Vermilion City (Japanese: クチバシティKuchiba City) is a city in Kanto.
Situated near a sea inlet to the south, it serves as a popular sea port for ships such as the S.S. Anne. Vermilion Harbor is a home port for many ships. The S.S. Anne sails around the world and returns to Vermilion once a year. The S.S. Aqua sails from Olivine City in Johto to Vermilion Harbor. The Seagallop Ferries sail regularly to all of the Sevii Islands. Aside from the harbor, the other exits to the city are Route 11 and Diglett's Cave to the east. North of the city is Route 6.
Vermilion is also home to the Fan Club Chairman. He can be found in the Pokémon Fan Club house located just slightly north of the Gym. By talking to him, the player can obtain a voucher for a free bike, the only way to obtain a bike since the price of 1,000,000 is impossible to pay.
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The Vermilion City's Fan Club in FireRed and LeafGreen
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The Kanto chapter of the Pokémon Fan Club is located in Vermilion. The Pokémon Fan Club is an organization spread throughout the Pokémon world, with at least one Club House in nearly every region. The Fan Club is basically a place for people to meet and chat about their favorite Pokémon and to show off their collections to each other. In general, the members are usually more oriented to unevolved, cute Pokémon.
In the northeastern part of the city, there is an old man whose Machop is preparing a plot of land for construction of a building. They still have not finished three years after he started in Generation I, as he does not have enough money to begin building. This man's Machop can cause a glitch in Generation II. In Generation IV, the construction site consumes most of the north-eastern side of the city, playing a slightly bigger role in the game; there are many breakable rocks surrounding the building site that conceal many hidden items such as Shards, Heart Scales, and other valuable items.
In one of the houses south and a little east of the Pokémon Center is a girl that wants to trade the player a Farfetch'd for a Spearow. The Farfetch'd will be nicknamed "Ch'ding" ("Dux" in Generation I), and it will be holding a Stick. The OT will be "Elyssa" and its ID will be 08810. The Pokémon's level will be the same as the one that the player traded.
Northeast of the S.S. Aqua, in the area below the gatekeeper Sailor, only accessible after taking the S.S. Aqua from Olivine City, on the northern buoy three squares west of the eastern edge (requires Surf) (hidden)
In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, an outbreak of Bulbasaur and Ivysaur, a part of natural phenomena known as the "Ivysaur march", was causing traffic and minor chaos across the city. The Grass Pokémon made their way to their former grassland, to the north of Vermilion, which is now a construction site for a new Gym. After scaling the building, the Ivysaur and Bulbasaur evolved together and released pollen into the air, causing all of the city's flowers to bloom.
Vermilion City first appeared in Danger: High Voltorb and Buzz Off, Electabuzz!. After arriving, Red learned that many people in the city had gotten their Pokémon stolen. Red decided to investigate the S.S. Anne, where he learned that the local Gym Leader, Lt. Surge, was behind the thefts and was using the ship to transport the stolen Pokémon away. Surge almost succeeded in drowning Red, but was saved by his newly evolved Poliwrath. Although Surge managed to get away, his Sailor underlings were arrested and the stolen Pokémon aboard the ship were returned to their rightful owners.
Vermilion City reappeared in Ekans the Ecstasy. Just when Yellow arrived there aboard the S.S. Anne, which was now transporting passengers instead of stolen Pokémon, the Team Rocket Elite Trio sabotaged the ship. Although Yellow was able to save all of the passengers, the ship was still sunk at the harbor.
In The Kindest Tentacruel, the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman told Yellow of a legend about an underwater dome at the bottom of the Vermilion Harbor. Inside the dome was supposedly a set of unique Evolution stones that didn't disappear after being used, with one of these stones being behind the Evolution of Red's Poliwrath three years earlier. Yellow was later lead to the dome by a Tentacruel, only to find out that the Thunder, Water, and Fire Stones were missing, meaning that she wasn't the first one to have found the place.
In Breath of Dragonair Part 1, while thinking about a way to cross the ocean without Surf, Yellow learned of a surfing contest, where the main prize was going to be a Dragonair, an excellent Pokémon for crossing the sea. However, before the contest could even begin, the "prize" Dragonair started attacking everyone, as it actually belonged to Lance, who used its Hyper Beam to obliterate most of Vermilion City, as he claimed it was obstructing his view. When Lance started to leave, Yellow gave chase. Lance proved to be an overwhelmingly strong opponent and sent Yellow sinking into the sea. However, thanks to Pika learning Surf, Yellow was able to save herself from drowning and start crossing the sea.
Vermilion City appeared in Vermilion City, where it was visited by Satoshi. With the S.S. Ticket he had received from Bill, he visited the S.S. Anne and met the ship's seasick captain. After the captain had recovered from his seasickness, he talked with Satoshi for a while, before Satoshi headed to the Vermilion Gym to challenge Lt. Surge. The Gym battle between Surge's Electabuzz and Satoshi's Charmeleon ended in Satoshi's victory, earning him the Thunder Badge. Afterwards, the captain of the S.S. Anne came to congratulate him of his victory, giving him HM01 (Cut) before leaving with his ship.
Vermilion City and Cinnabar Island are named after the same color in the English versions of the Pokémon games but not in the Japanese versions, since vermilion (クチバkuchiba, "decayed leaves") refers to a shade of orange while crimson (グレンguren, "crimson lotus") refers to a shade of red. Vermilion is an orange-red pigment, produced from the orange-red mineral cinnabar. This explains why Vermilion City is colored orange while Cinnabar Island is colored red in the Generation I games when played with the Super Game Boy enhancements enabled on a compatible system or with the Game Boy Color enhancements available in the international releases of Pokémon Yellow (including the Virtual Console release).