Nintendo has released a lot of Pokémon games, including fun spin-offs and main games that focus on trainers and Gen 1 to Gen 9 Pokémon. However, players who have played the main Pokémon titles will know the intense feeling of choosing just one out of three possible starting Pokémon. Here’s a quick look at the starting Pokemon from every major Pokemon game in history.
Related: All starter Pokemon, ranked from worst to best
All appetizers in Pokemon Red, Blue and Green
These three are the iconic Pokemon that won each player over at the start of the franchise. At the beginning of each game, players can choose only one of the three – Bulbasaur of leaf type, Charmander of fire type, and Squirtle of water type. Those who want to have a different start need to start a new game.
All appetizers in Pokémon Yellow
Ash’s Pikachu is the only starter Pokémon that is unique in some ways. First, you can’t choose a Pikachu from a group of three. Second, you can’t put Pikachu inside a Pokéball. On top of that, you’ll need to catch other Pokemon early in the game to defeat the first gym because this mouse is, well, electric. Interestingly, the player was supposed to get Eevee but gets Pikachu instead.
All starters in Pokémon Gold & Silver
The second batch of starter Pokémon is yours to choose from at the start of your adventures in the Johto region. Along with them, more new Pokémon came to find, catch and train. There were 100 new monsters to catch in addition to Gen one Pokémon.
All starters in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
Generation 3 has trekked through the Hoenn region, bringing with you one of the three starter Pokémon mentioned above. Apart from new Pokémon to catch, these games have also brought new features never seen in previous titles.
All appetizers in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl
These Gen 4 starters may not appeal to some players, but they do mark the introduction of 107 new Pokémon and a new area to explore, Sinnoh. They are also the first Pokémon to be featured as starters in the Nintendo DS base Pokémon game.
All appetizers in Pokémon Black & White
These three are the starters for the fifth generation Pokémon titles. Along with them come features such as a new region called Unova, seasons, and National Pokédex, which become available after the main story ends.
All starters in Pokémon X & Y
Pokémon X and Y introduce generation six Pokémons, all of which can be found in the Kalos and Hoen regions. These are the three starters players will have to choose from at the beginning of the adventure. The events of Pokémon X and Y take place two years after the events of Black and White.
All starters in Pokémon Sun & Moon
Starters from generation 7 look more “normal” than starters from other generations of Pokémon. Litten, for example, is just a kitten with a unique color path. It is also the first installment to offer a flying-type start in Rowlet. These are the first Pokemon you can get in these titles, and they both don’t have traditional Gym Leaders.
All starters in Pokémon Sword & Shield
You can obtain these starter Pokemon when you begin your adventure in the Galar region Pokemon Sword and Shield. These titles are also the first to feature Gigantamax forms in battles. As the name suggests, Gigantamax Pokémon are giant and look different than normal evolutions.
All starters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
The action in Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in Hisui, an area now known as Sinnoh. Because of this, you will see Pokemon return as starters. The final developments of these starters are regional variants and look different compared to their previous final developments.
All appetizers in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the most recent core titles, and they introduce Gen nice Pokémon, which includes the three starters above. You can choose one of them at the beginning of your adventure in Paldea.
These are the starter Pokémon for every base Pokémon game in the series. Have you tried to pick all these starter Pokemon? We suggest selecting the one you haven’t tried yet in your next game.