Top 3 Water-Type Starters in Pokémon

Updated on August 7, 2020
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TepigTheBeast has played and loved Pokémon for many years in his life. He also makes articles to give people information about Pokémon.

Hello, everybody! In this article, I will tell you the top 3 water-type starters. In this article you will learn what Pokémon to pick to avoid looking like a PokéNoob! Now, let's begin!

Top 3 Water-Type Starters in Pokémon

  1. Swampert
  2. Blastoise
  3. Greninja

Continue reading for more information on each of these water-type starters.


3. Greninja (and Ash-Greninja)

Evolution Line:

  1. Froakie
  2. Frogadier
  3. Greninja

Greninja is one of the most popular Pokémon ever, and probably the most popular starter out of all 21 of them. He's mostly famous for his ability, Battle Bond, which lets him transform to something that looks cooler and better.

You're probably thinking, if he's so popular and has an amazing ability that lets him transform into Ash-Greninja, why is he number 3? Well, just like other Pokémon, he didn't have the stats to rank higher on the list.

Still, Greninja has amazing stats, mostly in attack and speed. He is fast and agile, but he isn't very defensive. Greninja has low health and defense, which makes a big problem for Greninja. Plus, the additional dark typing it gets from evolving gives it three more weaknesses, causing more of a problem. Its agile body alone just can't keep itself where you need it to be.

On the bright side, Greninja can learn Water, Ghost, Dark, Normal, Ground, Psychic, Ice, and Fighting type moves, which offers a wide variety of choices for Greninja to raise its defenses. Plus, he has great abilities like Battle Bond and Protean. Protean changes Greninja's type to the type of move Greninja had used. For example, if Greninja uses an Ice move, it will turn into an Ice type. Pretty interesting, huh?

But Battle Bond is even better. When you defeat an opponent with Greninja, Greninja turns into an awesome stealthy ninja-like frog with shurikens on its back. And speaking of shurikens, Greninja's signature move, Water Shuriken gets even stronger when multi-hitting an opponent.


2. Blastoise (and Mega Blastoise)

Evolution Line:

  1. Squirtle
  2. Wartortle
  3. Blastoise

Blastoise is the first ever Water-type starter, and is a bit popular. It also has a Mega Evolution, but we'll get to that a bit later.

It has amazing defense and SP defense, so it's bulky and can take some hits. Its health, attack, SP attack and speed is decent too. It has a variety of move types like Steel, Water, Dark and Normal, mostly focusing on Water.

Its amazing Mega Evolution makes it bulkier and better and almost impossible to beat. Not only does its high defenses get raised, but its attack and SP attack does too. It gains the ability Mega Launcher, which raises the power of aura and pulse moves by 50%.

Blastoise can also learn strong pulse moves like Water Pulse. Every Pokémon has STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus), which increases Water Pulse's power by another 50%, making this move 100% better, meaning double damage. So, if Water Pulse's move power is 60, Mega Blastoise will do 120 power damage with one single hit. Plus, Water Pulse's accuracy is 100%, so this move strikes every time unless your opponent raises their evasion. It can also learn other pulse moves like Dragon Pulse, Aura Sphere, etc.

There's no downside to Blastoise, except of how it gains no speed when Mega Evolving. It's Speed is it's lowest stat, but it actually isn't bad. It has a Speed stat of 78, which is decent, but it could be a little more faster.

Also, did you know that Blastoise can shoot bullets of water to strike cans from over 160 feet? Pretty interesting too.


1. Swampert (and Mega Swampert)

Evolution Line:

  1. Mudkip
  2. Marshtomp
  3. Swampert

Swampert is the third Water-type starter to be introduced in the game, and is probably popular because of the original Mudkip meme. But to me, Swampert seems popular because of its stats and its ability in competitive battle.

First of all, Swampert has the highest base stats of all 21 starters (535), mostly excelling in health, attack, and its defenses. It is slow and does lack a little in speed, so expect to attack second.

It can learn a wide variety of move types like Normal, Ground, Rock, Water, and Fighting. Plus, another good thing about Swampert is that it starts learning some strong moves at a somewhat early level (Level 22), moves like Mud Bomb, Rock Slide, Muddy Water, Take Down, Earthquake, and Hammer Arm. It can also learn Ice type moves like Ice Beam, but that has to be obtained by finding or buying the TM for it.

Now, I think it's the time we start revealing its true power of its Mega Evolution. All of its stats increase, and attack and defense get outstandingly raised. Its speed gets raised a bit too, but what makes this Pokémon #1 is its ability Swift Swim, which doubles the speed stat when raining. So basically, if you teach your Mega Swampert Rain Dance, its speed will get doubled, allowing it to out-speed many Pokemon, including Greninja. How? Well, with some simple math. If Mega Swampert's base speed is 70 and then gets doubled, it has 140 base speed, while Greninja and Ash-Greninja have only 122 and 132 base speed. But be careful when using Rain Dance, because as I said earlier, Swampert lags a bit in speed, so it can sometimes get out-speeded by Grass types.

I recommend having a faster Water-type for backup (like Greninja or Gyarados) to use Rain Dance, then let it get knocked out. When you switch to Mega Swampert, not only will its speed be boosted, but you get a free turn to attack! Put strong moves on Swampert like Earthquake, Muddy Water, Hydro Cannon, Hammer Arm, or Protect to keep it up. Also, to trick and confuse your opponents, put up Ice type moves like Ice Beam just in case your opponent sends out a Grass type.

Mudkip, Swampert's first stage, is only a Water-type. But, when Mudkip evolves into Marshtomp and then Swampert, it gets the additional Ground typing. Usually, Water is weak to Electric types, but due to the Ground being immune to Electric, Swampert doesn't have to worry about getting Thunderbolted by a Raichu or Manectric anymore. That way, he can get payback for what they did to him as a Mudkip.

Honarable Mentions

When planning this list, I had Greninja, Empoleon, and Blastoise tied for third. Then, I realized how strong Blastoise was. I knew he had to be second, and Greninja would take third. Empoleon didn't have good enough stats to make the list, but keep in mind that Empoleon resists an amazing 10 types with 1 immunity.

I didn't forget about our ferocious Feraligatr, either. He has decent stats, mostly in attack and defense, but not enough to make the list. But hey, congratulations to these Pokémon for making it on the honorable mentions list.

Please Remember

This is only my opinion, and this is the way things have worked out for me in Pokémon. Try many different strategies and tricks in Pokémon, and you might find your own way of how to play and win. Stay tuned for more!

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      3 weeks ago

      I'm all for Primarina, in my opinion she is the best water type ( not only starter).

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      Ozzie Bennett 

      2 months ago


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      Frank Robinson 

      23 months ago

      Great Pokemon stuff! I've played Pokemon for 18 years now!

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      23 months ago from Connecticut

      @Koopanion and @CherryChim025 I'll see about doing a Mega Evolution article. Thanks for giving me some ideas.

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      23 months ago

      by the way great article!

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      23 months ago

      yeah tepig make some on the best mega evolutions!

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      23 months ago

      Ahhh, I'm late for the articles again! Anyways, great job on doing this! Can you make more on mega Evolution?

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      sarah monley 

      24 months ago

      wow, thank you for the facts! i got to keep up with the series!

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      24 months ago from Connecticut

      Everyone, you're probably wondering, why isn't Primarina and Samurott on this list or on the Honorable Mentions. Well, it's just that these two didn't have the stats or abilities to make it on the list. Primarina has low attack and defense, and worst of all low speed, but high SP stats, but still couldn't be the very best like the other starters was. Samurott has low SP defense and speed, with a decent defense and hp. It's attack is what it excels in mostly, but that still just can't hold him up. Here are the links for more information on Primarina and Samurott: and:


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