Pokemon: Top 6 Grass Starters
A Pokemon's power is largely determined by how high its six statistics are: hit points, attack, defense, special attack, special defense, and speed. Additionally, some Pokemon possess two elemental types rather than one, which adds and subtracts vulnerabilities.
Welcome into our next exploration of the enchanting Pokemon world!. As you may know, when new Pokemon Trainers began their quest, they usually choose between one of three "starter" companions: a Fire, Water, or Grass-element monster. Each of these creatures proves a worthy companion, and can evolve into two stronger forms, but some appear more combat-fit than others. We've previously examined the Water and Fire starters; today we'll review the best of the Grass Pokemon! To decide which reigns supreme, we'll consider their battle attributes*, weaknesses and resistances, and attack techniques. Without further ado, let's examine the six best Grass starters!
6. Snivy -> Servine -> Serperior
Land obtained in: Unova
Games obtained in: Pokemon Black and White
First up comes the Grass companion from Unova, Snivy, who ultimately evolves into the serpent-like Serperior. Fans were fond of the designs of these Pokemon (note how Snivy gradually loses its limbs); unfortunately, they're a bit lacking compared to some starters. Snivy always retains its pure Grass-element, never gaining a second type. However, this may not be ideal: Grass Pokemon are resistant to four elements, but weak to five. Even worse, final form Serperior's stats are somewhat lacking: only its speed is high, and speed's only function in battle is to determine who attacks first. Serperior's attack and special attack are both low, making it hard to directly defeat foes. Plus, the Snivy family learns some powerful attacks, but they're all either Grass or Normal-type moves. Consider using the TM or HM (technical and hidden machine) items to offer more offensive options. Given these limitations, Snivy probably isn't the best Grass starter.
Fun fact: Snivy's family are able to use sunlight to hasten their body functions, increasing their speed and power.
5. Chikorita -> Bayleef -> Meganium
Games: Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Next, we have the second Grass starter ever introduced to us, Chikorita. It evolves into Bayleef, then Meganium, retaining its pure Grass-type along the way. Meganium has very well-balanced stats, slightly favoring defense and special defense. Furthermore, it'll learn many techniques that help it stay alive. Reflect and Light Screen will reduce incoming damage, while Synthesis restores health. Regrettably, Chikorita's family suffers from similar offensive problems to Snivy's. They'll only develop Grass and Normal attacks; even then, the strongest moves are only learned at very high levels. Meganium's overall usefulness as a defensive Pokemon is also hampered by Grass's large amount of elemental weaknesses. Finally, consider that Chikorita is weak against many of the types the early Gym Leaders in Johto use; picking it offers a higher challenge than the other choices.
Did you know Meganium's breath (very contrary to humans) has the ability to revive dead plants?
4. Treecko -> Grovyle -> Sceptile
Games: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Fourth place goes to the agile Treecko, our third starter in a row who never gains a second element. As the third Grass companion, Treecko was a refreshing sight; unlike the first two, it was agile and offensive instead of slow and defensive. Treecko ultimately becomes Sceptile, who has low physical stats (attack and defense) but high speed, special attack, and special defense. Interestingly, most of Sceptile's moves are physical, so it can be a bit hard to make use of the high special attack; TMs may be the solution. Also, Sceptile learns Fighting, Dark, and Bug attacks in addition to the usual Grass and Normal, so you can exploit a plethora of weaknesses. It's not quite perfect, but Sceptile is a worthy addition to the Grass team.
Plus, check out Mega Sceptile, a form it can temporarily morph into where it gains a Dragon element!
3. Turtwig -> Grotle -> Torterra
From the Sinnoh region comes the turtle-like Turtwig. Eventually becoming the formidable Torterra, this Pokemon gains Ground as a second element. So far, Grass/Ground is a typing unique to this family, but it isn't the most efficient one - the combo possesses two resistances, one immunity, and four weaknesses. One of those vulnerabilities, Ice, is strong against both Grass and Ground types, quadrupling the damage sustained from cold attacks. So keep this guy away from frozen foes. Nevertheless, Torterra is a physical juggernaut, boasting of impressive hit points, attack, and defense. Additionally, it learns a variety of attacks, including Grass, Dark and Ground techniques. Plus, Torterra's moves themselves are impressive, either inflicting loads of damage, healing itself, or fortifying its defenses. Sinnoh's starters are all good choices; feel free to pick whichever catches your interest. If you want a Grass/Ground, or a physical champion, Torterra's the monster for you.
Did you know? In the Pokemon world, ancient civilizations believed a massive Torterra dwelled beneath the ground.
2. Bulbasuar -> Ivysaur -> Venasaur
Games: Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow
The classic Bulbasaur earns today's second spot. This Pokemon is unique in that it actually begins with a second element; Bulbasaur is a Grass/Poison type. Poison is a welcome addition; this combo has four weaknesses but five resistances. Additionally, all Poison types are immune to the poison status effect, offering another defense. Bulbasaur eventually becomes the mighty Venasaur, a monster with well-balanced stats that favor special attack and special defense. Venasaur's moveset is a bit lacking; it learns mostly Normal and Grass attacks. Still, a variety of healing techniques are available, and TMs can add more options. Finally, note that Bulbasaur's Grass-type is strong against the first three Gym Leaders in Kanto, offering an easy beginning for rookie Trainers.
In Pokemon, scientists argue over whether Bulbasaur should be classified as plant or animal. Which do you think?
1. Chespin -> Quilladin -> Chesnaught
Games: Pokemon X and Y
Many fans were displeased with the silly design of the Chespin family. Honestly, I can't blame them, especially for the second form, Quilladin. But get past the odd appearance, and you'll have found a mighty starter Pokemon. Chespin's final form, Chesnaught, is a Grass and Fighting type, which has both five weaknesses and resistances. Not bad, but what we're really after are Chesnaught's stats. It has low speed and special attack, so avoid indirect moves and expect to attack second. However, this fierce Pokemon has impressive hit points and attack, as well as amazing defense. Furthermore, almost all of the learned offensive attacks are physical, making good use of Chesnaught's high attack stat. And you can choose from many elements; Grass, Fighting, Normal, Ground, Bug, and Dark attacks are all available. As if that's not all, Chesnaught learns some defensive techniques, including the useful Spiky Shield, which blocks all damage, and sometimes counterattacks. In terms of aesthetic appeal, most Pokemon fans admit Chespin's family ranks low among the starters. But for combat purposes, give some thought to choosing this mighty Grass-type.
In fact, Chesnaught is so powerful it's known to flip 50 ton tanks. Impressive!
Which Pokemon do you prefer?See results without voting
We made it through; all types of starters have now been reviewed! Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and while some seem slightly stronger than others, the differences are pretty negligible. When playing the games, I'd recommend picking whichever you'll have the most fun with. Let me know which of the Grass-types is your favorite, and I'll see you at our next Pokemon countdown!
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