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

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!

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. - DemonSpider253

I love Chikorita, but unfortunately it was given in a region where it has a HUGE disadvantage because of how the gyms were set up. Poor thing, people only want it to make the game harder for themselves and not because they like the Pokemon. - Rue

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

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

I'm sorry but I just could not add it in this list. It's no good against the first two gyms and it makes the game frustrating. And you have to go through Mt. Moon with no repels and stuck with a fire type. I do like Charmander but in the Red, Blue and Green games it's not very helpful at the beginning. - RoseRedFlower

If I said anything at all, people will want to kill me. And this is the Internet, where people can't accept opinions, so I won't say anything other than this is my least favorite starter, but it's only my opinion.

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

I hate you guys so much! The Charizard family has and will always be by favorite Gen 1 starter!

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

Pikachu 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"

That's not a starter Pokemon, idiot.

Ash sucks pikachu sucks

I love pikachu

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4 Tepig Tepig

I love tepid but I HATE ember

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

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...

Leave tepig alone :( He is cute.

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5 Snivy Snivy

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. - RoseRedFlower

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

Really? I beat a Flying gym with just one serperior

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

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6 Piplup Piplup Piplup is a starter Pokémon in the Sinnoh region. It is the Water-type Starter. It looks like a penguin.

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

He is awesome

Piplup is adorable

Mudkip is not stupid like you or piplup

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7 Chespin Chespin

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.

His evolutions is super ugly the designs are not good

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

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

What is that in its ear?

Got a problem with it

What the fxxk Is this

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9 Froakie Froakie

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.

Ugly mudkip Seistoad Politoed Thing - BraixenBreak

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10 Torchic Torchic

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

He evolves into something that looks like a penis - Reaper_Red

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

The wost starter ever

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The Contenders

11 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur Bulbasaur, known as Fushigidane in Japan, 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

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

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

Bulbasaur is the worst pokemon ever maybe a bit cute

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12 Treecko Treecko

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?

Sceptile is overrated. - Piplup

So overrated and evokes into some Christmas tree geeko

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

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

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.

Statistically Oshawott is trash - InklingSethO

Oshawott NO

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14 Turtwig Turtwig
15 Totodile Totodile

How is he the worst?

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

R.I.P Feraligatr and Totodile

16 Chimchar Chimchar Chimchar is a monkey-like Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. It's a Fire-type starter resembling a chimpanzee. It evolves into Monferno, who evolves into Infernape.
17 Squirtle Squirtle Squirtle, known as Zenigame in Japan, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. It was originally conceived by Game Freak's character development team and finalized by Chaniah Pantry. It is a squirrel-turtle hybrid .

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?

Whoops. Voted for him by accident.

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.

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

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

Eevee isn't a starter

It's so overrated!
Eevee's most overrated Eeveelution is Umbreon and Sylveon...

19 Rowlet Rowlet

He is really weak sadly. He could have been good - Sambazing

Rowlet might be the worst starter in pokemon. Grass is a very weak type.
Adding ghost to decidueye didn't really help it because a lot of pokemon
can use bite and it is then weak against dark and ghost too. Rowlet and
Dartrix are both grass and flying types making them having a 4x weakness
against ice types so poplio could take them out easily with ice beam or ice fang

20 Popplio Popplio Popplio is a water type starter Pokemon who made his debut in Pokemon Sun and Moon. It was based on a sea lion and circus clown. It evolves into Brionne and then into Primarina.

Excuse me? Popplio is one of the best competitive starters of all time. - InklingSethO

Everyone hates this bastard

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

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

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3. Tepig
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