Third 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.

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Old August 25th, 2016 (10:03 PM).
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    Old August 27th, 2016 (5:01 AM).
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      I've played through the games so many times that I'm certain I've played with all three of them at some point. I used to default to Charmander all the time, but lately I've been a lot more likely to go with Bulbasaur.

      For some it might depend on how much of a challenge you want. I think Bulbasaur is the easiest to start out with, while Charmander presents a little more of a challenge with the first two gyms. Squirtle is relatively easy to start with and I would say it's a little harder later with the electric and grass gyms, but by then I think most people definitely have started to build a team with other pokemon.
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      Old September 20th, 2016 (10:04 PM).
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      It's weird- in my two main playthroughs of FireRed, I've gone with Bulbasaur and Charmander as my starter, even though Squirtle is my favorite of the three. Never had a problem with any of the other 2, but I'll definitely have to pick Squirtle the next time I start a FireRed save file.
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      Old September 20th, 2016 (10:21 PM).
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        As a kid I picked Charmander most. These days playing on VC I feel way more Bulbasaur. It really does depend on my mood at the time of starting, though. I love all three of them <3
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        Old September 21st, 2016 (6:30 PM). Edited September 21st, 2016 by Controversial?.
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          I chose Charmander
          I guess that's generic but
          Charizard is cool

          It's all nostalgia
          I grew up with these starters
          So they're my favourites
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          Old September 30th, 2016 (3:56 PM).
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          Bulbasaur. Easily. He's got coverage on my weaknesses and Swampert covers him in turn. :3

          I always enjoy running Water/Grass forwards on my Hoenn teams <3
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          Old October 6th, 2016 (2:41 PM).
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          Charizard is one of my favorite Pokemon so I always choose Charmander. Squirtle and Bulbasaur do give you a better start in the game but I just train Nidoran & it makes beating the first gym easier.
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          Old October 6th, 2016 (4:55 PM).
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          The first starter I chose in a FRLG playthrough was Charmander! I was brainwashed by how damn cool and overpowered it was in the anime and I was still in the "let's just solo with our starter" phase f playing Pokémon. I got to Victory Road but then lost my copy of Fire Red and was devastated.

          I then started on my LeafGreen cartridge and after discussing it with a friend for an entire bus journey for a school trip, Bulbasaur was the starter of choice! Boy oh boy was this playthrough tough! I ended up splitting my love between a trio of Pokémon and Venusaur was paired with a Pidgeot and a Gengar, all at level 50 when I finally reached the Elite Four. Never before have I been as proud of taking down the Pokémon League!

          Squirtle was left out during my time with the FRLG cartridge playthroughs which was really damn weird. Squirtle had always been my favorite starter up until recently where I can't decide! Blastoise was my first ever Pokémon on a pre-owned copy of Pokémon Blue when I was like 5 years old - it was my favourite Pokémon from then on. Strange I never picked it!
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          Old October 8th, 2016 (1:55 PM).
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            Like I said in the generation 1 thread like this, I always picked Charmander. I literally don't think I've ever not picked it. Not that I've played them that often, but still. Charizard is my absolute favorite.

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            Old October 8th, 2016 (2:30 PM).
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              Went with Suirtle (I smashed the 'cue' key off my keyboard earlier in blind fury, so please forgive the typo). I had Pokemon Blue Version and chose to use the Pokemon on the cover. I wasn't disappointed in the least.

              I then went through with Bulbasaur and found them equally (I have spell-check for real words) satisfying. I never really liked Charizard much. He was an ass in the anime, and he's an ass in the game. Can't learn fly my left foot...
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              Old October 8th, 2016 (10:01 PM).
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                My starter on my first playthrough was Squirtle, and except Celadon city, it was pretty much a smooth sailing. Although I used Charmander on my second playthrough.
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                Old November 9th, 2016 (2:57 AM).
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                  Old November 9th, 2016 (5:40 AM).
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                    I'm just considering starting up FireRed again... I just can't look past using the version mascot but I don't want to end up having to struggle through the first two gyms with Charmander. Any tips please, or it looks like I'm not going to play this game at all!
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                    Old November 9th, 2016 (10:37 AM).
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                      Originally Posted by Boynsy View Post
                      I'm just considering starting up FireRed again... I just can't look past using the version mascot but I don't want to end up having to struggle through the first two gyms with Charmander. Any tips please, or it looks like I'm not going to play this game at all!
                      If you want to run Charmander and not struggle through the first 2 gyms, here's how you can get through it:

                      Brock's Gym: There is one Pokémon in the first few routes that you can catch that will help you avoid beating Onix/Geodude with Metal Claw: Mankey. You can find him on route 22 and he learns Low Kick at level 6. I think once he's level 10 you should have no trouble beating him.

                      Misty's Gym: For her, there are a couple options:

                      Since you have Fire Red, you can find Oddish in the patches of grass after Nugget Bridge. It's definitely the best option, since it's pretty bulky, and I believe it has Absorb when you catch it. Should probably teach it Bullet Seed (found in Mt. Moon), since it will out-damage Absorb.

                      You can catch a Pikachu from the Viridian Forest if you have the patience to find one, and if high enough level, it outspeeds Staryu no problem. However, it doesn't learn Thunderbolt until level 26. It will be tough to survive stab water pulses.

                      You can also catch a Paras in Mt. Moon and teach it Bullet Seed. Problem with Paras is he can still get 2HKO by Starmie's Swift or Water Pulse.
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                      Old December 15th, 2016 (2:24 PM).
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                        I would trade at the beginning and get two copies of each starter. Although Squirtle gains Dark Bite and Charmander gains Metal Claw and Wing Attack, (and Fly, which you couldn't teach it in Red or Blue) Leech Seed is so rare a technique, I'd predomintly pick Bulbasaur through my gameplays. The very first time I obtained Champion status was w/ Venusaur in Red Version, so it will always be my Classic Starter. Not even Feraligator nor Blaziken have that honour, though they're my Classics from the first time I beat both Johto and Hoenn's trials.
                        While traveling from Johto to Kanto, you'll end up at a certain building in Viridian City. When you go against the trainer there, that's not just Feraligator biting you, that's life.

                        Note: Seriously, the dude always has all three starters. How cool is that?
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                        Old January 4th, 2017 (1:20 AM).
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                          I think Bulbasaur is the best. Most Kanto gyms have Pokemon that are weak against grass types.
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                          Old February 5th, 2017 (6:16 AM).
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                            As far i remember i played LG first and chose Bulbasaur. Two reasons behind this were: 1. It had advantage over Brock and Misty and 2. "The Title of the game" lol. Honestly speaking, i didn't create any files for other starters but i always wanted all the I always adored Charmander as my wanted starter and the reason is simple that my favourite pokemon is Charizard. Speaking general about the starters, I think they are still my all time favourite starters and pretty nostalgic one too..
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                            Old February 8th, 2017 (1:18 PM).
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                              It could been nice if there was poll set up.

                              I really love Charmander and always cannot get second thought of picking others.I grew more fond towards it since I played Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and picked him as MC.
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                              Old February 24th, 2017 (9:25 AM).
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                                I'll Choose Charmander!
                                It doesn't have advantage against brock misty and some others but
                                Charmander learn Metal Claw which is advantage full & You can catch another pokemon to defeat misty and same as others
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                                Old March 20th, 2017 (3:03 PM).
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                                  I played FR first and picked Charmander. Currently I play with Bulbasaur.
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                                  Old March 28th, 2017 (1:00 AM).
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                                    It beats Misty, Giovanni, Brock and Erika, and it resists Lt. Surge.
                                    Plus, it's underrated.
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                                    Old March 29th, 2017 (8:09 AM).
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                                      I started with the original Red version and chose Charmander. Charizard was so epic, even in FireRed, where it learned Flamethrower at Lv.34.
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                                      Old April 12th, 2017 (2:27 AM).
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                                        Guys ! I have shared my opinion on Which is the best starter of Gen 1 ! Please try to check it out !

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                                          I used to play FRLG on my cousin's copies before I got my own. I think I just picked whatever starter I felt like picking and I never favored one. Whenever I play FRLF or the originals, I pick whatever I like for that playthrough.
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