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Saffron City is home to the Silph Company, the makers of the fabulous Silph Scope. So how did Giovanni get his paws on the Silph Scope prototype? Is the company in cahoots with Team Rocket? The only way to find out will be to use a little industrial espionage, so get your team built up strong and prepare to go on a stealth mission!

Saffron City

Points of Interest[edit]

Silph Company Headquarters[edit]

Fans of the TV show are probably beginning to notice that the ruthless Team Rocket of the game doesn't have a whole heck of a lot in common with the bumbling idiots depicted on TV. Their mission of world dominance has led them to Saffron City, headquarters of the Silph Company. Team Rocket has basically occupied the entire city, sending respectable citizens running while they force the staff of Silph Co. to make advanced weaponry for their nefarious purposes.

Mr. Psychic[edit]

Int the Southeast cornet of town you'll find Mr. Psychic's house. Enter and he will give you your heart's desire — as long as your heart's desire is TM 29, Psychic. And it might as well be, since Psychic does a lot of damage, almost always hits, and has a 30% chance of temporarily lowering its target's "Special" statistic.

The Fighting Dojo[edit]

Choices
Although Hitmonlee is completely unable to deal with threats like a low level Haunter, he's still among the best Pokémon. Chan is versatile, but that's about it.

You won't get a badge for taking down this optional Gym, but you will get something just as good: One of two Pokémon that can be found nowhere else in the game. If you've only played the originals, you'll be in for a less-than-pleasant surprise. Beating the Mankeys in this gym is still easy, but thanks to a Generation II fighting move Foresight, the Machops, Machokes, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan can still decimate your entire party even if you have Ghost Pokémon, so make sure you level your party up plenty before taking on this gym. When you've bested the Karate Master, he'll offer you your pick of his pets.

Flying types rule against fighting ones, so if you've been working on a Pidgey, you're in luck. Psychic types are also super effective here. Dark, normal, steel, rock, and ice types will be tested, as fighting is strong against them all.

Name 1st 2nd 3rd Money
Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngHideki
Pokemon 066Machop.png
Machop 32
Pokemon 067Machoke.png
Machoke 32
Pokebuck.png768
Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngHitoshi
Pokemon 066Machop.png
Machop 31
Pokemon 056Mankey.png
Mankey 31
Pokemon 057Primeape.png
Primeape 31
Pokebuck.png744
Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngMike
Pokemon 056Mankey.png
Mankey 31
Pokemon 056Mankey.png
Mankey 31
Pokemon 057Primeape.png
Primeape 31
Pokebuck.png744
Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngAaron
Pokemon 057Primeape.png
Primeape 36
Pokebuck.png744
Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngKoichi
Pokemon 106Hitmonlee.png
Hitmonlee 37
Pokemon 107Hitmonchan.png
Hitmonchan 37
Pokebuck.png888

Mimic Girl[edit]

Once you've driven the Rockets away by reclaiming the Silph Company building, you can enter the house in the upper left corner of town. The little girl who lives here loves to mimic other people. She repeats everything you say, and you won't be able to have a normal conversation with her at all unless you bring her a Poké Doll. If you don't have one, head back to the Celadon Department Store to buy one. Give it to Copycat to receive TM 31, Mimic, in return. This skill automatically repeats the last attack done to you by your opponent. Not always useful, but at least virtually any Pokémon can learn it. Maybe now she'll feel less shy and be able to relate to people normally!

Saffron City Gym[edit]

Sabrina's Gym

You can't get into Sabrina's Gym until you've saved the Silph Co. President within the Silph Company building. Only then will the Rocket blocking the door go away, and you can enter Sabrina's maze of teleport squares.

The least confrontational way to reach Sabrina is to take teleporter A, then walk straight up to B, then straight across to F, triggering one trainer fight, then straight down twice to I and M. You can avoid the trainer fight all together if you hug the bottom wall as you go from B to F.

Bug Pokémon are strong here, so a Parasect or Butterfree should be okay against Alakazam. The best way is to take advantage of her Psychics' weak defense with strong Ground, Flying, or even Normal Pokémon. Dugtrio and his Dig and Earthquake works well, as well as Raticate's Super Fang, which cuts the Pokémon's HP in half.

Defeating Sabrina will net you the Marsh Badge as well as TM 04, which contains the move Calm Mind. The Marsh Badge gives you the ability to command Pokémon as high as level 70, although you're not likely to have need of such power for quite some time.

Sabrina also has two hyper potions that will restore her Pokemon's HP completely, so be prepared for that. Mr. Mime also knows the Baton Pass move, which will randomly switch it out with one of Sabrina's Pokemon.

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Money
Pokemon FRLG PsychicM.pngCameron
Pokemon 079Slowpoke.png
Slowpoke 33
Pokemon 079Slowpoke.png
Slowpoke 33
Pokemon 080Slowbro.png
Slowbro 33
Pokebuck.png660
Pokemon FRLG PsychicM.pngTyron Pokemon 122Mr.Mime.pngMr. Mime 34
Pokemon 064Kadabra.png
Kadabra 34
Pokebuck.png680
Pokemon FRLG Channeler.pngStacy
Pokemon 093Haunter.png
Haunter 38
Pokebuck.png1216
Pokemon FRLG PsychicM.pngPreston
Pokemon 080Slowbro.png
Slowbro 38
Pokebuck.png760
Pokemon FRLG Channeler.pngAmanda
Pokemon 092Gastly.png
Gastly 34
Pokemon 093Haunter.png
Haunter 34
Pokebuck.png1088
Pokemon FRLG Channeler.pngTasha
Pokemon 092Gastly.png
Gastly 33
Pokemon 092Gastly.png
Gastly 33
Pokemon 093Haunter.png
Haunter 33
Pokebuck.png1056
Pokemon FRLG PsychicM.pngJohan
Pokemon 064Kadabra.png
Kadabra 31
Pokemon 122Mr.Mime.pngMr. Mime 31
Pokemon 079Slowpoke.png
Slowpoke 31
Pokemon 064Kadabra.png
Kadabra 31
Pokebuck.png620
Pokemon FRLG Sabrina.pngSabrina
Pokemon 064Kadabra.png
Kadabra 38
Pokemon 122Mr.Mime.pngMr. Mime 37
Pokemon 049Venomoth.png
Venomoth 38
Pokemon 065Alakazam.png
Alakazam 43
Pokebuck.png4300

Items[edit]

Nugget: (hidden) found next to the computer in the northwest corner of the Mimic Girl's room