OverviewPokemon 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.
StorylineThe 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 MechanicsMost 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.
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.
- Ekans - Red version only
- Arbok - Red version only
- Sandshrew - Blue version only
- Sandslash- Blue version only
- Vulpix - Blue version only
- Ninetales - Blue version only
- Oddish - Red version only
- Gloom - Red version only
- Vileplume - Red version only
- Meowth - Blue version only
- Persian - Blue version only
- Mankey - Red version only
- Primeape - Red version only
- Growlithe - Red version only
- Arcanine - Red version only
- Bellsprout - Blue version only
- Weepinbell - Blue version only
- Victreebel - Blue version only
- Mr. Mime
- Scyther - Red version only
- Electabuzz - Red version only
- Magmar - Blue version only
- Pinsir - Blue version only
- Mew - Nintendo Download Only without utilizing a glitch.
Pokemon GymsDuring 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 GymLeader - Brock
Badge - Boulder Badge
Pokemon Type - Rock/Ground
Pokemon Used - Geodude, Onyx
Cerulean City GymLeader - Misty
Badge - Cascade Badge
Pokemon Type - Water
Pokemon Used - Staryu, Starmie
Vermilion City GymLeader - Lt. Surge
Badge - Thunder Badge
Pokemon Type - Electric
Pokemon Used - Pikachu, Voltorb, Raichu
Celadon City GymLeader - Erika
Badge - Rainbow Badge
Pokemon Type - Grass
Pokemon Used - Tangela, Victreebel, Vileplume
Saffron City GymLeader - Sabrina
Badge - Marsh Badge
Pokemon Type - Psychic
Pokemon Used - Kadabra, Alakazan, Mr. Mime, Venomoth
Fuchsia City GymLeader - Koga
Badge - Soul Badge
Pokemon Type - Bug/Poison
Pokemon Used - Koffing, Koffing, Muk, Weezing
Cinnabar City GymLeader - Blaine
Badge - Volcano Badge
Pokemon Type - Fire
Pokemon Used - Growlithe, Rapidash, Arcanine, Ponyta
Viridian City GymLeader - Giovanni
Badge - Earth Badge
Pokemon Type - Ground
Pokemon Used - Dugtrio, Rhyhorn, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Rhydon
The Elite FourThe 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 LoreleiPokemon Type - Water/Ice
Pokemon Used - Dewgon, Cloyter, Slowbro, Jynx, Lapras
Elite Four BrunoPokemon Type - Fighting
Pokemon Used - Onyx, Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Machamp, Onyx
Elite Four AgathaPokemon Type - Ghost
Pokemon Used - Gengar, Golbat, Hunter, Arbok, Gengar
Elite Four lancePokemon 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
MissingNo.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.
PokeGodsAlong 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):
- Chrono Mew
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.