Saffron City - Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Guide - IGN (2024)


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Saffron City

If you haven't done it yet, give the guard in the guard house something a drink from the Celadon Department Store to pass.

Saffron City has been taken over completely by Team Rocket. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to enter the once benevolent Silph Company HQ and free it from said Rocket infestation. Before you move on, you may want to pop into the local Gym. Which one? Yep, you're right. There are two. At first, you can only enter into the one on the left.


Fighting Dojo Gym

This gym is actually not required to beat the game. But you get a cool Pokémon prize when you beat it, so don't skip it. The opponents are really easy to beat. Just use a Ghost type (it can't be hit by the Fighting Pokémon) or a strong Psychic.

  • Blackbelt: Machop (31), Mankey (31), Primeape (31)
  • Blackbelt: Machop (32), Machoke (32)
  • Blackbelt: Primeape (36)
  • Blackbelt: Mankey (31), Mankey (31), Primeape (31)
  • Karate Master: Hitmonlee (37), Hitmonchan (37)

After you have beaten the Karate Master, you will be given the choice of one of two rare Fighting Pokémon: Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee. You can only get one of the two, so choose wisely. Since Hitmonchan's Special rating sucks, it's probably a good idea to pick the lightning fast Hitmonlee.

How do you get the second one? Sorry, you can only obtain the other through trade or by beating Pokémon Stadium's Gym Leader Battle mode.

Get TM 29 - Psychic

Enter the house in the southeast to get TM 29 - Psychic, one of the most reliable attacks in the game. Use it often against Poison (/Ghost) and Fighting types for one-hit wins.

Poké Mart

Buy plenty of the Full Heal items and sell all your other status healing items to free up inventory. Say good bye to all those Antidotes and Burn Heals...

Great Ball 600
Hyper Potion 1500
Max Repel 700
Escape Rope 550
Full Heal 600
Revive 1500


Silph Company

This office maze can be really confusing when you don't know where you're going. There are tons of teleporters that take you places -- and guess what, most of them are completely superfluous. All you need to do is take the elevator up to the fifth floor and grab the Card Key in the narrow corridor in the southern part of the room. Now you can open every locked door in the building, so you don't need to try and warp around too much. Next stop: third floor. Open the locked door and take the teleporter next to the table. You will now fight your arch nemesis, Gary. He's got the following Pokémon:

Red and Blue

Gary: Pidgeot (37), Growlithe (37), Exeggcute (35), Alakazam (35), as well as his trusty starting Pokemon at level 40.


Gary: Sandslash (38), Ninetales (35), Cloyster (37), Kadabra (35), as well as his evolved Eevee (40).

By the way, you can heal your Pokémon at any time by going to the 9th floor and talking to woman in the southwest corner of the building. If your Pokémon are healthy enough for the final showdown, continue on from Gary's position to face the following trainers:

Red and Blue

  • Rocket: Cubone (32), Marowak (32), Drowzee (32)
  • Giovanni: Nidorino (37), Kangaskhan (35), Rhyhorn (37), Nidoqueen (41)


  • Jessie & James: Weezing (31), Arbok (31), Meowth (31)
  • Giovanni: Nidorino (37), Rhyhorn (37), Persian (35), Nidoqueen (41)

Beat Giovanni to get your hands on the valuable Master Ball. Store this gem away for later use. It's your key to capturing Mewtwo.


There is no use in listing all the trainers in this building as you're likely to take your own route through here. After you have beaten Giovanni, you can now explore the building without getting attacked and safely retrieve all the items scattered about. Here's a look at what's where:

2nd Floor: TM 36 - Self Destruct</font>
3rd Floor: Hyper Potion
4th Floor: Full Heal, Max Revive, Escape Rope
5th Floor: Protein, TM 09 - Take Down
6th Floor: HP Up, X Accuracy
7th Floor: TM 03 - Swords Dance, Calcium
10th Floor: Carbos, Rare Candy, TM 26 - Earthquake

Get Lapras

Be sure to pay a visit to the Silph employee on the 7th Floor, in the same room where you fought Gary. He will give you a rare Level 15 Lapras as a reward.

Get TM 31 - Mimic

Once you have liberated Silph Co., you can enter the house in the northwest. Give the Poké Doll you bought in Celadon City to the cookie girl upstairs and she'll give you TM 31 - Mimic.

Saffron City Gym

After you have saved the Silph Company's president, you can finally enter the official Saffron City Gym and battle Sabrina. In order to get to Sabrina, you need to step on the teleportation squares on the ground.

Use this sequence to get to Sabrina:

  1. Step on the first square to warp to the southeast room.
  2. Step on the upper right square to warp to the room above.
  3. Now use the upper left square to go to the northeastern room.
  4. The lower left square brings you to the northwest corner.
  5. Pick the lower left square again and you'll face Sabrina.


These are the trainers you'll encounter (in order):

  1. Psychic: Slowpoke (33), Slowpoke (33), Slowpoke (33)
  2. Psychic: Mr. Mime (34), Kadabra (34)
  3. Psychic: Kadabra (31), Kadabra (31), Mr. Mime (31), Slowpoke (31)
  4. Psychic: Slowbro (38)
  5. Sabrina (Red and Blue): Kadabra (38), Mr. Mime (37), Alakazam (43), Venomoth (38)
  6. Sabrina (Yellow): Abra (50), Kadabra (50), Alakazam (50)

You can also battle these other trainers, if you want:

  • Channeler: Haunter (38)
  • Channeler: Gastly (33), Gastly (33), Haunter (33)
  • Channeler: Gastly (34), Haunter (34)

Once you beat Sabrina, you will receive the Marsh Badge that lets you train Pokémon up to level 70, as well as TM 46 - Psywave.

Once you're done here, move on to Route 12 to catch yourself a Snorlax and some Water Pokémon. Your ultimate destination is Fuchsia City, so you can also take a different way -- like Routes 16-18, for example.

Go to Route 12

Up Next: Route 12

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How do you beat the Saffron City Gym puzzle? ›

Saffron City Gym
  1. Step on the first square to warp to the southeast room.
  2. Step on the upper right square to warp to the room above.
  3. Now use the upper left square to go to the northeastern room.
  4. The lower left square brings you to the northwest corner.
  5. Pick the lower left square again and you'll face Sabrina.

Why is Saffron City Gym blocked? ›

Answers. You had to beat Giovanni in Celadon Game Corner first to get the Silph Scope. Once you've done go to Silph Company in Saffron City and defeat Giovanni there. That will remove the Team Rocket grunt blocking the entrance to the Saffron Gym.

How do I get past Saffron City? ›

If you haven't done it yet, give the guard in the guard house a drink from the Celadon Department Store or tea from the Celadon Mansion to pass.

What is Saffron City Gym Leader weak to? ›

Sabrina specializes in Psychic type Pokémon, and as such makes her a prime candidate for using your strongest Bug, Ghost, and Dark type moves against her.

How old is Sabrina in Pokémon? ›

Gender: Female | Varies for her Pokémon. Age: Late teens | Early twenties. Weaknesses: Normal human weaknesses. Overwhelming sound disrupts her psychic powers.

How do you solve the surge gym puzzle? ›

Surge and his crew. To open the door that leads to Lt. Surge, you need to hit two hidden switches located in the buckets in this room. The switch locations are random, so all you can do is search all the buckets until you find the first switch, then look for the second one right next to it.

Why can't I get into Saffron City? ›

Talk to the police officer.

Inside the gatehouse, you'll see a police officer. Originally, this officer would have kept you from entering Saffron City. Now, however, you'll want to approach him and talk to him — he should take the tea and drink it. After this, he will let you through the gate without any harm done.

Why was Pokémon Gym removed? ›

We will remove PokéStops or Gyms from Pokémon GO for a very specific and limited set of reasons: There's no longer safe pedestrian access to the location. The PokéStop or Gym obstructs or interferes with Emergency Services' ability to perform normal operations.

Is Sabrina the 5th or 6th Gym Leader? ›

According to the official Pokémon Red and Blue manual, Sabrina's Gym appears to be the 5th gym, canonically speaking. However, this is directly contradicted by the game badge screen itself, which swaps her and Koga's badge positions.

How to get rid of Team Rocket in Saffron City Pokémon yellow? ›

Just as long as you know you're near if you teleport to the 7th floor where Gary is and you battle him. And then just go to the next teleport and you'll be near the Boss and after you beat him, Team Rocket will flee.

Where is the gym leader in Saffron City? ›

Saffron City Gym

In order to get to Sabrina, you need to step on the teleportation squares on the ground. Use this sequence to get to Sabrina: Step on the first square to warp to the southeast room. Step on the upper right square to warp to the room above.

What do I do after I beat Team Rocket in Saffron City? ›

After defeating Team Rocket in the Silph Co. building, there are a few things to do around town - a man outside Silph offers you a Porygon as a gift, whilst the Police Officer in to the top right of town will give you a new outfit. Then, it's time to take on the Gym - only there's a catch.

Who is the weakest Pokémon Gym Leader? ›

Every Kanto Gym Leader In Pokémon, Ranked From Worst To Best
  • Lt. Surge. ...
  • Blaine. I don't hate Blaine, Kanto's penultimate gym leader who specializes in the Fire-type, but much like Surge, he's kind of boring. ...
  • Brock. ...
  • Koga. ...
  • Janine. ...
  • Misty. ...
  • Erika. ...
  • Sabrina.
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How to pass Saffron City Gym? ›

It is a complicated maze comprising of 4 teleportation pads in every room except for 2 of them, which warp players to different locations in the gym once they stepped on it. To reach Sabrina, step on teleportation pad 1, 3, 13, then 15. Players will obtain the Marsh Badge after winning Sabrina in the battle.

Can you fight Sabrina before Koga? ›

Without hacking or exploiting glitches, of course. The Bulbapedia walkthroughs say that Sabrina must be defeated first, and everywhere else (including other Bulbapedia articles) say that Koga must be defeated first.

How do you beat the Kabu gym mission? ›

I was able to catch Litwick on my first throw at full health so its catch rate should be high! With all that squared away, the real battle against Kabu begins! As expected, all his Pokemon are Fire types and using Water attacks is a surefire way at clearing through this fight pretty quickly.

How to beat fuchsia gym fire red? ›

Fuchsia City's gym is led by Koga, a friend of Poison type Pokémon. Bring a team that contains Psychic, Fire, Ground, Water and Bug Pokémon and you will breeze right through this gym.

How do you beat Larry's Gym puzzle? ›

Larry uses normal-type Pokémon, which only have one weakness: fighting-type moves. His pocket pick, Staraptor, is particularly grating because the flying-type moves it knows will counter your fighting-type Pokémon. There are no other counters for normal-types, so just avoid using grass- or fighting-types against it.

How to beat Sabrina in Pokémon Blue? ›

Play smart, her team is physically frail: Psychic types are weak to Bug moves, but they're either pretty weak (Leech Life) or limited in their distribution (Twineedle, Pin Missile) to the point where strong physical moves like Body Slam and Earthquake outdamage them by a wide margin, and Sabrina's team is weaker on the ...

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