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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!

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Old December 23rd, 2009 (08:35 AM).
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My copy of platinum stopped worked working last night and have to get a team ready for new years day.

So which starter would be the best to rush through the game ?

Old December 23rd, 2009 (08:44 AM).
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I would choose a Piplup because when it evolves into Empoleon, it won't be that weak to grass types anymore. (If you pick Piplup, your rival picks Turtwig). And Piplup has pretty good Special Attack, and Defense.
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Old December 23rd, 2009 (08:48 AM).
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I would choose Turtwig-it levels up quickly,and has type advantages over many of the gyms.
Torterra is based on Attack and Defence
Old December 23rd, 2009 (10:27 AM).
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I would pick Torterra, it's best for the first few gyms, and many of the later ones when it gains the ground type.

Old December 23rd, 2009 (10:29 AM).
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turtwig, fewer weaknesses, and when it evolves it has a cool tree on its back xD
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Old December 23rd, 2009 (10:43 AM).
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Chimchar and its evolutions are fast, hard-hitting and have an incredible movepool. Offensive Pokemon are always the best for beating a game fast.
Old December 23rd, 2009 (10:48 AM).
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Though I like Chimchar,I choose Turtwig because it helps for the first two gyms.It also learns Earthquake when it evolves to Torterra.
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Old December 23rd, 2009 (11:27 AM).
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I normally go with Chimchar, but in Platinum I felt like getting Turtwig and using Houndoom as my fire team member...
Like Chimchar more though.
Old December 23rd, 2009 (01:29 PM).
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I would go with chimchar because it evolves fast and has lots of strong moves that can easily let you speed through the game quickly. Besides since its a fire type it has an advantage against most gyms.

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Old December 23rd, 2009 (02:15 PM).
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It depends.

If you're more concerned about rushing through the game, definitely choose Turtwig,as he can handle many of the gyms. If you choose him you will have to be sure to get a Starly or Zubat for Eterna Gym though.

If the reason you need a team by New Years is for battling friends, I'd go with Chimchar, as Infernape's the strongest out of the three finals IMO.

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Old December 23rd, 2009 (06:23 PM).
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I'll say Chimchar. It'll get the job done, trust me. You'll never see monster-monkeys until you witness Infernape tearing through Cyrus's team.
Old December 24th, 2009 (05:43 AM).
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If you want to speedrun the game (like you stated in your post), use Chimchar. It evolves quickly into Monferno and Infernape, has a good typing and has super-effective moves on the first, second, sixth and seventh gym, and has normally effective movs on the rest of them (excluding the fifth).
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Old December 24th, 2009 (08:25 AM).
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Quote originally posted by GlitchCity:
turtwig, fewer weaknesses, and when it evolves it has a cool tree on its back xD
Empoleon has 11 resistances and 1 immunity, which is something to boast about. Immune to sandstorm, stealth rock and toxic.

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Old December 24th, 2009 (08:30 AM).
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Best party for beating gyms are (for me) tu rtwig and starly.
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Old December 25th, 2009 (02:18 AM).
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torterra, if u do, good luck at the snowpoint gym
Old December 25th, 2009 (08:25 PM).
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It's your own choice - it's easy to get through the game quickly :D~
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