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My name is The Victini Gamer, and today’s writing will be about the Glitches of Pokemon Yellow alongside with a small tutorial about how to do each individual Glitch. Hence, I recommend you to this for your own risk because some glitches can contain some “Game Crashing”.
The reason why I chose this certain game is because of the “uniqueness” of these glitches. Generation 1 has quite kept its title of popular glitches ever since. There’s so many interesting choices, that’s why I’ll be writing (in my opinion) the most popular glitches throughout Pokemon Yellow. Some of these glitches can be doing things beyond game codings. Whatever so, Pokemon has truly fulfilled the art of “Glitching”.
【 C O N T E N T S 】
◈Obtaining Pokemon at Level 100 Before Brock
◈Encountering Mew In Cerulean City
◈Finishing The Game at 0:00
【★OBTAINING POKEMON AT LEVEL 100★】
At first, I’ll try to make the list by order of Gameplay. So this glitch you can trigger it at very early parts of the Game. The Glitch can be also classified as the “Experience Underflow Glitch”
In Generation I and Generation II, level 1 Pokémon in the Medium Slow group were calculated to have -54 experience points. However, due to the use of unsigned integers, the game interpreted this value as 16,777,162 experience points. If a level 1 Pokémon with negative experience points completed a battle without gaining enough experience points to reach 0 or higher, the game, attempting to determine its level based on the number of experience points it had, would consider it to be at level 100 (having gone well over the amount required to reach this level), causing it to instantaneously jump to this level.
Just to notice, it doesn’t work in all Pokemon. As I said, it works on Pokemon that are in the “Medium Slow” experience group. Pokemon like Nidoking, Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Gengar, and Alakazam, just to name a few. So if you try this glitch with a Bulbasaur, it’ll turn into a level 100 Ivysaur, not a level 100 Venusaur. But, hey—that’s the trade-off you get for fully leveling a Pokemon, a glitch you can pull off before you even reach the first gym.
At first, I’ll try to cover 3 Pokemon that you can encounter Level 100. They are Nidoking, Gengar, and Ivysaur. At first let’s go with Nidoking. First thing you need to know is to not battle Brock and this trainer in Viridian Forest:
This trainer and Brock shouldn’t be battled because they are the key to this Glitch. Now you reached, Pewter City, the first thing you need to do is go to the Pokemon Center and heal your Pokemon. After that, go to the PokeMart in Pewter and purchase 3 Escape Ropes and several PokeBalls for catching these Pokemon.
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Now head to that trainer in Viridian Forest (I mentioned) and make sure to not get caught in that trainer’s sight. Now I really recommend to Save at this point, because if you make a mistake, you undo it. Now this may be complicated at the beginning, but you’ll get used to it.
Now take a step forward and Press the Start button quickly before the Trainer recognizes you and transition to a Battle Format. This is called the Long Ranged Trainer Glitch. Now you are in the Start menu and go to the Items section and use your Escape Rope and you’ll be teleported to Pewter.
Once there, go to the route leading to the next city, when there will be a trainer blocking you telling to fight Brock. STILL, do not fight Brock. No you’ll escorted to the Pokemon Gym. Go down of the city and go to the patch of Grass, and encounter a level 3 or 4 Pidgey. Once encounter, make sure you growled 7 times until its says “Nothing Happened”. Now you may kill the Pidgey or Run away.
Now you are good to go and head back to Viridian Forest. Once there, you may encounter a Text-Speech from a Trainer, or the Start Menu. If you encountered the Start Menu, just close it. Now you encountered Nidoking! Once you encountered Nidoking, he’ll be set to Level 1. Once caught, make him in the lead of your Pokemon Party. Encounter any Wild Pokemon, and switch to your strongest Pokemon. Now your Nidoking is Level 100!
Now next Pokemon you want to encounter is Gengar. To encounter Gengar, you must do the same thing as encountering Nidoking. But instead of going to the trainer to that blocks the path to Mt. Moon, you’ll need to encounter this trainer in Brock’s Gym.
Growl on his Diglett 7 times then die. Then go to Viridian Forest and you’ll encounter the Gengar. Now train it by encountering a wild Pokemon and switch to your strongest Pokemon.
Finally, encountering a Level 100 Ivysaur is the same thing as Nidoking but instead, encounter a level 4 Nidoran Male or Female. Growl on them 7 times then return to Viridian Forest to encounter Ivysaur and train it by encountering a wild Pokemon and switch to your strongest Pokemon.
Available Pokemon with the glitch are NidoranF, Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Ivysaur and Gengar. Also, there are other Pokémon such as Slowbro, Voltorb, Lickitung, etc but they won’t grow to level 100 because they aren’t in the Medium-Slow EXP group.
☉7 – Nidoking, Pidgey lvl3 / Rattata lvl3 works well
☉9 – Ivysaur, NidoranM lvl4 / NidoranF lvl4 works well
☉14 – Gengar, Pidgeotto lvl9
☉15 – NidoranF, Pidgeotto lvl9
☉16 – Nidoqueen, Pidgeotto lvl9 or Gary’s Eevee lvl8 (Viridian City)
All of the other Pokemon won’t be leveled to 100 after growling the initial Pokemon 6 times and receiving less then 55 experience.
If you’re curious about the Special stat required to get all of the Pokemon that will level to 100 instantaneous, here’s the list:
NidoranM (3), Nidoking (7), Ivysaur (9), Gengar (14), NidoranF (15), Nidoqueen (16), Mew (21), Gastly (25), Blastoise (28), Pidgey (36), Kadabra (38), Graveler (39), Machoke (41), Golem (49), Poliwag (71), Machop (106), Poliwhirl (110), Poliwrath (111), Machamp (126), Haunter (147), Abra (148), Alakazam (149), Pidgeotto (150), Pidgeot (151), Bulbasaur (153), Venusaur (154), Nidorino (167), Nidorina (168), Geodude (169), Charmander (176), Squirtle (177), Charmeleon (178), Wartortle (179), Charizard (180), Oddish (185), Gloom (186), Vileplume (187), Bellsprout (188), Weepinbell (189), Victreebel (190).
【★ENCOUNTERING MEW ★】
Mew, the 151st Pokemon, has been an ultra rare Pokemon ever since Generation 1. Many rumors spread about this certain Pokemon hiding under a truck. It was such a popular Hoax ever since. Mew was only obtainable in certain events.
Not until the Mew Glitch was discovered, and it spreaded like Wildfire. The contents of the glitch is very easy to obtain and the Pokemon can be caught in the earliest parts of the game. You can’t do this glitch as early as the EXP underflow glitch, but still—if you pull it off, you can have a level 100 Mew. All you need is the move growl, lots of Pokeballs, and some patience—just because this glitch is possible doesn’t mean it’s easy!
In this tutorial, I will mention how to get 2 Mews, which would be very good to have it transferred to Pokemon Sun and Moon. You can in fact catch Mew early—and level up to level 100!
At first, we must be in Cerulean City and must defeat your Rival in front of the Nugget Bridge. Make sure you do not battle the trainer hiding in the grass to the left of the bridge, as he will be a key part of the glitch later. Now head to the left of the Nugget Bridge. Make sure to Save before entering the trainer’s sight.
Now as encountering Nidoking and the others, take a step forward and Press the Start button quickly before the Trainer recognizes you and transition to a Battle Format. Now Teleport to Cerulean City.
If you don’t know how to teleport, I recommend catching an Abra (try looking in the grass just above the Daycare building). This is harder than one would think because it will teleport away from you on its first turn. It is hard to find, and throwing a PokeBall on your first turn and crossing your fingers is basically your only option. However, once you’ve caught Abra, it will have Teleport in its moveset by default.
Now, head to Misty’s Gym and fight the first trainer. He will send his Shelder. Make sure to growl on him 7 times, then lose against him. Once you’ve finished, start walking up to Nugget Bridge. And once you get here, your menu will pop up… Exit out of it, and a Wild Level 1 Mew will appear. Catch it, then make him in the lead of your Pokemon Party. Encounter any Wild Pokemon, and switch to your strongest Pokemon. Now your Mew is Level 100!
To catch your second Mew, repeat the steps until fighting the trainer in Misty’s Gym. INSTEAD of fighting this trainer, you’ll have to fight this youngster:
Start to work your way up towards where the other trainers are, battling each trainer and saving after each battle until you reach the trainer who has nothing but a level 17 Slowpoke. Make sure do not fight him. Shut the game off, or reset, and resume where you saved at the last trainer you fought (This is not part of the glitch, and if you already know which trainer not to fight you don’t have to battle him and shut it off or Restart)
Now back we go the Trainer who we weren’t supposed to fight. (The trainer who has a Level 17 Slowpoke) Make to not get too close to him, otherwise the game will freeze. Once encountered, defeat him and go back to the Pokemon Center of Cerulean City. On the way, your menu will open, close it, and you shall encounter a Level 7 Mew.
【★FINISHING THE GAME AT 0:00★】
Speedrunning has truly been an accomplishment to every Hardcore Gamer, well…not in Pokemon Yellow. In Pokemon Yellow, there is a glitch classified as the “Speedrun Glitch”. The glitch allows you to complete Pokemon Yellow with an in-game clock of 0:00. Even with the glitch, this does need to be performed quite quickly or else you will end up with a 0:01, 0:02, etc. Additionally, this glitch has you complete the game with a completed Pokedex.
At first, the requirements of this glitch is to have a new save file for this game. So I recommend you to do this glitch at your own risk.
First thing you want to do is to create a new save file. If you already have one, delete it. Now you are introduced to the game as Prof. Oak greets you. Make sure to insert your player’s name “Ash” and your rival’s name “Blue”. After that, you must be in the player’s room. Go downstairs and walk on the tile above the right of the mat and below the left of the table. And now, trigger the Save button in the menu. Once, triggered the Yes button, IMMEDIATELY reset your game.
If you have done as I stated in the first Paragraph, congrats! Now, reload your Save File and access your start menu. Select the Pokemon button and Swap any Pokemon from slots 1-8 with the Pokemon in slot 10. (They will be blank, and slots 10/11 are off-screen. Use the Pokemon Cries to keep count). Once counted, Swap Pokemon 11 with Pokemon 9. If confused, here’s what will you see:
After swapping, go to the Items menu. It appears that the Item Menu is blank, and the Cursor remains blinking. Keep going down until it stops blinking. Once so, press A.
Now, the menu becomes glitched. Press Down, A, Down, A to access a glitched item menu. Once done, scroll down until you find the first Master Ball in the list. Grab the item just below it with Select and scroll down until you find the second Master Ball. Then swap them. Toss out 68 of the item you just swapped (not the Master Ball). Now exit your home, and now you are in the Hall of Fame!
The final glitch in this guide is the MissingNo. Glitch, a glitch that’s very well known in both The Video Game Community and the Pokemon Community. It is a risky, but beneficial Glitch.
In this picture, none of these look like normal Pokémon, that’s because they aren’t. They’re known as “glitch Pokémon,” and they happen because of something funky in the programming of Pokémon Red and Blue (we’ll get to that in a second). This aberration is why Missingno can sometimes look like a fucked up barcode, and why it has a type that doesn’t actually exist in the game (“bird” is a Pokémon type that eventually got cut in Red and Blue, presumably replaced by “flying” type Pokémon. If you’re curious, bird-type Pokémon function exactly the same as normal type Pokémon, in terms of strengths and weaknesses).
In addition to that, while all of those sprites might have different characteristics from one another, the most famous type of Missingno—the backwards L-shaped one—can sometimes appear well over the normal level 100 limit placed by the game, and it knows the move “water gun” not once, but twice. The ghost and fossil versions of Missingno, meanwhile, have movesets that are determined based on Pokémon that a player has in their party. The version of Missingno that players encounter in the game depends on the player’s in-game name.
This Glitch can be also called as the Item Duplication Glitch. Encountering MissingNo can duplicate your Items in the sixth slot in your bag, which means you can get unlimited Master Balls or Rare Candies. Hence, I warn you to this for your own risk because this glitch can be extremely difficult and may crash your game. That’s why I’ll be doing the stable MissingNo glitch, which is sorta difficult to obtain.
As we all know, the Missingno. in Pokémon Yellow is VERY unstable, which freezes and crashes the game, specially in the Nintendo 3DS. The stable Missingno. has the Ghost/Kabutops Fossil/Aerodactyl Fossil form, so you’d need a Pokémon with a Special of 182, 183 or 184 to do the Ditto trick. Since it’s not that easy to do so in the early game, this method shows how to find the stable Missingno. doing the long range trainer glitch twice.
☉A Pokemon who learned the move “Fly”
☉At least two long ranged trainers you can escape from
☉A trainer you can fight. If not, you’ll have to fight the Elite Four (EDIT: you can just move a boulder with STRENGTH instead, i.e. in Fuchsia City)
☉The girl in Underground Path who wants a Cubone
☉A Pokédoll (optional).
Go to the first long ranged trainer and do the glitch. Fly to a Pokémon Center so you can access the PC and change boxes, thus saving the game. Reset to recover the menu control, then fly to the second long ranged trainer and do the glitch again. You can either fly to a town next to a trainer you can fight, or fly to a Pokémon Center to save the game again, reset, and battle the Elite Four (or move a boulder). After battling (or moving the boulder), go to the Underground Path (south of Cerulean) and save the game before you talk to the girl, so you can reset from here if you don’t find a stable Missingno. Talk to the girl and say NO to the trade. Then, fly back to the route where the first long ranged trainer you met is. As soon as you get there, the menu will pop up. DON’T PRESS B! Instead, choose Pokémon and fly to the route where the second long ranged trainer is. As soon as you arrive, a level 80 Starmie will appear. Run, fight, catch it or simply give it a Pokédoll, then go the route of the second trainer. Now, press B after the menu pops up and see what you find. If it’s not the stable Missingno. (Ghost or Kabutops form), just restart the game and try again. Don’t forget to put the item you want to duplicate in the sixth position in your bag previously, if that’s the purpose! I don’t recommend catching the Missingno. if you don’t know what you’re doing, so just run or kill it.
That’s all I have for today’s blog. There is so many more out there, but I won’t mention them here because most of them are complicated. What were your opinions on these glitches? Do you think these glitches were useful during gameplay? Nevertheless, Generation 1 Glitches are truly Nostalgic and always bring the essence of the accomplishment of Glitching.