Friday Five - Top Five Pokémon Starters
Pokémon (1996-2013: any Nintendo system) is a beloved childhood memory for my generation and the next. The series started off with 151 creatures to befriend, but it did not take long until the number increased to 300, and now, there over 600 Pokémon in all! With the upcoming games Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, that number is once again set to increase with the addition of Generation VI (6). Here is a personal Top Five of the best starter Pokémon including from Generation VI.
- 5: Chikorita (#152 - Generation II)
Johto's grass starter is an adorable pale green creature with big ruby red eyes. Chikorita is a loveable Pokémon with a sweet personality, and it spends quite a bit of time sunbating. It is cold-blooded, so it must use photosynthesis to warm itself up. In the anime, Ash's Chikorita is very affectionate and loves to cuddle with its trainer when it gets the chance, even in a battle. It evolves to Bayleef at level 16 and Meganium at level 32.
- 4: Fennekin (#??? - Generation VI)
This firey fox is one of the starters in Generation VI along with water-type Froakie, and grass-type Chespin. To be honest, I picked this (and other) starter because it is cute, and I have a preference for fire-types. These new starters were revealed in the beginning of the year, so little information has been released. This hub will be updated as more information for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y are released.
- 3: Squirtle (#007 - Generation I)
Generation I started it all. Squirtle is more of a middle compared to fellow first starters Charmander and Bulbasaur. The orange dragon-in-training is very rash and plant-colored dino is always calm never loses its temper. Squirtle is also quite stylish as well. They are seen wearing sunglasses in th anime from time to time. It evolves to Wartortle at level 16 and Blastoise at level 36.
- 2: Pikachu (#025 - Generation I)
What kind of Pokémon list would this be without involving this ever-famous yellow mouse? Pikachu is the only starter the player can get in Pokémon Yellow while the rival receives Eevee. Yellow follows the anime, so the player character is famous anime protagonist Ash Ketchum and the rival is Prof. Oak's spoiled and narcissistic grandson, Gary Oak. Pikachu stores its electricity inside of the red pouches on its cheeks, giving it the ability to harness that electricity and can release it in varying intensities. Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu are the only electric-type Pokémon that can learn the move volt tackle. In the anime, Pikachu is Ash Ketchum's very first Pokémon and the two do not get along at all. But over the course of the show after countless battles, the two have become inseperable. During the game and in the anime, Pikachu refuses to stay in its Pokéball, and simply follows the trainer. Pichu evolves into Pikachu after leveling up with a high level of friendship from the trainer, and Pikachu evolves into Raichu after exposure to the thunderstone.
- 1: Cyndaquill (#155 - Generation II)
The fire mouse Pokémon from the Johto generation is a very personal favorite. When I played Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Crystal, Cyndaquill was my go-to starter. Though it is called a mouse, Cyndaquill morely resembles an echidna. On the anime, the firey back quills are "extinguished" until battle. The larger the flames got, the more power its attacks became. While most Cyndaquill are timid and laid-back, one would tend to have a totally different personality from another. Since it is so young and inexperienced, a Cyndaquill does not typically know its strengths and weaknesses, and it must find out itself through battling. A Cyndaquill evolves to a Quilava at level 14, and a Typhlosion at level 36.
Are there any starters you wished to have seen on the list? Leave a comment below and say so, and check out the poll as well!