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Cinnabar Island

Cinnabar Island is an island located in the southwestern part of the Kanto region. It is home to the famous Pokémon Lab, said to be able to resurrect Pokemon from the ancient past.

This island is also home to Gym Leader Blaine, bearer of the Volcano Badge, however, access to his Gym is, for now, restricted... perhaps the abandoned Pokémon Mansion holds the secret to facing Blaine...

Poké Mart
Ultra Ball Pokebuck.png1200
Great Ball Pokebuck.png600
Hyper Potion Pokebuck.png1200
Revive Pokebuck.png1500
Full Heal Pokebuck.png600
Escape Rope Pokebuck.png550
Max Repel Pokebuck.png700

Pokémon found[edit]

Surf
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 5-40 100% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 5-40 100%
Old Rod
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-10 100% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-10 100%
Good Rod
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 20% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 20%
Pokemon 116Horsea.pngHorsea 5-15 60% Pokemon 116Horsea.pngHorsea 5-15 20%
Pokemon 098Krabby.pngKrabby 5-15 20% Pokemon 098Krabby.pngKrabby 5-15 60%
Super Rod
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados 15-25 15% Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados 15-25 15%
Pokemon 116Horsea.pngHorsea 15-25 40% Pokemon 098Krabby.pngKrabby 15-25 40%
Pokemon 117Seadra.pngSeadra 25-35 4% Pokemon 080Slowbro.pngSlowbro 25-35 4%
Pokemon 090Shellder.pngShellder 15-25 40% Pokemon 120Staryu.pngStaryu 15-25 40%
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 25-35 1% Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 25-35 1%

Pokémon Lab[edit]

Pokémon Lab Main Hall
Don't forget!
Don't forget to trade the fossil and the Old Amber for a couple of Pokémon, otherwise unobtainable.

The Pokémon Lab is a laboratory founded by Dr. Fuji. The only real reason to visit here, is to make a few trades. You will also get a chance to trade the fossil you chose at Mt. Moon and the Old Amber from the Science Museum at Pewter City, for a couple of Pokémon otherwise unobtainable.

Room 1[edit]

Pokémon Lab Room 1

In the first room of the Pokémon Lab, there are two people who will offer to trade Pokémon. The old man will offer his Electrode for a Raichu, and the girl will want to trade her Tangela for a Venonat.

Trades
Trade For
Pokemon 026Raichu.pngRaichu Pokemon 101Electrode.pngElectrode
Pokemon 048Venonat.pngVenonat Pokemon 114Tangela.pngTangela

Items

  • Stardust (held by Tangeny, the Tangela you can obtain in the trade).

Room 2[edit]

Pokémon Lab Room 2

In the second room, there is a Move Tutor on the left who will teach TM35 Metronome to one of your Pokémon. Metronome randomly selects a move and fully executes the attack, including moves affected by Disable.

Tutors
TM Name Power Accuracy PP Type Effect Tutor
TM35 Metronome 10 Normal Pokemón Lab Guy

Room 3[edit]

Pokémon Lab Room 3

In the third room, there is a weird doctor who will revive the fossils you obtained at Mt. Moon and the museum in Pewter City, however you must walk out of the building before returning to claim the fossil Pokémon. You may have some trouble levelling them up, as they're revived at level 5. There is also another in-game trade: Ponyta for Seel, just talk to the blond guy in green.

Trades
Trade For
HelixFossil.pngHelix Fossil Pokemon 138Omanyte.pngOmanyte
DomeFossil.pngDome Fossil Pokemon 140Kabuto.pngKabuto
OldAmber.pngOld Amber Pokemon 142Aerodactyl.pngAerodactyl
Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta Pokemon 086Seel.pngSeel

Pokémon Mansion[edit]

Get the Secret Key
Find the Secret Key to unlock the Cinnabar Gym door and fight Blaine for a shot at the Volcano Badge.

The Pokémon Mansion is a decrepit, burned-down mansion. It got its name because a famous Pokémon Researcher once lived there. Amongst the rubble and wreckage is information that the scientists who once worked there obtained a Mew and impregnated it with the genetically altered Mewtwo, who destroyed the Mansion in its escape.

To access the Cinnabar Gym, you have to enter the mansion and find the Secret Key to unlock the door of the Gym. The Pokémon Mansion has four different floors. Doors can be unlocked in the mansion by pressing switches hidden in Pokémon statues.

Floor 1[edit]

Pokémon Mansion Floor 1

Unless you want to get the items, there's nothing to do here. Proceed to the second floor from the stairs at the end of the main hall. There can be lots of walking pokemon, so consider using super repellant or the cleanse tag.

Trainers
Name 1st 2nd 3rd Money
Pokemon FRLG Youngster.pngJohnson Pokemon 023Ekans.pngEkans 33 Pokemon 023Ekans.pngEkans 33 Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 34 Pokebuck.png544
Pokemon FRLG Scientist.pngTed Pokemon 101Electrode.pngElectrode 29 Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 29 Pokebuck.png1392
Pokémon (Walking)
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30% Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30%
Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28-30 30% Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28-30 30%
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15% Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15%
Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe 30-32 15% Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix 30-32 15%
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28 5% Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 5%
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 32 5% Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 32 5%

Items

  • Escape Rope (in the middle of a row of pillars)
  • Carbos (in a room with rows of plants, near the stairs to the basement)
  • Protein (in a locked room, alongside a barrier of rubble)
  • Moon Stone (hidden in a pile of rubble on the west side of the main foyer)

Floor 2[edit]

Turn off the switch in the room where you entered, to open the northwest room sliding door and go up the stairs to the third floor.

Pokémon Mansion Floor 2
Trainers
Name 1st 2nd Money
Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngArnie Pokemon 004Charmander.pngCharmander 34 Pokemon 005Charmeleon.pngCharmeleon 34 Pokebuck.png2992
Pokémon (Walking)
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30% Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30%
Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28-30 30% Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28-30 30%
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15% Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15%
Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe 30-32 15% Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix 30-32 15%
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28 5% Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 5%
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 32 5% Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 32 5%

Items

  • Calcium (in the most northeastern room, behind a pile of rubble)
  • Zinc (on the balcony)
  • HP Up (in the eastern room, accessible by a balcony stairway from the third floor)

Floor 3[edit]

Turn the switch in front of the stairs where you entered on and go to the hallway in the middle of the floor. Drop from the pit on the left (the widest one), you will fall on the previously inaccessible southeast area of the first floor. Go down the stairway to the basement.

Pokémon Mansion Floor 3
Trainers
Name 1st 2nd 3rd Money
Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngSimon Pokemon 038Ninetales.pngNinetales 38 Pokebuck.png3344
Pokemon FRLG Scientist.pngBraydon Pokemon 081Magnemite.pngMagnemite 33 Pokemon 082Magneton.pngMagneton 33 Pokemon 100Voltorb.pngVoltorb 33 Pokebuck.png1584
Pokémon (Walking)
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30% Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 32-36 30%
Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28-30 30% Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28-30 30%
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15% Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26-28 15%
Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe 30-32 15% Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix 30-32 15%
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28 5% Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 5%
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 32 5% Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 32 5%

Items

  • Iron (in the northeast corner room)
  • Max Potion (in the southwestern room)
  • Rare Candy (Hidden at the eastern end of an otherwise-empty dead-end hallway)

Basement[edit]

What does a man with power want?
Don't forget to grab TM22 Solar Beam and TM14 Blizzard, these are two very powerful Grass and Ice moves, respectively.

Proceed to the south center room and turn the switch off, exit from the west side and enter the north area from the east door, which now will be open. Turn the switch on the northeastern room and then go to the northwestern room to get the Secret Key from the desk, you'll finally be able to open the Cinnabar Gym.

Pokémon Mansion Basement
Trainers
Name 1st 2nd Money
Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngLewis Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe 34 Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta 34 Pokebuck.png2992
Pokemon FRLG Scientist.pngIvan Pokemon 081Magnemite.pngMagnemite 34 Pokemon 101Electrode.pngElectrode 34 Pokebuck.png1632
Pokémon (Walking)
FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 34-38 30% Pokemon 020Raticate.pngRaticate 34-38 30%
Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28-30 30% Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28-30 30%
Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe 30-32 15% Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix 30-32 15%
Pokemon 132Ditto.pngDitto 30 10% Pokemon 132Ditto.pngDitto 30 10%
Pokemon 088Grimer.pngGrimer 28 5% Pokemon 109Koffing.pngKoffing 28 5%
Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26 5% Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 26 5%
Pokemon 110Weezing.pngWeezing 34 5% Pokemon 089Muk.pngMuk 34 5%

Items

  • TM22 Solar Beam (in the western room with lots of plants)
  • Full Restore (southwest corner)
  • Secret Key (on a table in the northwestern room)
  • TM14 Blizzard (in the northern room, in front of four identical machines)
  • Elixir (hidden in the northeastern room)

New Pokémon[edit]

#109 Koffing #088 Grimer
Koffing
Fans of the show will probably recognize this Pokemon. Koffing is a pure Poison Pokemon with a very high defense and decent attack stats. Koffing's moveset appears to be focused upon Self-Sacrifice for the better good.

This moveset includes Selfdestruct and Explosion, moves which will make the user faint, but will inflict massive damage onto the opponent. In addition, Destiny Bond and Memento also entail fainting to take down the opponent, or severely weaken it.

Including Koffing in your team so you can make it do kamikaze attacks is certainly feasible, but most players will probably seek different strategies to defeat the Elite Four. Koffing evolves into Weezing at Level 35.

Grimer
Another pure Poison Pokemon, Grimer is a Pokemon clearly shaped as a "tank", to stall and delay opponents.

A player seeking to use Grimer in battle will probably take advantage of its defensive moves such as Minimize and Acid Armor, to deflect and endure the attacks of the opponent, while attacking with Sludge or Sludge Bomb and letting the poison status ailment take the opponent down.

Despite Grimer's strong HP and defensive stats, there are other Poison Pokemon that are much more versatile and appropriate to the "tank" role. Thus, Grimer is best left behind in your PC instead. Grimer will evolve into Muk at Level 38.

#090 Shellder #120 Staryu
Shellder
A Pokemon exclusive to Fire Red, Shellder's defenses are off the scale, and also brings not too shabby attack and Spc. Atk stats to the table.

Shellder's moveset is mostly focused on Ice attacks such as Icicle Spear and Aurora Beam, but can also lean Surf and Waterfall through HM's.

Once evolved into Cloyster through a Water Stone, this Pokemon will become a great choice for your Water/Ice spot in your team, competing with Lapras or Vaporeon.

Staryu
A Pokemon exclusive to Leaf Green, Staryu, has decent stats across the board, and a great moveset.

Staryu's moves are very varied, including Recover, Light Screen and Bubblebeam. In addition, when evolved to Starmie by a Water Stone, it gains the Psychic type as well, allowing it to take full advantage of strong TM's and HM's such as Psychic and Surf.

Starmie makes a good sweeper and a great choice for the Water spot in your team, but remember to capture a Staryu that carries the Natural Cure ability, to allow it to cure itself of any status ailments.

#140 Kabuto #138 Omanyte
Kabuto
Kabuto, one of the Fossil Pokemon you can choose at Mt. Moon, is a Rock/Water Pokemon that possesses great attack and defense stats.

Kabuto's moveset is somewhat better than its counterpart, including moves such as Mega Drain and Ancient Power.

Unfortunately, Kabuto's special stats are somewhat low, a major weakness for a Water Pokemon, and given that you receive it so late and at a pitiful Level 5, it just is not worth adding to your team. Kabuto evolves into Kabutops at Level 40.

Omanyte
Omanyte, the other Fossil Pokemon you can choose at Mt. Moon, is a Rock/Water Pokemonwith excellent Spc. Atk and defense stats.

Omanyte lacks a good moveset, but can unlock great potential if it is obtained with the Swift Swim ability and then taught Rain Dance by TM. This combo exponentially increases its speed, and combined with other choice TM's and HM's such as Surf, it can become a worthwhile Water Pokemon for your team.

Unfortunately, you'll obtain Omanyte at Level 5, and for many players it may not be worth raising it when other Water Pokemon are available much earlier and with similar stats. Omanyte evolves into Omastar at Level 40.

#142 Aerodactyl
Pokemon 142Aerodactyl.png
Aerodactyl, the Fossil Pokemon, is arguably one of the best Flying Pokemon in the game. Sporting Rock/Flying types, strong Attack and Speed stats, and a good moveset, Aerodactyl is an excellent choice for any team.

Aerodactyl will learn great moves such as Ancient Power and Wing Attack that will benefit from STAB, and can be taught a variety of TM's as well. Unfortunately, Aerodactyl is obtained very late in the game, and at a measly Level 5, it becomes quite a hassle to raise it to a respectable level.

If you do choose to add Aerodactyl to your team, it is heavily recommended that you obtain it with the Rock Head ability, as it allows it to combo with Double-Edge, a taught move that will help Aerodactyl decimate most opponents in one shot.

Cinnabar Gym[edit]

Cinnabar Gym

The Cinnabar Gym is the official gym of Cinnabar Island. It specializes on Fire-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Blaine. If you defeat him, you'll receive the Volcano Badge.

The Cinnabar Gym is a high-tech affair featuring a series of sealed doors. You must answer trivia questions about various Pokémon to unseal the doors, do this by interacting with the machines connected to the walls. However, when you fail to answer a trivia question correctly, a battle with either a Burglar or Super Nerd results, an alternative to unsealing the doors. The questions are:

  • "Pokémon Quiz! Get it right and the door opens to the next room! Get it wrong and face a trainer! If you want to conserve your Pokémon for the Gym Leader... Then get it right! Here we go! Caterpie evolves into Metapod?"
Yes, Caterpie evolves into Metapod, then into Butterfree.
  • "There are 9 certified Pokémon League Badges?"
No, there are only 8.
  • "Poliwag evolves 3 times?"
No, he evolves only twice; first into Poliwhirl, then into Poliwrath.
  • "Are thunder moves effective against ground element-type Pokémon?"
No, it's the other way around.
  • "Pokémon of the same kind and level are not identical?"
Yes, they're not.
  • "TM28 contains Tombstony?"
No, it contains Dig.

Even if you answer the question right, you still have the option to challenge the Trainer.

Gym Trainers and Leader
Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Money
1 Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngQuinn Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe36 Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix36 Pokemon 038Ninetales.pngNinetales36 Pokebuck.png3168
2 Pokémon.FRLG.SuperNerd.pngErik Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix36 Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix36 Pokemon 038Ninetales.pngNinetales36 Pokebuck.png864
3 Pokémon.FRLG.SuperNerd.pngAvery Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta34 Pokemon 004Charmander.pngCharmander34 Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix34 Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe34 Pokebuck.png816
4 Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngRamon Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta41 Pokebuck.png3608
5 Pokémon.FRLG.SuperNerd.pngDerek Pokemon 078Rapidash.pngRapidash41 Pokebuck.png984
6 Pokémon.FRLG.Burglar.pngDusty Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix37 Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe37 Pokebuck.png3256
7 Pokémon.FRLG.SuperNerd.pngZac Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe37 Pokemon 037Vulpix.pngVulpix37 Pokebuck.png888
GL Pokémon.FRLG.Blaine.pngBlaine Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe42 Pokemon 077Ponyta.pngPonyta40 Pokemon 078Rapidash.pngRapidash42 Pokemon 059Arcanine.pngArcanine47 Pokebuck.png4700

Items

  • TM38 Fire Blast (reward for defeating Blaine)
  • Tri-Pass (gift from Bill after defeating Blaine)

Defeating Blaine[edit]

Now that you've acquired the Volcano Badge, Bill (of PC fame) will meet you outside the gym. He mentions that he's going to one of the Sevii Islands and wants you to come along. You'll most likely need to heal after the battle with Blaine, and you still have not tackled Route 21, just say "NO" and Bill will wait at the Pokemon Center for you when you're ready.

Finish up Route 21, and then make sure that you're well stocked on Ultra Balls, Moltres is ahead! But before you can get your hands on the Legendary Bird, there will be a few side quests for you to finish at the Sevii Islands.