Is there a finite amount of money in the game world? Trainers are the only source of income plus items found, right? So once all trainers are defeated, you could have all the money in the game and squander it on, say, potions and never be able to get enough to buy a pokeball?

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    AFAIK you can run out of money, but you can keep doing the elite four, and those give money too, so once you get to them, no more running out. – Arperum Feb 28 '14 at 23:35
  • Ah, thank you. Completely forgot you could fight them again and again. – Noah Caldwell Feb 28 '14 at 23:37
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    Also there's the arcade, you can gamble, win TMs and then sell them. I think – Mooing Duck Mar 1 '14 at 20:02

Almost; the Elite Four and payday are the only infinite source of money in the game (if you've reached them, of course). Later games all introduce some non-E4 method of getting endless money but in Gen 1 it's E4/Payday grinding or nothing.

Also, Payday is crazy slow for earning money, recommend just spamming the E4. There's really not much to DO with infinite money in gen 1 anyway.

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  • you can buy carbos and similar, those are expensive – Mooing Duck Mar 1 '14 at 20:02
  • @MooingDuck Unless you use Missingno-like exploits, buying expensive items does not convey any sort of advantage. – Doktoro Reichard Mar 1 '14 at 23:33
  • I beat the Elite Four dozens of times to get a Porygon back in the day. So there's that. – Antimony Mar 10 '14 at 20:30
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    @Antimony oh right, I completely forgot about the Game Corner. I think I used the machines – Ben Brocka Mar 11 '14 at 13:00
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    @MooingDuck manually EV-training is faster than grinding for money to buy the EV-items. – Kevin Dec 22 '14 at 10:15

No. Money is not finite. For example, Meowth learns the move pay day, which returns money back to the player after it is used in a fight.

Pay Day does damage and scatters coins on the ground with a value equal to twice the user's level for each time it is used. These coins are picked up afterwards if the player wins the battle.


Also, you may fight the elite four over and over to get additional money.

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    you'll have to trade meowth in though IIRC – ratchet freak Mar 1 '14 at 22:45
  • That is accurate, according to the Bulbapedia's page on Meowth – Doktoro Reichard Mar 1 '14 at 23:31
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    there is a TM16 on route 12 that you can use to get pay day – ratchet freak Mar 6 '14 at 9:53

No. There are lots of ways to get money, even when you defeat all trainers.

  • You can battle Elite Four forever, and it always gives money.
  • You can use Pay Day in a battle, and it will give you money. It's level-up move for Meowth, but it also can be learned from TM16 which Pikachu can learn.
  • You can earn coins in the Game Corner by playing, and sell the prizes. It's hardly optimal because it takes 3300 coins to get 2500 money, but hey, you can.
  • You can move items from another game (even one that you just began) using Pokémon Stadium 2, and sell them in-game.

Also, it's possible to abuse glitches.

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