Pokémon: a franchise beloved by millions. Through its video games, anime series, and trading card game, Pokémon has brought people of all ages endless hours of entertainment. Satoshi Tajiri has created a legacy and a franchise that continues to come out with great products and games, one of them being Pokémon: Gold Version.
One of the new features introduced in Gold was the internal clock that kept the time and the day of the week. Many special events in Gold occur during certain times or certain days, so this feature was great to keep track of that. Also, Pokémon were now able to hold items, one of them being berries. Berries come in very hand if you want to restore some HP or cure a status effect and you don’t want to waste any of the items in your inventory. You could also collect Apricorns from various areas in Johto and bring them to a man named Kurt in Azalea Town, where he would make them into specialized Poke balls that would make catching a certain Pokémon easier. Another new addition to Gold was the Pokégear which contained a watch, radio, map, and a phone, which you could use to call other characters. Sometimes other trainers that have your phone number will even call you and ask for a rematch battle.
With the daycare outside Goldenrod City, you can now breed Pokémon. If a male and female Pokémon are left together in the daycare, they produce an egg. You can also encounter shiny Pokémon in the wild, although they are quite rare. You do encounter a shiny Red Gyrados at the Lake of Rage near Mahogany Town, which you are able to catch. There were also 2 new Pokémon types added: Steel and Dark. There are also 3 new legendary Pokémon: Raikou, Suicine, and Entei. They wander around Johto and you can use your Pokédex to track them. They, however, cannot be bred, so they cannot produce an egg. Also, in Gold and Silver they introduced a move deleter, as Pokémon that learned new moves could not be traded to the first generation games. The move deleter is also useful if you want your Pokémon to forget any useless HM moves like Flash, that way you don’t have to have an HM whore Pokémon take up a space in your party.
Your player starts off his journey in New Bark Town. You receive the Pokégear from your mother and go off to Professor Elm’s lab as Professor Elm has a favor to ask of you. While on the way there, you see a suspicious red-haired boy peering into the windows of Elm’s lab. As your player approaches him, he is quite hostile and pushes you away. When you go into the lab and talk to Professor Elm, he tells you that he wants you to go to his old acquaintance Mr. Pokémon’s house near Cherrygrove city and see the new discovery that he has been raving about. When you get to Mr. Pokémon’s house, the discovery turns out to be an egg which has a Pokémon inside. Also at Mr. Pokémon’s house is Professor Oak who gives you your Pokédex. When you exit Mr. Pokémon’s house, your character gets a frantic phone call from Professor Elm saying that someone broke into his lab and stole a Pokémon. As you head back to New Bark Town you encounter your rival, whose name is Silver. He was the suspicious red-haired boy you saw earlier peering into Elm’s lab. After you defeat Silver, you rush back to Elm’s lab where there is also a police officer who questions you about the robbery. It turns out the prime suspect is Silver. After the officer questions you, Elm examines the Egg you got from Mr. Pokémon and he is amazed and wants to research it further.
Your character then heads out beyond Cherrygrove City and travels to Violet City. Up north, there is a tall tower called the Sprout Tower. Once you defeat the elder Buddhist monk Li inside, you receive the HM for Flash. The Violet City Gym is the next destination for your character. Falkner is the gym leader here and he specializes in Flying Pokémon. It’s not hard at all and he doesn’t present much of a challenge. The one thing I would watch out for is Mud-Slap. Make sure you have grinded a bit and got your Pokémon up to a decent level. After you defeat Falkner, you will get the Zephyr badge, and TM31, which is Mud-Slap. After the battle, head to the Pokémon Center in town where Professor Elm’s assistant is waiting there for you. He gives you the egg, which you travel throughout Johto with and eventually hatches into a Togepi. Travel south through Route 32 and you will happen upon another Pokémon Center where you should heal up before you head into the Union Cave. A man here will also give you an Old Rod, which at this point, is only good for catching Magikarp. Your character then heads through the Union Cave to get to Route 33 and Azalea Town. Later on, once you acquire the HM for Surf, you can travel deeper into the depths of the cave and attempt to capture a Lapras.