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Hey there trainers, lets talk about starters! Some choose their starter based on looks alone, like who is the coolest or cutest, and others choose based on type. As we all know, one of the most important decisions you can make in a Pokemon game is who will be your starter.

Your starter tends to be the anchor of your team and your future catches and team members revolve around who you took off the professor’s hands.

While everyone has their favorite starter, today we will tackle the age-old question of “who is the best starter Pokemon?” I’ve decided to break it down by each generation (be sure to check back in the upcoming days for the other gens). We’ll look at stats, types, and move pools to make our verdicts!

 

Generation 1 – Kanto

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love the original gangsters! A fire lizard, a water turtle and a frog with an onion on its back 😂. While they hold a special place in our hearts, let’s get this free for all started and decide which is best!

Every Pokemon has base stats to determine how strong they can become. If you’re not familiar the stats are:

1. HP – Hit points or Health

2. Attack

3. Defense

4. Special Attack

5. Special Defense

6. Speed

(Base stats)- is the number of all 6 categories summed up as a total. Let’s see how the Kanto Starters measure up to each other!

 

Generation 1- Starter Stats

 

 

 

 

 

Venusaur

Base Stats: 525

Highest Stats: Sp. Att & Sp. Deff 100

Charizard

Base Stats: 534

Highest Stats: Sp. Att 109, Speed 100

Blastoise

Base Stats: 530

Highest Stats: Defense 100, Sp. Deff 105

Based on stat totals, Charmander takes the win above the rest. In his final stage,  he is the fastest and hits the hardest of all three Kanto starters.

Generation 1- Typing

While Kanto is awesome, in order to really know which of the starters is best, we have to keep in mind the fact that there are only the original 151 Pokemon available. That being said, type is a very big deal when there is only a handful of each kind available in the game. If you want a balanced team, then choosing your starter can make it easier, or harder for you, as you progress through the game.

 

In the Kanto Pokedex, there are 14 Grass type Pokemon. If you didn’t choose Bulbasaur as your starter, you can catch a Grass type, (Paras), right after your first badge in Mt. Moon. If not, route 24 right above Cerulean city, has either bellsprout or oddish depending on which version your are playing. That makes getting a grass type before your second gym battle pretty simple.

The Kanto Pokedex has 12 Fire type Pokemon, take into account that one of them is a legendary, (Moltres), which can’t be caught until practically the end of the game. If you didn’t choose Charmander as your starter and are hunting for a fire type, the soonest you can get one is route 8. You can capture either Growlithe or Vulpix depending on your game. At that point you would have three badges going on your fourth, almost half-way through the game. If you don’t like your options you would have to wait until the poke mansion on Cinnabar Island to catch a different fire type already about to face the 7th gym.

There are a total of 32 Water types in the Kanto Pokedex! If you didn’t choose Squirtle as your starter and want a water type on your team, your first shot at one is to purchase a Magikarp at the Pokemon Center in front of Mt Moon. That’s right after your first badge, or your could wait to get a fishing rod in Vermilion City right before you face the third gym. There is an abundance of great water types to choose from. If you did choose Squirtle, adding another water type to your team will probably be a waste of space and will stop you from adding almost 1/5 of the entire Pokedex to your team.

All that being said, the win in this section goes to Bulbasaur! With 32 Water types in the game, starting with Bulbasaur puts you at a type advantage against a large amount of the Pokedex. With only 12 Fire types in the game there aren’t too many threats for super effective hits on that respect. Also, choosing Bulbasaur gives you a type advantage in the first two gyms plus a resistance in the third gym!

Move Pool Versatility

Moves are one of the most important things about a Pokemon. What good is if to have great stats and type, but a barren move pool? If your Pokemon can’t defend itself outside of when it has a type advantage, that becomes a huge problem. As the years go by, older Pokemon have become more and more blessed with new moves. Between new level up move sets, new TM’s, and move tutors, there are now more options than ever before! To keep things simple, here I’ll make a short list of the different types of moves each of the starters can learn and the strongest moves of each type. This will put to the test their versatility in battling all kinds of foes!

Venusaur

Grass- Solar Beam

Normal- Hyper Beam

Poison- Sludge Bomb

Ground- Earthquake

Dragon- Outrage

Charizard

Fire- Overheat

Flying- Hurricane

Electric- Thunderpunch

Normal- Hyper Beam

Grass- Solar Beam

Rock- Rockslide

Steel- Iron Tail

Fighting- Focus Blast

Ghost- Shadow Claw

Dark- Crunch

Ground- Earthquake

Dragon- Outrage

Blastoise

Water- Hydropump

Normal- Hyper Beam

Ice- Blizzard

Steel- Flash Cannon

Dark- Dark Pulse

Fighting- Focus Blast

Psychic- Zen Headbutt

Dragon- Outrage

Rock- Rockslide

Ground- Earthquake

When it comes to learning the widest range of attacks, Charmander takes the cake again, being able to use 12 out of the 18 Pokemon move types. Blastoise was a close second being able to learn moves of 10 different types, while Venusaur could only learn moves of 5 different types. Honorable mention, while Venusaur is restricted in types of moves it can learn, it does have access to a large range of status-inflicting and recovery moves!

Generation 1- Winner

While I myself always leaned towards the Squirtle squad 😂, we must give credit where credit is due! While they all have their different strengths and weaknesses, as is intended with all Pokemon, in general Charmander has the best stats and move pool making him top contender for the best starter in generation 1!

Which is your favorite of the three starters and why? Drop a comment below and as always, happy hunting!

 

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