "Just put it on one pokemon."
**In the Pikachu version, I had to click A in front of two "Trash Cans" (that's
what I call it.) One is on the upper right corner, and the one on the left side of it
***In some other walkthroughs I've been looking at, the person said there were 3 pokemons in the red version:
1) Voltrob: level 21
2) Pikachu: level 18
3) Raichu: level 24
To the East of Vermillion city, there is a cave. There are many Digeletts and a few Dugtrios in the cave. Out the cave, there is a tree. Cut it down and get the 2 items. Keep on going and you will see two houses. In the first house, talk to the baby, and he will trade a pokemon with you. In the second house, a man will give you Hidden Machine 05. Now return to Cerulean city.
Go thru the house on the upper right corner again, but this time proceed to the East instead of South. There will be a tree blocking the road, but this time you can cut it right down and keep going. To the east, thru many challengers, there is a pokemon center. Beside it, is a very dark cave. You can't see anything without Hidden Machine 05, which is Flash. There are many pokemons*, challengers, and items along the way. This is not a very complicated cave, so don't worry.
*There are Onyxs, Machops, Zubats and Geodudes.
Outside the cave, there are some challengers. When you get thru them, you will find yourself in Lavender town. In this town, there is a pokemon tower, which contains ghost pokemons. But you won't be able to see them until you get a Silph Scope in Celadon city. There is, however, a house at the south of Lavender town which will let you change the name of your pokemon. Now proceed to the west of Lavender town. There is a field with many pokemons* and many challengers there. There will be a house at the west end of the field with a tunnel as a basement. Go thru the tunnel and you will arrive at Celadon city.
*There are Mankeys, Pidgey, Oddish and Growlithe.
There is a building at the middle-north with a back door. Go in from the back door go upstairs then to another room. In there, you can get a level 25 Evee. At Celadon city is where the 4th Gym is located. Here you will have to fight Erica; she is a grass pokemon trainner*.
1)Tangler: level 30
2) Weepinbell: level 32
3) Gloom: level 32
There is a huge shopping mall and a slot machine center. In order to play slots, you will have to go into the house at the south of the center and talk to the person in the upper left- hand corner. He will give you a basket to put your marbles (or coins). Then go to the slot machine center and you can buy some marbles. There are also people playing slots there; talk to them and you can collect up to 60 marbles. At the upper right corner of the center, there is a guard. Battle with him so he will get out of the way. Now look at the picture on the wall. There, then, will a stairway appear. Go up stairs and you will now be in the team rocket gang's hiding place. There are quite a few challengers and items along the way to the boss. Fight the head of the gang and you will get a Silph Scope from him. In the shopping center, you can buy many things you can't in other pokemon shops. For example, you can buy leaf stone, fire stone, water stone and thunder stone to evolve some specific pokemons. There are also some medicines that will increase your pokemon's AP, DP, SP, and speed. In the blue version, you can also increase your pokemon's HP. There is no way that you can proceed to the west, because there is a sleeping Snorelax in the way. So you will have to go back to Lavender town.
*In the red version it is
1) Victreebel: level 29
2) Tangela: level 24
3) Vileplume: level 29
With the Silph Scope in your pocket, you can see the ghost in the pokemon town in Lavender town. Enter the pokemon tower and you will meet Gary again; defeat him and go to the top floor. There a person will give you a pokemon flute. This flute can wake up a Snorelax. There are two Snorelaxes in this game, so if you want to collect all 150 (or 151) pokemons be sure you catch at least one of them. One is blocking the west of Celadon city, and the other, is blocking the south of Lavender town. To wake them up, you will have to use the pokemon flute. And once you did, you will have to fight it. Snorelax is not a very tough pokemon, but it's sure hard to catch, because it can recover its HP by sleeping. Now there are two ways to go to Fushia city. You can either proceed to the south of Lavender town, or to the west of Celadon city. If you choose the path at the south of Lavender town you will be able to get a better fishing rod in a house along the way and to fish some water pokemons.* If you choose to go to the west of Celadon city, you will be able to catch some other neat pokemons,** but you will need a bike. Also that on the road that you see snorelax in Celadon city, there is a tree, cut it down and go thru the building, there is a person in the house that will give you Hidden Machine 02, which is Flying. Put this on any flying pokemon, and you can fly to any pokemon centers you've ever been to. With is machine, you would want to go back to the museum in Pewter city. Cut down the tree there and go into the back room. Talk to the guys in there and one of them will give you the Old Amber. Both paths contain similar amount of challengers, and both are very challenging.***
*There are many Horseas and Seadras to catch (the Seadras are usually level 35)
**There are Ponytas in the fields
***Personally, I recommend going thru both paths. You may want to consider to
use the bike path to go to Fushia city, and the other for practice, because the
bike path is not very good if you want to go from Fushia city back to Celadon
The man in the house on the right of the pokemon center will give you the best fishing rod, and the one beside it will give you Hidden Machine 04, which is a rock pushing ability. At the north of Fushia city is the Sarfari Zone. The admission fee is $500, this includes 500 paces (steps) and 30 sarfari zone pokeballs. So you might want to spend some time there, because there are many pokemons that you can't catch outside. And don't forget to bring your fishing rod, 'cuz there are many Dratinis in the water. There is a house in the Sarfari Zone with many statues in the front. Go into that house and the man will give you Hidden Machine 03, which is swimming ability.
The 5th gym is also located in Fushia city. In the gym, there are places that you can't walk thru, because there are invisible walls everywhere, but it's quite easy to figure out your way. After beating the Fushia gym, go back to Celadon city's shopping center. Go to the top floor and buy a drink. Carry it to the gate to Saffron city.
There are two gyms in Saffron city. You will have to beat the gym leader on the left first. After you beat him, he will let you choose between a Hitmochan and a Hitmonlee. Then go to the big building located in the center of the city. This is another hideout of Team Rocket, you will met Gary again and will have to fight him too. Then talk to the guy in the same room, he'll give you a Lapras. Beat everyone, and when you get to the top, to the gang leader, beat him and you will be able to get a Master Ball* from him. Be sure that you don't already have 20 items with you, otherwise, if you don't get the Master Ball you might be in deep trouble. Then go back to the gym on the right. You kind of have to guess your way thru the gym until you see Sabrina, the 6th gym leader. She is a psychic pokemon trainner and has 4 pokemons**:
1)Kadabra: level 38
2)Mr. Mime: level 37
3)Venomoth: level 38
4)Alakazam: level 43
*Don't use the pokeball until later on! Or you'll regret it like I do!
**In the pikachu version, there's only 3 pokemons to fight: Abra, Kadabra, and
Alakazam. And the tip for fighting this gym is to use regular attacks instead of
Now you might concider going back to Cerulean city's pokemon center. If you could still remember, there is a water path at the north of the dark cave. Now that you have swimming ability, swim to the south and you will find a power plant there. Since many electric pokemons are gathered there, you might want to catch some before you have to deal with the water pokemons later on. The one and only one Zapdos: level 50 in the game is also located at the exit of the power plant.
Go back to Fushia city, and swim to the south of the city, and remember to carry a pokemon with rock pushing ability with you. Don't worry about the pokemons that bumps into you when you are swimming because most of them are only level 5. But there are 20 pokemon trainners along the way so watch out.* To the southwest you'll see a Saefoam Island. There is a cave that you'll have to find your way thru. There are many pokemons in there. You will see some rocks lying beside some holes. Push them in the hole so that you will be able to block the current of the water under the cave. This way you can get to Articuno: level 50. Keep in mind that there's only one Articuno in the whole game, so be sure to save before you play! After you found your way out of the cave, you might want to heal your pokemons either by going to the pokemon center in Fushia city, or your home. In my opinion, going back to Pallet Town is a better choice because it is closer to Cinnabar Island, and you don't have to go thru the cave again.
*It will be best to carry a pokemon with either the ability to fly or teleport back to
a pokemon center
If you start from Saefoam Island, you will just have to swim to the west. If you start from Pallet Town, swim to the south of the city, and you will arrive at the Cinnabar Island, where the 7th gym is located. There is a house on the very left of the pokemon center. There are a few pokemon trainers in this house that will trade pokemons with you. The furthest room is where you can find the scientist that will help you to turn your Old Amber and Ocean or Sea Fossil into pokemons.* Just give him your fossils or amber, and walk around for a bit, then go back there and he'll give you the pokemon. In order to get into the gym, you will have to go to the building on the top left corner of the island and find the keys. Gym leader Blaine uses fire pokemons. He owns**:
1) Growlithe: Level 42
2) Rapidash: Level 42
3) Ponyta: level 40
4) Arcanine: level 47
*The ancient pokemons that he will give to you are both at level 30
**In the Pikachu version, Blaine still owns the above pokemons, but Ponyta and
Arcanine were both level 50
Now you only have one more gym to go before you can enter the pokemon league. This gym leader, you've already met twice in the game. But I don't want to spoil the fun, therefore I won't be telling his name. The 8th and the last gym is located in Veridian city. He is kind of tough, but if you use the right pokemons*, is will be an easy battle. Here we go, his pokemons are**:
1)Dugtrio: level 42
2)Rhydon: level 50
3)Nidoking: level 45
4)Nidoqueen: level 43
5)Rhyhorn: level 45
*My suggestion is to use a water pokemon in this battle
**I'm not quite sure about the levels of his pokemons in the pikachu version, but
I'll varify that later on
Before you go anywhere, be very sure that you are caring a pokemon with rock pushing ability and a pokemon with swimming ability with you, or otherwise you will waste a lot of time. Now proceed to the west of Veridian city, and you'll once again met Gary. This time he is a little tougher in my opinion, but he's still beatable. After beating him, keep going to the west and then north to the building. Show the guards your badge, and they will let you proceed. It is a pretty long road, so if you don't want to go thru all that and waste your time, I suggest you to bring a pokemon that can either fly or teleport to pokemon centers.
After passing all 8 guards, you will arrive at Victory Road. This is where you will have to use your pokemon with rock pushing ability. You will see that there are special squares on the ground. You can't walk thru them. Therefore, you will have to push the rock onto the circles on the ground in order to make the squares disappear. There are many pokemons in there, and most of them are rock pokemons, so having a water pokemon battling will help a lot. They are also big fans of self-explosion, so if you see pokemons that you can't kill with one shot and knew that it will self-explo, just get a ghost pokemon out, because the explosion won't hurt them a bit. There is also a Moltres in there, and so catch it if you are going for all 150 pokemons, 'cuz it's also the only one in the whole game. After you get out of this place, go to Indigo Plateau and heal your pokemons. This is the only place that I'll strongly suggest you to buy some items such as healing, PP enddo, because you will have to battle with at least 26 pokemons that are at least level 50 with no chance to go back to a pokemon center to heal your pokemons. The following is the list of pokemons you will have to fight in the league:
First trainer, Lorelei, uses water pokemons (the use of electric pokemons are recommended):
1)Dewgong: level 54 (type: water & psychic)
2)Cloyster: level 53 (type: water & psychic)
3)Slowbro: level 54 (type: water & psychic)
4)Jynx: level 56 (type: ice psychic)*
5)Lapras: level 56 (type: water & ice)
Second trainer, Bruno, uses rock and fighting pokemons (the use of water & ghost or psychic pokemons are recommended):
1)Onix: level 53 (type: rock)
2)Hitmonchan: level 55 (type: fighting)
3)Hitmonlee: level 55 (type: fighting)
4)Onix: level 56 (type: rock)
5)Machamp: level 58 (type: fighting)
Third trainer, Agatha, uses mainly ghost pokemons (fighting pokemons are not recommended, but psychic, electric and fire pokemons will do a fine job):
1)Ganga: level 56 (type: ghost & poison)
2)Golbat: level 56 (type: flying & poison)
3)Haunter: level (type: ghost & poison)
4)Arbok: level (type: poison)
5)Ganga: level 60 (type: ghost & poison)
Fourth trainer and the last before Gary, Lance, uses dragon pokemons (psychic and electric pokemons are recommended):
1)Gyarados: level 58 (type: water & flying? & maybe dragon)
2)Dragonair: level 56 (type: dragon) ***this dragonair uses electric
3)Dragonair: level 56 (type: dragon) ***this dragonair uses water
4)Aerodactyl: level 60 (type: flying & earth? & maybe dragon)
5)Dragonite: level 62 (type: dragon & flying)
After fighting those four trainers, you will have you fight your good old rival, Gary. The pokemons he owns depends on what pokemon you choose at the beginning of the game, and here they are:
For the Pikachu Version:
1)Sandslash: level 61 (type: ground)
2)Alakazam: level 59 (type: psychic)
3)Exeggcutor: level 61 (type: grass & psychic)
4)Magneton: level 61 (type: electric)
5)Cloyster: level 63 (type: water & psychic)
6)Flareon: level 65 (type: fire)
For other versions, if you choose Charmander:
1)Pidgeot (type: flying)
2)Alakazam (type: psychic)
3)Rhydon (type: ground)
4)Arcanine (type: fire)
5)Exeggcutor (type: grass & psychic)
6)Blastoise (type: water)
1)Pidgeot (type: flying)
2)Alakazam (type: psychic)
3)Rhydon (type: ground)
4)Gyarados (type: water & flying & maybe dragon)
5)Exeggcutor (type: plant & psychic)
6)Charizard (type: fire & flying)
1)Pidgeot (type: flying)
2)Alakazam (type: psychic)
3)Rhydon (type: ground)
4)Gyarados (type: water & flying? & maybe dragon)
5)Arcanine (type: fire)
6)Venusaur (type: grass & poison)
It won't be surprising for you to have to go thru that a few times before winning, but don't worry, this is the only time in the whole game where you can loose as many times as you want and not to loose any money. You will only earn money and experience for your pokemons and maybe yourself, and won't be loosing anything. When you beat them all and recording the pokemons in the league, there will be a 1 or 2 minute credit scene, although it's boring, don't turn off the game, or you'll have to go thru all of it again, which is worst. Wait until it's finished and then you can check if they saved the game for you. You will be right in front of your house. Go and heal your pokemons first, and then go to Cerulean city.
Now is when you will want to use your Master Ball. Go to the north east of the town and swim to the south. The guy who stands in front of the cave will go away and you can enter Mewtwo's Cave. It's a great place to train your pokemons because all the wild pokemons in there have a level from 45 to 65. All? except one. And that's Mewtwo. You will have to find your way there, but before you do that, I suggest that you should really train your pokemons well, and have at least one pokemon that is able to make other pokemons sleep. You can only catch Mewtwo when it's in some kind of condition, and the sleeping condition is the best. But remember that it will only sleep for one or two rounds and it's extremely hard to catch even if you have a Master Ball.
When you have caught all 150 pokemons, there is a guy in Celadon city that will give you a Pokemon Diploma. Good luck then!
I hope that this guide was able to help you in your pokemon explorations
I would like to thank Rich and Dennis
and the creators of nintendo and pokemon.
.9 - Guide Started
1.0 - Progress made
1.1 - Added mopre detailed areas in the guide
1.2 - Completed
1.3 - N/A