The starters that have graced each and every Pokemon title are some of the most easily recognisable mons in the entire series. From the first trio to the last, a majority of the starter Pokemon are some of the most popular Pokedex entries fans have come to adore. While they eventually develop into bigger and stronger Pokemon, the starters will always hold a special place in a trainers heart throughout their adventures.
Today, we'll look at every Pokemon starter from the generations.
This list is up to date (as of September 2022) and will include the established Pokemon starters from Scarlet and Violet as well as every other Pokemon generation.
Generation 1: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander
Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander are three of the most popular Pokemon to ever be created. As a kid, many of us debated which starter to bring with us on our first adventure through the Kanto area. Now, these three have become a regular feature in most Pokemon titles.
Generation 1: Pikachu
Pikachu was actually a Generation 1 starter as well, according to some players. In Pokemon Yellow, which was released after the original games of Red, Blue, and Green, Pikachu was the only starter option.
Generation 2: Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil
Although the second trio of Pokemon starters isnt nearly as popular as the first, they are still a beautifully designed group of Pokemon. Many fans tended to gravitate towards Totodile or Cyndaquil due to their final evolutions, but each starter is well-liked by a majority of the community.
Generation 3: Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic
The graphics improved, and the game finally had a fully expanded Pokedex. In the Hoenn region, three of the game's most powerful starters were also featured: Treecko, Mudkip, and Torchic.
All three Pokemon were viable by the end of their evolutions, making them a popular pick among enthusiasts. Due to their overall move sets and final type combinations, Torchic and Mudkip were considered the better starters.
Generation 4: Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar
Generation 4 and the region of Sinnoh are easily one of the most popular Pokemon series players' favourite regions. The region had a fantastic assortment of new Pokemon, an interesting map, and three great starters, all of which are quite adorable, making the decision much easier.
Generation 5: Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig
Fans were becoming dissatisfied with the Fire starter in general, and all the previous two generations had the Fighting type as well. This made some fans disapprove of Tepig and its eventual evolution in Emboar, which was a Fire/Fighting type, leading to Gen 5 being a less forgettable trio than previous generations.
Generation 6: Chespin, Froakie, Fennekin
Generation 6 is arguably the most divisive title in terms of starter Pokemon. On the one hand, we have Froakie, which was one of the most unpopular starters to date, as well as Delphox, which was a top-five starter in most fans' opinion. Chespin, unfortunately, fell to the wayside.
Generation 7: Rowlet, Popplio, Litten
Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten are all quite interesting, as some people thought they were cool, but others didn't like them at all. As far as Pokemon go, Rowlet looks like an owl, Popplio looks like a seal, and Litten looks like a cat. There isn't much creativity with these starters, either.
Generation 7: Eevee and Pikachu
The Pokemon Lets Go games were released before Sword and Shield, but they certainly introduced a new gaming method. Eevee made its debut as a starter, while Pikachu returned for a second go-round.
Generation 8: Grookey, Sobble, Scorbunny
The most recent starters from the main series Pokemon game Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny were mostly pleasant to watch for most enthusiasts.
The starters' final evolution typings were decided to be safe and avoid giving any of the Pokemon a secondary typing, according to who you ask. However, the starters themselves from Generation 8 were certainly a step in the right direction.
Generation 8: Rowlet, Oshawott, Cyndaquil
Pokemon: Legends Arceus was the first major departure from the standard gameplay loop fans had come to know. The game was open-world, had a new way to catch and defeat Pokemon, and saw players undertake missions themselves. Cyndaquil, Oshawott, and Rowlet were the games' starters.
Generation 9: Sprigatito, Quaxly, Fuecoco
Pokemon released images and the names for the starters that will be released in Scarlet and Violet earlier this year, and followers immediately fell head over heels for them. However, most fans chose Sprigatito, the Grass-type cat Pokemon.
A Fire-type dinosaur and a Water-type duck with a hat certainly have their fans as well. As of right now, it's impossible to say how these starters will be perceived once Scarlet and Violet are released in November.
Fans are in for a great time with this trio, if their initial impressions are any indication.