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    Lightbulb Pokemon Glitches, Their Utility, and You!

    Pokemon Glitches, Their Utility, and You!

    Did you know that there are a ton of in-game glitches in the earlier Pokemon games?
    In Red, Blue and Yellow, there are many oversights on the programmer's parts, including ways to duplicate items, catch any Pokemon you want, and even find Pokemon over level 100.. all very easily and completely safely!
    You just have to know where to go and what to do, and it becomes really easy.

    Surprisingly, none of these glitches were patched out for the 3DS Virtual Console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow.
    It's possible to transfer your Pokemon from these games into Pokebank using the PokeTransfer application! So, with the help of this guide, you can easily get all the level 100s, hidden abilities, and Mewtwos you'll ever want.



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    Disclaimer: All the glitches here, if followed correctly, should be completely safe for your Pokemon and your save file.
    However, depending on what you mess with -- such as using more unusual symbols in your player name to spawn weird things on the Cinnabar coastline, or using extremely high Special stats for your Mew Glitch encounter -- you may encounter potentially-damaging factors ingame.

    Most of the stranger things in the game, such as odd glitch Pokemon and glitched trainers, will cause the game to harmlessly crash at absolute worst. However, others such as the Pokemon .4 and the TMTRAINER effect, can corrupt saves. Please don't seek these particular glitches out unless you are 100% sure what you're doing!

    Please do research and stay safe while glitching, and if you encounter something you're uncertain about, do not save after the encounter.


    Additionally, Pokebank will not transfer "abnormal" Pokemon.
    These include 1. Pokemon above level 100, 2. some Pokemon at very low levels (elaborated on later), 3. Pokemon with moves/traits they should not have, 4. Pokemon that just don't exist in later games, such as Missingno. and 'M, and 5. any Mew without the ID and OT matching the special event one.

    You shouldn't get in trouble for trying to transfer any of these, but the application simply will not transfer these Pokemon to your Pokebank Transfer Box, and will instead leave them in your RBY save game.

    You can "normalize" a Pokemon by teaching it new moves through levelup/TMs, or by leveling it up (or down with manual battle EXP if it's above 100) to a correct level.



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    I. The Old Man Glitch, Glitch Pokemon & the Cinnabar Island Coastline



    This is one of the more famous glitches out there due to its sheer utility and how safe it is. It allows effortless item duplication as well as, on occasion, access to rare and interesting Pokemon.
    It can be done in Red, Blue and Green: it's still possible to find Missingnos in Yellow, but it tends to use the glitch after this.


    Necessary for this glitch are:
    1. Access to Fly and Surf.
    And that's literally it.



    So, what's this glitch useful for, and how might it be relevant in Gen 7 and beyond?

    1. Item duplication. You can transfer over all the level 100s you want, with all the fun TM moves you want. There's no limit. You can move items in your bag by moving the pointer over an item and pressing SELECT, and then pressing SELECT again when you find the item to switch it with.
    Just try not to get an item stack of more than 255 items, because then the stack will turn into multiple stacks, which takes up more inventory space. It's a little annoying.

    2. Rare Pokemon. Depending on your name, you might find starters and legendaries on the Cinnabar coast, and with patience, you can catch tons of them. These make fantastic tradebait on the GTS, and people will eagerly trade other legendaries, rare species, and Ultra Beasts for charismatic stuff.
    Similarily, it's also great for completing your Pokedex... but the next glitch is even better for that.

    3. Freaking out all your friends with the weird glitch Pokemon you caught. You can't move them to Pokebank, but they sure are neat.



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    II. The Mew Glitch / Long-Range Trainer Glitch



    And now for our second glitch, which is a real game-changer.
    With this glitch, you can encounter any Pokemon in the game, including Mew with relative ease. It can be done in all four Gen 1 games.

    Necessary for this glitch are:

    1. A Pokemon that can use Fly
    2. Specific trainers that have not yet been defeated

    + I would also recommend Pokeballs, preferably Master Balls, to catch whatever you spawn.

    This glitch has a few steps, and takes a bit to get used to, but once you know how to do it, it's incredibly useful.



    This glitch is invaluable for finding any Pokemon you want at a low level, and allows fairly easy dupes of legendaries, starters, and rare species. And you can transfer almost all of them to Pokebank, too!


    There's a few exceptions, however. The below Pokemon all require to be these levels, or higher, to pass through Pokebank.
    Hilariously, it isn't true for all Pokemon.. I've gotten nearly everything through at level 7, even stuff like Gengar that can only be obtained after level 25 due to Gastly evolving at that level!

    Here's a list of Pokemon with required levels to pass through Pokebank:

    Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle: Lv16+
    Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise: Lv32+ for Venusaur, lv36+ for Charizard and Blastoise
    Dratini: Lv15+
    Dragonair: Lv30+
    Dragonite: Lv55+
    Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres: Lv50+
    Mewtwo: Lv70+
    Mew: Lv15+, must have the OT "GF" and an ID No. of 22796



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    III. 8F & Arbitrary Code Execution

    [ work in progress. get ready. ]


    This glitch is one of the most wonderful things ever discovered: with the help of a certain glitch item and the right team, you can do all sorts of incredible sorcery. Want to clone Pokemon? Easily done. Want to walk through walls? Pretty easy. How about setting all your Pokemon to max EVs? That too. The possibilities are endless thanks to the clever minds on the internet to figure out item scripts.

    In very short, the item "8F" makes the game interpret your on-hand items as coded instructions for a specific action.
    And, depending on what you want to do.. that can be some incredibly neat stuff.


    However... I would not recommend this glitch item + its Arbritrary Code Execution tricks for the newbie glitch-using player.
    It's not quite as simple or as easy as the Old Man glitch and Long-Range Trainer glitch, and is incredibly easy to mess up in places.
    Because of that, and the many possibilities of directing the game to do various actions:


    !! Warning: Incorrect executions of 8F can lock up your game or cause other unpredictable problems!
    Always make sure that your team is in correct order, that your Pidgey is at 233HP, and that your inventory is completely correct. !!


    However, if you do wish to proceed, read on!


    Required to obtain 8F are:
    1. Patience. It's hard to get the initial glitch right the first time, and it takes time to set up the correct party + inventories.
    2. Access to any event that removes an item from your inventory. The gatekeepers to Saffron City work for this, as do any fossils. So you'll need either one of your two fossils (Helix/Dome Fossil and Old Amber) or a soft drink (Fresh Water, Soda Pop, Lemonade).
    3. 255 X Specials. And you can only get that many through item duplication, so you want Missingno. access, whether that's naturally through the Long-Range Trainer glitch or from the Old Man glitch because of your player name.


    You will also need item duplication in order to do a lot of useful scripts that 8F can carry out, as some scripts require item stacks higher than 99x.
    Getting specific item counts above 99 is easy-- item duplication adds +128 of an item to the sixth slot, so discard items and/or do the item duplication glitch a second time in order to hit your specific number.
    Just remember that items max at 255, and anything above that will cause the stack to explode into multiple 99-count stacks.

    Five specific Pokemon are also required for script execution, but I will detail them when we get to them.

    1. Getting 8F



    2. The Correct Team



    3. Inventory Scripts





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    IV. Other Fun Stuff


    Now, those two glitches are the two "big" glitches in Gen 1 games that you can exploit quite a bit. Being able to duplicate items and being able to catch any Pokemon in the game are both a lot of fun, and you can put them to a lot of use by transferring your spoils through Pokebank!

    But there are some other interesting little errors here and there that you might be able to put to use...


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    1. Experience Underflow

    Up until Generation 4, it was impossible to get level 1 Pokemon. Or was it?
    With the use of the Long-Range Trainer glitch above, it actually is possible to catch a level 1 Pokemon.. and do some fun stuff with that odd level.

    This glitch works in all Gen 1 games.





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    2. Evolutionary Stone Bypassing

    Interestingly, it's possible to evolve a Stone-evolution Pokemon without using a Stone on it whatsoever. This can be a lifesaver if you don't have any Moon Stones to duplicate, because there's a limited amount of them in the game!

    This glitch works in Red and Blue.





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    3. Pokemon Cloning

    Cloning has always been at least somewhat present in earlier Pokemon games, usually brought about by resetting the game during a trade or while changing PC boxes after depositing Pokemon. Some methods are hazardous to your save file, and as such, will not be discussed here!


    a. Storage System Cloning

    This method is simple, and works in all Gen 1 and Gen 2 games.





    b. Battle Tower Cloning

    This method is very similar to the above, allowing you to clone up to 5 Pokemon at a time.
    It works exclusively in Pokemon Emerald.

    Because items can be held in generation 3, you can also use this glitch to clone items!





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    4. Infinite Pokeballs in Pokemon Colosseum

    This glitch is also incredibly easy, but it only works in Pokemon Colosseum.





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    And for right now, that's it!

    I may add more glitch tutorials later if I find ones that are substantially worthwhile, useful, or interesting. Or, if you want me to cover a particular glitch, I would be happy to do so for you, so just ask!

    Figuring out how to break Pokemon games for fun and profit is one of my favorite pastimes. :')
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    Yall should check out some glitched gen 1 Pokemon speedruns if you're into this thread btw

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    @Sica

    Glitched speedruns are all kinds of awesome, I love seeing all the creative solutions that people come up with. Whether that's just warping directly to the hall of fame or messing with item stack underflow to make some ACE magic happen, or just steamrolling gyms with exp-underflow'd level 100s.

    Maybe I'll put a section in the guide linking to some of that stuff, we'll see.

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    Pokemon Green is a really straight up, easy, and fast run if anyone ever wants to try it. I'd recommend linking the guides from speedrun.com or PokemonSpeedRuns.

    Also if you're interested in other Pokemon glitches I highly recommend checking out Glitch City too! Basically a big wiki/forums of Pokemon glitches.

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    I'd love to see you cover various glitched items, I'm not an expert but I think one of the bigger ones is 8F

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorra View Post
    I'd love to see you cover various glitched items, I'm not an expert but I think one of the bigger ones is 8F
    8F is an incredible tool for all sorts of things, so I'll think about it.
    It could be useful to have a guide on it when the ones on Reddit and Glitch City Forums are kind of scattered/not perfectly compiled..

    I'm not awful knowledgable about other glitch items, but that's what research is for.

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