Top 10 Best Starter Pokemon

The Top Ten
1 Charmander Charmander, known as Hitokage in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. This Pokémon is a fire type starter Pokémon. It evolves into Charmeleon which evolves into Charizard.

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.

I'm gonna mostly talk about their final evolutions. Charizard is a 10 foot tall, fire breathing, dragon. Kinda hard to pass out on something like that. Unfortunately it doesn't have the best defense and Sp. D, it makes up in attack and speed. Unfortunately it is not a very good choice in the video game. But if the real world was the Pokémon universe I would probably choose this.

I have played generation 1-6. I have always named my character RED with all caps. For me its between Charmander, Torchic, and Cyndaquil. Cyndaquil is cool, but no mega. Torchic evolves in to Blaziken which is fire and fighting and fighting Pokemon have a lot of weaknesses, still love Lucario though! Charmander... Flaws? No. Charizard is the best starter without a doubt. "Oh, but Squirtle is so cute! " So, Charmander is cute in fact 10 times cuter. Charmander has also got skill. Charizard learns Flamethrower at level. 38. Blastoise learms Hydro Pump at level. 42. Don't argue with stats, Charizard is the better choice.

I just don't see why Charizard is so popular, its design is simple compared to Blastoise or Venusaur and I just don't think it's fair that it has two Mega Evolutions, surely the other two starters deserved more than the cold shoulder. I guess I don't understand Charizard's popularity because I wasn't around in the 19s when Pokemon became popular. Still I DO understand that Charizard is really no more special than the other Kanto Starters. And I just thought about it and realized that Ash's starter pokemon always seems to be the most popular (out of the region starters at least), for example, Sceptile, Infernape, and Greninja, it's just unfair. Now that the flame's outta the way, I do admit that Charmander's very cute and I did choose him for my second Firered game, Charizard was also great at competitive battles and I get that a lot of people chooses him for that. But I still believe the way people rank Charmander number 1 is unfair and biased.

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

Warning: I'm gonna state my opinion like it's a fact. So if you don't have the mental maturity to hear somone tell you your favorite isn't actually the best, stop reading. I'll be honest, Squirtle is my personal favorite just because of nostalgia, but I'm not ranking based on the nostalgia factor, I'm ranking the most optimal starter. No it's not Charmander, shut up you genwunners and people who've likely never played the games. Mudkips water/ground double typing (after evolution) means that he only has one weakness: grass. And for those of you who don't know, gen 3 has practically zero grass types (aside from 2 rosellias and mays grovyle) he can destroy the rock gym, he ordinarily evolves right before the electric gym, slaughters the fire gym, he could even use the strength hm to beat the water gym. I'm pretty sure he's even an optimal Pokémon to beat Stevens metagross. He can be a good hm slave in a game that REALLY relies on hm's, and he can learn some other great moves like ...more

My second ever starter, I played ORAS and this dude wiped the floor with everything in its path. If you use Surf TM and other TMs like Hammer Arm, it will destroy everything. I never took it out of my team while playing, not ONCE. Swampert is also extremely good.

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

Swampert is about half as tall as charizard so in a real life Pokémon universe charizard would just need to get a good bite in to defeat it. But it is a whole different story in the video game. Swampert has 110 attack and 95 defense. While charizard has 84 attack and 78 defense. Making mudkip probably the best choice in the video game.

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.

My first Johto starter, I loved running through the game and crushing every Pokemon that got in my way. My fondest memory is dunking on Whitney's Miltank with her own monstrous move, Rollout.

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.

Cyndaquil is so cute! Not to mention it turns into TYPHLOSION. Seriously, I know a lot of people who win by using eruption. And earthquake comes in handy, too. My Typhlosion... I don't know what I'd do without it. I just love him so much. He's also really fast and powerful. He has great speed and attack, and his defense isn't too bad either. In double battles, I pair him with my Salamance, and I always use earthquake to completely demolish the battle field. He's just so cool *. *! He was also my first starter... He's so awesome. Best starter ever.

4 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. It is a squirrel-turtle hybrid. It is a starter Pokémon and evolves into Wartortle which more.

Squirtle is awesome for a starter. Probably the best starter. Blastoise is another deal. It only has 100 defense even though it has a shell that completely deflects both razor leaf and iron tail at the same time. And should I talk about the 79 HP. And I won't even talk about speed (60).

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, 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.

Wow. How is bulbasaur not as popular as charizard. It is 6 feet tall, 400 pounds, and a bit more health than charizard. It's 80 attack is a bit lower than charizard, but it has 6 more defense than charizard. Sometimes I just look at the 10 less Sp. A in shame of venasaur though. Venasaur has good enough speed to take on charizard in a fair fight. But because it is grass type charizard could defeat it.

Bulbasaur wasn't my first Pokemon. That was Squirtle, but after a pretty boring playthrough with him, I picked Bulbasaur, because everybody seemed to dislike Bulbasaur when I was ten in 2016. Then, I realized how good my boy was, and the rest is history. If I get the chance to use him on my team, I'm using him on my main team.

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.

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

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.

Blaziken is a freaking beast if it's attacks hit. It has 125 attack. It also has 110 Sp. A. Again, a freaking beast. I beat "brick bronze" with blaziken. When you go back near the start is the funnest, also the perfect way to one shot a level 8 patrat. It doesn't have too bad defense either (70). I sometimes wonder why torchic isn't the number one starter. I just checked and it has more HP than charizard. Yeesh. Did Pokémon just try to make the beast Pokémon.

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.

Torchic might not be so good in the first gym, but keep training, and it evolves to Combusken, and Combusken learns Double Kick, which is a fighting type move, and Roxanie has rock Pokemon which is weak to fighting, so you can still pass through the first gym even if you pick Torchic at your starter!

And in Winona's gym, he might be weak to flying types, but he is SO strong that he can even defeat Winona!

Additionally, Combusken evolves to Blaziken, which is super strong! Mega evolve him, and he will get even better stats, and he gets an awesome ability. He gets a speed booset every turn!

Torchic is the best starter!

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

A skeptile in real life would be pretty great. But in the game I don't really love him. Only 70 HP! Yeah, it has 85 attack is pretty good. But that isn't gonna match up to blastoise or swampert. Amazing, it has 65 defense. How does this Pokémon survive in the wild. Sp. A and D are pretty good but don't quite make up for it's weak defense and health. It spends a lot of points (is that the right word) on speed. Which I think isn't too helpful. Don't pick this one as your starter.

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.

I've gotta say, out of all the starters, Treecko was the best one for me. It has AMAZING speed, and can outspeed most of everyhting you see. Between the Hoenn starters, this guy was a definite best. He can learn arial ace to take down Blaziken, being much faster than him. I was quite torn between this fella and Swampert, but he has the obvious advantage. Some would say Swampert could get rid of Sceptile with Ice beam, but Swampert is WAY too slow to natch Sceptile. He could put up a fight against a lot of Pokemon, and make a viable stall with Substitute and leech seed at his disposal. His only REAL threat against the other starters would probably be Typhlosion or Charizard. He can take down almost anyone with Swords Dance+Leaf Blade, or be the most annoying staller ever with Substitue, Leech Seed and Giga Drain. He has great Special Attack and decent Attack and great speed. Even In-game, he can breeze through most of the gyms without any problems at all. The Treecko Line is a great ...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

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

Infernapes attacks are almost as powerful as blazikens. It has less HP than blaziken but it still has good HP. It has 106 attack, not as powerful as blazikens but still stronger than charizards and venasaurs. I don't think 1 more defense than blaziken will do much. It's Sp. A and D are about the same so I won't compare that. The big difference that ties them up is that infernape has 20 more speed than blaziken. I still think to choose blaziken over this one.

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

9 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!

Yeah I have a Samurott, which I nicknamed Samurai Lord. It has very high defense and special attacks to help it defeat bosses... it is especially good at wiping out Fire types. One time during a battle, I one-hit a level 83 Charizard with Razor Shell and it passed out. So much for Charmander being the bomb; welcome Oshawott to the big leagues.

Also, I am emotionally attached to it so when someone beats me in battle I become nervous thereafter (it is typically my secret weapon).

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

Empoleon isn't very big compared to the starter evolutions. Weighing 116 pounds. Yet it still has more HP than blastoise. It also has 3 more attack than blastoise. But of course it's defense is nowhere near blastoises. Empoleon also has better Sp. A and D than blastoise. He has pretty good stats compared to a Pokémon that weighs almost 3 times more. But it looks like slow and steady wins the race, blastoise has 78 speed. While empoleon has 60. It doesn't make much sense because it is super fast in the anime. But I will still choose piplup because cuteness plays a part too.

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

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!

Have you ever noticed those spikes on empoleons wings? And those sharp edges too? They can cut through skin and bone so empoleon is very dangerous and strong, EVEN WITH ELEVEN resistances!

Remember prinplup in the anime sucked pilachu's thunderbolt using steel wing without taking any damage? So prinplup can be immume to electric moves while using steel wing to defend.

Piplup, so cute and adorable! But he is very proud! And when he is proud, he looks very cute! Piplup deserves to be first! Not tenth! Piplup deserves a higher place than crappy oshawott! I mentioned oshawott because he is piplup's rival and I loved the you mad bro part in Pokemon black and white piplup, pansage, and a meeting of times. Like if you like piplup more than crappy ishawott!

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

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!

Feraliagtr is the best! I love using Totodile and Croconaw too but Feraligatr is just so beast. It can learn so many great moves like ice fang waterfall earthquake brick break crunch rock slide, especially since its physical attacking and defensive based. One of the greatest physical attackers like Gyarados. Plus it has the earliest of evolutions out of all the starters at lv. 30. I've used it with so many different teams (current one is Feraligatr, Heracross, Crobat, Ampharos, and Ninetales) because it can take down just about any type! My Heracross killed Morty in one hit each on his ghosts. Feraligatr is really useful in the E4 too. he's one of myfavorites to use. He should be at the top of this list as #1!

Totodile's the best. Charmander's the worst, and grows up to be a wannabe dragon who is KO'd by pretty much any Rock type moves, and lives in fear of Stealth Rocks, and who gets owned by the first two Kanto gyms. Totodile is cool, energetic, and is is either good good against or normally effected by most of the Johto gym leaders. Falkner= Normally effected, Bugsy= normally affected, Whitney= Fighting type moves (but her Miltanks moves are annoying though) Morty= Dark type moves, Chuck= Normally affected, Steel= Steel isn't very affected against water, also Steelix is part ground, Pryce- Ice isn't very effective against water, plus Piloswine is part ground Clair= Ice and Dragon type moves. There's more two it, liek how Feraligatr is a good team sweeper, and the good Attack and Defense, but you get the point, he's good.

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

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.

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! )

Snivy is overall my favourite starter Pokemon. Also, just imagine an elegant green lizard walking up to you, slowly swaying with a fan for a tail. Then imagine a blue turtle walk up the beach in a shell. The green lizard will turn into a deadly snake. The blue turtle will turn into... a larger blue turtle! Also, pikachu and eevee are NOT STARTERS!

With the release of it's hidden ability, Serperior has become a major threat. Just slap Leaf Storm on it, and watch that special attack go up. Couple that with nice speed and not bad defensive stats, and it's now pretty much top tier. Of course, there's still the old Coil strategy for ingame purposes (which pretty much carried my horribly underleveled White team through most of the endgame).

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.

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.

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.

Froakie evolves into
Frogadier starting at level 16 which evolves in Greninja at level 36 and has a new form know as Ash Greninja...Which is the the first mega evolution starter in the pokemon anime...

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

Fennekin was the starter I chose for Pokemon X and I gotta say, you gotta hand it to Game Freak for adding another type besides Fighting for this starter. It has an awesome/cute design, and has small feet, to boot. It's basically a fennec fox kit. And also, my vicious vulpine basically wiped out a lot of Gym Leaders' and The Elite Four's Pokemon. If this little one had a theme song, it would be Fox On The Run by Sweet. Because that's what it is. It is a fox... that's always on the run.

This guy can beat a Greninja. Definitely. With fire blast, I swear he can. Perhaps Greninja was Ash's choice, but Fennekin has a way cooler design, and the highest total base stat in all the starters. (Please correct me if I'm wrong) And it is one of those Pokemon who looks absolutely adorable but turns out epic. (AKA Rowlet, Cydanquil and the ever adorable Litten. And it eats sticks! Haha! So cute. I also love the shiny and thinks it deserves an awesome mega.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Most people say grass starters are the weakest, but this beast let me beat the whole Soul Silver version when I was TEN. No help. I had no trouble, this was my first starter and it will always be my favorite, it was the only one I ever gave a nickname to. I am so unhappy this Pokemon is 15th (at the moment) and MUDKIP is second.

I tried Silver with cyndaquil as a starter and wasn't able to beat Red. I spent more than 4 months trying to defeat Red. However, the first time I chose chikorita, the only starter Pokemon that is cute in all of its evolutionary forms, I beat the game in a few hours.

16 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!

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!

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?

I don't even like turtwig that much and I know he rules! People say he sucks because he is slow, well the other slow starters are only a little ahead of him! If you super train his special defense to the max, his only bad stat is his speed, which he an use to his advantage by using curse because his speed doesn't matter right? So it only increases his attack and defense! I like Piplup more but turtwig is the best by far!

17 Pikachu Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ) 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.

He is the 1st best pokemon of the ones that I picked. I have a stuffed Pikachu and he is a strong pokemon with his power of lighting in his tail. he looks cute but fierce.

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.

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.

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.

18 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).

My favorite Fire-Fighting starter. Better than Chimchar and Blaziken, it's a humongous pig monster that has harnessed fire. What isn't to like?

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.

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

Eevee is by far the cutest pokemon I've ever seen and due to its multiple evolutions, if you don't use any stones the evolution will always suprise you cause you don't know what type it would evolve to!

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 1# in my list! I feel that it's only loved because of the eeveeloutions and that it is cute, so it's kinda overrated, but Eevee is way more than that! I made my eevee learn shadow ball, dig, retailiate and take down and it's level 100! it's a beast and it accidentally 1-shotted galarian zapdos! (And yes in sw/sh u can make eevee learn TR33 shadow ball)

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!

20 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.

When I started Sun, I picked Popplio right off the bat since I'm addicted to water types and oh man did it not disappoint. For starters, It learns some pretty nice moves as you level it and along with the capability for some great Tms, you've got a water/Fairy Overlord by endgame. I ended up with mine having hydro cannon, sparkling Aria/Oceanic Operetta, Sing and MoonBlast. The little ball of cuteness should be up in the top five hands down.

Wake up people! This adorable lil blue sea lion is a million times better than some stupid Kalos fire fox (ahem Fennekin...)

Popplio: Cute floppy paws and irresistible eyes. Common sense tells us that no fluffy fire fox can match up to this. I mean, who would say no to that little pink nose?!

Brionne: Why do so many people ignore it?! Cause it's girly?!? Brionne is an adorable water type that will hopefully bring an end to the overrated abomination that is Braixen. All hail the queen of middle evolutions, Brionne!

Primarina: Dazzling gorgeous mermaid queen. Best final evolution by far. Who would even pick some dumb fire fox witch (Delphox) over this?! Ah yes, because they're stupid dimwits and cool retards.

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

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.

I think Litten is cool. I honestly have no issues with his evolutionary line. He gets kinda overshadowed by Rowlet. (not that I dislike it) A certain episode in the anime featuring him almost made me cry. Overall love this sassy fire cat.

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...

I love Litten! When I was watching Pokemon the series sun and moon Litten was my favorite Pokemon. Then I got Pokemon moon and I was so excited when Litten was a starter! Besides, the fire fang move is pretty sweet.

22 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.

Chespin pulled me through the tough situations so well. He's SO underrated, hence he's #20 on the list. Take my word for it - there's nothing wrong with choosing Chespin.

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

Super cute and has a really interesting personality in the anime. It's typing is good for the forest area which allows you to pick whichever starter you like.

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 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 Grovyle

He looks cool and is good at fighting other pokemon.

25 Grookey

I only vote Grookey based on looks and evolved forms which I googled before voting and I was honestly tied up between himand Scorbunny until I saw what Scorbunny evolves into and then I went with Grookey! Sorry Scorbunny and Sobble fans!

My favorite Pokémon ever when I saw him I was like yes. I am a big fan of grookey and his whole evolution.

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