Conquer Kanto: A Complete Pokémon LeafGreen Walkthrough


Welcome, aspiring Pokémon Trainers! Are you ready to embark on a journey through the vibrant Kanto region in Pokémon LeafGreen? This classic remake of the beloved Game Boy title offers a nostalgic adventure filled with familiar Pokémon, challenging Gym battles, and legendary encounters.

This comprehensive walkthrough will guide you through every step, from receiving your first Pokémon to becoming the ultimate Kanto Champion!

Setting Out from Pallet Town

  • A Warm Welcome: Your adventure begins in Pallet Town, where you’ll meet your mom, rival (Gary Oak), and Professor Oak, the esteemed Pokémon researcher.
  • Choosing Your Partner: Professor Oak presents you with three choices: Bulbasaur (Grass), Charmander (Fire), or Squirtle (Water) Choose the one that best fits your playing style out of those that have strengths and drawbacks!. 
  • Capturing Your First Pokémon: Head to Viridian Forest (north of Pallet Town) to catch your first wild Pokémon. Remember, “the early bird gets the worm,” so weaken the wild Pokémon before throwing your Poké Ball.

Trainer Tip: Don’t forget to talk to your rival Gary! He’ll arrogantly choose the Pokémon with a type advantage over yours, making your first battle a fun challenge.

Conquering the First Gyms: Viridian City and Pewter City

  • Viridian City: Here, you’ll encounter your rival again and earn your first Pokédex, a crucial tool for tracking and learning about Pokémon.
  • Pewter City Gym (Brock, Rock-type): Brock specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. Opt for Grass or Water-type Pokémon like Bulbasaur or Squirtle to exploit Rock’s weakness. Utilize tactics like super effective moves and dodging to secure your first Gym Badge, the Boulder Badge.

Trainer Tip: Explore the tall grass surrounding Viridian City and Pewter City to encounter new Pokémon and level up your team. Utilize potions after battles to keep your Pokémon healthy.

Progressing Through Mt. Moon and Cerulean City

  • Mt. Moon: This maze-like cave is home to wild Pokémon and valuable items like Moon Stones. Utilize items like Escape Ropes to navigate back to the entrance if needed.
  • Cerulean City Gym (Misty, Water-type): Misty’s team consists of Water-type Pokémon. Electric-type moves are super effective against Water, so consider catching a Pikachu on Route 2 (east of Viridian City) to counter her team and earn the Cascade Badge.

Trainer Tip: Stock up on Poké Balls before entering Mt. Moon. You might encounter rare Pokémon like Clefairy! In Cerulean City, visit the Department Store to purchase helpful items like revives and TMs (Technical Machines) that teach your Pokémon new moves.

Verdigreen City, Nibi City, and Lavender Town

  • Verdigreen City: Here, you’ll receive the Poké Flute, which awakens Snorlax blocking the path to Route 12.
  • Nibi City Gym (Brock Rematch): Brock returns with a tougher Rock-type team. Utilize the same strategy as before and claim the Marsh Badge.
  • Lavender Town: This spooky town houses the Lavender Town Poké Tower, where you can encounter Ghost-type Pokémon and help restless spirits find peace.

Trainer Tip: Be prepared for Ghost-type Pokémon in Lavender Town. Normal-type moves won’t affect them, so use Fighting or Dark-type attacks if you have them.

Celadon City, Silph Co., and the Rocket Hideout

  • Celadon City: This bustling metropolis offers various shops, a department store, and the Game Corner, where you can play slot machines to win TMs.
  • Silph Co.: Infiltrate Team Rocket’s hideout within Silph Co. to rescue Mr Fuji and confront Giovanni, the Team Rocket leader. Navigate the maze-like building, solving puzzles and battling Team Rocket grunts.
  • Celadon City Gym (Erika, Grass-type): Erika’s team consists of Grass-type Pokémon. Fire, Flying, Ice, Bug, and Poison-type moves are super effective against Grass. Utilize these type advantages and claim the Rainbow Badge.

Trainer Tip: Catch a fire-type Pokémon like Growlithe (found on Route 4) before facing Erika. Explore Celadon City thoroughly to find helpful items and hidden TMs.


Q. What is Pokémon LeafGreen?

Pokémon LeafGreen is a remake of the classic Pokémon Red, released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004. It follows the same story and core gameplay but features enhanced graphics, sound, and some additional content.

Q. Do I need to have played Pokémon Red to enjoy LeafGreen?

Not! LeafGreen is a standalone game and can be enjoyed by newcomers to the Pokémon series.

Q. What starter Pokémon do I choose in LeafGreen?

Professor Oak will offer you the choice between Bulbasaur (Grass), Charmander (Fire), and Squirtle (Water). Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so pick the one you like most!

Q. Where do I go first in LeafGreen?

Your adventure begins in Pallet Town. Head north to Route 1, where you can catch your first Pokémon and level it up by battling wild Pokémon trainers.

Q.How do I get the gym badges?

There are eight Gym Badges to collect in Kanto. Each Gym Leader specializes in a specific type of Pokémon. To earn a Badge, you’ll need to defeat their team of Pokémon.

Q. What’s the best team composition?

There’s no single “best” team, but having a variety of Pokémon types is key to overcoming different Gym challenges. Focus on catching and training Pokémon that complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Q. Where can I find specific Pokémon?

Excellent question! Consult a Pokémon LeafGreen walkthrough guide or an online resource like Bulbapedia to find details on where to catch specific Pokémon.

Q. How do I evolve my Pokémon?

Most Pokémon evolve by reaching a certain level. However, some require special items, trading with another player, or specific happiness levels. Check Bulbapedia or a walkthrough for evolution details.

Q. What is there to do after I beat the Elite Four?

The adventure doesn’t stop after the credits roll! You can:

* Catch legendary Pokémon like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

*  Complete the Pokédex by catching all 151 Pokémon.

*  Rematch Gym Leaders and the Elite Four for tougher battles.

*  Explore previously inaccessible areas like the Sevii Islands.

Additional Tips

  • Talk to everyone! NPCs often offer helpful hints and items.
  • Catch lots of Pokémon! Even if you don’t use them all in battle, having a diverse collection can be useful for trading and completing the Pokédex.
  • Don’t forget to explore! The world of Kanto is full of hidden items and secret locations.
  • Most importantly, have fun! Pokémon LeafGreen is a classic RPG with a timeless charm. Enjoy the journey!

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