In Pokemon Red Version, you are allowed to choose one out of the 3 starter Pokemon. Well, I chose Charmander but now I am confused as to how I can catch the other 2 starter Pokemon. Does anyone know how?

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    Back when I played it when I was little we used to do it by transferring from other Pokemon games
    – Cresh
    Nov 21, 2012 at 17:51
  • Yeah but I don't have a cable -_- Nov 21, 2012 at 17:55
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    You're going to have to have that to get the other two starters.
    – Frank
    Nov 21, 2012 at 17:56
  • I re-tagged your question to conform to our standards; the pokemon tag is when you discuss the entire series, not a specific version, ala your shiny question. And it's redundant to have the game name in the title; the tag already does that. Please don't change it back.
    – Frank
    Nov 21, 2012 at 18:00

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if you want everything legitimately, you'll need to trade with someone else, it's plain and simple.

It's the same for several other pokemon, which aren't available in Red but are in Blue (or yellow).

Some pokemon also evolve only during trading.

This is to encourage people buying the other game as well (and another gameboy) this is called 1 game for the price of 2.


I believe the yellow version, you can get them all. You start with a Pikachu, then through the game get given, win or find the other primary Pokemon: Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Like others have said if you didn't want to buy a new game, you'll have to trade with other people, or between your devices with your other games.

Unfortunately in red and blue you only get that one you choose.


This only works in Pocket Monsters Red/Blue.

Actually, in Pokemon red/blue, you can legitimately catch all 3 starters. Just look in ur pokedex. Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard u can catch in Cinnabar Island Pokemon Mansion (Charmander/Charmeleon fairly common and Charizard is very rare), the Squirtle family you can catch in Seafoam Islands (you have to walk in the cave not surf) and the Bulbasaur family you can catch at the Victory Road entrance area (probably in the grass, but idk for sure yet cuz I haven't gotten there yet, I've only caught Squirtle, charmeleon, and I have the Charizard I received from Prof. Oak as a Charmander. I will post an update on any information on where to catch the Bulbasaur family in the comments section of my answer. Red/blue/yellow are the only 3 Pokemon games where u can get all 3 starters without cheating.

Source: based on experience as I am doing a play through on my Pokemon red on my game boy color atm

Sources: experience

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    Sorry if I mislead you guys. You can't catch them in Pokemon Red/Blue. Only in Pocket Monsters Red/Blue which I just found out I'm playing Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Blue
    – Torrin1995
    Sep 15, 2013 at 19:08
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    Please edit your post accordingly then.
    – user28379
    Sep 15, 2013 at 19:29
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    You might want to add an explanation of what exactly the difference is. Is it simply the japanese version or is this a fan-made fake ROM?
    – scenia
    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:14

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