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You've finally been granted your Pokémon trainer's license. Now, it's time to head out to become the world greatest Pokémon trainer. Starting with just one Pokémon, you need to train hard and vigorously to defeat all 8 gym leaders and the Elite Four.

You start out in a simple town with just one Pokémon. With that Pokémon, it's up to you to battle and catch 5 other Pokémon and train them to become strong enough to defeat your rivals. There are 150 Pokémon to catch, and along the way you can teach your Pokèmon new moves, so every Pokémon is different and unique. Because of this, no Pokémon is the best. You need to maintain a well-balanced team of six Pokémon to defeat any challenge that you face. But remember, there are always other trainers out there willing to prove that they can beat you, so be prepared to battle it out with other trainers as well as the Gym Leaders.

Not only that, but Pokémon Blue allows you to interact with other Pokémon owners. Find a friend with Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Red or Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition battle it out with one another. You can trade your creatures with each other, because neither Blue nor Red has all 150 Pokémon. Interaction is essential to becoming a Pokémon master!

It's going to take all you've got to collect 150 Pokémon in this enormous world. Catch them, battle them, trade them. Can you develop the ultimate strategy to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time?

Pokémon Blue differentiates itself from Pokémon Red in that there are different Pokèmon in each game. Common Pokémon in Blue are uncommon in Red, and those in Red may not even show up in Blue. It requires both games to collect all 150 Pokémon and become a Pokémon master.


Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy My childhood rival challenges me
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Title screen on Super Game Boy
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Squirtle levels up.
Pokémon Blue Version Game Boy Wandering around town

Alternate Titles

  • "ポケットモンスター青" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Pokémon: Version Bleu" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Edición Azul" -- Spanish title
  • "Pokémon: Blue Version - Gotta catch 'em all!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon: Blaue Edition - Schnapp' sie Dir alle!" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Pokémon: Blaue Edition" -- German title
  • "Pocket Monsters: Ao" -- Enhanced version of Pocket Monsters Green & Red.

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User Reviews

The best RPG around! Game Boy Jim Fun (222)
Truly a landmark game of its generation, even if it just lacks focus Game Boy CrankyStorming (2756)
A new role playing game Game Boy Mike Andrew (2)

Critic Reviews

IGN Game Boy Jun 23, 1999 10 out of 10 100
Nintendojo Game Boy Aug 16, 2004 9.8 out of 10 98
Consoles Plus Game Boy Nov, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Oct, 1999 92 out of 100 92
Game Critics Game Boy Jun 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Game Boy Apr 28, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Player One Game Boy Oct, 1999 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Game Boy Jan 28, 2000 8.8 out of 10 88
Just RPG Game Boy Apr 03, 2003 73 out of 100 73
Gamekult Game Boy Oct 15, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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The maximum level your Pokémon can reach is level 100. After that, it will continue to get experience, but will not gain any more levels.

Pokémon Blue

The U.S. and European releases of Pokémon Blue Version are based not only on the Japanese release of Blue Version, but also on the Japan-only Pocket Monsters Midori. The Pokémon Blue known to western audiences uses the updated graphics and code from the Japanese Blue, but retains Midori's encounter lists and available in-game trades.

Virtual Console Alterations

Pokémon Blue and its counterpart versions were rereleased for the 3DS Virtual Console to celebrate the Pokémon franchise's 20th anniversary in 2016. Since the Nintendo 3DS isn't compatible with the long-obsolete Game Link Cable, these releases use the system's local wireless features for link trades and battles. Additionally, several attack animations have been toned down for the safety of players with photosensitive epilepsy or other sensory conditions.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #39 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Retro Gamer
  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Best Game Boy RPG in 1999
Information also contributed by Matt Neueboom and Satoshi Kunsai

Related Web Sites

  • Let's horribly break Pokemon Blue (Metroixer's showcase of the game's glitches on the Let's Play Archive)
  • Pokèmon Elite 2000 (A Pokèmon fan site good at covering the latest news about coming and existing Pokèmon games.)
  • Pokemon Hints (Hints to help you solve the game.)
  • Psypokes (A comprehensive Pokémon site that pretty much covers everything there is to know about the games.)
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