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

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 is darn cute but the problem is that it is weak against most gyms of Johto. I choose either cyndaquil or chikorita, though I like totodile too. Poor chikorita

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

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'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.

Is everyone oblivious to the fact that charmander learns metal claw? which super effectice against ROCK type moves, so going throught mt moon should be easy as killing a bug pokemon with ember

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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

Just plain overrated.

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4 Tepig Tepig

Being yet another Fire/Fighting starter is bad enough, but being the worst one out of the 3 is just sad. It has these great attacking stats, but not nearly enough speed to use them properly. Most likely it's gonna get hit, which is not good for being a Fire type with bad defenses. Also, the design is pretty meh. - Zach808

I love tepid but I HATE ember

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

I hate this pokemon I just hate it it’s final evolution is more fire fighting types I like snivy better

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5 Chespin 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.

His evolutions is super ugly the designs are not good

Chespin is stupid

6 Snivy 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. - RoseRedFlower

I hate saying this, because... you can see my profile pic. But don't start with this thing in the Unova games. It doesn't have a lot of options early on, and only really becomes good at the end of the game after learning Coil and Leaf Blade. Definitely use it if you can get your hands on one with the overpowered Contrary ability. Somehow, this thing is both one of the best and worst starters ever. - Zach808

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

Serperior is my favorite pokemon from gen 5 to 7

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7 Piplup Piplup Piplup is a starter Pokémon in the Sinnoh region. It is the Water-type Starter. It resembles penguin. It was also the first penguin Pokémon to be created.

Oh come on, there are much worse starters than this. Fantastic at tanking, especially with that Steel type, and doesn't even lack moves or get screwed over by the majority of the game. Also, I have to say it: Piplup is pretty damn cute. - Zach808

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

He is awesome

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.

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

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

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

What is that in its ear?

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.

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

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 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

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

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

Bulbasaurs evolution is bad. Charmander and squirtle look badass in their 3rd forms while bulbasuar evolves into a salad

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The Contenders

11 Turtwig Turtwig

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


12 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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13 Oshawott Oshawott Oshawott, known in Japan as Mijumaru, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

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.

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

Oshawott is atually my favorite starter Pokémon :3

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14 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?

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

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

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 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...

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

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

Not only is he super strong he is really adorable

Everyone hates this bastard

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

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

Incineroar ruined it, enough said.

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

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

22 Greninja Greninja Greninja is a Water/Dark type Pokemon introduced in Gen 6. It is the evolved form of Frogadier and the final evolve 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 the the ability Protean, which changes ...read more.

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.

EW. This thing is horrible.
Rotom wash DESTROYS this thing don't use it unless you want your precious ego of loving greninja hurt.

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

Mudkip is the best starter of ALL TIME. Really.

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

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.

My opinions:

Torchic: Cute chicken who evolves into a badass
Treecko: Cool Gecko who evolves into a badass
Mudkip: Derpy Land fish who evolves into a dumb looking mega

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24 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil Cyndaquil, known in Japan as Hinoarashi, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
25 Squirtle Squirtle Squirtle, known in Japan as Zenigame, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Pure type bad Pokemon to use - Hspencer

Here... TWICE?!

26 Incineroar Incineroar

Terrible design

Donkey idiot

27 Weedle Weedle Weedle is a worm-like Pokémon in the Pokémon series. It evolves to Kakuna, which evolves to Beedrill. Its name may come from "worm" and "needle", or "weed" and "needle", referencing that it chews weeds, helping gardeners.

Not a starter - InklingSethO

Mega beedrill is overrated weedle evolves
to it quickly

28 Chesnaught Chesnaught Chesnaught, known in Japan as Brigarron, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
29 Meganium Meganium
30 Golbat Golbat

Worst starter ever, do not choose - Radar

31 Delphox Delphox Delphox, known in Japan as Mahoxy, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Most Pokémon fans are male. This is feminine

32 Infernape Infernape Infernape, known in Japan as Goukazaru, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.


33 Gible Gible

Not a starter

34 Frogadier Frogadier
35 Poliwag Poliwag

Has very limited attacks on it's evelution. terrible.

36 Growlithe Growlithe

of course

37 Lugia Lugia Lugia, known in Japan as the same name, is a Legendary Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Really good for first gum

My favorite starter

38 Torracat Torracat


39 Shinx Shinx

It's technically a starter in Pokemon GLAZED

40 Dartrix Dartrix

It looks SOOO cringe. Another leaked Pokémon.

41 Sylveon Sylveon Sylveon, known in Japan as Nymphia, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.
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