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You could catch one in the route that the Day Care is on. I think Mankey was an exclusive back then, so it was only available on either Red or Blue. Dunno if you consider that early though.
But yeah, in Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, you can catch them in the route right next to Viridian (Prolly what you're talking about). That's how I beat Brock after starting with Charmander if LG. That, and a Nidoran(M) who knew Double Kick. I think Charmander learns Metal Claw pretty early though, so the three of them usually did the job.
Also prock, for dissing Tauros, you're dead to me... DEAD!!! :'(
We are talking about the first red and blue, and by early I meant in Virdian, and you can't catch em there in the first red and blue. Brock was easy even with just Charmander, just have a few potions and just ember the **** out of his guys til they get burned. I never had a problem. I beat him once with Rattata, since I ran through the entire game with only him. And Tauros is very very overrated.
I was a huge collector as a kid and loved the original games. This was my most prized possession when I was 8:
Mine was an original Charizard card I found in a pack, not bought separately. Then I got into Yu-Gi-Oh cards and traded my Charizard for like 6 beastly Yu-Gi-Oh cards, which ran **** for awhile, then I went back to Pokemon and was super pissed.
Says the guy who's talking about the greatness of Raticate. Tauros isn't even rated by most people. Not many people know good Tauros is. I picked him in the 1st Gen Pokedraft we did a while ago, and guys looked at me like I was nuts.
He's one of the best normal types there are sans the likes of Chan/Blissey and Snorlax, but they're walls unlike Tauros who's a sweeper. His high attack + speed makes him good, but the fact that his high speed in conjunction with STAB attacks like Body Slam gives him a better chance to render it's additional effect of paralyzing. So not only will it go first and inflict a lot of damage with that high attack, but it'll inflict more damage because it gets STAB, and it has a better chance to paralyze. And besides all that, he has good physical bulk.
He's taken a hit in the 4th Gen, but Tauros is a badass from 1st-3rd Gen.