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The starters from the first to the fourth generation.

In a Nuzlocke Challenge, the Starter Pokémon is usually the first Pokémon the player receives, and the first Pokémon that joins the team. The Starter Pokémon is considered mortal, just like every other Pokémon in the challenge.

Each Starter Pokémon has two stages of evolution; the Pokémon evolves into its first stage around levels 14-18, and into its second stage around levels 30-36. Each Starter Pokémon is either a Grass, Fire, or Water type. The only exception to this rule is Pikachu, an Electric type. Starters usually gain a second type through evolution. The in-game rival will almost always have the Starter that has a type advantage over your choice.

In the gamesEdit

Starter Pokémon are extremely important to the success of a run. Most Starters serve as the base of a player's team due to their reliability and usually good stats. Often, the wild Pokémon a player will find during the first part of the game will not be very well suited for beating harder opponents, such as gym leaders or the player's rival(s).

Due to their double-tiered evolution, Starter Pokémon remain extremely useful throughout the games, often being the first building-block that the player uses when planning a strategy. The exact usefulness of a Starter is of course determined by it's type and subtype, and by the strategy used with it. Chikorita is notorious for having a disadvantage against most of Gen II's gyms, while Mudkip with it's evolutions have one of the best type combinations of its Gen's starters(maybe all Generations).

In runsEdit

Starter Pokémon are very important characters in fan runs. They are the first to be gained, and will usually stay on the team for the most time. This results in a tendency to display Starters as the leaders of their team, experienced and dependable. Often, they end up mentoring inexperienced Pokémon, and sometimes their trainers too.

The death of a Starter can be a disaster for a run, especially on early stages. because of this very few runs feature the death of a Starter.

List of PokemonEdit

BulbasaurEdit

Bulbasaur (Fushigidane フシギダネ), the Seed Pokémon, is the first in the National Pokédex. It is the only Starter Pokémon that has a second type on its basic stage. Bulbasaur is a Grass/Poison type that has a bulb on its back that gradually grows into a flower as it evolves into Ivysaur at level 16 and Venusaur at level 32. Bulbasaur can be recieved as a Starter in Pokémon Red, Blue, FireRed and LeafGreen, originally debuting in Red and Blue as a Generation I Pokémon. It has high Special Attack and Special Defense. If mega evolved in Generation VI it gains more of both Special stats, alot more Defense and the Ability Thick Fat. Bulbasaur could also be given to the player in Pokémon Yellow as well as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Prof. Oak and in X and Y by Prof. Sycamore.

Usage: Bulbasaur is pretty bulky, and learns many moves like; Toxic, Sleep Powder, and Leech seed, which make it great both for stalling and for weakening potential teammates. Its Grass-type gives it a great advantage in the Kanto region, most notably against Brock, Misty, and Giovanni's Gyms (Gen I, II, III and IV). Its secondary Poison-type has its advantages as well, such as added resistance to the Grass, Fighting, Poison, Bug and Fairy-types.

Notable uses: 'Spuds' in A Petty Nuzlocke: Leaf Green Edition

CharmanderEdit

Charmander (Hitokage ヒトカゲ), the salamander Pokémon, is #004 in the National Pokédex. Charmander is a pure Fire-type that gains an additional Flying-type on its last stage of evolution, Charizard. Charmander can be received as a Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Red, Blue, FireRed and LeafGreen, originally debuting in Red and Blue as a Generation I Pokémon. Its strong points are the Special Attack and Speed stats. Charmander could also be given to the player in Pokémon Yellow as well as in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Prof. Oak and in X and Y by Prof. Sycamore.

Usage: Charmander is the best sweeper of the three Starters. Though it doesn't have too many advantages against Gym Leaders, it still finds use through its immunity to ground type attacks and its high speed. Being based off of a Dragon, Charmander's evolution, Charizard can also learn one of the strongest Dragon type moves, Dragon Claw in Gen III.

Notable uses: 'Bruce' in Nuzlocke's Pokémon FireRed: Hard Mode. ""Charlie"" in YinDragon's Ken's Fire Red Kicka$$ Mode. ""Charlie"" in Onyxr's Nix's FireRed Nuzlocke. Arnold in Aerorwen's The Fall.

SquirtleEdit

Squirtle (Zenigame ゼニガメ), the Turtle Pokemon, #007 in the National Pokedex. Squirtle remains as pure Water type throughout evolution. It grows larger as it evolves to Blastoise. Squirtle's hard shell protects it from danger, and it attack with water from its mouth. Squirtle can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Red, Blue, FireRed and LeafGreen, originally debuting in Red and Blue in Generation I. Its strong points are defense and Sp.def stats. Squirtle it also could be given to the player in Pokemon Yellow as well as in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Proff. Oak.

Usage: Squirtle also has a lot of advantages against the gyms in the Kanto region. Along with its great Defense and Sp. Defense, Squirtle can hit well, while taking damage as well. It can learn Ice-type attacks as well, covering its weakness against Grass-types.

Notable uses:

PikachuEdit

Pikachu (Pikachuu ピカチュウ), the Mouse Pokemon, #025 in the National Pokedex. Pikachu remains a pure Electric type throughout its evolution. It shoots electric sparks from its cheeks. Pikachu is your Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Yellow, this Pikachu, unfortunately, cannot evolve. Your rival will choose Eevee and its evolution depends on the results of your first two battles with him(almost certainly Jolteon). Its strong points are his Attacks and speed stats. Pikachu is also available in every other main series game, except Black, White, Black 2 and White 2, as a rare encounter.

Usage: Pikachu is one of the best Electric types out there. As a Raichu, it can do tons of damage, while taking good hits as well. But even as a Pikachu, you can surely get far, since it outspeeds most Pokemon, and deals good damage with strong attacks such as Thunderbolt.

Notable uses:

ChikoritaEdit

Chikorita (Chikoriita チコリータ), the Leaf Pokemon, #152 in the National Pokedex. Chikorita remains a pure Grass type throughout evolution. It has a giant leaf on its head, and the bulbs on its neck later blossom into flower petals as it evolves into Bayleef and Meganium. Chikorita can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, originally debuting in Gold and Silver as a Generation II Pokemon. Its strong points are HP and both defense stats. Chikorita could also be given to the player in Pokemon Emerald by Professor Birch as reward.

Notable uses:

☀"Mr. Stake" in Team Four Star's Soul Silver Nuzlocke

CyndaquilEdit

Cyndaquil (Hinoarashi ヒノアラシ), the Fire Mouse Pokemon, #155 in the National Pokedex. Cyndaquil remains a pure Fire type throughout its evolution. Cyndaquil can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, originally debuting in Gold and Silver as a Generation II Pokemon. Its strong points are its Sp. Attack and Speed stats. Cyndaquil is a very popular Starter Pokemon in regular runs and Johto Challenges, it could also be given to the player in Pokemon Emerald by Professor Birch as reward.

Notable uses: ""Kindle"" in DragonwolfRooke's Nuzrooke Silver

TotodileEdit

Totodile (Waninoko ワニノコ), the Big Jaw Pokemon, #158 in the National Pokedex. Totodile remains a pure Water type throughout its evolution. It has massive jaws and rough scales like its evolutions Croconaw and Feraligatr. Totodile can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, originally debuting in Gold and Silver as a Generation II Pokemon. Its strong points are Attack and Defense. Totodile could also be given to the player in Pokemon Emerald by Professor Birch as reward.

Notable uses: 'Brotodile' on Freddy's Nuzlocke Adventures by Notepad.

TreeckoEdit

Treecko (Kimori キモリ), the Wood Gecko Pokemon, #252 in the National Pokedex. Treecko remains a pure Grass type throughout its evolution. Its tail is made of leaves and it grows small seeds on its back as it evolves to Sceptile. Treecko can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, debuting as a Generation III Pokemon in Ruby and Sapphire. Its strong points are the Speed and Sp. Attack stats. Treecko is also given to the player in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Steven.

Notable uses: Nuzlocke's original Pokemon Ruby: Hard Mode.

TorchicEdit

Torchic (Achamo アチャモ), the Chick Pokemon, #255 in the National Pokedex. Torchic gains an additional Fighting type as it evolves into Combusken and inverts the Attack stats when it evolves to Blaziken. Torchic bears the appearance of a chicken, but loses the resemblance as it evolves. Torchic can be recieved as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, debuting as a Generation III Pokemon in Ruby and Sapphire. Its strong points are Sp. Attack in its first stage, Attack in its final stage and Speed. Torchic is also given to the player in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Steven.

Notable uses: 'Fowler' in Hale: Emerald Hard Mode

MudkipEdit

Mudkip (Mizogorou ミズゴロウ), the Mud Fish Pokemon, #258 in the National Pokedex. Mudkip gains an additional Ground type as it evolves into Marshtomp and Swampert. The fins on its head, tail, and cheeks grow as it evolves. Mudkip can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, debuting as a Generation III Pokemon in Ruby and Sapphire. Its strong points are Attack and HP stats. Mudkip is also given to the player in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver by Steven.

Notable uses.

TurtwigEdit

Turtwig (Naetoru ナエトル), the Leaf Turtle Pokemon, #387 in the National Pokedex. Turtwig remains a pure Grass type as it evolves into Grotle, but it gains the Ground type as it evolves into Torterra. The shell on it's back and start to hosts bushes as it evolves into Grotle and heavy rocks with a tree as it evolves into Torterra. Turtwig can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, originally debuting in Diamond and Pearl as a Generation IV Pokemon. If the player chooses Turtwig, the rival will choose Chimchar and Dawn/Lucas will choose Piplup. Its strong points are attack and defense stats.

Notable uses:

ChimcharEdit

Chimchar (Hikozaru ヒコザル), the Chimp Pokemon, #390 in the National Pokedex. It gains Fighting type when it evolves into Monferno and Infernape. It is very agile and the flame on its tail bears a similar function to Charmander's. Chimchar can be recieved as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, originally debuting in Diamond and Pearl as a Generation IV Pokemon. If the player chooses Chimchar, the rival will choose Piplup and Dawn/Lucas will choose Turtwig. Its strong points are speed and both attack stats.

Notorious users:Gohan in Kynim's Diamond Nuzlocke, Tales of Sinnoh

PiplupEdit

Piplup (Pocchama ポッチャマ), the Penguin Pokemon, #393 in the National Pokedex. Piplup remains a pure Water type when it evolves into Prinplup, but it gains the additional Steel type when it evolves into Empoleon. It is a flightless bird that grows a sharper beak and wings as it evolves. Piplup can be recieved as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, originally debuting in Diamond and Pearl as a Generation IV Pokemon. If the player chooses Piplup, the rival will choose Turtwig and Dawn/Lucas will choose Chimchar. Its strong points are S.attack and S.defence.

Notable uses:

SnivyEdit

Snivy (Tsutaaja ツタージャ), the Grass Snake Pokemon, #495 in the National Pokedex. Snivy remains a pure Grass type throughout its evolutions. Snivy has a leaf on its tail that eventually grows into many leaves as it evolves into Servine, but it loses its limbs when it evolves to Serperior. Snivy can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2, originally debuting in Black and White as a Generation V Pokemon. If the player chooses Snivy, Bianca will choose Oshawott and Cheren will choose Tepig in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, Hugh will have a Tepig. Its strong points are speed and both defense stats.

Notable uses:

TepigEdit

Tepig (Pokabu ポカブ), the Fire Pig Pokemon, #498 in the National Pokedex. It gains an additional Fighting type when it evolves into Pignite and Emboar. Tepig exhausts flames from its nostrils when it runs, and becomes more powerful when it evolves. Tepig can be recieved as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2, originally debuting in Black and White as a Generation V Pokemon. its strong points are Hp and Attack stats.

Notable uses: Notepad's Pokemon White Nuzlocke Challenge.

OshawottEdit

Oshawott (Mijumaru ミジュマル), the Sea Otter Pokemon, is #501 in the National Pokedex. It remains a pure Water type throughout its evolutions. Oshawott can be received as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2, originally debuting in Black and White as a Generation V Pokemon. its strong points are the Sp.Atk and normal Attack stats almost equally being Special the strongest.

Notable uses: Luke Nuzlocke's Pokemon White: Hard Mode.

CommentsEdit

  • An optional rule is usually followed in some Nuzlocke Challenge runs where the Starter Pokemon isn't used for the Challenge when another Pokemon has been caught.
  • the strong points mentioned on the descriptions are only on stats and don't count the factors like nature or attack sets.

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