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heyo February 9th, 2013 10:36 PM

Best Starter that's not a Starter?
When I play Pokemon, I always think of using the starters that are handed to you as being cliche, and I instead catch a different Pokemon or alter the starter to make that Pokemon my "partner."

So, my question is, what Pokemon do you think would be the best starter besides the actual starters themselves?

For example, I've found Mareep or Shinx to be some of my favorite Pokemon to start with.

DowntownDumpling February 10th, 2013 7:53 AM

Well, I do have the experience of making non-starter Pokemon my essential starters:
Kanto: Butterfree (as is the plight of almost everyone who starts with Charmander and has to beat Brock somehow)
Johto: Scizor
Hoenn: Gardevoir
Sinnoh: Mismagius; Weavile (kinda)
Unova: Scrafty

skyluigi2 February 10th, 2013 8:40 AM

Munchlax, I'd love to start a game with one. It'd be pretty awesome! :)

gimmepie February 10th, 2013 9:57 AM

I have used so many alternative "starters" at this point it is hard to keep track but here are the ones I remember by final evolution


Some I'd like to try as "starters" are


I prefer to use pokemon with strong 3-stage evolutionary lines so they still feel like starters but I am okay with some of the 2-stage lines. Really anything that isn't in the "no TM's or good moves/stats till later" group (Feebas, Magikarp, Tynamo, Kricketot etc)

RenegadeClyde February 10th, 2013 10:27 AM

I'd love to start a journey with a Gible, or with a Chinchou! They are so cool!

KriegStein February 10th, 2013 10:39 AM

I would love these as starters Aggron, Gardevoir, Nidoking, Walrein. (Yeah I like Hoenn alot.)

Talli February 10th, 2013 11:01 AM

I was love to start with one of these three pokemon..
1. Togepi
2. Teddisura
3. Zubat

Brendino February 11th, 2013 12:05 AM

The main two Pokemon that I've used as "starters" on my team were Pidgey in FireRed, and Caterpie in HeartGold. Both of them are common Pokemon that you can catching in either the first or second route of the game, but they really took the leading role in my party. Granted, I'd be disappointed if I received them as an actual starter, but they worked out a lot better than the actual Pokemon I was given.

Satoshi Ookami February 11th, 2013 12:13 AM

Riolu would be the best starter =D
Also Zorua wouldn't be bad =)

R.F. February 11th, 2013 2:03 AM

I've tryed many Pokemon myself but that one I liked most was Celebi. It's not the best Pokemon and his movepool is really limited (confusion was the only attack it could use for damage), but it was fun to use till the and.

Floodblade1234 February 11th, 2013 4:23 AM

hehe! I did this once! I got a Shinx! good times,good times..oh,the game I was playing was Diamond (using an emulator..shh,I won't tell if you don't! ;)) and that was fun. try playing it with a combee starter..freakin' impossible!

infersaime February 11th, 2013 4:28 AM

I did this twice one time in Ruby were my Breloom was my partner and ne time is soulsilver were Jolteon wwas my partner.

lineofdeath February 11th, 2013 4:36 AM

My best was therian tornadus on white 2.

Treecko February 11th, 2013 4:43 AM

I'd consider any Pokemon you can find early in the game a good starter, but one that comes to mind, is Shinx. It has two stages and Luxray has good enough stats to be a good starter.

Cassino February 11th, 2013 8:01 AM

I did this with Porygon for Black 2 and it performed very well. It does seem like one of the more logical starters for a researcher to give out; one would think there'd be many copies available for distribution, since it's artificial and can be stored, but I suppose it's also expensive. It's probably not the best starter due to trading being necessary for its evolution, but if that's not an issue then it could well be one of the best outside of things like Larvitar.

Poke Fox February 11th, 2013 11:28 AM

Except for Unova, I never used the starter (after catching my 7th Pokemon or more, starter goes to PC).... if I could have it my way....

Kanto: Meowth, perferct starting Pokemon for me, top partner in Kanto
Johto: since I don't like Johto Pokemon that much, I'd say Meowth again
Hoenn: Really love to have Zigzagoon or Zangoose instead of the starters
Sinnoh: Buizel, Shinx, or Glameow would make excellent starters, at least in my opinion
Unova: Nothing wrong with the Unova starters, but If I could: two can be caught early in the game, I would love Patrat and Purrloin, and another choice is a low level Mienfoo.

pokem0nprincess February 11th, 2013 11:42 AM

In my FireRed I traded my starter over to LeafGreen immediately (Bulbasaur) and I wanted an elemental pokemon to help me through the gyms and such so I caught a Poliwag. Poliwrath is one of the strongest members of my team :)

LocksmithArmy February 11th, 2013 2:38 PM

I caught a pikachu as the first pokemon I caught... and he is still on my team, he gets great moves complimented by his great tms and optional evolution... he would be a great starter that is not a starter...

even though he is a starter in yellow... (i was playing fire red)

but I like the idea... what if in the beginning of the game you are released into a field with many pokemon (like safari zone) and you get to catch one to start your quest... that would be neat.

Katamari February 11th, 2013 2:41 PM

I love Shinx because it's so cute and useful early on in the game, plus it's been the only 'starter' who I can honestly say I like and get excited to catch early on.

Arlo February 11th, 2013 4:28 PM

Ever since Wally did it, I've wanted to start with a Ralts. Yes - the level up moveset would have to be changed a bit for it to really work, but all it would take would be learning Confusion at level 5 instead of 6, and that'd be that.

I did a solo run of White, which sort of counts. I kept my "starter" (Snivy) exactly long enough to catch a Lillipup, then used that through the rest of the game. It worked out quite well.

I could happily start any of the games with a Zubat. Or a Shinx. Or a Swinub. Or a Sewaddle. Or, absolutely, an Eevee.

Sweets Witch February 11th, 2013 5:21 PM

Mareep was fun, but I'd enjoy trying Chinchou one day because of its dual typing. Maybe my next Pearl runthrough will be that. Either Chinchou or Seel.

fenyx4 February 12th, 2013 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by emberjed (Post 7531682)
Well, I do have the experience of making non-starter Pokemon my essential starters:
Kanto: Butterfree (as is the plight of almost everyone who starts with Charmander and has to beat Brock somehow)

I laughed at the Butterfree comment. XD

I normally use the "official/traditional" starter Pokemon and catch other Pokemon along the way. I liked Pokemon Colosseum's concept of letting you start with both Umbreon and Espeon, and Pokemon XD and Pokemon Conquest enhanced the concept by giving you a plain Eevee that you could evolve into one of the various elemental Eeveelutions later on in the game (though you have to wait longer for certain Eeveelutions). Even Pokemon Yellow let your rival start with an Eevee. In any case, I think starting with an Eevee in a handheld main series Pokemon game could also prove to be interesting.

For Hoenn, I read somewhere that stated that Camerupt, Wailord, and Tropius were supposed to be the "original" Hoenn starters, though since I've hardly seen any decent evidence to support that, I'm presuming that the theory is pretty much false. Nonetheless, I think it would be interesting to start with Numel, Wailmer, and Tropius (although Tropius stick out a bit because has no pre-evolution or evolution :x), as they're 3 "big" Pokemon with somewhat extraordinary concepts (a camel burdened by volcanoes on its back, a whopping whale, and a flying brachiosaurian? thing that sprouts bananas for food :D), and 2/3 of them have a quadruple (4x) weakness (Camerupt against Water, Tropius against Ice).

For Unova, I would like to see Emolga treated as a starter Pokemon (would've worked even better if it actually evolved from Pachirisu T_T), seeing as BW hearkens back to the RBY experience...since Kanto technically has 4 (or even 5 >.<) starters, it would be nice to see an Electric-type complement Unova's starters as Pikachu complements the 3 main Kanto starters.

LocksmithArmy February 13th, 2013 9:18 PM

I have taken the advice from this thread and am implementing it in my hack...

you will have an option to pick one of the 3, or catch one for yourself (in a special area similar to the safari zone)

problem is I cant use pokemon above gen 2...

thanks for all the ideas ;)

C_r_e_a_m_p_u_f_f February 13th, 2013 9:44 PM

A few of mine are :

Growlithe : Arcanine rules!
Starly : I don't know why, but I'd really thought it'd be a great companion.
Gible : My fav dragon
Sandile : Good enough.
Beldum : Nice, except it only learns ONE move...
Poliwag : Such a nice little thing... (Maybe that's why it's Red's starter)
Ducklett : Sooo cute!
Lotad : Yep, I love water types.
Buizel : Damn you waters!!
Horsea : I think I'm gonna faint...
Panpour, Pansear & Pansage: Duh!
Chinchou : Water again...
Seel : This time it's for ICE, not water! Yay! (Even though Seel is only water xD)


Eevee : This goes without saying. The MOST perfect starter, because you can choose to make it into any one of SEVEN types.

*Shiny*Monster0198 February 13th, 2013 10:07 PM

Elekid? Pretty cool little tyke, and who doesn't love E-vire? lol =D

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