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It turns out that Silph Co. is being forced to produce advanced technology for Team Rocket. You must reach the top floor and free the company President from Giovanni's clutches. If you roust Giovanni, you won't have to defeat the rest of Team Rocket's agents individually. When you need to heal your Pokémon, look for a woman at the bottom-left corner of the ninth floor.

Silph Company Floor 1

This 11-level building, with 31 trainer battles, only seems difficult. If you know where to go, you can make it to the top and save the president quickly and easily. Then, after scaring Team Rocket away, you can get the items without opposition.

The first floor lobby is eerily empty, so just advance to the stairs in the back. Note that the guard blocking the entrance to the building won't stand aside to let you in until you've cleared Pokémon Tower.

Note that the red circles on this map indicate the warp points that connect two teleportation tiles with the same letter to one another.

Silph Company Floor 2
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png750
Golbat LV25
Zubat LV25
Zubat LV25
Raticate LV25
Zubat LV25
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png870
Cubone LV29
Zubat LV29
3 Scientist Pokebuck.png1400
Magnemite LV28
Voltorb LV28
Magneton LV28
4 Scientist Pokebuck.png1300
Grimer LV26
Weezing LV26
Koffing LV26
Weezing LV26
A TM 36
Silph Company Floor 3
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Raticate LV28
Hypno LV28
Raticate LV28
2 Scientist Pokebuck.png1450
Electrode LV29
Weezing LV29
A Hyper Potion

If you need combat experience, don't hesitate to seek out every Team Rocket agent and challenge him or her to duel. If you want a quick end to this situation, however, run straight up the stairs to the fifth floor and grab the Card Key, which will open every electronic door in the building. Then come to the 3rd floor and use warp tile O to reach the 7th floor (be prepared for a battle with your rival), then step on warp tile P to reach the hallway outside of the President's office.

Silph Company Floor 4
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Ekans LV28
Zubat LV28
Cubone LV28
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png870
Machop LV29
Drowzee LV29
3 Scientist Pokebuck.png1650
Electrode LV33
A Full Heal
B Max Revive
C Escape Rope
Silph Company Floor 5
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png990
Hypno LV33
2 Scientist Pokebuck.png1450
Magneton LV26
Koffing LV26
Weezing LV26
Magnemite LV26
3 Juggler Pokebuck.png1015
Kadabra LV29
Mr. Mime LV29
4 Rocket Pokebuck.png990
Arbok LV33
A Card Key
B Protein
C TM 09

Don't be confused by all the teleporters: the elevator will take you to any floor you want, and you only need to use one series of teleporters to get to the right part of Floor 11.

First go to Floor 5 and get item A, the Card Key. With that, you can open any of the locked doors. Also, one of the potted plants on this floor hides an Elixer. Then head down to level 3, unlock the door in front of the teleporter marked O, and then take that to the 7th floor, where your rival awaits.

Be wary of the bald guy on this floor--he's the only one to use Psychic-types Kadabra and Mr. Mime. If there's a Pokémon on your front line with low HP, it'll be knocked out pretty quick, so be sure to put a strong Pokémon on top before entering battle.

Silph Company Floor 6
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png870
Machop LV29
Machoke LV29
2 Scientist Pokebuck.png1250
Voltorb LV25
Koffing LV25
Magneton LV25
Magnemite LV25
Koffing LV25
3 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Zubat LV28
Zubat LV28
Golbat LV28
A HP Up
B X Accuracy
Silph Company Floor 7
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png870
Cubone LV29
Cubone LV29
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png780
Raticate LV26
Arbok LV26
Koffing LV26
Golbat LV26
3 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Sandshrew LV29
Sandslash LV29
4 Scientist Pokebuck.png1450
Electrode LV29
Muk LV29
A TM 03
B Calcium

Rival battle[edit]

Your rival will be waiting for you before you approach Giovanni. All you need is a Kadabra with Psychic and a Hitmonlee to beat him.

Rival Battle #6
Pokemon 018Pidgeot.png Pidgeot
Level 37
Pokemon 028Sandslash.png Sandslash
Level 38
Pokemon 130Gyarados.png/Pokemon 102Exeggcute.png/Pokemon 058Growlithe.png Gyarados /
Exeggcute /
Growlithe
Level 37
Pokemon 091Cloyster.png/Pokemon 082Magneton.png/Pokemon 038Ninetales.png Cloyster /
Magneton /
Ninetales
Level 37
Pokemon 058Growlithe.png/Pokemon 130Gyarados.png/Pokemon 102Exeggcute.png Growlithe /
Gyarados /
Exeggcute
Level 35
Pokemon 038Ninetales.png/Pokemon 091Cloyster.png/Pokemon 082Magneton.png Ninetales /
Cloyster /
Magneton
Level 35
Pokemon 065Alakazam.png Alakazam
Level 35
Pokemon 064Kadabra.png Kadabra
Level 35
Pokeball.png Stage 3 Starter
Level 40
Pokeball.png Evolved Eevee
Level 40
Silph Company Floor 8
1 Rocket Pokebuck.png780
Raticate LV26
Zubat LV26
Golbat LV26
Rattata LV26
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Weezing LV28
Golbat LV28
Koffing LV28
3 Scientist Pokebuck.png1450
Grimer LV29
Electrode LV29

By the time you reach the 9th floor, your team is bound to be a bit worse for the wear. Visit the woman in the lower-left corner of the floor to fully recover your Pokémon's HP and PP. Also, check the foot of the bed to the left of the nurse to find a hidden Max Potion.

Silph Company Floor 9
1 Scientist Pokebuck.png1400
Voltorb LV28
Koffing LV28
Magneton LV28
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Golbat LV28
Drowzee LV28
Hypno LV28
3 Rocket Pokebuck.png1400
Drowzee LV28
Grimer LV28
Machop LV28
Silph Company Floor 10
1 Scientist Pokebuck.png1450
Magnemite LV29
Koffing LV29
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png840
Machoke LV33
A Carbos
B Rare Candy
C TM 26
Silph Company Floor 11
1 Jessie & James Pokebuck.png930
Weezing LV31
Arbok LV31
Meowth LV31
2 Rocket Pokebuck.png960
Cubone LV32
Drowzee LV32
Marowak LV32
3 Giovanni Pokebuck.png4059
Nidorino LV37
Kangaskhan LV35
Persian LV35
Rhyhorn LV37
Nidoqueen LV41
- Guard on Right Pokebuck.png750
Rattata LV25
Rattata LV25
Zubat LV25
Rattata LV25
Ekans LV25
A Master Ball

The teleporter right past your rival (P) takes you directly to the 11th floor, where Yellow players will have a skirmish with the laughably weak Jessie and James, and Red/Blue players will have to deal with one more Rocket. Then there's Giovanni... After you busted up his racket in Celadon City, Giovanni moved his base to Saffron City. It's too bad for him you arrived in time to short-circuit his new scheme. Defeat Giovanni's Nidorino, Rhyhorn, Nidoqueen, and Kangaskhan (or Persian, in the Yellow version) to rescue the Silph Co. President. Once again, a single level 43+ Kadabra can take care of them all.

He's not any tougher than your rival, but you'll definitely need to be in peak condition to stand a chance. Use Dig to warp back to the Pokémon Center, or retrace your steps and take the elevator up to Floor 9, where the girl will heal you. Once you've sent Giovanni running, the President of Silph Co. will be ecstatic that you interrupted his "meeting" with Giovanni. To reward you for breaking Team Rocket's hold on his company, he'll hook you up with the incredible Master Ball. This technological wonder will catch any Pokémon without fail, so be sure to save it for a special occasion (such as Mewtwo). When you're finished, you can collect the items in the now Rocket-free lower floors.

All roads lead to Fuchsia City[edit]

The next destination is Fuchsia City, where you can finally get HM 03 (Surf) and HM 04 (Strength), the last items needed on your quest. There are two major routes you can take: Routes #12 through #15, which is south of Lavender, and Routes #16 through #18, west of Celadon City. The latter path is quicker (and you can pick up HM 02, Fly, on the way!), so it is covered first. But you'll need to take Route #12 to get the Super Rod at some point.

#131 Lapras
Pokemon 131Lapras.png
Talk to the Silph Co. employee next to your rival after your fight for a well-deserved reward: a Water/Ice-type Lapras. This is the only place you can get one in the game.

Lapras comes at a very low level of 15, making it very impractical to incorporate into your main team. In-game, you will be better served by picking up a Dewgong from Cinnabar or Cloyster from the Seafoam Islands. However, competitively, Lapras's excellent offensive power, ability to learn Thunderbolt, and absolutely incredible overall bulk put it in a class all its own above its fellow Ice/Water brethren. Even if you do not put it in your line up, carefully stash this gem in your box.