The Pokemon FireRed player discovers the clever way the game communicates difficulty to the player

The Pokemon FireRed player discovers the clever way the game communicates difficulty to the player

The Pokemon FireRed player discovers the clever way the game communicates difficulty to the player

A fan of Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen notes that the descriptions of the starting Pokemon indicate how each affects the difficulty of the game.


Music fan Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreenrevisions of the first entries to Pokemon series of games, pointed out how the game’s descriptions for the three initial Kanto Pokemon indicate how each affects the difficulty of the game. Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander make up the three starter Pokemon players were supposed to choose when Pokemon red and blue were released in 1996 and has since become an icon of the series for all players, both new and old.

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These Pokemon started the tradition of starter Pokemon throughout the legendary series, with players choosing their partners from three cute candidates in all subsequent titles over the past 26 years. The starter Pokemon tradition continues to this day, with players recently having to choose between Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. While the process has remained relatively unchanged over the years, fans of every generation continue to debate which starter is the best companion. And while each starter Pokemon is a valid choice with its own strengths and weaknesses to consider, some of each game’s early challenges can be more or less challenging depending on the player’s choice.

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This is especially true in the original Pokemon red and blue games where early Gyms are thought to be more difficult for players who pick Charmander because its fire-typing is at a disadvantage against the Rock-type and Water-type Pokemon that are used in the first and second Gyms, respectively. One fan named Mastuh_KBM on Reddit points out how this consensus is suggested by the game’s developers early on Pokemon FireRed, where Professor Oak will provide a different commentary for each Starter Pokemon the player is considering choosing. Oak claims that Bulbasaur is “easy to raise” and that Squirtle “is worth raising”, while the player “should be patient in raising him” if they choose Charmander, whose type flaw will make some early game challenges a little harder.

Experienced players will know that such water-type and stone-type gyms can be defeated with Bulbasaur’s grass-type attacks, essentially setting the game to “easy mode” in the eyes of some players. The grass and water moves make it much easier to traverse Moon Mountain after the first Gym, although players have a good chance to add to their teams before taking on Brock, the first Gym Leader.

However, that shouldn’t discourage fans from picking up the Charmander if they so wish, as the initial flaw pays off with patience as the Charmander eventually grows into a full-fledged Charizard. Charmander can also learn Metal Claw Fiery red and green leaf also, making him a little more capable in the beginning. Either way, a choice of entrees in any Pokemon the game is monumental, and fans should consider more than just difficulty before making a choice.

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen are available on GameBoy Advance.

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