Pokemon Top Ten List 4

My Top 10 Least Favorite Starter Pokemon

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Let my month long Pokemon Project begin! I’m starting things off with my Top 10 Least Favorite Starter Pokemon! 

I’m a huge Pokemon fan. I’ve played every game in the series, including the spin-offs like Mystery Dungeon and Ranger, and I have a lot planned for this month. If you want an idea of everything I’ll be working on click here for my schedule. Lets get to what you’re all here for and that’s my least favorite starter Pokemon!

10. Chespin (Pokemon X & Y)

I don’t hate Chespin. I’ve gone through Pokemon X & Y a few times with him as my starting Pokemon, but he’s outclassed by Breloom. Breloom has a superior moveset, looks cooler, and even though it doesn’t have higher stats I’ve had more success with Breloom than Chestnaught. I also really don’t like how cute Chespin starts and ugly he ends up becoming as soon as he evolves. If I don’t feel like using Shroomish you can bet your sweet ass that I’ll roll with Chespin. Another problem I have with choosing Chespin as my starting Pokemon is that you get access to Bulbasaur very early in the game. Venusaur and Venusaur is the best grass Pokemon in the game. 

9. Snivy (Pokemon Black & White/ Black 2 & White 2)

Pokemon Black & White have my least favorite starters in the entire series. I don’t really like any of them, but I always go with Snivy when I play through these games. He’s much better than Tepig and Oshawott and I like his design the most too. That being said there are better grass starters out there than Snivy and I’ve gone through Pokemon Black & White a few times without any starting Pokemon in my lineup. I end up storing them as soon as I find a suitable replacement. 

8. Popplio (Sun & Moon)

Let me get this out of the way. I think Sun & Moon has the best starters in any Pokemon game. They’re all awesome. So why is Popplio on this list? Because I don’t like the design of the Pokemon and it doesn’t get awesome until it evolves into Primarina. 

7. Cyndaquil (Pokemon Gold & Silver)

The only starter worth training in Gold & Silver is Totodile. The other two starting Pokemon are quickly outclassed by other Pokemon in the game. I’ll rather train Magmar over Typhlosion and any other grass Pokemon (except Sunkern) over Meganium. Cyndaquil is adorable and learns some solid moves early on, but that’s really all it has going for it. 

6. Fennekin (Pokemon X & Y)

Fennekin should have been awesome. It’s a Fire/Psychic type Pokemon. The problem is it’s low stats and hidden ability. I don’t have a problem with the design, but when compared to other Psychic, or even fire type, Pokemon Delphox is just… average. I don’t hate Delphox. It’s just not one of my favorite starting Pokemon to use and that’s a shame because it has a huge amount of potential. 

5. Tepig

Tepig is just adorable. I named mine Bacon and was immediately disappointed when it evolved into another Fire/Fighting type Pokemon. We got three straight generations of Fire/Fighting Pokemon. Emboar is the worst of the bunch too. He’s slow, but does learn some good moves. This is second starter from Pokemon Black & White to make this list. I did mention earlier that the three in this game are my least favorite in all of the games… 

4. Pikachu (Pokemon Yellow)

Do you know what sucks about Pokemon Yellow? Your only starting Pokemon. Yes, Pikachu looks cute following you around, but that’s really all he’s good at. His stats suck and he refuses to evolve into the superior Raichu. What use is he? I pretty sure I’ll end up storing both Pikachu and Eevee in the upcoming Lets’ Go games because a Pokemon that doesn’t evolve is a Pokemon that’s not for me.

3. Squirtle (Pokemon Red & Blue)

When I was a kid Charmander was my least favorite starting Pokemon in the original games. Now that I know better it’s changed to Squirtle. Squirtle looks stupid, has an okay movepool, and is really slow. Yes, he’s a turtle and that’s to be expected, but Blastoise wasn’t even the best water Pokemon in the original games. Starmie, Cloyster, and Lapras can wreck Blastoise. Who needs mega Blastoise when I can get a mega Charizard or Venusaur.

2. Oshawott (Pokemon Black & White/ Black 2 & White 2)

Oshawott is ugly, has shitty moves, and doesn’t get a dual typing like Piplup or Froakie. He’s utterly useless and I hate him. I don’t like his evolution line at all and even though his fully evolved form looks badass that’s not enough for me to ever want to train this stupid Pokemon again.

1. Chikorita (Pokemon Gold & Silver)

Is there a more useless starting, or grass Pokemon, than Chikorita? This thing has nothing going for it. It has a shitty movepool, stats, and design. Yes, Chikorita is cute, but what the fuck happened as it evolved! Chikorita is the most useless starting Pokemon of all time and I hate it. 

And that wraps up my list of my least favorite starting Pokemon. What are yours? 

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    Nov 03, 2018 1:26 pm

    I chose Treecko and he was so boring. Sceptile was also boring and not particularly cool. Regret.

    • Omar Jackson
      Nov 03, 2018 2:13 pm

      I like Treecko. I prefer the Treecko from Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire because he mega evolves into a dragon type. OG Treecko wasn’t anything special though :).

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    Nov 05, 2018 5:22 am

    I fully agree with you on Pikachu. Whenever I played Pokemon Yellow back in the day, I would send him to the storage as soon as possible. Pokemon Yellow, to me, was all about the opportunity to assemble a team with Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur.

    • Omar Jackson
      Nov 05, 2018 9:22 am

      Yep! Well… except Squirtle :). I always used Starmie, Cloyster, or Lapras. Rarely Dewgong. I found them all more useful with Blastoise. Pikachu… was utterly useless and I remember storing mine for a Mankey.

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