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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

Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle
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Type Grass Type Poison Type Fire Type Water

Yellow Version

Player only
Rival only
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Type Electric Type Normal

Johto Starter Pokémon

Chikorita Cyndaquil Totodile
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Pseudo-rival Ethan/Lyra only

Type Water Type Fairy

Hoenn starter Pokémon

Treecko Torchic Mudkip
252Treecko 255Torchic 258Mudkip
Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Rival Wally only

Type Psychic Type Fairy

Sinnoh starter Pokémon

Turtwig Chimchar Piplup
387Turtwig O 390Chimchar O 393Piplup
Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Unova Starter Pokémon

Snivy Tepig Oshawott
495Snivy 498Tepig 501Oshawott
Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Rival N only

Type Dark

Kalos starter Pokémon

Chespin Fennekin Froakie
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water


  • All starter Pokemon 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.
  • Bulbasaur is the only Starter to be dual-type in basic form.
  • All known Grass-type starters are based on pre-historic creatures and evolution. Venusaur has legs that lift it off the ground (a characteristic of dinosaurs), Meganium is based off an Apatosaurus, Sceptile is based on a Dilophosaurus, the Snivy-Serperior evolution represents the loss of hind legs (the transition from dinosaurs to snakes), and Chespin is based off the first mammal, the Megazostrodon. Torterra is based off a Tortoise. Also, 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, MudkipPiplup, Fennekin and, Chespin.
    • Ash has captured all of the Starters from Kanto, Johto, and Unova.
    • Ash has caught all the Grass Starters, with the possible exception of Chespin.
    • With the exception of Torchic and Fennekin, Ash has caught and evolved all of the Fire-type Starters at least once.
  • All the Starter Pokemon 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 gain a new typing.
  • In Kalos, the Starters gain a greater type advantage over the disadvantage type as well as possessing a signature attack: Chesnaught is part Fighting and possesses Spiky Shield, Delphox is part Psychic and possesses Mystical Fire, and Greninja is part Dark and possesses Water Shuriken.
  • All Water-type Starters are based on aquatic creatures (turtle, crocodile, axolotl, penguin, otter, frog).
  • 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.
    • The starters also have the Pledge moves that are exculsive to them: Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, Snivy and Chespin have Grass Pledge, Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, Tepig and Fennekin have Fire Pledge and Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, Oshawott and Froakie have Water Pledge.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum, the player starts out with an 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, TurtwigTepig, and Fennekin are starters that stand on four legs, others stand on two legs.
  • From Generation III to Generation V all Fire-type Starters are part Fighting-type in their secondary and third evolutionary forms.
  • Bulbasaur is the only Poison-type Starter.
  • The rival trainer you come across will always pick your Pokémon's weakness, with a few exceptions.
  • Thus far, all Fire-type starters have a flame somewhere on their bodies by their final evolution. Three of them, Charmander, Cyndaquil, and Chimchar, have such a flame from the beginning.
  • In the first six Generations the vast majority of fully evolved Fire type starters end up duel type with Typhlosion being the sole exception, however three out of six Grass type starters and three out of sixWater type starters never end up duel typed.
  • Starting in Generation III with Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald the starters began to be obtained outside the resident professor's lab with Hoenn having the player save Professor Birch from a wild Pokémon by picking from Treecko/Torchic/Mudkip in his briefcase, the wild Pokémon was a Poochyena in Ruby/Sapphire & a Zigzagoon in Emerald. For Generation IV in Diamond/Pearl the Player & their rival find Sinnoh's starters Turtwig/Chimchar/Piplup inside a briefcase left behind at Lake Verity's shore by Professor Rowan, though in Platinum Dawn/Lucas returns it to Rowan shortly after he stops them from walking into the tall grass just outside Twinleaf Town giving them out on the spot. In Black/White Professor Juniper delivers a present to the players house containing the starters Snivy/Tepig/Oshawott. Black/White 2 had Bianca giving them to the player in Aspertia City, their home town, from inside a container. In Kalos the player receives one of the regional starters, Chespin/Fennekin/Froakie, from a kid named Tierno in Aquacorde Town at an outdoor table along with several other kids, & they also get a Kanto starter from Professor Sycamore.

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