How to Get Johto Starters in Pokemon Leaf Green
By Mitch Reid
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
“Pokemon Leaf Green”
2 Nintendo Game Boy Advances
2 Nintendo Wireless Adapters for Game Boy Advance
In each game in the “Pokemon” series, you begin your adventure by choosing one of three Pokemon to be your primary partner. “Pokemon Leaf Green” takes place in the Kanto region, so your choices are Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander. However, by using the trade network with "Pokemon Emerald," you can also obtain Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile in “Pokemon Leaf Green.” These three Pokemon are the Johto region starters.
Obtaining a Johto Starter in "Pokemon Emerald"
Insert “Pokemon Emerald” into a Game Boy Advance and load your saved file.
Defeat the Elite Four and the Hoenn League Pokemon Champion in “Pokemon Emerald.”
Complete the Hoenn Pokedex by collecting entries for 200 species of Pokemon in “Pokemon Emerald.”
Travel to Professor Birch’s laboratory in Littleroot Town.
Talk to Birch. He will allow you to choose one of the starting Pokemon from the Johto region.
Opening the Trade Network from "Pokemon Leaf Green"
Insert “Pokemon Leaf Green” into a separate Game Boy Advance and load your saved file.
Return the Ruby item to Celio on Knot Island.
Return the Sapphire item to Celio. He will open up a trade network that allows you to trade Pokemon between games.
Trading the Johto Starter to "Pokemon Leaf Green"
Connect the two Game Boy Advances together with the Nintendo Wireless Adapters.
Go to the Direct Corner of a Pokemon Center in “Pokemon Leaf Green.”
Travel to the Direct Corner of a Pokemon Center in “Pokemon Emerald.”
Trade your chosen Johto region Pokemon from “Pokemon Emerald” to “Pokemon Leaf Green.”
When choosing one of the Johto region Pokemon, choose the one that best complements your current team of Pokemon.
If you don’t have the Nintendo Wireless Adaptors, you can use a Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable instead.
In “Pokemon Leaf Green” the Sapphire item is in Dotted Hole. The Ruby item is in Mt. Ember.
Do not unplug the Nintendo Wireless Adapters while trading.
Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as Synonym.com and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.