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レッド Red
Red Adventures.png
Red and Pika in the FireRed & LeafGreen arc
Age 20 (as of Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc)
Gender Male
Birthday August 8
Blood type O
Eye color Red
Hair color Black
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Trainer class Trainer, Champion
Game counterpart Red
Champion of Indigo League

Red (Japanese: レッド Red) is a main character in the manga series Pokémon Adventures.


Red is very much the quintessential hero; brave, kind, and outgoing. He is capable of feats of agility, and is always willing to help others, with or without the help of his Pokémon.

Red is an exceptional Pokémon battler, able to utilize his Pokémon's moves and natural talents in unique ways. Red's special skill, as described by Professor Oak, is Pokémon battling, earning the title of the "Fighter" (戦う者 Fighter).

Red is sometimes slow to pick up on sensitive matters. He is the last of the original seven Pokédex holders to learn of Yellow's true gender.


Prior to Red, Green & Blue arc

Red's first Pokémon was a Poliwag named Poli that he owned as a young boy. One day, when Red was swimming and began to drown, Poli was unable to do anything but watch. Due to being unable to help Red in his current state, he evolved into Poliwhirl and saved him.

Red, Green & Blue arc

Red before facing Blue in the 9th annual Indigo Plateau Pokémon League

In this arc, Red is the main protagonist, and his main rival is Blue. Red is first seen showing off his catching abilities to a group of little kids, but once they mention Professor Oak and his grandson, they leave. He then sees a few Team Rocket Grunts and overhears them talking about Mew. He manages to find it, only to see that Blue, who he didn't know yet, was already battling it with a Charmander. Seeing Blue quickly recalling his Pokémon angers Red to a point where he sends out his own Poliwhirl on it and is easily defeated. He then receives some words of wisdom from Blue and decides to suck up his pride and go to see Professor Oak.

Red enters the seemingly empty lab and notices a Bulbasaur, only to be found by Professor Oak and mistaken for a thief. All of the Professor's Poké Balls are then set loose, and Red volunteers to get all of them back. He does so, except for the same Bulbasaur from earlier, which he eventually finds in the Viridian Gym. He manages to calm Bulbasaur down only to be attacked by a wild Machoke. Red then figures out how to use Solar Beam on his own, impressing Oak to the point of giving him a Pokédex and Bulbasaur to keep. He is then sent along by Professor Oak to capture as many Pokémon as he can, and encounters Blue again in Viridian Forest. The two boys fight over a Kangaskhan, and Red finally learns Blue's name and status as Oak's grandson, beginning a rivalry with him.

Red later manages to catch a menacing Pikachu that was destroying industry in Pewter City. He then runs into Blue again, learns of the Boulder Badge and decides to challenge Brock and earn Gym Badges. After blowing through the preliminaries with Saur and Poli Red realizes that he needs his newly caught Pikachu to beat Brock's Onix. After a rocky first part of the match, Red earns Pikachu's trust and he defeats Brock. He later encounters Misty and her Gyarados which had been stolen and went into an intense rage, horribly injuring Misty and her Staryu in the process. After re-capturing the Gyarados for Misty, Red learns about Team Rocket through Misty and Oak, and sets off to Mt. Moon after them with Misty. They win a battle against Team Rocket even after the admin Koga uses an injection to make his Rhyhorn evolve into a Rhydon. While staying in Misty's mansion, Misty defeats Red to make him see that they need to be stronger if they want to defeat Team Rocket. After several days of training, he defeats her and wins the Cascade Badge.

After stowing away and getting kicked off the S.S. Anne, Red meets the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman, learning from him that his Abra, along with other Pokémon, are being stolen. This leads him back to the S.S. Anne, where he runs into the owner, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge, another one of Team Rocket's admins, throws Red and Poli overboard, only to trigger Poli's evolution into a Poliwrath, saving Red from drowning.

Later, Red enters a bike racing contest and uses his Pokémon to give him a good lead, until he and several of the racers are stopped dead by a Snorlax. By using his Bulbasaur covered in honey he catches the Snorlax and wins the race, however all of his prize money is spent to feed it. He then journeys into the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town to rescue Blue who has mysteriously disappeared. He finds Blue possessed by a Gastly owned by Koga. Red then watches Blue defeat and slice Koga's Arbok in half, and gains some respect towards Blue.

Later, Red is scammed out of his money for fake items by a mischievous girl called Green. He chases her down and gets his money back, only to realize that his first two Badges, the Boulder Badge and the Cascade Badge, are gone. He then deduces that the stolen Squirtle mentioned by Professor Oak must have been taken by Green and evolved into Wartortle. Upon hearing some Team Rocket Grunts mentioning her, Red infiltrates Team Rocket to see what they know about Green, and finds her surrounded by a group of Team Rocket members looking for a mysterious chip she stole, containing information about Mew. Even after everything Green did to him, Red saves her from Team Rocket. After that, the two of them go after Mew only to find that Team Rocket made it to it again, and Red has to stall them in order for Mew to get away. After this altercation, Green leaves, but not before leaving Red's Badges entrusted in his pocket.

Red with his team from the first volume's cover

Red then accidentally gets his Pokémon swapped with Blue near Celadon City. When he tries to battle with them they refuse to obey him, but later he decides to play with them while Blue trains Red's Pokémon with more exotic and useful moves. Blue's Pokémon become more kind to Red and more lighthearted overall, something that greatly annoys Blue when he gets his Pokémon back.

Red then goes to Erika and challenges her, but she first requires that he proves himself by catching an Eevee. Eventually, with Bill's help, Red finds and catches a strange Eevee with the ability to swap between any of its evolved forms, due to a special device implemented in its ear. He then goes to find Erika and asks why Eevee is like this, and challenges her to a Gym battle. Erika easily defeats Red, and says that she will kill Eevee due to its deformity. Once Red uses Pika to protect Eevee, Erika reveals that it was simply a test and the real people that made Eevee like this were Team Rocket.

Red next visits the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City, and although he isn't supposed to do anything except watch, he smuggles in a Poké Ball and catches a Nidoqueen, angering two Nidoking that were fighting over her. He manages to escape them but is then taken by a Victreebel to be eaten for an evolution ritual for the Bellsprout and Weepinbell. He gets away from them only to run into the Nidoking again, resulting in a fight between Nidoking and the Victreebel. Red uses this to catch both Pokémon, and catches many others before he is finally found by the Safari Zone Warden.

He then unknowingly helps Rocket boss Giovanni, whom he believes is just a researcher, get some Fossils and get to Pewter City through Diglett's Cave, only to see that Pewter Museum of Science is set ablaze by two Magmar. He battles the Magmar with Giovanni studying his moves. Giovanni eventually deduces Red is not a threat to Team Rocket since he lacks in cruelty, unfairness, and brutality. Red is then sent on his way, but not before Giovanni gives him an Old Amber.

Wanting to reach the Seafoam Islands, Red then goes to the bottom of a lake to retrieve the HM for Surf. He is instead confronted by a Dragonite and decides to use all of his other Pokémon to distract it, only to have their combined weight crush the HM and trap Red's leg under a rock. He is eventually rescued by Misty, who appears and drives the Dragonite off with her Starmie and Gyarados. Misty then trades Red's Krabby for her Gyarados, who knows Surf. On Seafoam Islands, Red encounters Team Rocket again, who are searching for Articuno.

He then reaches Cinnabar Island, spotting Team Rocket once more and secretly watching them battle Blaine's Pokémon from the edge of a cliff. A member spots him and threatens to throw him off the cliff if he doesn't surrender. Blaine appears but with his Gyarados, and the two of them easily overpower the grunts until they reveal their secret weapon, a Moltres. The Grunts disperse and Moltres gives chase to the two of them on Blaine's Rapidash. When nothing that they do works, Blaine spots Red's Old Amber and has him revive it as fast as he can. He gets it revived into an Aerodactyl and with that, he is able to drive Moltres away.

Later, when Red, Blue, and Green all fail to get into Saffron City, Red goes to Pallet Town to ask for Professor Oak's advice, only to realize that there is nobody there except for Sabrina and her Kadabra, masquerading as Oak. Sabrina, Team Rocket's third admin, then appears to him and pins him to the floor with her psychic powers, challenging him to go back to Saffron City. Blue then arrives and tells him that Saffron must be Team Rocket's headquarters, and they find out that Vee is missing. Saffron City is protected from invasion by a large psychic barrier, so with some urging from Green, Red and Blue team up. With Pika's Substitute and Blue's Golduck's Confusion, the two of them locate the source of the barrier, Sabrina's Mr. Mime, and defeat it, allowing access to Saffron City.

After a trap door splits him up from Blue while inside Silph Co., Red runs into Lt. Surge, who has been equipped with many gadgets involving electricity and Electric-type Pokémon, powered by Zapdos. Red sends out Saur in defense and uses Razor Leaf to cut the electrical cords, causing Lt. Surge to get electrocuted. Red swipes the Thunder Badge from him as well as a pair of gloves, and finds Koga standing victorious over Blue. Red tries to stop Koga from killing Blue, but is restrained by Koga's Grimer. After a hard battle with the legendary Articuno, the same one that Red had saved earlier, the two boys defeat Koga. Red takes the Soul Badge from him, and the two split up once again.

He runs into the Badge Energy Amplifier room, where he meets Green, who hands him the Marsh Badge in exchange for his Moon Stone. Red fits his seven Badges into the Amplifier and points it at his Pikachu, when Sabrina appears, and though he points it at Pikachu, the Amplifier does not work. Green then reveals that the two Badges that she returned to him earlier were fake, and escapes with the Amplifier, leaving Red to fight Sabrina. Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno are merged when Green inserts the real Badges in, creating a new Pokémon. Combining their attacks, Red, Blue, and Green eventually defeat it.

Red then journeys back to Cerulean City to capture the "monster Pokémon", which turns out to be Mewtwo. After attempting to catch it, Red and his Pokémon are almost sucked into Mewtwo's Psywave. They are saved by Blaine, and Red uses his whole team to fool Mewtwo and catch it with a Master Ball for Blaine.

Red frozen on Mt. Moon

Later, Red encounters Yellow being attacked by a Dratini in Viridian Forest. He helps her catch a Rattata and explains how battling and catching Pokémon works. He takes her back to Viridian City and finds that Team Rocket has been releasing abused Pokémon into the Forest to make them stronger. He also learns that the Gym Leader there has been absent for a very long time. Entering the Gym, Red finally meets Giovanni again, who reveals his true intentions behind the incident at Diglett's Cave. Giovanni then challenges Red with a catch: if Red loses he has to join Team Rocket. After a very intense and long battle, Red defeats Giovanni. He is offered to become the new Gym Leader of Viridian, but he first wishes to become a better Trainer and goes off to Indigo Plateau.

With the Badges he gained, Red is able to enter the Pokémon League, where he faces Blue in the final match. Just as Oak notes how Blue has become more instinctual like Red, Red in turn has become more calm and is able to use knowledge as well as instinct. He defeats Blue and his Charizard with Saur and emerges as the Champion of the 9th triennial Pokémon League competition. This makes him interesting to the Elite Four, who are watching the battle from the side.

Yellow arc

At the beginning of the second arc, two years after the end of the previous arc, Red receives an invitation to battle Bruno of the Elite Four at Mt. Moon. During the battle, Bruno stops to let several Diglett and Dugtrio pass and then Agatha uses her mind controlling powers over him to render him incapable of further battle. Red is then confronted by Lorelei and Agatha, who want him to join them in their quest to wipe out humanity for the sake of Pokémon. They also want information about Giovanni so they can find the Earth Badge to power the Badge Energy Amplifier that Agatha retrieved at the Silph Co. rubble. When he tells the truth, Lorelei freezes him in a block of ice, making everybody think that he has disappeared since nobody else had seen him for over a month. Only Pika escapes and makes it to Professor Oak's laboratory, where he teams up with Yellow.

Red's frozen ice sculpture is found by Brock in Mt. Moon, but Red is nowhere to be found. Even Bruno, looking for Red so they could finish the battle that they started, can't trace him. As revealed at the end of the arc, Giovanni eventually rescued Red, enabling him to seek out his friends and help them fight the Elite Four on Cerise Island. Red arrives just in time to save Bill and Lt. Surge, finally finishing his battle with Bruno.

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

Red and Gold heading off to Mt. Silver at the end of the third arc

Red first appears in the Gold, Silver & Crystal arcs in Gligar Glide when Gold sees him in a photo at the Day Care Center showing him as one of the previous winners of the Pokémon League.

Red is offered the newly-open position of Viridian City Gym Leader, and even though he passes the test easily, he has to turn it down due to injuries he suffered from being frozen. He is also asked to help Yellow deal with finding Lugia in Johto, but also turns it down for the same reason. He learns from Blue where to heal his wounds and leaves to recuperate at the springs in Mt. Silver with Blue's Charizard and Green's Blastoise, where he meets Sabrina, also there to heal the same injuries. Sabrina informs him of the Gym Leaders meeting in the Pokémon League, and he later arrives at the scene in time to save Blue, Brock, and Erika from a train crash.

Red and Blue then travel underground with Blue's new Rhydon towards Ilex Forest, where the villainous Masked Man headed. Along the way, they meet Bruno and Koga, two former enemies, who help them on their way and tell them about Celebi.

When they arrive at Ilex Forest, Red, Blue, and the other Pokédex holders then team up with several legendary Pokémon to help fight the Masked Man. During the battle Red finally learns that Yellow is a girl. At the end of the story, Gold becomes impressed with Red and goes to train under him at Mt. Silver.

FireRed & LeafGreen arc

Red in the FireRed & LeafGreen arc

From this arc onwards, Red wears the new FireRed jacket and hat along with the same shoes and jeans from previously.

Red and Blue meet at Professor Oak's lab, where they find messages mysteriously asking them to leave their Pokédexes and head to Vermilion City. Once there, the two board the Seagallop Ferry to the Sevii Islands, where they also find Green being attacked by Deoxys. They are soon confronted by the new Team Rocket Admins, The Three Beasts, as well as Deoxys, who is under control of Giovanni. As it turns out, Professor Oak has been kidnapped by Team Rocket again.

Red undergoes special training under Ultima on Two Island, where his Venusaur learns the legendary Grass-type move Frenzy Plant. However, he is still defeated by Deoxys, who he shares a strange connection with. Red loses his confidence, but eventually regains the will to fight in order to understand the meaning of his connection to Deoxys.

Red in the Emerald arc

Mewtwo shows up and offers to battle under Red's command to get revenge on Deoxys. The two arrive at the Team Rocket airship hovering above Viridian City, where Giovanni is searching for his long-lost son. After a very long and fierce battle, Mewtwo manages to defeat Deoxys. However, victory is short as Carr, one of The Three Beasts, rebels against Team Rocket and, after placing his Forretress all over the airship and ordering them to use Explosion, takes over the airship. While Deoxys transports everyone else aboard to safety, Red stays behind to defeat the Forretress and stop the airship from blowing up over Vermilion City. In the process, he discovers that Deoxys absorbed a sample of his blood when it broke free from Team Rocket's lab.

At the end of the arc, Red is turned to stone along with the other main characters by Sird's beam intended for Deoxys.

Emerald arc

Red, along with Blue, Green, Silver, and Yellow, were transported as statues in boxes on the S.S. Tidal by the other main characters to the Battle Frontier for their salvation. For most of this arc, Red, along with four other Pokédex holders, remained frozen in stone. It was only towards the end of the arc that he and the others were liberated by Emerald with the help of the wish-granting Mythical Pokémon Jirachi. Free again, Red and the others helped fight Guile Hideout. In the aftermath of the battle, Red and the other Pokédex holders participated in the Battle Dome tournament, which ultimately concluded in Emerald claiming the Tactics Symbol.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

Red makes a brief cameo appearance in a flashback when Gold talks about his training with him on Mt. Silver in the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In this arc, Red gets a call from Bill, who informs him that the Ruby and Sapphire shards that were taken from Team Rocket have begun transforming into Orbs. Fearing something may happen, Bill asks Red to come over to help him with the shards. When Red, Green, and Daisy arrive at Bill's cottage, they find that Bill has been attacked. Bill reveals that two men attacked him and stole the Orbs and his boat. Red and Green leave Bill in Daisy's care while they use a tracking device to find the thieves.

They travel to the Hoenn region and catch up with the thieves, who are revealed to be Maxie and Archie. Overhearing their plans to use the Orbs for some purpose, Red and Green decide to battle Maxie and Archie to avenge their injured friend and take the Orbs back. When Maxie and Archie start the battle by using Mega Evolution to power up their Pokémon, Red and Green counter by using their own Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Red and Green eventually manage to defeat their opponents, but are startled by the appearance of Groudon and Kyogre. Maxie and Archie use the Orbs to revert Groudon and Kyogre into their Primal forms. With its increased power Groudon easily defeats Red and Green by smashing them under a pile of rubble.

Afterward, Red and Green awaken inside a building, where they find that their belongings and Poké Balls have been taken away. There, they meet Blaise and Amber, who also had their stuff taken. The person responsible reveals himself to be Giovanni, who had taken the four aboard the Team Rocket airship. He reveals to them that he intends on helping stop the meteoroid.

Later, Red and others travel to Sootopolis City, where they find Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald discussing a plan to destroy the meteoroid. Red's group demonstrates that despite not being in a battle, activating Mega Evolution is still possible. With this revelation, Giovanni speculates that the meteoroid may actually be a Pokémon from space. Green then suggests that they gather allies from around Hoenn, Kanto, and Johto so that they may combine the power of their Pokémon to help slow down the meteoroid.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Cleaning Up Grimer, when Diamond was calling his mother after he ended up on a Team Galactic aircraft heading to Veilstone City, he told her not to worry, and referred to the heroics of the members of Proteam Omega, which were based on Red's team.

In High-tailing It from Haunter, Red was briefly seen together with the other Pokédex holders from Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn when the Advanced level Grunt was talking to Diamond about the Pokédex.

In Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia IV, at the Spear Pillar, Sird told the Team Galactic Commanders about how she escaped from Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Silver by turning them into stone with her Darkrai.


In the Japanese version, Red nicknames his Pokémon by taking two syllables of their species name and cutting out the rest. In the English translations, the English species names are used instead.

On hand

Main article: Poli

Poli (Japanese: ニョロ Nyoro) is Red's first Pokémon. He debuted as Poliwhirl in A Glimpse of the Glow, but was later revealed to have been caught as a Poliwag when Red was younger. Poli is very loyal to Red and both of his evolutions were to save his Trainer from drowning. As of ...Now You Don't, he is level 80, has a Brave nature, and his Characteristic is "proud of its power."

Debut A Glimpse of the Glow

As a Mega Venusaur
Main article: Saur

Saur (Japanese: フッシー Fusshī) is Red's second main Pokémon. Saur was given to Red as a Bulbasaur in Bulbasaur, Come Home! by Professor Oak after seeing the two defeat a Machoke they encountered at the Viridian Gym. In Wartortle Wars, he evolved into Ivysaur after a battle with a Primeape and Venusaur during the final battle against Team Rocket in the Silph Co. building in The Winged Legends. In the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc, Saur is revealed to have gained the ability to Mega Evolve. He is level 84, has a Gentle nature, and his Characteristic is "somewhat stubborn."

Debut Bulbasaur, Come Home!
Main article: Pika

Pika (Japanese: ピカ Pika) is Red's third main Pokémon. In Wanted: Pikachu!, he was captured by Red in Pewter City after Red stopped the mischievous Pokémon from terrorizing the populace by stealing their food. Although initially disobedient, Pika eventually became one of Red's most trusted team members. As of ...Now You Don't, he is level 88, has a Sassy nature, and his Characteristic is "strong willed."

Debut Wanted: Pikachu!
Snor (CY: Lax)
Main article: Snor

Snor (Japanese: ゴン Gon) is Red's fourth main Pokémon. Red encountered Snor on Route 12 in Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, where he was blocking a Bicycle race by sleeping on the road. After waking him up with honey, Red captured Snor, only to be forced to feed him with the prize money he won from the race. In All About Arceus IX, it is revealed that Snor made an Egg with Emerald's Snorlax. As of Old Ultima Puts Them to the Test, he is level 89, has an Impish nature, and his Characteristic is "sturdy body."

Debut Wake Up...You're Snorlax!
Main article: Gyara

Gyara (Japanese: ギャラ Gyara) is Red's sixth main Pokémon. Originally, he belonged to Misty, but was captured by Team Rocket and experimented on to make him more fierce and destructive. After being recaptured by Red, Misty managed to tame Gyarados back into his previous gentle self. In You Know...Articuno!, Misty gave Red Gyarados in exchange for Red's Krabby so that he could have a Pokémon that could use Surf. As of Old Ultima Puts Them to the Test, he is level 84, has a Lonely nature, and his Characteristic is "likes to thrash about."

Debut Gyarados Splashes In!
Main article: Aero

Aero (Japanese: プテ Pte) is Red's seventh main Pokémon. Aero was given to Red by Giovanni as an Old Amber after they got out of Diglett's Cave in Make Way For Magmar!. Aero was resurrected in Holy Moltres on Cinnabar Island to help Blaine combat Team Rocket's Moltres. As of Old Ultima Puts Them to the Test, he is level 85, has a Hasty nature, and his Characteristic is "alert to sounds."

Debut Holy Moltres

In box

Red's Nidorino
Red caught Nidorino (Japanese: ドリ Dori) to demonstrate his capture abilities to some children in Pallet Town in A Glimpse of the Glow, but never used him since then. He is level 52 and has a Bold nature.

None of Nidorino's moves are known, and his Ability is Poison Point.

Debut A Glimpse of the Glow
Red's Diglett
This Diglett (Japanese: ディグ Dig) is a minor Pokémon that Red caught after he and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. So far, he has only used him while battling Eevee in the following chapter when he thought Eevee was an Electric-type Pokémon, but then Eevee changed into Vaporeon and defeated him. He is level 33, has a Docile nature, and his Characteristic is "scatters things often."

Diglett's only known move is Dig, and his Ability is Sand Veil.

Debut A Tale of Ninetales
Main article: Vee

Vee (Japanese: ブイ Vui) is Red's fifth main Pokémon. As an Eevee, Vee was genetically modified by Team Rocket to have unstable DNA, allowing him to evolve into Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon and back into an Eevee at will. Sometime prior to Forretress of Solitude Vee's emotional trauma was healed and he permanently evolved into Espeon. As of The Last Battle XIV, he is level 65, has a Mild nature, and his Characteristic is "very finicky."

Debut Blame It on Eevee
Red's Sandshrew
This Sandshrew (Japanese: サン San) first appeared in Make Way For Magmar!, where it was used to douse the flames of two wild Magmar. He is level 31, has a Hardy nature, and his Characteristic is "takes plenty of siestas."

Sandshrew's only known move is Sand Attack, and his Ability is Sand Veil.

Debut Make Way For Magmar!

Status unknown

This is a listing of Pokémon that Red owned but which were not listed in the full character Pokémon listings at the end of Volume 15, nor seen since then. It's possible that Red has released or traded them since their last appearances.

Red's Bellsprout
Red caught this Pokémon during his travels along Route 24 and Route 25. Nothing else is known about Bellsprout.

None of Bellsprout's moves are known.

Debut ...But Fearow Itself!
Red's Fearow
Red caught this angry Pokémon to keep it from attacking Bill.

Fearow's only known move is Drill Peck.

Debut ...But Fearow Itself!
Red's Safari Zone Pokémon
Safari Zone Pokémon
Red caught a Nidoqueen and multiple Nidoking, Victreebel, Weepinbell, Bellsprout, Exeggcute, and Parasect when he was lost in the Safari Zone one night and was almost killed by a rampaging Victreebel in Long Live the Nidoking! and A Hollow Victreebel. None of them have been seen since.

Nidoking's only known move is Mega Punch.
Some of the Victreebel's known moves are Vine Whip, Wrap, Poison Powder, Sleep Powder*, Stun Spore*, and Swallow* and their Ability is Chlorophyll.
Some of the Weepinbell's known moves are Wring Out* and their Ability is Chlorophyll.
The rest of the Safari Zone Pokémon's moves are unknown.

Debut Long Live the Nidoking!
Red's Butterfree
Caterpie → Metapod → Butterfree
Butterfree was shown in the end of the first and second volumes' Pokédex. Apparently it evolved from a Caterpie.

None of Butterfree's moves are known.

Debut Vol. 1

Traded away

Blue's Charizard
Charmeleon → Charizard
Main article: Blue's Charizard

The first time Red had Blue's first partner Pokémon was when it was still a Charmeleon, and the two rivals accidentally switched their Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. Later, in the Gold, Silver & Crystal arc, Charizard was temporarily traded for Gyara so that Red could use it to fly to Mt. Silver. He was also temporarily traded for Saur during the FireRed & LeafGreen arc.

Debut A Glimpse of the Glow
Blue's Scyther, Golduck, Machoke, and Pidgeot

Blue's Porygon
Scyther, Golduck, Pidgeot, and Porygon
When Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales, Red got Blue's Scyther, Charmeleon, Golduck, Machoke, Pidgeot, and Porygon. With these Pokémon he managed to catch a Diglett and a Krabby.
Debut A Tale of Ninetales
Blue's Machamp
Machoke → Machamp
Main article: Blue's Machamp

When Red and Blue accidentally switched Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales, Red got Blue's Machoke. With Machoke's help he managed to catch a Diglett and a Krabby. Later, while battling a Ninetales, Machoke evolved into Machamp.

Debut A Tale of Ninetales
Red's Krabby
Red caught a Krabby (Japanese: クラ Cra) along with his Diglett when he had Blue's Pokémon in A Tale of Ninetales. Like Diglett, he used her in the following chapter to battle Eevee when he thought Eevee was a Fire-type Pokémon, but then Eevee turned to Jolteon and attacked with an Electric attack. In You Know...Articuno!, Misty gave Red her Gyarados in exchange for his Krabby. She has been seen with Misty several times since.

Krabby's known moves are Vise Grip, Crabhammer, and Guillotine.

Debut A Tale of Ninetales

Given away

Blaine's Mewtwo
Main article: Mewtwo (Adventures)

Mewtwo went berserk upon reaching fruition in a Team Rocket Lab, which it then promptly destroyed thoroughly and escaped prior to Holy Moltres. Blaine, blaming himself for the disaster that this had caused, used the connection to the Genetic Pokémon on his arm to track it down to where it last rampaged in northwestern sector of Cerulean City. After Red, from his curiosity to see this so-called "Monster of Cerulean," ended up joining the battle, Blaine's attempts at killing it to no avail. Red, however, succeeds in hitting it with the inescapable Master Ball using Pika, and tells Blaine to teach it love and compassion after leaving it in his care.

Much later, long after it was released from Blaine's ownership, Mewtwo reappears in the Sevii Islands to serve as a partner for Red's battle with Giovanni, succeeding in defeating him and Deoxys in an epic clash. Later, after Red allowed Deoxys to be freed from the Rockets, Mewtwo and the five Pokédex holders intercept the beam Sird meant to hit Deoxys with.

Debut Tauros the Tyrant


Main article: Blasty

When Red met Green on his way to Mt. Silver, she lent him her Blastoise. It was revealed that while the air became too thin for Blue's Charizard to fly to the summit, Blasty would have no problem using its cannons to do the same. Red asked her if she needs Blasty for flight transportation, but Green mysteriously answered that he shouldn't "worry about flying."

Debut Wartortle Wars
Green's Articuno
Main article: Legendary birds (Adventures)

After Red saved the Gym Leaders on the Magnet Train and left for Ilex Forest with Blue, he found out what Green meant when she said he shouldn't "worry about flying": Green was in possession of all three legendary birds at the time. During the battle with Lugia and Ho-Oh, Red temporarily received Articuno. Red already met this specific Articuno before when he failed to prevent Team Rocket from catching it. When the fight was over, Red returned Articuno to Green.

Debut You Know...Articuno!
Organism No. 2
Organism No. 2
Main article: Deoxys (Adventures)

Organism No. 2 helps Red to locate exploding Forretress hidden by Carr to blow up the airship. They dispatch all ten with ease and land the airship safely, and Deoxys thanks Red and sets off to find its comrade, Organism No. 1.

Debut A Vicious Cycle of Possibilities
Main article: Chuchu

After being separated from Yellow, Chuchu helps Red to locate exploding Forretress hidden by Carr to blow up the airship. They dispatch all ten with ease and land the airship safely, with Chuchu returning to Yellow.

Debut Tyranitar War


Badges obtained

Red's seven Kanto Gym Badges

Red only has seven of the eight Kanto Gym Badges. Although he defeated Giovanni at Viridian Gym, he never obtained the Earth Badge. He also did not battle each Gym Leader, sometimes receiving a Badge from another Trainer.

The Badges Red has obtained were not won in the traditional order. He earned them as follows:

Pokémon League

Red has competed in the following Pokémon Leagues:


  • Red's Pokémon were not nicknamed in VIZ Media's original translations of Pokémon Adventures, with the exception of Pika. Their English nicknames were first officially used in Chuang Yi's translations of the FireRed and LeafGreen arc.
    • However, VIZ later begun to use nicknames for Red's other Pokémon, beginning in Volume 9.
  • Red has the same birth month and blood type as his main nemesis Giovanni.
  • Red's birthday is the same day as when the first volume of Pokémon Adventures came out.
  • It's mentioned in Mato's old website that Red is 11 years old and 4'11" (150 cm) tall during the Red, Green & Blue arc.[1]
  • Red is 5'8" (172 cm) tall and weighs 127 lbs (58 kg).


Language Name Origin
Japanese レッド Red From Pokémon Red
English, Czech, Brazilian Portuguese,
Latin American Spanish, Vietnamese
Red From Pokémon Red
French Rouge* From Pokémon Version Rouge (Pokémon Red)
Sacha* Same as Ash's French name
German Rot* From Pokémon Rote Edition (Pokémon Red)
Ash* Same as Ash's German name
Italian Rosso* From Pokémon Versione Rossa (Pokémon Red)
Red* Same as Japanese name
European Spanish Rojo From Pokémon Edición Roja (Pokémon Red)
Korean 지우 Jiu* Same as Ash's Korean name
레드 Red* Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 小智 Xiǎo Zhì Same as Ash's Chinese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 小智 Síu Ji
Thai เร้ด Red Transliteration of his Japanese name


Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 戰鬥者 Jindaujé
Mandarin 戰鬥者 Zhàndòuzhě *
战斗之人 Zhàndǒu-zhī Rén *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Přemožitel
Italy Flag.png Italian Combattente
South Korea Flag.png Korean 싸우는 자 Ssauneun Ja
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese O Lutador
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Luchador
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Người chiến đấu

Red's Pokémon

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Language Name Origin
Japanese ドリ Dori From ニドリーノ Nidorino


Language Name Origin
Japanese ディグ Dig From ディグダ Digda
Czech Dig From Diglett


Language Name Origin
Japanese サン San From サンド Sand
Czech Sand From Sandshrew
Brazilian Portuguese Sand From Sandshrew


Language Name Origin
Japanese クラ Cra From クラブ Crab
Czech Kra From Krabby

External links


Pokémon Adventures main characters
RGBY/FRLG: RedBlueGreenYellow
GSC/HGSS: GoldSilverCrystal
RSE/ORAS: RubySapphireEmerald
DPPt: DiamondPearlPlatinum
BWB2W2: BlackWhiteBlakeWhitley
SWSH: HenryCasey
SV: VioletScarlet

Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyNemonaGeetaKieranDraytonMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonScottieBettieAshNemonaGeetaCalemSerenaMarnieBedeHopLeafNateRosaSilver
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime LanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenAsh KetchumLeonIrisNemonaGeeta
Other animation Blue (Origins)Red (Origins)Calem (Generations)Edgar Troy (PttP)Ava (PttP)
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonMustardPeonyNemona
Other manga Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)

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