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Artwork featuring the player's starter Pokémon from Generations I through IV
Generation V starter Pokémon, as seen in the anime
Anime artwork of the Generation VI starter Pokémon

At the beginning of their quest, Trainers are given a starter Pokémon (Japanese: はじめてのポケモン Beginning Pokémon or さいしょのポケモン first Pokémon; known as 御三家 the big three among Japanese fans). This Pokémon will be used to battle the first wild Pokémon that the Trainer encounters.

Once another Pokémon is caught, the starter Pokémon may be retired, but it is often with this Pokémon that Trainers learn friendship and trust. As such, even advanced Trainers may still use their starter Pokémon, and they will often be the most powerful Pokémon on their respective teams.

In the games

In the main games, each starter Pokémon is at level 5. Trainers can choose a Fire-, Water-, or Grass-type Pokémon (with one exception). The Trainer that will be designated as the player's rival will always choose or have the Pokémon of the starter trio that has a type advantage over the one the player chooses, though if the player has more than one rival the secondary rivals may start with different Pokémon.

Starter Pokémon

Core series

Kanto

In Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, FireRed, and LeafGreen, Professor Oak will bring Trainers to his lab to give them one of the following to begin their journey:

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Bulbasaur
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Charmander
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Squirtle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Ivysaur Ivysaur Charmeleon Charmeleon Wartortle Wartortle
Grass Poison Fire Water
Venusaur Venusaur Charizard Charizard Blastoise Blastoise
Grass Poison Fire Flying Water

The player's rival will then pick the type-advantageous starter Pokémon, and the remaining Pokémon will sit in its Poké Ball on Oak's desk for the rest of the game.

Professor Oak offers one of this trio of Pokémon to the player in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver after the player has defeated Red, making reference to the fact that he gives them out as starter Pokémon in Kanto-based games, suggesting the player will be able to make it to the next town with one of these Pokémon by his or her side.

In Pokémon Yellow, due to being based on the anime, Oak instead gives out:

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Pikachu
Electric

The Pikachu is the same one that attacked the player when they ventured onto Route 1 that Oak caught, which will be the only choice the player gets. During the adventure, the player will be able to get the original three Kanto starter Pokémon through special events not present in the earlier games. It remains to be the only core series game to allow the player to obtain all three starter Pokémon from a previous game legitimately without trading. The Pikachu received from Oak will also refuse to evolve into Raichu by use of a Thunder Stone unless it is traded away to do so.

Johto

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Professor Elm will have an errand for the player to run, and will give them one of the following for protection on this errand, which they will then keep after completion:

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Chikorita
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Cyndaquil
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Totodile
Grass Fire Water
Bayleef Bayleef Quilava Quilava Croconaw Croconaw
Grass Fire Water
Meganium Meganium Typhlosion Typhlosion Feraligatr Feraligatr
Grass Fire Water

After the player meets with Mr. Pokémon and receives a Pokédex from Professor Oak, Professor Elm will call the player to tell them that a thief has taken a Pokémon. As the player returns to New Bark Town, he or she will encounter the thief, who will have the stolen Pokémon with the type advantage over the player's own. From this point onward, the thief will be the player's rival, while Professor Elm keeps the Pokémon that was left behind by the thief on his desk for the remainder of the game (in HeartGold and SoulSilver, the last Pokémon mysteriously disappears at some point).

In Generation II, the Pokémon will be holding a Berry when received from Elm, though the rival's stolen starter Pokémon will not.

In Pokémon Emerald, after the player has caught all Pokémon in the Hoenn Pokédex with the exception of Jirachi and Deoxys, Professor Birch will offer one of these Pokémon as a reward.

Hoenn

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, after Professor Birch is rescued from a PoochyenaRS or ZigzagoonE, he allows the player to keep the Pokémon they chose to rescue him with, either:

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Treecko
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Torchic
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Mudkip
Grass Fire Water
Grovyle Grovyle Combusken Combusken Marshtomp Marshtomp
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground
Sceptile Sceptile Blaziken Blaziken Swampert Swampert
Grass Fire Fighting Water Ground

The player's neighbor, Brendan or May, already has his or her starter Pokémon, which is always the one with the type advantage. What happens to the starter not selected is unknown. By the end of the game, it seems that the player's nominal rival, the son/daughter of Professor Birch, has stopped being a Trainer, and Wally is actually the true rival, facing the player before he or she can leave Victory Road and staying there to rebattle the player later.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Steven Stone offers one of these Pokémon to the player after he or she has defeated Red.

Sinnoh

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, when two Starly attack the player and rival at Lake Verity, to which they travel upon hearing reports of a red Gyarados, they will choose one of the following from Professor Rowan's briefcase, which he left at the lake:

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Turtwig
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Chimchar
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Piplup
Grass Fire Water
Grotle Grotle Monferno Monferno Prinplup Prinplup
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Torterra Torterra Infernape Infernape Empoleon Empoleon
Grass Ground Fire Fighting Water Steel

The player's friend and rival Barry will choose the starter Pokémon that has a type advantage against the player's choice, and the NPC who is the other-gender choice (Lucas/Dawn) will have the Pokémon weak to the player's choice, and therefore strong against Barry's. After fighting off the two Starly at the lake and returning the briefcase to Rowan, the professor will allow the player and Barry to keep the Pokémon they used.

In Pokémon Platinum, the player and the rival are stopped by Professor Rowan just as they are about to run through tall grass to get to Sandgem Town to ask the Professor for Pokémon. After some questions about the player and the rival's love for Pokémon, he decides to entrust them with one starter Pokémon each.

Unova

In Pokémon Black and White, Professor Juniper leaves a gift with the player's mother in Nuvema Town to give to him or her, containing the following three Pokémon:

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Snivy
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Tepig
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Oshawott
Grass Fire Water
Servine Servine Pignite Pignite Dewott Dewott
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Serperior Serperior Emboar Emboar Samurott Samurott
Grass Fire Fighting Water

The player's friend Cheren will choose the Pokémon that is strong against the player's choice, while the player's other friend Bianca will choose the one weak to the player's choice. The choice of starter Pokémon affects which of the Gym Leaders of Striaton City will be battled; players who chose Snivy will face Chili, a Fire-type specialist, players who chose Tepig will face Cress, a Water-type specialist, and players who chose Oshawott will face Cilan, a Grass-type specialist. Also, the choice affects the Pokémon given to the player in the Dreamyard. Choosing Snivy gives the player a Panpour, Tepig a Pansage and Oshawott a Pansear.

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Bianca takes three starter Pokémon to Aspertia City on Professor Juniper's behalf and offers one of them to the player. The player's friend, Hugh, will have the Pokémon that is strong against the player's choice, having raised it from an Egg. The player character not chosen will have the starter that is weak to the player's choice, but in its second form.

Kalos

In Pokémon X and Y, the player, Shauna, and Serena/Calem receive their starter Pokémon in Aquacorde Town from Tierno, who was asked by Professor Sycamore to deliver them.

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Chespin
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Fennekin
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Froakie
Grass Fire Water
Quilladin Quilladin Braixen Braixen Frogadier Frogadier
Grass Fire Water
Chesnaught Chesnaught Delphox Delphox Greninja Greninja
Grass Fighting Fire Psychic Water Dark

The player's friend Shauna will choose the Pokémon with a type disadvantage to the player's choice, while the player's other friend Serena/Calem will choose the one with a type advantage to the player's choice. The choice of starter Pokémon affects which Pokémon Shauna will trade with the player after the player enters in the Hall of Fame. Shauna will trade the unevolved form of her starter Pokémon, having received it as an Egg. The choice of starter Pokémon also determines which of the Legendary birds will roam the Kalos region after defeating the Pokémon League—if the player chooses Chespin, Articuno will appear, Zapdos will appear to those who chose Fennekin, and Moltres will appear to those that went with Froakie.

Other in-game starters

Base stat comparison when fully evolved

Pokémon 003Venusaur.png
Venusaur
006Charizard.png
Charizard
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Blastoise
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Pikachu
HP
80
78
79
35
Attack
82
84
83
55
Defense
83
78
100
40
Sp. Attack
100
109
85
50
Sp. Defense
100
85
105
50
Speed
80
100
78
90
Total 525 534 530 320

Pokémon 154Meganium.png
Meganium
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Typhlosion
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Feraligatr
HP
80
78
85
Attack
82
84
105
Defense
100
78
100
Sp. Attack
83
109
79
Sp. Defense
100
85
83
Speed
80
100
78
Total 525 534 530

Pokémon 254Sceptile.png
Sceptile
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Blaziken
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Swampert
HP
70
80
100
Attack
85
120
110
Defense
65
70
90
Sp. Attack
105
110
85
Sp. Defense
85
70
90
Speed
120
80
60
Total 530 530 535

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Torterra
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Infernape
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Empoleon
HP
95
76
84
Attack
109
104
86
Defense
105
71
88
Sp. Attack
75
104
111
Sp. Defense
85
71
101
Speed
56
108
60
Total 525 534 530

Pokémon 497Serperior.png
Serperior
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Emboar
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Samurott
HP
75
110
95
Attack
75
123
100
Defense
95
65
85
Sp. Attack
75
100
108
Sp. Defense
95
65
70
Speed
113
65
70
Total 528 528 528

Pokémon 652Chesnaught.png
Chesnaught
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Delphox
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Greninja
HP
88
75
72
Attack
107
69
95
Defense
122
72
67
Sp. Attack
74
114
103
Sp. Defense
75
100
71
Speed
64
104
122
Total 530 534 530

Pokémon 003Venusaur-Mega.png
Venusaur
006Charizard-Mega X.png
Charizard
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Charizard
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Blastoise
HP
80
78
78
79
Attack
100
130
104
103
Defense
123
111
78
120
Sp. Attack
122
130
159
135
Sp. Defense
120
85
115
115
Speed
80
100
100
78
Total 625 634 634 630

Side series

Orre

In Pokémon Colosseum:

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Espeon
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Umbreon
Psychic Dark

A first for the Pokémon games, these starter Pokémon come as a pair as to represent the double-battle system, and are also different in that they are in the player's possession right at start of play. Umbreon is at level 26, knowing the TM moves Taunt and Snatch, as well as Bite which is otherwise only available through breeding at such a level. Espeon is at level 25, knowing the TM moves Return (while also starting with maximum friendship) and Reflect. Both are always male.

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness:

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Eevee
Normal
Vaporeon Vaporeon Jolteon Jolteon Flareon Flareon Espeon Espeon Umbreon Umbreon
Water Electric Fire Psychic Dark

This starter Pokémon is also in the player's possession right at the beginning. It is at level 10, knowing Bite which is again unique for this level. At an early point in the game, the player is offered one of five evolutionary items, Water Stone, Thunderstone, Fire Stone, Moon Shard and Sun Shard, to make the Eevee evolve into any of its evolutions that existed in Generation III.

In Pokémon XD, if the player completes the Mt. Battle challenge and beats all 100 Trainers without quitting or switching Pokémon, Battlus will give one of the Johto starter Pokémon as a reward.

Pokétopia

In Pokémon Battle Revolution, the player's starter Pokémon are determined by the gender specified on their Rental Pass or Custom Pass. They are all at level 50.

Male players start out with the following Pokémon:

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Grotle
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Monferno
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Prinplup
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Luxio
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Gabite
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Staravia

Female players start out with the following Pokémon:

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Ivysaur
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Charmeleon
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Wartortle
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Dragonair
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Rhyhorn
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Pidgeot

Starting Pokémon

While not actually starter Pokémon, these are the first Pokémon available in each of these games.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Player character → Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Pokémon Ranger series

Main article: Partner Pokémon

Pokémon Rumble series

Main article: Player character → Pokémon Rumble series

PokéPark series

Main article: Player character → PokéPark series

Pokémon Conquest

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Eevee
Normal
Vaporeon Vaporeon Jolteon Jolteon Flareon Flareon Espeon Espeon Umbreon Umbreon Leafeon Leafeon Glaceon Glaceon
Water Electric Fire Psychic Dark Grass Ice

Pokédex 3D

In Pokédex 3D, all players begin with these Pokémon.

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Snivy
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Servine
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Serperior
498Tepig.png
Tepig
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Pignite
500Emboar.png
Emboar
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Oshawott
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Dewott
503Samurott.png
Samurott
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Audino
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Scraggy
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Minccino
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Emolga
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Foongus
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Axew
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Hydreigon

In the anime

Upon their tenth birthday, youths can register for a Pokédex and pick up a starter Pokémon from the local Pokémon Professor or Pokémon Center free of charge. Starter Pokémon are usually raised specifically to be easy to train.

Like in the games, the specific starter Pokémon available vary from region to region, but are the same in each region as the games. That is, Kanto Trainers can only choose Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle, Johto Trainers can only choose Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile, and so on.

In A Mudkip Mission, it was shown where starter Pokémon come from. Each region has special, secret breeding grounds ran by a Pokémon Breeder for starter Pokémon. The Pokémon League sends these Breeders the Pokémon Eggs for them to hatch at the breeding grounds. The breeders then hatch, care for, and raise the young Pokémon until they are ready to be proper starter Pokémon for new Trainers. As these young ones are virtually defenseless, the locations of breeding grounds (or even the knowledge of their existence) is a secret unknown to most in the Pokémon world. This is likely to guard against unscrupulous individuals or groups (such as Team Rocket) from poaching the young Pokémon.

Other rookie Trainers may receive their first Pokémon from a friend or relative instead. Others, on the other hand, may befriend a Pokémon in the wild. These mean that Trainers can, in fact, start with any Pokémon.

List of starter Pokémon in the anime

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Several characters have also captured Pokémon in the wild that are, in the games, only available as starter Pokémon.

  • Ash Ketchum captured a Bulbasaur, a Charmander, and a Squirtle in quick succession in the Kanto region. Of the three, only Charmander evolved, becoming a Charmeleon, and later a Charizard, both of which were very disobedient to Ash until an incident in the Orange Archipelago, after which it served Ash as it had when it was a Charmander. Bulbasaur was also going to evolve, but decided itself against becoming an Ivysaur in Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden.
  • Ash also captured the three Johto region starter Pokémon, Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile, of which Cyndaquil and Chikorita evolved, into Quilava and Bayleef, respectively.
  • Ash captured a Treecko in Hoenn, while Brock captured a Mudkip. Treecko evolved twice, becoming Sceptile before Ash left it at Professor Oak's lab, while Brock's Mudkip evolved into Marshtomp. Along with May's Torchic, the traveling trio had the three starter Pokémon of Hoenn.
  • May caught a Bulbasaur midway through her journey in Hoenn, and was given a Squirtle by Professor Oak when she journeyed to Kanto. Bulbasaur evolved all the way into Venusaur and Squirtle evolved into Wartortle during May's travels through Johto.
  • In Sinnoh, Ash repeated himself by capturing Turtwig, which has since evolved into a Torterra. His rival, Paul owned a Chimchar that was confirmed to be caught in the wild. It was released, recaught by Ash, and is now an Infernape.
  • Dawn hatched a Cyndaquil during her journey in Sinnoh. It later evolved into Quilava.
  • Ash reused his pattern from the original series of capturing all starter Pokémon in Unova, Oshawott, Tepig and Snivy. However this time around he caught them in reverse of the Pokédex order rather than following it as he did in the original series, and Oshawott was in fact a starter Pokémon that Professor Juniper allowed Ash to have after it ran away to be with him. Of the three, only Tepig has evolved, becoming a Pignite.
  • Gary Oak had an Eevee at least since Ash was traveling in the Orange Islands. As it was revealed to be under his ownership before his Blastoise, it caused many to hearken back to Pokémon Yellow, where the player starts with Pikachu, like Ash, and the rival starts with Eevee. Either way, it was disproven that this was the case when Gary finally revealed his Blastoise to Ash. His Eevee eventually evolved into Umbreon.
  • Ash captured a Froakie in Kalos, which used to belong to several other Trainers before being abandoned or abandoning the Trainer.
  • Clemont was given a Chespin in Mega-Mega Meowth Madness! by Professor Sycamore.

In the manga

In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu, unlike the anime from which the manga was based on, new Pokémon Trainers do not appear to be given any sort of starter Pokémon. Professor Oak is not shown residing at his laboratory handing out starter Pokémon to new Trainers, as in the anime, rather, he travels the Kanto region conducting research, often accompanied by Bill. Trainers in The Electric Tale of Pikachu must obtain a license before they can purchase Poké Balls or otherwise capture and train Pokémon. Ash found Pikachu under the floorboards of his home, keeping it as his first Pokémon. It is not currently known what Gary Oak's first Pokémon was in the manga.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, the starter Pokémon featured in the games are reserved for the few people who hold a Pokédex. Professor Oak produces three Pokédexes for each region, and gives out the three starter Pokémon in each region along with the Pokédex to Trainers he thinks are talented. He has colleagues and friends like Professor Birch do this for him in regions in which he isn't present. In the Unova region, two sets of starter Pokémon are given out to six Trainers, but still with only three Pokédexes. Professor Oak also gave Red's Pikachu as a special starter to Yellow.

Most characters in the manga do not start out with one of the Pokédex-related starter Pokémon. Instead, they usually have a Pokémon they were given by their parents when they were infants that they use as their starter Pokémon. Occasionally, it is not directly stated which Pokémon were their starter Pokémon in the manga, but in profiles of their teams, their starter Pokémon is marked with a star and is among the highest level in the party, even if they acquired more than one Pokémon at first.

List of starter Pokémon in Pokémon Adventures

  • Red's first Pokémon was a Poliwag he had since his childhood, which has evolved into a Poliwrath. His "starter Pokémon" was a Bulbasaur given to him by Professor Oak, which he nicknamed "Saur". It became a Venusaur in his travels.
  • Blue's first Pokémon was a Scyther, now a Scizor, he took to the training with Chuck. His "starter Pokémon" was a Charmander given to him by his grandfather, which evolved twice into a Charizard.
  • Green's first Pokémon was a Jigglypuff, now a Wigglytuff, she received from the Masked Man. Her "starter Pokémon" was a Squirtle she stole from Professor Oak, which she nicknamed "Blasty". It later evolved into a Blastoise.
  • Yellow's first Pokémon was a Rattata that Red caught for her, which has evolved into a Raticate. Later, she borrowed Red's Pikachu, and after Red took him back, caught her "starter Pokémon", a female Pikachu for herself which she nicknamed "Chuchu". Like the Pikachu in Yellow, neither evolved.
  • Gold's first Pokémon was his Aipom, now an Ambipom, that his mother gave him. He borrowed his "starter Pokémon", a Cyndaquil, from Professor Elm, and was later allowed to keep the Cyndaquil which he nicknamed "Exbo". It later becomes a Typhlosion alongside the other two Johto starter Pokémon.
  • Silver's first Pokémon was the Sneasel, now a Weavile, that Giovanni gave him as a child. He later stole his "starter Pokémon", a Totodile from Professor Elm, as well as the first Pokédex of Johto. His starter Pokémon evolved twice into a Feraligatr.
  • Crystal's first Pokémon is officially her Smoochum, although she acquired many wild Pokémon that lived as a family while she was in the wild. Chikorita later ran away from Professor Elm to go with her, and became her "starter Pokémon" nicknamed "Megaree". It became a Meganium midway into their journey.
Ruby and his first Pokémon from the left to the right: Rara, Kiki and Nana
  • Ruby's first Pokémon were the Ralts, Skitty and Poochyena that he received from his father, all of them having evolved into Kirlia, Delcatty and Mightyena respectively. Later, he got his "starter Pokémon" from Professor Birch; a Mudkip which he nicknamed "Mumu". It evolved into a Swampert from the battles it underwent.
  • Sapphire's first Pokémon was the Aron, now a Aggron her father gave her. Later, he gave her her "starter Pokémon", a Torchic, which she nicknamed "Chic". It has since evolved twice under its Trainer's care into a Blaziken.
  • When Emerald arrived in the Battle Frontier he had no Pokémon on hand. Then he challenged the Battle Factory using only Rental Pokémon, nearly at the end of the challenge, he noticed something suspicious about a Sceptile so he decided to steal it from the facility and kept him afterwards, it is later is revealed that the Sceptile was supposed to be his in the first place, making it his "starter Pokémon". It evolved from its Grovyle stage in the wild, after evolving once in Wally's care.
  • Diamond's first was his Munchlax, and later he received his "starter Pokémon", a Turtwig from Platinum because of a misunderstanding. It has since evolved to Torterra alongside the others.
  • Pearl's first was his Chatot, and later he received his "starter Pokémon", a Chimchar from Platinum. The Chimchar has since evolved twice into an Infernape.
  • Platinum's first Pokémon was her Ponyta, now a Rapidash, and later she received her "starter Pokémon", a Piplup from Professor Rowan. It has since become an Empoleon under her care.
  • Black started with a Rufflet that he captured with the help of a wild Munna he had befriended, and later acquired his "starter Pokémon", a Tepig from Professor Juniper which later evolved into an Emboar. Initially it was nicknamed "Tep", but the nickname was changed to "Nite" and eventually "Bo", making Black the only main character so far to change his Pokémon's nickname.
  • White's "starter Pokémon" was a Servine, which later evolved into a Serperior. This Servine, which White nicknamed "Amanda", was with N until Gigi, the Tepig that White employed, went to his side. It was later revealed that Amanda was a Snivy that was going to be given out to new Trainers by Professor Cedric Juniper, but was liberated by N.
  • Lack-Two's first known Pokémon is a Dewott.
  • Whi-Two's first known Pokémon is a Foongus.
  • X's first known Pokémon is a Kangaskhan. He later got a Chespin as his "starter Pokémon" after he accepted it as a member of his team.
  • Y's first known Pokémon is a Fletchling.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, much like in the Pokémon Gold and Silver video games on which the manga was based, Gold is offered the choice of one of the three Johto starter Pokémon - Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile - to borrow so that he may run an errand for Professor Elm. Gold chooses Totodile, which Elm allows him to keep after the errand is completed. Also like in the games, Black, who is based on Silver, steals a Chikorita from Elm's lab while Gold is away on his errand.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

In Pokémon Pocket Monsters, Professor Oak is depicted distributing the choice of one out of three starter Pokémon - Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle - to Pokémon Trainers as they begin their journeys, much like in other media. Green chooses Charmander as his starter Pokémon, and while Red was offered the choice as well, he decided to keep a Clefairy that he met on his way to Professor Oak's lab as his starter instead.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

In Pokémon Zensho, much like in the Pokémon Red and Green games on which the manga was based, Professor Oak offers Satoshi and Shigeru their choice of one out of three starter Pokémon - Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle. Satoshi chooses Charmander, while Shigeru chooses Squirtle, leaving Bulbasaur with Professor Oak.

Trivia

  • In interviews with Junichi Masuda during 2009, he stated that starter Pokémon are the Pokémon from each game that the most work goes into, and usually take significantly more time than other Pokémon in each generation.
  • Two of the three Unova starter Pokémon, Snivy and Tepig, share the position of the starter Pokémon or its evolutions with the shortest name.

In the games

  • All starter Pokémon in the core series besides Pikachu have a gender ratio of seven males to one female.
    • Due to this, as well as the way in which gender and Shininess were determined, it was impossible to have a Shiny female starter Pokémon in Generation II, as the lowest Attack IV a Shiny Pokémon could have was 2, while the highest Attack IV a female Pokémon in that gender group could have was 1.
  • The starter Pokémon from Generation I are the only ones to appear in more than one regional Pokédex. They appear in Kanto's, Johto's, and Kalos's.
  • In the core series, when a starter Pokémon is first obtained, all are at level 5. Each knows one Normal-type physical move (either Tackle, Scratch or Pound) and a stat-altering status move at this level, except for Pikachu, which has Thunder Shock instead of a Normal-type move. This pattern is broken in X and Y when the starter at level 5 have both of these moves and one of their type.
  • All Grass-type starter Pokémon have the Ability Overgrow, the Fire-type ones Blaze, and the Water-type ones Torrent. Starter Pokémon may have differing Hidden Abilities.
  • Neither of the core series starter Pokémon that are based on birds (Torchic and Piplup) are Flying-type or able to fly.
  • Bulbasaur is the only unevolved dual type starter Pokémon.
  • Fennekin is the only unevolved starter Pokémon with unique base stat totals.
  • The Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow is the only starter Pokémon that cannot evolve in the game in which it is a starter Pokémon.
  • The Johto starter Pokémon are the only set of starter Pokémon that are a single type in all their evolutionary forms.
  • Charmander is the only Fire-type starter Pokémon that is not a member of the Field Egg Group.
  • Oshawott is the only Water-type starter Pokémon that is not a member of the Water 1 Egg Group.
  • The Kalos starter Pokémon's secondary types in their final forms (Fighting, Psychic, and Dark) almost form another type-advantage triangle (where one type deals 2× damage to and receives 1/2 damage from another type), only being broken by the Dark type being immune to the Psychic type.
    • Both the primary and secondary types, however, fit a more generally defined triangle that only requires one type to be offensively and defensively advantaged against another. For example, just as Water has the offensive and defensive advantage against Fire, so does Dark against Psychic.

In the anime

  • For DP001, Professor Oak's lecture is about the starter Pokémon of Sinnoh. He writes this Pokémon senryū about them: シンオウで たびがはじまる ポケモンと Shin'ō de tabi ga hajimaru Pokémon to. "In Sinnoh, a journey begins with Pokémon."
  • For BW003, Professor Oak's lecture is about the starter Pokémon of Unova. He writes this Pokémon senryū about them: パートナー みず・くさ・ほのお まよっちゃう Pātonā, mizu kusa honō, mayocchau. "Partner, Water, Grass, Fire, I can't decide."
  • Ash has owned the first five Grass-type starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig and Snivy. All of them except Bulbasaur and Snivy have evolved since then.
  • Each Water-type starter Pokémon obtained by a main character was not battled: Ash's Squirtle, Oshawott and Froakie chose to join his team, while Ash fought and won against Misty for his Totodile. Brock did not battle Mudkip to obtain it. May received her Squirtle from Professor Oak, and Dawn received her Piplup from Professor Rowan.
  • Charmander and Treecko are both based on lizards (salamander, gecko). Ash had the final forms of them: Charizard and Sceptile. A real life salamander is an amphibian, not a lizard; however, Charmander is based upon the legendary creature known as the Salamander.
  • Squirtle and Turtwig are both based on turtles and were the starter Pokémon of two of Ash's rivals, Gary and Paul.
  • Torchic and Piplup are both based on birds (chicken, penguin). They were also both owned by the anime's resident Pokémon Coordinators.
  • Both May and Dawn have a second starter Pokémon from a previous generation with a type disadvantage to their first. These starter Pokémon are both from two generations prior to their owner's introduction, and featured in the anime likely due to the same-generation remakes.
  • In the Diamond and Pearl series, there have been two major appearances of each fully evolved starter introduced in Generation IV: Ash and Paul's Torterra, Ash and Flint's Infernape, and Barry and Kenny's Empoleon.
Starter Pokémon
Kanto
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Charmander
Charmander
Squirtle
Squirtle
Johto
Chikorita
Chikorita
Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
Totodile
Totodile
Hoenn
Treecko
Treecko
Torchic
Torchic
Mudkip
Mudkip
Sinnoh
Turtwig
Turtwig
Chimchar
Chimchar
Piplup
Piplup
Unova
Snivy
Snivy
Tepig
Tepig
Oshawott
Oshawott
Kalos
Chespin
Chespin
Fennekin
Fennekin
Froakie
Froakie
Yellow
Pikachu
Pikachu (player)
Eevee
Eevee (rival)
Colosseum
EspeonUmbreon
Espeon and Umbreon
XD
Eevee
Eevee