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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 bait or rocks to distract certain Pokémon, so try different combinations when a particular Pokémon keeps escaping -- that is the trick. When you run out of Safari Balls, or walk 600 paces, you'll warp back to the gate automatically.

Safari Zone Area Guide
The Safari Zone puzzled together as a guide

Catching safari Pokémon[edit | edit source]

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, but you can only catch them with the Safari Balls provided.

There are a few original options: throwing rocks at Pokémon to make them angry and easier to catch, but also more prone to running away, or tossing out some bait, which makes them stick around longer but be harder to catch (despite the idea that they are distracted while eating food).

To make matters worse, the rarer the Pokémon is, the harder it is to catch. You may see a Chansey only once for an average of every twenty wild encounters, but when you do, you'll probably fail to catch it. And since it runs at a hair trigger, it may take some ten or more tries until you can catch it, so be patient, really patient.

You can turn around (with light taps on the control buttons), still encountering Pokémon but not taking steps. If you have an Oddish/Bellsprout or Bulbasaur, make use of its Sweet Scent move to attract wild Pokémon without having to move.

Also, don't forget to fish! It's the way to get certain Pokémon, and you may very well it out here in the exotic Safari Zone. You need the Super Rod to catch the more interesting Pokémon, where a Dragonair is included.

Learn how to Surf[edit | edit source]

Safari Zone - Area 1
Secret House Sweepstakes
A surfing Pokémon can ferry you across bodies of water. With the ability, you can finally visit the Power Plant, speak to the old man across the pond in Celadon City, and reach a few more spots. It's recommended to 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 ponds here, so the priority should be to get to the Secret House (containing HM03 Surf) in the northwest corner of Area 3. It's more complicated than it sounds, especially in under 600 steps. Head right to Area 1 from the Main Entrance, go up the first stairs in area 1 then go left and down the stairs. Go up until you get to the next stairs and go up and to the right then go down the stairs. Go around the cliff and move to Area 2. Once in Area 2, go left and up the 2nd stairs and go left down the stairs. Go up to the northeast corner and follow the path into Area 3.

The house is just ahead to the left, but don't forget to grab the Gold Teeth while you're in the neighborhood which is further down (see below).

Surf can be taught to just about any Water Pokémon, and is a surprisingly strong Water attack when used in battle.

Lost Teeth and HM04[edit | edit source]

Safari Zone - Area 2
Surf Shortcuts

With a Pokémon taught Surf, you can take shortcuts over the waterways in Area 2, designed to highlight the move by saving up steps.

Also, a quick way to reach Area 3 is by surfing on the main area. Get into the tall grass where the exotic Pokémon are (with plenty of steps left) to find a Tauros or a Kangaskhan.

It seems like you just got a new HM. Well, there's one more in Fuchsia City, and then you'll have the whole set. It's HM04, which the Warden will hand you when you return the Golden Teeth that you found in Area 3. Use this on one of your larger Pokémon, and they'll learn Strength, a technique that lets you bat aside boulders like the one on the right side of the Warden's office, which is there for you to test out the new skill, giving a Rare Candy reward.

Safari Zone - Area 3

For later dungeons, a Pokémon at hand with Strength will be needed, although it's not as important as Cut, Fly or Surf, at all.

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 by normal means (see the Move Deleter), so give it to a Pokémon that needs a source of damage and doesn't get a lot of good skills, like your brand new Tauros.

Items[edit | edit source]

In the Main Area:

  • Nugget (On the island)
  • Leaf Stone (Hidden on the island, near the Nugget)

In Area One:

  • Leaf Stone (On the ledge)
  • Full Restore (West of the rest house)
  • TM11 Sunny Day (In the grass on the patch of ground that extends into the lake)
  • Max Potion (Close to the entrance to Area Two on the ground)

In Area Two:

  • TM47 Steel Wing (Between two trees)
  • Protein (West of the rest house)
  • Quick Claw (Near the middle of the area)

In Area Three:

  • Gold Teeth (Just south of the west entrance to Area Two)
  • TM32 Double Team (To the left of the Teeth)
  • Max Revive (South of the Teeth)
  • Max Potion (All the way in the southwest corner of the area)
  • Revive (Hidden near the Secret House)
  • HM03 (Surf) (Given to you by the man in the Secret House)

Quick Claw is one of the few reusable items to be held by Pokémon. It can help them in battle, naturally. Give it to your slowest Pokémon, perhaps.

Pokémon found[edit | edit source]

Main Area[edit | edit source]

In this area you will have the highest chance to get a Scyther in FireRed or a Pinsir in LeafGreen so stick around here until you get one.

FireRed
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidorina Nidorina 31 5%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 22 20%
Nidorino Nidorino 31 10%
Parasect Parasect 30 5%
Venonat Venonat 22 15%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 24, 25 20%
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn 25 20%
Chansey Chansey 23 1%
Scyther Scyther 23 4%
Surfing
Psyduck Psyduck 20-40 100%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 22 20%
Nidorina Nidorina 31 10%
Nidorino Nidorino 31 5%
Parasect Parasect 30 5%
Venonat Venonat 22 15%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 24, 25 20%
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn 25 20%
Chansey Chansey 23 1%
Pinsir Pinsir 23 4%
Surfing
Slowpoke Slowpoke 20-40 100%
FireRed
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Psyduck Psyduck 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Slowpoke Slowpoke 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%

Area 1[edit | edit source]

In this area Kangaskhan is the easier rare pokémon to catch so stick around until you get one.

FireRed
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 24 5%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 24 20%
Nidorino Nidorino 33 10%
Paras Paras 22 15%
Parasect Parasect 25 5%
Doduo Doduo 26 20%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 23, 25 20%
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan 25 4%
Scyther Scyther 28 1%
Surfing
Psyduck Psyduck 20-40 100%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 24 20%
Nidorina Nidorina 33 10%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 24 5%
Paras Paras 22 15%
Parasect Parasect 25 5%
Doduo Doduo 26 20%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 23, 25 20%
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan 25 4%
Pinsir Pinsir 28 1%
Surfing
Slowpoke Slowpoke 20-40 100%
FireRed
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Psyduck Psyduck 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Slowpoke Slowpoke 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%

Area 2[edit | edit source]

In this area Chansey is the easier rare pokémon to catch so stick around until you get one.

FireRed
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidorina Nidorina 30 5%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 30 20%
Nidorino Nidorino 30 10%
Paras Paras 23 15%
Venomoth Venomoth 32 5%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 25, 27 20%
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn 26 20%
Chansey Chansey 26 4%
Tauros Tauros 28 1%
Surfing
Psyduck Psyduck 20-40 100%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 30 20%
Nidorina Nidorina 30 10%
Nidorino Nidorino 30 5%
Paras Paras 23 15%
Venomoth Venomoth 32 5%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 25, 27 20%
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn 26 20%
Chansey Chansey 26 4%
Tauros Tauros 28 1%
Surfing
Slowpoke Slowpoke 20-40 100%
FireRed
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Psyduck Psyduck 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Slowpoke Slowpoke 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%

Area 3[edit | edit source]

In this area Tauros is the easier rare pokémon to catch so stick around until you get one.

FireRed
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 30 5%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 22 20%
Nidorino Nidorino 30 10%
Venonat Venonat 23 15%
Venomoth Venomoth 32 5%
Doduo Doduo 26 20%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 25, 27 20%
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan 28 1%
Tauros Tauros 25 4%
Surfing
Psyduck Psyduck 20-40 100%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Rate
Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ 22 20%
Nidorina Nidorina 30 10%
Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ 30 5%
Venonat Venonat 23 15%
Venomoth Venomoth 32 5%
Doduo Doduo 26 20%
Exeggcute Exeggcute 25, 27 20%
Kangaskhan Kangaskhan 28 1%
Tauros Tauros 25 4%
Surfing
Slowpoke Slowpoke 20-40 100%
FireRed
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Psyduck Psyduck 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%
LeafGreen
Pokémon Level Old Rod Good Rod Super Rod
Magikarp Magikarp 5 100% - -
Poliwag Poliwag 5-15 - 20% -
Goldeen Goldeen 5-15 - 60% -
Magikarp Magikarp 5-15 - 20% -
Slowpoke Slowpoke 15-35 - - 4%
Goldeen Goldeen 15-25 - - 40%
Seaking Seaking 20-30 - - 40%
Dratini Dratini 15-25 - - 15%
Dragonair Dragonair 25-35 - - 1%

New Pokémon[edit | edit source]

#102 Exeggcute

An awkward hybrid of Grass and Psychic-types, Exeggcute has good stats all around, but a mediocre moveset.

Exeggcute only has one Psychic attack, Confusion, and aside from Solar Beam, all its other Grass moves are support based.

In short, Exeggcute is not going to play a big part in your team unless you are willing to shell out the necessary TM's, such as Psychic and Giga Drain. Luckily, if you do, Exeggcute will gain the Special Attack to back them up once you evolve it into an Exeggutor with a Leaf Stone.

#113 Chansey

Chanseys are rare and pretty hard to get. The best strategy involves throwing bait twice and then three Safari Balls, returning to a bait afterwards. This strategy yields the best chance for success.

Despite its difficulty, here’s why it might be worth grabbing one. Chansey's hit points are the best possible and its one of only two Pokémon that can learn Softboiled, along with Clefable. This obscure skill that can heal Pokémon even out of battle as a field move can be obtained from a Move Tutor standing across a pool in the middle of Celadon City. Chansey also makes for an easy to use, incredibly effective Special "wall" battle type of Pokémon, while not too lacking at offense when evolved into Blissey.

Finally, wild Chanseys have a 5% chance to be holding a Lucky Egg, an item to be held by a Pokémon that boosts its experience gain by 50%!

#111 Rhyhorn

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 its types, Rock and Ground, make it weak against Ice, and Fighting, and extremely weak against Water and Grass.

Rhyhorn evolves into Rhydon at level 42.

#115 Kangaskhan

Kangaskhan is a unique Pokémon. It learns a variety of moves of all different types and its defense and attack is outstanding (not as good as Tauros, but still great).

However, Kangaskhan is outclassed by Tauros with his offensive capabilities. Despite this, Kangaskhan's a great Pokémon, and its moves, Fake Out and Dizzy Punch make fighting a Kangaskhan an annoying prospect.

#128 Tauros

There are a lot of players who believe that Tauros is the strongest of the Normal-type Pokémon. It 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.

Its Stomp is pretty good, since it can cause flinching, but there's nothing worth much between that attack (at level 21) and Take Down (which works well with its high HP) at level 51. It can learn Strength though, and that’s a good match.

#48 Venonat

Venonat, a Bug/Poison Pokémon, is yet another one of those Pokémon that are mostly forgotten by most. Unlike most Bugs, however, Venonat displays a strong array of moves, including Psybeam and Psychic.

Unfortunately, while Venonat has decent Speed and Special Defense stats, it will never acquire the strength to make those moves worthwhile. Venonat evolves into Venomoth at level 31.

#54 Psyduck

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

#79 Slowpoke

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.