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Pokemon Red

Nintendo / 1999-02-15

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Welcome to the world of Pokemon, one filled with wild Pokemon and the people who attempt to tame them. You are Ash Ketchum, a boy on a quest to become the best Pokemon trainer in the world. Professor Oak, the leading authority on Pokemon, has given you your choice of three tame Pokemon in exchange for your helping him catalog and document every Pokemon in the world.

But to catalog a Pokemon, you have to capture it, by first beating it up with one of your trained Pokemon, and then hitting it with an empty Pokd Ball. As your tame Pokemon gain experience in battle, their abilities improve and they earn access to new attacks. Sometimes they even evolve into more advanced Pokemon.

Aside from capturing wild Pokemon and evolving your own, you can catalog new Pokemon--the only way to gather some Pokemon--by trading with another Pokemon player using either a link cable or the Game Boy Color's infrared system. Pokemon gained through trades learn and evolve faster, and trading is the only way to capture all 151 Pokemon, since each Pokemon game (Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, andPokemon Yellow) has certain Pokemon missing. So if you own Red and want to have a complete set of Pokemon, you must find a friendly Blue or Yellow owner and arrange a trade.

Pokemon Red is packed with interesting characters, an ingenious story hook, intriguing strategy, and of course plenty of cute Pokemon, and it's easy to see how it started the Pokemania that is sweeping the world. --Michael Fehlauer


  • Gameplay and strategy that are fun for all ages
  • Fantastic replay value
  • Brilliant game design encourages players to meet and trade

  • Hours of looking at the Game Boy's little screen may hurt neck
  • Only 1 saved game per cartridge--2 people can't share a single game
  • No difference between Red and Blue except for distribution of Pokemon

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Reply #246

2010-03-28 00:00:00

There is a hack where prof. Oak attacks you with these weird bar code pokemon things if you surfup and down the coast of some city. does anybody know where you have to surf?

Pokemon master
Reply #245

2010-01-02 00:00:00

i hate my older brother he found my pass but im changing it sorry for the last message

Reply #244

2009-01-05 00:00:00

Invisible PC:

After duplicating items by defeating Missing Number, fly to Celadon City. Go to the hotel (Inside it looks like the pokemon center.) Go to where you would turn on PC. Press the (A) button. The dialog should come up and say " (your name) turned on the PC." What the heck! There's no PC there but it acts like there is a PC there.

Reply #243

2008-08-01 00:00:00

the cheat where you get 99 of the 6th item i did that cheat and I ran into a Golbat, Golduck, and Snorlax. Snorlax was level 142, Golduck was level 141(and I caught it), and the Golbat was level 128 (I also caught it). After I surfed around for awhile, I ran into a Missingno. The screen went black for a few seconds and then I saw a glitchy Pokemon and it was Missingno. DON'T CATCH MISSINGNO!

lord pika
Reply #242

2008-06-10 00:00:00

I am positive that there is a way to catch mew on red version. I've done it before. I can't remember exactly how to do it though. I know that is has something to do with fighting the bug catcher North of Cerulean city near bills house and walking West of Lavender town through the skinny part. the start menu will automatically pop up. After you close it a level 5 mew appeared. I can't remember everything you do though. I've looked through every cheat code website and nothing says anything about it.

Reply #241

2008-05-15 00:00:00

to get mew dont verse the guy with slowpoke lvl 17 when u go to see bill go to the underground path in celadon then walk through till u leave to go to lavender then stop once u do that save then when u go down make sure u never versed this guy then pres start then fly too cerulean then start wont work then go to the with the slowpoke (explains up top) then go up so he will have to come to you then beat his slowpoke then fly too lavender then go right then the game will push start for u dont do anything just push b then mew will be there at lvl 7

tahtgyu that guy hehe
Reply #240

2008-05-15 00:00:00

to get any pokemon start a new file then save before u grab the eevee then grab then gary will push u then after u lose too gary not optional (so lose) then go catch caterpie then evolve to metapod then get weedle then evolve to kakuna then catch pikachu then get pidgyoto lvl 9 u get that in v. forest when u go in go left then up to wher u see a potion grab it and walk around till u get pidgeotto then beat brock then go to the grass before u go to mt.moon then u will get any pokemon that starts with the letters in your name (eg. if ur name is bobagaloosh u get any pokemon with the letters b o a g l s h) i got wartortle and a bunch of other cool pokemon by the way there levels are 15 14 16 or 20 good luck \\m//('o')\\m//

tahtgyu that guy hehe
Reply #239

2008-03-25 00:00:00

you really can get mew [lv 7] try this cheat it works .

dont beat the yougster on the way to bills house and the gambler outside the underground tunnel. go to celadon city with a pokemon that knows fly. go trough the nearby tunnel. before you leave to go to route 8 SAVE!!!!!!!!! NOW LEAVE STOP MOVING AND TAKE A STEP FORWARD AT THE SAME TIME NEARLY PRESS START FLY TO CERUELEAN CITY BAT THE YOUNGSTER NEAR A HIKER AND A PATCH OF GRASS NOW FLY TO LAVENDER TOWN AND GO TO THE GAMBLER YOU FLEW AWAY FROM ON YOUR WAY THERE A MENU WILL POP UP PRESS B TAA DAA MEW BE CARE FUL WHEN YOU TRY TO CATCH HIM HE S LEVEL SEVEN PUT HIM TO SLEEP thi s cheat is real it doesnt work on yellow version though blue and red only

Reply #238

2008-03-03 00:00:00

Guys, I need a LOT of help. On my pokemon red game, i can't go into the cinnibar isand gym! It says it's locked. I looked everywhere and I can't find a key! May you please help me? It would mean a LOT to me. Send it to my email at and put the subject as POKEMON HELP! Thanks!

Reply #237

2008-03-03 00:00:00

Hey guys! I need a LOT of help! I can't enter the gym in cinnibar island becacause it's locked! I can't find a key anywhere! Can you please help me? I have been stuck here for about two and a half weeks! Please email me at and put the subject as POKEMON HELP! Thanks sooooooooo much!!!


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Get 100 master balls!
To get 100 master balls go to silph co office building and complete that and after you beat Giovanni go talk to the president of silph co(he should be in the same room)when he gives you a master ball get out of silph co and put the master ball as yor sixth item then fly to Viridian city and talk to the guy that says "now I had my coffe and I feel great." then fly to cinnabar island and go all the way to the right and surf when your half on land and half on water and fihgt a missingno~NOTE:don't catch him.when you get on land look at your sixth item and you should have a symbol by it .It means you have 100.

Duplicate items in red/blue versions
[Submitted by:The pokemon master ]
First,fly to varidian city and talk to the old man that tells you how to catch a pokemon and when he asks you a question,answer no.As soon as he is done talking,fly to cinnabar island and surf on the right side of the island (the side where the gym is)and you will run into a weird glitchy pokemon.Do not catch it!Send out a pokemon and make it faint.Look at the 6th slot of youritem list and that item will be duplicated if there is a weird glitchy picture there instead of a number.(THis code does not mess up your game but if you catch the glitchy pokemon,your game will be messed up like there is no tommorow!

Boss Tactics
Here are your best bets for beating the Pokemon Gym Leaders:
Brock: Use water or grass Pokemon against this rock trainer.
Misty: Use grass pokemon or electric to defeat this gym leader.
Leiutenant Surge: use a rock or ground pokemon and he's toast.
Erika: Use fire pokemon or flight against this plant lover and shatter her dreams of fighting you again.
Sabrina: Use bug or ghost against this psychomaniac and she is a goner.
Koga: This poison pokemon lover will be deafeted easily by using psy pokemon.
Blaine: This fire trainer will use fire pokemon against you so you can use water or ice.
Final boss: Giovanni, the team rocket leader, is the final gym leader
- use water, ice, plant and he's out of there (and talk to him again and he says something to you).

In the Indigo Plateu you find 5 pokemon masters. Use this pokemon lineup for a better chance of success:

Water, Plant, Flight, Ice


Ice or Dragon

Your choice

Good Luck!

Celadon City Slot Tip
All of the slot machines have different odds, which change every time.
Play each machine 4 times, and if it hits 2 or more, then stick with that one, because it's probably hot. If the slow machine forces you really close to a 777 or Bar Bar Bar it will probably give you one or the other soon.

Clone Pokemon
Note: This trick requires another Game Boy, link cable and Pokemon game.
Trade the Pokemon to be cloned, and have the other player select a Pokemon that he or she does not care about. Trade them, and make sure the player receiving the bad Pokemon can see the other player's screen. When the Game Boy that receives the good Pokemon's displays "Waiting", get ready to shut the other Game Boy off. When the "Waiting" message disappears, turn off the Game Boy that is receiving the bad Pokemon. When the "Trade completed" message appears, turn off the remaining Game Boy. Both games will have the same good Pokemon when they are turned back on.
Note: Do not attempt this trick with any saved games you wish to keep, as it can corrupt those files if done incorrectly.

Cut Down Grassy Areas
Once you get the HM "cut", your pokemon can cut down grassy areas. Use "cut" and it will cut a two by two area. Wild Pokemon will not attack you in the area you cut.

Duplicate Items
To get 99 of any item, first put the item you want to multiply in the sixth item slot. Now use FLY and go to Viridian City. Talk to the old man almost all the way north of the town. When he asks if you are in a hurry, say no and watch him catch a weedle. Right after that, fly to Fuchsia city. Make your way south and, when you reach the water's edge, use SURF and make your way to Seafoam island.When you get to seafoam island, swim up and down the beach until you run into a Pokemon called "M" (Missingno.) Once you see him, kill him or run away. DO NOT CATCH HIM! After that, you should have multiple copies of your sixth item!

Easy Level Gain
To easily gain experience, simply switch the Pokémon you want to train with the top Pokémon on your list. When you go into battle the Pokémon will pop out. You can then switch to another Pokémon. Once you win the battle the beginning Pokémon and the fighting Pokémon will both gain experience points.

Fight Land Creatures in Water
To fight creatures that normally live on land in water, go to the water around Cinnabar Island or Seafoam Islands (The only place you can be randomly attacked while swimming.) Swim along the shore of any island and you will fight land creatures. (You have to swim on a place where the square is half land and half water.) Instead of fighting a set group of monsters in the water, you actually fight monsters from the last place you were. So to get safari zone monsters, you need to go to the section of the safari zone with that monster, let your time run out, then go to the coast. Using this trick I have caught Kangaskhan, Scyther, and Tauros!

Fight the Elite Four More Than Once
First collect all eaight badges. Then go through victory road. Next beat the Elite Four. After that your Pokemon will become Hall of Famors. Then the credits will show, following by your game resetting. Go back to your Continued Game. You will be back at home. Then fly back and beat them again and again. This helps your higher leveled Pokemon because you can still get a few thousand exp.

Get Amnesia Psyduck
Have you ever wondered how you can get the elusive Amnesia technique? Well, it's hidden deep in Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64. Unlocking it will take a while, but it's definitely worth it. You have to register ALL 151 Pokemon in the Hall of Fame. Whenever you beat a tournament (or Gym Leader Castle), your six Pokemon are entered into the Hall of Fame. It doesn't matter whether you use rental Pokemon or your own, but you can't have any gaps. Once you've filled it all up, you are awarded a free Psyduck bonus Pokemon that knows the Amnesia technique. You can now upload it to your Game Boy pak and use it in your quest.

Get Mewtwo
After you have gotten all eight of your badges you need to go beat the pokemon league. The credits will roll and then the menu pops up again. DO NOT RESET THE GAME!!!! Go to Cerulean Citygo north to the brige where you faced 5 trainers before the path to Bill's house. Turn left and there will be a large area of water. Surf until you get to a cave. You will find Mewtwo in that cave.

Get MissingNo.
Warning! Catch missingno in the red version may delete your old game and prevent you from saving any other games. To get MissingNo (a glitch) go to Cinnabar Island and go into the Pokémon Research Labratory and trade with anyone in the first room. Then leave the Lab and go to the EAST of Cinnabar Island and surf up and down on the part where the land meets the water. Eventually the battle screen will come up and the screen goes black for about 5 seconds.
Once you find him I suggest you use a Level 30 to 40 Pokemon. This is because Missing No., even at Lv. 80, has a VERY low defense rating. So get him down pretty low. Even at low he is still extremely difficult to catch. So next get a Pokemon that knows a sleep move and put him to sleep. Follow this up with a couple Ultra Balls and you should have him.
NOTE: Catching MissingNo. may cause minor glitches. Also note that if he evolves (i.e., by receiving a Rare Candy) he will turn into a Khangiskahn.

Get Surfing Pikachu
Did you know that you can get a Pikachu that knows the Water technique Surf? Here's how you can get it (outside of winning a Nintendo Pokemon
contest): Surfing Pikachu is hidden in Pokémon Stadium for the Nintendo 64. To teach your Pikachu Surf (a technique it can normally not learn), you need to first unlock the R-2 (Round 2) mode. Then do the following:

Enter the R-2 Prime Cup's Master Ball division (you have to beat the first three divisions first).

Assemble a team that contains a Pikachu that does not yet know Surf. You HAVE to use a Pikachu from your Game Boy game. You cannot unlock Surfing Pikachu using a Rental Pokémon.

Do not register your team! Pick it directly from your Game Boy cartridge.

You now have to beat the Prime Cup's Master Ball division using a three-Pokémon team that always contains Pikachu. Pikachu has to be in every one of the eight battles.

You are not allowed to use any continues. If you do, you won't get Surfing Pikachu.

Once you have fulfilled all the above conditions, you are shown an award screen with Pikachu standing on a surfboard. From here on, Pikachu can use the Surf technique both in battle and during gameplay (Game Boy versions only). In Pokémon Yellow, you can now also access the hidden Surfing Pikachu mini-game on Route 19.
There is also a GameShark code that lets you access Surfing Pikachu, but we advise against using it, since it can mess up your Pokédex and save data. It's not worth the trouble.

Get the Mimic TM
Buy a Pokedoll in Celadon Mart, then FLY to Saffron and talk to the Copycat. She will give you the Mimic TM.

Invisible Walls in Koga's Gym
If you look at the floors in Koga's Gym you will notice it has lines. In some spots you will see little gaps in the lines. These "gapped lines" are the invisible walls.

Level 100+ Pokemon
Follow these instructions to catch pokemon with really high levels. Talk to the old man in Viridian City who shows you how to catch pokemon.

Fly directly to Cinnabar Island.

Put your strongest pokemon on your team.

You might want to save now.

Surf on the shore where the land touches water.

Keep Surfing until you run into one of these strong pokemon.

These pokemon are well above level 100. Unfortunately, they will revert back to Level 100 if they gain any experience points. Rare Candy is the only thing that raises their level. They can be used in a two-player battle without losing their level, so have fun liquidating your friends!

NOTE: This is a bug in the game. It will not work in newer versions of Pokemon and may crash your game if you try it.

Only Way to Get Mew
We've seen so many fake Mew codes pop up on the web (and we get about 20 new fake Mew code submissions A DAY) that we've decided to add this following disclaimer to our codes section:
According to Nintendo, Mew cannot be found or caught in Pokemon Yellow, Red, or Blue. Outside of a GameShark code (which may mess up your Pokedex and render the game incompatible with Pokemon Stadium), the #151st Pokemon remains a cool litte extra that is only handed out by Nintendo on special occasions, such as Mall Tours or Pokemon events. However, all those who want to catch a glimpse of the rare Pokemon can select Mew as a rental Pokemon in Pokemon Stadium for Nintendo 64 (but you cannot upload it to your Game Boy game). Note that Mew is just that -- a bonus Pokemon (albeit a very cool one that can learn all TMs) -- and not technically required to complete your Pokedex.

Secret Coins
At the Game Corner there are secret coins lying around. You can get these coins by walking around and pressing the A button.





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