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|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
Bulbasaur RB / FRLG /


Grass / Poison 001 This Pokémon is the first in the Pokémon series. It is a Grass type Pokémon with a big flower on its back. Bulbasaur is the only Starter Pokémon with two types until Rowlet.
Charmander RB / FRLG /


Fire 004 Charmander is a red Pokémon that has powerful fire abilities. If its fire tip on its tail burns out, it will die.
Squirtle RB / FRLG /


Water 007 Squirtle is a cute turtle Pokémon that uses water as its form of attack.
Pikachu Yellow Electric 025 The most popular Pokémon. It is also the only starter Pokémon that is Electric type.
Chikorita GSC/HGSS Grass 152 A Grass type Pokémon that emits spicy aromas, which explains why it can learn Sweet Scent.
Cyndaquil GSC/HGSS 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.
Totodile GSC/HGSS Water 158 A Water type Pokémon that has powerful jaws. Once it bites onto its foe, it won't let go for a while.
Treecko RSE / ORAS Grass 252 A Grass type gecko Pokémon. It can stick to ceilings due to having tiny spikes on its hands and feet.
Torchic RSE / ORAS Fire 255 A Fire type Pokémon that can send out scorching hot fireballs and leave its foes burning.
Mudkip RSE / ORAS Water 258 A Water type Pokémon. There is a meme that says So I herd you liek Mudikpz. It is based on a mud fish.
Turtwig DP /Pt Grass 387 A Grass type turtle Pokémon that can learn Withdraw as its basic move.
Chimchar DP /Pt 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.
Piplup DP /Pt Water 393 The Water type Starter 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 BW/B2W2 Grass 495 A reptilian Grass type Pokémon. It is classified as the Grass Snake Pokémon and uses its tail to attack opponents.
PKMN498 Tepig BW/B2W2 Fire 498 Tepig is the Fire Pig Pokémon. It is able to breathe fire out of its mouth to unleash powerful attacks.
PKMN501 Oshawott BW/B2W2 Water 501 Oshawott is the Water type starter of the Unova region. The shell on its stomach can be thrown at its enemies.
Chespin Chespin X


Grass 650 Chespin is the Grass type starter of the Kalos region. It can use its spines on its back to protect itself.
PKMN653 Fennekin X


Fire 653 Fennekin is the Fire type starter of the Kalos region.
PKMNXY656 Froakie X


Water 656 Froakie is the Water type starter of the Kalos region.
PKMNSM722 Rowlet Sun / Moon Grass/ Flying 722 Rowlet is the Grass type starter of the Alola region.
PKMNSM725 Litten Sun / Moon Fire 725 Litten is the Fire type starter of the Alola region.
PKMNSM728 Popplio Sun / Moon Water 728 Popplio is the Water type starter of the Alola region.

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