Worst Starter Pokemon

The worst starters in the main series, the six off of the list are the best.
The Top Ten
1 Chikorita Chikorita, known in Japan as Chicorita, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Please add Sprigatito. I HATE its two evolutions because they're MASSIVE Rule 34 bait. Too much porn Sprigatito and its evolution line has. Fuecoco and its evolution line is MILES better than Sprigatito's. Damn that green cat to hell!

In the Johto games, choosing this guy pretty much means that you're gonna have to do a ton of training in patches of grass to level it up so it actually stands a chance against flying and bug types, spend forever training an army of other Pokemon to use instead, or just not make it past the first two gyms. The only Johto gyms it may actually be useful are the fighting gym to take out Poliwrath, and the ice gym, where it is super effective against all Pokemon, but they all have an advantage on you by having ice type moves. Good luck with this guy!

Chikorita was really cute and bayleef was cute and cool but then meganium was so uglyou I restarted the game and picked cyndaquil anyway although I love chikorita and bayleef designs this line is the weakest starter in the entire series destroyed by the first 2 gyms bad stats bad typing bad move pool terrible competitively unfortunately chikorita has nothing going for it apart from its cuteness I wish it didn't suck but it does to make matters worse typhlosion and even feraligatr are pretty popular starters where as meganium is down there with emboar and delphox

Okay, seriously. Just stop with the Chikorita hate. Just because it's different (playing as a supporter rather than an attacker) doesn't make it bad. In fact, thanks to moves such as Reflect and Light Screen, it can even hold its own when facing a type disadvantage. Add on high defenses and Synthesis, and it's very unlikely that Chikorita will die on you, assuming you know what you're doing.

2 Charmander Charmander, known as Hitokage in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise introduced in the games Pokemon Red and Blue. Available in Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, FireRed, and LeafGreen, this Pokémon is a fire type starter Pokémon. It evolves into Charmeleon at level 16, which evolves into Charizard at level 36.

Whoever thinks Charmander is the strongest starter, you are a stupid noob. First of all, all starters have the exact same total number of base stats, so their all the same. Not to mention Charmander is in the first red and blue games having a type disadvantage for most gyms. Having a 4 times weakness to rock can take away a quarter of a Charizards HP in battles. Also who the hell in Game freak thought it was a good idea to give Charizard 2 mega evolutions I mean what the hell if Charizard gets 2 so should the other starters too. 2 mega evolutions made Charizard even more overrated than it already was

Choosing Charmander is pretty much a death sentence, not only just over the two other Kanto starters, but over all other starters as well. It has a sub-par moveset, bad type matchup against most of early Kanto where it matters most, has a myriad of weaknesses, you name it. Even its design can't save it, it's generally bland and unappealing. The only thing that could possibly save it is the fact that its final evolution, for some reason, was given two mega evolutions in generation 6, but that mega spot is best saved for something better.

Charizard is crippled by Stealth Rock, and its not even extremely fast like Talonflame, which can at least destroy its threats before they set up SR. Charmander is also very ugly in my opinion and its design is rather lazy, since it is only an orange salamander/lizard with a flame on its tail. However, even though it has all these flaws, Charmander is easily the most popular starter. This is stupid and that is why this horrible and overrated Pokémon should be considered the worst starter, despite what all these whiney genwunners are saying.

Let me tell you why Charmander is overrated and why its really the worst starter of Gen1.

1- No advantage over anything except 1 gym and the weak grass/bug wild Pokemon.

2- Fire Pokemon in Kanto is pretty useless in general. Why? Multiple rock tunnels, big water areas and everything else is neutral or counter it. Even at E4 and Rival, there are like 1 or 2 Grass Pokemon.

3- 4x weak to rocks! And guess what? Rock is one of most common Pokemon types. So does Water and Electric.

4- Spending hours Overleveling Charmander, breaking the difficulty chain then call it best makes you stupid, seriously.

5- It's like internet explorer. You pick it then pick other better alternatives. You start with Charmander, then proceed to catch Mankey, Butterfree and Pikachu to help you. Making Charmander pretty usless.

6- It has great stats, but its defense is terrible.

7- Competitively it's even more useless. Stealth Rock lol

8- Looking cool and ...more

3 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. A mascot of the Pokemon franchise, it's considered to be the most iconic character of all Pokemon species, as well as a major character in Japanese pop culture, due to its companionship with Ash Ketchum in the anime series. Pikachu has been featured in movies such as Pokemon Detective Pikachu as well as music videos - most notably Katy Perry's "Electric" in 2021.

Pikachu is a starter! In Pokemon yellow.. but he could not evolve that is why it SUCKS!

"I'm not always a starter but when I am I do it WRONG"

Pikachu is a glass hero small and frail but amazing speed

That's not a starter Pokemon, idiot.

Pikachu isn't even a starter

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

If you're going to play in Unova, please, for your sake, choose Oshawott. Snivy is decent, but it's way better with its Hidden Ability. Tepig, on the other hand evolves into Emboar, which has low bulk, is fairly slow and has a plain UGLY design (and the shiny version is even worse). I don't care much about its typing, but when it has an awful stat spread, a terrible design and the fact that it's vulnerable to a large amount of gyms (Nimbasa (due to Emolga), Driftveil, Mistralton and Humilau), it's truly a pitiful choice.

Emboar has good HP, Attack, and Special attack. Worst starter ever! Why is this number 4? You could 1 shot it because of it's bad defense and speed. By defense I mean defense AND special defense. Also emboar is the THIRD fire/fighting starter in a row. Blaziken was cool, Infernape was a faster blaziken, and emboar is that pig that keeps getting 1 shot. Tepig is cute, pignite is a meh, and emboar is an UGH! Hehe...

He is creepy and when someone calls you a Pignite it's not a compliment.

How come this thing gets dual type in Unova and the other starters don't?

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

Everyone thinks he's stupid but I would choose him over Trashy Fennikin or Farting Froakie. Greninja is so overrated if ash had chosen Chespin it would be better.

I would argue that only his middle evolution sucks. His final evolution is pretty sweet.

Crummy Chespin is even worse than a level -500 magikarp combined with a slaking

His evolutions is super ugly the designs are not good

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

What did you just say about the best starter ever?! Also whoever wrote " Extremely overrated. Hideous design and is a cheap ripoff of vulpix. Popplio is way cuter and it's final evolution is so beautiful so pleae WAKE UP PEOPLE. " Popplio came out after Fennekin. Also how is it hideous. If you think it's a cheap ripoff of vulpix, than you're also saying Vulpix has a hideous design too. Also what is a pleae?

I have one word to say about this Pokemon that I don't like: Delphox I was hoping for this final eveloution to be like a fire dark type or something like that but NOPE it had to be this abomination. I only like braixen in this group because I love it in the anime because Serena is my favorite poke girl and I like her eevee too plus braixen is kind of cute in a way

When it evolves into Delphox, it starts getting better. It is actually quite fast... And plus, it has an adorable design.

Very bad. Awful design. Weak against most pokemon in the gen.

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

I started off with it in the game however I wish it was another type as well as grass. We hadn't gotten one since Torterra and it was such a shame to see it happen. It could have been great.

I LOVE this little grass snake, even if you say that he's not a good starter, I'm still gonna pick this Pokemon.

I find nothing wrong with snivy.he even evolves into surprise which is OP and snivy is cute and cool

Really? I beat a Flying gym with just one serperior

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

Honestly, Piplup fans, please, admit this thing is freakishly hyped up by Pokemon. Like, KANTO STARTERS levels of overrated. LUCARIO levels of overrated.
Please and thank you.

It's a great starter, but Chimchar is still better. And I say that as a Water-type fan.

In my opinion, piplup is nothing but a brat! Just as bad as stupid mudkip!

Piplup is adorable

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

The thing's Defense is barely better than that of a Sunkern. Greninja is overrated and causes Delphox grief. And then there's that jerk that, whenever Chesnaught pops up, says, "Oh, he's way better than that ugly overrated fox" HATER EXPOSED! What ugly overrated fox, the only foxes I know of are Delphox, an underrated pretty fox, and Ninetales, a pretty and not overrated, fox.

It is one of the things that's so ugly it's cute, but once it evolves, it loses the cute, Greninja is overrated, and it doesn't take much to knock out any member of the Froakie line. In the battle maison. I beat a Froakie with Extreme speed! ON ACCIDENT!

Greninja is so overrated. It's really easy to take it down with any grass starter besides Chikorita

I disagree with Delphox discrimination so I hate Froakie.

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

Oshawott is absolutely perfect. Sure, it can't beat Elesa, but that's ONE gym leader, and you can't expect your starter to singlehandedly beat all the gyms for you. If you don't like Oshawott, then you are just stupid and don't understand any form of logic.

Oshawott was the worst thing ever that has happened to me. It was impossible to beat Elesa with this Illuminati otter on my team. What a disappointment, especially to the people of Oshawa. Just kidding.

Anyone who hates Oshawott and says it's useless and ugly obviously doesn't know Pokemon.

I think he is cute but I don't like that he has a shell on its hand

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

Bulbasaur is under rated and should get more attention. To start, it dominates the first two gyms without breaking a sweat. Later in the games it may struggle a little, but you should have enough Pokemon on your team already to beat that weakness

I think Bulbasaur is better than what they say can beat misty and brock with no issue and I started with him and was able to beat a lot of the geodudes and onix I found owned by hikers and in the wild

This should be #1. Not only it's ugly but it's got the lowest special attack.

What in the hell?! He's underrated! Bulbasaur is the reason we HAVE pokemon! idiots!

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

Lol no I will not stand to see a high potential starter be a turtle with a stick and it final evolution is pure trash

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

I beat a rock gym with only him and he only ever got knocked out twice in the whole game

He evolves into something that looks like a penis

I do not want to say anything because he is so bad

Are you kidding me?! Don't talk trash about the adorable little Torchie!

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

I played ORAS with all the starters, and my run with Treecko was the worst. His defense is too low for him to last most of the time...

"Sceptile is overrated. - Piplup" shut up, piplup sucks, I can't believe dawn chose that pile of retarded crap

Treecko is my favorite starter Pokemon, he's not the best, but he's not worst.

Woah woah woah! Have I been under a rock? People actually hate treecko?

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

Totodile is the worst! It was my first starter. And feraligatr couldn't even beat CHARIZARD!

R.I.P Feraligatr and Totodile

How is he the worst?

This guy is bad

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

You all bashed it, but it's the best starter of alola in competitive. Also Primarina is just so beautiful and overall very likable.

Not everyone hates Popplio! Me and my brother like him! In fact, we have plushies of Rowlet and Popplio!

Popleo is the one of the best starters and should not even be on this list!

Not only is he super strong he is really adorable

17 Chimchar Chimchar, known in Japan as Hikozaru, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
18 Eevee Eevee, known in Japan as Eievui, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise first introduced in the games Pokemon Red and Blue. Considered as the evolution Pokemon, it has the most evolutions out of all Pokemon species. Eevee can evolve to Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, Umbreon, Leafeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon depending on the method used. It serves as the mascot in the game Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

" Eevee isn't a starter." Wake up, get out of the olden days and get a Nintendo Switch ; instead of a Gameboy" Than see Pokèmon Let's Go Eevee and say it's not a starter again. Go ahead; I dare you. Don't lie ever again and if you do, look back at what I'm saying.

Eevee is technically a starter Pokemon. In Pokemon : Gale of Darkness.

Eevee isn't a starter and it's pretty good as jolteon

Eevee isn't a starter

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

I HATE THAT STUPID SHOW OFF OF CUTENESS! His fanbase is stupid, he is so dumb and he even squirted water in May's face in the very first episode in pokemon hoenn region series! Torchic and treeko should not be on this list, because I love torchic so much, I can hug him all day and treeko's evolution, sceptile is badass! They are both way better than that dumb-bully water-type mudkip. Even my friend hates him.

Treecko: Not cute but cool
Grovyle: Coolest Stage 1
Sceptile: Badass with a great move pool

Torchic: Cute
Combusken: Weird, but powerful
Blaziken: Badass

Mudkip: Lame axoltol
Marshtomp: Want to slap
Swampert: Stupid


Mudkip is the best starter of ALL TIME. Really.

Sorry if I offended you, but I just hate mudkip!

21 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 ...read more.

My favourite animal are turtles and my favourite colour is blue and my favourite type of Pokemon is water also it's so cute and when it evolves to blastoise it is so cool and also it mega evolves and has good stats so PLEASE VOTE!

Blastiose is said to be good but think again, it doesn't have amazing attack stats. All it is is a tank. You could find better tanks such as, shuckle, or carbink. Its mega makes it much better but blastoise is bad.

ADMIT It! The only reason you picked this one was because charmander is "overrated"!

He is the best starter pokemon what do you mean he sucks?

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

It is very weak I never choose it on my Pokemon Sun I choose Popplio at least Popplio’s finale evolution has a good typing! Grass ghost is not the best type to have. It is cute but still the weakest. Should have been number one too weak I would never choose it as my starter pokemon.

He is really weak sadly. He could have been good

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

This is the ugliest fire starter by far, Charmander is much better and cuter than this thing.

If I had one of my own, I would shave it's backside and teach it how to walk backwards

24 Greninja Greninja is a Water/Dark type Pokemon introduced in Gen 6. It is the evolved form of Frogadier and the final evolved form of the water starter Froakie. Aside from the usual Torrent ability all Water starters have (Which raises the power of its Water moves), it also has the ability Protean, which changes ...read more.

STUPID OVERRATED FROG! I just wished my chesaught murdered you, my jolteon wild charged your butt, my haxorus slice your toungue off and my blaziken kick your ugly face! LOL!

Greninja hits like a truck and its speed is amazing so stop hating greninja because its overrated

This can evolve into the best starter ever plus it is ash's best pokemon

Why do you remind me of Kermit the frog greninja.

25 Weedle Weedle, known in Japan as Beedle, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
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