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Pokémon Red vs Pokémon Blue Similarities, Differences, and Full Comparison

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Pokémon Red vs Pokémon Blue Similarities, Differences, and Full Comparison

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue forever changed the gaming landscape and became the most popular franchises ever. Its merchandise sales exceed Harry Potter, Lego, and Star Wars. Little did we know that Pokémon would be the juggernaut it was back on Feb. 27, 1996. Developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo, these seminal titles marked the inception of a cultural phenomenon that continues to captivate audiences worldwide. But what were the main differences and similarities of the two?

The game introduced players to the enchanting realm of Kanto, where the dream of becoming a Pokémon Master began. Young children and adults were given the choice between three starter Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. With each version offering exclusive creatures and subtle variations, the Red vs. Blue debate sparked a timeless rivalry among fans.

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Pokémon Red and Blue Differences

The main differences in the game were the available Pokémon. While there was 151 Pokémon in the first generation, some were exclusive to each version. Of course, there was the elusive Mew and Mewtwo. To catch Mew in the original Pokémon games, one had to follow the infamous “Mew glitch.” After defeating all trainers on the Nugget Bridge except one, walk up the path beside the bridge. Continue until your start menu appears. Open and close the menu, then take one step and quickly open the menu again. Fly to Lavender Town from the menu, triggering a wild battle with a Level 7 Mew upon arrival.

There was a similar setup for catching Mewtwo. After defeating the Elite Four and becoming the Pokémon Champion, head to the Cerulean Cave just north of Cerulean City. Navigate through the cave’s labyrinthine layout to reach the bottom floor where Mewtwo resides. Approach Mewtwo and engage in a battle with this powerful Psychic-type Pokémon.

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Here is the complete Pokémon list for the two.

Pokémon RedPokémon Red
AbraAbra
AerodactylAerodactyl
AlakazamAlakazam
ArbokArticuno
ArcanineBeedrill
ArticunoBellsprout
BeedrillBlastoise
BlastoiseBulbasaur
BulbasaurButterfree
ButterfreeCaterpie
CaterpieChansey
ChanseyCharizard
CharizardCharmander
CharmanderCharmeleon
CharmeleonClefable
ClefableClefairy
ClefairyCloyster
CloysterCubone
CuboneDewgong
DewgongDiglett
DiglettDitto
DittoDodrio
DodrioDoduo
DoduoDragonair
DragonairDragonite
DragoniteDratini
DratiniDrowzee
DrowzeeDugtrio
DugtrioEevee
EeveeElectrode
EkansExeggcute
ElectabuzzExegutor
ElectrodeFarfetch’d
ExeggcuteFearow
ExeggutorFlareon
Farfetch’dGastly
FearowGengar
FlareonGeodude
GastlyGolbat
GengarGoldeen
GeodudeGolduck
GloomGolem
GolbatGraveler
GoldeenGrimer
GolduckGyarados
GolemHaunter
GravelerHitmonlee
GrimerHitonchan
GrowlitheHorsea
GyaradosHypno
HaunterIvysaur
HitmonchanJigglypuff
HitmonleeJolteon
HorseaJynx
HypnoKabuto
IvysaurKabutops
JigglypuffKadabra
JolteonKakuna
JynxKangaskhan
KabutoKingler
KabutopsKoffing
KadabraKrabby
KakunaLapras
KangaskhanLickitung
KinglerMachamp
KoffingMachoke
KrabbyMachop
LaprasMagikarp
LickitungMagmar
MachampMagnemite
MachokeMagneton
MachopMarowak
MagikarpMeowth
MagnemiteMetapod
MagnetonMew
MankeyMewtwo
MarowakMoltres
MetapodMr. Mime
MewMuk
MewtwoNidoking
MoltresNidoqueen
Mr. MimeNidoran (Female)
MukNidoran (Male)
NidokingNidorina
NidoqueenNidorino
Nidoran♂Ninetales
Nidoran♀Omanyte
NidorinaOmastar
NidorinoOnix
OddishParas
OmanyteParasect
OmastarPersian
OnixPidgeot
ParasPidgeotto
ParasectPidgey
PidgeotPikachu
PidgeottoPinsir
PidgeyPoliwag
PikachuPoliwhirl
PoliwagPoliwrath
PoliwhirlPonyta
PoliwrathPorygon
PonytaPsyduck
PorygonRaichu
PrimeapeRapidash
PsyduckRaticate
RaichuRattata
RapidashRhydon
RaticateRhyhorn
RattataSandshrew
RhydonSandslash
RhyhornSeadra
ScytherSeaking
SeadraSeel
SeakingShellder
SeelSlowbro
ShellderSlowpoke
SlowbroSnorlax
SlowpokeSpearow
SnorlaxSquirtle
SpearowStarmie
SquirtleStaryu
StarmieTangela
StaryuTauros
TangelaTentacool
TaurosTentacruel
TentacoolVaporeon
TentacruelVenomoth
VaporeonVenonat
VenomothVenusaur
VenonatVictreebel
VenusaurVoltorb
VileplumeVulpix
VoltorbWartortle
WartortleWeedle
WeedleWeepinbell
WeezingWeezing
WigglytuffWigglytuff
ZapdosZapdos
ZubatZubat
Complete Pokémon list for Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue.

Pokémon Red and Blue Similarities

As for the similarities, the games both had the Gym and Final Four adversaries. The game did a fabulous job of keeping the games similar enough that everyone experienced the same fun. Players were excited to show off their version of the game and the exclusive Pokémon they could only get.

Gym Leaders

City GymLeaderBadgePokémon typePokémon used
Pewter City GymBrockBoulder BadgeRock / GroundGeodude Onix
Cerulean City GymMistyCascade BadgeWaterStaryu Starmie
Vermilion City GymLt. SurgeThunder BadgeElectricPikachu Voltorb Raichu
Celadon City GymErikaRainbow BadgeGrassTangela Victreebel Vileplume
Saffron City GymSabrinaMarsh BadgePsychicKadabra Alakazam Mr. Mime Venomoth
Fuchsia City GymKogaSoul BadgeBug / PoisonKoffing Koffing Muk Weezing
Cinnabar City GymBlaineVolcano BadgeFireGrowlithe Rapidash Arcanine Ponyta
Viridian City GymGiovanniEarth BadgeGroundDugtrio Rhyhorn Nidoking Nidoqueen Rhydon

Final Four

Elite FourPokémon typePokémon used
LoreleiWater / IceDewgong Cloyster Slowbro Jynx Lapras
BrunoFightingOnyx Hitmonchan Hitmonlee Machamp Onyx
AgathaGhostGengar Golbat Haunter Arbok Gengar
LanceDragon / FlyingGyarados Dragonair Aerodactyl Dragonite

Items List

The last similarities were the useable items, found in both games. Here is a complete list.

NamePriceEffectLocation
Antidote100Cures PoisonMost PokeMarts
Awakening250Cures SleepMost PokeMarts
Burn Heal250Cures BurnMost PokeMarts
Calcium9800Raises Special AttackCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
Carbos9800Raises SpeedCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
Dire Hit650Raises chances of a Critical Hit in battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
ElixirRestores 10PP to each moveVarious Routes & Areas
Escape Rope550Escape from the current caveMost PokeMarts
EtherRestores 10PP of one moveVarious Route & Areas
Fire Stone2100Evolves Eevee, Growlithe and VulpixCeladon Dept. Store, 4th Floor
Fresh Water200Recovers 50HPCeladon Dept. Store, 6th Floor
Full Heal600Cures all status ailmentsVarious PokeMarts
Full Restore3000Restores all HP and cures all status ailmentsIndigo Plateau PokeMart
Guard Spec700Prevents stat reduction in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
HP Up9800Raises max HPCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
Hyper Potion1200Restores 200HPVarious PokeMarts
Ice Heal250Cures FreezeVarious PokeMarts
Iron9800Raises DefenseCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
Leaf StoneEvolves Exeggcute, Gloom, and WeepinbellCeladon Dept. Store, 4th Floor
Lemonade350Restores 80HPCeladon Dept. Store, 6th Floor
Max ElixirRestores all PP to all movesVarious Routes & Areas
Max EtherRestores all PP to one moveVarious Routes & Areas
Max Potion2500Restores all HPIndigo Plateau PokeMart
Max Repel700Repels weaker Pokemon for 250 stepsSaffron, Cinnabar and Indigo Plateau PokeMarts
Max ReviveRevives a fainted Pokemon to max HPVarious PokeMarts
Moon StoneEvolves Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Nidorina and NidorinoMt. Moon, Rocket Hideout, Route 2, Cinnabar Mansion
NuggetSell for moneyVarious Routes & Areas
Paralyz Heal200Cures ParalysisMost PokeMarts
Poke Doll1000Trade for TM31 in Saffron, Allows escape from battleCeladon Dept. Store, 4th Floor
Potion300Restores 20HPMost PokeMarts
PP UpIncreases the max PP of a moveVarious Routes & Areas
Protein9800Raises AttackCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
Rare CandyRaises a Pokemon’s level by oneVarious Routes & Areas
Repel350Repels weaker Pokemon for 100 stepsVarious PokeMarts
Revive1500Recovers a fainted Pokemon to half max HPVarious PokeMarts
Soda Pop300Recovers 80HPCeladon Dept. Store, 6th Floor
Super Potion700Restores 50HPVarious PokeMarts
Super Repel500Repels weaker Pokemon for 200 stepsVarious PokeMarts
Thunderstone2100Evolves Eevee and PikachuCeladon Dept. Store, 4th Floor
Water Stone2100Evolves Eevee, Poliwag, Shellder and StaryuCeladon Dept. Store, 4th Floor
X Accuracy950Raises accuracy in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
X Attack500Raises attack in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
X Defend550Raises defense in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
X Special350Raises special in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
X Speed350Raises speed in a battleCeladon Dept. Store, 5th Floor
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