The entrees that graced each and every? pokemon title are some of the most easily recognizable ‘mons in the entire series. From the first to the last trio, a majority of the starter Pokemon are some of the most popular Pokédex entries that fans have come to adore. As they eventually evolve into bigger and stronger pokemonthe starters will always hold a special place in a trainer’s heart during their adventures.
Today we break every pokemon starter through the generations.
This list is completely up-to-date (as of Sept. 2022) and contains the well-known starters of Pokemon Scarlet and Violetas well as all the others pokemon generation.
Generation 1: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander
The trio that started it all. Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander are three of the most popular pokemon ever be made. As kids, many of us worried about which starter to take on our first adventure through the Kanto region. Now these three have become a mainstay in the franchise and are quite common in most pokemon titles.
Generation 1: Pikachu
Some players may forget that Pikachu was actually a Generation 1 starter as well. Pikachu was the only starter option in pokemon Yellowwhich was released after the original games of Red, Blueand Vegetable.
Generation 2: Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil
While the second trio of pokemon appetizers are not nearly as popular as the first, they are still a beautifully designed group of pokemon. Many fans gravitated towards Totodile or Cyndaquil for their latest evolutions, but each starter is loved by a majority of the community.
Generation 3: Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic
Generation 3 of pokemon is where things really started to change for the franchise. The graphics improved and the game finally saw a truly expanded Pokédex. The Hoenn region was also crowned by the three strongest starters to date: Treecko, Mudkip and Torchic.
All three pokemon were viable towards the end of their evolution, making them a huge hit with fans. Torchic and Mudkip were considered the better starters due to their overall displacement sets and final type combinations.
Generation 4: Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar
Generation 4 and the Sinnoh region is easily one of the most beloved by longtime fans of the pokemon series. The region had a great group of new? pokemon, an interesting story, different weather elements on the map and a great trio of starters. You really couldn’t go wrong with any of the starters, and all three of them are pretty cute, which just makes the choice harder.
Generation 5: Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig
This is where it started going downhill in regards to the starter pokemon. Especially fans got tired of the Fire starter, the past few generations have ensured that the starter is also Fighting type. This caused some fans to dislike Tepig and its eventual evolution into Fire/Fighting type Emboar. However, the starters’ overall designs didn’t seem to resonate with fans, leading to Gen 5 having a more forgettable trio than other generations.
Generation 6: Chespin, Froakie, Fennekin
Generation 6 is arguably the most polarizing title regarding starter pokemon. While on the one hand we have one of the most popular starters ever in Froakie, we also have Fennekin, which has been one of the most unpopular starters to date. However, Fennekin himself was not to blame, but instead the ultimate evolution in Delphox. While some pokemon fans will support Delphox to this day, a majority of players didn’t enjoy yet another new bipedal Fire starter. Froakie has Gen. 6 saved though, as it eventually evolves into Greninja, a top five starter in the opinion of most fans. Chespin unfortunately fell by the wayside largely due to Froakie’s popularity.
Generation 7: Rowlet, Popplio, Litten
The trio of Rowlet, Popplio and Litten is quite interesting as some fans seem to love them and others don’t like them at all. In all honesty, this trio looks pretty mundane as far as: pokemon To go. Rowlet resembles an owl, Popplio resembles a seal, and Litten resembles a cat. There isn’t much creativity, with the exception of Rowlet’s bow tie. pokemon Sun and moon didn’t push the envelope too much with these starters, to say the least.
Generation 7: Eevee and Pikachu
A forgotten era of Generation 7, the pokemon Let’s go games have actually been released before Sword and shield, which started Gen 8. These games weren’t a big hit with the wider public, but they certainly introduced a new way of playing. Eevee debuted as the starter while Pikachu returned for a second round.
Generation 8: Grookey, Sobble, Scorbunny
In Generation 8 we have the most recent starters coming from a main sequence pokemon game. The starters in Grookey, Sobble and Scorbunny were mostly pleasing to most fans.
They had some creativity in their design. As for each of the latest starter evolution types, the developers decided to play it safe and none of the pokemon a secondary character. Opinion on this decision changes based on who you ask, but the Generation 8 starters themselves were certainly a step in the right direction.
Generation 8: Rowlet, Oshawott, Cyndaquil
Pokemon: Legends Arceus was the first major departure from the classic gameplay loop that fans had come to know. The game was open world, featured a new way to catch and battle Pokémon, and saw players perform missions themselves. The starters for the game were a mix of different generations, with Cyndaquil, Oshawott and Rowlet making their appearance.
Generation 9: Sprigatito, Quaxly, Fuecoco
Finally we have the last generation of pokemon and his appetizers. pokemon released images and the names for the starters that will come in Scarlet and Violet earlier this year, and fans immediately fell head over heels for them. While most fans fell specifically for Sprigatito, the Grass-type cat pokemon.
However, a Fire-type dinosaur and a Water-type duck with a hat certainly have their fans too. As of now, however, it’s impossible to say how these starters will ever be experienced Scarlet and Violet launch in November.
But if their first impressions mean anything, fans will have a blast with this trio.