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Okay, this has been bothering me ever since this Johto trio has been released. Everyone thinks and treats them as starters. Here is a problem though, they have never been starters in this generation. They were presented as Johto Pokemon in both Emerald, XD, and PC. Here is the truth:
They are not actually starters in this generation.
If he haven't been so noticable, you should have seen that Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen have all Johto Pokemon avalible, minus legendaries. This proves the theory (err... fact) that Nintendo made it so you could get all Johto Pokemon (minus legendaries, and forever more when I say that) in the GBA packs. They did this so people would have access to most Pokemon. Plus if went to the events, you could get Ho-oh, Lugia, and Celebi from the packs.
If anyone ever read the PC game box it said "Get Pokemon never seen in before seen out of Johto..." This does include this trio. Keep in mind that Umbreon and Espeon were your starters, and eevee was in your second game (see something?). Also, XD feature most PC Pokemon in there first form. Think about it:
Lavitar (never said via shadow)
Therefore, I hope my rant made its loud point on how they were never present as starters, but as Johto Pokemon.[/rant]