It is pretty well-documented that in Pokémon Emerald, if you have completed the Hoenn Pokédex (200 Pokémon logged) you can speak to Professor Birch to get one of the Gen 2 starters.

I want to collect all three of the Gen 2 starters and trade them over to FireRed. (Without purchasing a Pokémon Colosseum game.) I have all of the Hoenn Dex Pokémon on FireRed, so I can reset my Emerald cartridge and then trade them all back onto Emerald.

However, if I do that at the first available chance when trading becomes available, will Professor Birch give me a Johto starter? Or are there other conditions that need to be met as well, such as beating the Elite Four?

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Actually, the only condition is to complete the Pokédex, said textually by profesor Birch, so, if you have every Hoenn Pokémon in FireRed and time to transfer them, you will get a Jhoto starter in no time.

  • Great! Have you tried it before? If this is a confirmed thing and not just speculation, I'll accept the answer!
    – Guy
    Commented Mar 10 at 20:12
  • Actually, the post was an speculation, but I’ve searched a bit since then and you have to get the National Dex to have the opportunity to get one of Jhoto starters, which is only given when you complete Elite Four.
    – BotW_LoNk
    Commented Mar 10 at 20:36
  • But that won’t be a problem if you can trade in a strong team.
    – BotW_LoNk
    Commented Mar 10 at 20:48

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