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Appendix:Red and Blue walkthrough/Section 2

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This is the Bulbapedia walkthrough for Pokémon Red and Blue. This walkthrough follows the original Game Boy version, not Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
The guide for those can be found here.


Route 1

Route 1
Your starter Pokémon will gain experience for every battle.
Encountering a wild Rattata

Route 1 is a short path that connects Pallet Town to Viridian City in the north. Without Poké Balls, you cannot catch any of the wild Pidgey or Rattata yet, but you can still battle a few to earn your new Pokémon some experience.

The man at the south end of the route works at the Poké Mart in Viridian, and gives you a free Potion as a sample. If you run out, you can return home to have Mom heal your Pokémon.

Viridian City

Viridian City

Viridian City is a small city, and the first with a Pokémon Gym. However, the mysterious Gym Leader is out of town, and the Gym has been closed indefinitely.


Pokémon Center

The first building you'll reach is the Pokémon Center. This Pokémon hospital will heal your team to full health and normal status, and Trainers are free to use the PC in the corner. In addition to accessing your item storage, these PCs can also access your Pokémon storage. Since you can only carry six with you at once, any others are immediately transferred to storage upon capture. It is typically a good idea to heal up and save your progress whenever you enter a Pokémon Center.

Poké Mart

Behind the Pokémon Center is the local Poké Mart. These stores offer a variety of Poké Balls, Potions, and other items. When you step inside, the cashier asks you to deliver a package to Professor Oak. The cashier will not sell anything until the delivery is made, so take it back to Pallet Town.

Pokémon Academy

This school teaches young Pokémon Trainers about the basics of battle. If you inspect the blackboard in the front of the room, you can learn about the five status ailments that can affect a Pokémon.

Ailment Effect(s)
BRN Burn Attack drops to 50%; inflicts damage equal to 1/16 of maximum HP every turn
FRZ Freeze Cannot move until thawed
PAR Paralysis Speed drops to 25%; cannot attack 1/4 of the time
PSN Poison Inflicts damage equal to 1/16 of maximum HP every turn; loses 1 HP for every four steps taken outside of battle
SLP Sleep Cannot move for one to seven turns


Pallet Town

The Kanto region, as seen when viewing the Town Map

Oak's Lab

Upon delivering the parcel to Professor Oak, his grandson runs in. Oak gives you both a Pokédex, a high-tech Pokémon encyclopedia. This little machine will record all available data on the Pokémon you encounter, and will be complete when you catch a member of every species. Stop by your rival's house to receive a Town Map from his sister Daisy before leaving town.

Viridian City

You may now buy Poké Balls and other items at the Poké Mart, and the old man that had blocked your way northward has had his coffee now. When you pass him, tell him that you're not in a hurry, and he'll show you how to catch a Pokémon. Before heading north, detour to Route 22 in order to battle your rival and catch some new Pokémon.

Route 22

Here you run into the rival, who will challenge you again

Route 22 is a short route that runs west of Viridian. The path is a dead-end right now, but you can hunt for new Pokémon here.


Not far along the route, your rival appears and challenges you to a battle. While his Squirtle or Bulbasaur have both learned a move of their respective type, only Squirtle's Bubble move inflicts damage, posing a threat to your Charmander.

Bulbasaur If the player chose Bulbasaur: Charmander If the player chose Charmander: Squirtle If the player chose Squirtle:







After the battle, heal your Pokémon and then stock up on Poké Balls. Head north to reach Route 2.

Route 2

Route 2

Route 2 links Viridian City to Pewter City in the north. Much of the area is occupied by Viridian Forest, a large maze of trees. The east side of the route is inaccessible at the moment. Head through the gate to enter the forest, a whole new area with new Pokémon to catch!


← Part 1 Introduction, Pallet Town
Red and Blue
Walkthrough
Viridian Forest, Pewter City, Pewter Gym Part 3 →


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