How to Get Charmander in the Pokémon Games

Updated on July 5, 2015
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Dreamhowl has been playing Pokemon since 1999. She favorites include SoulSilver, X, and AlphaSapphire. She enjoys breeding Pokemon.

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 (nicknamed Citrine here) can evolve into a powerful Fire-type Pokemon.
Charmander (nicknamed Citrine here) can evolve into a powerful Fire-type Pokemon. | Source

Charmander Generation I

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Starter Pokemon in Pallet Town
Starter Pokemon in Pallet Town
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.

Did You Know?

While the player in Pokémon Yellow must choose Pikachu as their starter Pokémon, they can find the original starters on their journey: Bulbasaur is found in a house in Cerulean City, Charmander on Route 25 and Squirtle after beating Lt Surge in Vermillion City!

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:

  • Pokemon Red

  • Pokemon Blue

  • Pokemon FireRed

  • Pokemon LeafGreen

  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon 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 Pokemon would have to be traded between Pokemon games. Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue also feature different Pokemon for the player to capture.

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue allow the player to start out with Charmander!
Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue allow the player to start out with Charmander! | Source

The games Pokemon FireRed and Pokemon LeafGreen are remakes of the two original games: they feature the same starter Pokemon, 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 Pokemon.

Pokemon X
Pokemon X

Pokemon X has all-new Pokemon and features, such as Pokemon Amie, Super Training and more!


Trading Charmander to Other Pokemon Games

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

  • Pokemon Gold

  • Pokemon Silver

  • Pokemon Crystal

  • Pokemon Ruby

  • Pokemon Sapphire

  • Pokemon Emerald

Charmander Generation II

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Time Capsule
Time Capsule
Time Capsule

The only way to trade Charmander in Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Crystal is the use of the “Time Capsule”. The Time Capsule allows trade “back in time” with the original Pokemon games - Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Yellow. If the player owned an original game with Charmander as a starter Pokemon and either Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Silver or Pokemon 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. | Source

Charmander Generation III

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Starter Pokemon in Pallet Town
Starter Pokemon in Pallet Town

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

The later Pokemon games all feature the ability to trade, but do not rely on it. As Nintendo DS games, these versions can trade Pokemon 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 Pokemon from Generation III games (Game boy Advance games).

The Nintendo DS allows wireless trade with the newer Pokemon games.
The Nintendo DS allows wireless trade with the newer Pokemon games. | Source

Charmander Generation IV

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Pal Park, Trade
Pal Park, Trade
Pal Park, Trade
Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red, Pal Park, Trade
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 Pokemon games. The Pal Park allows the transfer of Pokemon from Generation III Pokemon games on the Game boy Advance to the Generation IV Pokemon game. The chosen Pokemon are transferred to the park, where the player must then re-capture them. These transfers are permanent; once the Generation III Pokemon have been uploaded to the Generation IV game, they are there for good. The Pokemon games that have this Pal Park feature are:

  • Pokemon Diamond

  • Pokemon Pearl

  • Pokemon Platinum

  • Pokemon HeartGold

  • Pokemon 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 Pokemon Diamond, Pokemon Pearl and Pokemon 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 Pokemon and has obtained the National Pokedex. In Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver, the National Pokedex is also needed to access the Pal Park.

Pal Park allows players to participate in a "catching show" of transferred Pokemon.
Pal Park allows players to participate in a "catching show" of transferred Pokemon. | Source

In this way, a player could transfer a Charmander from Pokemon FireRed or Pokemon 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.

Pokemon Y
Pokemon Y

Pokemon Y has all-new Pokemon and features, such as Pokemon Amie, Super Training and more!


Charmander Generation V

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Poke Transfer
Poke Transfer
Black 2
Poke Transfer
White 2
Poke Transfer

Catching Charmander in the Poke Transfer

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

  • Pokemon Black

  • Pokemon White

  • Pokemon Black 2
  • Pokemon 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 Pokemon the player can transfer per day, but it may only be done to six Pokemon at a time. As with the Pal Park, transferring a Pokemon from Generation IV to Generation V this way is permanent.

Charmander Generation VI

Pokemon Game
Game Location
Pokemon X
Second Starter Pokemon
Pokemon Y
Second Starter Pokemon
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

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With the Poke Transfer, there are no specific regions to search for your transferred Pokemon in - once you transfer your Charmander, you simply need to win the mini game to receive it. In the Poke Transfer mini game, the Pokemon 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 Pokemon easier and more fun. If you have a Charmander on a Generation IV Pokemon game, you’ll have no trouble moving it to your new Generation V game!

No matter what Generation Pokemon 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 Pokemon!

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      Jessica Marello 2 years ago from United States

      @MissySmith Thank you very much!

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

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

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

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

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      Amar Haqeem 3 years ago

      I Love Roblox And Pokemon Yellow!


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