So after starting the Pokemon Yellow I got as a gift, I beat Gary before setting off. Managed to catch a lv6 Nidoran(M). Making it to Pewter City, I got Pikachu up to lv13 and Nidoran up to lv12. Had no trouble getting the Boulder Badge. On the way to Mt. Moon, caught a lv8 Sandshrew. Reached Mt. Moon and currently in search of a Clefairy.