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View Poll Results: Which Gen had the worst starters?
Gen I 11 4.56%
Gen II 37 15.35%
Gen III 25 10.37%
Gen IV 56 23.24%
Gen V 112 46.47%
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Old February 8th, 2013, 05:13 AM
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Gen 1 was good. Maybe not spectacular lol but I grew up with squirtle and I had a squirtle shaped cake when I turned 10 xD or was it 9? Idk. Yeah 9 cuz Pokemon 2000 came out. Charmander is cute and I love dragons so that includes charizard. But I've never been keen on bulbasaur& its fam.
Gen 2 I love totodile so much. One of the best move pools and its crushing power and high defense through the evolutions carry against all but grass and water, but in hg croconaw learned ice fang that made bayleef and meganium a joke lol. Never done a play through with chikorita but I like its aesthetics as well as meganium at least. Cyndaquil is the cutest fire starter and I like hedgehogs. But it's moves and such aren't unique.
Gen 3 is the only one I've done a full play through with all starters. So I love all of those. Can't dislike them at all.
Gen 4. Oh gen 4. Turtwig. The best but not by much. Only cuz I like how grotle and torterra look. Chinchar. I hate monkeys. And I didn't need to see another fire fighting type. Piplup. Freaking penguins. I hate penguins. Also one thing that made these easily the worst starter is the type imbalance. I mean if I choose a water starter, I should not naturally inheret a weakness to the fire starters second type. No. Just no. And I also should not be able to use my water type attacks easily on the grass starter. I should always fear him. Not think his second type means my strong water attacks can easily ohko him cuz hes no long resistant. I usually teach my water starter ice beam to deal with grass types but due to their general lack of speed I tend to still fear appropriately leveled grass types, particularly my rival's grass starter. But empoleon isn't even weak to grass anymore and infernape scares the crap outta me. I boxed empoleon. I hate it.
Gen 5 was good for starter. I love my samurott more than I expected and having access to bug moves makes him way different from others. I like serperior's design at least and I don't dislike emboar. He just kinda blends in and I forget about him.
Obviously I vie for gen 4 as the worst. Hate them. Except torterra. But I'm sure if I played as him I'd still hate him for being unbalanced against water. But whatever xD
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 11:46 AM
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To me, the Sinnoh starters are pretty meh, even Infernape.
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Old March 31st, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I was pretty close to saying Generation I and II, especially because Charizard's physical aspect is completely overused, even though its Base Attack is only at a puny 84, in which it is bested at by Watchog. Typhlosion's base stats are an exact copy of Charizard's, and the other two in Generation II were less than powerful.

I still chose Generation V, because no single starter is very impressive by itself. Emboar is too fragile, while Serperior doesn't hit. Samurott really came close, but could easily be replaced by an Empoleon.

My favorite Generation will always be Generation III.
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Old March 31st, 2013, 01:04 PM
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In terms of design I'd say gen IV. I still don't like most of those starters and especially dislike their second forms, but power-wise these guys are probably the best. Sadly I focus more on appearance than anything else so fourth gen it is. :<
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Old April 1st, 2013, 03:02 AM
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Gen V was so bad, ingame and competitively.

It's the only generation where I considered dropping the starters.
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I think III was the worst by design.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 01:55 PM
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Are you guys kidding me?
Infernape is my favourite pokemon, which means my favourite starter is chimchar.
Gen V was the worst 1 IMO.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 02:22 PM
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In terms of design I would have to say that I consider Gen-4 to have the worst starters. I simply thought them uninspiring, and not at all appealing. Most gen4 runs I end up not even using the starter which is a shame.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 03:07 PM
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Gen 4 and 5 are the only times ive ever switched out a starter. On pearl i did it because i had access to a blaziken, and blaziken>>>infernape. On white and white 2 it was just because i wasnt really feeling the starters. I like serperior and samurott, so Gen IV is what i chose.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 12:21 AM
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I only really liked Gen 1 and 2 - they felt the most authentic.
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Old April 20th, 2013, 12:17 AM
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I hate the Generation V starters. While I keep my starter with me every game I play, as I've been doing it since I was five, it was a burden to me to keep my starter during my playthroughs of Generation V, and I had to resist strong temptations to drop my starter numerous times throughout. I dislike their designs and I didn't 'feel' any enjoyment using them, unlike Generation IV, where I cherished my starter (so much so that I got Level 100 with one of them).
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Old April 20th, 2013, 09:17 AM
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Kanto is overrated, but yeah still good.
Johto starters, eh. This would come in 2nd least fav.
I love all Hoenn starters unconditionally,
I like Empoleon, Torterra, and Infernape, so Sinnoh's good.
But as for V, I only liked Snivy and it's evolutions, so five would be my least favorite.
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Gen V. I like Serperior design but that's about it...
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Old April 20th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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I think it will be Gen.2 yeah yeah people will say Gen. 5 is more worst but it's only their looks. How about the stats? I don't really like the Gen.2 starters at all.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 07:46 AM
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I voted gen V, cause it was just uninspired. And did we really needed another fire/fighting type?
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Old April 21st, 2013, 07:58 AM
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I think III was the worst by design.
Are you kidding?!?

Now that I think about it, Gen V and II are my least favorites.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Are you kidding?!?

Now that I think about it, Gen V and II are my least favorites.
Well, it's hard to choose because I think every Generation had good starters but treecko and mudkip were both in my bottom 5 along with Tepig, Chimchar and Totodile.
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Generation III. They were not designed well and I don't like their evolutions.
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Old April 21st, 2013, 11:53 AM
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Gen V has the worst starters. Samurott is the only one that can holds its own and it can barely do that. Making Tepig into another Fire/Fighting really jaded me, plus it's not even a good Fire/Fighting type. Blaziken and Infernape put it to shame.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 08:38 AM
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Generation III. They were not designed well and I don't like their evolutions.
Nice someone agrees with me.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 09:43 AM
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I'd say Gen V. I just like it was the generation where creativity in starters, really faded away. Except for Oshawott, they were all based on a type of animal which had already had at least one Pokemon designed for it, and there were no interesting typings this time around, especially not considering one of them was yet another Fire/Fighting type in a row, which I don't really see any excuse for. I also feel like they were less memorable than any other generation of starters, and overall, they just don't really reach the top of the list. Can't say much for them in battle, as I've only used Emboar so far, and it was pretty decent, although the worst of its typing tbh.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Gen V's designs are so bad. In every other generation, I like at least 2 of the start lines, in V I hate the fire + water and I think the Snivy line is only okay.

In game Serperior was nothing special either and I kept it in the party but rarely used it.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 11:11 AM
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Gen 5, OMG BAD DESIGNS Oshawott is a little great, but Dewott and Samurott OMFG. The others were just meh. Gen 1,2,3 the best for me. (but gen 4 is my fav gen btw)
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Gen 4 had the worst starters to me (D/P/Pt). I didn't really like Chimchar or Turtwig, and even though I did choose Piplup, it wasn't my favorite. Even though gen 4 was one of my favorite gens, I thought it had the worst starters.
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Gen V, I just couldn't be bothered to actually use the starters in-game. Tbh, they were also among the worst design-wise, along with Gen IV.
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