Anyways, I decided to revisit an old classic, Pokemon Red from back in 1996 since I still have the cartridge though I also decided to take a different approach. When I played this game when I was younger, I used to try and collect everything, and fill a whole party as well. In this case, I decided to go with the weakest starter pokemon, Bulbasaur. I also decided that my main goal is to just beat the game with the least amount of pokemon possible.Sorry in advance for the small pics!
So, let's get started!
Facing off against my rival, I ended up getting pounded in the first battle lol. Bulbasaur's stats are quite bad for a starter, and I had no potion either to use. I don't really remember much about Gen 1 either aside from the fact that psychic pokemon reign supreme since there were no dark pokemon like in Gen 2. Suffice to say, with a weak starter, I decided to switch my old way of playing the game, and focused on affecting stats such as accuracy, attack or defense.
Passing through Viridian Forest, I ended up catching a Weedle, Pikachu (it just popped up), and a Pidgey and started training them. I can't remember it being this tedious, though to be fair, it's all weedle's fault! lol. The thing is even worse than Bulbasaur. Soon enough, I decided that it's not worth the hassle, and decided that I'll stick to using Bulbasaur, Pikachu, and Pidgey for the rest of the game. Thus, my journey finally begin.
Though I ended up losing the second rival fight on victory road quite badly, was severely under-leveled when I vaguely remembered that the rival is around there somewhere. I should've been more cautious haha. Still, a good lesson indeed. From there, it was time to hit the first gym!!!!!
My first gym was Brock, all those rock pokemon. By this point, I leveled up my pokemon to around L10 while my Bulbasaur went up to probably around L12 or so. The dang thing never even learnt a single leaf move either. From memory, this was what my pokemon had:
Pidgey - Tackle, Sand attack, Gust
Bulbasaur - Tackle, Growl, Leech Seed
Pikachu - Tail Whip, Thundershock, Growl
As you can see, for Brock's gym, this is terrible lol. All of these moves are normal, or electric-based which is bad news when facing rock-type pokemon. Alas, I didn't realize that my Bulbasaur was so close to learning vine whip, and instead I decided to open with a pidgey. My main thought was to lower the accuracy using Sand attack, then gust his first pokemon, Geodude to unconscious. Well, it worked and all I had to use was a single potion!
Onix was less of a headache. I ended up using sand-attack on him, before I brought in Bulbasaur and used a combo of leech seed into growl into tackle him. Even his bind became worthless, as my hp kept regenerating from leech seed with each turn, and his hp was going down from that+tackle. I ended up taking the first fight, and aside from Pidgey, everyone else stayed conscious!
The rest of the story since has been about leveling up all three of these pokemon. I have destroyed my rival in every single battle since, with my Ivysaur even beating his Charmander despite it using Ember. I posted some shots below to show what I mean:
It's quite amazing just how fast you can level up your pokemon if you only have 3 of them haha. In some battles, I was over-leveled to the point where a single pokemon could wipe out his whole group. Infact, my rival isn't even so much of a rival as just another trainer that I use to level up my pokemon haha. My Raichu is good enough to beat his Pidgeot, Charizard, and Gyarados on its own. Add in my Venusaur, and Pidgeot, and it's honestly a bit too easy:
Other than that, I've ended up beating Team Rocket 3 times already, got the helix fossil, took out 3 more gyms, revealed the ghosts in Lavendar town, and I've evolved all my pokemon to their utmost level with the best moveset possible from my limited knowledge. Gym fights and the like have been fairly straightforward, and I've been using some TMs/HMs to continue progressing such as teaching Cut while trying my best to avoid using a fourth pokemon, though I may have to just for HMs since I can't keep teaching my main ones such bad ones:
Pidgeot's moves are ok in general. I'm a big fan of swift due to its high accuracy, and use it a lot. I really hate razor wind due to its high miss chance, and you need 2 turns as well. I had wing attack, and would've left that had I known about this. Either way, I can at least teach Fly when I get it, so I'll get a nice flying move. Gust, and quick attack are decent enough as is, and especially quick attack.
It was a bit rough to nail things down for Venusaur, and I don't like having cut on him, but tackle is a good enough normal move. Razor leaf seems to have a high critic ratio, and mega drain has been great. I was a bit hesitant to remove leech seed, despite it being a bad move, but I think it was a good idea to teach mega drain. It's helped a lot to replenish health, and worse case, I can use an ether for its low PP.
Raichu probably has the most interesting set of moves. I ended up having to teach flash, so there's a worthless move but, thunder is amazing when it hits. Still has a low PP, but ether again. Quick attack is great for those times when I need that last hit, and Raichu has some of the best speeds I've seen atm. Seismic Toss is a bit of an odd one, but between these 3 main pokemon that I chose, Raichu was the only one that could learn a fighting move. I ended up not learning swift (thought it was a bad move with no research), but I've managed so far.
As it stands, I still need 4 gym badges, need several more HMs, and likely several rival fights before I walk victory road again. It'll be fun to see what else pops up, but I have a feeling that the rest of the game will be a walk in the park...