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Weirdness: Picking an Original Pokémon Starter, Always a Tough Call

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pick me!

Pokémon is a gaming culture phenomenon, with legions of fans that can readily recite 'mon names and abilities without a pause for breath. For newcomers or those that haven't been there and seen it all, however, picking a starter 'mon can be a tough call. Sure, they're different types and have varying strengths and weaknesses, but how do you choose?

A humorous video from YouTube user Shippiddge tackles that very question, as it shows the original starters — Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle — lobbying and pitching their abilities to a prospective Trainer. What that brings is a funny skit that pokes fun at each character, though we suspect you Pokémon veterans will have a thing or two to say about these characterisations...

Check it out below.

[via kotaku.com, youtube.com]

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User Comments (42)

Buduski

#2

Buduski said:

Lol, I remember playing the blue version on my game boy :')
nostalgia but yea squirtle is the best out of the three original starters :D

SyntheticPerson

#3

SyntheticPerson said:

Charmander is the best starter; but you have to ignore him until Brock has been beaten. Level up alternate Pokemon, beat Brock, then powerhouse Charmander.

ultraraichu

#5

ultraraichu said:

Lol, that is pretty funny. I'm surprised Bulbasaur didn't brag that he's good in the first and second gym, then again Charmander is the only one there full of hot air :P

Shambo

#10

Shambo said:

I played blue, red, yellow and fire red... ironically, leaf green is the only one (in Europe) showing my favourite final stage of a starter on the box.

Marakuto

#11

Marakuto said:

I always take all 3 starts by trading then restarting my adventure and then get the two starters back.

Ralizah

#12

Ralizah said:

Funny video, although it is too bad Bulbasaur didn't know how to sell himself more effectively (although, he at least got picked by Gary later, since Gary always chooses the Pokemon type yours is weak to). Bulbasaur's vine whip and leech seed abilities make short work of the first two gyms.

Kryce

#13

Kryce said:

If only Geodude could do that !
in the game, one bubble and he is KO.

Dizzard

#14

Dizzard said:

Charmander was annoying in that video....

Personally I prefer Squirtle and Bulbasaur. I don't dislike Charmander but I always thought he was overrated.

Expa0

#16

Expa0 said:

In original Red/Blue I always pick Bulbasaur. Due to the strange game mechanics his always critting Razor Leaf and glitched out Leech Seed + Toxic combo make him pretty darn great.

Bulbasaur sucks in FR/LG though in that game it's always Squirtle (though I leave it as Wartortle cuz Blastoise is lame).

I never cared for the the Charmander chain :/

AlexSora89

#17

AlexSora89 said:

The fact "this" Red chose Squirtle is more than enough to say this characterization got it right.

SyntheticPerson

#18

SyntheticPerson said:

I always found that I could beat Misty with his normal attacks. They were powerful enough to kill her pokemon before they could deal too much damage!

Saying that, I do hold a soft spot for Bulbasaur, as Venusaur's Solar Beam is immense.

FullbringIchigo

#19

FullbringIchigo said:

well i always end up with all 3 through trading and restarts (hence why i always buy both versions of the games, but as for the one i pick first, well it's always the fire type

SphericalCrusher

#20

SphericalCrusher said:

Haha, nice! I always pick the Fire starter though. Except the very first time I played Pokemon Blue, I chose Squirtle.

Doma

#22

Doma said:

Yellow was my first Pokemon game. No need to choose a starter since you got them all eventually. Winner.

3DSAllDay

#25

3DSAllDay said:

Charmander is clearly the best option since he can learn metal claw and destroy the first gym and on the second gym I always get Pikachu in the forest. I would not give up my fire red version for anything!

AJWolfTill

#26

AJWolfTill said:

If I pick up a gen 6 'mon it will have to be Fennekin no question. I FRICKIN LOVE FENNEC FOXES XD

GamerZack87

#31

GamerZack87 said:

According to the Pokémon Adventures manga (which is apparently the closest interpretation of the game's story), Red ended up picking Bulbasaur, which is my favourite Gen I starter; my second favourite is Charmander, which was chosen by Blue Oak. In fact, I've noticed a repeating pattern with my preferred starters in each new generation of games:

GEN I: Bulbasaur > Charmander
GEN II: Cyndaquil > Totodile
GEN III: Mudkip > Treecko
GEN IV: Turtwig > Chimchar
GEN V: Tepig = Oshawott + Pansage

It muddles up a little in Gen V since I like both Tepig and Oshawott equally, but since Pansage is my favourite monkey I chose Tepig in White and Oshawott in White 2. Gen VI throws the pattern completely off-course as I like all three starters exactly the same! Pokémon X will mark the toughest time I've had choosing a starter Pokémon in a long time!

MikeDanger

#32

MikeDanger said:

You can actually beat red/blue by only using Blastoise, I don't think you can do that with Charizard or Venusaur.

Lalivero

#33

Lalivero said:

Poor Bulbasaur, haha. I'm glad he picked Squirtle over that jerk of a Charmander though, although I would've picked Bulbasaur to whoop the first 2 gyms.

Zombie_Barioth

#34

Zombie_Barioth said:

I've always liked how the starters, despite their clear advantages, all had their own way around their weaknesses. Charmander's high special stat, Chikorita has reflect, Mudkip evolves into a ground type, ect. You really can't go wrong with any of them.

I usually prefer the grass and water starters myself, gen 1 and 2 are the only ones that I have a hard time choosing between, but it looks like I can add the 6th gen starters to that list.

Williaint

#36

Williaint said:

I'd have gone with Charmander, even if they all sound like the TV show's Meowth.
By the time I got to the first gym, I'd have a Charmeleon.

allav866

#39

allav866 said:

Poor Bulbasaur. At least Blue will take him. Charmander, on the other hand will be left all alone.

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