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Cerulean City
Poké Mart
Poké Ball Pokebuck.png200
Potion Pokebuck.png300
Super Potion Pokebuck.png700
Antidote Pokebuck.png100
Awakening Pokebuck.png250
Burn Heal Pokebuck.png250
Parlyz Heal Pokebuck.png200
Escape Rope Pokebuck.png550
Repel Pokebuck.png350

There is much to do in Cerulean City. You will have to battle your Rival, beat a group of trainers, stop Team Rocket from their usual mischievous deeds and of course earn another badge. The way out is blocked by a guard, who will move away after you visit Bill at his house on Route 25.

Rival battle #3[edit]

When you go north, attempting to go on the bridge to Bill's house, your Rival will stop you for a fight. After the battle has ended, he will give you a Fame Checker.

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Money
Pokemon FRLG Rival.pngRival Pokemon 017Pidgeotto.pngPidgeotto 17 Pokemon 063Abra.pngAbra 16 Pokemon 019Rattata.pngRattata 15 Pokeball.pngRival's Starter 18 Pokebuck.png288

Your rival can be difficult to defeat, but with good Pokémon you will win. His Pidgey evolved into Pidgeotto and can be defeated with Electric or Rock-type moves. His Abra has no offensive attacks, so use a weaker Pokémon in your party to defeat it for XP. Rattata can be defeated by Low Kick or Double Kick, but beware of Hyper Fang.

Points of Interest[edit]

Cerulean City Gym[edit]

You might want to wait with the gym battle after you've visited Bill, since Misty can be a tough opponent at this point of the game. After you beat Misty you will be able to teach TM03 Water Pulse, to a Pokémon.

Name 1st 2nd Money
Pokemon FRLG Swimmer♂.pngLuis Pokemon 116Horsea.pngHorsea 16 Pokemon 090Shellder.pngShellder16 Pokebuck.png64
Pokemon FRLG Picnicker.pngDiana Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 19 Pokebuck.png380
Pokemon FRLG Misty.pngMisty Pokemon 120Staryu.pngStaryu 18 Pokemon 121Starmie.pngStarmie 21 Pokebuck.png2,100

Misty has two Pokémon: Staryu and Starmie. Staryu should be piece of cake, it falls easily to couple attacks and isn't too strong. Starmie is however going to be tough one to beat: it has very powerful stats at this point, its Water Pulse does major damage (and has chance of confusing your Pokémon) and it can heal itself by using Recover.

  • If you have Ivysaur, first use Leech Seed and then attack with Razor Leaf. Leech Seed steals HP from Starmie and heals your Pokémon at the same time. You can also use Sleep Powder to put Starmie asleep.
  • Pikachu learns Thunderbolt at level 26, which is a powerful Electric-type move. It easily takes Starmie down in one or two hits.
  • Wartortle learns a Dark-type move Bite at level 19. Since Starmie is part Psychic type, it's weak against Dark-type moves. Wartortle has decent defenses to take incoming attacks, and he also resists Water Pulse. Similarly, Zubat learns Bite at level 16.
  • You can get Magikarp and evolve it into Gyarados at level 20. With Bite it should take one or two hits.
  • If you don't own any of these Pokémon, save the gym for later when you have Pokémon leveled up enough. In Leaf Green, you can also catch Bellsprout, which can be found on routes 5 and 6. Fire Red yields Oddish in the same route, which is less powerful, but can still give you a slight edge.

Bike Shop[edit]

You may buy a bike from the shop at the southwest corner of the city. However, it costs Pokebuck.png1,000,000, which is more money than you are capable of holding. In Vermilion City, you will receive a Bike Voucher that you can exchange in this store for a free bike.

Leaving Town[edit]

When you are finally leaving Cerulean from the house where the guard used to be, a Team Rocket Grunt will stop and fight you. When you defeat him he will give you a TM28 Dig.

Name 1st 2nd Money
Pokemon FRLG TRGrunt.pngGrunt Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 17 Pokemon 096Drowzee.pngDrowzee 17 Pokebuck.png544


At the house west of the PokéCenter there is an old man who will trade Pokémon with you. You will get a Jynx at the same level as the Poliwhirl you have given. You won't be able to do this trade until much later in the game, after you get the Good Rod or the Super Rod.

Trade For
Pokemon 061Poliwhirl.pngPoliwhirl Pokemon 124Jynx.pngJynx
#124 Jynx
Pokemon 124Jynx.png
There are few Ice Pokemon in Fire Red and Leaf Green, but Jynx is arguably one of the best. With Ice/Psychic types and above average stats, Jynx can become quite the sweeper for your team, holding a stronger defense than Alakazam and better Spc. Atk than Hypno.

Unfortunately, while Jynx has a decent moveset with Ice Punch and Lovely Kiss, it learns no Psychic moves on its own, so you'll have to teach it TM's such as Psychic if you want to use it in this way.


  • Rare Candy (Hidden behind the house in the north west corner of the city, between two flowers)
  • Powder Jar (Given to you by the old man in the right of the two northern houses, but only if you already have at least one berry)
  • Fame Checker (Given to you by your Rival after you fight him)
  • TM 03 Water Pulse (Given to you by Misty after you beat her)
  • TM 28 Dig (Given to you by the TR Grunt after you beat him)