Starter Pokémon

Starter Pokémon are Pokémon given to trainers that are getting ready to start their Pokémon journey. Starter Pokémon vary from regions and thus are hard to get. In the games no starter Pokémon (except Pikachu) can be caught in the wild. Trainers can usually leave their starters alone after catching another Pokémon, but most keep them because they gained a great relationship toward them full of trust and love.

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[edit] In the games

In all of the main games of the Pokémon series, all starters are given to their trainer at Level 5 and with only one damage dealing move and the rest are status ones. The trainer usually always have a choice between a Grass, Fire, and Water starter Pokémon except for a few times in different games. The rival of your game will always choose the starter that is opposite of yours or has a type advantage.

[edit] List of Starters by region

[edit] Kanto

The Kanto region consists of the games Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Green, Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen. In these games your starter Pokémon will be given to you by the Pokémon Professor of that region: Professor Oak. The starters are:

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Bulbasaur
Grass
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Charmander
Fire
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Squirtle
Water

Pokémon Yellow also takes place in the Kanto region. What makes this game special is that instead of the usual Grass, Fire, and Water starters, you get to start with the Electric Pokémon Pikachu.

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Pikachu
Electric

Later on in the game you will get a chance to capture the other starters.
The Player's rival will choose a starter that has a type-advantageous over your starter (For example if you choose Charmander as your starter who is a fire type, your rival will choose Squirtle who is a water type).

[edit] Johto

The Johto region consists of the games Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal. In these games your starter Pokémon will be given to you by the Pokémon Professor of that region: Professor Elm. The starters are:

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Chikorita
Grass
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Cyndaquil
Fire
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Totodile
Water

After you make an errand for Prof. Elm after getting your starter, you will run into a weird looking guy running away. This person will become your rival, and has stolen a Pokémon starter that has a type-advantageous over yours.

[edit] Hoenn

The Hoenn region consists of the games Pokémon Ruby, Pokémon Sapphire, and Pokémon Emerald. In these games your starter Pokémon will be given to you by the Pokémon Professor of that region: Professor Birch. The starters are:

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Treecko
Grass
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Torchic
Fire
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Mudkip
Water

Your neighbor in Hoenn (Brendan or May) will become your new rival. They already have a starter who has a type-advantage over yours. Though throughout the game, your rival kind of stops becoming a trainer. Your new rival sort of becomes Wally, a trainer you help in the beginning of the game.

[edit] Sinnoh

The Sinnoh region consists of the games Pokémon Diamond, Pokémon Pearl, and Pokémon Platinum. In these games your starter Pokémon will be given to you by the Pokémon Professor of that region: Professor Rowan. The starters are:

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Turtwig
Grass
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Chimchar
Fire
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Piplup
Water

Once again like in all previous versions of the Pokémon games, your rival will have a Pokémon that has a type-advantage over yours. Although this time, another trainer in the game (either Lucas or Dawn) will have a starter that is weak against yours.


[edit] Unova

The Unova region comprises of Pokémon Black & Pokémon White, and Pokémon Black 2 & Pokémon White 2. In these games, like the others, the player is able to have one of 3 Pokémon; Oshawott, Snivy and Tepig.

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Snivy
Grass
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Tepig
Fire
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Oshawott
Water

In Black & White you can obtain these Pokémon from Professor Juniper after she places a present in the protagonist's house which contains all 3 of these starter Pokémon. You rivals in Black and White Versions get the starters you didn't choose. In Black 2 and White 2 you will meet Bianca in Aspertia Town after a request comes in from Professor Juniper asking for help completing the Pokémon to the players Mom.

[edit] Kalos

The Kalos region comprises of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Like all other main series Pokémon games before it, the player can choose one of three Pokémon at the start of their adventure; Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie.

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Chespin
Grass
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Fennekin
Fire
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Froakie
Water

Information on how these Pokémon are obtained is currently unknown. However, if it follows the pattern of previous games, the player will receive them from the regional professor.

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