I recently got the game Pokémon Red, and I have noticed that it is much harder to level my Pokémon than any other Pokémon game.

How do I easily level up weak Pokémon (Levels 5-10)? Is there a more efficient way to level them up than by continuously switching them around in battle?

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My usual strategy, when I have a pokemon far behind in levels is to go back a few zones, where pokemon are a few levels below where your leaders are (or where they are the type your leaders are good against). The important thing is that your good pokemon can take a few hits without having to run back to the poke center every fight.

Put your 'behind in level' pokemon as the front pokemon. Start a battle and first turn, switch your 'behind in level' pokemon to your lead pokemon. The XP will be split half and half between the two.

If you left trainers behind, it's a good idea to fight them, since they give more XP than random pokemons. But in a trainer battle, when it asks you if you want to change pokemon after you down one of theirs, do so and put your behind pokemon back in for the first turn of the new pokemon (if its an option in the first generation, not sure).

That should make the 'behind' pokemon be able to build levels quickly and make it catch up to a 'viable' point.

Only thing: Watch out if a pokemon has a move that hits a switching pokemon, like 'Pursuit'. But I don't think those existed in Gen1.

PS: Some points in here might not work because its something that is not in Gen1. But I'm pretty sure that the main point (the XP is shared between all pokemon that were used in a battle) is still valid.

  • Return doesn't hit switching Pokémon, you're thinking of Pursuit (but neither move existed in Gen 1). Feb 10, 2021 at 19:13
  • Yeah I had a hunch I was thinking of the wrong move.
    – Fredy31
    Feb 10, 2021 at 19:39

Seeing you want to level from 5 to 10 it is safe to assume you haven't defeated Brock yet? If so the fastest leveling you can do is at the exit of Veridian Forest farming on the bug Pokémon's and going to the Pokecenter when your HP (or more likely your PP) becomes to low.

  • I don't think not having defeated Brock is an automatic assumption. Magikarp is arguably the most well known example of babying a Pokemon to level it up, commonly from level 5, and it can only be obtained post-Brock. However, I do feel pre-Brock options are good to state too.
    – BGamer
    Jan 18, 2021 at 0:16
  • Is there no xp share in the first generation?
    – Fredy31
    Feb 9, 2021 at 22:56
  • @Fredy31 There's 'Exp. All' - but it isn't obtained until late-game, and there's a bug that reduces the amount of XP if you use multiple Pokemon in a battle with the item in your inventory.
    – Robotnik
    Feb 9, 2021 at 22:58

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