Top 10 Best Starter Pokemon

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

Charmander is my favorite pokemon of all time including its evolution line. It's not the strongest starter like it's the weakest starter in Kanto but it's still my favorite. Oh yeah also THIS IS MY OPINION. People have different opinions like some people might hate Charmander, some might like it. Don't start yelling at me saying that I am dumb. It's my opinion.

Actually my least favorite of the main three.
That might be because charmander had so much potential and charizard is to plain and boring

Charzard is my favorite Pokémon of all time. And charmander is one of my favorites to. The charmander line pull make a way better mascot than Pikachu.

Clearly not the best starter because if it was, it wouldn't be the only one who evolves into a fire/flying type. Wait it looks like a dragon type but it isn't. Well that's dumb. Sorry to all Genwunners who have been sucked into all of these lies and deception. When Charizard enters the battle it looses half its health to stealth rock and it doesn't have any recovery moves, it doesn't even get roost, how sad. One rock type move and your out cold. Volcarona can do everything better and it gets roost and it isn't even a flying type. Glad they made other gens which had better starters like gen 3 where all of the starters are good.

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

I always choose Mudkip as a starter whenever I play Emerald and Omega Ruby. He is my favorite out of ALL of the starters. Not to mention, he evolves into one of the stongest water/ground type pokemon.

No Mudkip is number one he evolves into a water-ground type Pokémon to protect itself against electric-types. It has ONE weakness: Grass (although it is a 4-times increase). Swampert makes up for this by being able to learn Ice-type moves, such as Ice Beam, Ice Punch, Avalanche, and Blizzard. Charmander is probably number one because of Charizard, but Swampert is even better. This isn't "Most overrated Pokémon starters" list, this is "Best starter Pokémon" list. Put this guy at number one right now.

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

Emerald was my first ever Pokemon game, I initially chose Mudkip because he was a water type, but out of all the games, I find I still adore my Swampert. It's duality is kind of an off-put especially with all sorts of Grass Pokemon out there (which, I think, made me personally dislike most grass Pokemon and only very recently began replaying my Pokemon Blue game with a Bulbasaur-the very first experience I'm having with it) but it's a Pokemon I can completely depend on to get the job done. Yeah, I can see why you'd like the flying-fire type Charizard, but I'd still rather have my funny looking Swampert any day.

3 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil, known in Japan as Hinoarashi, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Ah, Cyndaquil. It was the first starter pokemon I completed a game with. I played Emerald, but I was a kid back then and Pokemon wasn't my type of games, so I left my Treecko in the void. Few years later I played Pokemon Crystal, and chose Cyndaquil as my starter. It evolved into Quilava and completely destroyed Sprout Tower along with Falkner. It even defeated The Miltank of Doom without any help. The real fun started when Quilava evolved into TYPHLOSION. And then all the trainers were doomed (Eruption, Flare Blitz, Thunder Punch also was useful against water types). I just love Typhlosion. Yes, he may be worse than Feraligatr (which is also an awesome pokemon), he is not really strong in competitive battles (I heard that from many people), but it is still the best starter in my heart, though I agree that there are many better starters out there.

Cyndaquil has to be my favorite starter of all time. In HeartGold, I never used any other Pokemon but Typhlosion, and eventually he became overpowered and defeated the game on his own. He's my special "Tyson," and I almost feel like we have a bond between human and digital character. There's a certain magic he brings, like I can practically do anything with him at my side. In battle, Eruption is a completely overpowered move if you have full HP. It deals 150 damage at full health, which can become a whooping 300 if it's super effective. This Pokemon will always have a special place in my heart.

The kind of pokemon that you wanna snuggle up with when you need a friend. This small guy inspired me to become a pokemon master the first times saw its long nose. Laugh out loud. When training it encourages you to train hard for your first fire move ember. This helps you become a better trainer that way not like charmander which learns ember and metal claw way too quickly. He's a helpful friend who has great and balanced stats and sometimes if you get to attached you could win the whole game with one pokemon and a few hm slaves. While other starters learn flare blitz this guys final learns eruption based on its health. It's productive because his stats will keep its hp high. Is move set is remarkable. It counters a lot of its weaknesses and then some. A typlhosion can learn rock slide which beats a charizard anyday. And earthquake to beat the others. He's a great friend al will always be one of my favorite quadrupeds

The most frusterating thing about Cyndaquill is how long it takes for it to become a great Pokémon. But once it is... You know what I mean.

4 Squirtle Squirtle, known in Japan as Zenigame, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Squirtle is the best for sure! Charmander in so overrated just because people think charizard looks cool. But would you rather have a plain old dragon, or a bazooka turtle with amazing tanking power and special attack? I'm tired of everyone saying that charizard did all this stuff in the anime. The only reason he could do it is because he was owned by the main character of the show, and the fan base liked him the most, so the animators made him do what is literally impossible. In pokemon origins I don't know how but somehow this stupid dragon managed to take out a blastoise with more than 1/2 hp with a fire blast attack. Seems pretty false to me.

squirtle has to be the best of all pokemon! other than pikachu, he is the coolest! he has a shell that's invincible, he has strong water attacks, not hard to handle, doesn't break everything in sight, his evolve form is awesome( see level 1,2,gx,ex,poketypey,ect),and he can tickle so he Is definitely my favorite...and a lot others too. sqwirtle has 50 hp at starter form! STARTER! HE IS SOO OVERPOWERED! please,for the love of optimus prime and squirtle, get this frikin pokemon! I promise you wont regret it! have a good day, and spider-bee good!

Squirtle, is a cute little turtle, it has great coverage, decent stats, sure it's slow, but it's faster than a tyranitar. It can destroy its counterparts bulbasaur, with ice beam, and charmander with any water type move. Charmander, is terrible at the 1st two gyms, and has more weaknesses. It has okay stats, but it has a quad weakness to rock. I could go on about how BAD charmander is. It does not deserve to be number one, I think squirlte Is overall better, and when it comes to mudkip, it's just as good as squirtle, but squirtle may be better since it can learn earthquake for electric, and ice beam for grass, without having a quad effective weakness to grass. Squirtle is probably superior.

Squirtle is relatively popular compared to charmander, but squirtle is a very defensive and powerful Pokemon once it starts evolving. Overall, sometimes this guy is under appreciated, and squirtle is a more practical choice, while charmander is just cool looking. Squirtle never fails you, it always is by your side ready for a fight, while when you have a charmander, charmeleon, or chrizard by your side, you will either get 1 hit kod or actually deal damage while doubting the Pokemons defensive capabilities. Don't get me wrong, I love charmander as much as squirtle.

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

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.

Bulbasaur is clearly the best considering that his diverse move set can pretty much guarantee victory! And it's great for people new to the world of Pokemon since it evolves sooner than the 2 other starters and ts the easiest to raise! Big whoop, charizard knows flare blitz and flamethrower to decimate foes, venusaur sway above special attack and special defense makes him a powerful adversary. He can use sleep powder to make your charizard totally defenseless. Then he can use leech seed to slowly drain your health while charging up the solar beam. You can also give him a focus sash so venusaur can't be one hit ko'd. He can then use synthesis to heal himself up. I had no trouble whatsoever beating my rivals pidgeot and charizard with venusaur.

The bulbasaur line is by far the best as far as starter Pokemon go. His above average special attack and special defense guarantee victory. And in competitive battling, venusaur has solar beam, petal dance, synthesis, and sleep powder. It can EASILY beat any charizard, A.K. A, the most overrated Pokemon in forever. Venusaur was my personal choice in Pokemon firered, and it was a very smooth gameplay experience, with it being super effective against half of the gym leaders. But honestly I defeated all of the gym leaders with just my venusaur. Not only that, but it is a great Pokemon for players new to the series since it's very easy to level up. So you can come with your charizards and Mewtwos and typhlosion, but venusaur will SMASH every single one of them.

Although I had a hard time with him at first in Firered, he was awesome. Bulbasaur is number 1 both in the Pokedex and in my heart (as a starter at least, Absol claims the spot as my favorite Pokemon). The only reason I know Pokemon is because the cuteness of Bulbasaur made me buy a figurine toy of him in Hokkaido, Japan. I soon learned about Pokemon and started playing Emerald. When I got Firered I chose him as my starter. I get really mad when I see memes of Bulbasaur neglected, partly because it's kind of true, Charmander hogs all the attention and Squirtle claims the leftovers. But me and my best friend both love and support this awesome and cute Pokemon and we know that many others feel the same

6 Torchic Torchic, known in Japan as Achamo, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Competitive input :
Competitively Blaziken is the greatest starter to this day. Ever since Generation 5 gave Blaziken Speed Boost it has been banned to Ubers in Smogons competitive listing. Its typing is hyper offensive giving it access to some of the hardest-hitting moves such as High Jump Kick, Flare Blitz, Knock off, Brave Bird, Stone Edge and Earthquake. Blaziken may be renowned for its physical premise but its special attack is nothing to scoff at either. Getting a plethora of hard-hitting special attacks and the special priority fighting move vacuum wave it may not fair as well as physical Blaziken but it can hold its own in a fight.

And its cool

Top 10 reasons that why Torchic is the best best Pokemon:
1. She/he is cute
2. She/he looks like Fire Duck from Duck life 4 Marathon
3. She/he is strong and evolves Combusken and then Blaziken.
5. She/he is a chick and I love chicks.
6. She/he was owned by May.
7. She is a Hoenn starter.
8. She/he is better than that stupid Fennekin and Flareon.
9. She/he is the cutest Fire-Type Pokemon.
10. She/he is in my cutest Pokemon list.
#Torchi4life

Torchic is super cute, Combusken is kinda awkward but it's 1000% worth it when you get the awesome BLAZIKEN! Although Mudkip was my first starter, I chose this little guy since I noticed in Emerald you can't encounter fire types early in the game and it was totally worth it. My Blaziken literally Blaze Kicked our way through Victory Road, through the Elite 4, through the Champion, and through the Battle Frontier. Plus Blaziken can learn flying type moves, which none of the other Fire Fighting starters can learn. Not to mention the awesome Mega Evolution, Mega Blaziken is awesome both in the design and the stats department.

Torchic is obviously the best starter Pokemon because when he evolves into his final form, he's a total beast, plus a fire AND fighting type, which is superior over treecko and mudkip. It can also learn flying moves too, like peck and sky uppercut. He does TOTAL domination, and is only weak against a couple of types. Blaze kick does A LOT of damage, even against a water type. It also can withstand lots of powerful attacks, and is pretty fast too. If you're not much of a battle person, you can enter contests too, and any of his moves will get you first or second place.There are many more reasons, but these are all why I believe Torchic is the BEST starter Pokemon.

7 Treecko Treecko, known in Japan as Kimori, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

The two reasons everybody ever looked down on treecko are his movepool, and his type. His movepool in RSE is pretty terrible, but with a bit of TM hunting, you can have a fine Pokemon. If you obtain solar beam and giga drain, sceptile becomes a beast. Secondly, he is a grass type, a Pokemon with the most weaknesses out of the three starter types. In the new games, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, Sceptile will be able to evolve in to Mega Sceptile (Grass and Dragon Type). That means he becomes a beast, and only becomes weak to double ice, flying, bug and dragon moves. Although that still sounds bad, bug type is weak on the offense and defense, and sceptile's pace can be used to finish the others off.

There are so many things I love about treecko and its line. First off the first offensive grass starter with an amazing design. Even Gamefreak loves the treecko line, they made Grovyle the main helper for the protagonist and sacrifices himself to save the future in PMD2 explorers of time, darkness, and sky. And I know that some people are gonna think that the anime has became horrible (which was only for unova really) ash's treecko was obviously his hoenn MVP with a determined and calm personality and that it fully evolves into sceptile. And in all three stages of his evolution he stayed badass. And in that one episode where may's torchic evolves I absolutely love how Grovyle stops the fighting, when he just sitting against a tree not really getting involved in the beginning but then hearing the chaos and pikachu and mudkip getting slammed into the tree next to him by torchic and corphish decides to just end it with a leaf blade between torchic and corphish to create a huge wall of ...more

Treecko was my first ever pokemon. I was on a car ride when my friend whipped out his GBA and I was amazed. I didn't even look at the other starters I just choose treecko (named him alfonso because he reminded me of fonzie and I somehow connected those two). he didn't even know hoe to restart the game and didn't like it so whenever I came over I played his GBA even after I beat my own first pokemon game (heartgold) (cyndaquill is no.2 for me) I kept on playing and eventually bought my own GBA later on just for that game because I love treecko so much. please vote treecko (even though he suks until he learns leaf blade

Treecko has been my favorite starter pokemon for as long as I can remember. He is one of the only starter pokemon that isn't adorable or cuddly he just looks pure badass and that is definitely a pokemon I would want on my team. He is so good design wise and in game! I did a treecko only run with just treecko and no team and finished omega ruby easily! Believe it or not treecko is the only starter in hoenn I played with in game. (used him at least 8 times) TEAM TREECKO FOR THE WIN!

8 Chimchar Chimchar, known in Japan as Hikozaru, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Did I mention Ash? Uh, no, I didn't. I didn't even mention anything here. Anyway, let's get into why this thing should be No. 1

1. Ash's Infernape made my day, it was so strong! And that flare from it's head, I'm glad Chimchar evolved because of you, Ash.

2. Torterra and Empoleon are cool, but Infernape is cooler. Just imagine seeing Infernape and Charizard battling together. So cool.

3. My Infernape destroyed almost the entire game! It was that strong! Just imagine the 3 starters battling together, nothing would stop 'em! Especially Infernape. Torterra was good too. But Empoleon, this thing sucked. I ended up imagining I didn't know it.

4. Infernape is just awesome. All I can say now.

That is why it should be higher. Thank you for your attention.

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

Chimchar is definitely my 2nd favorite Generation 4 starter, the first being Turtwig. Its duel types may be a copy of the popularity of Blaziken from the previous Generation, but Infernape has great Attack and Special Attack. It may lack the ability to tank out hits, and does have a disadvantage at the first gym, which can be turned around by evolving into Monferno, teaching it Mach Punch, and the third/fifth gym (depending on whether you play Diamond/Pearl or Platinum), with all those ghosts having Psychic moves, which can be deflected by grabbing a Gligar, Shinx, and picking up the Thief TM after defeating Team Galactic in Eterna City and teaching it to Staravia. Through there, the only other challenge is the fourth/fifth gym (depending on whether you play Diamond/Pearl or Platinum), then you should be all set for the E4.

9 Piplup Piplup, known in Japan as Pochama, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

I'm pretty sure that most people's favorite water type is Mudkip, because of its 1 weakness and it having ice types to cover that weakness, But Piplup could easily beat Mudkip, And I'm done talking about Mudkip now! Piplup turns into a steel/water type, the only water/steel type... So far! OH NO! A fire type... Hydro Pump. Electric types? EARTHQUAKE! Fighting types? DRILL PECK! This Penguin is a total beast! Piplup is definitely the best starter Pokemon... Tied with Snivy that is. I wish I could vote twice. Put Empoleon on your team and be amazed with the results. And put Serperior on your team too, 'cause Serperior is almost as 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 holds a special place in my heart as well as in others as you can see. Empoleon is an amazing Pokemon, he is such a tank, and he can dish out the damage! Also, I love penguins and Piplup is SO CUTE. I also like Turtwig but, again, it's Piplup we're talking about. And anyway, oshawott s fine but then it evolves into samurott... what the hell. Its not a bad Pokemon but it looks nothing like oshawott! Charizard is overrated and isn't even that good in competitive, the only thing that saves him from the UU and NU tiers is his 1 looks and his 2 Mega evolution ability, drought. The steel type in the new games also really helps against the fairy types! I can't wait until Empoleon gets a mega, it will look BEAST. And remember, I love all starters, especially 4th gen (I think 5th gen is MEH though) Turtwig and Chimchar are also awesome!

PIPLUP FOR LIFE! I'm not a poke-maniac so I can't give you facts about strength and moves and stuff. If you choose Piplup, you'll know why. You grow with it- from a small, cute pokemon to the king of ice. He was the first started I ever chose, and in my second run (we moved houses, the game reset itself after multiple years of sitting alone in humidity) I chose it again. No matter how ridiculous is the name you give him (I named mine Bobby...) Piplup will always be the best.

10 Oshawott Oshawott, known in Japan as Mijumaru, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Oshawott is so awesome. As a Samurott, it can learn Swords Dance, Waterfall, Aqua Jet, and Megahorn, which allows it to sweep through pretty much anything. Everyone who voted for Charmander does not know what they are talking about. Charizard is destroyed by Stealth Rock and its Mega Evolutions are v pretty lousy. On the other hand, Samurott destroys common SR setters with its vast movepool. It also has excellent Speed, HP, and pretty even Attack and Special Attack. Also, Oshawott is absolutely adorable, and Charmander is orange, which is by far the ugliest color. Next time, think before just voting for your first starter.

Gen 5 is really underestimated. And once you think about it, it was the best generation in QUITE sometime! I mean, it did get rid of zubat which upset some players, but no need to use any more repellant when you go in caves! And sure it has some bad pokemon, like the "icecream pokemon" that genwunners are always on gen 5s tail about but all gens have SOME BAD pokemon. And oshawott, is BEAST. He is absolutely adorable, evolves into an epic samurott, and has only TWO weaknesses! And it can easily take it fire types with water type moves, and if it knows ice beam, serpirior doesn't stand a chance! It also have quite level and good stats, and doesn't just focus on one stat. So in my opinion, oshawott is is an amazing starter!

The second I saw Ash's Oshawott in the Best Wishes series, I was in love! He was so incredibly cute, sassy, and hilarious! Partner him up with Ash's Tepig/Pignite, and you had yourself a gold comedy team! I chose Oshawott as my starter in White 2 and was my ace all the way up to the Champions room. He knew Razor Shell, hydro pump, surf, and ice beam. Razor shell alone was enough to score several one hit KOs. He eventually evolved into Dewott, but I refuse to let him evolve into a Samurott. To me, Oshawott and Dewott are much cuter!

I love Oshawott.
He is so cute and I literally had to vote for him because dewott is my favorite Pokemon
And samurott is my favorite 3th stage starter

The Contenders
11 Snivy Snivy, known in Japan as Tsutarja, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Best starter. I love what it evolves into. SO fast. SO intimidating. SO snaky. SO cool. I love it. even though its not as strong as other starters it makes me blow up. best pokemon out there.

Snivy is the most powerful because grass type pokemon are always ably to take on more of the gyms due to one of its only weaknesses being fire and there only being one fire gym leader. In addition to this he is able to take on the most gym leaders in the game this includes all of the gym leaders with the exception of the first, third, and eighth, and the eighth he isn't weak against he just can't defeat him alone without a lot of items used or a much higher level. So for this I would say he is by far the best of the pokemon blackwhite starters.

Snivy has always been my favorite #1 pokemon and I give much love to this pokemon drawing art, choosing him in every pokemon game (gen 5-7), and playing as him in pokemon super mystery dungeon.Snivy has great speed and great attack but at the start he dose some not so great moves but level this pokemon up to its final evolution and great moves and awesome speed is your reward and please love this pokemon give him the support he is amazing snake pokemon (in my opinion) and thank you for reading

This thing can SWEEP. With or without contrary as its ability, Snivy and its evolutions are awesome. I like grass starters, such as Meganium and Sceptile, mostly because I like the more sleek ones that can also do damage. I get it, people have nostalgia for the older starters so that's why they're so high on the list, but still. Tepig's evolution line is cool, and Oshawott is crap. But Snivy. Lord Arceus I love Snivy. Serperior was amazing in my Black, and White2 playthroughs. Set up Leech Seed, Coil once or twice getting health back at the same time by seeds (leftovers for extra) then leaf blade the life out of everything. And that's just Overgrow Serperior. CONTRARY ON THE OTHER HAND...it got Serperior into the OU tier. Now let's look at Charizard, not in OU, or UU for that matter, 4x weak to rock, and for some reason has two mega evolutions. Don't get me wrong, I love Chaizard, and I'm not new to Pokemon. I've been here since gen3. I'm just pointing out, Charizard, the number one ...more

12 Totodile Totodile, known in Japan as Waninoko, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Totidile is the cutest starter in my opinion. He is strong,cute and has great stats. Also I have a thing with water types blue is my favorite colour and water types are my first favorite types. Also the revolutions look so damn cool. Crocanaw and feraligatr? HELL YEAH. And the other thing I like about totidile is that there is no other starter better than totidile.

First I rolled with Squirtle. I thought the original three could not be beaten, but with the introduction of Totodile and Cyndaquil, I was faced with a challenge every time I started up my Silver version. Totodile was always my choice, despite the lackluster fire types and abundance of water types that I could easily catch, Feraligatr was by far the coolest of them all. The only reason I ever pick Cyndaquil is because I like him and have many other water options, but all else equal Feraligatr hands down. Oh and Totodile is the cutest thing! I want to breed them in real life.

When Silver very first came out, I instantly knew that I would want Totodile as I have a preference for water types. He is upper cute, versatitle and powerful in his own right. The separation of Attack and Special Attack for the same typing was a blessing for his Family, which allowed them to finally have powerful water moves. Feraligatr is very handy also because of his versatility. If you can activate his hidden ability, Sheer Force, and have a complimentary nature, Feraligtr is a powerful Sweeper. Good moves for him to know are Crunch (dark), Ice Fang (ice), Waterfall/Aqua Tail (water), and any powerful fighting type attack!

Totodile is the mischievous beast in which is the only starter that learns a move by level up to protect against its primary weaknesses: Grass and electric. It learns ice fang at level 20, and OP moves like superpower and hydro pump in its higher levels. It evolves quickly in comparison to other starters, so it's stats grow at a massive rate. Apart from that you can teach it the fang moves and punch moves (Thunder fang, ice punch, etc.) overall it is an independent killer which bulldozes anything in its path, unless you can strike faster...

13 Froakie Froakie, known in Japan as Keromatsu, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

To be honest this is my fave starter BUT, dude stop laughing its not funny, his hidden ability PROTEAN is OP which means, if you use it properly, he can be OP. Now his move pool is HUGE I mean it really is for example, you know this ampharos is gonna thunder you so you decided to go for grass knot BOOM you auto turn into grass and start laughing ( I got this from top 10 abilities ) It's just too good so there are some of my reasons. Sorry for any misspelt pokemon names or words and for posting a big paragraph.

Froakie is the best starter because of its speed and move set charizard sure is cool but it’s speed isn’t that high and moves aren’t as good although he looks the best.

Honestly, I was originally indecisive between this & Oshawott, due to a) the level of badass that is Samurott, & b) nostalgia, since my first game was Black Version. However, after about 5 minutes of debating, I chose this little frog. Why, you may ask? Well, for one, Greninja has the highest speed stat of any starter up to this point. In addition, the hidden ability, Protean, is pure epicness in battle. Not to mention, it's the first starter to become a dark-type. I know I've mentioned this a few times by now, but I'm a dark-type fanatic. One more factor is that, like most dark-types, it's attack & special-attack are absolutely OP. I've taken down Sabrina's entire team in Kiloude City without switching from this Pokémon, or even using an item. My final mention; it just LOOKS badass. I chose this little guy in my game of X Version in a matter of milliseconds. This overall thing took some thought, but it was definitely a good choice.

14 Turtwig Turtwig, known in Japan as Naetle, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Dual Grass/Ground final evolution? If this alone isn't enough to make your mind, how about the AMAZING design for the evolutions? How about Turtwig's overall cuteness factor even?
Its combat stats are amazing, let alone its huge movepool! When you have a powerhouse with a great design, great type coverage, beefy defenses, ability to dish out immensely powerful attacks, and wide movepool, you don't have much to fear... That is, except for ice-types.

However, while people look down on Torterra due to the x4 ice weakness, they seem to lose sight on the fact that the bulky tortoise has a beautiful set of moves to choose from the cover its weakness. Easily the best!

Torterra is the most tactical choice for Sinnoh Gym leader wise.
Roark is rock type, grass is super-effective against rock,
Gardenia is a grass type so it comes to a draw there,
Fantina is ghost type once again a draw,
Maylene is a fighting type gym leader, Torterra can tank hits due to it's high defense,
Crasher wake is a water type gym leader, Torterra is grass,
Byron is steel, but in platinum his bronzor is a magneton, electric immunity the only trouble come's from Steelix's Ice fang,
Candice will be the most troublesome gym leader, she uses ice types, but by that time you've most likely picked up a fighting, rock, steel, or fire type to deal with her.
Volkner is a joke, earthquake can sweep his team, and he is immune to electric attacks, but his Luxray has ice fang and Raichu has signal beam, but still a very easy battle.

Also it's a starter who learns earthquake by level up and pokemon live on it's back, what's not to love?

Turtwig is the only in a Pokemon game where I always go for the grass starter. I have a friend who loves Mudkip and he's so annoying and I keep telling him that Turtwig is clearly the better started and stat wise that statement is true Turtwig has better stats than Mudkip. Also Turtwig, Grotle, and Torterra are all 4x effective on marshtomp, and swampert. Now some of you are like oh Mudkip can learn Ice Beam. Well I have a Crobat that knows Giga drain, so you're marshtomp, or swampert's ground type moves can't do diddly squat. There I think I made my point!

Very underrated mon.So cute with a surprising good moveset and stats.Its evolution Torterra is one of the best starters with a unique moveset.GO TEAM TURTWIG!

15 Fennekin Fennekin, known in Japan as Fokko, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

If pokemon were real, I would definitely pick this as my starter. A pet sized pokemon that becomes human sized, caring, easy to raise, cute, smart, and evolved into an extremely intelligent Oracle-fox that can tell the future, communicate telepathically, is pretty strong, and very calm, kind, and caring. Better than a fire dragon whi will turn you into ashes as soon as you ask it to di something simple.Also, my first starter.

Cute and beautiful Pokémon starter. I would pick this as my starter Pokémon, and she won't turn you into ashes like a Charmander. It's best for girls, and the evolution later is gorgeous. Nintendo, here I come!

"Eww, a furry in rags" is what people think on sight. But this was my first starter pokemon, a powerful fox mage who isn't fire fighting. Fennikin is adorable. Fennekin is better than charmander, and delphox is much better than the trash known as non mega charizard. I do support bulbasaur and mudkip though, but it is my favorite pokemon of all time.

A Fire fox is something I waited for to become a Pokemon! When I found out people think Fennekin was the least chosen starter of Kalos, I felt pity for those Froakie/Chespin fanboys. Fennekin was the first fire starter that people didn't suck up to, yet, it is by far, the best fire starter and best Kalos starter by far. Usually I like all starters, but Froakie and Chespin seemed ugly, and their evolutions aren't all that either. I mean, Greninga has a stupid toung scarve while Chestnaught is a furry Bowser. While those losers are like gods to people, the firebreathing fox gets no love. #Fennekinlivesmatter

16 Chikorita Chikorita, known in Japan as Chicorita, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Actually one if the weakest, but as charmander is number 1 I have it a vite. Very cute, and very energetic. Would be fun to raise. Also, it's evo actually swept whitney.

Firstly, I have no idea why Chikorita ranks so low on this list. Chikorita when properly raised can be ungodly powerful. level 100 Meganium with the move set of sunny day, synthesis, solar beam, and razorleaf can be a bit too OP. Add a mystery seed to ramp up the power of grass type moves and you can take on anything. Secondly, while grass types have several weaknesses, they usually have an extremely high special attack and special defense stat.

As one of the first generation starter Pokemon. Chikorita has been a huge part of my life. I'm not really into grass types but Chikorita is hella strong. Ofc, it's hard to make it strong easily but as it evolves. That's where you realize that it HAS potential to become like the others! Chikorita is cute and utterly strong but like every other Pokemon ONLY the trainer is capable of making them a legend!
-Luna

Charizard is so overrated just because its design you naturally expect it to be more powerful than the others when your a kid just because of its type being fire and its dragonlike appearance. I can beat the first two gyms with Chikorita too, cute awesome, great defense stats. And mudkip no. 2 really? Wheres Chimchar, Oshawott, and Bulbasaur? They should all be at the top with Chikorita at least in the top ten. Chikoo!

17 Tepig Tepig, known in Japan as Pokabu, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Most people hate it but it really is good! It has a far better design than charmander and is so much cuter. I personally haven't played the black and white games but from what I've seen it's one of the better starters. It's always being punched around like it's some useless boring piece of crap which it isn't. Now onto the evolutions, pignite has a cute name and it has an overall good design. Not the best out of the evolutions but it's better than that idiot known as charmander. Emboar on the other hand has an amazing and cool design. Tepig isn't loved enough. Please don't hurt the little pig. (also why the hell is charizard higher up when it isn't even a starter).

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 beast. I was going to choose oshawot but when I saw tepig I switched my my mind right away. It evolves into pignite which is a fire and fighting so it is able to counter normal types. When it evolves into emboar it can learn iron head heat crash arm thrust flamethrower and overheat. I was able to beat the elite four and alder only using my emboar.

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!

18 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 is one of the first pokemon that comes to your head when you think of the word "Pokémon". It's very famous for being in just about every Pokémon season. Pikachu is known for being Ash's partner, from the Indigo League, to the last movie, episode, or season. Plus, Pikachu can be very strong with moves like Volt Tackle, Electro Ball, and Iron Tail. Even though in the T.V. Show, where Pikachu does things he wouldn't be able to do in the game, he can be very powerful. For those who just care about how the pokemon looks, Pikachu looks very cute and is based off a mouse, which is very small and, well, cute! Pikachu can easily be the most favorite starter.

Pikachu is a very cute, adorable, and very strong for ash's pikachu and he or she can learn like for example electro ball or any other move can get stronger and maybe be abandoned like in pokemon sun and moon my little brother had a pikachu because his pichu evolved into a pikachu and he maybe abandoned some moves and maybe kept other moves like I have a magnezone and kept a lot of attacks and pikachu is just a very cute and good for starters.

Pikachus have electric charge, in the Detective Pikachu Movie, Pikachu used electric charge on Mewtwo and Mewtwo almost got killed. Pikachus are also very playful. A Pikachu once killed a Raichu.

I hate the way Ash's Pikachu seems to be able to beat a Pokemon like Latios and then lose to a Snivy (I didn't mention the Lv.5 part because I don't actually think that that Snivy was Lv.5 judging from the moves it used). Pikachu is pretty cute though but the anime is tricking people into believing that Pikachu is a strong Pokemon, it's not, its speed is the only prominent advantage and a Special Attack have a very high chance of KOing it in one move.

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

Eevee is such an amazing pokemon! When I die, I want to be reborn into the pokemon world and fulfill my dream of catching all the Eevee evolutions and keep my starter Eevee at its original form. I would also want to join the league that Subrina joined with her Eevee!

Eevee, or "Master of Evolution" as I call it, this cat/dog thingy... actually, what is this thing, anyway? Oh whatever, as I was saying, Eevee can evolve into eight Pokémon. I mean, it can only take one of them, but why do people care? Fire, Electric, Water, Grass, Fairy, Psychic, Ice, AND Dark, not to mention Normal itself. Seriously? And it's hard to catch? And it's good in battle? AND it's gotta be caught twice with a friend ball if you want the best ones: Psychic and Dark? Amazing. Just AMAZING. I mean this as a comment, just so you know.

Eevee is super cute, useful, and can evolve in EIGHT different forms! If there's a better pokemon than Eevee, I haven't met it yet!

Eevee can evolve and evolve back. Then evolve into another Pokemon. It can evolve into Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Sylveon, Gigantamax Eevee and Drageon(a future one).

20 Litten Litten, known in Japan as Nyabby, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Litten is super cute and so is Torracat, but I can't get over Incineroar being so NOT cute. But it is strong so it's still a good, Pokemon.

I love Litten! I think it’s really cute! And it’s story in Sun and Moon show is really sad to! But I also love fire type Pokémon so I’m a little biased against grass...

Since I was little I always wanted a cat starter and my dream finally came true.

Litten's game cry is super cute and Incineroar is awesome

Honestly, Litten made the best first impression out of the gen 7 starters to me. I loved the design & it just sort of spoke to me. however, I'll have to know more about all 3 before I fully commit to one. I feel it will become a fire & dark-type, based on the color scheme, which is good since I really love dark. Again, though, I'm still gonna have to wait & see.

21 Chespin Chespin, known in Japan as Harimaron, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Now I like Treeko, but I'm a grass-type guy. I don't mind their 5 weaknesses, heck, terriakon has more than pure grass starters. Chespin is a cute Pokemon, especially in the anime, and has a very good defense stat. Also, grass-fighting? I don't think I've EVER seen a grass-fighting type Pokemon, so it being a STARTER and surprising me like that, just like how mega sceptile's typing are. So I think I've said enough so, Chespin move up the ranks!

It's simple. When you get a Gen 1 Starter, who wouldn't pick Charmander? So obviously, you get Charmander. Then, later in the game, you receive the starter that your starter is strong against. AKA, all people who started with Chespin also get Froakie. With this setup you get an awesome starter for each type.

Chespin is so adorable and got two great evolutions. I love Quilladin, Gamefreak wanted to do something fun and silly for once but everyone just hate on poor Quilladin like... what? And it's just a middle stage evoltuion. It will evolve into a powerful knight/bodyguard Chesnaught. I really like this evolution line and it should be appreciated.

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)

22 Popplio Popplio, known in Japan as Ashimari, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

At first I didn't think Popplio was so great. I chose Litten. I know Popplio is cute but I didn't think is was helpful at first but give it a chance guys. It's evolutions are cute and cool. After looking at it's evolutions, I started to love this Pokemon. Plus it's evolution is a fairy type meaning it can take down dragon types like Druddigon or Dragonite. Don't get me wrong I love all Gen 7 starters. Finally Evolved Litten is a beast. And Rowlet becomes a ghost type which is cool, but fairy types are pretty powerful and Popplio is actually pretty good, so give it a chance.

I think Popplio should be the best because, I never tried it until now. I used Litten or Froakie. When one of my friends introduced me to Popplipo, I was like "sure, why not? " When I actually used it though, I figured out it was pretty powerful. At level 20 to 30, It learns good moves, such as Disarming Voice, Bubblebeam, and Aqua Jet. Also, he starts off at level five with pend and water gun, and since he is a special attacker and has good Special Defense and Defense, which helps him beat trainers when he is at level 5 to 10. On final evolution, Primarina can learn many moves, such as Moonblast, Sparling Water, and Hydro Cannon, and Ice Beam.
Trust me, use Popplio. I use it on every game I play.

It's so cute! How can you hate it? It's the puppy of the sea! It's evolution is so majestic and gorgeous, and based off of a SIREN! It's such an underrated yet amazing starter!

I have always wanted a seal starter ever since Piplup, and here it is. I always pick the water starter, so I thought "Why Not? " Then I saw its evolution, and hated it. However, I thought about it over time and it started to grow on me, but I was still going to pick Rowlet. However, when Sun and Moon got released and everyone started doing let's plays of the game on YouTube, EVERYONE PICKED ROWLET AND NO ONE PICKED POPPLIO. The perfect amount of people picked Litten, including my brother, so I ultimately decided on Popplio. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN THE SLIGHTEST! Primarina is now my third favorite Pokémon of all time (next to Empoleon and Lucario)! It's a water and fairy type (two of my favorite types), and with a psychic type move, it can be a killing machine! Give this Pokémon a chance! I promise it won't let you down!

23 Rowlet Rowlet, known in Japan as Mokuroh, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Rowlet is actually a terrible choice. Grass is a very weak type and adding ghost didn't help it because now it is weak to dark and ghost. His speed is pretty poor as well.
With four weaknesses and low speed, you're not gonna have much luck. Rowlet and Dartrix have a four times weakness to ice types, so Popplio could take it out with icy wind. It's special attack and attack are nothing compared to Incineroar and Primarina, and Decidueye can get taken down by a Water type that could use bite, or an electric type that can use bite, or a psychic type that could use bite. You get the point. He also has the most weaknesses out of all the alolan starters.

I would di a meme post, but this cute guy is actually a nice choice! Bonus points for a ghost evo. Too bad it has a ton of weaknesses...

I love Rowlet! He is so adorable, somewhat original and I like his role in the anime. When I saw the starter for the first time Rowlet was my favorite of the three, however I thought litten final stage will look better. But it turns out that Decidueye is my favorite looking non mega evolution pokemon of all time! Decidueye is in the underused tier on smogon. In comparison, the fan favorite Charizard is in the neverused tier. That's two tier below! Well at least without mega evolution but decidueye not have one so its not a fair comparison. Also my decidueye destroyd totem Mimikyu in Sun.

Rowlet is Gotta be The favorite Pokemon because he's AN CUTE OWL just look at him he's SO CUTE And he's so powerful 100% choose him in ultra moon!

24 Grookey

GROOKEY GANG WOOP WOOP also its fully evolved rillaboom it makes every pokemon go BOOOOOM and its gigantamax form when it's banging its drums will break the ears of opposing pokemon

The Fact He's So Low Makes Me Sad...

That's because he's a recent entry. I'm sure he will someday go higher on the list. - Hellohi

It is super strong against the first two gyms

I love grookey he is the best

25 Scorbunny

Scorbunny is absolutely adorable and looks like he could hold his own in a battle.

We don't know if it is strong, but we know that thing is gosh dang adorable.

I love scorbunny and I love how it mixed a pokemon with soccer

I chose this in Pokemon Shield and is a Cinderace now and is more powerful than my Zamazenta

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