Cole’s Starter Pokémon

I’ve been feeling a bit listless lately, as February drags on.  For a short month, it sure can drag.  I need a boost in spirits… perhaps, the spirit of starting a new adventure.

I could actually write an entire blog about pokémon.  Instead, I figure a good starting point is… starter pokémon!  I tend to favor my starter more than the rest of my party.  Here are my choices for my pokémon partners, generation by generation:


96px-004CharmanderProfessor Oak gives you the choice between Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.  Charmander, the fire type, resembled to me a little dragon.  Though I love turtles, I went Charmander.  I made this decision, like almost every decision I make in life, impulsively on intuition, then stuck with it fervently, almost stubbornly.  Here, my obsession with the fire type began.

Charmander evolved into Charmeleon, the awkward teenager pokémon that graphically at the time looked dumber than his previous form instead of more fierce.  Luckily, Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and all my hopes and dreams came true.  Charizard was the dragon I imagined when picking Charmander, and the powerhouse that kept me coming back to fire types.  Although his wings were useless gen 1, I liked them aesthetically, and that’s what’s really important to me.

I should note, that gen 1 is the only time I’ve happily played the game through with a different starter (Squirtle) but forced to pick a favorite, I’d always go Charmander.


96px-158TotodileWhen Professor Elm presented me with my pokémon choices, I thought for sure I’d go fire again.  But looking at Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, I felt drawn to one, as I did when I first saw Charmander… but it wasn’t the fire type.  I chose Totodile, the water type.  Since I had already played through with a water type, nothing was new to me.  I figured I’d pick the fire type next time around (I played Gold first, then Silver) but couldn’t break away from Totodile.  This spirited looking alligator-thing was my guy.

Totodile evolved into Croconaw– this time I was expecting the awkward teenager phase.  Graphically at the time, Croconaw appeared to me like he might be wearing a leotard… interesting fashion choice.  Croconaw evolved into Feraligatr which appeared in all caps on the screen and looked like way too many letters for my ten-year-old brain.  Still, he seemed fierce– no Charizard, but he did the job.


96px-255TorchicIn my favorite region of Hoenn, Professor Birch lets you choose between Torchic, Treecko, and Mudkip.  Instant attraction to this tiny chicken took hold, and again I was a fire trainer!  I went with little Torchic.  All illusions that I was a water trainer were gone in a blaze.  FIRE.

Little Torchic evolved into Combusken, whose name was really fun to say, but seemed to be wearing gaucho pants.  What is it with these middle stages and their fashion choices?  Teenagers.  Combusken also picked up a secondary fighting type, which at the time was inconsequential to me.  FIRE.  Combusken evolved into Blaziken, whose pants were even weirder and name was even more fun to say.  Blaziken sure looked odd, but I grew to love this big chicken.  The dual-type advantage sunk in with him and I was able to use fighting moves joyfully.  Also FIRE.


96px-393PiplupWhen Professor Rowan’s briefcase opened up to reveal these three babies, there was no contest, no internal debate, just: yes, yes you are my buddy.  Even though a love of turtles tempted me toward Turtwig, and a love of fire types tempted me toward Chimchar, my penguin obsession won out and I picked the water type, Piplup!  These three are all amazing starters, on par with gen 1 for awesomeness.  My love for Piplup rivals my love for Charmander.

Pipler (I tend to nickname fictional characters) evolved into Prinplup, on par with any awkward middle stage, but not as jarring as those initial Charmeleon and Croconaw sprites.  Graphic improvements took care of that!  Prinplup evolved into a metal disaster, Empoleon.  My first impression of this giant emperor penguin was: where is he under all that?!  Picking up a steel type did not necessarily add value to me, but Empoleon proved himself as a powerhouse partner, on par with Charizard for a great final evolution.  And Empoleon’s name is also super fun to say.


96px-498TepigProfessor Juniper’s offerings were not a surprise for me.  This is the first time I had seen the starter pokémon prior to the games’ release.  I had been alternating fire and water starters at this point, so my intention was to go fire– Pokabu.  (I liked his Japanese name so much better!)  I got excited to use this piggy as my partner.  When the time came and Juniper (can I get a hell yeah for the lady professor?) showed me Tepig, Snivy, and Oshawott, I picked Tepig.

Tepig evolved into Pignite, which reminded me of the fire version of Croconaw.  This middle piggy was awkward, and I eagerly awaited evolution.  He picked his secondary fighting type, but we’ve already seen this dual type in a starter before, so eh.  Pignite evolved into Emboar, whose name was more fun to say but whose appearance didn’t improve much.  Emboar looks like a Juggalo.  This fire/fighting fully evolved form pales in comparison to Blaziken, in my opinion.


96px-653FennekinJust when I thought I had established a pattern of fire-water, gen 6 comes out.  Again, I got to preview these starter Pokémon before the games’ premiere and knew the fire fox Fennekin was for me.  Hooray, I’m a fire trainer again!  Chespin was just not an option for me, I never go grass.  I did give Froakie a try too, just to sort of even out my choices so far.  He’s a ninja frog and that’s pretty cool.  Fennekin is my pick though; that instant attraction was just there.

Fennekin evolved into Braixen, with resembles a biped were-fox with a twig in its tail to use as weaponry.  As far as weird middlers go, I didn’t think Braixen was so bad.  I couldn’t figure out the stick though.  Then Braixen evolved into Delphox and everything made sense.  Yer a wizard, Harry!  Delphox is a clearly a wizard fox.  He picked up a secondary psychic type, which I was actually excited about.  A friend mentioned that he got disinterested in the game after his fox evolved to wear a dress, but I get this; wizard robes, magic wand!  Okay, it’s a bit of a weird choice, but I’ll let it slide.

All and all, my favorite starters have been Charmander and Piplup.  To me, my starter pokémon is always the most important in my party.  Those two are the best I’ve had.

Who did you pick to accompany you through the regions of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos?

{images via bulbapedia}


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