InPart 1, we began our journey, found a rival and went through 5 Gyms. In Part 2, we defeated Team Rocket, went through the remaining Gyms, and then we fought the Elite 4. Today, we’re visiting Kanto! The ship takes us to Vermillion City, where Lt. Surge, the Electric-type champion, can be fought. It’s rather simple, really; in Kanto, your mission is to fight the eight Gym Leaders of the first Generation, obliterate the remaining shreds of Rockets that are still around, and catch whichever Legendary Pokémon are still in the wild. Actually, there's a LOT of Legendary Pokémon here.
|I would have put a chart with all the Legendary Pokémon, but then I|
remembered that this game ended at the fourth Gen.
|One moment... I can feel the memories coming back...|
|Dammit Snorlax! I know I like you more|
than your pre-evolution, but still, dammit!
|You want a true challenge? Try to beat|
all 16 without stopping to heal!
In Saffron, we can help the little Copycat girl retrieve her doll, after which she gives Nicolas a pass for the Magnet Train, which goes from Saffron to Goldenrod City. However, the train isn’t working for now.
|That's one complex|
|Oak just announced a swarm of Clamperl!|
Quick, go catch a few! But you'll still
need to look for the Deepsea items.
|The layout of the Pal Park.|
It looks troublesome.
|An empty Gym? Hah! Too easy!|
*breaks nose on an invisible wall*
Afterwards, we can go back to Cerulean City; Misty is not yet at her Gym, but she can be found on Route 25, after which she’ll return to the Gym and you can properly fight her. With the Diglett Cave now freed from the adipose buttocks of the sleepy Snorlax, we can make our way to Pewter City. Brock is there, ready to have his team demolished by yours. After Pewter City, we can go down Route 2, through Viridian Forest, then Viridian City, Route 1 and Pallet Town (where we can chat with Prof. Oak), then to Cinnabar Island. The place is now a desolate wasteland due to a volcano eruption that covered the place in stone. Farewell mysterious Mew mansion! Farewell fossil revival lab! Good thing the Pewter City Museum has this feature too! Blaine has moved his Fire gym to the Seafoam Islands. A Fire-type Gym in an ice cave. That’s asking for trouble. Either you’re going to cause great damage to the environment, or the place will crumble and fall apart while you’re still in it. Don’t count on Articuno to freeze the place, it’s gonna be mine soon.
We head back to Viridian City and face off against Blue, Red’s old rival. He’s changed since the last Generation. Maybe not enough. Though, since Giovanni left, Blue has earned a spot as a Gym Leader. Except he doesn’t specialize in any type… But hey, at least he’s a tough foe. Once Blue is defeated, Nicolas has earned all 16 badges. We can go back to Professor Oak, who will finally allow entrance to Mount Silver.
There are some mighty Pokémon in there, so it would be wise to train for a moment before going. The Elite 4 is available, once again, and they’ve got much stronger Pokémon. And species from the third and fourth Generations, too. That’s some good training. Okay, are you ready now for Mount Silver? Let’s go, then!
I won’t lie, it’s a tough exploration. Moltres can be found in there, but there’s also quite a number of rare and powerful Pokémon you can catch inside Mount Silver. Reach the end, however, and you’ll face off against a familiar face, one you may have seen years prior… Red himself awaits at the top of Mount Silver! And oh my, what a team. A LV88 Pikachu, officially the highest-leveled NPC Trainer-owned Pokémon in the entire franchise. A LV80 Lapras (earned when he was freeing Silph Co. from Team Rocket), a LV82 Snorlax (he caught the other one in Gen 1), and the final forms of all three Starters, at LV84.
Beat this opponent, and you have beaten the game. All that’s left is completing the Pokédex; and what helps is that, after beating Red, you can get a Gen 3 starter from Steven in Silph Co., and a Gen 1 starter from Oak in Pallet Town. But wait, that’s not all there is to this game… now that the whole Story Mode has been beaten, all that’s left is to complete the Pokédex! Something I never achieved… but in Part 4, I’ll tell you more about the Pokémon you can catch in this game through… special means. Don’t miss that!