How do you get into Saffron City in Pokemon?
In the Generation I and III games, the guards at the gates to
Saffron City are thirsty and you need to get them a drink. In the
Generation I games (Red, Blue, Yellow), you get the drink from the
Celadon Department Store (it can be fresh water, soda pop, or
lemonade). In the Generation III games (FireRed and LeafGreen in
this case), it has to be tea, and you get it from an old lady in
Although Saffron City does exist in other Pokemon games in the
Generation II and IV sets, there are no special requirements to
enter the city in those games, and so this question probably
wouldn't come up.
To get to Saffron City you first need to get to Celadon City and
go inside the big building next to the Pokemon Center. On the first
floor is an old lady speak to her to obtain some Tea. Go to the
route east from Celadon City and go inside the big building and
give the Tea to the guard stationed there. He will let you go to
Saffron City as a reward.