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!

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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
387Turtwig O 390Chimchar O 393Piplup
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • All starter Pokémon have the gender ratio of 7 males to 1 female.
  • All Grass-type starters up until Generation VI were reptilian.
  • Bulbasaur and Rowlet are currently the only Starters to be dual-types in their basic forms, as aside from both of them being Grass-types, Bulbasaur's also a Poison-type while Rowlet's also a Flying-type.
  • All the second and third evolutions of the Fire-type starter Pokémon from Generation III to V have the Fighting-type as their secondary type. They are also the only Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon.
  • Typhlosion's currently the only final evolution of a Fire-type starter to not be a dual-type.
  • In Unova, the Starters also gain signature attacks unique to them: Snivy gained Leaf Tornado, Oshawott gained Razor Shell and Tepig gained Heat Crash. Leaf Tornado and Razor Shell were given to other Pokémon in later generations.
  • In Johto, the starters stay pure Grass, Fire and Water types throughout their evolutions.
  • In Kalos, the Starters gain a greater type advantage over the disadvantage type: Chesnaught is part Fighting-type, Delphox is part Psychic-type, and Greninja is part Dark-type.
    • Greninja has a type advantage because Dark is immune to Psychic, while the other two starters are only resistant to the other type.
  • In Alola, the Starters gain secondary typing unique to the Starters before them as well as possessing a signature attack: Decidueye is part Ghost and possesses Spirit Shackle, Incineroar is part Dark and possesses Darkest Lariat and Primarina is part Fairy and possesses Sparkling Aria.
    • Primarina is the only Pokémon to gain Fairy as a secondary type.
  • Starter Pokémon have unique special abilities: all Grass Starters possess the ability Overgrow, all Fire Starters possess the ability Blaze, and all Water Starters possess the ability Torrent.
  • Except for Pikachu and Eevee, all the Starters' final evolutions can learn the ultimate attacks by move tutor upon reaching maximum happiness. Grass-type starters can learn the ultimate Grass attack Frenzy Plant; Fire-type starters can learn the ultimate Fire attack Blast Burn; Water-type starters can learn the ultimate Water attack Hydro Cannon.
  • Most of the rival trainers will choose the starter that has the type advantage over the starter selected by the player.
  • Sceptile gains Dragon-type as a secondary type on Mega Evolving, making it the only Mega Evolved starter to gain a new type (Charizard was already dual when the Mega X version replaces Flying with Dragon).
  • In Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Professor Birch will give Torchic/Treecko/Mudkip to save him from the wild Pokémon. After beating the Elite Four and the Delta Episode, he will give the player the choice of Chikorita/Totodile/Cyndaquil to rescue him again. After beating the Elite four a second time, he will give the player the choice Snivy/Oshawott/Tepig. After beating the Elite Four for the third time, he will give the player the choice of Turtwig/Piplup/Chimchar. Thus, the player can receive one of the three regional Pokémon for Hoenn, Johto, Unova and Sinnoh before beating the Elite Four four times.
  • In Pokémon X/Y, two starters can be obtained. At the beginning of the game, the player can choose among Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, then, a little while later, among the Kanto starters Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.
    • The player can later catch the first evolved forms of both the Kanto and Kalos starters in some Grass, Fire, and Water Friend Safaris. This marks the first time any Pokemon related to starters have been available to catch in the wild.
  • In Pokémon Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, some starters and their evolutions can be found through Island Scan. In Sun/Moon, the Generation II starters first forms and the Generation V starters final forms are present. In Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, the Generation I starters first forms, the Generation III and Generation IV starters middle forms and the Generation VI final forms are present.
  • There is one avian starter for each type, each introduced in different generations. Torchic was introduced in Generation III, Piplup was introduced in Generation IV, and Rowlet was introduced in Generation VII.
    • They are a chicken, a penguin, and an owl, respectively.
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