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Starter Pokemon

The "type circle" as seen in the manual of Pokémon Red and Blue.

Starter Pokémon is a terminology concept that refers to Pokémon that the player must choose between in the beginning of each Pokémon video game. There are always three Pokémon to choose between. One will be a Water type, another one Grass, and the last one Fire (excluding Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow). The three types create a circle, where each Pokémon is weak to one of the others and strong to the other one. In the games the player's rival always chooses the Pokémon with a type advantage over the player's Pokémon.

It should be noted that Bulbasaur, while typically known as a grass Pokémon, is also a poison type as well. When leveling up, some Starter Pokémon will also gain a second type as well, such as Charizard becoming a fire and flying type and Torterra becoming a Grass and Ground type.

List of starter Pokémon

Pokémon Game(s) Type Number Information
PKMN001
Bulbasaur Red / Blue / FireRed / LeafGreen Grass / Poison 001 This Pokémon is the first in the Pokémon series. It is a Grass type of Pokémon with a big flower on his back. Bulbasaur is the only Starter Pokémon with two types until Rowlet.
PKMN004
Charmander Red / Blue / FireRed / LeafGreen Fire 004 Charmander is a red Pokémon that has powerful fire abilities. If his fire tip on his tail burns out, he will die.
PKMN007
Squirtle Red / Blue / FireRed / LeafGreen Water 007 Squirtle is a cute turtle type of Pokémon that uses water as its attack.
PKMN025
Pikachu Yellow Electric 025 The most popular Pokémon. This is also the only starter Pokémon that is Electric type.
PKMN152
Chikorita Gold / Silver / Crystal / HeartGold / SoulSilver Grass 152 A Grass type Pokémon that sends spicy aromas which explains why it can learn Sweet Scent.
PKMN155
Cyndaquil Gold / Silver / Crystal / HeartGold / SoulSilver Fire 155 A Fire type Pokémon that has Fire coming out of it. It can let the fire from its back come in and out.
PKMN158
Totodile Gold / Silver / Crystal / HeartGold / SoulSilver Water 158 A Water type Pokémon that has powerful jaws. Once it bites onto its foe, it won't let go for a while.
PKMN252
Treecko Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald / OR / AS Grass 252 A Grass type gecko Pokémon. It can stick to the ceiling due to having tiny spikes on its hand and feet.
PKMN255
Torchic Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald / OR / AS' Fire 255 A Fire type Pokémon that can send out scorching hot fireballs and leave its foes burning.
PKMN258
Mudkip Ruby / Sapphire / Emerald / OR / AS' Water 258 The Water type Pokémon. There is a phrase that says So I herd you liek Mudikpz. It is a water type Pokémon based on a mud fish.
PKMN387
Turtwig Diamond / Pearl / Platinum Grass 387 A grass type of turtle Pokémon that strangely can learn a Water type move as its basic move.
PKMN390
Chimchar Diamond / Pearl / Platinum Fire 390 A Fire monkey that has a fire tail. It is the Sinnoh fire type Starter. It sets out the fire on its tail when it sleeps.
PKMN393
Piplup Diamond / Pearl / Platinum Water 393 A Water type Pokémon of Sinnoh. It resembles a penguin. It lives in icy mountains and hates accepting food from humans that aren't its trainer.
PKMN495 Snivy Black / White / Black 2/White 2 Grass 495 A reptilian Grass type Pokémon. It is the classified as the Grass Snake Pokémon and uses its tail to attack opponents.
PKMN498 Tepig Black / White / Black 2/White 2 Fire 498 Tepig is the Fire Pig Pokémon. It is able to breathe fire out of its mouth to unleash powerful attacks.
PKMN501 Oshawott Black / White / Black 2/White 2 Water 501 Oshawott is the Water type starter of the Unova region. The shell on its stomach can be thrown at its enemies.
Chespin X/Y Grass 650 Chespin is the grass type starter of the Kalos region. It can use its spines on its back to protect itself
Fennekin X/Y Fire 653
Froakie X/Y Water 656
Rowlet Sun / Moon Grass/ Flying
Litten Sun / Moon Fire
Popplio Sun / Moon Water

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