August 25, 2016
(First I just want to bring attention to a Pokémon challenge my friend is doing, partly inspired by Pickymon: No shops, no catches. He can only use Pokémon given as gifts. It promises to be very entertaining!)
After freeing Bill from his weird issue and receiving a ticket on a sweet boat, I went back to Cerulean City and decided to check out what the deal was with Team Rocket. Apparently they robbed a house and then decided to just hang out in the back yard? The Rocket Grunt decided he needed to fight me, and his drowzee’s hypnosis caused me so many problems! But I managed to beat it, eventually and get the TM for “dig”, which apparently Lil Squirt can learn? I’ll save it for later though.
On my way out of town, I realised that Cerulean City makes no sense. Why would the one of the main paths out of town require you to go through someone’s house and backyard? And as far as I can tell that house didn’t even have a back door before a hole got knocked through the wall!
I went south and took the Underground Path, ending up just outside Vermilion City. Then I fought some trainers.
During one of the fights, Luna (Two) got poisoned, and I’d totally forgotten how scary the poison effect is in the older generations, with the screen flipping out every few steps you take.
Anyway I got to Vermilion City, and a guy asked me about a boat.
After exploring a bit, I listened to a guy talk about his rapidash for what seemed like hours. He apologised and decided to give me something to apologise for taking up so much of my time…
But my inventory was full. So I went and sold a few things and put some stuff in storage, then went to get the gift.
But he had to talk about his rapidash from the start first! Eventually I got the bike voucher though, and immediately went back to Cerulean City to cash that in!
At this point I thought to do a little research to double-check one of my future Pokémon could learn cut for later…but it turns out you can’t catch bellsprout in Pokémon Red! Dang.
So I went north of Cerulean and wandered around until I found an oddish.
Half my team now decided, I biked back to Vermillon City and decided to rest there.