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Pallet Town FRLG

Pallet Town might seem like any other humble hamlet, but someday the whole world will know that this was where you began your quest to become the greatest Pokémon trainer ever! The famous Professor Oak, known for his Pokémon studies, also lives in Pallet Town. He'll give you your very first Pokémon. That's one down, 149 more Pokémon to go!

Humble BeginningsEdit

Grab a Potion out of the PC in your room just in case your rival puts up a good fight. And if your Pokémon get hurt, Mom will heal 'em for free.

Pallet Town simply has your home, your rival's home, and a Research Lab. The head of this Research Lab is none other than the world renowned Professor Oak, who happens to be your rival's grandfather. But don't worry, he doesn't play favorites. In fact, he will give you first choice in Pokémon when the time comes.

This day may start out like any other, but this is a special day for you. This is the day that you get to embark on your own Pokémon adventure. You'll travel the world, see lots of interesting places, and meet lots of interesting people. But most of all, you will set out to become one of the greatest Pokémon trainers the world has ever known. After saying good morning to your mom, you step out the door to find the one man who can start you on your journey: Professor Oak.

Choosing your starterEdit

Step out of your house, and head to the most obvious place: the Research Lab. You'll see your rival (henceforth referred to as Blue), but oddly, Oak's not there. Check Blue's home, then...to find he's not there. Well, then...head out to look for him through the northern exit. But the moment that you set foot out of town, someone calls you and warns you not to go. It's Professor Oak!

Prof. Oak will scold you for a bit, going out into the tall grass without Pokémon, and all that. Follow him back to the lab, and he'll give you what you were waiting for...your starter!

Bulbasaur
BulbasaurFRLG
Typing
GrassIC BigPoisonIC Big
Ability
Overgrow
Gym Strengths
Pewter, Cerulean, Viridian
Gym Resistances
Vermillion, Celadon
Rating
3.5ratingStar
Bulbasaur is the Grass- and Poison-type dinosaur, and the only one out of the Kanto trio that is dual-typed. Its stats are specially inclined, with respectable base 65 Sp. Attack and Defense, along with good Attack and Defense. Even its Speed and HP are reasonably balanced, though once it evolves into Ivysaur at Lv. 16 and Venusaur at Lv. 32, there is an obvious drop in Speed.

As for moves, it has average bulk and a great support movepool; its offensive choices, however, are quite limited. Still, the ability to spread status is always nice, and Venusaur can put opponents to sleep or poison them (with either Sludge Bomb or Toxic), effectively crippling a wide range of threats and prove to be a general nuisance for the opponent.

Early on, Bulbasaur can pick up Vine Whip at level 10, which will be its main source of attacking till level 20. You can opt to postpone evolving (by pressing the B button) till level 20, when it picks up Razor Leaf. Support moves like Sleep Powder and Leech Seed are great options for Venusaur.

Charmander
CharmanderFRLG
Typing
FireIC Big
Ability
Blaze
Gym Strengths
Celadon
Gym Resistances
Cinnabar
Rating
4RatingStar
Charmander has the highest Speed of the starters, and it learns the powerful Fire-type attack Ember as early as Level 7. Unfortunately, you're stuck with it until you get to Celadon City, where you'll find the TM for Flamethrower. It also has a disadvantage against the first two gyms, although it isn't particularly bad against the first. Charmander is the only Fire-type until right before your fourth badge, so it may be worth choosing just for that reason. And a word of advice to you if you do pick Charmander - don't use a Flying-type. It will steal experience from your lizard because it has advantages against the same opponents.

As a Charizard, Charmander gains a lot of good moves. Rage and Slash are learned by leveling up, and TMs and HMs can be used to teach Charizard Fly, Aerial Ace, Earthquake, Brick Break, Overheat and Steel Wing. You can also consider Belly Drum, Dig and Sunny Day.

Squirtle
SquirtleFRLG
Typing
WaterIC Big
Ability
Torrent
Gym Strengths
Pewter, Cinnabar, Viridian
Gym Resistances
Cerulean
Rating
4RatingStar
Squirtle is the most defense-oriented of the Kanto trio, though it does not mean it lacks out on offense. It possesses a variety of Water-type moves, with a few Ice- and Ground-type ones thrown in for good measure. Its moves are a little on the weak side (and strangely not very defensive) until later in the game, but it's still more reliable than Charmander. The important thing to keep in mind before choosing Squirtle is that, unfortunately, there are equal and better Water-types later in the game, whereas Charmander and Bulbasaur are among the best in theirs. This doesn't mean that you can't choose Squirtle, it just means that you're giving up something like Cloyster or Vaporeon.

If you choose a Squirtle, you'll find that it works pretty well throughout the game. Water and Normal attacks flow in at a decent rate, culminating with HM moves like Surf and Strength. Ice moves can be taught via TM, and are useful against a variety of opponents.

After choosing your Pokémon, Blue will choose the one that has an advantage over yours. As you attempt to leave, Blue will walk up, and demand a battle immediately!

If you chose Bulbasaur
Charmander
Level 5
CharmanderSprFRLG
Blaze
FireIC Big
Item: None
Tackle
Growl
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If you chose Charmander
Squirtle
Level 5
SquirtleSprFRLG
Torrent
WaterIC Big
Item: None
Tackle
Tail Whip
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--
If you chose Squirtle
Bulbasaur
Level 5
BulbasaurSprFRLG
Overgrow
GrassIC Big
PoisonIC Big
Item: None
Tackle
Growl
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This battle shouldn't be too hard. You will usually win if you just keep using your damaging attack. If in need, use the Potion you obtained from your PC. If you win, your Pokemon should grow to Lv. 6. If you lose, nothing really happens, except you don't get the money or the experience. Either way Blue will run off. Your Pokemon will automatically be healed to full health, but if you ever need healing in Pallet Town, go and talk to your mom who will let you rest fully healing your Pokemon. It's time to start your adventure into the Pokemon world, so lets head north onto Route 1.

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