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    Some of us choose Fire types. Some of us Grass. Some prefer Water types. Some try to replicate the anime or manga. Some just choose the one they think is the coolest. Some even just pick one and trade it for a personal favorite Pokémon. How do you choose? (I prefer the Water type, personally. :P)
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    I'll always instinctively choose the Fire-type starter
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    I choose which ever one looks coolest in its final evolution, and then build my team around its type.
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    Red+Blue+Yellow: Chose the mascot on the front.
    Silver: Chikorita, b/c it was our favorite
    Crystal: Cyndaquil b/c why not? It was a fire type, so that's what we went with
    Sapphire: Mudkip, b/c we liked it, and it was blue, like sapphire
    Ruby: Torchic, b/c we liked it second best, and it was red, like a ruby
    Emerald: Treeko, b/c that's what was left and he was green
    Firered and Leafgreen: Mascots
    Diamond: Chimchar, liked him the best.
    Platinum: Turtwig b/c I could trade Piplup over from Diamond.
    SoulSilver: Chikorita b/c nostalgia.
    White: Oshawott, b/c he actually looked cute.
    White 2: Snivy, b/c I hate Tepig line
    X: Chespin b/c...I don't know. I was close to picking Fennekin, but I thought I would give Chespin a try.
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    I just choose which one I deem my favourites by design, For Example:

    Kanto: Bulbasaur
    Johto: Chikorita
    Hoen: Torchic
    Sinnoh: Piplup
    Unova: Snivy/Oshawott
    Kalos: Fennekin

    For me its not based on type, but rather which one appeals to me, completely disregarding the gyms and elite four.
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    I choose upon looks, but I never shoose the Fire Type Starter unless it is vastly better than the other two, as Fire is my second least Favorite Type.

    Although, regarding what I chose per Region, here.

    Kanto: Bulbasaur/Squirtle
    Johto: All three
    Hoenn: All three
    Sinnoh: Piplup/Turtwig
    Unova: Snivy/Oshawott
    Kalos: Fennekin/Froakie

    Where the one put first is the first choice, and the second is the second choice.

    I swear, I will NEVER choose Chimchar, Tepig, Charmander, or Chespin.

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    Yellow: Pikachu (Self-Explanitory)
    Silver: Cyndaquill (What everyone told me to pick)
    Crystal: Chikorita (What I really wanted.)
    Sapphire: Treeko (I liked it the best at first. I hadn't seen the evolutions yet.)
    Emerald: Mudkip (I liked how Marshtomp looked. If only Swampert stayed cute like it's pre-evolutions)
    LeafGreen: Bulbasaur (Screw Charizard. Venusaur is best Kanto starter. >)
    Diamond: Piplup (It was cute)
    Platinum: Turtwig (Chosen to be different from Diamond, and so "Barry" would have Infernape and "Dawn" would have Piplup. Just like in Pokemon Special.)
    SoulSilver: Cyndaquil (Nostalga...)
    White: Oshawott (I liked Dewott, if only Samurott resembled Dewott more.)
    White 2: Oshawott (The other Unova starters were boring... :/)
    X: Fennekin (I liek wizards!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dances With Steel View Post
    I just choose which one I deem my favourites by design, For Example:

    Kanto: Bulbasaur
    Johto: Chikorita
    Hoen: Torchic
    Sinnoh: Piplup
    Unova: Snivy/Oshawott
    Kalos: Fennekin

    For me its not based on type, but rather which one appeals to me, completely disregarding the gyms and elite four.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monek_OP View Post
    Thank you, for stealing my post.
    I must sincerely apologize since I didn't realize you had such amazing taste in choosing starters!!
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    I always go with the Fire type starter, it is my favorite type and has always been what I chose as my starter, whether or not I really cared for the appearance...

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    I narrow it down by a few things: Type against gym leaders, design, moveset, and others. It's usually a different type each time.
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    lots of things influence my decisions. Type, Final Evo, Move sets... Though usually I pick a water type on first go
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    I decide whether or not I like the design of the final evo, cause if that's what I'm gonna be staring at for pretty much the entire game, it can't be awkward.
    And then I just choose that one regardless of whether it's awesome in battle or useless.


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    I choose them based off of design first, usefulness second. Design is the biggest factor for sure though. If I don't find all the stages to look at least somewhat appealing (primarily the final), I pass. For example, I absolutely loved Fennekin and Braixen designs, but Delphox stopped me from choosing it.

    Gen 1: Squirtle
    Gen 2: Chikorita (perfect example of choosing design over use)
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    Gen 4: Chimchar
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    For the generation 1-3, I picked the Water starter. Can't remember exactly why but it was some rule or something I had when I was younger.
    For generation 4 and 5, I picked the starter that was the most useful from a competitive perspective at the start of the generation.
    For generation 6, I wanted to pick the most competitively useful one, but couldn't since the full details for the starters wouldn't be known before the release of the game. So I went by the best-looking design of the fully evolved forms, and I ended up getting Froakie since I like Greninja the most of them.

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    I just automatically know which ones won't be as fun for me to use. I literally looked at Fenniken and went "Aww hails nahw". I had loads of fun smashing the opposition with Chesnaught

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    I go with whatever looks the coolest or cutest.

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    Same as Milennin above me - I go with the Pokemon I love and think it's the cutest - I will form the rest of the team around it.
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    Started With a water type love all the water type starters :P so yeah water type lover
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    Every generation, I always pick the Water Starter first. Its just something I've done. After that, I choose my favorite of the other two in the other version. Since said version is usually the one I restart, I then choose the remaining starter. After I've used all three, I usually just pick whichever I feel like using without regards to any other game.



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    It varies by the generation, though with generation three, four, and five, I had to have the fire starter. :P

    Kanto: Bulbasaur. Though I love all three, Bulbasaur was the most logical choice to me (even at 10 I was a little pragmatist). First gym leader? Brock. What's Brock use? Rock/ground. BAM! Instant advantage. Second gym leader? Misty. What's she use? Water. Bam! Instant advantage. Third? Lt. Surge. What's Surge use? Electric. Grass resists Electric. By the time Sabrina and Blaine roll around, I have things to cover them. Koga loses some damage against the 'saurs since they are part poison themselves (plus, you should have a Kadabra by then, or, if you're me, your Hitmonchan just burns through them with Fire Punch).


    Johto: I love Cyndaquil. Even though I liked Totodile, I wasn't crazy about its final stage and just plain didn't like Chikorita.

    Hoenn: The beginning of an annoying trend. I am a fighting specialist, and, as such, must obtain all fighting pokemon. I really don't like Torchic and Blaziken (though I like Combusken), but I had to pick the stupid chicken even though I wanted Mudkip. Never really cared for Treecko.

    Sinnoh: This crap again. Though, to be fair, I didn't like Piplup (too cutesy and I didn't like its final stage enough to deal with that) and hated Turtwig. Chimchar is cute, but I still didn't like the feel that I had to take it. Even so, come Dec. 27, Hephaestus is being moved right into my team.

    Unova: This really irked me. I absolutely hate Tepig and all its evolutions. I wanted Oshawott, hell, even Snivy would have been acceptable.

    Kalos: Just like in the Kanto, I love all three starters. Chespin? Adorable. Froakie? Adorable. Fennekin? Adorable (though to a lesser extent than the other two). I was so relieved that Fennekin's final evolution was Fire/Psychic and since I liked Chespin the most to begin with, I was happy to choose it.
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    Somehow, I always end up choosing the one that is the best for the first gym, but I swear, I totally don't mean too. The only time it didn't end up like that was the 3rd generation, where I picked Torchic.

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    Even then, Torchic evolved into Combusken and learned Double Kick.

    I choose starters based on first stage and final evo looks. I totally disregard movesets and stuff.
    1: Charmander.
    2: All of 'em. Favorite set of Starters.
    3: Torchic. Treecko.
    4: Piplup.
    5: Snivy. Least favorite set of Starters.
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    I always pick Water. Bt in Xy had kanto, I chose Chespin and Squirtle, nya~
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    I always pick the fire starter in my main game. With the exception of the Charmander line, I like all the fire starters. However, the Chimchar line and Fennekin lines stand out to me. I actually hated their evolutions at first, but they all grew on me eventually and now I really like them. Infernape and Delphox were the biggest highlights of my team in their respective generations.

    In my secondary games, I pick starters I haven't already used regardless if I like them or not.

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