FireRed/LeafGreen - Linking Guide (pg.1)

Made by:
Lucas Wagner

Seriously, a lot of people, with the release of Pokemon FireRed & LeafGreen, became "in the dark" over how to trade between these two games and their old Ruby and Sapphire games. This is an effort to help them regain their sanity, along with their beloved Ruby/Sapphire Pokemon.

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1. BATTLING: BETWEEN FR/LG
2. BATTLING: BETWEEN FR/LG and R/S
3. TRADING: BETWEEN FR/LG
4. TRADING: BETWEEN FR/LG and R/S
5. OTHER LINKAGE


1. BATTLING: BETWEEN FR/LG

To battle between FireRed and LeafGreen, you must have the Pokedex in both games.

Direct Corner

Everyone who got FR/LG probably noticed something new in their package: a little device that looks like half a squished lemon called the Wireless Adapter. It allows you to link up with specially enabled games without any wires! Cool. So now, you've probably already found a friend, and want to battle with them. Let's do it to it!

Step One: Connect the Wireless Adapter.
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. To insert the Adapter, plug it in to the top of the GBA: label side facing you for the GBA, away for the SP. Game Boy Player: Have it facing up.

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
Read your GBA instruction booklet for help with this.

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Go to the Direct Corner, and select "Colosseum".
Talk to the lady on the far right. She runs the Direct Corner. Select "Colosseum" (not to be confused with Pokemon Colosseum, the GameCube game).

Step Five: Select Your Battle Style.
Choose one of the following:

SINGLE BATTLE: One on one, one pokemon on the field per trainer. The standard battle type.
DOUBLE BATTLE: One on one, two pokemon on the field per trainer. You may have encountered this in-game, it's quite fun.
MULTI BATTLE: (aka "True Double Battle") Two on two, one pokemon on the field per trainer. With four players in all, this style requires teamwork.

Step Six: Choose a Leader, and Join Them.
Between you and your friend(s), one person must be the leader. This doesn't affect anything in the battle, and is for organizational purposes only.

Step Seven: Choose a Side (Multi Battle)
If you're doing a Multi Battle, go to the same side as whoever you'll be battling with. Then, choose 3 Pokemon for use.

Step Eight: Battle!!!
If you can't do this, then please read your manual. Please.
Fun, eh? Sure it is.

Cable Club

Cables. Fun to play with, not to eat. The Wireless Adapter pretty much replaces them, but you may have misplaced it. Shame on you. Luckily, that's when these skills will come in handy.

Step One: Connect the GBA Link Cable(s).
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. Plug the 1P (small, purple) plug into one GBA, and the 2P plug into another. If Multi Battling, you'll need 2 more cables, the 1P end of them going into the purple hub in the middle of the previous cable.

NOTE!!!! PLEASE USE A GBA LINK CABLE!!!! Do not use a Game Boy Color link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use a GameCube-GBA link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use an original Game Boy link cable, it WILL NOT WORK (and it'll damage your GBA to boot.)

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
Again, read your GBA instruction booklet for help with this.

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Go to the Cable Club, and select "Colosseum".
Talk to the lady on the far right. She runs the Cable Club. Select "Colosseum" (again, not to be confused with Pokemon Colosseum, the GameCube game).

Step Five: Select Your Battle Style.

Step Six: Wait for all players to join.
If you have the small purple connector in your GBA (aka 1P), wait for the screen to say "2P LINK" or "4P LINK", depending on how many players you have. Then press A.

Step Seven: Choose a Side (Multi Battle)
If you're doing a Multi Battle, go to the same side as whoever you'll be battling with. Then, choose 3 Pokemon for use.

Step Eight: Battle!!!
If you can't do this, I recommend playing the game a little longer.
There ya go, now you can use a link cable to battle.

Union Room

Remember the Wireless Adapter I talked about? It lets you go into a new place: the Union Room. It seats 39 players, and you can battle, chat, and trade there. Right now, I'll focus on battle. Ready? Let's go!

Step One: Connect the Wireless Adapter.
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. To insert the Adapter, plug it in to the top of the GBA: label side facing you for the GBA, away for the SP. Game Boy Player: Have it facing up.

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
There's a little black switch on your GBA; flick it.

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Ready your party!
You need to have two Pokemon under level 30 for battle.

Step Five: Enter the Union Room.
Talk to the lady in the middle. She'll let you into the Union Room.

Step Six: Find Your Friend!
If there's a lot of people in here, sift through them to find who you'll battle with.

Step Seven: Battle!
Choose battle, and choose the two Pokemon to battle with.
Short, but sweet. That's how to battle in the Union Room.


2. BATTLING: BETWEEN FR/LG and R/S

To battle between these versions, everyone must have the Pokedex.

Cable Club

Battling via Link Cable is the only way to battle with Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire. Do NOT let anyone tell you otherwise.

Step One: Connect the GBA Link Cable(s).
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. Plug the 1P (small, purple) plug into one GBA, and the 2P plug into another. If Multi Battling, you'll need 2 more cables, the 1P end of them going into the purple hub in the middle of the previous cable.

NOTE!!!! PLEASE USE A GBA LINK CABLE!!!! Do not use a Game Boy Color link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use a GameCube-GBA link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use an original Game Boy link cable, it WILL NOT WORK (and it'll destroy your GBA to boot.)

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
Again, read your GBA instruction booklet for help with this.

Step Three : Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto, Hoenn, and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four (FR/LG): Go to the Cable Club, and select "Colosseum".
In your FireRed/LeafGreen game, talk to the lady on the far right, who runs the Cable Club. Select "Colosseum".

Step Four (R/S): Go to the Colosseum Booth.
Talk to the lady in the booth on the right.

Step Five: Select Your Battle Style.

Step Six: Wait for all players to join.
If you have the small purple connector in your GBA (aka 1P), wait for the screen to say "2P LINK" or "4P LINK", depending on how many players you have. Then press A.

Step Seven: Choose a Side (Multi Battle)
If you're doing a Multi Battle, go to the same side as whoever you'll be battling with. Then, choose 3 Pokemon for use.

Step Eight: Battle!!!
You know how it goes.

Kanto vs. Hoenn: Who will win? Find out today!


3. TRADING: BETWEEN FR/LG

To trade between FireRed and LeafGreen, both players must have the Pokedex.

Direct Corner

Wireless Adapter, yada yada, no wires, yada yada. You know what it is. So now you can use it to trade! And get more Pokemon! AND TAKE OVER THE WORLD!! Mwahahahaha.

Sorry, went a little maniacal there. Back to the show...

Step One: Connect the Wireless Adapter.
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. To insert the Adapter, plug it in to the top of the GBA: label side facing you for the GBA, away for the SP. Game Boy Player: Have it facing up.

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
Read your GBA instruction booklet for help with this.

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Go to the Direct Corner, and select "Trade Center".
Talk to the lady on the far right. She runs the Direct Corner. Select "Trade Center".

Step Five: Choose a Leader, and Join Them.
Between you and your friend, one person must be the leader. This doesn't affect anything in the trade, and is for organizational purposes only.

Step Six: Browse and Trade
Here, you can browse your friend's party Pokemon, and your own as well. Choose a Pokemon to offer up, and approve the trade. If it's fair, of course; don't trade your Jirachi for a Rattata.

Step Seven: No Thieverying My Guide!
This is to fool anyone who decides to shoplift this fine piece of work.

Step Eight: Watch the Magic.
See the little Pokemon go through the air. Wheeeeeeeee!

There you go, you can trade. Give yourself a pat on the back. I'm going to go get a sandwich, so wait for me, I'll be back.

Cable Club

For trading your Pokemon with a Link Cable, the procedure is roughly the same. With a cable, of course. But, this is a guide, so I shall guide you through!

Step One: Connect the GBA Link Cable.
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. Plug the 1P (small, purple) plug into one GBA, and the 2P plug into another.

NOTE!!!! PLEASE USE A GBA LINK CABLE!!!! Do not use a Game Boy Color link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use a GameCube-GBA link cable, it WILL NOT WORK. Do not use an original Game Boy link cable, it WILL NOT WORK (and it'll a splode your GBA to boot.)

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
Get it through your head! Little switch, flick it!

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Go to the Cable Club, and select "Trade Center".
Talk to the lady on the far right. She runs the Cable Club. Select "Trade Center".

Step Five: Wait for all players to join.
If you have the small purple connector in your GBA (aka 1P), wait for the screen to say "2P LINK". Then press A.

Step Six: Browse and Trade
Here, you can browse your friend's party Pokemon, and your own as well. Choose a Pokemon to offer up, and approve the trade. If it's fair, of course; don't trade your Mewtwo for a Weedle.

Step Eight: Watch the Magic.
The Pokemon... going across the cable... it's mesmerizing...

MISSION COMPLETE!

Union Room

Trade with complete strangers! One of the many things possible in the Union Room. Today on the Freddie the Teddie show, we'll show you how to do it! Just follow these easy steps:

Step One: Connect the Wireless Adapter.
Before you do this, turn off your Game Boy Advance/GBA SP/Game Boy Player. You don't have to turn it off, but it's recommended. To insert the Adapter, plug it in to the top of the GBA: label side facing you for the GBA, away for the SP. Game Boy Player: Have it facing up.

Step Two: Turn the GBA On.
There's a little black switch on your GBA; flick it.

Step Three: Go to the 2nd floor of a Pokemon Center.
Any Pokemon Center throughout Kanto and the Sevii Islands has a second floor, for all link operations. Go to one now.

Step Four: Enter the Union Room.
Talk to the lady in the middle. She'll let you into the Union Room.

Step Five: Register at the Board.
Not a message board, but a Trading Board. Back left corner. Specify which Pokemon, and which Pokemon type you want in return.

Step Six: Trade, or Be Traded!
Either wait around in the Room, or go back to the Board and select a Pokemon to trade for. Your choice.

And that's how to trade with others in the Union Room.


Credits

Me: for writing this guide.
CJayC: for putting this up on GameFAQs.
Lanerobertlane: The 1337 ASCII art. Man, that stuff rocks! (not seen in this version of the guide)
Mewtwo: for putting this up on Pokemon Dream.
You: for reading this guide.
The people who e-mailed me: because getting e-mail rocks.
Nintendo, Game Freak, Creatures, and The Pokemon Company: for making this game.

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