Pokémon Crystal, Gold, and Silver: How to Get the Exp Share

Pokémon Crystal, Gold, and Silver, the classics among Pokémon games for the Game Boy Color, offer many fascinating items that enrich the gameplay experience. One such useful item is the Exp Share, which allows Pokémon that are not actively participating in battle to receive experience points.

This item is particularly helpful for leveling up younger or weaker team members.

How the Exp Share Works in Pokémon Crystal, Gold, and Silver

The Exp Share was first introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue and has since become standard equipment in subsequent generations.

In Pokémon Crystal, Gold, and Silver, the Exp Share can be given to a Pokémon to carry. The carrying Pokémon then receives a portion of the experience points, even if it does not participate actively in the battle. Interestingly, if multiple Pokémon are given an Exp Share, they share the experience points, which significantly facilitates the even leveling of the team.

A detailed guide on how to obtain the Exp Share in Pokémon Crystal has already been described in the complete Pokémon Crystal walkthrough.

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Journey to Mahogany Town and the Lake of Rage

Upon arriving at the Lake of Rage, you finally face the Red Gyarados. This special Pokémon is a Shiny version of the normal Gyarados and is noticeable due to its red color.

You have the choice to catch the Red Gyarados or to defeat it. Regardless of your decision to catch or battle the Pokémon, you will receive a special item after the fight: the Red Scale.

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Exchange for the Exp Share

After you have received the Red Scale, you must take it to Mr. Pokémon, who is located on the route north of Cherrygrove City.

Mr. Pokémon is known for his interest in rare Pokémon items and gladly exchanges the Red Scale for the valuable Exp Share.

Mr. Pokémon gives you the exp share


  • Journey to Mahogany Town: Start your journey here and encounter Team Rocket, who are blocking access to the local gym.
  • Go to the Lake of Rage:
    • Use the path through the tall grass from Mahogany Town to save money and encounter trainers.
    • Alternatively, you can pay 1000 Pokédollars and use the checkpoint house.
  • Catch or defeat the Red Gyarados:
    • At the Lake of Rage, you encounter the Red Gyarados. You can choose whether to catch it or just defeat it.
    • Regardless of your decision, you will receive the Red Scale after the battle.
  • Visit Mr. Pokémon:
    • With the Red Scale in hand, travel to Mr. Pokémon, who lives north of Cherrygrove City.
    • Exchange the Red Scale for the Exp Share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Exp. Share in Pokémon Crystal?
In Pokémon Crystal, the Exp Share is obtained by catching or defeating the Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage and exchanging the received Red Scale at Mr. Pokémon’s house, which is located north of Cherrygrove City on Route 30.

How does Exp. Share work in Gen 2?
In Gen 2, the Exp Share allows a Pokémon in the team that carries the item to receive experience points from battles, even if it does not participate. Only the Pokémon that carries the Exp Share and those that participate in the battle share the experience points.


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