Starter Pokémon

The anime artwork featuring the Starter Pokémon from Kanto through Sinnoh.

Starter Pokémon, or Starters, are the Pokémon a trainer chooses at the beginning of their Pokémon journey and the main protagonists of the Pokémon series of games. In each generation of Pokémon games, a set of Starter Pokémon are available for new trainers to choose from in sets of three; the types that make up these sets are Fire, Grass, and Water. Each starter Pokémon has three evolutionary forms. Pokémon Yellow , Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee are currently the only exceptions to the above, with Pikachu as the only starter available to the player in Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, and Eevee as the only starter available to the player in Pokémon Let's Go Eevee.

Kanto Starter Pokémon

Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle
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Type Grass Type Poison Type Fire Type Water

Yellow Version and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu/Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Main article: Partner Pokémon
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Type Electric Type Normal

Johto Starter Pokémon

Chikorita Cyndaquil Totodile
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Pseudo-rival Ethan/Lyra only (HG/SS only)

Type Water

Hoenn Starter Pokémon

Treecko Torchic Mudkip
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Rival Wally only

Type Psychic

Sinnoh Starter Pokémon

Turtwig Chimchar Piplup
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Unova Starter Pokémon

Snivy Tepig Oshawott
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Kalos Starter Pokémon

Chespin Fennekin Froakie
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water

Alola Starter Pokémon

Rowlet Litten Popplio
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Type Grass Type Flying Type Fire Type Water

Galar Starter Pokémon

Grookey Scorbunny Sobble
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Type Grass Type Fire Type Water


Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Starter Pokémon (Mystery Dungeon)

Pokémon Conquest

Rival only
Type Normal

Anime Exceptions

Certain characters in the anime have different Pokémon as their starter instead of the normal Grass/Fire/Water-mix. Most of them were given as gifts to them when they were young.

  • Brock's starter Pokémon is Onix, which he later evolved into Steelix.
  • Misty's starter Pokémon were Goldeen, Staryu and Starmie; however, it is not known which one she had first.
  • Tracey's starter Pokémon were Venonat and Marill; however, it is not known which one he had first.
  • James' starter Pokémon was Growlithe which he nicknamed Growlie. However, he does not own it, and left at his home when he ran away.
  • Jessie's starter Pokémon was Ekans which she received for her birthday. She later evolved it into Arbok and released it.
  • Zackie's starter Pokémon was Bellsprout, which he accidentally caught after trying to catch Ash's Pikachu.
  • Xander's starter Pokémon was Caterpie which he later evolved into a Butterfree. He has stated it was his "first Pokémon".
  • Yuzo's starter Pokémon was stated to be Starly. However, it is never seen or mentioned in the anime.
  • Zoey's starter Pokémon was Glameow, which she stated that she caught after it was abandoned.
  • Max stated that he wanted to start off with a Ralts, but eventually, it had left to be in the wild.
  • Iris' starter Pokémon was Drilbur, which she saved from a cliff-side when she was young. She later evolved it into an Excadrill.
  • Cilan's starter Pokémon was Pansage, which he has had since we was young.
  • Emmy's starter Pokémon was Druddigon which she received from her father before her journey.
  • Bonnie stated that she wants to start off with Dedenne, which is currently in the possession of her brother, Clemont, due to her being too young.
  • Lillie's starter Pokémon was an Alolan Vulpix, which she hatched from an egg and nicknamed Snowy.
  • Sophocles' starter Pokémon was a Togedemaru.
  • Mallow's starter Pokémon was Bounsweet in which she met in a forest behind the Pokémon School, as a present caught by her late-mother prior to her mother's death from an unknown illness.
  • Gladion's starter Pokémon was Eevee, which he later evolved into Umbreon.

Game Exceptions

In certain games, the player can receive certain Starter Pokémon that aren't of the standard Grass, Fire and Water combo.



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