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View Poll Results: Did you nickname your starter pokemon?
Yes i gave it a sexy name! XD 7 58.33%
Nope all my pokemon have boring names XD 5 41.67%
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Old February 8th, 2013 (2:46 PM).
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    I"m horrible with nicknames, so I don't really bother.

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    Old February 8th, 2013 (11:36 PM).
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      Up until Platinum I never named my starter Pokemon. I always preferred their original name and I didn't want them to go by anything else, but I was in a mood to give my chimchar a nickname in Platinum so I named it Inferhoss, a combination of Infernape and hoss.
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      Old February 9th, 2013 (8:29 AM).
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        I'm pretty bad when it comes to give nicknames to pokémon 'cause I'm not that creative (only sometimes). But I NEVER catch a pokémon without nicknamin' it. (Even the ones I catch just to complete the pokédex) I feel strange when I have a pokémon with its original name (Especially in my party, I feel like I don't like my pokémon. :3 Yep, strange)

        I usually use simple 'n fast names, nothing extraordinary. In my first time playing Platinum, I have nicknamed my turtwig "Leaf". '-' In my second time playing it after a year or so, I've nicknamed my turtwig "Leaf 2.0"(I can't choose any other, turtwig is so awesome. :3) I did the same thing with my starly, "Raptor 2.0". '-'

        In GSC/HGSS, I've chosen Cyndaquil. In HGSS, It was a female, so I nicknamed it "Cinnamon" XD In GSC, It was a male, so I named him "Xplotaro", a reference to Gold's Cyndaquil/Typhlosion.
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        Old February 9th, 2013 (11:41 AM).
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          My starter for Heart Gold was Cyndaquil, I named him Nova.

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          Old February 9th, 2013 (12:10 PM).
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            I always try to nickname my Pokemon. I love coming up with names.
            Named my Chimchar Aaron (Part of some kind of inside joke I honestly don't remember.), my Tirtwig Biosuar, and named my Totodile WetTowel for some reason.
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            Old February 9th, 2013 (3:21 PM).
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              Named everything Turtwig, including my Piplup, during a FAILED HORRIBLY Nuzlocke run of Platinum.
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              Old February 9th, 2013 (5:07 PM).
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                I use nicknames if i can think of a good one. i wouldnt use a bad one for the sake of using a nickname

                my first ever pokemon was Fireball the Infernape
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                Old February 10th, 2013 (2:59 AM).
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                I never really nickname my starter in Pokemon game cause I prefer keeping it's original name. This was with the exception of my Turtwig in my current Diamond run. It's name is Twigleaf, haha. But other that case and changing the capital letters to lower case, I haven't nicknamed my starter.
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                Old February 10th, 2013 (6:13 AM).
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                  I named my Turtwig "Leaf" and my Cyndaquil "Fire".

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                  Old February 10th, 2013 (9:27 AM).
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                  only my chimchar i nicknamed him "FM" it means fire monkey.

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                  Old February 19th, 2013 (11:48 PM).
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                    All my Pokémon get nicknames, if only to tell two members of the same species and gender apart. :-) My current team in Pearl, for instance:

                    1. Sheldon, a 20th level Grotle who evolved from my starter Turtwig
                    2. Spark, a 12th level Shinx captured outside Oreburgh City
                    3. Crusher, a 10th level Geodude found on the Ravaged Path
                    4. Kiai Dude,an 8th level Machop captured on the road outside Oreburgh
                    5. Rosalind, a 7th level Budew spotted in the grass of Floaroma Meadow
                    6. Allegretto, a 6th level Starly also found in the meadow

                    Most of my starter-nicknames are predictable, as you can see from Sheldon's example above...I've named a Torchic "Hot Wings" and a Chikorita "Old Green" in earlier generations. But nicknames for my later finds are more inspired--sometimes by the moves they used on me, sometimes by the moves I hoped to teach. (Allegretto, my Starly, was ford of Quick Attack; Crusher's move list consists of Defense Curl and three offensive Rock-type TMs.)

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                    Old February 22nd, 2013 (2:15 PM).
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                      Yep. Actually, I nickname all of my Pokémon, and the starters are no exception. In my Pokémon Blaze Black 2, my Serperior is called Retrag because Garter backwards.
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                      Old February 22nd, 2013 (2:48 PM).
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                        I think I nicknamed my Piplup 'Pingu' once. I'm not a huge fan of nicknaming Pokemon - and it was annoying that I couldn't cancel it!
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                        Old February 23rd, 2013 (7:36 PM).
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                          When I nicknamed pokes I just picked random named like "Jared".
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                          Old February 23rd, 2013 (7:43 PM).
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                            Only Pokemon that I've nicknamed are my Togepi (Heartbreak), Gyarados (VEANGEANCE), and Stantler (FATASSDEER).

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                            Old February 25th, 2013 (6:26 PM).
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                              Nope. I really liked thier normal names,and im not that creative with names.
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                              Old February 25th, 2013 (6:29 PM).
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                                Of course! I named my Totodile "Napoleon", starting my trend of historically named companions.
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                                Old February 25th, 2013 (8:07 PM).
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                                  I have a tenancy to name my starter something stupid or generic like a name my nickname for my charmander in my first pokemon game was flame :D
                                  Yada Yada, just get to the point where you mention my awesomeness...

                                  What i hate most is when i walk around and ask a kid if he likes charizard and says whats that >.>

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