Which Classic Starter Pokémon Should You Choose?

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet arrive on November 18! And with this new open-world RPG game comes a new round of starter Pokémon. This delightful trio is comprised of Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. As always, the three starters are Grass, Fire, and Water Types, respectively.

With this modern update, however, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic. So we want to look back on some older Pokémon. Below, let’s learn about five classic starters. Plus, you can take a quiz to find out which classic starter is best suited for you!

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Who Are the Classic Starter Pokémon?

Now that you know which starter Pokémon might suit you best, you can get to know the other choices! After all, choosing the right starter is that important first step in every Pokémon adventure. With the perfect Pokémon team, you can be the very best — like no one ever was!


Squirtle is a Water-type Pokémon as well as one of the three Kanto starters. According to the Pokédex, Squirtle grows its shell after hatching. Its shell is a powerful tool and weapon. Additionally, Squirtle tends to spray powerful foam torrents out of its mouth whenever threatened. It is a fast swimmer, and favored by turtle-loving trainers.


The Fire-type Charmander is another Kanto starter. A flame burns on this lovely little lizard’s tail from birth. The brightness and size of the flame often indicates its emotional state. Low and dim fires indicate when Charmander is sad or hurt, bright flames show that it is in good health, and roaring flames mean the Pokémon is enraged. Feel the burn!


Bulbasaur makes up the last of the three Kanto starters. From birth, it bears a seed pod on its back. For this reason, researchers are often in disagreement about whether or not Bulbasaur is a plant or animal. Whatever the case, it is an extremely tough Pokémon, exceedingly difficult to catch in the wild. But it’s the perfect companion once you earn its trust!


Although Eeevee is introduced in Generation I, it is not available as a starter until the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game. This Normal-type is one of the most unique Pokémon out there. Often called “the Evolution Pokémon,” it can alter its appearance and abilities while evolving to best suit its environment. Possible Eevee evolutions include Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Leafeon, Umbreon, Espeon, Glaceon, and Sylveon.


Pikachu is the Pokémon franchise’s adorable mascot. This Electric-type Pokémon is not actually available as a starter to most trainers. Instead, in the Pokémon anime, Ash Ketchum chooses Pikachu as his companion despite originally only having the three general starters offered to him. Later, Pikachu could be picked as a starter in Pokémon Yellow, much to players’ delight.

Also known as a mouse Pokémon, Pikachu stores electricity in its cheeks. Its tail is often struck by lightning when raised to sense its surroundings. It will also bite anyone who pulls on that tail.

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