|In Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, as well as their remakes Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, there is a truck which appears in the S.S. Anne's port which serves no evident purpose except as scenery. With scenery being very sparse in the Generation I games, and this being one of the few sprites with no other purpose than to exist in one spot, fans began speculating that another purpose existed for this truck, and that it could perhaps be moved with Strength. Thus, a popular rumor sprang up that a Poké Ball containing Mew could be found underneath. The only flaw with this was that the HM for Strength could only be obtained after getting Cut, which required the S.S. Anne leaving. Players found ways around this by trading Pokémon knowing Cut to other games which did not have the HM. The rumor was proven false. |
Another method to prevent the ship setting sail was to challenge a Trainer after obtaining Cut, and losing the battle on purpose. The player would be teleported to the Pokémon Center in Vermilion City, and the ship would not leave the dock, making it accessible later in the game when the player had obtained Strength/Surf.
In the Generation III remakes of Red and Blue, the truck is still present, however, there is actually somewhat of a point to get to it this time around. On the pier it is on, if the player walks down a bit, they can find a hidden Lava Cookie, unavailable until later in the game. This could possibly have been put into the game as a reference to the old rumors.