Pokémon Red and Blue came out during a time where the internet was in its earliest stages. It was a time when playground rumors were like the watering hole of information for video games. Naturally, this would lead to some false facts and myths about your favorite games. In this regard, Pokémon is one of the most prominent franchises. There are plenty of stories about secrets and hidden locations in the game. This phenomenon isn’t limited to generation 1, but that’s where most of the rumors and myths come from.
A lot of these “facts” would come from people spreading information over the playground. There are also some really old websites that have special codes or instructions. Some of these would seem outrageous now, but at the time it was a different story. In modern times, we would hack a game and reveal all of its secrets within days of release. That wasn’t the case back then. When it came to Japanese games, a basic translation could take a long time. The language barrier also led to some misconceptions about the games. Something which would never happen today.
In this list, we’ve compiled 25 false facts from the first generation of Pokémon games. Most of these are from the time of the English release. There isn’t as much information about some of the myths that were created in Japan. However, there is a big one about Pokemon’s country of origin. The list is in no particular order, so all of them are equally great (and equally false.)
25 Poké Gods And Mist Stones
The Poké Gods are said to be the most powerful Pokémon from the games. They are special creatures which can only be obtained after completing some very specific tasks. Usually, they are just evolutions of other Pokémon, like Mewtwo.
The most common way of getting a Poké God was by using a Mist Stone.
24 What’s Under The Truck?
There’s a peculiar truck near the S.S. Anne, a giant passenger ship you board before the third gym. This truck created so many rumors and myths. People had plenty of stories about how to move the truck and what lurks underneath.
The most iconic belief was that you could find a Mew underneath the truck. Now, there actually is a glitch that can allow you to battle Mew. However, it has nothing to do with the truck. This vehicle is just there and serves no purpose whatsoever.
23 Lavender Town Syndrome
Lavender Town Syndrome is one of the most popular and well-known CreepyPastas. A CreepyPasta is basically a scary story told in the form of an urban legend. There’s an entire website full of the stuff which you can check out.
This specific one stated that the music in Lavender Town would create suicidal tendencies among children, also causing such a thing to happen. This only happened in the Japanese exclusive version, Pokémon Green. It’s also not true as it would’ve ended the entire franchise.
22 Fourth Stage Evolutions
This is similar to the idea of Poke Gods, but instead about fourth stage evolutions for some of the Pokémon. In particular, it was Charizard, Venusaur, and Blastoise who received them. They were called Charcolt, Sapusaur, and Rainer respectively. How lovely.
What’s interesting is that now we have real fourth stage evolutions, in the form of Mega Evolutions. And all three Kanto starters have one. The fourth stage evolution rumor has come full circle with an official version of the myth.
21 Missingno Misconceptions
The famous Missingno glitch is one of the most well-known features of the generation 1 games. It’s a strange glitch which you can use to multiply items (even Master Balls) or spawn in high-level Pokémon. That’s what it is used for.
But that hasn’t stopped fake uses for the glitch from popping up. First of all, catching Missingno or doing the glitch will not delete your save file. It may cause other issues, but if done right, there’s no danger to the file. Also, this glitch won’t activate Poké Gods or anything nonsensical like that either.
20 Pikachu’s Special Evolution
This entire myth came about because of a lack of translation from Japanese material. Some early images of the second generation had surfaced, mainly Marill. However, fans in the west had no idea what it was.
This created the legend of Pikablu.
Marill was known as Pikablu and thought to be an evolution at the time. It was plausible since it looked similar enough and Pikachu only had one evolution. As it turned out, Maril was its own thing and had an evolution line of its own.
19 Holding Down Buttons
There was a belief that persisted for many generations of Pokémon (at least the first three.) If you held down certain button combinations after throwing a Pokéball, it would increase your chances of capture. The most common one was holding down on the d-pad and the “B” button.
There were other methods too, like mashing the “A” or “B” button constantly. Sadly, none of these has any effect on captures. The catch rate is RNG and can only be changed by using different types of Pokéballs. There’s no secret code for insta-captures.
18 Finding Starters In The Wild
It was believed that you could get all three started by running into them in the wild. As cool as that would’ve been, it was not possible. The only way to get all three was through trade. However, Pokémon Yellow would allow for the player to get all three starters.
One of the reasons for this myth to arise could be the animated series. In that show, Ash finds all three starters in the wild and manages to catch them as well. This could’ve spread some misconception among the younger fan base who didn’t have the internet to dispel any false facts or rumors.
17 Bill’s Garden
The elusive Bill’s Garden. This is an inaccessible area beyond Bill’s house that is full of mystery and wonder. Or so we though when we first saw the place. The truth is, there’s nothing there. It’s just a little decoration on the part of the developers.
As for what we thought was there, that would vary depending on who you talked to. Some would say that’s where Mew is. Others would claim that this is the only place where you can get a Mist Stone. A more likely answer would’ve been that Bill’s secret collection is there. Whatever it is, we’ll never know.
16 Yoshi Is In The Game
This was an April Fools jokes by Nintendo Power. They claimed that you can evolve a Dragonite into a Yoshi by following some very specific instructions. First, you have to catch a Dratini and trade it to another game.
You then evolve it into a Dragonite and trade it back to the original game.
Take Yoshi to where Mewtwo was and then use a Firestone on it. That’s how you get a Yoshi. Oh, by the way, you need a complete Pokédex for it to work. Otherwise, your Dragonite will just fly away and never come back. Which is, of course, a lie.
15 Gary’s Raticate
Talk about turning something simple into a dramatic incident. Apparently, you beat your rival’s Raticate so hard, that it was in a critical condition. Also, there were no Pokémon Centres on the S.S. Anne (where you fought) so the Raticate passed away.
A few problems. There was a person who could heal Pokémon in the ship. Also, trainers always carry potions and Revives. Finally, the boat wasn’t moving. Gary (or Blue) could’ve just left the ship and gone to the Vermillion City Pokémon Centre. In conclusion, no deceased Raticate.
14 The Legend Of Mewthree
Mewthree was said to be the evolution of Mewtwo. This tied back to some of the stuff about Pokégods and Mist Stones. As you might expect, it was completely false without any basis. Just an urban legend that ended up getting more attention than it deserved.
The Mewthree talk came back when we got early images of Mega Mewtwo. At the time, we didn’t know about Mega Evolution, so Mewthree was the most likely possibility. Turns out Game Freak wasn’t concerned about making our dreams come true. It’s 2019 and Mewthree is still a fake.
13 Kanto’s War History
A fan theory that’s never been officially confirmed, it’s said that Kanto is recovering from a massive war. The evidence is that there are few young men in the region. It’s mostly women, old men and children. Also, Lt. Surge says that electric Pokémon saved him during the war.
It’s possible there was some sort of war, but there isn’t anything concrete to suggest it. Apparently, Unova was actually at war at some point. It’s possible Lt. Surge is from that region and is referring to that experience. Nothing suggests that there was a massive war in Kanto.
12 Clefable’s Shadow
Clefable and Gengar have similar appearances and other traits. They are also polar opposites in that they are Normal and Ghost types respectively. Two types that are immune to each other, creating an infinite stalemate. That’s pretty cool.
But it’s never been confirmed that they are related in any way.
Clefable is said to come from the moon. Also, Gengar evolves from Gastly, which is a ball of poison. It’s possible these Pokémon are the result of pollution. Looking at their potential origins, it wouldn’t make much sense for them to be related.
11 Splashing To Victory
Another one that can take on multiple forms. There was a myth that Magikarp’s Splash is actually a powerful move. You just have to unlock its hidden potential first. Or keep using it until Magikarp does something different.
The version I heard stated that Splash has a small chance of having 120 base power (which is equivalent to a Hydro Pump) and even cause confusion. However, the chance of this happening is rare, that you will probably never see it. How convenient.
10 A Creepy Cartridge
Similar to the Lavender Town Syndrome, this is another story that is actually a CreepyPasta. There is supposedly a “cursed” cartridge of the original generation one games called Pokémon Black. It’s a messed up version of the game that has a very strong horror theme to it.
You can actually find “real” copies of the game. People took the story and hacked a clean copy of Pokémon Red. It’s an interesting urban legend, to say the least. Clearly, the Pokémon games aren’t dark enough for some people, resulting in the creation of the Lavender Town Syndrome and cursed cartridges.
9 New Areas
Plenty of rumours surfaced claiming that you can visit new areas in the original games. There’s Bill’s Garden as we mentioned before. But that’s still a visible place in the game, you just can’t reach. I’m talking about secret areas that you can’t normally access and require some hidden requirement.
One such place was the Charizard Valley. This was a location in the animated show where a Charizard tamer would train said Pokemon. There were many of them training, including the one Ash had. Too bad such a place didn’t exist at all in the video games. Other locations had to do with Mist Fountains and other Poké God stuff.
8 Complicated Instructions
A common theme about old facts was that you had to go through a series of specific tasks to unlock something new. There are still some websites you can find which list them, but here one that I found funny.
First, you need a clean game that you never used Gameshark on. Now, beat every trainer and catch all Pokemon within 40 hours. Once you beat the Elite Four, Prof. Oak will let you explore the Hall of Fame. Here, you can find a secret entrance to a new city with powerful creatures like Pikablu, Mewthree and Flareth.
7 Mr Psychic’s Secret
One instruction states that if you bring the three Legendary Birds and three Geodudes to Mr. Psychic, he will spill the beans about Poké Gods. He would also give you an access code which made all the other codes work.
I couldn’t find anything about the origin of this belief.
It’s unknown how players made a link between Mr. Psychic and Poké Gods. However, this NPC is totally useless. He does give you a TM for Psychic, a powerful attack.
6 Fused Pokemon
The idea of fused Pokémon was fueled by the animated show (which is becoming a running theme here.) One episode showed a fusion between Blastoise and Venusaur. Then you had people believing Pokémon fusion was possible in the video games.
Of course, there isn’t anything like it at all. The closest thing we got to fusion was Kyurem. It could combine with either Reshiram or Zekrom to become stronger. Although that’s more like augmentation than real fusion. So, we’re still waiting for some Pokémon fusion, Game Freak.
5 Finishing The Pokédex
People had wild theories about the rewards for completing the Pokedex. It’s an amazing feat, capturing all 150 Pokémon (since Mew was excluded from this requirement.) There some theories like Prof. Oak giving you a rare Pokémon or even a battle with the Professor.
In reality, you just got a certificate. And that trend would continue until more recent times. Now, you get a Shiny Charm. This boosts the probability of getting a shiny Pokémon. It’s still not an amazing reward, but better than a lame certificate which has no use in the game.
4 Game Before The Anime
This wasn’t as widespread, but there was some belief that the animated show came first. We all know now that it was the game which was out first. Some of this confusion has to do with the different release dates between Japan and the rest of the world. The animated show and game came out closer together outside of Japan.
Pokémon Yellow also had something to do with it. This game was heavily based on the animated show, so it’s understandable why some confusion would arise. But Pokémon was always a video game first. Everything else came later.
3 Voltorb The Possessed Pokéball
Some theories suggest that Voltorb is actually just a Pokéball possessed by a Haunter. It’s a fun theory, no doubt about it. Lavender Town (where you find Haunter) is close to the power plant where Voltorb is around. Also, exploding Voltorb’s are supposed to be Haunter’s getting frustrated at being trapped.
As cool as the idea is, it just doesn’t work out in reality. For starters, there’s no reason why Haunter would get trapped in a Pokéball in the first place. Also, inanimate objects that are “possessed” are Ghost-types. Voltorb is not, putting the final nail in this theory.
2 Wrong Evolution Lines
There was a fun theory floating around about evolution lines being changed in the final release of the generation one games. Supposedly, Venonat evolves into Butterfree and Metapod evolves into Venomoth.
There are some visual similarities between the “new” evolution lines. However, there’s no official confirmation for such a thing. It’s not unusual for Pokémon to look radically different from their pre-evolutions. Just take a look at Dragonite from the same generation of games. It's more than likely that Venonat was always going to evolve into Venomoth.
1 Beating The Elite Four 100 Times
If you beat the Elite Four 100 times, then so and so will happen. What will happen? Well, anything, ranging from Poké Gods to finding Mew or something completely different. Don’t believe me? Why don’t you try and do it before complaining?
That’s how I imagine a conversation would go like when talking about this.
No one could disprove you at the time because beating the Elite Four 100 times would take a long time. By then, everyone would’ve moved on to the next crazy rumor.