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Speak to the gate attendants to receive 30 Safari Balls. To catch any wild Pokémon you find, toss Safari Balls at them. Often you'll have to throw food or rocks to distract certain Pokémon, so try many different combinations when a particular Pokémon keeps escaping. When you run out of Safari Balls, or walk 600 paces, you'll warp back to the gate automatically.

Safari Zone - Full Guide
Safari Zone Area Guide

Catching Safari Pokémon[edit]

Safari Zone - Main Area

The nice thing about the Safari is that you don't have to fight with Pokémon before you can catch them. Unfortunately, you can only catch them with the weak Safari Balls they provide you.

But you do have a few new options: you can throw rocks at Pokémon, making them angry. This makes them easier to catch, but they run away more quickly. Or you can toss out some bait, which makes them stick around longer, but they'll be harder to catch (despite the idea that they are distracted while eating food).

To make matters worse, the rarer the Pokémon, the harder they are to catch! You may see a Chansey only one time in twenty, but when you do you'll probably need to nail her with two rocks before you can snare her in a Safari Ball. And since she runs at a hair trigger, it may take ten or twenty tries until you can catch her, so be patient - really patient. Here's the icing on the cake: you only get 600 paces (steps) and 30 Safari Balls.

Tip: You can turn in a circle with light taps of the buttons. You will encounter pokemon but this will not take steps away! If you have an Oddish or Bulbasaur, make use of its Sweet Scent move to attract wild Pokémon without having to move (you can always catch a new Oddish if your Gloom has already replaced this basic skill).

Learn how to surf[edit]

Safari Zone - Area 1
Secret House Sweepstakes
A surfing Pokémon can carry you safely across any body of water. With this ability, you can finally visit the Power Plant and speak to the old man across the pond in Celadon City. It's recommended that you visit the Power Plant before heading south to the open ocean.

You'll be able to get around a lot better if you can cross the many ponds here, so your top priority should be to get to the Treasure House (containing HM 03) in the northwest corner of Area 3.

This is more complicated than it sounds, especially in under 600 steps. Head east to Area 1 from the Main Entrance, cross the two cliffs, and out to the Northwest to Area 2, then head all the way around to the exit in Area 2's Southwest corner.

The house is just ahead, but don't forget to grab the Gold Teeth while you're in the neighborhood (see below). HM 03's Surf can be taught to just about any Water Pokémon, and is a surprisingly strong Water attack when used in battle.

Lost Teeth and HM #04[edit]

Safari Zone - Area 2
Surf Shortcuts
If one of your Pokémon has Surf, you can take shortcuts over the waterways in Area 2. Since the length of your stay in the Safari Zone is measured in the number of steps you take, it's smart to hop over.

Also, a quick way to area 3 is to just surf in the pond in the middle of the main area, area 3 is if you take a left, upper left corner, there is an entrance to area 3. Once you get into the tall grass, where the exotic Pokémon are and you will still have about 500 steps left to find a Pinsir or a Tangela, both are evident in area 3, and you will need a lot of steps to get one.

Seems like you just got a new HM, doesn't it? Well, there's one more in Fuchsia City, and then you'll have the whole set.

It's HM 04, which the Warden will hand you when you return the Golden Teeth you found in Area 3. Use this on one of your larger Pokémon, and he'll learn Strength, a technique that lets you bat aside boulders like the one on the right side of the Warden's office.

Use Strength on office boulder to get at the Rare Candy that's just beyond your reach, and make sure you have easy access to the Pokémon you taught it to, since it will be a necessary item in later dungeons.

In battle, Strength doubles as a basic attack, comparable in power and accuracy to Tri Attack and Drill Peck. Like all HM's, it can't be unlearned until a while later, so give it to a Pokémon who needs a source of damage and doesn't get a lot of good skills, like your brand new Tauros.

Don't Forget the Fish[edit]

Safari Zone - Area 3

Fishing is a great way to pick up some rare Pokémon, especially since it doesn't count against your "time." You need the Super Rod to catch high level Pokémon and it can catch a Dragonair, the best of the fishing lot. It may be dangling at the end of your rod, but you'll still need to use some stones to seal the deal.

Treasure abounds[edit]

The Main Area contains an island, and if you can reach it, you can claim a valuable Nugget. In Area One, the Poké Ball on the ledge contains a Carbos or Leaf Stone. To the left of the house nearby, you will find a Full Heal. On the patch of ground that extends into the lake, a TM 11 can be found in the grass. And close to the entrance to Area Two, there's a Max Potion on the ground. There are just two treasures to find in Area Two, a TM 47 between two trees, and Protein to the left of the house. Searching Area Three is vital in order to find the Gold Teeth which lies just to the South of the left entrance to Area Two. To the left of the teeth, you will find TM 32, while south of the teeth, you can collect a Max Revive. Make it all the way to the bottom left corner of Area Three to find a free Max Potion.

Pokemon Found[edit]

Entrance[edit]

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 22 %20 Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 22 %20
Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25 %20 Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25 %20
Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 20-25 %20 Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 20-25 %20
Pokemon 048Venonat.pngVenonat 22 %15 Pokemon 048Venonat.pngVenonat 22 %15
Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 31 %10 Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 31 %5
Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 31 %5 Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 31 %10
Pokemon 047Parasect.pngParasect 30 %5 Pokemon 047Parasect.pngParasect 30 %5
Pokemon 123Scyther.pngScyther 23 %4 Pokemon 127Pinsir.pngPinsir 23 %4
Pokemon 113Chansey.pngChansey 23 %1 Pokemon 113Chansey.pngChansey 23 %1
Surfing
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 20-40 %100 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 20-40 %100
Old Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100
Good Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60
Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20 Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20
Super Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40 Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40
Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15 Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 15-35 %4 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 15-35 %4
Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1 Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1

Area 1[edit]

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 24 %20 Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 24 %5
Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 26 %20 Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 26 %20
Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 23-25 %20 Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 23-25 %20
Pokemon 046Paras.pngParas 22 %15 Pokemon 046Paras.pngParas 22 %15
Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 33 %10 Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 33 %10
Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 24 %5 Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 24 %10
Pokemon 047Parasect.pngParasect 25 %5 Pokemon 047Parasect.pngParasect 25 %5
Pokemon 115Kangaskhan.pngKangaskhan 25 %4 Pokemon 115Kangaskhan.pngKangaskhan 25 %4
Pokemon 123Scyther.pngScyther 28 %1 Pokemon 127Pinsir.pngPinsir 28 %1
Surfing
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 20-40 %100 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 20-40 %100
Old Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100
Good Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60
Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20 Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20
Super Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40 Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40
Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15 Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 15-35 %4 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 15-35 %4
Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1 Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1

Area 2[edit]

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 30 %20 Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 30 %20
Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25-27 %20 Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25-27 %20
Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 26 %20 Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 26 %20
Pokemon 046Paras.pngParas 23 %15 Pokemon 046Paras.pngParas 23 %15
Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 30 %10 Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 30 %5
Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 30 %5 Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 30 %10
Pokemon 049Venomoth.pngVenomoth 32 %5 Pokemon 049Venomoth.pngVenomoth 32 %5
Pokemon 113Chansey.pngChansey 26 %4 Pokemon 113Chansey.pngChansey 26 %4
Pokemon 128Tauros.pngTauros 28 %1 Pokemon 128Tauros.pngTauros 28 %1
Surfing
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 20-40 %100 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 20-40 %100
Old Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100
Good Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60
Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20 Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20
Super Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40 Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40
Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15 Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 15-35 %4 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 15-35 %4
Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1 Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1

Area 3[edit]

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 22 %20 Pokemon 032Nidoran♂.pngNidoran♂ 30 %5
Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 26 %20 Pokemon 084Doduo.pngDoduo 26 %20
Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25-27 %20 Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute 25-27 %20
Pokemon 048Venonat.pngVenonat 23 %15 Pokemon 048Venonat.pngVenonat 23 %15
Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 30 %10 Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 30 %10
Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 30 %5 Pokemon 029Nidoran♀.pngNidoran♀ 22 %20
Pokemon 049Venomoth.pngVenomoth 32 %5 Pokemon 049Venomoth.pngVenomoth 32 %5
Pokemon 128Tauros.pngTauros 25 %4 Pokemon 128Tauros.pngTauros 25 %4
Pokemon 115Kangaskhan.pngKangaskhan 28 %1 Pokemon 115Kangaskhan.pngKangaskhan 28 %1
Surfing
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 20-40 %100 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 20-40 %100
Old Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5 %100
Good Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 %60
Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20 Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 %20
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20 Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 %20
Super Rod
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40 Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 15-25 %40
Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40 Pokemon 119Seaking.pngSeaking 20-30 %40
Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15 Pokemon 147Dratini.pngDratini 15-25 %15
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 15-35 %4 Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 15-35 %4
Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1 Pokemon 148Dragonair.pngDragonair 25-35 %1

New Pokémon Quick Facts[edit]

#102 Exeggcute #113 Chansey
Pokemon 102Exeggcute.png

An awkward hybrid of Grass and Psychic-types, Exeggcute has a variety of weaknesses, but few strengths. It doesn't learn any actual Psychic attacks, and its Grass attacks, which include Leech Seed at level 28, and Solar Beam at level 42, aren't too great. That leaves it a handful of Normal attacks, but its Attack is pretty low, so... Don't waste a lot of effort unless you "gotta catch 'em all." If you do, you can evolve it into an Exeggutor with a Leaf Stone.

Pokemon 113Chansey.png

Chanseys are really rare in every version, and they're a pain to catch, since you need to nail them with a couple of rocks before you stand a chance of snagging one with a Safari Ball.

But you may find it worth your trouble of grabbing one. Here are some of Chansey's highlights. She may look absolutely ridiculous, but her hit points are literally off the scale, and best of all, she's one of the only Pokémon in the game who can learn Softboiled, along with Clefable. That obscure skill comes from TM 41, (get it by surfing across that pool in Celadon City), and can heal your other fighters outside of battle! That's an incredible ability... Chansey also makes for an easy to use, incredibly effective Special wall, while not too lacking at offense when evolved into Blissey.

#127 Pinsir #123 Scyther
Pokemon 127Pinsir.png

Pinsir, available only in LeafGreen, is arguably the strongest of the straight Bug-type Pokémon. This is important since Bug is one of two types that are good against Psychic Pokémon, and that's the type you're likely to see most often among both the Elite Four and humans who play Pokémon competitively.

Pinsir's techniques are a little iffy as it obtains no bug moves in LeafGreen/FireRed. Guillotine can K.O. in one shot, but only about 30% of the time, and Seismic Toss just does damage equal to its level.

Pokemon 123Scyther.png

Instead of the Pinsir in LeafGreen, FireRed players get Scyther. Scyther is part bug and part flying, an unfortunate mixture that leaves it vulnerable to six different attack types.

However, it's quick. sturdy, and strong on the attack, and it'll fare almost as well versus Psychic Pokémon as Pinsir. Its weaknesses make it a little risky to use under normal circumstances, but it sure looks cool.

#111 Rhyhorn #115 Kangaskhan
Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.png

There are many Pokémon that never learn a single skill in their own type. With no attacks to get meaty bonuses on, types can be more of a weakness then an asset, unless you spend a couple of TMs on them.

And this is the problem with Rhyhorn. It's got lots of HP, a good Attack score, and a handful of good Normal attacks, but with two useless types (Rock and Ground) It's weak against Water, Grass, Ice, and Fighting, and strong against relatively little.

Pokemon 115Kangaskhan.png

Kangaskhan is an extremely unique Pokemon. She learns a variety of moves of all different types, her defense and attack is outstanding (not as good as Tauros, but still great), and she has a baby in her pouch. However, Kangaskhan is outclassed by Tauros with his offensive capabilities and Hitmonchan's punch. Also, her Normal type doesn't really help her case. Despite these drawbacks, Kangaskhan's a great Pokemon.

Still, you've gotta love the little guy in the pouch.

#128 Tauros
Pokemon 128Tauros.png

There are a lot of players who believe that Tauros is the strongest of the Normal-type Pokémon. He certainly has some of the best stats: Fast, tough, and with a good chunk of HP, Tauros' only problem is merely average offensive strength and lack of interesting attacks. Stomp is pretty good, since it can cause a Flinch effect, but there's nothing worth much between that attack (at level 21) and Take Down (which works well with his high HP) at level 51. He can learn Strength though, and that's a pretty good match.

#54 Psyduck #79 Slowpoke
Pokemon 054Psyduck.png

Players can fish up one of these Water-type Pokémon if they really want to. Psyduck start with nothing in the way of viable attacks and don't get good stuff like Fury Swipes and Hydro Pump until much later. They can do some damage with Surf, but their stats are just too low, even after evolving into Golduck.

Pokemon 079Slowpoke.png

Slowpoke, on the other hand, grow to be strong. Water and Psychic makes for a weird combo, but Slowpoke (and its evolved form Slowbro) learns some strong techniques in both, and have good enough stats to make good use of them. Also, they can learn Surf, so fish one up.

#147 Dratini
Pokemon 147Dratini.png

The Dratini family are the only Dragon-type Pokémon in the game. As types go, Dragon is pretty cool, in that it has partial immunity to Fire, Water, Electric, and Grass, and is weak only to Ice and Dragon. On the down side, there aren't really any Dragon type attacks for them to take advantage of until they evolve. Dratini and its later forms are strong on offense and defense, but you'll probably need to teach them some TMs.