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How to Get Charmander in the Pokémon Games

Dreamhowl has been playing Pokémon since 1999. Her favorites include SoulSilver, X, AlphaSapphire, and Sun. She enjoys breeding Pokémon.

Learn how to obtain Charmander in any Pokémon game!

Learn how to obtain Charmander in any Pokémon game!

What Is a Charmander?

Charmander is a Fire-type starter Pokémon featured in the original Pokémon Red, Green and Blue. Charmander has two evolutions—Charmeleon and Charizard—and looks closest to a bipedal salamander with a tail. It has a flame burning at the end of its tail that is fabled to cause Charmander to die if it goes out. Charmanders are not found in the wild, and are almost exclusively starter Pokémon.

Compared to its companion starter Pokémon (Bulbasaur and Squirtle) Charmander is considered the most difficult to start with; the first two gym leaders in the Kanto region (Brock and Misty) battle with Rock and Water-type Pokémon, both of which Charmander is not effective against. However, the higher the level of the Charmander, the more powerful Fire-type moves it can learn. And when Charmander’s evolution Charmeleon evolves into Charizard, it can learn the HM02 Fly.

Charmander can evolve into a powerful Fire-type Pokémon.

Charmander can evolve into a powerful Fire-type Pokémon.

Charmander Generation I

Pokemon GameGame Location

Red

Starter Pokémon in Pallet Town

Blue

Starter Pokémon in Pallet Town

Yellow

Obtained from Trainer on Route 24

Selecting Charmander as a Starter Pokémon

The easiest way to obtain Charmander is to select it as a starter Pokémon in the available Pokémon games. Starter Pokémon are offered to the player at the start of the game’s quest by the Professor in the player’s hometown. Players have the option of choosing a Fire, Water or Grass-type starter Pokémon as their first Pokémon; their in-game rival will automatically choose a starter Pokémon that has a type advantage over the player; for example, selecting Charmander will cause the player’s rival to choose Squirtle as their starter Pokémon. In Pokémon Yellow, players are given Pikachu as a starter Pokémon, they do not have a choice.

There are now six Pokémon games where the player can select Charmander as a starter Pokémon; without these games, players will have to trade to obtain Charmander, or get the Pokémon in the Pal Park or Poke Transfer. These games include:

  • Pokémon Red
  • Pokémon Blue
  • Pokémon FireRed
  • Pokémon LeafGreen
  • Pokémon X
  • Pokémon Y

In each of these games, the player can simply start the game with Charmander. Once Charmander is chosen, however, the player is unable to receive Squirtle or Bulbasaur for the rest of the game. These Pokémon would have to be traded between Pokémon games. Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue also feature different Pokémon for the player to capture.

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue allow the player to start out with Charmander!

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue allow the player to start out with Charmander!

The games Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen are remakes of the two original games: they feature the same starter Pokémon , the same Kanto region and the same overall plot. However, they are available on the Game Boy Advance system, included Wireless Adapters (to replace the older Link Cables used for trading) and had some in-game updates as well. In both of these games, the player has the same option to choose Charmander as their starter Pokémon.

Trading Charmander to Other Pokémon Games

The ability to trade Pokémon with other trainers and games is an important aspect of Pokémon games. No single Pokémon game offers all of the Pokémon in the National Pokedex; completing your game’s Pokedex will require trading Pokémon with others. In games where Charmander is not available as a starter Pokémon, you may need to trade with another trainer to obtain it. You will need to trade to get Charmander in the following games:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Crystal
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald

Charmander Generation II

Pokemon GameGame Location

Gold

Time Capsule

Silver

Time Capsule

Crystal

Time Capsule

The only way to trade Charmander in Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal is the use of the “Time Capsule”. The Time Capsule allows trade “back in time” with the original games: Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow. If the player owned an original game with Charmander as a starter Pokémon and either Pokémon Gold, Silver or Crystal, they could trade Charmander from one game to another. Trading is possible via Link Cables.

The Gameboy Color and Game boy Advance require a Link Cable to trade Pokemon.

The Gameboy Color and Game boy Advance require a Link Cable to trade Pokemon.

Charmander Generation III

Pokemon GameGame Location

Ruby

Trade

Sapphire

Trade

Emerald

Trade

FireRed

Starter Pokémon in Pallet Town

LeafGreen

Starter Pokémon in Pallet Town

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, trading with the first- and second-generation games is not compatible; these games cannot trade Pokémon with any of their predecessors. To obtain Charmander via trade, players can trade with owners of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Trading via the games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is done with Link Cables as before; owners of Pokémon Emerald are able to trade with the updated Game Boy Advanced Wireless Adaptor feature.

The later Pokémon games all feature the ability to trade, but do not rely on it. As Nintendo DS games, these versions can trade Pokémon over the built-in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Trades can be done locally between two games, long-distance between two players or through multiple players via the internet connection. But there’s more: these games also have the ability to import Pokémon from Generation III games (Game Boy Advance games).

The Nintendo 3DS allows wireless trade with the newer Pokémon games.

The Nintendo 3DS allows wireless trade with the newer Pokémon games.

Charmander Generation IV

Pokemon GameGame Location

Diamond

Pal Park, Trade

Pearl

Pal Park, Trade

Platinum

Pal Park, Trade

HeartGold

Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red, Pal Park, Trade

SoulSilver

Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red, Pal Park, Trade

Catching Charmander in the Pal Park

The Pal Park was introduced in the five Generation IV Pokémon games. The Pal Park allows the transfer of Pokémon from Generation III games on the Game Boy Advance to the Generation IV game. The chosen Pokémon are transferred to the park, where the player must then re-capture them. These transfers are permanent; once the Generation III Pokémon have been uploaded to the Generation IV game, they are there for good. The Pokémon games that have this Pal Park feature are:

  • Diamond
  • Pearl
  • Platinum
  • HeartGold
  • SoulSilver

The Pal Park is located on Route 221 in the Sinnoh Region, and in Fuchsia City in the Kanto Region (in the old Safari Zone). In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, the Pal Park can be accessed only after the player has obtained the HM03 Surf, the Relic or Fen Badge, and only after the player has seen all of the Sinnoh Pokémon and has obtained the National Pokedex. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the National Pokedex is also needed to access the Pal Park.

Pal Park allows players to participate in a "catching show" of transferred Pokémon.

Pal Park allows players to participate in a "catching show" of transferred Pokémon.

In this way, a player could transfer a Charmander from Pokémon FireRed or LeafGreen (or any other Generation III game) to a Generation IV Nintendo DS game. As the Pal Park is separated into five zones—Field, Forest, Mountain, Pond and Sea—the Charmander and other transferred Pokemon have to be found and captured in their respective locations; a transferred Charmander would be found wandering in the Field.

Charmander Generation V

Pokemon GameGame Location

Black

Poke Transfer

White

Poke Transfer

Black 2

Poke Transfer

White 2

Poke Transfer

Catching Charmander in the Poke Transfer

The Generation V Pokémon games have a feature similar to the Pal Park called Poke Transfer. With this, players can transfer Pokémon from Generation IV games to their Generation V game. As with the Pal Park, up to six chosen Pokémon are imported from the Generation IV game to the Generation V game and then recaptured, this time through a timed mini-game; players capture their Pokémon using a Pokeball-shooting bow. Pokémon not captured in time are transferred back to the Generation IV game. Poke Transfer is available in:

  • Black
  • White
  • Black 2
  • White 2

Players can access the Poke Transfer feature in the Poke Transfer Lab on Route 15. It is usable after the storyline of the game is complete and the player has received the National Pokedex. There is no limit on how many Pokémon the player can transfer per day, but it may only be done to six Pokémon at a time. As with the Pal Park, transferring a Pokémon from Generation IV to Generation V this way is permanent.

Charmander Generation VI

Pokemon GameGame Location

Pokemon X

Second Starter Pokemon

Pokemon Y

Second Starter Pokemon

Omega Ruby

Trade

Alpha Sapphire

Trade

With the Poke Transfer, there are no specific regions to search for your transferred Pokémon in: once you transfer your Charmander, you simply need to win the mini-game to receive it. In the Poke Transfer mini-game, the Pokémon hide behind bushes, popping their heads up or hopping from bush to bush. The player has to shoot them with a bow shooting special Pokeballs to capture them and complete the transfer. The Poke Transfer is less of a hassle than the Pal Park, and makes transferring large numbers of Pokémon easier and more fun. If you have a Charmander on a Generation IV Pokémon game, you’ll have no trouble moving it to your new Generation V game!

Charmander Generation VII

Pokemon GameGame Location

Sun, Moon

Trade

Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon

Route 3 (Island Scan, Sunday)

While not obtainable in Sun and Moon, Charmander is found on Route 3 in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by players with Island Scan. Players can use Island Scan after gaining 100 points from scanning QR codes. The scanner searches the island the player is currently located on for rare Pokémon. If used on a Sunday at Route 3, Charmander will be found!

No matter what Generation Pokémon game you have, it is possible to get your own Charmander. It may require some trading with friends, your older games or other people online, but even you can have your own original Fire-type starter Pokémon!

© 2013 Jessica Peri

Comments

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on July 10, 2015:

@MissySmith Thank you very much!

Missy Smith from Florida on July 10, 2015:

This article has lots of quality information for Pokemon lovers. Especially, the Pokemon, "Charmander." Again, very useful information and great little side tips.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 07, 2014:

Thanks for the comment! Pokemon Yellow was my favorite of the older games.

Amar Haqeem on February 07, 2014:

I Love Roblox And Pokemon Yellow!

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