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Old January 21st, 2015 (7:47 AM).
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I usually choose Charmander since when it evolved to Charizard I can use fly so I can go to different cities, although Squirtle is usually my favorite out of the three.
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Old January 25th, 2015 (9:21 PM).
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I used to choose Squirtle and charmandar, but now I choose Bulbasaur because it fills the spot in my team for a grass type whereas I can choose anything else for fire and water. I had Red, Blue, Fire Red, and Leaf Green so I got to use everything. My favorite is Squirtle because it learns a lot of different moves and has the best chances of defeating the other starters in a 1 on 1 battle. Kanto starters are about my second or third favorite.
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Old January 26th, 2015 (9:43 AM).
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    My favourite starter is Squirtle, but I was always unsure about this. I liked Charmander too (Fire-type Pokémon are more my type).
    Kanto starters are good. They were the first starter Pokémon and were great in a surprising sorta way.
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    Old January 29th, 2015 (5:59 AM).
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      I always choose Charmander because he has a soft spot in my heart.
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      Old January 31st, 2015 (11:25 AM).
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        I chose Bulbasaur and Squirtle a few of my many times playing Fire Red or Leaf Green, but I usually choose Charmander because it seems like he gets the most exp out of the three and evolves into the beloved Charizard who I use for fly. Plus, I usually get like a Starmie or a Poliwrath to fill in for Squirtle, and a Vileplume for Bulbasaur. The only problem with Charizard is facing either your Rival or Lance. Tough times

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          Old February 3rd, 2015 (9:40 AM).
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          As with most starters, I end up choosing different ones in different playthroughs, but with my newest playthrough of Leaf Green, which I started just over two weeks ago, I went with Bulbasaur. I'm glad I did because I find it's quite under-appreciated compared to the other two, and although it's Grass-type it still does good against quite a few of the opponents present (particularly at the beginning of the game).
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          Old February 3rd, 2015 (9:56 AM).
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            Bulbasaur all the way, that first gen toxic + leech seed combo, just awesome :D
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            Old February 3rd, 2015 (11:01 AM).
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              charmander was my first choice because i used to think there weren't any other fire pokemons available, lol. if i'd to play kanto again bulbasaur would be my choice - all the other grass pokemons from gen 1 aren't as cool as the fire/water types in my opinion.
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              Old February 5th, 2015 (10:57 AM).
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                In my very first playthrough of FireRed, I picked Charmander. In all of my following playthroughs, I picked Squirtle for most of them, and then recently in the past couple of years I've started to really appreciate Bulbasaur.

                So, first one was Charmander, but right now my favorite is Bulbasaur, closely followed by Squirtle, and then Charmander!
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                  I choose squirtle and ended up over leveling him because I would use him for every battle, even if he had a typing disadvantage. I swept through all the gym leaders in my fire game and the elite four. I had a very unbalanced team and had trouble leveling my other pokemon up (I didn't know anything about the exp. share in those days).

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                  Old February 16th, 2015 (11:19 AM).
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                  I've played with all three, but my first starter in FireRed was FIREY the Charmander!

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                  Old March 14th, 2015 (3:17 PM).
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                  I chose Squirtle, just as I did back in my original Red file. Blastoise is my favorite Pokemon, so I tend to pick Squirtle whenever it's available.

                  My friend and I started our games at the same time, and we reset one file over and over again to get spares of each of the starters, so I used all three when playing. The Kanto starters are probably my favorite starter trio overall.
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                  Usually Charmander or Squirtle. Bulbasaur is pretty boring to me, sad to say. I think a lot of Pokémon fans share that thought. Poor Bulbasaur.
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                  I love their designs, on the competitive aspect I prefer Charmander's though.
                  I recall restarting and trading off the starters in order to get all the Kanto starter trio.
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                  Old July 14th, 2015 (7:20 PM).
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                  In the brief moment I played Leaf Green a few years back, the chosen starter on the file was Squirtle, so I'd say Squirtle here. However if I was playing it myself I would have gone for Bulbasaur as well.
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                  Old July 22nd, 2015 (2:06 AM).
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                    Bulbasaur is the only Kanto starter I pick. I like the other two fine but theyre not Bulbasaur.
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                    Old August 15th, 2015 (12:45 PM). Edited January 10th, 2016 by Liquid Halo.
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                      In Leaf Green I picked Charmander as a challenge since other than Squirtle and Bulbasaur the only available Pokemon that can defeat Brock is Mankey in the grass outside the Pokemon league entrance (there is also a Gary battle just above the grass), an area that is easy to forget which I did here.
                      I'd first discovered it in the original games but by that time they were pretty obsolete. hehe.

                      I've begun a few new files in Fire Red and am just beginning in a new one now. I chose this time to start with Bulbasaur and it took me weeks, but I successfully soft-reset it shiny! My choice was driven by the fact that I had chosen Bulbasaur least often in the original games and I believe it's the best grass Pokemon in its generation whereas there are plenty of good fire and water types.
                      For me that cancels out the fact that it's also the easiest starter because it can single-handedly take out both Brock and Misty.
                      I was also adamant for once about making it shiny (usually try as I might I have little patience for it) because I find it's line's shiny colors beautiful. Ivysaur's yellow flower pwns the pink. I was disappointed to discover Venusaur's is orange, so now I have to decide whether or not to fully evolve it.
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                      Old August 15th, 2015 (1:35 PM).
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                      Bulbasaur is probably my favourite of the three, that's the one I'll usually choose since it was my first ever starter choice back playing Blue.

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                      Old August 16th, 2015 (12:14 AM).
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                        I am playing Leaf Green currently, and I picked Bulbasaur. While I'm not a huge fan of Grass types, it has a great moveset and Venusaur is just too good.
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                        Old August 16th, 2015 (8:48 AM).
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                          Back when I was a lot younger, the only one I'd use was Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur destroyed the early game! It could single-handedly take out Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge...

                          Now I've branched out a lot more and I find that I like Charmander the most, as I try to make the games as challenging as possible now. Charizard seems to be the strongest of the three, even if it has the fewest favorable matchups in Kanto.

                          I've never been too fond of Squirtle, but that's not to say I don't like it. I've gotten it to Wartortle a few times (never Blastoise, sad to say) and it's been fun using it, but it doesn't stick out as particularly great.
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                          Old August 17th, 2015 (7:29 AM).
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                            I honestly like all 3! All 3 are cute in their first stages. I only like Ivysaur and Wartortle though. I don't care for Charmeleon at all. I like all 3 of the final evolutions, but I have to say Charmander is the closest to my heart.
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                              I usually get all three in the very beginning of the game but each time I start a new game I pick Charmander first. Just something about that little guy.
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                              Old August 17th, 2015 (6:43 PM).
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                                Squirtle was the first starter I have ever picked. I loved its design, and the fact I wouldn't have to pick up another water Pokemon to use Surf.
                                However, the more I played the games, the more I began to appreciate all of their designs equally. I don't really have a preference when it comes to starters of any generation, and I just pick whatever one I feel like during that particular playthrough.
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                                  I first played Leaf Green and so i end up choosing Bulbasaur. I didn't make any new files because my skills as Hacker were and still are non existent. My favorite of the three starters is Squirtle because of the anime and his "gang" and cool glasses. Well here is my opinion of the Kanto starters. For me Venusaur is the strongest, then Blastoise and in the last place is Charizard. Venusaur is great at stall games and Blastoise is good overall but I always thought that Charizard is kinda fragile. In artwork Charizard is coolest, than Blastoise and in the last place Venusaur. I remember when i played with Blastoise in FR/LG he was kinda balanced and when he learn Ice Beam he was really useful. Venusaur have one of the best moves in game Leech Seed so i always ended up choosing one of these two.
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