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Fourth Generation Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum kicked off the fourth generation of Pokémon. Two years later, fans of the Johto region were treated to a remastered adventure in HeartGold & SoulSilver. Discuss the games, explore the features, share your experiences, and help other players out!

View Poll Results: Which starter did you choose?
65 27.78%
73 31.20%
72 30.77%
46 19.66%
110 47.01%
69 29.49%
Other 7 2.99%
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Old February 18th, 2013 (01:17 PM).
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I love Totodile.

Also, what do you mean by 'other'?
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Old February 18th, 2013 (04:39 PM).
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The fire starters so

Chimchar (D,P,PL)
Cyndaquil (SS)
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Old February 23rd, 2013 (02:32 AM).
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Over the various games I chose all three Sinnoh starters, but my first was Turtwig.

I chose Cyndaquil in Heart Gold.

I don't really choose them in preference of type - I like picking different starters each time I replay so I can build different teams around them.
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Old February 23rd, 2013 (07:39 PM). Edited February 23rd, 2013 by Shiny Electivire.
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In Pearl, I chose Turtwig. Later bred it, and now use a lv. 100 shiny Torterra.
In SS, which I play most now, I chose Totodile. Used it until it was lv. 46, then locked it away in a box.
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Old March 4th, 2013 (06:26 AM).
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I chose Chimchar first in Diamond and got Piplup in Platinum. Never owned Pearl.

When HeartGold and SoulSilver came around, I picked Chikorita for the former and Cyndaquil for the latter.
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Old March 15th, 2013 (06:31 PM).
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I'm playing through HeartGold and I chose Chikorita as my starter, who evolved into Bayleef within two days of playing the game.
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Old March 16th, 2013 (04:58 AM).
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Chimchar because he looks cute and i absolutely love Infernape's design. Plus i love the Fire/Fighting combo and i didn't mind them using itr twice (Yes, Tepig was too much...).
Totodile because he is such a hilarious and hyper-active pokemon, plus i love how he is inspired by a crocodile/alligator.

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Old April 2nd, 2013 (11:28 PM).
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For Platinum I chose Chimchar and for Soulsilver I chose Cyndaquil.
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Old April 3rd, 2013 (01:24 AM).
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I thought I had answered this before...

Pearl: Turtwig
Platinum: Chimchar
Heartgold: Chikorita
Soulsilver: Totodile
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Old April 4th, 2013 (09:32 AM).
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in my first ever game which was pearl i chose turtwig because my other two friends chose piplup and chimchar and i wanted to be different than them and also turtwig was adorable. also torterra is one of my favorite pokemon. i chose piplup in platinum because i wanted to try something different. in heartgold i chose chikorita because it was very cute and again i wanted to be different. also i already chose cyndaquil in crystal :D
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Old April 4th, 2013 (09:44 AM).
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What does it mean by other?

Unless you AR them in...
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Old April 4th, 2013 (02:45 PM).
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Quote originally posted by AntimatterAsh:
What does it mean by other?

Unless you AR them in...
What it means by 'other' is sometimes people ditch the region's starters altogether and pick their favourite/different pokemon to start the game with.
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Old April 4th, 2013 (03:17 PM).
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Sinnoh: Chimchar definetely. I must have a fire type pokémon in my team.
Jotho: Totodile. Cause I always catch a Growlithe .
That kinda happens always when I play gen II games.

Although my best gen II game (crystal) was with Cyndaquil as starter.
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Old April 6th, 2013 (05:40 AM).
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Totodile for life! i use him in my heart gold game, so, I choose you Totodile!
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Old April 6th, 2013 (01:57 PM).
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Cyndaquill in HG/SS and Turtwig in Platinum But next time I play Platinum I'll choose chimchar. Torterra wasn't bad, but I wanna to make a full IV Gen team and it lacks fire-types pokémon :s
Until I come up with something better this will do xD
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Old April 9th, 2013 (12:19 AM).
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I chose Chimchar in Diamond (my friend told me to, I was young and didn't understand much about Pokemon, and I thought Chimchar was adorable :3), and then in Platinum I went with Turtwig (back then I followed along with Marilland - I basically made my team EXACTLY like his :/)..then I tried SoulSilver and used Totodile. After that, I replayed Platinum and used Piplup.
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Old April 9th, 2013 (01:21 AM).
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Always Piplup. He makes the game much easier for later Gyms.

Always Cyndaquil. He makes Steel Pokémon look like chumps. Especially late game.
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Old April 10th, 2013 (09:37 AM).
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I allways chose....

D/P/PT - Piplup... I very like this cute Peguin
HG/SS - Tododile... Strong and Deadly Crocodile/Aligator/Cayman or something like that XD
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Old April 10th, 2013 (03:19 PM).
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OMG who wouldn't like a monkey as a friend? a monkey who plays with fire too!
Meganium is my most favourite pokemon, naturally I'll choose it.
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Old April 13th, 2013 (01:57 AM).
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Haha, yeh I'm definitely going with either Piplup or (preferably) Totodile to suit a mono-Water themed team. :3 Water-type starters appeal to me a whole more than the others purely because each one so far is distinct and interesting! (though not saying that the other starters are diverse):)

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Old April 15th, 2013 (05:23 PM).
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Piplup and Chikorita are my favorites from Gen 4.
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Old April 16th, 2013 (08:50 PM).
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For Pearl, the first starter I chose was Chimchar because I like fire types.

For SoulSilver, I picked Chikarita because I had never used it in my original Gold or Silver. When I got HeartGold, I chose Totodile because I choose it in my original Silver but I never beat it because it broke D;
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Old April 16th, 2013 (09:02 PM).
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I picked Chimchar on my first try of Diamond.

And I picked Cyndaquil in Heartgold.

I am fond of fire types. :3
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Old April 16th, 2013 (10:20 PM).
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On my replaythroughs of the game I decided to try different starters, ones that I don't normally consider. I've overdone water to be honest so I decided to take a break and give the other types a little love. In Platinum I decided to go with Turtwig, mainly because there were other great fire-types I wanted to catch later on in the game such as Houndoom.

In Soulsilver, I had already chosen Totodile in Heartgold and I decided to give Cyndaquil a go since it's design was adorable and apparently it was a ferocious and powerful attacker in it's final evolutions.
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Old April 17th, 2013 (10:57 AM).
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I've always been a fire person, so of course I chose Chimchar in Pearl and Cyndaquil in SS.
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