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#1PreyheartPosted 10/17/2007 6:11:49 PMmessage detail
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Welcome to the Pokemon FireRed Boards. The reason for the creation of this topic was to give an easy-to-use source of answers commonly asked questions and valuable information that can help you. NowÖ

Index

The Basics
1. Differences between FireRed/LeafGreen and Red/Blue
2. Number of Pokemon
3. Exclusive Pokemon
4. Move Deleter
5. Move Relearner
6. Name Rater (Changer)
7. Physical/Special Move Split
8. Legendary Pokemon
9. The National Dex
10. How to get the Bicycle
11. How to enter Saffron City
12. The Sevii Islands
13. The Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest
14. Mewtwo and the Cerulean Cave
15. Suicune, Raikou, and Entei; the Legendary Beasts
16. Miscellaneous

Advanced Information
1. Effort Values (EVs)
a) Vitamins
b) Rare Candy
c) Macho Brace and Pokerus
2. Individual Values (IVs)
a) Hidden Power
3. Natures
4. Happiness
5. Breeding
6. Catching Formula
7. Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB)

Basics

1. Differences between FireRed/LeafGreen and Red/Blue
FireRed and LeafGreen are remakes of the original Red and Blue Version. Of course, being a direct remake would be kinda boring, so there are some changed things in the game.

- Sprites updated to 3rd generation.
- Trainers gain names.
- Gamblers are now called Gamers
- Many Pokemon now have Genders.
- Some of the in-game trades have changed.
- Location of some Pokemon have also changed.
- Addition of the Sevii Islands
- The Missingno. glitch is fixed.
- Mew Glitch is also fixed.
- Elite 4 improves after a certain point in the game.
- Bag is separated into three parts: the Main Bag, the Pokeball Bag, and the Key Items Bag. The TMs and Berries are inside a case, located in the Key Item section.
- Introduction screen.
- Ability to choose between a Male or Female character.
- Questions asked in the Cinnabar Island Gym are changed.

2. Number of Pokemon
When Red and Blue Version were originally released, there were 151 Pokemon in the Pokedex. In this Generation, we have 386 Pokemon, more than twice the original amount. So if you truly wish to ďcatch Ďem allĒ, be ready for a long ride.

3. Exclusive Pokemon
Just like the past Pokemon games, each version has exclusive Pokemon only found in one of the versions.

FireRed:
Ekans, Arbok, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Bellossom, Psyduck, Golduck, Growlithe, Arcanine, Shellder, Cloyster, Electabuzz, Elekid, Scyther, Scizor, Wooper, Quagsire, Murkrow, Qwilfish, Delibird, Skarmory

LeafGreen: Sandshrew, Sandslash, Vulpix, Ninetales, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Staryu, Starmie, Magmar, Magby, Pinsir, Azurill, Marill, Azumarill, Misdrevous, Sneasal, Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine

All Hoenn Pokemon must be traded over from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, excluding Wynaut and Azurill, who can be obtained through breeding with the correct Incense items.

4. Move Deleter
The Move Deleter is an NPC who will delete a move on your Pokemon for free. This is the only way to remove HMs from your Pokemon.

The Move Deleter is located in Fuschia City, the house directly left of the Pokemon Center.
#2Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:13:14 PMmessage detail
5. Move Relearner
The Move Relearner is an NPC who will reteach a move your Pokemon does not know from its natural Level Up move pool. This means that TMs, HMs, Egg Moves, and Move Tutor moves will NOT be relearned through this NPC.

The Move Relearner is located on Island 2 of the Sevii Islands. He will only reteach a move if you give him 1 Big Mushroom or 2 Tinymushrooms. Both items are held by Paras and Parasect.

An easy way to get these Mushrooms is to have a Pokemon with the move Thief/Covet/Trick and go fight Paras, who is found 100% of the time in the Basement Corridors of Mt. Moon. Paras will hold a Tinymushroom 50% of the time and a Big Mushroom 5% of the time. Remember to make sure you de-equip the Mushrooms once you steal them!

6. Name Rater (Changer)
The Name Rater is an NPC who will change the name of your Pokemon, or rechange the Nickname of your Pokemon.

The Name Rater is located in Lavender Town, in one of the southern houses. Note that the Name Rater will only change the Nickname of Pokemon with the same OT as you do.

7. Physical/Special Move Split
There are two offense stats in this game; the Attack stat and the Special Attack stat. Which attack youíll use is based on the type of the move.

Physical (Off the Atk stat): Normal, Fighting, Bug, Flying, Rock, Steel, Ground, Ghost, Poison

Special (Off the SpAtk stat): Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Psychic, Dark, Dragon, Ice

8. Legendary Pokemon
Like in all Pokemon games, you will find a few Legendary Pokemon you can use in-game. Here are the ones you will find and where:

Articuno: Found in the Seaform Islands. Found at level 50.
Zapdos: Found in the abandoned Power Plant. Found at level 50.
Moltres: Found at the peak of Mt. Ember in Island 1 of the Sevii Islands. Found at level 50.
Mewtwo: Found at the end of the Cerulean Cave. Found at level 70.
Ho-oh: Found in Naval Rock. Found at level 70. Can be gotten only through the use of a Cheat Device or have gone to the Nintendo event to gain the Mystic Ticket. Check Section 16 for alternate way.
Lugia: Found in Naval Rock. Found at level 70. Can be gotten only through the use of a Cheat Device or have gone to the Nintendo event to gain the Mystic Ticket. Check Section 16 for alternate way.
Deoxys: Found in Birth Island. Found at level 30. Can be gotten only through the use of a Cheat Device or have gone to the Nintendo event to gain the Aurora Ticket.
Suicune: Found anywhere in Kanto, excluding buildings and caves. Found at level 50. More info in Section 15.
Entei: Found anywhere in Kanto, excluding buildings and caves. Found at level 50. More info in Section 15.
Raikou: Found anywhere in Kanto, excluding buildings and caves. Found at level 50. More info in Section 15.

9. The National Dex
The National Dex is an upgrade to your Pokedex in order to see all 386 Pokemon. In order to get the National Dex, you must meet just two simple requirements.

1) Have beaten the Elite 4 at least once.
2) Have at least 60 Pokemon as ďCaughtĒ in your Pokedex (evolving your Squirtle to Wartortle to Blastoise count as having caught 3 Pokemon)

If you have caught at least 60 Pokemon right after beating the Elite 4, then Prof. Oak will lead you to his Lab to upgrade your Pokedex. If you have not caught at least 60 Pokemon after beating the Elite 4, just catch the amount necessary and go talk to Prof. Oak in Pallet Town.

10. How to get the Bicycle
There is a Bike Shop in the southern area of Cerulean City. However, they are sold at a ridiculous 1,000,000 money, and the cap is 999,999. To get the Bicycle, you must go to Vermilion City and go talk the Chairman of the Pokemon Fan Club, located north of the Vermilion Gym. Listen to the Chairman and at the end of his bragging, he will give you a Bike Voucher for listening to him. Proceed back to Cerulean City and exchange the Voucher for a free Bicycle.
#3Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:14:22 PMmessage detail
11. How to enter Saffron City
Back in the original Red/Blue, to enter Saffron City, you had to give one of the guards a Fresh Water, Soda Pop, or Lemonade. However, with the ability to let your Pokemon hold items, it would have been possible to reach Saffron City, and in the process, Lavender Town and Celadon City, at a much earlier time. To counter this, the guards now will let you pass once you give them the Key item Tea.

To get Tea, enter Celadon City and go into the Pokemon Mansion; the very big building west of the Pokemon Center. In the first floor, there is an old woman. Talk to her, and she will give you the Tea item. Go to any of the 4 guards and give him the Tea item. He shall share it to all the other guards, and you will have access to Saffron City.

12. The Sevii Islands
The Sevii Islands are an addition to the remake of FireRed/LeafGreen for more post-game activities. You will get your first chance to go to the Sevii Islands after you defeat Blaine of the Cinnabar Gym. After you exit the Gym, Bill will meet you and ask if you wish to assist him and go to Island 1 of the Sevii Islands. If you say Yes, you will immediately go to the Sevii Islands. If you say No, then Bill will be waiting for you in the Cinnabar Pokemon Center for a positive response.

Once you reach Island 1, you will go through a small quest, and you will gain the Key item Tripass. This will allow you travel between Island 1-3 at any moment you wish. After you finish the quest and return to Kanto, you can return to the Sevii Islands at any time you wish by going to the Vermilion City port. Just talk to the Sailor and he will ask you which Island you wish to go to.

To go to Islands 4-7, you must first gain the National Dex. Once you have gained the National Dex, start the Ruby and Sapphire plate Quest. After getting the Ruby plate and giving it to Celio, he will give you the Rainbow Pass, which will allow you to go to Islands 4-7.

13. The Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest
The Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest is the final event you must complete in order to unlock the last few events in FireRed/LeafGreen. To even start the quest, you must first complete the first Sevii Islands quest, finding the little girl and saving her from the Hypno in the Berry Forest. You must also have beaten the Elite 4 at least once and have gained the National Dex. After you have achieved those three objectivesÖ

1) Go to Island 1 and talk to Celio. Listen to what he says.
2) Go to Mt. Ember. Near the right side, you will see two Rocket Grunts. Talk to them and battle them.
3) After defeating them, go through the entrance they were blocking, go through and get the Ruby Plate.
4) Give the Ruby Plate to Celio. You will receive the Rainbow Pass. Now, make your way to Island 4.
5) In Island 4, talk around the area to learn a little something. Enter the Icefall Cave.
6) Look around Icefall Cave until you meet Lorelei of the Elite 4 and some Rocket Grunts. Defeat the Rockets.
7) Talk to Lorelei and exit the Icefall Cave.
8) Proceed on to Island 5. Go north of the area to the grassy areas and make your way to the Rocket Warehouse. You require 2 passwords to unlock the door. You have already gotten one from the Rocket in Icefall Cave. Proceed to Island 6.
9) In Island 6, search around until you see a Cave with a metal door blocking the entrance. If there is a Scientist blocking your way, repeat steps 1-8. If he is not in your way, then go up to the door and use Cut on it. It will unlock.
10) Go through the cave and try to get the Sapphire plate. A scientist will steal it from you; in exchange, he will give you the second password. Return to Island 5.
11) Unlock the Rocket Warehouse in Island 5 with the second password. Go through the warehouse and defeat all the Rockets. At the end, you will encounter the scientist again. Defeat him and he will give up the Sapphire Plate. Return the Sapphire Plate to Celio, and you are done.
#4Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:15:59 PMmessage detail
14. Mewtwo and the Cerulean Cave
To unlock the Cerulean Cave, you must have the following:
- Beaten the Elite 4 at least once
- Have gotten the National Dex
- Have given Celio the Ruby and Sapphire plate

Once you have done those, the guy blocking the entrance will leave. Proceed into the cave and make your way through to Mewtwo. He will be at level 70; bring Pokemon that are at levels 50-70, some Ultra Balls and Timer Balls, and a Pokemon to make Mewtwo fall asleep. Dwindle down his HP, make him fall asleep, and keep chucking Ultra/Timer Balls until he is caught.

15. Suicune, Raikou, and Entei; the Legendary Beasts
The Legendary Trio of Gold/Silver/Crystal make their return in FireRed/LeafGreen. However, you can only catch one of them per game file.

Who you chose as your starter will determine which Beast you will be able to catch.

Suicune=Charmander as starter
Entei=Bulbasaur as starter
Raikou=Squirtle as starter

All of them will roam around the Kanto area after you have gotten the National Dex and complete the Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest. They are found in the grasses and waters of Kanto. They can NOT be found in the Sevii Islands.

There is a glitch in the game when a Pokemon uses Roar, it is equivalent of them fainting. This means that once Entei or Raikou successfully uses Roar on you, they are gone for good. Suicune does not have the move Roar, so you do not have to fear him running away from you forever. However, all 3 WILL run away from you if they can; and they will very often. Because of all these issues, it is suggested you use your Master Ball on them.

Here is a strategy of finding them for the first time, taken from SpoonMan54321ís Series Pokemon Catching Guide:

Go to the Vermillion City side of Diglett's Cave. Enter the cave and
immediately exit. Use a Super Repel with your Trapper in the first position in
your party. Run over to Route 11 and run around in the grass until the repel
wears off. Go back into Diglett's Cave and repeat.


A note to competitive battlers: All of these three were programmed incorrectly, so they will end up with extremely poor IVs, with the exception of the HP IV.

16. Miscellaneous
Throughout the game, you will find many of Prof. Oakís Aides. If you have caught a certain amount of Pokemon, they will reward you with an item.

Route 2: Show Aide youíve caught at least 10 Pokemon. Will get HM05 (Flash) as a reward.
Route 11: Show Aide youíve caught at least 30 Pokemon. Will get Itemfinder as a reward.
Southern Entrance/Exit Building of Cycling Road: Show Aide youíve caught at least 40 Pokemon. Will get Amulet Coin as a reward.
Eastern Entrance/Exit Building of Fuschia City: Show Aide youíve caught at least 50 Pokemon. Will get Exp Share as a reward.

There are certain items in the game that you can only access through the use of the Itemfinder. By standing exactly on top of the item and then using the Itemfinder, you will be able to dig up the item. (NOTE: The Itemfinder will not tell you an item is near when near the area of these hidden items. You must stand EXACTLY on top of the area told and then use the Itemfinder to gain these items.)

Leftovers: Use the Itemfinder on the spot exactly where the Snorlax used to rest (In both spots).
Macho Brace: Use the Itemfinder on the spot exactly where Giovanni stood in the Viridian City Gym.
Soothe Bell: Use the Itemfinder on the spot exactly where Mr. Fuji stood on the top floor of the Pokemon Tower.

Because of a lack of an internal clock, it is impossible to evolve Eevee into an Espeon or Umbreon in FireRed/LeafGreen. To evolve Eevee, you must trade it to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, make it happy, and level it up at the appropriate time.

AM hours=Umbreon
PM hours=Espeon
#5Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:17:11 PMmessage detail
If does not have access to a Cheat Device and/or could not receive the Mystic Ticket, then you can transfer Ho-oh and Lugia from the Gamecube games Pokemon Colosseum (Ho-oh) and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness (Lugia) by trading.

In the Altering Cave, you will find nothing except for Zubats. The only way to change the Pokemon in the Altering Cave is playing the Japanese Version of FireRed/LeafGreen and using a Japanese e-Reader with e-Reader cards that were released only in Japan. You can also change the Pokemon found through the use of a Cheat Device. Alternately, the Pokemon found in the Altering Cave can be caught in the extended Safari Zone in Emerald.

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen have requirements to meet before being able to trade with the other 3rd Generation games.

Trade with other FireRed/LeafGreen (First 151 Pokemon) - Have at least 2 Pokemon in the trainerís party in both files.
Trade with other FireRed/LeafGreen (All 386+Eggs) - Have at least 2 Pokemon in the trainerís party in both files, must also have the National Dex in both files.
Trade with Ruby/Sapphire - Must have at least 2 Pokemon in the trainerís party in both files, must have National Dex and have completed the Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest in FireRed/LeafGreen.
Trade with Emerald - Must have at least 2 Pokemon in the trainerís party in both files, must have National Dex in both files, must have completed the Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest in FireRed/LeafGreen, must have beaten the Elite 4 at least once in Emerald.
Trade with Colosseum/XD: Gale of Darkness - Must have at least 2 Pokemon in the trainerís party in both files, must have National Dex, must have completed the Ruby and Sapphire Plate Quest in FireRed/LeafGreen, Colosseum/XD character must be in the basement of the Phenac City Pokemon Center.
Please note that it is impossible to trade using a Nintendo DS. You must use 2 GBAs to trade between the GBA games, and a GCN/GBA Cable to trade between the GBA games and Colosseum/XD. Also note that when trading with Ruby and Sapphire, the GBA Cable Link must be used, while trading with FireRed/LeafGreen/Emerald requires the GBA Cable Link or Wireless Adaptor.

To transfer Pokemon from FireRed/LeafGreen to Diamond/Pearl, you must have at least 6 Pokemon in the FireRed/LeafGreen fileís PC. The Pokemon being transferred must also not know any HM moves, if they do have HM moves, they must be deleted before being able to be transferred. Once transferred, they will disappear from your game file.

The Light Ball is an item that doubles Pikachuís SpAtk when held. This item can only be gotten from wild Pikachu in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald however. When breeding, if a Pikachu is holding a Light Ball and the resulting child will be a Pichu, then the Pichu will have the move Volt Tackle in its Move Set. However, this can only be done in Emerald.

The Thick Club is an item that doubles Cubone/Marowakís Atk when held. This item can be gotten off wild Cubone and Marowak.

Advanced Information

1. Effort Values (EVs)
Effort Values, commonly called EVs, are a hidden stat found in the Pokemon games. They have existed in all the Pokemon games, but prior to the release of Ruby and Sapphire, the system was very different and in turn, somewhat ineffective.

Every single Pokemon holds up to the same amount of EVs, 510, and 255 at max to a stat. EVs are gained in addition to the Experience Points you gain from defeating opposing Pokemon. For example, defeating a Pidgey will give your Pokemon 1 EV in Speed in addition to the Experience Points you gain. While the amount of Exp. Points you gain from the same Pokemon differ based on their level, the amount of EVs you gain from them remain constant, meaning a Level 2 Pidgey gives the same amount of EVs as one at level 70. Because EVs are gained along with the Experience Points, it is impossible to EV train a Pokemon at level 100, as they do not gain any Experience Points.
#6Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:17:42 PMmessage detail
EVs do not greatly affect your stats until your Pokemon is at a high level, showing the entirety of its effectiveness at level 100. For all stats unaffected by Natures, 4 EVs=1 Stat Point. For a stat affected positively by a Nature, 4 EVs=1.1 Stat Points. For a stat affected negatively by a Nature, 4 EVs=0.9 Stat Points. (Refer to the Nature section for details on Natures)

Following this, putting 252 EVs into a stat is the same as putting 255 EVs into a stat, therefore, it is recommended that you cap EV training in a stat once it has reached 252. Now, on most stats, 252 EVs=63 Real Stat Points, meaning that stat would be 63 points higher than it would be if you did not EV train, a dramatic increase. Because EVs can be easily controlled, it is necessary for a serious competitive battler to EV train his/her Pokemon.

a) Vitamins
The Vitamins in the game are a source of EVs you can buy in the game. Each of the Vitamins give out 10 EVs to a stat.

HP Up: 10 EVs to HP
Protein: 10 EVs to Atk
Iron: 10 EVs to Def
Carbos: 10 EVs to Speed
Calcium: 10 EVs to SpAtk
Zinc: 10 EVs to SpDef

Using Vitamins can greatly reduce the time of EV training your Pokemon. However, note that you can only use these Vitamins if the Pokemon you are using them on has less than 100 EVs in that stat. (ex. If a Pokemon has 76 EVs in his Atk stat, you can only use 3 Proteins on it before the Proteins become ineffective)

b) Rare Candy
The Rare Candy is an item that you find very often that increases your Pokemonís level by one. Youíve probably heard before that a Pokemon trained to level 100 is stronger than one Rare Candied to level 100. This is true only because of EVs.

Using a Rare Candy boosts your Pokemonís level, giving it no EVs at all, therefore, no boosts to its stats. If you Rare Candy a Pokemon from the moment you caught it to level 100, it would obviously be weaker than the same Pokemon going to level 100 beating other Pokemon, gaining EVs along the way.

Of course, this doesnít mean that Rare Candies are bad; in fact, they are the opposite. Once you have used up all 510 EV points a Pokemon can hold, it no longer matters how you level up your Pokemon; you can use Rare Candies, continue battling, use the Day Care Center, it really doesnít matter. Your stats will end up the way they should regardless of how you level up after youíve used up your EVs.

c) Macho Brace and Pokerus
The Macho Brace is an item that doubles the amount of EVs earned from a Pokemon Battle in exchange for cutting your Pokemonís Speed stat in battle while the Macho Brace is being held.

In a normal situation, fighting a Pidgey would give you 1 EV in Speed. When holding the Macho Brace, however, you would gain 2 EVs in Speed from fighting a Pidgey.

Pokerus is a virus that can be gotten that doubles the amount of EVs earned from a Pokemon Battle.

In a normal situation, fighting a Pidgey would give you 1 EV in Speed. If you have Pokerus, however, you would gain 2 EVs in Speed from fighting a Pidgey.

Pokerus and Macho Brace do stack, so fighting a Pidgey with Pokerus and the Macho Brace would yield you 4 EVs in Speed per Pidgey.

Pokerus spreads through the Pokemon in your party. When infected, the status will show the Pokemon with PKRS in purple. To spread Pokerus to your party, simply enter a few battles against Wild Pokemon or Trainers, within time, your unaffected Pokemon will be infected with Pokerus. Your Pokemon will gain an immunity to Pokerus after one day, in which a marker will appear indicating your Pokemon can no longer spread the disease; the boost in EVs is retained.

Note that Pokerus cannot be gotten naturally in FireRed/LeafGreen; it must be traded from Ru/Sa/Em because of a lack of an internal clock in the game. Because of this, Pokerus will also not spread nor will the Pokemon with it gain an immunity to it because of the aforementioned lack of an internal clock.
#7Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:18:23 PMmessage detail
2. Individual Values (IVs)
Individual Values, commonly called IVs, are a hidden stat found in the games. Like EVs, they have existed in all the Pokemon games, but the max IV was much smaller, and it affected certain aspects of the Pokemon, like Gender. In this generation, however, IVs do not influence anything except for your Pokemonís stats and Hidden Power.

IVs are located in all the stats and range from 0 to 31. Whatever your IV is in a stat, it is boosted by that much when the Pokemon is at level 100. This means that having a 31 IV in a stat is the best you can possibly have, while having a 0 IV in a stat is the worst you can possibly have. Though their boosts arenít as big as EVs, they still nonetheless are a very important part of your Pokemon, especially for competitive battling.

Unlike EVs, IVs cannot be customized to your liking in-game without the use of a Cheat Device.

a) Hidden Power
Hidden Power is a move that varies in type and power with each Pokemon. The reason for this is because Hidden Powerís typing and power is based on the Pokemonís IV arrangement. Because each Pokemon you catch will have random IVs, it will be very unlikely you end up with two Pokemon with the same exact Hidden Power type and power.

Hidden Power can be any type except for Normal and can have a Base Power of 30 to 70.

Because of the ability to be any type in the game (excluding Normal), very serious players will breed (more info in Section 5) to get the Hidden Power that they want, or use the online simulator Netbattle to customize their IVs to get the specific Hidden Power they desire. With the trait of being unpredictable, Hidden Power is a very useful competitive move.

3. Natures
In the game, you will notice one of your Pokemon will have a Hasty nature, while another will be Quirky. While they might seem negligible, Natures actually affect your Pokemon greatly.

Out of the 25 Natures in the game, 20 of them will affect your Pokemonís stats. These Natures will increase one stat by 10% and decrease another stat by 10%. None of the Natures will affect the HP stat.

Neutral Natures
Serious
Hardy
Docile
Quirky
Bashful

Atk Boosting Natures
Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
Lonely (+Atk, -Def)
Brave (+Atk, -Speed)
Naughty (+Atk, -SpDef)

Def Boosting Natures
Bold (+Def, -Atk)
Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
Relaxed (+Def, -Speed)
Lax (+Def, -SpDef)

Speed Boosting Natures
Jolly (+Speed, -SpAtk)
Hasty (+Speed, -Def)
Timid (+Speed, -Atk)
NaÔve (+Speed, -SpDef)

SpAtk Boosting Natures
Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
Mild (+SpAtk, -Def)
Quiet (+SpAtk, -Speed)
Rash (+SpAtk, -SpDef)

SpDef Boosting Natures
Calm (+SpDef, -Atk)
Gentle (+SpDef, -Def)
Sassy (+SpDef, -Speed)
Careful (+SpDef, -SpAtk)
#8Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:19:24 PMmessage detail
4. Happiness
Happiness is a part of the game introduced in Gold and Silver. The Happiness counter is used mainly for three things: certain Pokemon evolutions, the Elemental Hyper Beam Move Tutor, and the Base Power of Return and Frustration.

Happiness is based on a value of 0 to 255.

To evolve Pokemon that go through Happiness Evolutions, their Happiness must have a value of at least 220.

The following ways will increase/decrease your Pokemonís Happiness value (Taken from Bulbapedia):
Gaining a level (+2)
Walking 256 steps (+1)
Vitamins (+2)
Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen: Grooming (in Pallet Town, by Daisy) (+3)
Luxury Ball causes the following:
- Gaining a level is now +6
- Vitamins are now +6
- Walking is now +2
- Grooming is now +4
Using Soothe Bell (+1 for each other positive event)
Energypowder (-5)
Heal powder (-5)
Energy root (-10)
Revival Herb (-15)
Faint (-1)

The following Pokemon evolve when their Happiness is at 220 or more:
Golbat
Chansey
Pichu
Cleffa
Igglybuff
Togepi
Azurill

Return and Frustrationís Base Power is based on the Happiness of the Pokemon. At 255 Happiness, Return will have a Base Power of 102, while at a Happiness of 0, Frustration will have a Base Power of 102. The higher the Happiness value, the stronger Return gets and weaker Frustration gets, while the lower the Happiness value, the weaker Return gets and stronger Frustration gets.

To get your Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise to learn Frenzy Plant/Blast Burn/Hydro Cannon, they must be in their final evolutionary forms and have their Happiness value at max. Once this is accomplished, go to the old woman found in Island 2 and talk to her.

Happiness will also land you a Togepi Egg in the game. In Island 5, head to the ocean on the left and surf north for a bit. Turn west when possible, and eventually, you will find an Old Man. Talk to him with a Pokemon with maxed Happiness as your lead and he will hand you the Togepi Egg.

5. Breeding
Breeding is a part of the game that was introduced in Gold and Silver. By leaving two Pokemon in the Day Care Center, if the two meet certain requirements, then you can make a Pokemon Egg. The Day Care Center can be found in Island 4 of the Sevii Islands.

Requirements for Breeding:
- Both Pokemon must be in the same Egg Group.
- One must be Male and the other must be Female.
- If Ditto is in use, the above criteria can be ignored.
- No Gender Pokemon in an Egg Group can breed with Ditto.

Breeding Pokemon have advantages that you can use to benefit you. The Female Pokemon passes down species; the baby will be the lowest evolution form of the Female. The Male Pokemon can pass down moves that it currently knows if the lowest evolution form of the Female has those moves in its Egg Move Pool or it is a TM Move. Move Tutor Moves will NOT be passed on. Also, if the Male and the Female both know a move that is in the babyís natural move pool, the baby will also inherit that move.

Example: Breeding a Male Togetic with a Female Pikachu. The Togetic has the moves Wish, Thunder Wave, and Sweet Kiss. The Pikachu has the move Thunder Wave.

Because Wish is a part of Pikachuís Egg Move Pool, it will be passed on to the baby Pichu. Because Thunder Wave is a part of Pichuís natural move pool and both parents know the move, the Pichu will also have the move Thunder Wave. Though Togetic has Sweet Kiss and it is part of Pichuís natural move pool, because the Pikachu does not have Sweet Kiss, it will not be passed down to the Pichu.
#9Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:21:09 PMmessage detail
When breeding in FireRed/LeafGreen, up to 2 IVs will be passed down to the child from the parents. The IVs can be from one or both parents, and it is possible for IVs being passed to overlap each other (ex. Mother sends down 31 HP IV, then Father sends down 16 HP IV. Because the game took the Fatherís second, the child will have the Fatherís 16 HP IV over the Motherís 31 HP IV).

To check how compatible your Pokemon are, talk to the Old Man. Depending on what he says, the chance of an Egg being produced can be determined. (Info from Super Creatures)

The two seem to get along very well = Same Pokemon Species and different Original Trainer = ~69.3% chance of an egg being made after 256 steps.

The two seem to get along = Same Pokemon Species and same Original Trainer or Different Pokemon Species and different Original Trainer = ~49.5% chance of an egg being made after 256 steps.

They don't seem to like each other very much = Different Pokemon Species and different Original Trainer = ~19.8% chance of an egg being made after 256 steps.

The two prefer to play with other Pokemon than each other = Not in the same Egg Group, Pokemon is unbreedable, or both Pokemon are the same Gender = 0% chance of an egg being made after 256 steps.


The Flame Body/Magma Armor trick and Everstone trick do not work in FireRed/LeafGreen; they were first introduced in Emerald.

6. Catching Formula
Youíve probably been playing thinking pressing A and B together or Up and B when the Pokeball flies out will improve your chances of catching a Pokemon. Well, the truth is that it does not help at all; it is just a stress reliever. Pokemon is a game of numbers, and when catching Pokemon, it is no different.

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Catch_rate

This is the Catching Formula.

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon_by_catch_rate

This is the Catch Rate of all the Pokemon.

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pokeball#Generation_III_Pok.C3.A9_Balls

This is the Catch rate of all the Pokeballs.

By following the formula and using the info above, you will be able to figure out exactly what the chance of you successfully catching the Pokemon is.

7. Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB)
STAB, an acronym for Same Type Attack Bonus, does what it says; gives a bonus boost to Attacks of the same type of the Pokemon using it. The boost is 1.5x the normal Base Power.

Example: A Wartortle uses the move Surf. Surf normally has a Base Power of 95. Because Surf is a Water type move and Wartortle is a Water type, Surf will have a Base Power of 142.5, rounded down to 142.

Because of such boosts to power, STAB is a very valuable tool to competitive battling and should often be considered when choosing a Pokemonís moves.

Useful Sites
These sites will provide much details that can help you with most details in Pokemon.

http://www.smogon.com/ - The most recognized Competitive Battling site for all Pokemon generations.
http://www.serebii.net/ - Likely the biggest Pokemon info site. Lags when a huge amount of people access the site at once, but very reliable with an easy-to-use interface.
http://www.psypoke.com/ - Another useful site you can use for Pokemon info.
http://www.metalkid.info/ - A very useful site made by MetalKid. His download has a variety of useful tools that will assist both casual and competitive battlers.
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#10Preyheart(Topic Creator)Posted 10/17/2007 6:23:14 PMmessage detail
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If con is the opposite of pro, then what is the opposite of progress?