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Nugg November 3rd, 2012 7:46 AM

Is anyone ditching their starter?
Imo, the 5th gen starters aren't all that great.
I've played through White like 3/4 times and I've used each starter. I just got White 2 and I kinda feel like ditching my Oshawott. I don't want to use a Fire/Fighting starter for the umpteenth time and I do like Snivy but I find Serperior ugly lol. I only pretty much like Samurott but it's getting boring I guess especially since you have the previous gen pokemon to replace them. Heck, I might just trade one of the previous gen starters over :p

Like instead of Samurott, I could be using Vaporeon, Lapras or Starmie.
Is anyone here gonna ditch their starter now that you can get previous gen Pokemon pre-E4? I feel like doing it but I feel pretty bad since.. well.. it's your starter.

Syltti November 3rd, 2012 7:52 AM

I used Shizu, my Serperior, all the way though the Pokemon League. She's sitting in storage at Lv. 63 or 64 now, though. I'll get around to leveling her at some point.

toasterr November 3rd, 2012 8:52 AM

I ditched mine as soon as I caught something else. I think it was harder (especially since you're really skimped for choice outside of Riolu until you get to Virbank) but more rewarding. The main problem is the lack of good water-types available pre-E4. I don't think you can find the Water Stone until really late in the game, which basically leaves you with Azumarill and Jellicent (and the Water starter) as your only usable options.

I know what you mean, though. All the starters in this gen really start to fall behind near the end of the game. My Samurott in White was really only an HM Slave with Megahorn at the end.

If I were to restart my game, I'd do it again. It's a lot harder in the beginning of the game, though.

Zero Percent November 3rd, 2012 8:58 AM

Not until I beat the League, normally then I just use it as a pokemon to breed with.

Icy Burn November 3rd, 2012 9:08 AM

I didn't this time around, but next time I might ditch it for a Genesect.

Charicific November 3rd, 2012 9:21 AM

I do when I finish and defeat the Pokemon League. When I do so, I ditch most Pokemons I had with me in the beggining of my journey, and go get myself Pokemons from the previous generations. I'm currently with an Infernape rather than a Serperior. I replaced all my set now, with a team includng a Garchomp, Haxorus, and Gengar for example.
It's mainly due to the fact that EVs are messed up with the Pokemons in your journey, so I simply ditch and start all over again...with a Pokemon of my pick.

Wateria November 3rd, 2012 9:24 AM

Not This time I used Lee all through the main story mode and she's still sitting in my party.

rizoph November 3rd, 2012 9:27 AM

I'm not ditching it. I'm going to breed it into eggs so I can trade them for other pokemon though GST.

Haunted Cupcake November 3rd, 2012 9:28 AM

i ditched the starter as well they always go in my pc box gen 3-4 starters are the best.

MrTripStack November 3rd, 2012 10:24 AM

I chose Tepig this time around and I actually used him through the entire main game and a tiny bit of the extra content. Emboar was a decent Pokémon but I felt like he didn't learn enough fighting attacks on his own and I needed a flying-type, so he was eventually replaced by a Charizard.

masaru3 November 3rd, 2012 10:50 AM

I used my Samurott and he helped me beat the league, but seriously, he didn't do much. I focused more on my other 'mons. I was thinking about getting an Eevee and evolving it to vaporeon, but I didn't feel like searching for one in the grass that late in the game so... Might as well use Samurott. I never used him again.

I felt like ditching him early in the game but I kinda felt bad about it. Oshawott is so cute, and Dewott is so cool.

`Brianna November 3rd, 2012 12:26 PM

I'm not too big of a fan of the generation V starters, so I'm planning on ditching mine right after I find another pokemon to replace it.

SnowpointQuincy November 3rd, 2012 1:18 PM

I have ditched starters before. But in Black2 my Emboar is a Champ! Lv.73. My other pokemon are just now starting to catch-up to his level.

ARTPOP November 3rd, 2012 1:30 PM

I ditched my Emboar around level 40, then around near the end of the game I decided I'd give it another chance. Had it hold exp share until level 55 and tried to use it again.
Now it's in my box, never to be used again.

Arcturus. November 3rd, 2012 1:35 PM

I would never ditch my starter, mostly because I love all the Grass type starters. Venix, my Serperior in White 2, is pretty strong and he's self-healing with Leech Seed and Giga Drain. The only starter I would switch out for is Bulbasaur, my favorite Pokemon ever.

Cassino November 3rd, 2012 4:49 PM

My starter was replaced with Porygon this time around. I felt a bit bad about having a Psychic attack so early alongside a recovery move... but I knew Porygon would be weak by the end of the game. It actually pulled its weight against the E4 surprisingly well despite not evolving throughout the story. Ultimately, the most enjoyable starter replacement I've used.

Roughsponge November 3rd, 2012 4:57 PM

My current playthrough of Black 2 is the first time, outside of doing challenges, that I've ditched my starter. I just found using Servine was annoying, never used him in B/W so thought I'd try him here... big mistake! Although on the bright side, it made room in my team for a Glaceon :D

ArcanaFlaera November 3rd, 2012 5:03 PM

I usually never ditch my starter, unless I'm doing challenges. There was one time I did ditch my starter, in my second run through of Diamond. I never did like the starters in that game. I migrated a Charmander ( bred one )from my FireRed to my Platinum, then traded it to my Diamond only at Sandgem Town. It served me better in the long run that I think Infernape ever would have.

Hikamaru November 3rd, 2012 5:18 PM

When I start my playthrough, I will not be ditching my Oshawott cos he is my literal mascot.

In fact, I don't even ditch my starters in any game, and in B2/W2 it will be no exception.

Snork November 3rd, 2012 5:26 PM

I was suprised with the gen 5 starters, I actually like them a lot. Although, I was never big on the Sinnoh starters.
Snivy and Oshawatt and 2 of my favourite starter evolutionary lines, not a fan on Tepig (another fire/fighting starter -.-) So yeah, I've never ditched my gen 5 starters, I did dicht my gen 4 though cause they sucked :P

Squirrel November 3rd, 2012 5:36 PM

Usually in most generations I ditch my starter at the first opportunity I get since I just don't tend to find them interesting to use, but for some reason in this play through I stuck with using Snivy and I'm actually loving it. It's really cool to look at in battle, it's surprisingly strong, and it complements my current team well. I can't fight Poison or Steel types very well at the moment due to my main two being a Koffing and a Servine, but I think they work really well together against most other types so I think I'll keep those two as partners. So yeah, keeping my starter on my team for once. :D

Aura Vitae November 3rd, 2012 5:45 PM

Usually I never ditch my starter because I never felt the urge to but in my playthrough of White 2 I ditched my Servine before Castelia City's Gym in favor of a Leavanny.

TwilightBlade November 3rd, 2012 7:00 PM

Yup, I ditched my starter in White and again in White 2. I felt really bad the first time I ditched my starter, Pignite. Second time, I didn't miss using Servine.

In every previous generation, no matter how many times I restarted RBY, GSC, and so on, I used the starter. The starter Pokemon really was one of the best available Pokemon. Now with wi-fi trading and 600+ Pokemon and unimpressive Unova starters, I can forgo the starters and build a more interesting in-game team. Funny enough, I am using Infernape on my White 2 team. I had asked members to give me Pokemon to use along the way.

CourageHound November 3rd, 2012 8:19 PM

UUhhh nope. I stuck with my starter, Emboar both regions. That's how much i love em. And even if I wanted to substitute Emboar, which i don't, the other unova fire types besides darmanitan don't really appeal to me.

LassLaura November 3rd, 2012 8:42 PM

I was very tempted to ditch my Emboar in White (especially since Darmanitan exists) but I stuck with it. It's a really mediocre pokemon compared to its other fire/fighting starter brethren though (Blaziken forever).

The only starter I really care for this gen is Oshawott. Snivy is alright but it's not as powerful or versatile as I'd like. As evidenced by Hugh's Servine using Leaf Tornado on the Zubats in Castelia's sewers...

But no, aside from being sorely tempted, I've never ditched a starter, even in gen 2 which I think has the worst starters of all.

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