Pokemon: Fire, Water, and Grass. Which is Your Favorite Starter?

Updated on May 4, 2017

Fire, Water, and Grass: I Choose You!

Throughout the 20 years of existence of the Pokémon franchise, the player has traveled different regions and have completed multiple missions in order to fulfill their dream of being a Pokémon master. Even though the game has changed drastically from the 1996 version, one thing that is a constant variable of the Pokémon franchise is the option that the player has to choose between three starters. The player can choose between a fire type, a water type or a grass type with the exception of Pokémon Yellow in which the player is stuck with Pikachu. Even though a lot of players may think that selecting their starter is very simple component of the game, there are three factors that players consider prior to choosing their starter.

Prior to choosing their starter players will consider on what type they prefer best regardless on how they look in their final evolution looks. For instance, my favorite type always has been fire so I will lean towards a fire starter instead of choosing the other types. Actually one of my favorite starters that I always enjoy playing was Charmander I will talk about why later on. Another factor that players consider prior to choosing their first Pokémon is how they look in their final evolution. For instance, a lot of players in the past have picked Treecko, Torchic, Squirtle, Froakie, and Charmander solely based on how they look on their final evolution. The anime will play a huge factor on influencing the player on which starter the player will choose which can make the game difficult for any player.

Regardless of the reasons why you choose a starter everyone has a particular favorite that is why on this blog I will talk about my favorite starters throughout all the generations of the franchise.

The powerhouse Charizard

Charmander, I Choose You!

In the previous paragraph I broke down the different factors that can contribute for a starter to be chosen and I believe Charmander is one of my favorite because it covers all those three factors. I have been playing Pokémon on and off for 17 years and I always leaned towards a fire type because of my first fire starter which was Charmander. If I would have to compare Pikachu and Charmander in terms of iconic characters to the franchise they would have to be in the same level. I will go in detail why Charmander is one of my all time favorites.

When I played Pokémon yellow I started with Pikachu, but the player has an opportunity to get the other three starters throughout their journey that is how I came across Charmander for the very first time. In that occasion Charmander's type was not a huge contributor for my choice but influence me to get other fire starters in later versions of the game because I thought the last evolution would be just as cool as Charmander's. The last evolution of Charmander was a huge contributor from me choosing Charmander in later versions of the game.

When I first realized that Charmander would turn into a powerhouse like Charizard, I knew from that moment that Charmander would be the ideal starter for me. Charizard's look is unique and in later versions of the game it received two additional evolutions, which made the XY series so successful. Charmander's final evolution and type was not the only reasons that influence me to pick as my starter, the anime played an important part on my choosing.

In the anime, Ash finds Charmander in the rain because it was left by its trainer and Charmander believed his trainer was going to come back. However, the trainer turn out to be a prick and Charmander decided to join Ash and his team. Along with Ash, Charmander evolves into Charmeleon and later Charizard in which becomes a cocky and disrespectful. Sadly I see myself with Charmander that is why I kind have a connection with him, because I went from being a very naïve person to a total prick . However, just like Charizard I found that there is beauty and people you can trust in this world. Those reasons stated before are why Charmander are one of my favorite starters of the entire franchise.

For me Charmander is one of those starters that is unforgettable for the fans because it also reminds the player on the earlier days of the franchise in which the goal of the game was much simpler to achieve. Charmander is not the only one from the original starter that I have as favorite. In the next paragraph I will explain why Squirtle is my other favorite from the original generation.


Sticking With the Originals

In the 20 years of Pokémon, the players have seeing multiple water types throughout different regions. However one of those water Pokémon has been so iconic to the franchise that is hard not to talk about is Squirtle. This water type paved the way for other water starters as well as making the anime very successful.

When I played the original games such as Pokémon Red and Pokémon Yellow it was very difficult to assemble my team without having a strong fire type or a solid water type. If I did not chose Charmander as a starter, I leaned towards Squirtle. The main reasons why I chose him was because of its final evolution and being influential in the earlier seasons of the anime.

Once the final evolution of a certain Pokémon is reached, the player feels like he or she has reached the top of the mountain. That is no different with a starter such as Squirtle. If the player decides to choose Squirtle, they will feel accomplished that it has evolved to Blastoise. Once, your starter has become Blastoise it opens the door for possible new moves for your Pokémon and smoother play through of the game. Besides providing a smoother play through of the game, Squirtle became a lot of players' favorite starter due to the popularity of Squirtle on the anime.

In the previous paragraph, I spoke on how some players choose their favorite starters based on three distinct components. Squirtle is no different, just like Charmander or even Bulbasaur people chose Squirtle solely based on the anime. For me the earlier seasons of the anime were the most influential out of the whole 20 years of Pokémon because the way the starters were being presented to the fans on the anime. Which gets me the reasoning why Froakie is my last favorite starter.

Ash's Greninja

Stronger Together

After taking a long break from playing Pokémon games, I finally emerged on the Pokémon world once again and I could say that has been an interesting journey. I started watching the anime again and I came across a new starter named Froakie. The previous generations of water starters I considered them to be a little boring as well as annoying at times. Froakie on the other hand is by far one of the top water starters of the whole franchise and its introduction to the Pokémon universe was one of the reasons that got me watching the show again.

In the previous two generations of Pokémon, the water starter felt flat which made the choice for a starter very difficult. When the XY series was introduced it felt like the Pokémon franchise was trying to recreate themselves. As a fan I think the whole idea of reinventing themselves brought a lot fans and players back to the franchise. The whole process of reinventing themselves could not be complete without the introduction of Froakie. Froakie's fighting spirit and compassion is why a lot of players chose him as a starter. Besides those great attributes , Froakie's final evolution influenced a lot of fans.

Just like other starters made their marks in previous generation, Froakie's last evolution had a lasting impression on fans on the XY series. The last time we have encountered this type of connection between trainer and Pokémon on the TV series was the two previous generations. The bond that can be found between Ash and Greninja is so strong that they become one. This type of bond between the two is such a beautiful thing, because it shows that once you inner strength is found nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams. With that being said that is why I believe Greninja became one of my all time favorite starters. There you have it my favorite starters from the Pokémon franchise. Thanks for reading.

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