Pokémon Yellow

Pokémon Yellow is a remake of the successful Pokémon Red & Blue, with a slightly closer focus on the anime.

Pokémon Yellow box art

Release dates

Japan September 12, 1998
America October 1, 1999
Europe June 16, 2000
Australia September 3, 1999
Platform Game Boy

Gameplay changes

Pokémon Yellow largely follows the same plot and adventure as its predecessors, Pokémon Red & Blue. You battle to make your Pokémon stronger and progress through eight gyms, foil Team Rocket's evil plans, and defeat the Elite Four.

The biggest difference is your starting Pokémon. The game is known as a Special Pikachu Edition as you receive Pikachu as your starter instead of Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle. Your rival starts with Eevee.

The starter Pikachu follows you around outside its Pokéball, a feature that was not used again until HeartGold/SoulSilver many years later. The starter Pikachu cannot evolve into Raichu. To obtain a Raichu, a Pikachu from another game must be traded in.

You can receive all three of the original starters later in the game from certain characters: Bulbasaur is obtained from Cerulean City if your Pikachu's happiness is high enough; Charmander is obtained from the north of Route 24; Squirtle is obtained in Vermillion City after beating the city's gym.

Unobtainable Pokémon

Several Pokémon are not available during the course of the game, though they are available from either or both of Yellow's predessors, Red & Blue.

Weedle
#013
Weedle
Available in Red/Blue
Bug · Poison
Kakuna
#014
Kakuna
Available in Red/Blue
Bug · Poison
Beedrill
#015
Beedrill
Available in Red/Blue
Bug · Poison
Ekans
#023
Ekans
Available in Red
Poison
Arbok
#024
Arbok
Available in Red
Poison
Raichu
#026
Raichu
Available in Red/Blue
Electric
Meowth
#052
Meowth
Available in Blue
Normal
Persian
#053
Persian
Available in Blue
Normal
Koffing
#109
Koffing
Available in Red/Blue
Poison
Weezing
#110
Weezing
Available in Red/Blue
Poison
Jynx
#124
Jynx
Available in Red/Blue
Ice · Psychic
Electabuzz
#125
Electabuzz
Available in Red
Electric
Magmar
#126
Magmar
Available in Blue
Fire