As Red arrives in Pewter City, a group of angry townspeople pursue a wild Pikachu that steals and eats their produce; however, every time they corner it, the Mouse Pokémon escapes using its electricity. After reading a poster that fell off a building, Red decides it would be in his best interest to give them a hand. Watching the townspeople's pathetic attempts (such as trapping it with a net), to try to catch the electric mouse, Red challenges it to a battle and chooses Bulbasaur to defeat the trouble-maker, only one Sleep Powder is used as it hits and sends Pikachu to sleep. After his reward from the townspeople, Red shows them his Pokédex and they watch in amazement. Afterwards, in the outskirts of Pewter City, Red tries befriending his newly caught Pikachu, but this is to no avail. Blue shows up and reveals he is planning on challenging Brock, the leader of the Pewter City Gym, and he challenges Red to try to be the first to defeat Brock and win the Boulder Badge.
Red accepts and visits the Pokémon Center to prepare himself to the big battle ahead, but he finds the Center closed for damages, and the only Pokémon he has with full energy is...the troublesome Pikachu!
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- On page 59, on the night before Red's battle with the Pewter Gym Leader, Brock, Red says that he will get his Pokémon "healled", instead of "healed"
- Blue tells Red that his Pikachu won't work against Brock's Pokémon because they're Rock-type. Though this is technically untrue, all of Brock's Pokémon at this point are Rock/Ground, making them immune to Pikachu's Electric-type attacks.
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