Top 10 Best Starter Pokemon

The first Pokemon that a trainer chooses to accompany them on their journey through the vast regions of the Pokemon world is an important decision. It's not just a matter of choosing a cute or cool creature to start with, but also one that can help you overcome the various challenges you'll face along the way.

Over the years, the Pokemon franchise has introduced a plethora of starter Pokemon, each with their unique designs, abilities, and personalities. Some starters have become fan favorites, while others have been largely forgotten. But which ones are the best of the best? Well, that's where you come in.

Thousands of Pokemon fans have taken into account the Pokemon's battle prowess, their versatility, and their overall impact on the series and cast their votes for the top starter Pokemon. We've tallied the results to bring you a definitive list of the top ten.
The Top Ten
1 Charmander Charmander is a fire-type Pokemon that resembles a small orange dragon with a flame burning at the tip of its tail. It is known for its fierce and independent nature, and can evolve into Charmeleon and later Charizard.

Okay, so Charizard has an epic look (in my opinion, one of the only good-looking Dragon-based Pokémon) and has decent stats. Many people are saying that Charizard and Charmander are overrated, but are they? They have been here since the beginning and are still loved. So, I really think Charmander is the best starter.

I have played Generations 1-6. I have always named my character RED in all caps. For me, it's between Charmander, Torchic, and Cyndaquil. Cyndaquil is cool, but has no Mega. Torchic evolves into Blaziken, which is Fire and Fighting, and Fighting Pokémon have a lot of weaknesses - I still love Lucario, though!

Charmander? Flaws? No. Charizard is the best starter without a doubt. "Oh, but Squirtle is so cute!" Well, Charmander is, in fact, ten times cuter. Charizard also has skill. Charizard learns Flamethrower at level 38, while Blastoise learns Hydro Pump at level 42. Don't argue with stats. Charizard is the better choice.

Sure, Charmander is super weak at first with only Scratch and Growl, but if you give it enough love and attention, Charmander can grow to be an amazing Charizard with many awesome moves - Fire, Flying, Fighting, and Dragon-type moves. It's really too bad that nobody could see Charmander's true greatness because of its disadvantages with most of the gym leaders. With Charizard, Grass, Bug, Ice, Steel, and Fighting types are pathetically easy to beat (even though there are no Steel types in the first couple of games).

If you played Pokémon Red and Blue, you might know how much of a pain it was to find a decent Fire-type Pokémon. Arcanine was exclusive to the Red version and took until level 50 to learn Flamethrower. Rapidash and Ninetales were lackluster, and you had to wait until Victory Road to catch Moltres, which is extremely late in the game. If you picked Charmander as a starter, you ran into none of these problems. There are plenty of good alternatives to Squirtle and Bulbasaur, however.

2 Mudkip Mudkip is a water-type Pokemon that looks like a blue, bipedal mudskipper with a large head and four stubby legs. It is known for its cheerful and friendly demeanor, and can evolve into Marshtomp and later Swampert.

Ah, Mudkip! It's kind of hard to know where to start. Mudkip is one of the best dual-type starter Pokémon threats in the entire game. Considering the fact that it can learn nearly twice the number of moves as other Pokémon, this powerhouse is often not traded away for another Pokémon. Easily the best Water-type starter in the game (since Squirtle, Totodile, and Oshawott are solely Water-type and can't learn as many TMs, while Piplup is a close second), it could arguably be called the best starter Pokémon ever.

Not to mention that if you max out its potential, at level 100, you can have a Swampert that knows 1) Hydro Pump, 2) Hydro Cannon, 3) Earthquake, 4) Hammer Arm. Note: to get Hydro Pump, keep Mudkip unevolved until level 48. Personally, choosing Mudkip as a starter, I thoroughly enjoyed its versatility. As a Swampert, its dual-type threat along with its high attack and defense stats kept it both strong and powerful. I've played every main-series Pokémon game, and ...more

Emerald was my first-ever Pokémon game. I initially chose Mudkip because he was a Water-type. However, out of all the games, I find that I still adore my Swampert. Its dual typing is kind of off-putting, especially with all sorts of Grass Pokémon out there (which, I think, made me personally dislike most Grass Pokémon). I only recently began replaying my Pokémon Blue game with a Bulbasaur, which is the very first experience I'm having with it. However, Swampert is a Pokémon I can completely depend on to get the job done. I can see why you'd like the Fire-Flying type Charizard, but I'd still rather have my funny-looking Swampert any day.

Statistically, Swampert is the best fully-evolved starter because it has the highest base stat total. On top of that, it has a Water-Ground type combo, which is overpowered. It performs equally well in Omega Ruby, Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and Sapphire. Also, when it Mega Evolves and is paired with a Kyogre, it will destroy everything due to its doubled speed. My Swampert demolished most of the game in Omega Ruby, with Gyarados doing an equally good job. Swampert's move set includes 1) Muddy Water, 2) Earthquake, 3) Ice Beam, 4) Waterfall. I'm considering teaching it Ice Punch instead of Ice Beam, but this is the best move set I could think of.

I think Mudkip is the best starter, competitively speaking. Its final evolution, Swampert, has the highest base stats of any starter so far, winning by just one point. It has pretty good stats except for speed, which is to be expected from a tank. Swampert also learns STAB moves like Waterfall, Hydro Pump, Surf, Earthquake, and Dig. I find it really useful in the competitive field too. Its Mega Evolution is amazing, with its ability allowing it to outspeed many Pokémon with mediocre speed, enabling it to use devastating moves quickly.

3 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil is a fire-type Pokemon that resembles a small, blue-gray quadrupedal creature with flames on its back. It is known for its timid and cautious nature, but can be a powerful ally once it warms up to a trainer. It can evolve into Quilava and later Typhlosion.

Ah, Cyndaquil. It was the first starter Pokémon I completed a game with. I played Emerald, but I was a kid back then and Pokémon wasn't my type of game, so I left my Treecko in the void. A few years later, I played Pokémon 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. From that point on, all the trainers were doomed. Eruption, Flare Blitz, and Thunder Punch were also useful against water types. I just love Typhlosion. Yes, he may be worse than Feraligatr (which is also an awesome Pokémon), and he is not really strong in competitive battles (I heard that from many people), but he is still the best starter in my heart, even 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 Pokémon 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. It's 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 whopping 300 if it's super effective. This Pokémon 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. Earthquake also comes in handy. My Typhlosion is something I don't know what I'd do without. I just love him so much. He's also really fast and powerful, with great speed and attack. His defense isn't too bad either. In double battles, I pair him with my Salamence, and I always use Earthquake to completely demolish the battlefield. He's just so cool! He was also my first starter. He's the best starter ever, in my opinion.

I chose Cyndaquil for my Soul Silver starter, and it destroyed all the gyms. I didn't use any other Pokemon because Cyndaquil, Quilava, and Typhlosion are so boss. While most fire starters learn Flare Blitz, Typhlosion learns something even better: Eruption. Typhlosion can also learn Thunder Punch to counter water types. No one can say anything bad about this ass-kicking volcano Pokemon.

4 Squirtle Squirtle is a water-type Pokemon that looks like a small blue turtle with a brown shell and a tail shaped like a squirrel's. It is known for its laid-back and easygoing personality, and can evolve into Wartortle and later Blastoise.

Squirtle is the best for sure! Charmander is 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 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 fanbase liked him the most, so the animators made him do what is literally impossible. In Pokémon Origins, I don't know how, but somehow this stupid dragon managed to take out a Blastoise with more than half HP with a Fire Blast attack. Seems pretty false to me.

Squirtle is a cute little turtle with great coverage and 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 first two gyms and has more weaknesses. It has okay stats but 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 Squirtle is overall better, and when it comes to Mudkip, it's just as good as Squirtle. However, 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 Pokémon once it starts evolving. Overall, this guy is sometimes underappreciated. Squirtle is a more practical choice, while Charmander is just cool-looking. Squirtle never fails you. It is always by your side, ready for a fight. On the other hand, when you have a Charmander, Charmeleon, or Charizard by your side, you either get one-hit KO'd or actually deal damage while doubting the Pokémon's defensive capabilities. Don't get me wrong. I love Charmander as much as Squirtle.

Squirtle is a very strong starting water-type Pokémon, and everybody knows that Blastoise is a fantastic Pokémon, so nothing bad can be said about Squirtle. It is not solely a water-type Pokémon, as you can give it some really powerful moves that make it even better. When it evolves into Blastoise, it becomes a seriously powerful Pokémon that can learn Hydro Pump, arguably the most powerful water move it can learn.

5 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur is a grass/poison-type Pokemon that resembles a small, squat, green dinosaur with a bulb on its back. It is known for its calm and collected demeanor, and can evolve into Ivysaur and later Venusaur. Its bulb on its back is known to release oxygen in the air, and is a source of energy for it.

By far, Bulbasaur is the best starter for a Kanto playthrough, and he's also just a lovable little frog dinosaur (yes, he is confirmed to be a frog). He has a great dual type and some very helpful status moves. Venusaur becomes an absolute, unstoppable monster in the sunlight.

Bulbasaur was the first Pokémon I ever received. I began playing the Pokémon games on my Game Boy Advance at age 5. Now, at 14, I still consider Bulbasaur to be one of the best Pokémon. He can incapacitate you with Sleep Powder without you even laying a finger on him. Additionally, he can heal himself with Synthesis, while you have to waste money buying potions for other Pokémon.

The only complaint I have about him is that his powerful attacks have very limited PP. Nevertheless, he can still crush you with ease. So you'd better get your Charizard ready and bring lots of potions, because Venusaur will still beat you.

This little guy was my first Pokémon. I've always liked Grass types, and the first two gyms are Rock-type and Water-type, so he was the best option. I also like Squirtle, but Bulbasaur was so cool! He looks good, fights well, and has decent stats. I loved the way Bulbasaur fought against Ash's Pikachu in the anime.

Bulbasaur is clearly the best, considering that its diverse move set can pretty much guarantee victory! It's great for people new to the world of Pokemon since it evolves sooner than the other two starters and is the easiest to raise. Big whoop, Charizard knows Flare Blitz and Flamethrower to decimate foes. Venusaur's superior special attack and special defense make 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 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 rival's Pidgeot and Charizard with Venusaur.

6 Torchic Torchic is a fire-type Pokemon that looks like a small, fluffy chick with an orange body and a tuft of feathers on its head that resembles a flame. It is known for its energetic and enthusiastic personality, and can evolve into Combusken and later Blaziken.

Torchic is super cute, and while Combusken is kind of awkward, it's totally worth it when you get the awesome Blaziken. Although Mudkip was my first starter, I chose Torchic this time because I noticed that you can't encounter Fire types early in the game in Pokémon Emerald. It was a decision I don't regret. My Blaziken literally Blaze Kicked our way through Victory Road, the Elite Four, the Champion, and the Battle Frontier. Plus, Blaziken can learn Flying-type moves, which none of the other Fire-Fighting starters can learn. Not to mention its incredible Mega Evolution - Mega Blaziken is awesome in both design and stats.

Torchic is obviously the best starter Pokémon because when it evolves into its final form, it becomes a total beast. It's both a Fire and Fighting type, which makes it superior to Treecko and Mudkip. Torchic can also learn Flying moves like Peck and Sky Uppercut. It completely dominates and is weak against only a few types. Blaze Kick does a lot of damage, even against Water types. It can also withstand many powerful attacks and is fairly fast. If you're not much of a battle person, you can enter contests, and any of its moves will secure you a first or second place. These are all the reasons why I believe Torchic is the best starter Pokémon.

Torchic might not excel in the first gym, but if you keep training, it evolves into Combusken. Combusken learns Double Kick, which is a Fighting-type move, and Roxanne has Rock Pokémon that are weak to Fighting. So, you can still get through the first gym even if you pick Torchic as your starter.

In Winona's gym, Torchic may be weak to Flying types, but it's so strong that it can even defeat Winona. Additionally, Combusken evolves into Blaziken, which is incredibly powerful. When you Mega Evolve Blaziken, it gains even better stats and an awesome ability, receiving a speed boost every turn. That's why I think Torchic is the best starter!

I vote for Torchic. Not only because its evolved form, Blaziken, is my favorite Pokémon (I am crazy about Blazikens), but it's also really good competitively. Blaziken is the only starter to be in the Ubers tier in Pokémon Showdown, a tier filled only with overpowered Pokémon. Blaziken can learn a lot of great moves like Brave Bird, High Jump Kick, and Flare Blitz, although the three moves I just mentioned are quite risky. You can run a Protect/Speed Boost set, a Swords Dance set, or a Hone Claws set with Blaziken. Because it is very good competitively, that's why I think Torchic is the best starter.

7 Treecko Treecko is a grass-type Pokemon that resembles a small, green gecko with a red belly and large eyes. It is known for its cool and collected demeanor, and can evolve into Grovyle and later Sceptile. It has the ability to climb any surface, and can attack its foes with powerful tail whips.

The two reasons people often look 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 Pokémon. If you obtain Solar Beam and Giga Drain, Sceptile becomes a beast.

Secondly, he is a Grass type, a Pokémon with the most weaknesses out of the three starter types. In the new games, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, Sceptile can evolve into Mega Sceptile (Grass and Dragon Type). This means he becomes a beast and is only weak to Ice, Flying, Bug, and Dragon moves. Although that still sounds bad, Bug type is weak on both offense and defense, and Sceptile's speed can be used to finish the others off.

I've got to say, out of all the starters, Treecko was the best one for me. It has amazing speed and can outspeed most everything you encounter. Among the Hoenn starters, this guy was definitely the best. He can learn Aerial 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 catch Sceptile. He could put up a fight against many Pokémon and make a viable stall with Substitute and Leech Seed at his disposal. His only real threat among 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 Substitute, Leech Seed, and Giga Drain. He has great Special Attack, decent Attack, and excellent speed. Even in-game, he can breeze through most of the gyms without any problems at all. The ...more

Treecko is super useful during your run of Hoenn, made even more so by the fact that the second half of the game is full of water. He strays away from the whole "inflict status conditions or be a supporter" trope that Grass types have and instead becomes a straight-up special sweeper.

Sure, he's been nerfed a bit since the 4th generation, but I'd still say he's the most underrated of the Hoenn starters and that he deserves more attention. Not to mention that the Grovyle from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 is incredibly amazing.

Treecko is the best Grass starter. He looks epic, like a non-ridable Yoshi, and evolves into the most badass Grass type of all time. He can even learn Dragon moves when old enough. He has no competition.

Bulbasaur and Turtwig are a bunch of boring turtles. Chikorita doesn't do anything except become a giant, bizarre flower giraffe, and Snivy has to be the weirdest-looking starter of all time.

8 Chimchar Chimchar is a fire-type Pokemon that looks like a small, bipedal monkey with a flame burning on its tail. It is known for its spunky and energetic personality, and can evolve into Monferno and later Infernape. It can control flames on its tail and use it to perform powerful attacks.

This was the best choice for Pearl, Diamond, and Platinum. Gym 1 featured a level 14 Monferno, who destroyed with his Mach Punch. Gym 2 was Grass-type, so it doesn't really need an explanation. The third was Fighting-type, I believe, and due to Monferno's high attack, it wasn't that hard. The fourth gym was Water-type and some of the Pokémon hit hard, so not even my Luxio could compete.

The fifth gym was Ghost-type, and once again, Monferno being a hard hitter had no problem here. The sixth was a Steel-type gym, and I had finally evolved my Monferno into an Infernape, who kicked serious butt. With Close Combat and Flame Wheel, he never slowed down. The seventh gym was Ice-type, and ever since either Generation 1 or 2, Ice has been literally powerless against Fire. Infernape excels again. He packs a punch against the eighth gym and can knock out Aaron of the Elite Four. However, he can't beat Bertha, won't do much against Flint, and won't stand much of a chance against Lucian. ...more

Chimchar gets my vote simply because it evolves into Infernape. What Infernape lacks in defense, it makes up for in speed and good attacks. It's also an awesome sweeper Pokémon! I trained mine up to level 100, and let me tell you, it's a one-hit KO almost every time.

As for the Sinnoh starters of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, my opinions are as follows:

- 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 one-hit KOer. Can't take too many hard hits but can dish out very critical attacks.

First of all, let me say there was going to be way too much bias for Mr. Dragon anyway. Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape really bring the Fire-Fighting typing to life. Nobody wants any sumo pigs. Step aside, man-chicken. This one could tie you into knots. With his high speed and attack, he is a shoo-in for a sweeper. This Pokémon is my all-time favorite, but honestly, it's pretty good competitively too.

Chimchar is definitely the best. Its fully-evolved form, Infernape, can take out an Ash Greninja in one shot with Close Combat. Ash Greninja's weakness won't even get a hit on Infernape when it's fully evolved. If you have this adorable Pokemon as a starter in its full evolution, it can easily sweep teams and has high speed and attack.

With this beast, there's no point in defense because your Pokemon is outsped, and the next second it's dead meat. This thing is a better team sweeper than Mega Charizard Y with Solar Beam, Flamethrower, Fly, and Earthquake. Even though Charizard is EV-trained in speed and attack and has no weaknesses, Infernape is still better.

I play a game on Roblox called Pokemon Brick Bronze, and I regret having Charmander as my starter. So, on Project Pokemon, another Pokemon game on Roblox, I chose Chimchar as my starter. I can't wait to get Pokemon Moon.

9 Piplup Piplup is a water-type Pokemon that resembles a small, blue penguin with a white belly and a yellow beak. It is known for its cheerful and bubbly personality, and can evolve into Prinplup and later Empoleon.

I'm pretty sure that most people's favorite water type is Mudkip because of its single 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 evolves into a steel/water type, the only water/steel type so far. Oh no, a fire type? Use 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, because Serperior is almost as good.

Piplup holds a special place in my heart, as well as in the hearts of others, as you can see. Empoleon is an amazing Pokemon. He's such a tank and he can dish out damage! I also love penguins, and Piplup is so cute. I like Turtwig as well, but again, we're talking about Piplup here.

As for Oshawott, it's fine, but then it evolves into Samurott, which looks nothing like Oshawott. Charizard is overrated and isn't even that good in competitive play. The only things that save him from the UU and NU tiers are his looks and his Mega evolution ability, Drought. The steel type in new games also really helps against fairy types. I can't wait until Empoleon gets a Mega evolution. It will look amazing.

And remember, I love all starters, especially those from the 4th gen. I think the 5th gen is just okay, though. Turtwig and Chimchar are also awesome!

Really, why is it even a contest? Water has the fewest weaknesses of the starters. On top of that, water is practically an 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 rendering poison completely pointless. You may take more damage from ground and fighting, but you get way more resistance in return. Empoleon can also learn flying attacks such as Drill Peck to fend off fighters. I'm talking to you, Infernape. The choice is obvious: vote for Piplup.

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 starter I ever chose, and in my second run (we moved houses and the game reset itself after multiple years of sitting alone in humidity), I chose it again. No matter how ridiculous the name you give him (I named mine Bobby), Piplup will always be the best.

10 Oshawott Oshawott is a water-type Pokemon that resembles a small, light blue otter with a white belly and a scallop shell on its stomach that it uses as a weapon. It is known for its curious and enthusiastic personality, and can evolve into Dewott and later Samurott.

Oshawott is the starter I have in my Pokemon Arceus game, and he got me through a lot of fights. He's evolved to Dewott though, and I rarely bring him out now that I've gotten to Firespit Island.

Gen 5 is really underestimated. Once you think about it, it was the best generation in quite some time! I mean, it did get rid of Zubat, which upset some players, but there's no need to use repellant when you go into caves anymore. Sure, it has some bad Pokémon, like the "ice cream Pokémon" that the older fans criticize, but all generations have some bad Pokémon.

Oshawott is a beast. He is absolutely adorable, evolves into an epic Samurott, and has only two weaknesses. He can easily take on Fire types with Water-type moves, and if he knows Ice Beam, Serperior doesn't stand a chance. Oshawott also has balanced stats and doesn't focus on just one. So in my opinion, Oshawott 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 he was my ace all the way up to the Champion's 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.

The Contenders
11 Totodile Totodile is a water-type Pokemon that looks like a small, bipedal crocodile with blue skin and a red belly. It is known for its playful and mischievous nature, and can evolve into Croconaw and later Feraligatr.

First, I rolled with Squirtle. I thought the original three couldn't 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 that I like him and have many other Water options. But all else being equal, Feraligatr wins hands down. Oh, and Totodile is the cutest thing! I want to breed them in real life.

When Silver first came out, I instantly knew that I would want Totodile, as I have a preference for Water types. He is super cute, versatile, and powerful in his own right. The separation of Attack and Special Attack for the same typing was a blessing for his family, allowing 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 complementary nature, Feraligatr becomes 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 that is the only starter to learn 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 at higher levels. It evolves quickly compared to other starters, so its stats grow at a massive rate. Apart from that, you can teach it fang moves and punch moves (Thunder Fang, Ice Punch, etc.). Overall, it's an independent killer that bulldozes anything in its path, unless you can strike faster.

Totodile is the best. Charmander is the worst and grows up to be a wannabe dragon who is KO'd by pretty much any Rock-type moves. He lives in fear of Stealth Rocks and gets owned by the first two Kanto gyms. Totodile is cool, energetic, and is either good against or normally affected by most of the Johto gym leaders.

Falkner = Normally affected, Bugsy = Normally affected, Whitney = Fighting-type moves (although her Miltank's moves are annoying), Morty = Dark-type moves, Chuck = Normally affected, Steel = Steel isn't very effective against water, and 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 to it, like how Feraligatr is a good team sweeper, and the good Attack and Defense stats, but you get the point. He's good.

12 Snivy Snivy is a grass-type Pokemon that looks like a small, green serpent with a yellow collar and a leafy tail. It is known for its haughty and independent personality, and can evolve into Servine and later Serperior.

Snivy is the most powerful because Grass-type Pokémon are generally able to take on more gyms. One of its only weaknesses is fire, and there is only one fire gym leader. In addition to this, he can take on most of the gym leaders in the game, with the exception of the first, third, and eighth. And for the eighth, he isn't weak against him. He just can't defeat him alone without using a lot of items or being at a much higher level. So for this, I would say he is by far the best of the Pokémon Black and White starters.

In the fifth generation, I remember a few things about this Pokémon. One: Leaf Blade. Two: Coil. Three: It's a Grass snake - how cool is that? All jokes aside, it has an awesome set of moves that simply outperform others. Add in the fact that it still looks cool, despite the relatively unattractive new fifth-generation Pokémon, and you have an outstanding beast!

Snivy is overall my favorite starter Pokémon. Just imagine an elegant green lizard walking up to you, slowly swaying with a fan for a tail. Then imagine a blue turtle walking up the beach in a shell. The green lizard will transform into a deadly snake, while the blue turtle will turn into... a larger blue turtle! Also, Pikachu and Eevee are NOT starters!

With the release of its hidden ability, Serperior has become a major threat. Just slap Leaf Storm on it and watch its Special Attack soar. Couple that with nice speed and decent defensive stats, and it's pretty much top-tier now. Of course, there's still the old Coil strategy for in-game purposes, which pretty much carried my horribly underleveled White team through most of the endgame.

13 Froakie Froakie is a water-type Pokemon that looks like a blue frog with a white foam-like collar around its neck. It is known for its lively and curious personality, and can evolve into Frogadier and later Greninja. Its foam-like collar can be transformed into a blade, which it uses to attack its foes.

Protean. I really don't think I have to say more, but I will. He is literally the fastest starter ever with a 122 base speed (as Greninja). When you're going first and using Protean to get STAB on high-power moves like Ice Beam or anything else he can learn, you're hitting very hard. You can also 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 teammates from damage and set up in double or triple battles.

Water Shuriken, though? While it's a cool priority move, its low power can be disappointing. 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 favorite starter. But dude, stop laughing. It's not funny. His hidden ability, Protean, is overpowered, which means if you use it properly, he can be overpowered too. His move pool is huge. For example, you know this Ampharos is going to use Thunder, so you decide to go for Grass Knot. Boom, you automatically turn into a grass type and start laughing. (I got this from top 10 abilities.) It's just too good, so those are some of my reasons. Sorry for any misspelled Pokémon names or words, and for posting a long paragraph.

Honestly, I was originally indecisive between this and Oshawott due to a) the level of badassery that is Samurott, and b) nostalgia, since my first game was Black Version. However, after about five 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've mentioned this a few times by now, but I'm a dark-type fanatic. Another factor is that, like most dark-types, its attack and special attack stats are absolutely overpowered. I've taken down Sabrina's entire team in Kiloude City without switching from this Pokémon or even using an item. My final point. It just looks badass. I chose this little guy in my game of X Version in a matter of milliseconds. Overall, it took some thought, but it was definitely a good choice.

Froakie is unstoppable if used correctly. It should be at least second (with Charizard at first). However, when used incorrectly, it tends to be weak. Protean makes everything better, giving you an additional STAB bonus and changing you to the type your move is. It's extremely good. He might not have the best stats in his region, but this Pokémon would still beat the other two starters in a 2v1. #TeamFroakie for the win!

14 Chikorita Chikorita is a grass-type Pokemon that resembles a small green dinosaur with a large leaf on its head. It is known for its gentle and affectionate nature, and can evolve into Bayleef and later Meganium.

Firstly, I have no idea why Chikorita ranks so low on this list. When properly raised, Chikorita can be incredibly powerful. A level 100 Meganium with the moveset of Sunny Day, Synthesis, Solar Beam, and Razor Leaf can be a bit too overpowered (OP). Add a Mystery Seed to ramp up the power of grass-type moves, and you can take on anything.

Secondly, while grass types do have several weaknesses, they usually boast an extremely high Special Attack and Special Defense stat.

Charizard is so overrated just because of its design. You naturally expect it to be more powerful than the others when you're a kid, just because of its type being Fire and its dragon-like appearance. I can beat the first two gyms with Chikorita too. She's cute, awesome, and has great Defense stats.

And Mudkip is number 2? Really? Where are Chimchar, Oshawott, and Bulbasaur? They should all be at the top, with Chikorita at least in the top ten.

Most people say grass starters are the weakest, but this beast helped me beat the whole Soul Silver version when I was ten, with no help. I had no trouble. This was my first starter and it will always be my favorite. It's the only one I ever gave a nickname to. I am so unhappy that this Pokémon is currently 15th, while Mudkip is second.

I tried playing Silver with Cyndaquil as a starter and wasn't able to beat Red. I spent more than four months trying to defeat him. However, the first time I chose Chikorita, the only starter Pokémon that is cute in all of its evolutionary forms, I beat the game in just a few hours.

15 Fennekin Fennekin is a fire-type Pokemon that looks like a small orange fox with big ears and a white-tipped tail. It is known for its clever and curious nature, and can evolve into Braixen and later Delphox.

I literally remember getting my copy of Pokemon X in late 2013, the time it was released, and I wanted to have this little guy/gal so badly. And, just like my hopes and dreams, it was worth it. He/she can easily decimate a ton of wild Pokemon with its vast array of Fire/Psychic moves, as well as having an amazing and cute design. It can also beat a Greninja. That's how awesome it is. Fennekin is a miniature powerhouse disguised as a cute fox. Its evolutions are like 100 times better. I know this is unrelated, but I still have memories of Pokemon X. I also played albums such as The Marshall Mathers LP 2 when I was doing my playthrough, while my friends played albums such as Random Access Memories while playing their copies of Pokemon X and Y. And I was a huge fan of Adventure Time, as well. Ah, 2013, how I miss you...

Fennekin was the starter I chose for Pokemon X, and I have to say, you've got to hand it to Game Freak for adding another type besides Fighting for this starter. It has an awesome and cute design, and even has small feet to boot. Essentially, it's a fennec fox kit. My vicious vulpine also managed to wipe 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 - 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 among all the starters. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) And it is one of those Pokemon who look absolutely adorable but turn out epic. (AKA Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and the ever-adorable Litten.) And it eats sticks! Haha! So cute. I also love the shiny form and think it deserves an awesome Mega.

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 evolves 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 that will turn you into ashes as soon as you ask it to do something simple. Also, it was my first starter.

16 Turtwig Turtwig is a grass-type Pokemon that looks like a small, light-green turtle with a brown shell and a sprout growing from the top of its head. It is known for its docile and friendly nature, and can evolve into Grotle and later Torterra.

Dual Grass/Ground final evolution? If this alone isn't enough to convince you, how about the amazing design for the evolutions? What about Turtwig's overall cuteness factor? Its combat stats are impressive, not to mention its expansive movepool. When you have a powerhouse with great design, versatile type coverage, strong defenses, and the ability to unleash immensely powerful attacks, there's not much to fear. That is, except for ice-types.

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

Turtwig is the only one in a Pokémon game where I always go for the Grass starter. I have a friend who loves Mudkip, and he's so annoying. I keep telling him that Turtwig is clearly the better starter, and stat-wise, that statement is true. Turtwig has better stats than Mudkip.

Also, Turtwig, Grotle, and Torterra are all 4x effective against Marshtomp and Swampert. Now, some of you might say, Oh, Mudkip can learn Ice Beam. Well, I have a Crobat that knows Giga Drain, so your Marshtomp or Swampert's Ground-type moves can't do diddly squat. There, I think I made my point!

I don't even like Turtwig that much, and I know he rules! People say he's bad because he's slow, but the other slow starters are only a little ahead of him. If you train his special defense to the max, his only bad stat is his speed. He can use this to his advantage by using Curse, since 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.

I see people voting for Pokémon like Arceus and Kyurem, and I say, Fools! Turtwig is the best starter and was my very first Pokémon. He evolves into the beastly Torterra. Mine is level 100 and knows Iron Tail, Frenzy Plant, Earthquake, and Hyper Beam. It's unstoppable. My other favorite starters include Charmander, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Treecko, Mudkip, Chimchar, Snivy, and Oshawott. It's a lot, I know.

17 Pikachu Pikachu is an electric-type Pokemon that looks like a small, yellow mouse with black-tipped ears and a lightning bolt-shaped tail. It is known for its friendly and spunky personality, and can evolve into Raichu with the help of a Thunder Stone.

Pikachu is one of the first Pokémon that comes to mind when you think of the word "Pokémon." It's very famous for appearing in just about every Pokémon season. Pikachu is known for being Ash's partner, from the Indigo League to the latest movie, episode, or season. Plus, Pikachu can be very strong with moves like Volt Tackle, Electro Ball, and Iron Tail.

Although Pikachu can perform actions in the TV show that he wouldn't be able to do in the game, he can still be very powerful. For those who care about appearance, Pikachu looks very cute and is based on a mouse, which is also small and cute. Pikachu could easily be the most favorite starter.

Pikachu would make an awesome companion. The more you train him or her, the stronger they become and they will learn new moves. For example, Ash's Pikachu learned Iron Tail, Volt Tackle, and Electro Ball. I always have a Pikachu on my team in every Pokémon generation.

Pikachu is my all-time favorite Pokemon. Nothing will beat it. In my Pokemon X, I got a Light Ball Volt Tackle Shiny Pikachu on my second egg! That was like the best day of my life in Pokemon. I would love to have a real-life Pikachu. I would be the happiest person in the world!

Pikachu. Pika. Pii! Who's the greatest Pokemon of all? Why, it's Pikachu! Who wouldn't love this insanely cute, adorable, kick-butt Pokemon on your side? Nothing can beat this Pokemon! My level 95 Raichu beats most Pokemon in less than two moves. The other starters don't stand a chance. Not. At. All.

18 Tepig Tepig is a fire-type Pokemon that resembles a small pink pig with a curly tail. It is known for its outgoing and determined nature, and can evolve into Pignite and later Emboar.

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 as Tepig, or evolve it into Pignite and keep it as Pignite. You can raise its defense too, so complaining about its defense isn't that fair either. Sorry, I just like Tepig.

Tepig is a beast. I was going to choose Oshawott, but when I saw Tepig, I changed my mind right away. It evolves into Pignite, which is 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! It's amazing! I know that will sound like an insult to some people, but pigs and rabbits are awesome!

19 Eevee Eevee is a normal-type Pokemon that resembles a small, fluffy brown creature with big ears and a bushy tail. It is known for its ability to evolve into different forms depending on its environment or the use of certain items or techniques. Its possible evolutions include Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon.

Eevee, or the "Master of Evolution" as I call it, is this cat/dog hybrid. Actually, what is this thing, anyway? Whatever, as I was saying, Eevee can evolve into eight different Pokemon. I mean, it can only become 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? Plus, you have to catch it twice with a Friend Ball if you want the best evolutions: Psychic and Dark? Amazing. Just AMAZING. I mean this as a comment, just so you know.

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 while keeping my starter Eevee in its original form. I would also want to join the league that Sabrina joined with her Eevee!

In the show, you don't HAVE to get one of the usual starters. Iris got a Drilbur, Brock got an Onix, Sakura got an Eevee, Jessie got an Ekans, Yuzo got a Starly, Max got a Ralts, Xander got a Caterpie, James got a Growlithe, and Zoey got a Glameow. But not all of them were from the professor.

Eevee is the best. I don't understand why she isn't higher up on the list. For those of you who don't think she is a starter Pokemon, she is in Pokemon Conquest. I love you, Eevee.

20 Chespin Chespin is a grass-type Pokemon that resembles a small, round, brown and green hedgehog with a tough shell on its head and back. It is known for its spunky and playful attitude, and can evolve into Quilladin and later Chesnaught.

Now, I like Treeko, but I'm a grass-type guy. I don't mind their five weaknesses. Heck, Terrakion has more than pure grass starters. Chespin is a cute Pokémon, 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 Pokémon, so it being a starter and surprising me like that is similar to how Mega Sceptile's typing surprised me. 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 choose Charmander. Then later in the game, you receive the starter that your starter is strong against. In other words, 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 has two great evolutions. I love Quilladin. Game Freak wanted to do something fun and silly for once, but everyone just hates on poor Quilladin. What's the deal? It's just a middle-stage evolution. It will evolve into the powerful knight/bodyguard Chesnaught. I really like this evolution line, and it should be appreciated.

This grass-fighting beast of a starter Pokémon is a good first choice for beginners. Its Poison Jab and Frenzy Plant attacks are two great combinations to kick off a battle. It's not the best, but it's a good one.

21 Litten Litten is a fire-type Pokemon that resembles a small black kitten with red-orange markings and a flaming tail. It is known for its prideful and independent nature, and can evolve into Torracat and later Incineroar.

Honestly, Litten made the best first impression out of the Gen 7 starters to me. I loved the design, and it just sort of spoke to me. However, I'll have to know more about all three 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 types. Again, though, I'm still going to have to wait and see.

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

I love Litten! When I was watching Pokemon: The Series Sun and Moon, Litten was my favorite Pokemon. Then I got Pokemon Moon and was so excited when Litten was a starter! Besides, the Fire Fang move is pretty sweet.

My little Thorn (my Pokemon who started as a Litten) was so helpful in my Moon version. His final evolution looks so badass, and Houndoom is my favorite Pokemon, so his typing helped me love this Pokemon too.

22 Popplio Popplio is a water-type Pokemon that resembles a blue and white sea lion with a ruff of pink fur around its neck. It is known for its playful and entertaining personality, and can evolve into Brionne and later Primarina.

At first, I didn't think Popplio was so great. I chose Litten. I know Popplio is cute, but I didn't think it was helpful at first. Give it a chance, guys. Its evolutions are cute and cool. After looking at its evolutions, I started to love this Pokemon. Plus, its final 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. A fully-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 to pick Litten or Froakie. When one of my friends introduced me to Popplio, I thought, "Sure, why not?" When I actually used it, though, I figured out it was pretty powerful.

At levels 20 to 30, it learns good moves such as Disarming Voice, Bubblebeam, and Aqua Jet. Also, he starts off at level five with Pound and Water Gun. Since he is a special attacker and has good Special Defense and Defense, this helps him beat trainers when he's at levels 5 to 10.

For its final evolution, Primarina can learn many moves, such as Moonblast, Sparkling Water, and Hydro Cannon, as well as Ice Beam. Trust me, use Popplio. I use it in 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 up, 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. This little ball of cuteness should be in the top five, hands down.

Wake up, people! This adorable little 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? Because 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: A 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.

23 Rowlet Rowlet is a grass/flying-type Pokemon that looks like a small, round owl with a leafy bowtie. It is known for its calm and collected personality, and can evolve into Dartrix and later Decidueye.

I love Rowlet! He is so adorable and somewhat original, and I like his role in the anime. When I first saw the starters, Rowlet was my favorite of the three. However, I thought Litten's final stage would 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, which is two tiers below. Well, that's without Mega Evolution, but since Decidueye doesn't have one, it's not a fair comparison. Also, my Decidueye destroyed the Totem Mimikyu in Pokemon Sun.

Rowlet is super cute and has a really interesting personality in the anime. Its typing is good for forest areas, which allows you to pick whichever starter you like.

Rowlet has got to be my favorite Pokemon because he's an adorable owl. Just look at him, he's so cute! And he's so powerful. I would 100% choose him in Ultra Moon!

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

24 Sprigatito

Sprigatito's final evolution form is massive "furry bait," and people are posting videos and images of it online, showing people "kissing" it through the "picnic" feature. If that doesn't convince you why Sprigatito is one of the most popular starter Pokémon of all time, then I don't know what will.

I like Sprigatito because I love cats. Its final form may not have been revealed yet (as of March 21, 2022), but I really hope it's good. Mostly because I think that Incineroar is an overrated disappointment.

I just saw this Pokémon's evolution line. It's very furry bait and is already getting artists very excited about it.

25 Grovyle

Grovyle looks cool and is good at fighting other Pokemon.

I think Grovyle deserves more love. It's cool, has leaf blades, and it looks cool.

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