Best Starter Pokemon to Pick in Every Game

– Greetings fans! Michael here and most people
choose their favorite starter when playing through
a Pokémon game, because you can beat
any Pokémon game with any starter because all
of them are reasonably strong. Heck, you can solo any Pokémon
game with just your starter because you’ll end up
super over leveled. But while you can pick
any starter that you want, the reality is
that in every game, there is one particular starter that makes the game
easier than it would be if you chose the other two, based on how well it matches up against the big plot
battles of the game. I thought it would be fun to go through every
single main series game and figure out which starter
Pokémon is the best pick in each of them, based on how well it matches up against that particular
region’s gym leader, Elite Four member, evil team, and other big important
story battles. So don’t forget to
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close to one million subs, and let’s start with generation
one: Pokémon Red and Blue. Where your starter choices
are, of course, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. They’re all lovely Pokémon, but the best one
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I’ve covered that, the best starter to
pick in Red and Blue is hands down, by
a mile, Bulbasaur. One of the biggest reasons that Bulbasaur is the best
starter for Red and Blue is that it can single-handedly take out the first
two gym leaders. Vine Whip is super effective
against all of Brock’s Pokémon and all of Misty’s Pokémon. Meanwhile Squirtle
is good against Brock but mutually resisted
against Misty, while Charmander is
weak to both of them. When deciding the best starter, the early game match ups are the most important
in my opinion because your options for team
members are far more limited and your starter’s already
gonna be your strongest Pokémon from the get go. If you wanna beat Brock but
don’t have Bulbasaur or Squirtle you have to go out of
your way to find a Mankey that has a fighting move or maybe a Nidoran with
Double Kick as well. If you wanna have super
effective damage against Misty and didn’t pick Bulbasaur, you have to find a
Pikachu in Viridian Forest which is really rare, or you have to go out of
your way to find grass type, north of Cerulean. It’s kind of annoying
to have to do this, especially if you don’t
intend to keep those Pokémon on your team for the
rest of the time. Having Bulbasaur just allows you to easily beat those
gym leaders immediately. Now, the importance of
what starter you pick does down the further
into the game you get because you get more
access to more good Pokémon as you go along. However, Venusaur still
continues to perform well throughout the rest of the
game, not just the beginning. It resists the electric
moves of Lieutenant Surge, which is nice if your ground
type Pokémon goes down. It does not do well offensively
against Erica or Koga but its poison typing
prevents their Pokémon from poisoning it,
which is a nice bonus. It’s not good against
Sabrina or Blaine, but like I said, by
that time in the game, you’ve had access
to other Pokémon that are good against
them for a while. And lastly it matches up
well against Giovanni, not just the gym
battle with him, but the other two
battles against him from earlier in the game. While his Nidos
aren’t weak to grass, they can’t really
touch Venusaur. But it doesn’t stop there, I think it’s the best starter
for taking on The Elite Four, at the very least, it’s definitely the best
starter for taking on Lorelei. This may surprise you because
she is an ice type specialist and Venusaur is weak to ice. While Venusaur may not be great
defensively against Lorelei, it is great off offensively, since four of her five
Pokémon are weak to Grass. It’s especially
good against Slowbro because while it’s
a psychic type and Venusaur is weak to psychic, Slowbro doesn’t have an
attacking psychic type move. Meanwhile Charizard is
only good against Jynx, and while Blastoise is the
best starter defensively for this fight, it can’t
touch her Pokémon offensively. Then comes Bruno, and
Venusaur again does well. It easily decimates
his two Onix, and it resists the
fighting type attacks of his other Pokémon. The only one that’s a
bit scary is Hitmonchan with ice punch. Meanwhile Charizard
isn’t any good because it doesn’t
get any flying type
moves in Red and Blue and is of course
weak to the Onix. And Blastoise, while it’s
good against the Onix, just like Venusaur, does not resist the attacks
of his other Pokémon. Venusaur unfortunately can’t
really touch Agatha or Lance, I mean it can’t be poisoned
by Agatha’s Pokémon but she tends to go mostly
for sleep over poison and then against your rival, Venusaur fares about as well
as all the other starters do because your rivals
team is balanced. In the end, Venusaur
overall does way better against more big plot battles, especially the early ones
than the other two starters. So to me, that
makes it hands down the easiest choice for the
best starter in Red and Blue. Next up is Pokémon yellow
and this entry is a fast one because you don’t get
a choice in starter. Your starter is Pikachu, it’s the best starter
and the worst starter because it’s the only starter. Moving on to generation two, it’s now time for Pokémon
gold, silver, and crystal. Where your options are
Chikorita, Cyndaquil,
and Totodile. And I think the best starter
to pick of these three, is Cyndaquil. First off, I will
address Chikorita, which is far and away the
worst choice of the three. It is weak to the
first two gym battles. Remember how I said the earliest gym battles are
kinda the most important ones? So that’s really bad but it doesn’t get
much better after that. The only gym battle Pokémon that Meganium has a
super effective move for, that it is also now
weak to in return, are Pryce’s Seel and
Chuck’s Poliwrath. That’s it. Every other gym battle
either resists grass or is neutral against it so Meganium is just not
viable in a Johto playthrough. I mean it’s not really
Meganium’s fault, I mean maybe it’d be better
if it had a dual type but it’s already at
a big disadvantage because Johto didn’t repeat
any gym type from Kanto and the three types that
grass is strong against, rock, water and ground, all
had their gyms in Kanto. Speaking of Kanto, I’m not taking that into account for determining the best
starter in a Johto game because those gyms
are post-game. You’re gonna have a
complete team by that point so your choice in starter
matters very little once you’ve gotten to Kanto. As for the remaining two, I’m giving Cyndaquil
the edge here because while Totodile is
neutral to almost every gym, Cyndaquil is strong
against some of them. The two of them fair about
equally against Falkner but Cyndaquil excels
against Bugsy. Quilava is a bit
worse against Whitney since rollout is super
effective against it, but every starter is gonna
struggle against Whitney, it’s frickin’ Whitney. Just use the in-game
trade Machop, that’s how you beat Whitney. Don’t use a starter. Then they’re both
neutral against Morty, but Feraligatr is slightly
better against Chuck because it’s not
weak to Poliwrath. Typhlosion excels
against Jasmine though, being strong against
her entire team. While Feraligatr is only
good against Steelix. Typhlosion is also
better against Pryce, because while his Pokémon all have types
strong against Fire, none of them have
attacks for those types. That means both Feraligatr
and Typhlosion beat Piloswine but Typhlosion hits his
other two neutrally, while Feraligatr is resisted. Then they both stink
against Clair, but come on, every starter stinks
against Clair. So Typhlosion completely
bodies two gyms one of which is one
of the first two gyms, while Feraligatr is
only offensively good against a few
select gym Pokémon. But Typhlosion’s
advantages don’t end there. Because it’s also good
against other story battles that Feraligatr isn’t
as good against. One example are the
battle against your rival. None of the starters
are super effective against his Golbat, Gengar,
Alakazam or his own starter but Typhlosion is good against
his Sneasel and Magneton, two Pokémon he has for a very
large percentage of the game. As for the Pokémon league, Typhlosion is strong against
two of Will’s Pokémon, three of Koga’s,
and one of Karen’s. That totals to six different
Pokémon within the league. Feraligatr is only
strong against three and Meganium is only
strong against two. With all of these advantages, Typhlosion is definitely
the best starter for Pokémon gold,
silver, and crystal. But that’s mainly
thanks to its typing. Remember how I said that
no gym types were repeated from Kanto to Johto, well grass is good against
rock, water and ground and water is good against
rock, round and fire. And those four types
all got gyms in Kanto. Meanwhile fire is good against
bug, ice, steel and grass and only grass
got a gym in Kanto and the other three
types got gyms in Johto. So Typhlosion was just
advantaged by it’s typing from the start. Now onto generation three and first I will real quick
cover FireRed and LeafGreen, the remakes of the
original Kanto games. And unsurprisingly, the best
starter remains the same. It’s still Bulbasaur. All of the big plot battles
remain the same, pretty much and the only real change of note is that Charizard
actually has flying type attacking options now, but that really only helps
its viability against Bruno Now for the Hoenn
games, those being Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Where your starter choice
is between Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip. It was a bit trickier to
decide the best starter here because of the version
differences between
the three games. Depending on which
one you’re playing, you’ll fight a
different evil team a different number of times and the champion changes between
Emerald and the other two. However, after analyzing
all the different options between the different versions. I still think the best
starter is the same throughout all three games. In my opinion that
best starter is Mudkip. The primary reason I think
it’s the best starter is because it is
strong against three of the first four gyms and it’s not weak
to the fourth one. Mudkip and Marshtomp is
strong against Roxanne, Wattson, and Flannery, while being neutral
against Brawly. And remember, the earlier
gym battles matter more to me because your team
options are more limited. So it being good against three
against of the first four is incredible. Past that it’s good
against yet another gym, that being Tate & Liza, along with being strong
against Team Magma’s Numels and Camerupts, plus
two-thirds of Steven’s team. Therefore in Rudy, it’s far
and away the best option because you fight
Team Magma and Steven. It’s still good in the
other ones too though because in Sapphire,
yeah you fight Team Aqua but you still fight Steven. In Emerald Steven is
replace by Wallace which Swampert can’t
do much to offensively, but you fight Maxie three times
as much as you fight Archie. As an added bonus, Swampert
gets ice type coverage that the other starters do not, which gives it some powerful
moves against Winona and Drake. Which, while they’re
not stab attacks, it’ll still come in handy. As for the other two, Sceptile has super effective
damage against three gyms, but struggles if you’re
facing off against Team Magma rather than Aqua. It is a bit better
in Emerald though, because it’s also
good against Wallace. Blaziken is strong
against three gyms, all of which are
in the first five. It’s also the best
starter for the league due to being strong against
both Sydney and Glacia, plus decent against some
of Steven’s Pokémon, but it struggles
against both evil teams since it’s weak to both
Camerupt and Sharpedo. So clearly they
all have benefits, so I don’t think any starter
performs severely badly compared to the other
ones like like Meganium in the Johto games. However with Mudkip
being good against three of the first four gyms, plus another gym after that and basically an entire
evil team and champion, that’s really good. So it’s definitely the
best one in my opinion. Moving on to generation four, I will again real quick
cover the remakes first, those being HeartGold
and SoulSilver. And, much like with
the last remakes, the best starter
remains unchanged because most of the big plot
battles remain unchanged. So the best starter
is again, Cyndaquil. The only real detriment
Cyndaquil has in these new games is that Pryce’s Piloswine
gets a Ground type move now, but Typhlosion is still
much faster than Piloswine so it’s probably just gonna OHKO with a flamethrower anyways. Now for the Sinnoh games,
those being diamond, pearl, and platinum, where
the options are Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. I will say upfront, that Piplup is definitely
the worst starter because Empoleon is ugly. I’m kidding. I mean I’m not
kidding it is ugly but that’s not the
reason it’s the worst. Piplup is the worst starter because it’s strong against
the fewest number of gyms, that being three. Which is more than I can
say for some other starters in some other games but it’s still less than the
other two Sinnoh starters. It’s strong against Roark, but then not good against
any other gyms until Byron, and while it’s good against
Steelix and Bastiodon, it’s weak to Magneton. It’s then strong against Candice
thanks to its Steel typing, but after that it’s really
only strong against Bertha and Flint, and Bertha’s risky since Empoleon is
weak to Ground. Meanwhile Turtwig and Chimchar are good against four gyms each. Assuming you make it a Monferno before taking on the first gym, the Chimchar line is
good against Roark, Gardenia, Byron, and Candice. Turtwig is good against Roark,
Wake, Byron, and Volkner. They’re also both good against
one Elite Four member each, Aaron for Infernape and
Bertha for Torterra, while also being good against two of Cynthia’s
Pokémon in Platinum. Infernape is good against
two in diamond and pearl, while Torterra is
good against three because she has a Gastrodon. They seem to be pretty balanced, but I think I have to
give the edge to Chimchar. Two of Chimchar’s good gym
matchups are in the first four and they’re actually
the very first two. Which, like with
Bulbasaur, is a big deal. Meanwhile Torterra, two of
it’s are in the first four in Diamond and Pearl but
only one is in the first four in Platinum because Wake got
moved to be the fifth gym. Also, some of
Turtwig’s advantages aren’t as good as they
might seem at first. Against Wake, only two
of his three Pokémon are weak to grass, and two
of them carry ice moves which decimate Torterra. Also while Torterra’s Earthquake is good against Team Galactic’s
myriad of poison types, it doesn’t get earthquake
until it’s a Torterra meaning up until that point it’s really weak to
all those poison types. Infernape also has the
advantage of being fast and not having a
four-times weakness, so because it can
out-speed opponents, it’s more likely
to take them out before it can take them out. Whereas Torterra, if the
opponent has a stray ice move it could be in trouble. Additionally you fight a
ton of Bronzor in this game because pretty much every
galactic admin has one and Infernape
excels against them because they have levitate so Torterra can’t hit
them with Earchquake. Infernape also has an
extremely wide move pool which benefits in giving
it a lot more coverage than the other two starters. So, with all of that in
mind Infernape / Chimchar is the best Sinnoh starter. Now on to generation five, and I’ll start with
black and white, because black two and white
two have very different gyms so they could result in
a different best starter. The options for your starter in all four of the
games are Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott. For Black and
White specifically, the best starter is
definitely Tepig. Thanks to it gaining the
fighting type upon evolution that gives it a lot more
offensive advantages that the others other
starters don’t get because they remain pure typed. It’s strong against
Lenora’s normal types and Burgh’s bug types, two
of the first three gyms, then later excels
against Brycen. It also hits two of clay’s
three Pokémon super effectively, but that’s more risky since
they’re good against it too. In the league it’s very
good against Grimmsley and can hit for of N’s Pokémon and three of Ghetsis’s for
super effective damage. Additionally, Team Plasma tends to carry a
lot of dark types, which Emboar, thanks to its
fighting type handles with ease It’s also strong
against Cheren’s Liepard and Bianca’s Stoutland, the two Pokémon that they get
first after their starters. So you’ll be able to take
advantage of that advantage for pretty much the
entire playthrough. As for Snivy and Oshawott, they’re really only
good against one gym, that being Clay and even then they’re only good against
two of his Pokémon each, which Emboar is too. So because they have
almost no advantages, while Emboar has quite a few, Emboar is clearly the best
starter for Black and White. But what about Black
two and White two? These games replaced
the triplet’s, Lenora’s, and Brycen’s gyms with
Cheren’s, Roxie’s, and Marlon’s. So is Emboar still
the best starter? Yes, yes it is, but it’s
not as good as it was. If you get your Pignite to
Level 17 to learn Arm Thrust, it crushes Cheren, but that
is over-levelling a bit, so that gym is a maybe. While the matchup against
Roxie’s Koffing is neutral, Pignite crushes Whirlipede. It’s good against
Burgh like before, along with two of Clay’s
three Pokémon like before. Skyla now has a Skarmory
that she didn’t have before, which Emboar’s fire
attacks are good against but Eboar is also weak
to Skarmory flying moves so it’s kind of a fifty fifty
like with Clay’s Pokémon. After that though, it’s not
much use until the Elite Four with Grimmsley again. So Emboar went from being strong
against three gyms for sure to one plus two iffy ones due to the leveling
thing with Cheren and with Roxie it’s only
good against one of the two. However, all three of those gyms that it’s at least maybe good
against are the first three. Meanwhile Snivy is now weak
to two of the first three, While Oshawott is in the
same situation it was before. It’s just good against Clay and like neutral to
almost everything else. Also Emboar also still
has the advantage against the Team
Plasma’s dark types, plus it’s good against
Hugh’s Bouffalant and can hit Iris’s Hydreigon
and Aggron really hard. So while it’s definitely
not as good as it was in Black and White, it’s still better
than the other two. Now onto Generation 6, and I will again get the
remake out of the way first. Those being OmegaRuby
and AlphaSapphire where the best starter
is again, Mudkip. The big plot battles
remain mostly unchanged and all three starters
do get mega evolutions but since that doesn’t happen
until about the sixth gym, I don’t think those come
into play a whole lot in regard to a particular
starters viability. Mega Blaziken is definitely
the best mega evolution but Marshtomp is still amazing
against the first four gyms. In fact Swampert
gets a huge buff in the fact that it can now
use it’s water tight moves on it’s huge
physical attack stat. So that makes it hit even
harder than it did before, which is fantastic. Then comes X and Y. The best starter for these
games is much harder to select than all the other games
because you make two choices. You first choose a
native Kalos starter, picking from Chespin,
Fennekin, and Froakie, then beat the first gym, but then you pick a Kanto
starter in addition to that. This makes things tricky because if one
particular starter type is better against the
region as a whole, and then you look at each
starter choice individually, you would end up picking two
starters of the same type. Which would not lead
to a balanced team. Therefore, I’m gonna tell
you which starter combo is the best. Which Kalos starter and which Kanto starter make for the easiest
playthrough together. It was really tough
for me to decide this so if you disagree
with this entry, I definitely understand. But the combinations
I narrowed it down to were Fennekin and Bulbasaur
versus Froakie and Charmander. The reason I selected
these pairs is that I felt like the fire
type was necessary. Fire is half-good against
Viola, half-good against Grant, dominates Ramos and Wulfric, beats Valerie’s Mawile
and resists her other two, and beats two of
Clemont’s three Pokémon due to Heliolisk’s Dry Skin. So of course the first
fire option is Fennekin’s and I chose Bulbasaur
to be its partner because its offensive
poison type attacks are really good against
Valerie and Ramos. Yes those are battles that Fennekin was
already good against, but the other
option is Blastoise which is just not
helpful in this game, it’s good against Grant’s
Amaura and that’s basically it. Charmander’s partner
would then be Froakie, because it’s really
good against Grant and is excellent against Olivia. Chespin unfortunately just
is kinda underwhelming in most gym battles. Now to compare the pairs. So Fennekin and Froakie are
evenly matched against Viola but Froakie is
better against Grant. After that, they’re both strong against about the same
number of gym leaders and Elite Four members. So because of that, that might seem like
I’m gonna pick Froakie as the better starter here because it’s better
in the early game gyms and as I’ve said
I value that more. However, there are other
factors that play here that make me select
Fennekin and Bulbasaur as the best starter combo. And there a five reasons why I’m picking them
over the others. Number one, they’re
better for Korrina. Braixen can hit
Korrina with Psybeam even if it hasn’t evolved yet, but you have to have Charizard
to get the Flying coverage. Ivysaur also resists
the fighting attacks, while Frogadier does not. Reason number two,
Delphox is not weak to the electric type moves
that Charizard is weak to which matters big
against Clemont. Mega Charizard X fixes this,
but you may be playing Y. Reason number three,
if you are playing Y, Mega Charizard Y’s Drought can harm your Greninja’s
effectiveness. Reason number four, having an
offensive poison type attack to handle Fairies super early on thanks to Venoshock on
Ivysaur is extremely helpful. And number fiver, while not
having Greninja against Olympia means you don’t have super
effective offense against her, Delphox still resists her. Now for the Generation
7 Alola games, where the starter options are
Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. and I think the best starter
is the same in sun, moon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and that starter is Popplio. Popplio does alright against
the Totem boss fights. It’s good against the Raticate
if you’re playing Moon or Ultra Moon thanks
to Disarming Voice, but it’s neutral
on the Gumshoos. It’s neutral against
the water trial, excels at the fire trial,
does poorly in the grass and electric trials, is
neutral in the ghost trial, and decimates the dragon trial. Incineroar fairs similarly well, swapping the fire and
dragon trial advantages for the grass and electric ones, plus ghost against the
non-Mimikyu Pokémon, while Decidueye does much
worse than the other two. So Primarina and Incineroar
fare pretty similarly against the Totem battles. But what makes Primarina
much better than Incineroar in my opinion, is how it how it performs
against the Kahunas. In which it has super effective
attacks for all of them. Disarming Voice is
good against Hala, Olivia’s team is weak to water, Nanu’s is weak to Fairy, and Hapu’s is weak to water or Fairy with her Flygon. Primarina can single
handedly beat all of them. Incineroar does a bit
better against Team Skull, ’cause they tend to have
a lot of poison types but you can’t ignore
that Primarina beats
all of the Kahunas and does well in
the Totem battles, it is the best starter
in Alola, definitely. Next is let’s go Pikachu
and let’s go Eevee, and like with the yellow
version that they are based on, you do not get an
option in starter. Let’s go Pikachu
you get Pikachu, let’s go Eevee you get Eevee. So those two Pokémon are
the best and worst starters because they are
the only starters. And finally we have generation
8, Pokémon Sword and Shield, where the starter
options are of course Scorbunny, Sobble and Grookey. I must say of all the games
in all of the generations, I think these are the games where the starters are
the most evenly matched. A big reason for that
is the first three gyms are Grass, Fire and Water. And then the fourth gym is one that all of the starters
match up neutrally against, so therefore all of them
are good against exactly one of the first four gym battles. After the first four, Inteleon and Rillaboom do well
against the Rock gym if you’re in Sword, with Inteleon being better here since only half of Gordie’s
Pokémon are weak to grass. They’re also both
good against Raihan, since two of his four Pokémon
are weak to grass and water. Cinderace does well
in the Fairy gyms since it resists all
the fairy attacks, and it dominates in the
Shield-exclusive ice gym aside from the Lapras. It’s not much help
against Raihan, but it does really
well against Rose. With all this in mind, I’ve decided that I
think the best starter in Sword and Shield
is Scorbunny. While it’s only good against
one of the first four gyms, just like the other two, the one it’s good against
is the very first one, where you have the fewest
number of team options, so that’s pretty nice. It’s the only starter equipped
to handle the Fairy gym so it gets an extra
gym point there and in Shield, it’s
amazing in the Ice gym. And in Sword, it still can
help out in the rock gym because it gets
fighting type coverage. That fighting coverage can also
come in handy against Raihan because two of his four
Pokémon are weak to fighting. Also, being able to
sweep through Rose’s team which is not a gym battle, it
might as well be counted one, is really impressive. It has four-times
super effective hits for two of his five Pokémon and the other three
are all weak to fire, that’s really good. Cinderace also handles Hop’s regularly-appearing Corviknight, plus his Dubwool and Snorlax
thanks to fighting coverage, which also helps against Marnie. It’s not that great
in the Champion’s Cup, but it can handle Leon’s
Mr. Rime and Aegislash. Also I think Pyro Ball is the
best starter exclusive move because it’s extremely strong, its Fire Blast but physical
and stronger and 100% accurate. That’s really good! So in my opinion, all three
of the starters are good but Cinderace edges the
other two out by a bit. So in the end, the best starters in
generational/regional order are Bulbasaur, Cyndaquil,
Mudkip, Chimchar, Tepig, Fennekin and Bulbasaur together,
Popplio, and Scorbunny. Wow that’s a lot of fire types. Thanks so much for watching and an extra special thanks
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  1. I misspoke about Pyro Ball and said it was 100% accurate when I meant to say "more" accurate (bc it is more accurate than Fire Blast). My b. I misspoke a few other times but we caught them in editing. This was a long vid XD

  2. Why talk about the kanto starter in X/Y? You don’t get it until after the first gym. You might as well include any available wild pokemon and turn it into a “best team for every pokemon game” video.

  3. In gen 1 you can evolve your charmander until it learn metal claw so you can defeat brock
    About misty you can catch pikachu in viridian forest rare but….. yea

  4. yes bulbasaur is the perfect choice if you want to do quickly do the first 2 gym leaders, but in gen 1 due to a glicth the six gym was the hardest so once you defeted her you still have the last two gym leaders to go and this is when blastrous comes in.
    because water is strong agents fire and ground you can defect them easely. but I don't know ok. the only kanto starter I have is venersaur in pokemon X and it is really cool.
    I just wish bulbasaur was more popular than charmander

  5. Sooooo… what you are saying is that those of us that chose Charizard in gen 1 when we were kids didn’t need a handicap.

  6. Might get some hate, but Squirtle is actually a better choice for FRLG. Let me explain why. It can learn two dark type moves (bite and crunch), that will take care of Misty and Sabrina. Its water type will take care of Brock, Blaine, and Giovanni. With Surge and Erika, you’ll have to catch something that’s strong against them (or pick up ice beam at the casino for Erika). And for Koga, you can beat him with whatever works. Compared to Bulbasaur being great at only 3 gyms in total (First two and Giovanni), I’d say Squirtle would be a better choice.

  7. I’m trying to focus on the video but then I saw a wooloo plush then I saw a Groudon plush and thought do you want to lose to shamuuuuuuuuuuuu

  8. My first game was Firered and Leafgreen for GBA. I picked squirtle and many water types throughout the years. All of them are good to me. #SquirtleSquad

  9. The only real difference here between general consensus and the video would be generation 2. Most agree that the totadile line is actually better for the gen 2 games as it has extremely good early game presence particularly the move rage. Which is why it is used up until the player gets to the legendary beasts which are op for a play through

  10. PEOPLE
    do what 4 year old me did for x and y
    p i c k b o t h f e n n i k e n a n d c h a r m a n d e r
    h a l f o f m y t e a m w e r e f i r e t y p e s
    l i t e r a l l y

  11. Never liked chikorita or it's evolutions. Just doesn't look cool or cute just dumb and it's not a strong starter. Sorry to any Chikorita stans.

  12. Not awkward moment when the fire fighting type Pokemon that we've been complaining about for years happened to be the best for clearing the game based on how the game is balanced. I guess game freak was trying to make our lives easier after all

  13. Although yes Rowlet/Decidueye isn't that well set up for the Trials, it alone has the potential to beat them all (I know this as I've done that) due to it being able to learn a Flying type move before final Evolution… That's all I wanted to say

  14. Mike Does Primarina know any psychic type Moves because fairy types can use Psychic moves and if IT does IT can sweep posisyon tyle moves because psychic is effective against poison type u probably know that

  15. Mike, for the let's go games you could've compared pikachu and eevee to say which version gives you the best starter based on the story/ important battles

  16. My favorite starters for every game that i would use, if i had those games:

    Kanto: The least popular one
    Johto: The blue crocodile
    Hoenn: So i heard you liek-
    Sinnoh: What Michael thinks is ugly
    Unova: A tie between samurai otter and snobbish snake
    Kalos: The ninja with a tongue scarf
    Alola: Ariel as a seal, and finally
    Galar: and for his neutral special he wields a G U N

  17. People always complain about Whitney but i had a super easy time defeating her on my first playthrough. I had a quilava at the time and I think 2 showed it with attacks I don’t really remember. Trust me it was really easy

  18. Actually squirtle is the best starter for fire red and leaf green because if you wait til level 18 where it learns bite it will do well against
    Brock Misty's Starmie Blaine and Giovanni

  19. I chose Litten and maybe I got lucky or I got enough pokemon experience, but I got through everything without losing anything

  20. Gen 1 Winner: bulbasaur Gen 2 winner: Cyndaquil gen 3 winner: mudkip gen 4 winner: tepig gen 5 winner: chimchar gen 6 winners: bulbasaur and fennekin gen 7 winner: Poppilo gen 8 winner: Scorbunny Best type: fire with 5 wins worst type: tied with water and grass but bulbasaur was the only grass type to win and well a water type won twice as two different starters and bulbasaur won twice so in short fire 1st water 2nd grass 3rd

  21. "Empoleon is ugly"

    coming from a dude that likes a gecko that has a christmas tree hanging out its butt like a turd you can't quite push out all the way

  22. I just disagree with you when you said that until the first gym in swsh you don't have a lot of team members options
    Let's not forget that we have A LOT of new mons in wild area and we have 4 routes+ galar mine+wild area until first gym

  23. Just a few things to point out in HGSS. You're right that the "plot battles" remain unchanged but what DOES change are the starters' movesets. Feraligatr gets access to Bite, Crunch and Ice Fang, meaning that it is now the best starter against Morty and Clair's gyms while Typhlosion remains the best starter for Bugsy, Jasmine and Pryce. Also because of Feraligatr's new moves, it has offensive moves to deal with Silver's Golbat, Kadabra and Haunter by the end of the game while Typhlosion only has offensive moves for Magneton and Sneasel. Meganium though it's not too bad defensively, it doesn't really have an offensive counter for any of his pokemon and Sneasel and Typhlosion have supereffective STAB moves to deal with it. Also considering Ice Fang and Bite are moves Feraligatr gets relatively early on, it's definitely going to be pulling it's weight against Silver as early as the third battle against him.

    Against the Elite Four, Feraligatr is the best pokemon to deal with Will, Karen and Lance because Crunch deals supereffective damage against all of Will's pokemon while Typhlosion only has supereffective moves against Jynx and Exeggutor. Likewise Ice Fang is supereffective against his three Dragonites and Feraligatr's water type moves are supereffective against Aerodactyl and Charizard and is only weak to one Dragonite (carrying Thunder) while Typhlosion's only real counter is Rollout and is weak to Gyarados and Aerodactyl. Karen is a similar story as Feraligatr has supereffective moves for four of her pokemon and only her Vileplume is a threat, while Typhlosion is only really good against that Vileplume. Typhlosion is actually really good against Koga with three of his pokemon being weak to fire type moves while Feraligatr is only good against one and no one is actually good against Bruno. Typhlosion is weak against his Onix and his Machamp's Rock Slide while Feraligatr and Meganium are good against Onix but are similarly weak to other moves on his team (Blaze Kick and Fire Punch for Meganium and Thunder Punch for Feraligatr) but neither of the three actually have a good answer for his fighting types so it's probably best if you use a different pokemon on the team.

    So to recap, Cyndaquil is the best starter for three of the eight gyms (including one early on) and one of the Elite Four, Totodile is the best for two Gyms, Silver's battles and three of the Elite Four and poor Chikorita is the best starter against exactly one Gym (that being Chuck because it's the bulkiest and is the only one with a counter against Poliwrath) and maybe Bruno. If you actually read this wall of text, you're a great person and thanks for coming to my ted talk.

  24. There's another aspect that gives Chimchar the edge in Diamond in Pearl, specifically, the sheer lack of available Fire-types
    Your only other option for Fire in DP is Ponyta, which is to say, not the greatest, while Infernape is a very powerful Pokémon, as you've stated
    You have more options in Platinum, but the point stands

  25. Take to consideration that feraligator has a wide variety of moves that it can learn that completely bodies the elite four and 4 of Johto gyms And 4 of kanto gyms….And remember feraligator can learn ice fang or ice beam completely destroying lance

  26. Actually squirtle is better than bulbasaur. I don't want to explain it but the majority of 1st gen speedrunners use squitle as starter. If you don't trust me go to check them

  27. Combusken and Blaziken being part fighting type is useful against Teams Aqua and Magma because both have many grunts who use Poochyena, and the boss fight at Mt Chimney starts with a Mightyena who uses Intimidate. Additionally that part fighting type is very useful against Numel and Camerupt, both part ground type. If Blaziken’s speed stat is high and you can get it to attack first, Carvanha and Sharpedo’s part dark typing won’t stand up to a good fighting type move. Not to mention Sydney of the Elite Four specialises in Dark types. Additionally Steven uses bug, rock and steel types, which the fire/fighting combo that is Blaziken has good coverage for. Torchic can also learn Peck. While not a STAB move, it does provide another option for Brawly in case your Taillow/Swellow has gone down or you haven’t got your Kirlia high enough yet.

  28. Chimchar is also a very good choice because Diamond and Pearl is sorely lacking in a variety of fire types available. The only other fire type you can catch is late game.

  29. Best starter for each gen are all 3 of them.You just need to trade them over,or if you are playing Gold/Silver you can use glitch to have all 3.Or if you play Yellow you can get all 3 at lv 10.

  30. Cyndaquil may have a problem mid-way between the 1st and 2nd Johto gym cause there is a rock-type in the way(though you can get through him but he turns at you real fast).

  31. Bulbasaur is not a good choice to pick in Red and Blue. Grass type moves sucked in Gen 1, all it could learn is Vine Whip and Razor Leaf, which are weak, and Solar Beam which takes a turn to charge and it learns at Level 65, which is pretty late in the game. The only thing it’s good for are the first two Gyms. You’re much better off picking Squirtle.
    Edit: Emboar is not the best for Black 2 and White 2, Samurott is. Samurott he has just as many advantages and just as much coverage, but he is faster. Many of the Gym Leaders are much faster than Emboar and it’s pre-evolutions, so it gets knocked out before it can deal damage a lot. Clay is a perfect example, even though Pignite has the advantage again both Krokorok and Excadrill, but they also have the advantage against Pignite and are faster.

  32. Imagine an Electric type with The ability Levitate Its The best combo ever

    And if that Pokemon Has High
    Defence and Special Defence with Attack and Lots of health It would 100% Be the most Defenced Pokemon
    And if it has Defence for example Fire types moves and Other types Would do a little Amount of damage since Electric types only weakness is ground

  33. That’s unfortunate about Poplio and Scorbunny. Poplio is an unholy abomination and Scorbunny is just furry bait. Ill stick to the less effective but vastly cooler Drummer Gorilla and Heel Wrestler.

  34. Also infernape is the best for sinnoh bc he’s one of the few fire type Pokemon in the entire game. He just fits into your game better.

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