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When it comes to choosing starters I usually spend hours trying to decide which would be most effective through the game. Squirtle? Charmander perhaps? Or maybe good old Bulbasaur? Argh, I just can't decide.. :?
So i've writtten my own personal summary of each below. Please feel free to correct me if i'm wrong. I won't bite :D

Bulbasaur
My first ever starter in R/B. Pretty good stats and a useful moveset for catching wild pokemon and inflicting some nice status effects. Pretty basic for a hm slave and only learns 2 I think? It's effective against the first four gyms but after that it's weaknesses let it down quite a bit. Especially when confronted with the elite four and even the dreaded sabrina, who could polish him off quite nicely with her psychic pokemon. Even it's advantage over water pokemon could be squandered by Ice beam. Generally good for the start but a bit useless later on. Could be used as a special sweeper though.


Charmander
One of my favourite starters. {charmander} starts off badly but as it evolves it can become very useful/powerful indeed especially with metal claw in FR/LG. Very handy for kicking rock pokemon to kingdom come. {charizard} 's extra flying type doesn't do it much justice though. Sure it can resist earthquake (one of the most commonly used moves) but it has a 4x weakness to rock which has become a more popularly used type recently. I'm not sure really, but what do you think of charizard? personally he's a good bet if your looking for overwhelming power in your team.


Squirtle
{squirtle} is another personal favourite. Pretty well balanced and can learn a few useful hm's. {blastoise} makes an excellent tank and when equipped with ice beam he can be very powerful indeed, especially against grass pokemon. Equip him with a ground move and he's virtually unstoppable with his anti-weakness moves (ie. Earthquake, ice beam). Squirtle and {wartortle} also have the power of cuteness too. The only downside is the lack of ability to learn cut but that can easily be remedied by finding a sandshrew or oddish to learn it instead. IMO he's probably the best out of the three


I'm still unsure about which to go for even with a summary. I'm kinda leaning towards squirtle but I'm still not sure :(
Who do you think is the best starter and why? Also, thankyou for your patience reading my long post.


Thu May 12, 2005 12:47 am
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Charmander is probably the best starter.

The reason i say this is because they have made the game now so that you can pick charmander and still do extremely well against the first trainers

for example.

Rt. 2 you can get a mankey!

when you goto visit Bill at cerulean you can get bellsprout whom ROCKS in the special attack dept.

and honestly after that its all downhill from there... i mean those two pokes can take out the whole gym without even having to get up from their chairs or put down their fruity drink with the lil umbrella...

not to mention you get abra at same time as Bellsprout which can quickly become your most powerful pokemon PERIOD!

{alakazam} is flippin awesome is why

well i think i have ranted enough

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{charmander} because it may look dodgy at the beginning of the game...but Charizard is wicked. It can learn alot of powerful attacks


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Yeah, that's why a LV 32 Geodude almost OHKO'ed my LV 82 Charizard using Rock Blast; all 5 times of course. Then again, every rose has its thorns...

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I chose Bulbasaur just becuase of its type. There are two extremes to the way you treat your starter.

Extreme: Train it till it's friggin' strong and thrash all competition with it.
The other extreme: Don't touch it at all once you've caught a few wild pokemon.

I usually lean towards the second.

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Sneaky_Sneasel wrote:
Yeah, that's why a LV 32 Geodude almost OHKO'ed my LV 82 Charizard using Rock Blast; all 5 times of course. Then again, every rose has its thorns...


thats why you do this really neat thing... you switch it out for something else lol

although why a 32 geodude was still standing i dont know. i mean no offense but my 70 charizard could drop a lvl 40 or 45 geodude in one hit.... but i dont konw... thats so odd... did you miss?

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I was training another Pokemon in Victory Road, and when you switch, your opponent gets one free move.

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As for starters I always get all three but like I think someone berfore me said it depends on lots of different things.

Also did you Know that choosing your starter depends on the diffuculty of your game?
{bulbasaur} - easy
{squirtle} - normal
{charmander} - HARD

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With mankey and butterfree both readily avaliable before brock, and a convenient stash of pikachus to catch in the forest while you're training your metapod, it's easy to cover Charmander's weakness against the first two gyms, and he's invaluable later on. Charizard is a very useful pokemon, and that flying type is an excellent defence against the ever present earthquake.

From what I've seen, Squirtle's another useful choice. I don't think there's any other way to get a water-type move on your team before getting Surf or a good rod, and just about every path/dungeon/trail/cave/mountain you have to go through has piles of rock- and ground-type pokemon. Plus, Blastoise is a standard sp. Tank, and he learns some pretty awesome moves.

The poison side of Bulbasaur is a bit of a turn-off for me- Toxic is the only poison move I'd use, and it doesn't get anything from STAB, so I think I'd prefer a pure grass-type, or something with a secondary type to cover its weakness to fire.

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i would choose {charmander} because you can get a {mankey} very early in the game, one problem is that you might have to search for a {pikachu} for ages because you wont have a weakness for misty's pokemon. {charmander} would be good towards erikas pokemon because there aren't very many (if any) chances to get a weakness for erika's pokemon. i always choose {charmander} well, sometimes {squirtle} for a bit of a challenge...

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tessa7338 wrote:
I chose Bulbasaur just becuase of its type. There are two extremes to the way you treat your starter.

Extreme: Train it till it's friggin' strong and thrash all competition with it.
The other extreme: Don't touch it at all once you've caught a few wild pokemon.

I usually lean towards the second.


I already said in the Entei post(locked), don't choose Bulba because Entei absolutely stinks.
Don't neglect your other pokemon. Use the other extreme.

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About the difficulyt of the game, thats only because bulba has the most gym advantages and charmander has the least, but remember, that smart guy in silver said, "I don't use the same strong pokemon as everyone else, I battle with my fvorites" or something very similar.

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well,a bit of it has to do with the game...in R/B If you just started playing pokemon,stick with squirtle or bulbasaur. In G/S/C,none of the starters were any bad and your rival was far too weak(my feraligatr could beat his weakling lv 42 meganium or whatever)In Ru/Sa Torchic was the popular coice,exept more weaknesses than charizard(I think) psychic,water,(I think rock/ground),flying...LG/FR you could go through brock with metal claw easily and then catch oddish/bellsprout to kick out misty.I always stick with the Char family in R/B/FR/LG,totodile family in G/S/C and normally treecko/torchic families(I don't like swampert because 4x weak to grass and I pwn them with the ultimate {vileplume} on netbattle)
If you're new to pokemon go with Bulbasaur/cyndaquil/torchic families
If you're pretty good at pokemon(EV train,breed for better moves+DV's,etc)Pick Charmander/Chikorita/Treecko(mudkip?) families.
But,every weakness can be countered,so its sort of your choice.
Thanks for reading. :D

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About the difficulyt of the game, thats only because bulba has the most gym advantages and charmander has the least, but remember, that smart guy in silver said, "I don't use the same strong pokemon as everyone else, I battle with my fvorites" or something very similar.


Yes,thats what he said,but not "fvorites". He spelt it Teh right way!*ponders on how to spell favorites* XD.

Oh yes my favorite is char(family) 100,000,000,000,000% XP!

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Bulbasaur, I consider to be the best. He does have the most Gym type advantages. While the Poison side of Bulba may be a turn off, think of what would happen if he didn't have that side to turn off the Toxics that Koga would try to use against him, and stop him from being weak to Koga's whole damn gym?

Against the elite four, once again Bulba seems to have its great uses. Loreli may use ice types, but what about some of those ice types that are weak against grass? By that stage, Venasuar should be enough levels to do some one hit KOs and get through to take out Bruno's Onix's.

Bulba's use is everlasting. He is the best choice.

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bobashotmace wrote:
About the difficulyt of the game, thats only because bulba has the most gym advantages and charmander has the least, but remember, that smart guy in silver said, "I don't use the same strong pokemon as everyone else, I battle with my favorites" or something very similar.


Actually I think it's Karen.

Anyway I always choose Charmander (Charizard is my fav out of the starters) and I always catch a Pikachu (Take a guess).
Brock is easy as long as Char knows Metal Claw (FRLG).

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The exact quote, in case anyone's curious:

"Srong pok

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That's a quote, but the one I was thinking of is some trainer just south of violet.

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I went from the Olivine Lighthouse to just south of Violet (without fly) in my sister's forbidden Silver to quote him. Here it is:

Boy just south of Violet City wrote:
I'm going to try to be the best with my favorites. I'm not using the same tough POK


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sorry {charizard} lovers but my vote rides with {squirtle}

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In my opinion, the best starter is {bulbasaur} and I chose it as my starter.
At some point of time, I regretted chosing {bulbasaur} but still continued the game.
Now, I am satisfied with my choice; that's because I caught the fire type pokemon, {moltres} and it helped me a lot in battling my rival later on; now I have a powerful fire type pokemon and a powerful grass type pokemon.

One thing to note is you can't catch a very powerful grass pokemon later on in the game, so consider choosing {bulbasaur}.


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I chose {squirtle} because it could learn Hydro Cannon! And my {blastoise} did really well aginst Agatha's ghost pokemon (surf).


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I chose Bulbasaur as my starter in LeafGreen just because in my original Red I chose him to be my first pokemon companion. I felt like I needed to reconnect with him. I think Blastoise is the best and most useful starter.

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I choose {charmander} for 2 reasons
1.One of my favorite pokemon is {charizard}
2.Suicune is the coolest legendary dog and if you choose {charmander} you will be able to get {suicune} after u beat elite four

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I like Bulbasaur, mostly because of Koga and bikers/rockets have poison types. It's incredibly annoying when they land a hit. Besides, I think Sleep Power is a good catching/as well as battling move.


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{charmander} is probably the best because i have a {charizard} and it has excellent stats all round, so {charmander} is probably the best, even though it's not very good on the first couple on gyms. :lol:

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