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[Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl] Was your starter choice different to the starter you picked in DPPt?

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Did you choose the same or a different starter to what you first picked (or picked most often) in DPPt? Was your starter kept on your team all the way through the game?
 

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Pretty sure Turtwig was the one I picked on my first DPPt playthrough, so it ended up being the same in BDSP yeah
 
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I never played the original D/P. My first Sinnoh starter (Platinum) was Turtwig, but I did more playthroughs later choosing Chimchar and Piplup too.

My Shining Pearl starter was Turtwig too, but I started playing with the idea of not keeping it on my final team. The thing is, my team was pretty weak against Rock and Electric types so at the end I kept Torterra on my team to balance that.
 
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Yes...and no. I only had Diamond, then later Platinum too and I picked Piplup both times (and more than the others on subsequent playthroughs too). This time, buying 2nd hand I started with Shining Pearl which I picked... you guessed it, Piplup! But when I got Brilliant Diamond I went for Turtwig. Decided to have a male character in BD with a Dark / Sandstorm team (Torterra / Honchkrow / Skuntank / East Sea Gastrodon / HIppowdon / Garchomp) and a female character in SP with a partial Hail team (Empoleon / Staraptor / Mismagius / Abomasnow / Weavile / Toxicroak).

Realise despite so many saves, I've only used 2 of those non-starter pokémon (Honchkrow and Staraptor). That's what is so great about pokémon, aside from needing to tough out the early routes without captures eventually (Turtwig has a Shinx to keep him company until we get Murkrow and Stunky), there are over 200 different team options in the DP dex alone!
 
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I went Piplup in Pearl, and Chimchar in Platinum and Shining Pearl
 
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I started with Piplup again. I almost always will gravitate towards the water starter on a first playthrough.
 
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I had always picked Chimchar in DP and now In BD/SP i picked Turtwig.
 
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