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For the international version of Pocket Monsters Red, see Pokémon Red and Blue Versions.

Pocket Monsters Red (Japanese: ポケットモンスター (あか)) and Pocket Monsters Green (Japanese: ポケットモンスター (みどり)) are the two first installments of the Pokémon franchise and the core series itself. They were released for the Game Boy on February 27, 1996, exclusively in Japan. Both titles are independent of each other but have the same plot, and the main difference between both games is the Pokémon that can be encountered. The mascots for Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions are Charizard and Venusaur respectively.

Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions have two primary objectives. One is for the player character to become the champion of the Indigo League by defeating the eight Gym Leaders and then the Elite Four in Pokémon battles. The other objective is to complete the Pokédex by obtaining all 151 Pokémon. The main difference between Pocket Monsters Red Version and Pocket Monsters Green Version are the Pokémon encountered. Both games are played separately, but can be connected via the Game Link Cable. This allows for Pokémon to be traded or battled between games. It is necessary for players to trade between both Pocket Monsters Red Version and Pocket Monsters Green Version in order to obtain all 151 Pokémon.

In late 1996, the games received a follow-up, Pocket Monsters Blue, also exclusive to Japan. Besides having different Pokémon encounters, Pocket Monsters Blue also has different graphics and an updated script. Pocket Monsters Blue served as the basis for Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, which are the first two Pokémon games released in North America, Europe, and Australia. Although Pocket Monsters Green Version appears to have never been released outside of Japan, the Pokémon in Pokémon Blue Version are based on that of Pocket Monsters Green Version. Pokémon Red Version is more consistent in that it shares Pocket Monsters Red Version's encounters and mascot but still has Pocket Monsters Blue as a basis.

In 2004, both games received a Game Boy Advance remake, Pokémon FireRed Version and Pokémon LeafGreen Version. The latter version's title was even used outside of Japan, so therefore its title is based on Pocket Monsters Green Version rather than Pokémon Blue Version.

On February 27, 2016, exactly 20 years after Pocket Monsters Red and Green Version were released, both games, along with Pocket Monsters Blue and Pokémon Yellow Special Pikachu Edition, were ported to the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in Japan for the Pokémon 20th Anniversary. The international counterparts, Pokémon Red and Blue Versions and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, were also released for the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in North America, Europe, and Australia the same day.


The player is about to enter the world of Kanto where there are 151 Pokémon waiting. Then hometown is in Pallet Town. When arriving at Professor Oak's Lab, there are 3 First partner Pokémon one can choose from. They are Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. The player character is only allowed to choose one of them in these games, and the rival always picks the Pokémon that is your weakness. In Kanto, one must defeat the following Gym Leaders in order to advance in the game.

The player must also defeat Team Rocket along the way, in the Rocket Hideout and at Silph Co.

The player will battle Giovanni, leader of Team Rocket in both these locations, and as the final gym leader.

Once all of the Gym Leaders are defeated, one may proceed through Victory Road, then to the Pokémon League.

While in the Pokémon League, the player character will have to face the strongest Trainers in the game, The Elite Four.

Defeating all of them, the player character will challenge the Blue, who is the Champion. After beating the rival, the player character becomes the champion, but they can still battle the Elite Four repeatedly.

The last objective is to complete the Pokédex. Once the player character has completed the Pokédex, they are granted a Diploma if they talk to the employee that works for Game Freak in Celadon Mansion.


Version exclusives[]


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#023 0023 Ekans Type Poison
#024 0024 Arbok Type Poison
#043 0043 Oddish Type GrassType Poison
#044 0044 Gloom Type GrassType Poison
#045 0045 Vileplume Type GrassType Poison
#056 0056 Mankey Type Fighting
#057 0057 Primeape Type Fighting
#058 0058 Growlithe Type Fire
#059 0059 Arcanine Type Fire
#123 0123 Scyther Type BugType Flying
#125 0125 Electabuzz Type Electric


No. Pokémon Type(s)
#027 0027 Sandshrew Type Ground
#028 0028 Sandslash Type Ground
#037 0037 Vulpix Type Fire
#038 0038 Ninetales Type Fire
#052 0052 Meowth Type Normal
#053 0053 Persian Type Normal
#069 0069 Bellsprout Type GrassType Poison
#070 0070 Weepinbell Type GrassType Poison
#071 0071 Victreebel Type GrassType Poison
#126 0126 Magmar Type Fire
#127 0127 Pinsir Type Bug

Gym Leaders[]

Type Rock
Pewter City
Type Water
Cerulean City
Lt. Surge(RB)Sprite
Lt. Surge
Type Electric
Vermilion City
Type Grass
Celadon City
Koga RB
Type Poison
Fuchsia City
Type Psychic
Saffron City
Type Fire
Cinnabar Island
Type Ground
Viridian City

Elite Four and Champion[]

Lorelei RB
Type Ice
Type Fighting
Type Ghost
Type Dragon
Type ???


  • Green is the only color edition name not to be used in the international Generation I games and this, along with the original Blue edition, are the only main series Pokémon games with their graphics and sprites sets not used internationally, with the international Red and Blue versions using different graphics sets.
  • At one point of development, there were ideas of inserting the female protagonist. However, the idea was scrapped, but was introduced in FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.
    • The design of the female protagonist of Pokémon Red, Green and Blue is identical to the Pokémon Adventures manga, as it was the basis for the creation of the character. Because just wearing clothes made Green resemble Leaf, that girl may be her with her first design.
  • In Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version and Pokémon Crystal Version, when traveling to Kanto, house designs, posters, etc. correspond to those of the original Red and Green editions, with no editing or Japanese Blue eds. Western Red and Blue.


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