Top 10 Best Starter Pokemon

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The Top Ten

1 Charmander Charmander Charmander, known as Hitokage in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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 - blueguy120

Easy to start off and easy to finish off

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2 Mudkip Mudkip Mudkip, known in Japan as Mizugorou, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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 ...more

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.

Oh my gosh! Charmander is good at its final stage. Swampert can beat a charizard

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3 Squirtle Squirtle Squirtle, known as Zenigame in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It was originally conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Chaniah Pantry.

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.

Did you ever play Gen 4? Physical/Special split? Waterfall? STEALTH ROCK? - noo7na7

Squirtle is really awesome especially with hydro pump, it is the best water attack. I choose it always as starter

He is so awesome and sexy he can beat charmander

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4 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil

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.

I honestly don't know why Cyndaquil isn't at the #1 spot. When it evolves into Typhlosion, you can teach it Thunder Punch, making Water Types not as much of a threat.

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5 Torchic Torchic

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

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.

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

Blaziken is like the best starter. Every Chance I get I pick this adorable pokemon. Even better, It evolves into Blaziken and can learn strong moves and can Mega Evolve.

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6 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Bulbasaur, known as Fushigidane in Japan, is the first Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

Very cute and very underrated my starter was a bulbasaur and I loved him.

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7 Treecko Treecko

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, ...more

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!

Treecko evolved to Grovyle then Sceptile. He beat Darkrai in Sinnoh League Victors!

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8 Totodile Totodile

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

He can learn so many types of moves he can destroy anything I don't really need any other Pokémon

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9 Piplup Piplup

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.

Really. Why is it even a contest. Water has the least weaknesses of the starters. And on top of that water is practically ice type without the drawbacks. Not to mention their special stats are ridiculous. Furthermore, empoleon is part steel making it resist over half the types and making poison completely pointless. You may take more from ground and fighting but you get way more resistance in return. And he can also learn flying attacks suck as drill peck to get those fighters off his back. I'm TALKINg TO YOU INFERNAPE. The choice is obvious. Vote for piplup

Piplup helped me very much with brock.it can also one hit K.O. a charizard if using hydro pump

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10 Oshawott Oshawott Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott, are three Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise that are linked through evolution.

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.

When Oshawott evolves, he gets to be so OP!

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The Newcomers

? Mareep

Um... Since when is Mareep a starter?

It has three evolutions maybe that's why?

The fact that this is here for some reason makes it the best starter because it isn't yet it stands amongst them like one of theirown

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The Contenders

11 Chimchar Chimchar

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 ...more

Its awesome with that wicked fire and fighting type which has a great advantage against rock types.

Best chimchar pic ever and chimchar is cool

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12 Turtwig Turtwig

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?

Turtwig basically beats the other 2 starters when it evolves. Plus, who doesn't think that Torterra has a cool story to it? I mean it is basically a home for other Pokémon! Besides that, Torterra is slow, but the defense really helps with that. All facts aside, Turtwig is very cute!

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13 Snivy Snivy

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

Snivy was my first starter. It's cute, has great movepool, and is generally a beast. It's one of my favorite types too. I also love it's personality in the anime. - Creepering

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14 Froakie Froakie

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.

And yet I slay each and every single one of them with one attack. - mattstat716

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.

How this is number 14 at the time of posting this reply is ludicrous. The ability is very strong and gives constant stab plus adapting to weaknesses, very solid move-set, great speed and special attack, heck give him a focus band and he can one shot those pesky talon-flame, one of his big weaknesses!

Yea With protean greninja is a true GODMON and if that's not enough then you can get battle Bond which make ash greninja the strongest stats starter ever With 640 and yes it even beat swampert stats and to top it all off ash greninja SP attack and attack stats is so good you can make your ash greninja attack or SP attack type of greninja

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15 Chikorita Chikorita

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

Chikorita is just incredibly cute. Sure, it's bad in the Johto games, but how can you resist its design? Also, Chikorita was the best character in the anime. Period.

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16 Fennekin Fennekin Fennekin is a fictional creature in the Pokemon Franchise. Introduced in the 6th gen, Fennekin is a Fire type Pokemon, and one of the starter Pokemons in the Kalos Region. It is classified as the Fox Pokemon. Instead of eating snacks, Fennekin chew on twigs. It can be temperamental, but does it best ...read more.

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!

Fennekin absolutely destroys opposition. - mattstat716

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17 Pikachu Pikachu Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

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.

How could he not be on the list, The starter on yellow version. -

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!

Pikachu is just too cute and awesome as a starter pokemon.

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18 Eevee Eevee Eevee, known in Japan as Eievui, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

I can see why people think it's a starter because of Gary oak (or whatever his name is) but eevee is never classified as as a starter once, and it's found in wild which makes it non starter material automatically

One of my favorite pokemon so many great evolutions

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19 Tepig Tepig

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 was my first starter so I am admittedly a little biased, but I think it really doesn't deserve what some people say because it evolves into Emboar. To those people, I say, "You don't have to evolve your Tepig! " You can just keep it Tepig, or evolve it into Pignite and keep it a Pignite. You can raise its defense, too, so complaining about its defense isn't that fair either! Sorry, I just like Tepig.

Tepig is not only adorable, but powerful and evolves into some really powerful evolutions. You go, Tepig!

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20 Charizard Charizard Charizard, known in Japan as Lizardon, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. And is too overrated

If mega charizard x beat mewtwo then this Pokemon has to be a beast charizard is the most powerful fire type Pokemon ever he can just beat all fire types he can beat grass types easily with his fire moves and he can beat water types with solar beam grass type move grass waters weakness and some water types are weak to electric charizard knows thunder punch electric move. Charizard is the best and he is effective against lots of Pokemon types like Grass, bug, steel, fighting and fairy. Plus it has two mega evolutions and can fly it beat blastoise ands just awesome

Charizard is a beast. He is a combination of fire, flying and awesome! His outrage, flamethrower, earthquake, and fire blast will just demolish all the Pokemon in your party.

Charizard is OP I always win battles with it and it never loses even my charizard card it is my highest damage card with the power of 150

Charizard is not a starter pokemon if it is it is gonna be way too op against starters.

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