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Advance Generation The hallmark of sprite-based Pokémon gaming, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald set you off on an adventure in the watery Hoenn region with tons of diverse Pokémon to discover. Fans of Kanto can reexplore their favorite region in FireRed and LeafGreen. Here you'll find other fans who enjoy talking about the Pokémon, strategy, and techniques to master this generation.

View Poll Results: Which Hoenn starter did you pick?
Treecko 17 38.64%
Torchic 12 27.27%
Mudkip 15 34.09%
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Old January 6th, 2013 (10:08 PM).
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I almost always take Torchic because Blaziken is awesome. The Blaziken family has always been among my favorites and Torchic is my favorite starter out of all of them.
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Old January 7th, 2013 (3:27 AM).
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First time I played through Ruby I picked Mudkip. I don't even know why, as none of them look all THAT cool to me. I just went with him.

Of course, then he eventually became Swampert and was outstanding, so yeah, no disappointment there. :D I'm pretty sure once Emerald came out I even went with Mudkip again- I'd gone with the other two before it, and it just didn't seem worth going with one other than Mudkip.

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Old January 7th, 2013 (6:27 AM).
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I picked Torchic for Ruby, Mudkip for Sapphire and Treecko for Emerald.
Old January 11th, 2013 (3:14 PM).
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I beat the elite four at least twice with each starter but I can't pick a favourite! AAAH so frustrating seen as every other gen I know my favourite of the three.
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Old January 11th, 2013 (3:44 PM).
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I never liked Mudkip's design (I know it's a shallow reason to not pick a starter), so I never chose him. I always went with either Treeko or Torchic, but Torchic has seen the most action.
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The Gen 3 starters are the most interestingly designed in my opinion, but Torchic is my favorite starter to this day.

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I usually go with the water pokemon so I picked mudkip, also mudkip has the cutest cry ever. (Sounds a bit cruel but ... meh) In The Emerald/Ruby/Sapphire games I actually love the grass pokemon, treeko, though. Probably one of the only pokemon games I like the grass starter in.
Old January 11th, 2013 (6:09 PM).
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I usually switch between fire and water, but i picked Torchic
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3rd gen was when I started the tradition of always choosing the Fire Pokémon at the beginning. Before, I chose Bulbasaur and Totodile.

Why? Because it was when Gamefreak started to troll us Fire-type fans.

Really, if you don't choose Torchic in RSE, you have only three options for Fire-types: Numel, Torkoal and Slugma. Between those, Numel is clearly the best, the others just plain suck.

DP made it worse by only making Ponyta available. The only new Fire Pokémon in 4th gen besides Chimchar were Magmortar (evo of Magmar), and Heatran (a legendary). Luckily this was sort of fixed in Platinum, when they made five lines available prior to beating the E4, all of them really good (even Flareon).

So from 3rd gen onwards, I always choose the Fire-type, even if the other starters look better or have better stats. It's my answer to Gamefreak's trolling. The only real break Gamefreak gave to us Fire-type fans was in 2nd gen, when they gave it two more resistances (against Ice and Steel), an advantage (against Steel), boosted Charizard and Arcanine's Special Attack stat, and created Houndour/Houndoom.

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I just restarted Emerald and chose Torchic. Never used to, I'm more of a Swampert kinda girl but I'm really liking using this fire type.

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Old January 11th, 2013 (8:51 PM).
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Torchic, i always pick the fire starter
Old January 12th, 2013 (11:25 AM).
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I always pick the starter that is based on what color the version I'm playing.

Torchic on Ruby, Mudkip on Sapphire, and Treeko on Emerald.
Old January 12th, 2013 (2:56 PM).
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I went for Mudkip. So far, I have always picked the water starter in my first game of any generation, and gen 3 was no exception. I also have never been all that fond of the gen 3 starters (unlike a lot of people). I did add the other two to my team later, and Blaziken has grown on me, but I wasn't too taken by the other starter choices when I started my gen 3 games.
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Always Mudkip due to the general badassary of Muddy Water and surf in the end.
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First generation I dumped my starter. I hated them all.
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I think it was Mudkip, but at this point I could be wrong.

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I played ruby 9 times so I really don't remember which starter I chose the first time but I think it was torchic

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I had just come off of Crystal and I thought Fire types were pretty cool, not having chosen one in Red.
These days, I might just pick Treecko. Grass types are starting to grow (pun intended) on me now.
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It's almost dead even between Treecko and Mudkip because Swampert is great but I really got the hang of using Sceptile as a catcher.
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