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Pokemon Red risky strat

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  1. In Pokemon Red, the "risky strat," as I like to call it, involves skipping the two Rare Candies in Cinnabar Mansion. This works with 13-15 DV Speed (and 12 in very rare cases). This is usually faster, but it is riskier because you have less HP for Black Belt and are a lower level for the Elite Four. Here are the basic steps:
  2. - Buy 11/4/4 (but need 5 X Speed and 2 fewer X Specials if using one on Viridian Rival)
  3. - Get the PP Up
  4. - Thrash the Machoke in Silph
  5. - Rare Candy 0-1 times before Hypno (not twice, as it makes Black Belt much riskier)
  6. - Save 6-7 EQ for Hypno
  7. - Elixer after Hypno
  8. - EQ Koga's first three Pokemon
  9. - Teach Strength in Pallet Town before using the first three Rare Candies
  10. - Go the mansion as normal, but skip the two Rare Candies. Get the Carbos if you have 13 DV Speed.
  11. - Fight Erika first (EQ, IB, EQ) (can IB Vileplume with 15 DV Special)
  12. - Fight Blaine next (X Acc strats)
  13. - Fight Sabrina last (EQ x4; Venomoth is a range with low 15 Attack)
  14. - Use X Acc strats on Black Belt
  15. - Elixer after Black Belt
  16. - Use normal Giovanni strats, but note that Nidoqueen is a range with low 15 Attack
  17. - X Speed on Viridian Rival's Pidgeot (or X Special twice -- once on Pidgeot and once on Growlithe -- and TB Growlithe). Alakazam is a range if you don't X item on Growlithe unless 13-15 DV Attack. X Special strat is ~2 seconds faster with decent Special (Pidgeot is a range on anything but 15 DV Special)
  18. - E4 strats are basically the same, but faster because you Drill Jynx and Alakazam. Also riskier because less HP, crit IB doesn't always kill Golbat, Haze creates a speedtie with Haunter on 14 DV Speed, first Dragonair is a range unless 12-15 DV Special, and Aerodactyl is a range unless 8-15 DV Special. X Speed on the second Dragonair.
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  20. Detailed notes below.
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  24. Risky strat time save Save Added risk Notes
  25. - 14 DV Speed
  26. o With good Attack and 15 DV Special 7 sec. 6-12% L40 for Hypno (RC x1)
  27. o With good Attack and 8 DV Special 5 sec. 6-12% L40
  28. o With good Attack and 7 DV Special 6 sec. 7-13% L40; Aero range
  29. o With good Attack and 4 DV Special 4 sec. 6-12% L40-41; 2 XSpec Lance
  30. o With average Attack and 15 DV Special 13 sec. 5-11% L40-41; 2 XSpec VR (no range)
  31. o With average Attack and 8 DV Special 9 sec. 5-11% L40-41; 2 XSpec VR (range)
  32. o With average Attack and 7 DV Special 10 sec. 6-12% L40-41; 2 XSpec VR (range)
  33. o With average Attack and 4 DV Special 7 sec. 6-12% L40-41; 2 XSpec VR (range)
  34. o With average Attack and 0 DV Special 7 sec. 6-12% L40-41; 2 XSpec VR (range)
  35. - 13 DV Speed See above, but +6.5 sec.
  36. - 15 DV Speed See above, but +2 sec. (+3 with 13-15 Special)
  37. NOTE: 7 EQ for Hypno is preferred to Lv. 41, but do what is necessary to survive Headbutt (use Potion if HP is 50ish)
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  39. Risky strat approach
  40. - If strat is possible at Brock, buy 8 Potions (8-9 if Hiker strats)
  41. - With 12 DV Speed, can do strat with Carbos if kill 3 Zubats + 15 stat exp. from Route 6 (or 2 Zubats, a Paras and 50 stat
  42. exp. … or Spearow and 2 Zubats)
  43. - If strat is decently likely entering Vermilion, plan NOT to Rare Candy swap
  44. - Buy 11/4/4 in most cases (11/2/5 if not enough money and committed to it; 11/3/5 if average to bad Special; 11/4/5 if enough money)
  45. - With good Attack, commit to strat after splitting for Poke Flute
  46. - With average Attack, commit to strat after splitting for Koga
  47. - Always go for it with 6-8 Attack, 14 DV Speed and 7+ DV Special
  48. - Never go for it with 13 DV Speed and 0-6 DV Special
  49. - If anything else, depends on 1) time you need to save, and 2) HP/DEF DVs for Black Belt
  50. - Double X Special on Viridian Rival unless good Attack and average to bad Special and bought 5 X Speeds
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