rbwalkthrough Red and Blue Walkthrough
(This was taken from Prima's Red/Blue Walkthrough Book)

Chapter 1: How To Become a Pokémon Master
Welcome to the world of Pokémon!  Once you start the game, you'll find yourself immersed in the world that is as challenging as it is fun.  Your mission: Become the world's best Pokémon master. To do this, you'll have to wonder down many streets and through cities, towns, and dungeons-and defeat many rivals, including the one who used to be your best friend.  You also have to find and collect 150 Pokémon and raise some of them to become your bettermost fighters.  It takes skill and determination, not to mention a bit of luck.  But if you follow the advice given, you should have no problem!

The Red vs. Blue Question
So, what's the difference between the Red and Blue versions of the game?  In a nutshell, the two games are very similar.  They have the same characters, the same plot, and the same map.  The differences are in the assortment of Pokémon that each version contains.

1.  Each version of the game contains 11 unique Pokémon.
Red Version           Blue Version
Ekans                 Sandshrew
Arbok                 Sandslash
Oddish                Meowth
Gloom                 Persian
Vileplume             Bellsprout
Mankey                Weepinbell
Primeape              Victreebel
Growlithe             Vulpix
Arcanine              Ninetales
Scyther               Magmar
Electabuzz            Pinsir

2. The Pokémon that you can buy at the coin exchange (and their prices) differ.
Red Version           Blue Version
Abra-180              Abra-120
Clefairy-500          Clefairy-750
Nidorina-1200         Nidorino-1200
Dratini-2800          Pinsir-2500
Scyther-5500          Dratini-4600
Porygon-9999          Porygon-6500

You'll also find that some species of Pokémon appear in one place in the Red version, but somewhere else in the Blue version.  For example, you'll find Horsea and Seadra in the Seafoam Islands in the Red version of the game, but Krabby and Kingler in Blue.
Also, certain Pokémon apeear more frequently in one version than the othe.  There are more Weedle and Kakuna in the Red version and Caterpie and Metapod in Blue.  More female Nidoran roam the thickets of the Blue version, while you'll be beating off male Nidoran in the Red version of the game.  Get the picture?
Should these differences affect the color of the game you buy?  Well, that's a matter of personal taste.  If there's a certain unique Pokémon you want, the grab the game containing that Pokémon.  If you like the color red more than blue, grab the red one.  The Pokémon sets in both versions of the game are equal in terms of strength and elemental mix.  And if you're planning to find all 150 Pokémon, you'll see most of them anyway.

Getting Started
When you first boot up Pokémon, you'll be faced with three immediate choices: what to name your character, what to name your Rival, and which Pokémon to start the game with.  Of the three, the later one is most important.  Once you've found Professor Oak, he'll take you back to his lab, where you can choose one Pokémon from his remaining group of three.  Your Rival gets to choose next and then the remaining Pokéball goes to Professor Oak (although he'll leave it there for the entire game).
But which to choose...?  Conventional wisdom says that Bulbasaur is your best bet.  It levels up more quickly than the other two, and, being a grass type, it's extremely effective against the ground and water types at the first two gyms.  The Charmander, with its fire and ability to equip strong offensive skills and two of the five Hidden Skills, is my personal choice but it takes the longest to raise and is not very strong against the first two gyms.  However, if you team it up with an electric Pokémon, like a Pikachu, then you'll have a powerful team that can take on most anything in the game.  The same goes for Squirtle.  This character is strong against ground Pokémon in the first gym and can also equip the powerful water-based skill machine given to you when you defeat Misty at the Cerulean City Gym.
Ultimately, you should choose the one that best suits your personality.  There really is no correct choise here, so don't worry about making a mistake.  Besides, you'll have an opportunity to capture up to 10 more types of Pokémon between Pallet Town and your appointment with Brock at the Pewter City Gym, you'll want to fill out your team with some of them.

The Art of Capturing Pokémon
You have to know how to capture Pokémon if you want to succeed in the game.  There's just no way around it!  First, you'll have to have a Pokéball, which you can buy from Pokémarts in cities and towns near you.  Then you have to get into battle with a wild Pokémon.  The rules of the game state that you can't steal wild Pokémon from other trainers, so don't try it or you'll end up wasting a Pokéball.  The only fair game is what you find in the patches of long grass on routes between towns or in dungeons, forests, ponds (once you have a fishing pole), or in caves.  You'll also have opportunities to trade people for rare Pokémon, but we'll deal with that later on.
Once you've flushed out a Wild Pokémon, you must weaken it before you can capture it in a Pokéball.  Ideally, you'll want to bring it as close to the point of fainting without actually defeating it before using your Pokéball.  This means that you have to be careful.  If you find yourself battling a Pokémon you really want to capture (espescially if they don't appear very commonly, like a Pikachu or Clefairy), don't send out your strongest fighters against it or use skills that are sure to defeat it in one round.  Choose tamed Pokémon of a similiar experience level who you are confident will survive the battle and who can inflict a controllable amount of damage.  Skills that produce paralysis or sleep are also good ways to ensure that you don't miss.
As you progress through the game, you'll be able to buy more effective versions of the basic Pokéball that will work better against the more powerful monsters.  Don't expect to have an easier time capturing Pokémon, though.  The contents of the Pokémarts change to correspond with the level of Pokémon and challenges that you will meet up with in that section of the game.  Using an Ultra Ball, which is the most effective Pokéball that you can buy in a Pokémart, on a L2 Spearow will certainly guarantee your chances of capturing that creature (unless you let your L30+ Pokémon attack it), but don't even consider of using a basic Pokéball against one of the legendary bird trio or that L70 Mewtwo!  In fact, extremely rare Pokémon like the bird trio of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres; the awesome Mewtwo; or even the sleepy Snorlax will often require you to toss somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 Ultra Balls before you can capture them!  The game is less about strength than it is about patience and cunning.
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