Game Trivia

Pikachu is generally regarded as the mascot of the series, evidenced by how often it is seen in the anime and manga, to name a few. Most people don't know that, originally, Clefairy was to be Ash Ketchum's partner, not Pikachu, in the anime.

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In Pokemon Yellow, the Pikachu you get at the start of the game is particularly unique amongst Pokemon in the Pokemon series since it prefers to follow you around outside of its Pokeball. This is much akin to Ash Ketchum's own Pikachu in the Pokemon anime: in the very first episode, Ash has a huge amount of trouble getting Pikachu to get in its Pokeball, even when its own life is threatened. This ability for Pikachu to be out of its Pokeball also gives it a slightly-special introduction into the battle since it seems to slide on-screen rather than exit from a Pokeball like your other Pokemon will.

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Pokemon Yellow Version was the first version in which a Pokemon was able to follow you around - obviously Pikachu in this instance. It was also one of the only instances of such occuring: outside of Yellow, this only happens in Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver.

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The Pokemon Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee are references to real-world fighters. In the international versions, they reference Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, respectively. In the Japanese version, their names reference Edihara (a boxer) and Sawamura (a kickboxer), respectively.

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The Pokemon series has affected a number of scientific discoveries, the most famous of which being the protein Pikachurin, named after the series mascot in Pikachu. It was named such also because the protein enables lightning-fast reflexes and is essential for life!

Another such discovery involves the gene ZBTB7. It was originally to be named Pokemon, short for Pokeryhtroidmyeloid ontogenic factor. It is involved in the creation of cancer and its spread throughout the body. However, the gene had to be renamed because the Pokemon Company threatened to sue the researchers as it would cause bad publicity linking Pokemon to cancer.

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In Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow, the move Focus Energy was intended to quadruple the critical-hit rate: instead, it actually reduces it by 75%! Don't use it!

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There is an oversight with Explosion in Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. If you use Explosion on a Pokemon that has a Substitute out, the Substitute will likely fade away from damage and, if so, then the user of Explosion will remain unfainted. However, their sprite still disappears.

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If you were to use the Itemfinder in the area around the entrance of the Safari Zone, it will detect an item but, no matter what you do, you'll be unable to reach it, confusing many players. The item does actually indeed exist (it's a Nugget), but in an area you cannot reach, indicating that this is a remnant from an older version of the map.

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The truck located near the S.S. Anne triggered a rumor of Mew being under the truck, and being catchable if you could move it. The rumors were of course false, but persisted in the later remakes.

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Interestingly, a battle in the game is left in the raw code for Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow in which the player battles Professor Oak. This battle has Oak with very powerful Pokemon, even stronger than the Elite Four's and the Champion's, indicating he was likely to be battled after winning the game. This battle is accessible through the use of hacking and certain glitches, but is otherwise not available to the player.

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The layout of the Kanto region in which these games take place is likely derived from the Kanto plains region of southeastern Japan.

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There are two particularly "special" Pokemon in the game: Mewtwo and Mew, listed at #150 and #151 in the Pokedex respectively. This is an interesting contradiction. See, according to the lore presented within the game, the Pokemon Mew was found in South America and experimented on by Kanto scientists so that Mew was to give live birth to Mewtwo, becoming the first Pokemon to ever do so. That implies that Mew was found before Mewtwo, showing that the in-game scientists illogically left #150 blank and filled in #151 with Mew. This is also interesting as it is the only account in the series plotline of a Pokemon ever giving live birth, since Pokemon traditionally reproduce via Eggs (as evidenced in Gold/Silver later).

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Pokemon in the Pokemon series have been particularly well-known for having their cries differ from those given in the anime: most Pokemon's cries in the games are staticky, although the anime often has the Pokemon speak their names (which itself speaks to the theory that Pokemon were named by humans based on the cries that they make). For example, Pikachu's cry in the anime is usually "Pikachu!" or some variant thereof. Pokemon Yellow is the first of several deviations from this fact: in this instance, however, it is limited only to Pikachu, a fact that is mirrored in Pokemon X/Y released 15 years later on the 3DS.

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Pokemon Yellow's Pokemon sprites were edited from the Red and Blue versions to better resemble the Pokemon designs in the anime.

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The old man in Viridian City, like in Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green, will show you how to catch Pokemon. However, in Pokemon Yellow, he will attempt to capture a Rattata rather than a Weedle, and he will fail. This was introduced as a safeguard to the famous "Old Man Glitch" in Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green wherein you could quickly clone items and find over-Level-100 Pokemon because of how the old man attempted to show you Pokemon capture. This is also why his attempt is just one-time and not repeatable as in Red, Blue, and Green.

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Funnily enough, the moves Softboiled, Rest, and Recover can fail in Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow! If you are going to recover 255 or 511 HP from either of these moves, the move will fail!

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While most Pokemon Yellow games have Game Boy Color support, such is not the case with the original release of it in Japan, where it uses a chromatic theme akin to that of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green Versions.

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The Pokemon Magikarp is infamous for being the most useless Pokemon in the game, generally only able to learn the move "Splash", a move which does absolutely nothing. Interestingly, though, "Splash" is actually a mistranslation of the Japanese word for "hop" that has persisted until the modern-day Pokemon games.

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It's possible to enter the Safari Zone with no money at all -- just repeatedly pester the on-duty clerk until he relents. (He'll give only one Safari Ball, however.) Trainers can do this method multiple times, even though the clerk promised to allow it "just this once". This skeezy entry method is likely a plot failsafe, meant to avoid scenarios where dirt-poor trainers can't obtain the park's HM.

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Famous Quotes

Youngster: Hi! I like shorts! They're comfy and easy to wear!

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Rival: "Smell ya later!"

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Prof. Oak: This is my grandson. He's been your rival since you were a baby. ... Erm, what is his name again?

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Prof. Oak: This is my grandson. He's been your rival since you were a baby. ... Erm, what is his name again?

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Prof. Oak: Your very own Pokemon legend is about to unfold! A world of dreams and adventures with Pokemon awaits! Let's go!

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Prof. Oak: Hello there! Welcome to the world of POKéMON! My name is OAK! People call me the POKéMON PROF! This world is inhabited by creatures called POKéMON! For some people, POKéMON are pets. Others use them for fights. Myself... I study POKéMON as a profession.

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Mom: Right. All boys leave home someday. It said so on TV. PROF. OAK, next door, is looking for you.

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Man in Pallet Town: Technology is incredible! You can now store and recall items and POKéMON as data via PC!

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Connection to Other Media

In a nod to the Pokemon anime, you can speak with the Jigglypuff in the Pewter Town Pokemon Center. When you do so, your Pikachu will fail to follow you around until you speak with it or leave the Center: this is because Jigglypuff's singing often drives people and Pokemon to sleep. Jigglypuff was particularly annoying to Ash Ketchum and his friends in the anime - particularly the Kanto and Johto sagas - for this, getting angry and drawing on their faces after they had fallen asleep. That is likely what inspired this minor skit not present in Pokemon Red, Blue, and Green.

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A nod to the Pokemon anime takes place in Mt. Moon. At the end of the cave, as you are about to exit onto Route 4 after having gotten one of the Pokemon Fossils, two Team Rocket Grunts will come up to you before battling you. Their in-battle sprites are very much like James and Jessie from the Pokemon anime, who are also members of Team Rocket. This is further emphasized by a portion of their lengthy motto - "Surrender now or prepare to fight!" - being shouted before the fight begins. They also use the Pokemon they used early in the Kanto saga of the anime - Ekans for Jessie, Koffing for James, and Meowth is simply a third member of their party in both the game and the anime.

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In a nod to the Pokemon anime, you'll find that Pokemon Yellow's Pokemon Centers show Chanseys next to the nurse at the healing station. Chansey is often thought of as a healing Pokemon, and is often seen in the anime alongside the myriad Nurse Joys, who run the various Pokemon Centers.

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