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Viridian Gym[edit]

Viridian Gym.

The ferry will drop you back where you started, Cinnabar Island. Don't worry, you can always visit the Sevii Islands again by taking the ferry from Vermillion City, at the same port from where the S.S. Anne sailed away.

Now Fly to Viridian City. If you approach the Gym, you'll find out that the old man previously blocking the entrance has moved (only if you have defeated Sabrina's optional gym), and he informs you that the Gym Leader has finally returned. Time to earn your final badge!

Once you enter, you'll see a small maze filled with Gym trainers. If you look closely, in fact you only need to face two of these trainers to face the Gym Leader, one Cool Trainer and a Black Belt both at the top in the room. Despite this, you should really face them all and get all that delicious XP!

Trainers[edit]

The trainers here specialize mostly on Ground Pokemon, and will not shy from using Hyper Potions if necessary. Grind them all into dust with a Water or Grass Pokemon!

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Money
1 Pokemon FRLG Tamer.pngCole Pokemon 024Arbok.pngArbok 39 Pokemon 128Tauros.pngTauros 39 Pokebuck.png1560
2 Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngKiyo Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 43 Pokebuck.png1032
3 Pokemon FRLG Cooltrainer♂.pngSamuel Pokemon 028Sandslash.pngSandslash 37 Pokemon 033Nidorino.pngNidorino 39 Pokemon 028Sandslash.pngSandslash 37 Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 38 Pokemon 034Nidoking.pngNidoking 39 Pokebuck.png1404
4 Pokemon FRLG Cooltrainer♂.pngYuji Pokemon 028Sandslash.pngSandslash 38 Pokemon 075Graveler.pngGraveler 38 Pokemon 075Graveler.pngGraveler 38 Pokemon 095Onix.pngOnix 38 Pokemon 105Marowak.pngMarowak 38 Pokebuck.png1368
5 Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngAtsushi Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 40 Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 40 Pokebuck.png960
6 Pokemon FRLG Tamer.pngJason Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 43 Pokebuck.png1720
7 Pokemon FRLG Cooltrainer♂.pngWarren Pokemon 105Marowak.pngMarowak 37 Pokemon 030Nidorina.pngNidorina 39 Pokemon 031Nidoqueen.pngNidoqueen 39 Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 38 Pokemon 105Marowak.pngMarowak 37 Pokebuck.png1404
8 Pokemon FRLG Black Belt.pngTakashi Pokemon 067Machoke.pngMachoke 38 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 38 Pokemon 066Machop.pngMachop 38 Pokebuck.png912

Gym Leader[edit]

Once you finish off the trainers, you will face the Gym Leader... It's Giovanni, the villainous leader of Team Rocket! It seems that after you defeated him at Silph Co., he returned to Viridian City to regroup, and is now ready for a rematch with you!

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Money
Pokemon FRLG Boss Giovanni.png Giovanni Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 45 Pokemon 034Nidoking.pngNidoking 45 Pokemon 051Dugtrio.pngDugtrio 42 Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn 50 Pokemon 031Nidoqueen.pngNidoqueen 44 Pokebuck.png5000

Giovanni will no longer call upon his Kangaskhan, and has decided to focus upon his Ground type Pokemon. Expect to face a difficult battle, as they all know Earthquake, and thus will benefit from STAB.

Both Nido's have a decent chance to Poison your Pokemon by their Poison Sting move, or through their Poison Point ability. Expect a particularly fast Dugtrio that will be particularly annoying with Mud-Slap, decreasing your accuracy. Both Rhyhorns are slow but can be a threat if they unleash Rock Blast on you.

Water Pokemon will work wonders in this battle. Grass Pokemon will be useful against Dugtrio and both Rhyhorns, but Nidoking and Nidoqueen's Poison type will nullify any advantage that Grass types would usually get.

Once you defeat Giovanni, he will recognize that he still has a lot to learn, and vows to one day return. He awards you the Earth Badge, which makes all Pokemon obey you regardless of level. He also awards you TM26 Earthquake, the most powerful Ground move in the game. You have finally completed the Gym Challenges!

Rivals Duel[edit]

Before you leave, stand on the exact spot where Giovanni once stood, and use Itemfinder. Your final reward for beating Giovanni is the Macho Brace, a held item that will double any EV's that your Pokemon gets from battle, but halves its speed.

Your final challenge awaits: The Elite Four!!! From Viridian City, head West into Route 22. You'll run into Blue, who is on his way to challenge the Elite Four himself, and decides to test himself against you. Teach him a lesson!

If your starter was Bulbasaur

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Pokemon FRLG Rival.pngRival Pokemon 018Pidgeot.pngPidgeot (lvl. 47) Pokemon 065Alakazam.pngAlakazam (lvl. 47) Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn (lvl. 45) Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados (lvl. 45) Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute (lvl. 45) Pokemon 006Charizard.pngCharizard (lvl. 53)

If your starter was Charmander

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Pokemon FRLG Rival.pngRival Pokemon 018Pidgeot.pngPidgeot (lvl. 47) Pokemon 065Alakazam.pngAlakazam (lvl. 47) Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn (lvl. 45) Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe (lvl. 45) Pokemon 102Exeggcute.pngExeggcute (lvl. 45) Pokemon 009Blastoise.pngBlastoise (lvl. 53)

If your starter was Squirtle

Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Pokemon FRLG Rival.pngRival Pokemon 018Pidgeot.pngPidgeot (lvl. 47) Pokemon 065Alakazam.pngAlakazam (lvl. 47) Pokemon 111Rhyhorn.pngRhyhorn (lvl. 45) Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados (lvl. 45) Pokemon 058Growlithe.pngGrowlithe (lvl. 45) Pokemon 003Venusaur.pngVenusaur (lvl. 53)

Route 23[edit]

Route 23.

After Blue leaves, continue West and enter the building. The guard within, who blocked your way before, will look at your Boulder Badge, and let you continue.

You will find yourself at Route 23. The next guards will look at your Cascade Badge, Thunder Badge, and Rainbow Badge and let you pass through.

You'll need to Surf your way up, but you can always take the time to fish around for some more Pokemon if you are missing some. As you Surf up, the next few guards will take a look at your Soul Badge and Marsh Badge, and won't bar your way.

Go past the tall grass (another opportunity to pick up some more missing Pokemon) and the final guards will ask for your Volcano Badge and Earth Badge. Enter the cave and continue on with Victory Road!

Pokémon found[edit]

FireRed Level Encounter Rate LeafGreen Level Encounter Rate
Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 32-34 30% Pokemon 056Mankey.pngMankey 32-34 30%
Pokemon 057Primeape.pngPrimeape 42 5% Pokemon 057Primeape.pngPrimeape 42 5%
Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 32-34 15% Pokemon 021Spearow.pngSpearow 32-34 15%
Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 40-44 25% Pokemon 022Fearow.pngFearow 40-44 25%
Pokemon 023Ekans.pngEkans 32-34 20% Pokemon 027Sandshrew.pngSandshrew 32-34 20%
Pokemon 024Arbok.pngArbok 44 5% Pokemon 028Sandslash.pngSandslash 44 5%
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 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 60% Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 5-15 60%
Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 20% Pokemon 118Goldeen.pngGoldeen 5-15 20%
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 20% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 5-15 20%
Super Rod
Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 15-25 40% Pokemon 060Poliwag.pngPoliwag 15-25 40%
Pokemon 061Poliwhirl.pngPoliwhirl 20-30 40% Pokemon 061Poliwhirl.pngPoliwhirl 20-30 40%
Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados 15-25 15% Pokemon 130Gyarados.pngGyarados 15-25 15%
Pokemon 054Psyduck.pngPsyduck 15-35 5% Pokemon 079Slowpoke.pngSlowpoke 15-35 5%

Items[edit]

  • Max Ether (hidden): Near the center of the sandy island.
  • Ultra Ball (hidden): In the wall between two statues north east of the river.
  • Full Restore (hidden): In a boulder that is in the last patch of grass.
  • Max Elixir (hidden): After traveling through Victory Road, in the maze of stones, at a dead end.
  • Leppa Berry (hidden): In a small clearing between the Thunder and Rainbow Badge checkpoints.
  • Aspear Berry (hidden): In a clearing between the rocks before the Volcano Badge checkpoint.
  • Sitrus Berry (hidden): Left of the statue in front of the Victory Road cave hole.
  • Lum Berry (hidden): After traveling through Victory Road, in the maze of stones, at a dead end.