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Generation I
RedTitle
Title Screen of Pokémon Red
Debut September 28, 1998
Pokémon 151
Main games Red, Blue, and Yellow
Region introduced Kanto

Generation I, known among older fans as the color generation or the chromatic generation due to the names of the version released, is the initial set of three Pokémon games released.

The storyline of the Kanto region is contemporaneous with the Hoenn story of Generation III, as revealed by details in both the Hoenn-based games as well as the later remakes of Generation I. The storylines of the Generation II and Generation IV games occur three years after this generation, with details about this link explicitly noted throughout the Johto-based games.

Gameplay

Generation I introduced the key Pokémon gameplay elements which have remained to this day, as well as a system of game releases now considered by fans to be the "standard formula". While many of the features enjoyed in the more recent generations are later additions to the series, the following have their origins in Generation I:

  • The player has a party of up to six Pokémon with them, which can be used in battle against opponent Pokémon Trainers or wild Pokémon.
  • A PC-based Pokémon Storage System, made up of 12 boxes of 20 Pokémon each and developed by Bill, a Pokémaniac, is available to store reserve Pokémon not in the party (up to 240 total).
  • 151 species of Pokémon, with many related to each other by way of evolution.
  • A complex battle system, including:
    • Five stats—HP, Attack, Defense, Speed, and Special—which each Pokémon has. Different Pokémon have different stats, even among the same species.
    • 15 different types, which each Pokémon species has inherent to itself.
    • 165 unique moves, restricted to four per Pokémon, each with its own type, accuracy, and base power.
  • The Pokémon League challenge, consisting of Kanto's eight Pokémon Gyms, scattered across the region with each specializing in a different type, and the Elite Four and Pokémon Champion, awaiting challengers at Indigo Plateau.
  • A linked trade and battle system between two Game Boy systems, allowing players to exchange Pokémon they caught for a Pokémon owned by another person or to battle against each other to test their skills. Some Pokémon have to be traded so that they can evolve.

Region

Starter Pokémon

Pokémon Introduced

Below are the Pokémon introduced in this Generation:

001Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
002Ivysaur
Ivysaur
003Venusaur
Venusaur
004Charmander
Charmander
005Charmeleon
Charmeleon
006Charizard
Charizard
007Squirtle
Squirtle
008Wartortle
Wartortle
009Blastoise
Blastoise
010Caterpie
Caterpie
011Metapod
Metapod
012Butterfree
Butterfree
013Weedle
Weedle
014Kakuna
Kakuna
015Beedrill
Beedrill
016Pidgey
Pidgey
017Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
018Pidgeot
Pidgeot
019Rattata
Rattata
020Raticate
Raticate
021Spearow
Spearow
022Fearow
Fearow
023Ekans
Ekans
024Arbok
Arbok
025Pikachu
Pikachu
026Raichu
Raichu
027Sandshrew
Sandshrew
028Sandslash
Sandslash
029Nidoran♀
Nidoran
030Nidorina
Nidorina
031Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen
032Nidoran♂
Nidoran
033Nidorino
Nidorino
034Nidoking
Nidoking
035Clefairy
Clefairy
036Clefable
Clefable
037Vulpix
Vulpix
038Ninetales
Ninetales
039Jigglypuff
Jigglypuff
040Wigglytuff
Wigglytuff
041Zubat
Zubat
042Golbat
Golbat
043Oddish
Oddish
044Gloom
Gloom
045Vileplume
Vileplume
046Paras
Paras
047Parasect
Parasect
048Venonat
Venonat
049Venomoth
Venomoth
050Diglett
Diglett
051Dugtrio
Dugtrio
052Meowth
Meowth
053Persian
Persian
054Psyduck
Psyduck
055Golduck
Golduck
056Mankey
Mankey
057Primeape
Primeape
058Growlithe
Growlithe
059Arcanine
Arcanine
060Poliwag
Poliwag
061Poliwhirl
Poliwhirl
062Poliwrath
Poliwrath
063Abra
Abra
064Kadabra
Kadabra
065Alakazam
Alakazam
066Machop
Machop
067Machoke
Machoke
068Machamp
Machamp
069Bellsprout
Bellsprout
070Weepinbell
Weepinbell
071Victreebel
Victreebel
072Tentacool
Tentacool
073Tentacruel
Tentacruel
074Geodude
Geodude
075Graveler
Graveler
076Golem
Golem
077Ponyta
Ponyta
078Rapidash
Rapidash
079Slowpoke
Slowpoke
080Slowbro
Slowbro
081Magnemite
Magnemite
082Magneton
Magneton
083Farfetch'd
Farfetch'd
084Doduo
Doduo
085Dodrio
Dodrio
086Seel
Seel
087Dewgong
Dewgong
088Grimer
Grimer
089Muk
Muk
090Shellder
Shellder
091Cloyster
Cloyster
092Gastly
Gastly
093Haunter
Haunter
094Gengar
Gengar
095Onix
Onix
096Drowzee
Drowzee
097Hypno
Hypno
098Krabby
Krabby
099Kingler
Kingler
100Voltorb
Voltorb
101Electrode
Electrode
102Exeggcute
Exeggcute
103Exeggutor
Exeggutor
104Cubone
Cubone
105Marowak
Marowak
106Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
107Hitmonchan
Hitmonchan
108Lickitung
Lickitung
109Koffing
Koffing
110Weezing
Weezing
111Rhyhorn
Rhyhorn
112Rhydon
Rhydon
113Chansey
Chansey
114Tangela
Tangela
115Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
116Horsea
Horsea
117Seadra
Seadra
118Goldeen
Goldeen
119Seaking
Seaking
120Staryu
Staryu
121Starmie
Starmie
122Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
123Scyther
Scyther
124Jynx
Jynx
125Electabuzz
Electabuzz
126Magmar
Magmar
127Pinsir
Pinsir
128Tauros
Tauros
129Magikarp
Magikarp
130Gyarados
Gyarados
131Lapras
Lapras
132Ditto
Ditto
133Eevee
Eevee
134Vaporeon
Vaporeon
135Jolteon
Jolteon
136Flareon
Flareon
137Porygon
Porygon
138Omanyte
Omanyte
139Omastar
Omastar
140Kabuto
Kabuto
141Kabutops
Kabutops
142Aerodactyl
Aerodactyl
143Snorlax
Snorlax
144Articuno
Articuno
145Zapdos
Zapdos
146Moltres
Moltres
147Dratini
Dratini
148Dragonair
Dragonair
149Dragonite
Dragonite
150Mewtwo
Mewtwo
151Mew
Mew
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