Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions

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Pokémon FireRed Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターファイアレッド Pocket Monsters Firered[4]) and Pokémon LeafGreen Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスターリーフグリーン Pocket Monsters Leafgreen[4]) are a pair of core series Generation III games that are set in the Kanto region. They were released in Japan on January 29, 2004, in North America on September 9, 2004, in Australia on September 23, 2004 and in Europe on October 1, 2004.

Pokémon FireRed Version
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Pokémon FireRed Version's boxart, featuring Charizard
Pokémon LeafGreen Version
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Pokémon LeafGreen Version's boxart, featuring Venusaur
Basic info
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Category: RPG
Players: up to 5
Connectivity: Game Link Cable, Wireless Adapter, e-Reader
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation III core series
CERO: 全年齢 (all ages)
ACB: G8+
GRAC: Not applicable
Release dates
Japan: January 29, 2004[1]
North America: September 9, 2004[2]
Australia: September 23, 2004
Europe: October 1, 2004[3]
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Pokémon.com
Nintendo.co.uk (FireRed)
Nintendo.co.uk (LeafGreen)
Japanese boxart
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Boxart of Pocket Monsters Firered.
LeafGreen JP boxart.png
Boxart of Pocket Monsters Leafgreen.
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As the first remakes in the Pokémon franchise, the games revisit the original pair of Pokémon games, Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. The remakes feature the characters, plot elements, and challenges from the originals, along with several updates introduced in Generation III.

The Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter was initially included with the games when they were first released, eliminating the need for Game Link Cables when trading between the two games (and later Pokémon Emerald). In later copies, it was sold separately.

FireRed and LeafGreen went on to become the second best-selling games on the Game Boy Advance, only behind Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. They also received Nintendo's Player's Choice awards.

FireRed and LeafGreen are the first of two remakes to take place in the region of Kanto, and were followed by Generation VII games Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! in 2018.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

The plot follows the same storyline as Generation I, with the player beginning in Pallet Town. After meeting up with Professor Oak while trying to leave for Route 1, both the player and their rival are asked by Oak to choose a first partner PokémonBulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle—from the desk near him. Oak allows the player to choose first and the rival quickly gets jealous, chooses the first partner Pokémon whose type is super-effective against the player's first partner Pokémon, then challenges the player to a battle. During this battle, Professor Oak commentates.

After the battle, Oak allows the two new Trainers to leave for their journey across Kanto. Stopping in Viridian City's Poké Mart, the player will find that a package has come in for the professor, and the clerk asks that it be delivered to him. After this has been completed the professor gives one Pokédex to the player and one to the rival, and sends them on their way. Viridian City has a Gym; however, it is locked.

From here, the player has their first encounter with other Trainers, on Route 2 and in Viridian Forest, and their first encounter with a Gym Leader: Brock the Rock-type Gym Leader of Pewter City. After his defeat, journeying along Route 3 and through Mt. Moon brings the player face to face with the regional villainous team, Team Rocket, who are attempting to extract rare Fossils from the cave. Their defeat allows the player to continue through the cave, obtain the Dome Fossil or Helix Fossil which can be regenerated into Kabuto and Omanyte, and continue onto Route 4, which leads directly into Cerulean City, where another Gym is. This one, however, is run by Misty, and specializes in Water-type Pokémon. To the north, as well, there are two routes leading up to Bill's cottage. On the way, the player is confronted with a trainer who tries to persuade them to join Team Rocket. When the player reaches Bill's cottage and frees him of his transformation into a Clefairy, he will give the player a ticket for the S.S. Anne, a luxury ship moored in Vermilion Harbor and filled with Trainers. Taking a shortcut through a house burglarized by Team Rocket, the player finally arrives at Route 5.

After traveling down Routes 5 and 6, using the Underground Path to bypass Saffron City, the player finally arrives in Vermilion. This city is home to another Pokémon Gym; however, the way to it is blocked by a small tree. The only thing to do is to show the ticket to the Sailor guarding the harbor, allowing entry into the S.S. Anne. It is here, after assisting the captain with his seasickness, that the player will obtain the first of the seven Hidden Machines available in the game, containing Cut. With this, and the Cascade Badge, the tree blocking the way to Vermilion Gym can be easily cut through, and Lt. Surge, a Gym Leader specializing in Electric-types, can be challenged. From here, Route 11 beckons, as does Diglett's Cave, through which is the only way to get back to Route 2, and a second HM, containing Flash held by one of Professor Oak's aides on Route 2. The player takes a brief detour to Pewter City's museum's back entrance which was previously blocked due to a Cut-able tree, which can now easily be bypassed. The player obtains the Old Amber in the museum. Heading back to Diglett's Cave, and to Vermilion, the player must go to Cerulean and to the east, onto Route 9 and towards the Rock Tunnel.

Rock Tunnel, a still undeveloped natural tunnel between the sections of Route 10, is pitch black inside; for this reason, Flash is recommended, but not required, for navigation of it. Finally reaching Lavender Town, the only town in Kanto without a Pokémon Gym besides Pallet, there is not much to do; the local Pokémon Tower is haunted. From here, Route 8 leads to Saffron City, but it again must be bypassed by way of another Underground Path, which has its other entrance on Route 7, on the west side of Saffron. Celadon City, the home of the fourth Gym which specializes in Grass-type Pokémon, is just a short walk further. Like the Vermilion Gym, the Celadon Gym also has a small tree blocking the way to its entrance, and an old man outside.

The Rocket Game Corner in Celadon is not what it appears to be. In fact, the Game Corner itself is merely the above-ground portion of a sprawling underground complex: the Rocket Hideout. The Team Rocket boss, Giovanni, appears for the first time here, and after his defeat, flees, leaving behind a Silph Scope. A Silph Scope is required to fully navigate the Pokémon Tower inside of Lavender Town that the player encountered earlier.

After this, the Pokémon Tower can be navigated, and the ghosts haunting it are revealed to be Gastly and Haunter. In front of the stairs to the final floor, blocking the way, is also a final spirit, that of a deceased Marowak that was killed by Team Rocket when they captured her child. Making it all the way to the top reveals Mr. Fuji held hostage by Team Rocket grunts, who will leave when they are defeated. Fuji gives away the Poké Flute, and with that, the Snorlax blocking Route 11 and Route 16 can finally be moved away. Another HM, containing Fly, can be obtained easily by cutting away a tree blocking the northern section of Route 16.

Now the player is presented with a choice of how to get to Fuchsia City. Traveling down either way the Snorlax are blocking, a faster way via Routes 16, 17, and 18 on Cycling Road, or down the Silence Bridge of Routes 12, 13, 14, and 15, inevitably brings one to the southernmost city in continental Kanto, Fuchsia City, home of Koga of the Poisonous Fuchsia Gym and the Kanto Safari Zone. The Safari Zone is currently running a contest: the person to reach a specific rest house first will win yet another HM, containing Surf. Finding the Safari Zone Warden's Gold Teeth also will have him reward the player with the final of Kanto's HMs, containing Strength.

The player then goes back to either Celadon City or Lavender Town, encountering the other Snorlax on the way back. After stopping off at the Celadon Mansion and getting some Tea, Saffron City can finally be entered. However, Team Rocket is guarding almost every door in the city, including that of the local Pokémon Gym! One of the open buildings, however, is the unofficial Fighting-type Pokémon Gym. After the player defeats the Fighting Dojo, they are entitled to either a Hitmonchan or a Hitmonlee. The city's centerpiece building, Silph Co.'s headquarters, has also been infiltrated by the organization, and at the top, waiting in the boardroom, is the Team Rocket Boss, Giovanni, appearing for a second time, demanding that the president give him the Master Ball that the company had developed. After his defeat, he flees.

After Team Rocket clears out of Saffron City, all buildings previously blocked are now open, as well as the Gym. The Gym Leader, Sabrina, specializes in Psychic-types. The floor, as well, is covered in warp tiles that make it difficult to navigate. After Sabrina's defeat, the player makes their way back to Fuchsia City again and heads out to obtain the rest of the Badges.

With six Badges in hand, and five HMs in the TM Case, finally the player can adventure onto the open sea of Routes 19 and 20. A short way across them, of course, is a minor obstacle: the Seafoam Islands. After they have been navigated through, the player can continue on Route 20 to Cinnabar Island, home of Blaine's Fire-type Gym. There are also several more facilities on the island, including one that actually revives Pokémon Fossils. After Blaine's defeat, Bill shows up again, because he needs help in a small region south of Kanto, the Sevii Islands. If the player accepts, the Seagallop Ferry will travel to One Island, where a friend of Bill's, Celio, is attempting to connect the islands' PC system to that of Kanto. During this, there is also a crisis in Two Island, where the daughter of the owner of the Joyful Game Corner has gone missing, and in Three Island where a group of invading Bikers are causing trouble. After defeating them and finding the lost girl, Lostelle, who is in Berry Forest, Bill and the player will return to Kanto, where the final Gym, that of Viridian City, lies.

Finally unlocked, the Gym, whose leader specializes in Ground-types, is revealed to be none other than the boss of Team Rocket himself, Giovanni! After his defeat, he vows to disband Team Rocket and disappears. Now with eight Badges, all that lies ahead is the Pokémon League at Indigo Plateau, conveniently at the end of Route 23.

The Elite Four await challengers, those who have proven themselves worthy by getting all eight Badges and making it through Victory Road will face them, in order. Lorelei, who trains Ice-type Pokémon is first, followed by Bruno, whose specialty is Fighting, Agatha, whose specialty is Ghost, and finally Lance, who specializes in Dragon-types. After defeating these four, the reigning Pokémon Champion challenges the player to a final battle, and the Champion is none other than the player's own rival! After his defeat, Oak arrives and tells the player that they won because they care better for their Pokémon, and the player's current party are added to the Hall of Fame.


After the credits roll, the player is back in Pallet Town. Professor Oak will have the player come to his lab to check on the Pokédex. If the player has obtained at least 60 Pokémon he will then upgrade it to the National Pokédex and ask the player to go back to the Sevii Islands to encounter Pokémon that Professor Oak has never before seen.

There is some more work that Celio needs to do on his network machine, as he wishes to link to yet another region. The signal, however, is not strong enough, and he needs the Ruby and the Sapphire, two items found in the Sevii Islands, to strengthen it. The Ruby is found deep in a cave in Mt. Ember, which Team Rocket grunts have been seen fooling around with. The Sapphire lies at the deepest part of the Dotted Hole in Ruin Valley. The Ruby can be given to Celio without a hitch; however, the Sapphire, when found, is stolen by a Scientist named Gideon, who takes it back to Team Rocket's warehouse in the Five Isle Meadow. By infiltrating the warehouse and defeating the remaining Rocket Admins, they realize that Giovanni has disbanded Team Rocket. They do, however, vow to return one day, and bring Team Rocket back to its former glory. Gideon reluctantly gives back the Sapphire, and after this, trades are possible with the Hoenn-based Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. The Elite Four can once again be challenged, and their Pokémon are 12 levels higher, with some of them possessing new Pokémon. In addition, Cerulean Cave is now open, and the powerful Mewtwo can be found there. Entei, Suicune, or Raikou will also begin roaming the Kanto region, depending on whether the player chose Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, respectively, as their first partner Pokémon.


Set off on a grand adventure to fulfill your dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master! Explore the Kanto region and discover wild Pokémon around every corner. Build your Pokémon collection and train and battle your way to success—earn your badges as you develop winning strategies to use against experienced Gym Leaders in every town. Explore every inch to uncover amazing secrets that will help you in your quest to be the very best trainer ever!

  • Trade, battle, and chat wirelessly! All new Wireless Adapter comes packed in every game, so trainers can trade, battle, and chat between their FireRed and LeafGreen versions with no cables!
  • Catch loads of Pokémon in never-before-seen island areas!
  • Expand your collection when you trade with a friend. Link up with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire or Pokémon Colosseum to catch them all!

Changes from Pokémon Red and Green


The battle screen


Version-exclusive Pokémon

The following Pokémon are only obtainable in one game of this pair. In order to obtain Pokémon exclusive to the other game of this pair, they must be traded either from that game or from another compatible game of Generation III which has that Pokémon available. In addition, Mew, several Generation II Pokémon and all Generation III Pokémon (except Azurill, Wynaut, and Deoxys) must be traded from a Hoenn-based game.

0023   Ekans
0024   Arbok
0043   Oddish
Grass Poison
0044   Gloom
Grass Poison
0045   Vileplume
Grass Poison
0054   Psyduck
0055   Golduck
0058   Growlithe
0059   Arcanine
0090   Shellder
0091   Cloyster
Water Ice
0123   Scyther
Bug Flying
0125   Electabuzz
0182   Bellossom
0194   Wooper
Water Ground
0195   Quagsire
Water Ground
0198   Murkrow
Dark Flying
0211   Qwilfish
Water Poison
0212   Scizor
Bug Steel
0225   Delibird
Ice Flying
0227   Skarmory
Steel Flying
0239   Elekid
0386   Deoxys
Attack Forme
0027   Sandshrew
0028   Sandslash
0037   Vulpix
0038   Ninetales
0069   Bellsprout
Grass Poison
0070   Weepinbell
Grass Poison
0071   Victreebel
Grass Poison
0079   Slowpoke
Water Psychic
0080   Slowbro
Water Psychic
0120   Staryu
0121   Starmie
Water Psychic
0126   Magmar
0127   Pinsir
0183   Marill
0184   Azumarill
0199   Slowking
Water Psychic
0200   Misdreavus
0215   Sneasel
Dark Ice
0223   Remoraid
0224   Octillery
0226   Mantine
Water Flying
0240   Magby
0298   Azurill
0386   Deoxys
Defense Forme


Japanese version font difference
Top: male NPC, bottom: female NPC
Note the common word ポケモン (Pokémon)
  • Dialogue text is rendered differently based on the gender of the non-player characters.
    • In the Japanese versions, male NPCs are given a computer-style font while female NPCs show a font that resembles handwritten text. Text from other sources uses the same font as male NPCs.
    • In non-Japanese versions, the differentiation is instead done with colors: male NPCs use blue text and female NPCs use pink text. Text from other sources is black.
  • When entering certain locations such as Viridian Forest or Diglett's Cave, an image of the location appears.
  • A few scenes have been fixed.
    • Professor Oak now walks over to the table and gives the player and rival their Pokédexes. In Generation I, the Pokédex sprites would instead vanish after the game says that the player obtained it without anyone having moved.
    • The boy who prevents the player from leaving Pewter City before Brock is defeated (by escorting the player to the Gym) now returns the way he came. In Generation I, he would instead walk east and vanish offscreen, where a barrier prevents the player from walking.
  • Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen are the first games of the core series where each item has its own sprite; the sprites can be seen from the player's Bag. These images were retained in Pokémon Emerald as well as later generations.



FireRed and LeafGreen were created as a result of the first Generation III games, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, lacking backward compatibility with Generations I and II. Trading between these games and the third Hoenn-based game, Pokémon Emerald, is possible through the traditional Game Link Cable. Trading with other copies of FireRed or LeafGreen as well as with Emerald may also be done through the GBA Wireless Adapter, though Ruby and Sapphire are not compatible with it. Using a GameCube-GBA cable, players may also trade party Pokémon with Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, but only after the player has obtained the Ruby and Sapphire and given them to Celio, obtained the National Dex in Emerald, and completed the main storyline of Colosseum/XD.

While FireRed and LeafGreen cannot trade directly with the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, a player's Pokémon may be permanently transferred via Pal Park, and some Generation I Pokémon can be found using dual-slot mode.

Localization changes

  • In the original Japanese version, the blue and pink font color is used only for the Continue button on title screen, with NPC's gender changing the font style instead.
  • On the title screens, the Japanese versions say PRESS START BUTTON while international releases just say PRESS START.
  • The name entry screen in Japanese versions only allows for five characters in a name, the international releases changed the character limit from five to seven.
  • In international releases, the Lv icon on battle screens was moved to the right corner and the level number was made normal instead of bold. and symbols were also given a slight alteration.
  • In the player's bedroom, the video game console is a Famicom in the Japanese version, or a NES in the English version.
    • This was also a Famicom in Japanese Red, Green, and Blue, but a Super Famicom in Japanese Yellow. In the localized versions of all Generation I games, this was a SNES.
  • In the player's house, the film on TV depends on the game language and player's gender. The Stand by Me reference originated in Generation I, while the other references were introduced in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
    • In all languages except French, if the player is male, a movie involving four boys walking on railroad tracks, possibly a reference to Stand by Me.
    • In all languages except French, if the player is female, a movie featuring a girl in pigtails walking down a brick road, possibly a reference to The Wizard of Oz.
    • In French, if the player is male, a movie featuring a "cool guy in a taxi" (French: "Y'a un gars cool dans un taxi."), possibly a reference to the 1998 French movie Taxi.
    • In French, if the player is female, The Lord of the Rings is mentioned by name.
  • In the European versions, the Nugget Bridge Rocket Grunt glitch was patched. This prevents the player from getting unlimited Nuggets.
  • Janine is correctly named in the Japanese, French, German, and Spanish versions of Koga's Fame Checker.
    • In the English version, she is incorrectly named "Charine". In the Italian version, she is also incorrectly named "Carine", based on the mistake in the English version, instead of her actual Italian name "Nina".
  • Daisy Oak's full name is mentioned in the English, German, Italian, and Spanish versions of the Pokémon Journal from Four Island.
    • In the Japanese and French versions of this Pokémon Journal, only her given name is mentioned. This relates to the fact that in Japanese media, it is not officially known if Blue and Daisy share the same surname as their grandfather Professor Oak.
  • In Trainer Tower, the international releases had e-Reader battle card compatibilities removed as those cards were never released outside of Japan due to the poor sales of the e-Reader in the US.
  • If one presses ↑ + SELECT + B on the title screen to delete all save data, in the Japanese versions, the screen is teal in FireRed and blue in LeafGreen. In the localizations, the screen in both versions is bright green.
  • Entering the Rocket Warehouse requires two palindrome passwords which vary between languages.
    English: "Goldeen need log" and "Yes, nah, Chansey"
    Japanese:「またまた タマタマ」 (Exeggcute yet again) and 「カブトは とぶか」 (Can Kabuto fly?)
    French: "Tarsal la star" (Ralts the star) and "Ici Girafarig ici" (Here Girafarig here)
    German: "Arbok Kobra" (Arbok cobra) and "Makuhita Atihu kam" (Makuhita Atihu came)
    Italian: "Un'ortica ad Articuno" (A nettle to Articuno) and "Le scarpate di Parasect" (The escarpments of Parasect)
    Spanish: "Aron ama a Nora" (Aron loves Nora; not an exact palindrome) and "Ho-Oh es ese Ho-Oh" (Ho-Oh is that Ho-Oh)
  • In the list of Gym Leaders from Japanese game manual, Giovanni appears normally and his name is mentioned. In the English manual, his face is obscured and he is unidentified, his name being replaced by "???".

Localization changes shared by Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen

Main article: Pokémon Red and Blue Versions → Localization changes shared by Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen

Localization changes shared by Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!

Main article: Pokémon Red and Blue Versions → Localization changes shared by Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee!


The games were praised by critics for maintaining the same storyline as the original versions, and also for incorporating new events. Criticism was received, however, for the lack of graphical improvement from Ruby and Sapphire.[5] Generally, the games scored highly.[6][7] Nintendo Power magazine gave them 4.5/5,[8] while IGN rated the games an "Amazing" 9.0/10.[5] Eurogamer, though, criticized the lack of 'evolution' from the series, giving the remakes a 7/10.[9] Gaming magazine Famitsu gave the games a score of 33 out of 40. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen hold a rating of 81.92%[10] and 80.78%,[11] respectively, on GameRankings.


FireRed and LeafGreen received strong sales, although weaker than Ruby and Sapphire. Over one million copies were sold in Japan over the first four days of release.[12] In the fiscal year of their release, they sold more than 2 million units.[13] As of March 31, 2013, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen have sold 12 million copies worldwide making these the lowest selling remakes of core series games.[14]

Japanese sales

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen sold 1,013,119 units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 517,874 from Pokémon FireRed and 495,245 from Pokémon LeafGreen, with a sell-through of 96.01% and 92.40% respectively. By January 2, 2011, the end of their 362nd week, they had sold 2,909,961 copies, being 1,619,109 from Pokémon FireRed and 1,290,852 from Pokémon LeafGreen.

Pokémon FireRed Version

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 February 1, 2004 1st 517,874 517,874
2 February 8, 2004 2nd 148,000 665,900
7 March 14, 2004 9th 28,000 950,000
11 April 11, 2004 5th 18,211 1,046,800
14 May 2, 2004 7th 23,201 1,102,400
49 January 2, 2005 - - 1,329,455
153 December 31, 2006 - - 1,523,398
205 December 30, 2007 - - 1,571,668
257 December 28, 2008 - - 1,597,803
310 January 3, 2010 - - 1,614,669
362 January 2, 2011 - - 1,619,109

Pokémon LeafGreen Version

Week Week ending Ranking Units sold Total units sold
1 February 1, 2004 2nd 495,245 495,245
2 February 8, 2004 3rd 122,900 618,100
49 January 2, 2005 - - 1,077,890
153 December 31, 2006 - - 1,221,434
205 December 30, 2007 - - 1,258,097
310 January 3, 2010 - - 1,288,107
362 January 2, 2011 - - 1,290,852


Main article: Staff of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen


Main article: Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection

The soundtrack contains all of the background music from the games, composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose, and Morikazu Aoki. Much of the music is remixed from Game Boy: Entire Pokémon Sounds Collection CD, the soundtrack for Pokémon Red and Green and Pokémon Red and Blue.

Version history


Version Changelog
1.0 Initial release
1.1 Unknown changes


Version Changelog
1.0 Initial release (in European localizations, the Nugget Bridge script oversight was fixed)

This version was only released in English.

  • Made a minor change to Chikorita's FireRed Pokédex entry
  • Added a unique Pokédex entry for Tyranitar in FireRed (rather than reusing the LeafGreen entry)
  • Fixed Pokédex category display bug
  • The word "PRESENTS" below "Game Freak" in the game's opening was mistakenly missing in the English 1.0 release; this was restored in version 1.1
  • The Pokédex's help menu is corrected to tell players to select "NEXT DATA" to view a Pokémon's habitat, instead of the non-existent "AREA" option


For unused content, see Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen beta.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were announced in September 2003[15] as Game Boy Advance remakes of Pokémon Red and Green that are compatible with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire as well as the then-unreleased Pokémon Colosseum for the GameCube. Game Freak's Junichi Masuda stated that these games were developed around the idea of simplicity.[16][17]

The introduction of the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter was touted as one of the new features in FireRed and LeafGreen, the first titles to support and include it as part of the core experience. Former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata praised the Wireless Adapter for its enhancements to multiplayer functionality, including in the Pokémon games.[18]

Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, when questioned about the reason behind the remakes of Red and Green in an interview with IGN at E3 2004, declared that they did not see FireRed and LeafGreen as remakes but rather as new games sporting wireless functionality.[19]

We don't feel that this a remake at all. We feel that this is a new game, with wireless technology. The reason why they are Red and Green is that they were the most popular games in the Pokemon series, and we wanted to introduce the concept again for the GBA. And it's been eight years since Red and Blue, so our target audience changes in that time, and the new audience will see Pikachu or Charizard as new characters.

When asked about Satoshi Tajiri's current involvement in Pokémon, Ishihara stated that he oversaw the whole development process of FireRed and LeafGreen, including the text.[19]

It's really Mr. Tajiri's creation, and this is a new version of his creation. So he supervised the whole process and the new text. He oversaw all the new features added to his creation.

According to Junichi Masuda, LeafGreen was not retitled to match Blue internationally for the following reasons:[16][17]

  • A leaf is a symbol of peace, while fire and water are opposing concepts and thus would seem more like a conflict. A leaf is also an easier concept to grasp and translate into other languages, and in this world of conflicts, the creators wanted to give a name suggestive of a peaceful world.
  • The developers also wanted a colorful drawing of a Bulbasaur family member on the boxart. Masuda explains that, as with legendary Pokémon, creating a title for each Pokémon game that can be used and easily understood in all countries is not an easy task.



Title screens

Alternate covers


The infamous truck
Venusaur credits' sprite Charizard credits' sprite Blastoise credits' sprite Pikachu credits' sprite
Venusaur artwork from
Pocket Monsters Green boxart
Charizard artwork from
Pocket Monsters Red boxart
Blastoise artwork from
Pocket Monsters Blue boxart
Pikachu artwork from
Pocket Monsters Pikachu boxart

Unique content

In the core series, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen are the only games with these characteristics:

  • FireRed and LeafGreen are the only games released between a game and its updated version in the same generation. Specifically, they were released after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire but before Pokémon Emerald.
  • They are the only remakes that were originally released for a system that could also play their original versions via backwards compatibility.
  • They are the only games where evolving into a Pokémon outside the regional Pokédex (such as Gloom into Bellossom) only becomes possible after the player obtains the National Pokédex.
  • They are the only games where a Pokémon cannot evolve based on time due to the lack of this feature even though the games are compatible with the evolved forms. In this case, Eevee cannot evolve into Espeon or Umbreon but the evolved forms can be traded from other games.
  • They are the only games featuring the TM Case instead of storing TMs directly in the Bag.
    • They are the only games that have multiple Bag pockets but no pocket dedicated for TMs.
  • Pokémon FireRed is the only game where only one Pokémon (Wynaut) from a particular generation can be obtained outside of trading or events.
    • Pokémon LeafGreen is the only game where only two Pokémon (Wynaut and Azurill) from a particular generation can be obtained outside of trading or events.

Unique content in Kanto-based games

The Generation I games as well as FireRed and LeafGreen are the only core series games with these characteristics:

  • No time-based features. This is due to the fact that neither the console nor the cartridges have internal clocks.
  • No Dark-type Pokémon in the available regional Pokédex.
  • The Japanese names of all Gym Leaders are written with the same number of characters (each consisting of exactly three katakana; for instance, Brock is named タケシ).

The Generation I games, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee are the only core series games with these characteristics:

  • The mascot of each game is a first partner Pokémon or the evolved form of a first partner Pokémon.
  • The main plot does not involve any Legendary Pokémon.
  • The pairs of games have exactly the same Legendary Pokémon available without trades or events.

Introduced content

In the core series, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were the first games with these characteristics:

  • These were the first core series game remakes.
  • These were the first pair of games not followed by an upper version.
  • These were the first core series games released in the same generation as other core series games but not as rereleases of the previous games (being released after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire).
  • They are the first games where Pokémon outside the current regional Pokédex are available without trades or events.
  • They are the first games where certain Legendary Pokémon are available outside of trades or events:
    • Legendary Pokémon outside the current regional Pokédex are available.
    • Legendary Pokémon from multiple generations are available.
    • Only one Legendary Pokémon is available out of a Legendary trio (one of the Legendary beasts per game).
  • They have Pokédex entries reused from previously released games.
  • They feature a regional Pokédex which includes some but not all members of some evolutionary families available in the current games. Specifically, the Kanto Pokédex does not feature several cross-generational evolutions and pre-evolutions (such as Pichu and Bellossom) even though they are available in FireRed and LeafGreen without trades or events.
  • They are the first games where the availability of some wild Pokémon (in this case, the Legendary beasts) depends on which first partner Pokémon was chosen.
  • They are the first games where only items from the Items Pocket can be stored in the PC.
  • They are the first games where the Pokédex description of each Pokémon is displayed as a single page instead of two pages.
  • They are the first games where Pokémon outside the regional Pokédex only become available in the post-game.
  • They are the first games where Pokémon breeding only becomes available in the post-game.
  • They are the first games with two Pokémon Day Cares, although only one of them features breeding.

Typographical errors

The Teachy TV error, showing "Pocket" as "Pokcet"
  • If a FireRed or LeafGreen cart is present in Slot 2 of the Nintendo DS, the migration option in the main menu of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is incorrectly stated as "Migrate from Fire Red" or "Migrate from Leaf Green", with a space in the middle of the version names. This typo was fixed in Pokémon Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver by removing the space.
  • Any category names with more than one word are cut off in early English releases of the games, causing for example Pokémon like Pidgey to be listed as "Tiny Pokémon" rather than "Tiny Bird Pokémon." Internal game data lists the categories the same as they appear in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and other games, indicating a mistake in the Pokédex where a blank space is misread for the terminating byte for the name. This was addressed in the later Player's Choice releases of the game. Alongside the missing word "Presents" in the game's opening, this is the easiest way to tell whether a particular game is a v1.0 or v1.1 release.
  • In Teachy TV, during the program about registering items, the second instance of the word pocket in the phrase "Key Items Pocket" is misspelled as "Pokcet". This was not addressed in v1.1.

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese ポケットモンスターファイアレッド・リーフグリーン
French   Canada Versions FireRed et LeafGreen de Pokémon*
  Europe Pokémon Version Rouge Feu et Version Vert Feuille
  German Pokémon Feuerrote Edition und Blattgrüne Edition
  Italian Pokémon Versione Rosso Fuoco e Versione Verde Foglia
  Korean 포켓몬스터 파이어레드・리프그린
  Spanish Pokémon Edición Rojo Fuego y Edición Verde Hoja

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