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There’s only one Cleanse Tag in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and it’s located on the fifth floor of Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town. It will be inside of an overworld Poké Ball in the middle of the purified and protected zone (the weird blue runes you step on to heal).
There’s really only one prerequisite for getting the Cleanse Tag: being able to travel to Lavender Town
If you can get to Lavender Town, then you can head inside of the Pokémon Tower and get the Cleanse Tag.
How To Get The Cleanse Tag
To get the Cleanse Tag, head to the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town.
The Pokémon Tower is hard to miss: it’s the tall (likely haunted) tower on the east side of town.
Walk inside of the tower and find the staircase heading upstairs, just behind the counter on the first floor.
Every floor only has one staircase, so go ahead and keep walking up stairs until you eventually reach the fifth floor.
You’ll know it’s the right floor because there is a bright blue square rune (AKA a purified and protected zone) inscribed in the middle of the floor with a Poké Ball sitting in the middle of it.
This Poké Ball is the Cleanse Tag, so all you have to do is walk up to the Poké Ball and pick it up.
As an added bonus, all of your Pokémon will be healed as soon as you enter the purified and protected zone!
You’ll probably find this item naturally during your playthrough, since you’ll need to clear Pokémon Tower as part of the main game’s storyline.
But if you somehow missed it then you might want to bring an Escape Rope so you can get to the fifth floor, grab your item, then quickly leave.
How Does The Cleanse Tag Work?
The Cleanse Tag works almost like a repel. When the first Pokémon in your party is holding it, it decreases wild Pokémon encounters by 33% (specifically decreasing wild Pokémon that are a lower level than the one holding the Cleanse Tag).
Note that it doesn’t completely negate wild encounters like a repel does.
So the Cleanse Tag only makes it less likely that you’ll run into wild Pokémon.
Also keep in mind that the level of the Pokémon holding the Cleanse Tag matters. If you give it to a level 10 Pokémon and walk through an area with a bunch of level 20 Pokémon, then the Cleanse Tag won’t work at all.
And in FRLG, it only works if the very first Pokémon in your party holds the item – this is different than in Gen 2 where any Pokémon in your party could hold it and you’d still get the effects.
The Cleanse Tag is a great, cheap (free) alternative to buying a bunch of Repels when you have to walk through a cave or Surf across a lot of water and don’t want to deal with wild Pokémon encounters. But it’s not guaranteed to stop wild Pokémon, so it may not be as useful in all situations.