Starter Pokémon

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Starter Pokémon, or Starters, are the Pokémon a trainer chooses at the beginning of their Pokémon journey. In each generation of Pokémon games, a set of Starter Pokémon are available for new trainers to choose from in sets of three; the types that make up these sets are Fire, Grass, and Water. However, Pokémon Yellow is currently the sole exception to all the above, with Pikachu as the only starter available to the player.

Kanto starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle
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Type Grass.gif Type Poison.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif
Yellow Version[edit | edit source]
Pikachu
Player only
Eevee
Rival only
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Type Electric.gif Type Normal.gif

Johto starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Chikorita Cyndaquil Totodile
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Type Grass.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Hoenn starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Treecko Torchic Mudkip
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Type Grass.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Sinnoh starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Turtwig Chimchar Piplup
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Type Grass.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Unova starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Snivy Tepig Oshawott
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Type Grass.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Kalos starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Chespin Fennekin Froakie
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Type Grass.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Alola starter Pokémon[edit | edit source]

Rowlet Litten Popplio
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Type Grass.gif/Type Flying.gif Type Fire.gif Type Water.gif

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All Starter Pokémon except Pikachu have a 12.5 chance to be female and a 87.5 chance to be male.
  • With the exception of Pikachu and Eevee, all Starter Pokémon are the same types: Grass, Fire, and Water.
  • All known Fire-type Starters are based on the Chinese Zodiac: Charmander represents the Dragon, Cyndaquil represents the Rat, Torchic represents the Rooster, Chimchar represents the Monkey, Tepig represents the Pig, Fennekin represents the Fox, and Litten represents the Tiger.
  • Bulbasaur and Rowlet are the only Starters to be dual-type in their basic form.
  • All known Grass-type Starters possess reptile like attributes and each have a type of plant on their bodies which grows bigger through evolution.
  • Most Fire-type Starters' final evolutions consist of two types. The only exception is Typhlosion.
  • Ash has captured all known Starter Pokémon, with the exceptions of Eevee, Torchic, Mudkip and Piplup.
    • Ash has captured all of the Starters from Kanto, Johto, and Unova.
    • Ash has caught all of the Grass Starters.
    • With the exception of Torchic, Ash has caught and evolved all of the Fire-type Starters.
  • All the Starter Pokémon have a common color on their bodies. Fire starters have red, Water starters have blue, and Grass starters have green.
  • Oshawott is the only Unova Starter that does not have 5 letters in its name.
  • In Sinnoh, Torterra, Infernape, and Empoleon all have a super effective typing against the other. Example: Torterra is part Ground, Infernape is part Fighting and Empoleon is part Steel.
  • In Johto, the Starters stay pure Fire, Grass and Water types throughout their evolutions. They never get a new typing.
  • All Water-type Starters are based on aquatic creatures.
  • Starter Pokémon have unique special abilities: all Grass Starters possess the ability Overgrow, all Fire Starters possess the ability Blaze, and all Water Starters possess the ability Torrent.
  • Except for Pikachu and Eevee, all the Starters in any form can learn the ultimate attacks. Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, Snivy and Chespin can learn the ultimate Grass attack Frenzy Plant. Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig and Fennekin can learn the ultimate Fire attack Blast Burn. And Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Oshawott, and Froakie can learn the ultimate Water attack Hydro Cannon.
    • However, both Eevee and Pikachu can learn what can be called the ultimate attacks in there respective type in any form. Pikachu can learn Volt Tackle, and Eevee in one of its evolved forms, can learn Hyper Beam.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum, the player starts out with and Espeon and Umbreon, while on Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, the player starts off with an Eevee. However, these games are not part of the main series.
  • Pikachu is the only Starter that has a pre-evolution.
    • This pre-evolution is Pichu.
    • However, in the game that Pikachu is the starter, Pichu didn't exist.
  • Bulbasaur, Eevee, Chikorita, Mudkip, Turtwig, and Tepig are starters that stand on four legs, others stand on two legs.
  • Between Generation III and Generation V, all Fire-type Starters are part Fighting-type in their secondary and third evolutionary forms.