Top 10 Best Starter Pokemon

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August 1, 2015 -
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The Top Ten

1
Charmander
The first pokemon I chose was charmander. It is super powerful! Who says charizard has problems with the first two gyms? I beat them using only charmeleon!
Charmander is my favorite pokemon when it comes to Kanto. It is so strong I could beat all the pokemon league as well as all 8 gyms
This adorable pokemon is very good when it comes to flame attacks

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[Newest]Charmander is a great fire type for trainers to start there journey with
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2Mudkip
Mudkip is all that you'd want a starter to be!
It's super cute!
Its super powerful and can learn ground type moves before it evolves!
When Mudkip fully evolves in to Swampert, a water-ground type pokemon, it only has one weakness: Grass. If you teach it ice beam or another ice type move it will be unstoppable!
Ahh! Mudkip... Kinda hard where to start. One of the best dual-combo starter Pokemon threats in the entire game. Considering the fact that it can learn nearly twice the amount of moves than other Pokemon can get, this powerhouse is one of the starters that are often not traded away for another Pokemon. Easily the best Water-type starter in the game (Since Squirtle, Tododile, and Oshowott are solely Water Type, and cannot learn as many TMs, while Piplup is a close second), it can arguably be called the best starter Pokemon to ever. Not to add that if completely maxed out with potential, at Level 100, you can have a Swampert that knows 1) Hydro Pump, 2) Hydro Cannon, 3) Earthquake, 4) Hammer Arm... Yeah, all of those moves are learnt by leveling up (Note: To get Hydro Pump, keep Mudkip unevolved till Level 48).
Me, personally choosing Mudkip as a starter, thoroughly enjoyed its versatility, and as a Swampert its dual-combo threat along with its high Attack, and Defense stats kept it strong and powerful at the same time. I have played every main-series Pokemon game, and overall Mudkip has been the easiest and best starter to play with.
This Pokemon is cute, funny, strong and talented. So lets give it up for Mudkip. He is also clearly the greatest. He evolves into two awesome Pokemon. Marshtomp and Swampert. So lets vote for this little gold hearted Pokemon.
[Newest]Best shiny purple
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3Cyndaquil
There is absolutely nothing bad you can say about typhlosion, so why would there be anything bad about Cyndaquil. It's cute, strong, and kicks some serious butt when it becomes a typhlosion. You really couldn't ask for more from a starter.
I chose Cyndaquil for my soul silver starter and it destroyed all the gyms. I didn't use any other pokemon because Cyndaquil, Quilava and TYPHLOSION is so boss. While most fire starters learn Flare Blitz Typhlosion learns something even better ERUPTION. And Typhlosion can learn thunder punch to counter water types. And no one can say anything bad about the ass-kicking volcano pokemon.
I LOVE TYPHLOSION! Cyndaquil gets great speed and attacks when it becomes a Typhlosion, and it is a really effective battler.
[Newest]Typhlosion is the best as he can defeat both meganium and feraligatr with his large move set
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4Squirtle
To me squirtle seems the best starter because when it evolves into blastoise it can learn flash cannon (for ice type) then teach it ice beam (for grass type)other 2 moves you should have are surf and hydro cannon or maybe skull bash if you want it. Plus squirtle is my best starter. Water starter rule (to me).
It's only a water type making it superior to that puny mudkip. When blastoise and swampert are at level 100 blastoise's stat total is far superior. A water pokemon is supposed to have a high special not attack. Water isn't physical making mudkip overrated. Squirtle: *puts on squirtle squad shades* deal with it.
Squirtle is really awesome especially with hydro pump, it is the best water attack. I choose it always as starter
[Newest]Squirtle is way better then charmander. He's just so underrated
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5Torchic
It can learn wicked moves when it is a blaziken like brave bird, sky uppercut which is awesome against fighting and my favorite of his moves is blaze kick. Blaziken is my favorite pokemon by far
First off it is amazing torchic yes is hard to evolve at first but when you get off to a good start it will wipe away any other pokemon the it becomes Combusken and starts kicking ass of every pokemon in its way once you get it to Blaziken even the elite four are scared of it with blaze kick, sky uppercut and brave bird you can take down most pokemon with ease it can even beat legendary with these moves and come on he is just so cute when he is a torchic
Torchic is awesome because it evolves into Combusken then into Blaziken. Blaziken is a combination of fire and fighting which, you can't get better than that.
[Newest]It has speed boost as hidden ability
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6Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur is the cutest starter pokemon ever! And not only is he the number 1 starter pokemon, he's literally the number 1 pokemon out of them all! I love him to death and the fact that he's a dual type to start off with makes him even more awesome!
It took me a while to realize how awesome his design is. He's now my favorite starter. Imagine riding a Venasaur in real life, just chilling under its tree.
Bulbasaur was the first pokemon I ever received. I began playing the Pokemon games on my gameboy advanced at age 5. Now, at 14, I still consider Bulbasaur to be one of the best Pokemon. He can destroy you without you laying a finger on him with sleep powder. AND he can heal himself with synthesis, whereas you have to waste money buying potions for other Pokemon. The only complaint I have about him is that his powerful attacks have very little PP. He can still crush you with ease though, so you better get your charizard ready, and bring lots of potions, 'cause Venusaur will still beat you.
[Newest]That is the best Pokemon ever
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7Treecko
Treecko is the best, my favorite. Its a boss when it evolves all the way up to Sceptile. Watching ash sceptile its no wonder why he is a boss.
Moveset Sceptile sp atk: energyball, detect, dragon pulse and focusblast.
Moveset Sceptile atk: leaf blade, x-scissor, earthquake and dragon claw or night slash.

Than charmander, charizard is a boss. Moveset: flamethower, focusblast, airslash and dragon pulse.

Than totodile, feraligatr is a boss. Moveset: aquatail, earthquake, ice punch and Seismic Toss or crunch.

Than mudkip, swampert has only grass as a weakness. Moveset: earthquake, aquatail, icepunch, stone edge and Seismic Toss.

Some good ones I used too:
- chinchar, infernate moveset: flamethower, thunderpunch, earthquake and stone edge.
- turtwig, torterra moveset: earthquake, seedbomb, outrage and stone edge/crunch/super power.
- snivy, serperior moveset: leafblade, aquatail, dragonpulse and aerial ace.
- piplup, empoleon moveset: hydropump, icebeam, signalbeam and flash cannon.
- oshawott, samurott moveset: hydropump, icebeam, airslash and megahorn.
He's super cool ( dinosaur) and strong, and he learns strong attacks. Pure grass best. Ash has one and is king o' forest.
my alltime fav pokemon he's like a mini ninja with powers and he is BEAST when it gets to sceptile. treecko is awesome and if you hadn't noticed he is the only starter that ends up haveing ARMS in its final evaloution! which is a lot cooler. treecko is my fav beacause it is acts cool and is super swift unlike bulbusaur, chicorita, and turtwig. Don't get me wrong those 3 are fast but not as fast as the awesome MASTER... TREECKO!
[Newest]My first Pokemon and he saved me because I was the biggest mob ever
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8Totodile
Totodile is the best. My first ever pokemon, just makes my heart beat fast fast fast, he's so adorable. I call him Snap, and he is my best friend!
I remember when I was little, I used to always pick this pokemon. On pokemon gold

dragon13304

Totodile is beast, when he gets to be feraligator he is undefetable, totodile has been my favorite ever since I started to play the pokemon games. This is just my opinion though. When totodile is evolved into feraligator he can pretty much know any move, he can learn; surf, rock smash, strength, and other awesome sauce moves. But I can see why all of you voted for charmander, he is pretty cool to, but totodile could easily beat charmander. Totodile is the best starter pokemon and that's all I have to say about that
[Newest]First should be cyndaquil chimchar or totodile
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9Oshawott
I love, love, love oshawott especially samurott I have pokemon diamond, heartgold and black and so far compared to all the starter pokemon in the games samurott beats them all I also like sceptile but I way far prefer samurott please help me make him nomber one
Water types always in my opinion are the better type of the two, cause it can learn moves that take not only Fire types but grass types as well. The only true weakness is electricity.
Oshawott is the BEST water type starter ever. Name one starter, no wait pokemon with a SWORD and a SHEILD. Oshawott is just so awesome he helped me with every gym. Dewott and Samurott look BAD-ASS as well.
[Newest]Should be #1 for oshawott he's so cute!
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10Piplup
Piplup is definitely the best in strategy. In its eldest evolutionary form, it has E-LE-VEN resistances. The Pokemon with the most resistances with Scizor. And, as another comment said above me, it can learn water-type moves as well as ice and flying-type moves, so it's pretty secured against all its weaknesses. If you've got doubts on what to do with the electric weakness, just let it learn dig.
Plus, who wouldn't want that adorable Pokémon?
Piplup is an awesome starter, Piplup's well-rounded, is awesome in evoulutions, and is cute. He also learns peck, and becomes part steel type which is good.
Piplup is awesome he was my first starter in my first Pokemon game (I'm kind of new but well experienced) and I literaly crushed each and every trainer I battled and this was when I just started playing and had no Idea what you need to be a good trainer
And it can learn water and flying type attacks I had thought one or two metal type attacks too
Piplup and all it's evolutions ar by far the best starters ever
[Newest]Also had this Pokemon SO AWESOME... I mean water and steel, what a combination!
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The Contenders

11Turtwig
Grass and ground. Ground beats almost everything grass can't beat. Mine knows earthquake, leafstorm, crunch and stone edge. PLEASE vote for turtwig!
Turtwig is the best of the best! Turtwig helped me beat the PL 47 times:) VOTE FOR TURTWIG PLEASE
SO AMAZING he is my favorite pokemon in any game, and not just with starters. I love that turtwig is so defensive and he is also great at offense. Also, torterra is REALLY cool. Grottle is good too. BUT WOTE FOR TURTWIG
DEFINITELY! First game I ever got was platinum. Picked Chimchar. Blew through first two gyms then got screwed against ghost gym. Then Piplup. Got to gym 2 and gave up. Picked turtwig. Beat gym 3. Evolved into Torterra. Became a insanely good trainer. Partnered that thing up with luxray and NOTHING could beat me. Besides, what other Pokemon look good carrying a tree on their back?
[Newest]My turtwig is a level 90 and earthquake is the best move for this Pokemon
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12Chimchar
Chimchar gets my vote simply because it evolves into Infernape. What Infernape lacks in defense it makes up for in speed and good attacks. Also it's an awesome sweeper pokemon! I trained mine up to level 100 and let me tell you,1 hit KO almost every time. For the Sinnoh starters of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum the list goes as follows in my opinion.
Torterra:The Tank, meant to take hard hits and dish out pretty hard attacks.
Empoleon:Kind of in the middle, can take decently hard hits and give somewhat hard attacks.
Infernape:The 1 hit KOer, can't take to many hard hits but can dish out very critical attacks.
This was the best for pearl, diamond and platinum because, gym 1 lvl14 monferno destroyed with his Mach punch, gym 2 was grass so it doesn't need explanation really. 3rd was fighting I think, and due to monferno's high attack, it wasn't that hard. 4th gym was water and some of the Pokemon hit hard, so not even my luxio could compete. 5th was ghost and once again, monferno being a hard hitter had no problem here. 6th was steel gym and I had finally earned myself an infernape and he kicked serious butt. With close combat and flame wheel he just would slow down. The 7th gym was... ICE! Oh yeh and ever since either generation 1 or 2, ice was literally powerless against fire, and once again, infernape kicks butt. He packs a punch against the 8th gym. He can knock out Aaron of the elite 4, however he can't beat Bertha, won't do much against flint and won't stand much of a chance against Lucian. He can however do well against Cynthia's lucario due to close combat and roserade is pretty much dead. Charmander is overrated and is really quite powerless.
Its awesome with that wicked fire and fighting type which has a great advantage against rock types.
[Newest]Chimchar, a Pokemon that can kick butt, take names and look cute at the same time. What more could you want?
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13Snivy
In the fifth generation I remember a few things about this pokemon. One: LEAF BLADE. Two: COIL. THREE: IT'S A GRASS SNAKE, how cool is that? All jokes aside, it has one awesome set of moves that simply outperform others (add in the fact that it's still cool-looking despite the relatively ugly new fifth generation pokemon and you have one outstanding beast! )
How could you NOT start out with Snivy? Powerful, elegant, and a menace to the other starters, Snivy is clearly the best. And it's a snake that doesn't look like it wants to kill you, so...
It is clearly the best 5th generation starter. You have to give it the right moves to really get the two other starters
[Newest]Snivy has that awesome, badass, sassy behaviour! Best grass type ever!
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14Froakie
Protean. I really don't think I have to say more... But I will. He is literally the fastest starter ever with 122 base speed (as Greninja). And when you're going first and then using protean to get STAB on high-power moves like ice beam or anything else he can learn... You are hitting very hard and you can switch your type at will to cover your weaknesses. enough SAID?!?! And if you don't want to use him as a sweeper, you can give him one of his TWO signature moves, mat-block, to protect your team-mates from damage and set up in double/triple battles. Water-shuriken though? I really feel like water-shuriken doesn't work well with its low power, and I think it's a cool priority move and all, but if you get unlucky and only hit twice, you might regret having used it. Overall, Froakie/Frogadier/Greninja is most likely the best starter with his endless number of ways to be run strategically or brutally.
Froakie is awesome. When X and Y come out this will be my starter pokemon, no hesitation. I can't wait to see what it evolves into. It will be awesome.
X and y came out and all was revealed and out of all starter I loved froakie's the best he is a really cute frog and evolves to a awesome ninja like frog who doesn't want a ninja frog!
[Newest]He should be way higher on the list

15Chikorita
A very cute and adorable pokemon. You can count on this pokemon when it cmes to battling and contest

blueguy120

Chikorita is so cute! Why the heck would he be 12 place? He should be first! He is cute sweet adorable and he's just the best Pokemon ever. Not just the best starter Pokemon- the best Pokemon! Period! Not to mention bayleef is just as adorable. And meganium! AW! CUTE! It's the best ever! 11
Meganium is very powerful, it is able to learn Earthquake and a variety of moves! Plus it is super cute
[Newest]Chikorita was the first Pokemon I ever had and its not only cut and strong it supported my other Pokemon and it wad the best

16Fennekin
Cute and awesome fire starter. It Wont Be A Fire Fighting to But a fire psychic which is super cool. It also seems to be one of those pokemon that are cute at first but a complete badass later. ( LikeTyphlosion )
At first, I thought I would choose Chespin, But the second I heard Fennekin was Fire Psychic, I changed my mind right away. Awesome types, and the only non-legendary Fire Psychic unless you count Darmanitan after loosing half its HP. So cool. Also the stick is a cool idea. My friend chose Froakie. I pity the fool.
Fennekin, no contest. I agree with the other person, how the heck is Froakie and Chespin ahead of this epic little fire-breathing fox? Fennekin ALL the way!
[Newest]Seriously, 16th place?! Fennekin should at least be in the top 10!

17Pikachu
Pikachu would make a awesome companion, the more you make train the more stronger he or she becomes and will learn new moves like Ash's Pikachu for example he learned Iron Tail, Volt Tackle and Electro Ball. I always have a Pikachu in every Pokemon generation team.
If you go to more comments for the Pikachu list, your going to see someone say that Ash was smart when choosing Pikachu. Technically, he didn't choose it. He woke up late and Pikachu was the only one left. Look it up. It's on Youtube. Anyway, Hooray for dumb Ash!
How could he not be on the list, The starter on yellow version.

[Newest]Once again... Not a starter!

18Eevee
Eevee can evolve into 1 out of 6 other eeveelutions. All of its evolutions are super strong and have specific qualities of either fire, water, electric, grass, and etc. Plus eevee is super cute and strong. Including his eeveelutions also really pretty <3.
Gary oak owns an EEVEE there ores she/ is completely awesome. Her evolutions are also fantastic. Love them all. Eevee is just ahgjhfjvjh CUTE
Eevee can evolve into 6 pokemon, more than ANY other pokemon! Glaceon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon- the list goes on and on and on and on.
[Newest]Hate to brake it to you but eevee is not a starter

19Chespin
He is so adorable, and really strong. He will most likely evolve into a ground and grass type, and what ever grass can't beat, ground will! (well, other then water, but you know)
Unique to the other starters
Chespin was my first ever starter. He's strong, looks super cute, and is amazing.
[Newest]He is one of my favorite because he has metal moves and grass in the same time!

20Tepig
I like Tepig because it is so cute and it's final evolving emboar learns really good moves for example heat crash and hammer arm
Tepig is awesome but... Whoever put him up there definitely spelled it wrong. Anyway, tepig is great! He's strong, and (in my opinion) looks just like a pig with rabbit ears! Its amazing! I know that will sound like an insult to some people... But pigs and rabbits are AWESOME!
Tepig is the best and BEAST! Tepig learns a fighting move so it's easy to beat Lenora who's hard because even though you can get a fighting type in the forest their levels are poor. Tepig is perfect!
[Newest]Hammer arm, Blast burn, Flamethrower, Fire pledge/Strength

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