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There's nothing special about the starter- it just happens to be the first mon you get. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don't. I tend to box it pretty often actually since after a few replays they kind of lower team variety. In particular I've never done a Plat run with the starter (I've used them all in Pearl).
Now, our starter Pokemon is usually our partner throughout the game cos it's our first Pokemon.
But some people like to part ways with their starter when they get a better Pokemon.
So, have you ever ditched your starter when playing a Pokemon game?
No. I like to use my starter as my partner through the ENTIRE game. Once I beat the elite four, and want to make a badass team, I may ditch him, but always keep him. I never trade him. It basically like I'm giving him a rest, but I keep him on call incase I need some extra power
I have NEVER ditched my starter, and that's one thing holding me back about a Nuzlocke. I don't wanna lose my best partner. To me, that's what a starter SHOULD be - a Pokemon that sticks by your side for eternity, someone you bond with. I know it's weird since it's all pixels, but I like having my journey come full circle with the Pokemon I started with.
Of course. Either to start with a different starter through codes for emulation or trading eggs to hatch in the new game. Makes it more interesting to try out things other than a starter you're handed. That said, I tend to try out all 3 of the others before alt starter.