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June 17th, 2006, 03:46 PM
What kind of starter pokemon do you think there will be? It will probably stick with, Water/Fire or Grass but perhaps there will be multi types?
Grass/bug or Grass/Posion (saying that, its been done already) or perhaps Grass/flying?
What are your thoughts for the three starters?
June 18th, 2006, 04:12 PM
If the starters have type combinations that aren't usually associated with one another (like combusken with fire fighting and swampert with water ground) than these will probably kick in after their first evolution like in ruby and sapphire.
I can't see the the water starter having a psychic strain, in past games there has been a quite early psychic pokemon that was hard to catch, ralts in r/s and abra in r/y/b/fr/lg. I can't see you being given psychic pokemon so early. Fire rock is more plausible as there is a more tangible connection between the two types (igneous rocks, volcanoes).
I think grass flying steps too much out of the mould, starters have never been able to learn fly HM. I think a half dark starter or an ice water starter would be good.
June 22nd, 2006, 01:41 AM
I really wouldn't know to much about the Pearl/Diamond but they will probably stick to tradition (Grass, Fire, Water).
I think grass flying steps too much out of the mould, starters have never been able to learn fly HM
What about Charmander, when he evolves to Charizard, he can learn Fly
June 22nd, 2006, 03:20 AM
well, the starters final evolution could probably learn fly
June 22nd, 2006, 09:46 AM
There's plenty of Grass/Flying types (Hoppip line, Tropius), so it's certainly possible for another one to appear.
Anyway, it's not necessary that's they'll add a second type to the starters. Look at Sceptile, it's pure Grass and still perfectly useable, but that's more down to it's stats and moves more than it's type. In fact, all of the Grass starters have rocked over the years.
June 22nd, 2006, 12:26 PM
As long as they're is a Grass starter, I'll be happy.
June 22nd, 2006, 12:46 PM
The Grass starters have all been annoyers, the Fire types have all been offense-based special sweepers, and the Water types have been somewhere in the middle. I don't think that trend's about to stop.
June 23rd, 2006, 09:37 AM
Grass/fighting type, fire/psychic and water/dark would be a good match-up.
June 24th, 2006, 12:51 PM
No if that happen then the Pokemon will have double weakness against each other thats the only fair way.
June 25th, 2006, 04:03 AM
I'd be comfortable with grass/water/fire. The pokemon that have two types have an unfair advantage over the other ones.
June 25th, 2006, 05:50 AM
i hope they just stick grass,fire,water.i hope they dont make the starters
look really lame and stupid.
June 25th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Imagine if they started off with a Steel, Dragon and Ice Xd
June 25th, 2006, 09:53 PM
I think that they should just stick to the fire/grass/water. Besides, water is the best type. :)
June 26th, 2006, 12:39 AM
Let's not get into a type debate here...
They should just stick to the usual fire/grass/water. IMO, single-types are often better than dual-types, especially if there's a shared weakness (Swampert had Grass, Charizard had Rock).
June 26th, 2006, 12:51 AM
nah...I actually want somethin new.....especially since in my opinion,..except for torchic,they've been getting more and more lame with the basic stage starters....so for me,...although I doubt it will ever happen,..I would like to see new type starters....
June 26th, 2006, 04:30 PM
However, to challenge the player, they should make the final evoed types water/psychic, fire/dark, and grass/fighting. That way both pokemon would have an advantage over the other.
June 27th, 2006, 07:30 AM
THE STARTER POKEMON
The games were officially announced on October 7, 2004, though further details were not divulged. In the preceeding months, however, information began to trickle out via the pages of Japanese manga magazine CoroCoro Comic. Initial details unveiled basic information regarding several new Pokémon debuting within the games, such as Munchlax, a pre-evolution of Snorlax, Bonsly, pre-evolution to Sudowoodo and Lucario and Manaphy, the two new legendary Pokémon. In July 2005, new gameplay details were announced, among them were: 
The female protagonist walks past a Pokémon Center.Diamond and Pearl would feature compatiblity with the Game Boy Advance Pokémon RPGs (A later revelation stated that this compatibility is unlocked through completing a certain task within the game, though the nature of this task is currently unknown).
Diamond and Pearl would be set in an all new land (later revealed as Shin'ou).
The games feature no new types, though previously unseen type combinations would be used. Lucario, the first Steel/Fighting-type, and Perap, the first pure Flying-type, are early examples of this.
The DS' native support for Wi-Fi up to 16 simultaneous players would be employed. At a later press conference, Nintendo disclosed that Diamond and Pearl would have voice chat capabilities to communicate during battles as well as Wi-Fi connectivity to the upcoming Wii Pokémon title, Pokémon Battle Revolution.
The male protagonist's weight is compared to that of Buoysel, using the Pokédex's new feature.On May 11, 2006, CoroCoro provided fans with their first glimpse of the game through screenshots in an article. The spread showcased Diamond and Pearl's battle system and utilization of more complex and detailed sprites, as well as the overworld, which mixes 2D and 3D elements in a brightly colored, chibi style. Moreover, new information regarding the games accompanied the visual display, including the official name of the aforementioned new region, Shin'ou, in addition to the announcement that the starting town would be called Futaba Town. On June 13, 2006, CoroCoro provided further screenshots and details regarding features implemented within the game alongside several new Pokémon moves. Several previously undisclosed gameplay mechanics were discussed:
The resident professor of Futaba Town is named Professor Nanakamado.
Aesthetic differences between male and female Pokémon of a given species will be implemented, including aspects such as differently sized or absent distinctive physical features. In the example given by CoroCoro, a female Wooper has a smaller antennae than its male counterpart.
The Pokédex now has a weight comparison feature that allows the player to input their own height and weight to be compared to that of a Pokémon.
The day-and-night system, originally introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver will return in Diamond and Pearl; its scale has grown substantially, featuring the time periods of morning, daytime, afternoon, evening and night.
A completely new device known as the Pokétchi can be obtained and will play host to a variety of features, including a time management system, a calculator, a method for monitoring Pokémon in the breeding center, and a type chart.
As of June 2006, nine 4th generation Pokémon have been confirmed (Japanese names are in parentheses where applicable):
Artwork by Ken Sugimori.English name Japanese name Evolves from Evolves to Type Species Ability Known moves
Munchlax ゴンベ Gonbe None Snorlax Normal Big Eater Pokémon Pickup/Thick Fat Swallow, Tackle
Lucario ルカリオ Rukario None None Steel/Fighting Wave Guiding Pokémon Inner Focus Bite, Metal Claw
Bonsly ウソハチ Usohachi None Sudowoodo Rock Bonsai Pokémon Sturdy/Rock Head Rock Slide
Mime Jr. マネネ Manene None Mr. Mime Psychic Mime Pokémon Unknown Teeter Dance
Weavile マニューラ Manyula Sneasel Unknown Dark/Ice Sharp Claw Pokémon Pressure Revenge
Unknown マナフィ Manaphy None None Water Voyage Pokémon Moist Body Heart Swap
Unknown ペラップ Perap Unknown Unknown Flying Music Note Pokémon Unknown None
Unknown ブイゼル Buoysel Unknown Unknown Water Sea Weasel Pokémon Swift Swim Agillity
Unknown タマンタ Tamanta None Mantine Water Kite Pokémon Unknown None
All of these Pokémon will be available in the games except for Manaphy, who can be obtained only through Pokémon Ranger.
An in-game battle between Weavile and Munchlax.Continuing in the trend established in the second and third generations, Diamond and Pearl will introduce a slew of new moves for Pokémon to learn. CoroCoro held a contest in which they revealed the details of a new attack and invited readers to name it. It's namesake, Meteoric Swarm, is the only 'officially' confirmed technique to be revealed so far, though the attack Heart Swap has been revealed through screenshots. 
Name PP Power Accuracy Type Effect
Meteoric Swarm 5 140 90 Dragon User’s Special Attack sharply falls to deal lots of damage, which causes successive attacks to do much less damage. Analogous to the Fire-type move Overheat and Psychic-type move Psycho Boost.
Heart Swap ? ? ? ? This attack swaps stat effects (e.g. Attack boost) between all Pokémon in battle.
Diamond and Pearl will feature new abilities, a feature introduced in the previous generation of games, Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.
Moist Body This ability cures all status effects of the Pokémon when Rain/Rain Dance is in effect.