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    Default Ranking all the starter Pokemon from best to worst

    Picking the best or the top 3/5 is relatively easy. Because you know what you like and you don't like. But how about ranking entirely? That's hard. I had a hard time while making the following lists. Cuteness, behaviours, stats, movepools, stories in the anime about them. There are so many things to think about them. I wonder how your lists gonna look like.


    Here. My lists;

    With Gen VI starters, the updated list;


    First stage;
    1. Bulbasaur
    2. Chikorita
    3. Squirtle
    4. Charmander
    5. Fennekin
    6. Torchic
    7. Piplup
    8. Treecko
    9. Cyndaquil
    10. Snivy
    11. Froakie
    12. Chespin
    13. Turtwig
    14. Mudkip
    15. Totodile
    16. Chimchar
    17. Oshawott
    18. Tepig

    Second stage;
    1. Quilava
    2. Braixen
    3. Bayleef
    4. Wartortle
    5. Grovyle
    6. Combusken
    7. Monferno
    8. Frogadier
    9. Marshtomp
    10. Servine
    11. Ivysaur
    12. Prinplup
    13. Dewott
    14. Pignite
    15. Charmeleon
    16. Quilladin
    17. Croconaw
    18. Grotle


    Third stage;
    1. Charizard
    2. Sceptile
    3. Blaziken
    4. Blastoise
    5. Typhlosion
    6. Delphox
    7. Greninja
    8. Swampert
    9. Empoleon
    10. Chesnaught
    11. Infernape
    12. Serperior
    13. Meganium
    14. Feraligatr
    15. Venusaur
    16. Torterra
    17. Samurott
    18. Emboar


    Megas;
    1. Blastoise
    2. Charizard Y / Charizard X
    3. Charizard X / Charizard Y
    4. Blaziken

    5. Venusaur


    I updated my lists.
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    Default Re: Ranking all the starter Pokemon from best to worst

    I'll give it a try - I go mostly based on what the Pokemon looks like and the real-life animal its based on, so my favorite starter is the one based on the sea otter - Oshawott and all it's evolved forms.


    Unevolved:
    01 - Oshawott
    02 - Snivy
    03 - Tepig
    04 - Treecko
    05 - Turtwig
    06 - Squirtle
    07 - Charmander
    08 - Mudkip
    09 - Piplup
    10 - Cyndaquil
    11 - Totodile
    12 - Chimchar
    13 - Bulbasaur
    14 - Torchic
    15 - Chikorita

    [if I include 6th generation so far introduced:
    01 - Oshawott, 02 - Snivy, 03 - Tepig, 04 - Chespin, 05 - Treecko, 06 - Turtwig, 07 - Squirtle, 08 - Fennekin, 09 - Charmander, 10 - Mudkip, 11 - Piplup, 12 - Cyndaquil, 13 - Totodile, 14 - Chimchar, 15 - Froakie, 16 - Bulbasaur, 17 - Torchic, 18 - Chikorita]


    2nd Evolution:
    01 - Dewott - overall my 3rd favorite Pokemon of all times
    02 - Servine
    03 - Pignite
    04 - Quilava
    05 - Grovyle
    06 - Grotle
    07 - Monferno
    08 - Charmeleon
    09 - Wartortle
    10 - Marshtomp
    11 - Prinplup
    12 - Croconaw
    13 - Ivysaur
    14 - Combusken
    15 - Bayleef



    I didn't imagine the list so difficult to make, took me 2 hours to complete



    Fully Evolved:
    01 - Samurott
    02 - Serperior
    03 - Emboar
    04 - Sceptile
    05 - Typhlosion
    06 - Torterra
    07 - Swampert
    08 - Charizard
    09 - Blastoise
    10 - Infernape
    11 - Feraligatr
    12 - Venusaur
    13 - Empoleon
    14 - Blaziken
    15 - Meganium
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    Default Re: Ranking all the starter Pokemon from best to worst

    Oh, this is a tricky one...I will say, though, that I'm going to grade just the evolutionary line as a whole, since my opinion on them doesn't really change when they evolve.

    1. Bulbasaur line
    2. Chikorita line
    3. Squirtle line
    4. Charmander line
    5. Totodile line
    6. Treecko line
    7. Cyndaquil line
    8. Torchic line
    9. Snivey line
    10. Piplup line
    11. Mudkip line
    13. Oshawott line
    14. Tepig line
    15. Chimchar line
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    1st stage:

    1. Torchic
    2. Chikorita.
    3. Snivy.
    4. Charmander.
    5/6. Bulbasaur and Squirtle.
    7. Piplup.
    8. Oshawott.
    9. Cyndaquil.
    10. Turtwig.
    11. Treecko.
    12. Totodile.
    13. Tepig.
    14. Chimchar.
    15. Mudkip.

    2nd stage:

    1. Ivysaur.
    2. Wartortle.
    3. Bayleef.
    4. Quilava.
    5. Grovyle.
    6. Dewott.
    7. Servine.
    8. Grotle.
    9. Prinplup.
    10. Pignite.
    11. Croconaw.
    12. Marshtomp.
    13. Charmeleon.
    14. Monferno.
    15. Combusken.

    3rd stage:

    1. Blaziken.
    2. Blastoise.
    3/4. Serperior and Samurott.
    5. Emboar.
    6. Meganium.
    7/8. Torterra and Venusaur.
    9. Typhlosion.
    10. Sceptile.
    11. Empoleon.
    12. Charizard.
    13. Feraligatr.
    14. Infernape.
    15. Swampert.


    This was hard because I really like a lot of them and I couldn't rank them in a way I could show that. Even those that are close to the end of the list I like over a lot of other pokémon. Empoleon is 11th place and it IS still one of my favorite pokémon.

    I'd have given comments to each of them, but just trying to rank them when I'm already dissatisfied with how it ended took me long enough. Maybe I'll edit that in later on or something.

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    Final Stage:

    1. Samurott
    2. Typhlosion
    3. Serperior
    4. Sceptile
    5. Empoleon
    6. Torterra
    7. Feraligatr
    8. Emboar
    9. Meganium
    10. Blastoise
    11. Blaziken
    12. Venusaur
    13. Charizard
    14. Swampert
    15. Infernape

    I consider the final stage to be the most important in terms of judging the whole line, since that's usually where the conceptual design choices fully manifest.
    Something I wasn't aware of before is that I have a preference for mono-type starters. Don't know why, guess I just do.
    Samurott and Typhlosion rank waaay above the others, just so you know. The inverse is true for Infernape. Blastoise is the cut-off for actually liking them.

    1st Stage:

    1. Snivy
    2. Totodile
    3. Cyndaquil
    4. Tepig
    5. Turtwig
    6. Squirtle
    7. Bulbasaur
    8. Charmander
    9. Chikorita
    10. Torchic
    11. Piplup
    12. Treecko
    13. Mudkip
    14. Oshawott
    15. Chimchar

    I don't really have any strong feelings toward the base stages one way or another. Chimchar and Oshawott are the only ones I outright dislike. Snivy and Totodile are the only ones I really love.

    2nd Stage:

    1. Grovyle
    2. Dewott
    3. Servine
    4. Quilava
    5. Bayleef
    6. Ivysaur
    7. Wartortle
    8. Charmeleon
    9. Pignite
    10. Grotle
    11. Combusken
    12. Prinplup
    13. Croconaw
    14. Marshtomp
    15. Monferno

    Yep, I hate the whole Infernape and Swampert lines. Many of the middle forms I like have final stage I dislike (Bayleef, Ivysaur) and vice versa (Empoleon, Feraligatr). Should probably note that I think Grovyle looks way cooler than Sceptile, even if I really like both.

    I'm trying to find patterns here, but I really can't see any :\

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    Took me a while to decide but here is my list, I am somewhat biased towards the Kanto/Johto starters (especially cyndaquil) as I started playing pokemon in gen 2 and cyndaquil was my first pokemon, but I generally went on the pokemon's design when making my choices. The pokemon I consider cool or cute are near the top and the ugly ones are near the bottom.

    1st stage:
    1. Cyndaquil
    2. Squirtle
    3. Charmander
    4. Bulbasaur
    5. Totodile
    6. Chikorita
    7. Torchic
    8. Mudkip
    9. Snivy
    10. Treecko
    11. Oshawott
    12. Piplup
    13. Tepig
    14. Chimchar
    15. Turtwig

    2nd stage:
    1. Bayleef
    2. Quilava
    3. Wartortle
    4. Grovyle
    5. Servine
    6. Dewott
    7. Ivysaur
    8. Croconaw
    9. Marshtomp
    10. Charmeleon
    11. Prinplup
    12. Grotle
    13. Monferno
    14. Pignite
    15. Combusken

    3rd stage:
    1. Typhlosion
    2. Feraligatr
    3. Meganium
    4. Blastoise
    5. Charizard
    6. Blaziken
    7. Samurott
    8. Swampert
    9. Venusaur
    10. Serperior
    11. Sceptile
    12. Infernape
    13. Empoleon
    14. Emboar
    15. Torterra

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    Default Re: Ranking all the starter Pokemon from best to worst

    Totodile
    Oshawott
    Bulbasaur
    Squirtle
    Charmander
    Chikorita
    Piplup
    Cyndaquil
    Snivy
    Turtwig
    Chimchar
    Tepig
    Torchic
    Mudkip
    Treecko

    Froakie's got great potential here.

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    Default Re: Ranking all the starter Pokemon from best to worst

    Quote Originally Posted by agramugl View Post
    1. Bulbasaur line
    2. Chikorita line
    3. Squirtle line
    4. Charmander line
    5. Totodile line
    6. Treecko line
    7. Cyndaquil line
    You don't like the newbies I guess? All 3 Kanto starters at your top 4. All 6 Kanto&Johto starters at your top 7.

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    1st Stage:

    1. Squirtle
    2. Cyndaquil
    3. Bulbasaur
    4. Torchic
    5. Charmander
    6. Chikorita
    7. Totodile
    8. Treecko
    9. Mudkip
    10. Tepig
    11. Snivy
    12. Oshawott
    13. Piplup
    14. Chimchar
    15. Turtwig

    2nd Stage:

    1. Wartortle
    2. Combusken
    3. Dewott
    4. Charmeleon
    5. Quilava
    6. Croconaw
    7. Ivysaur
    8. Marshtomp
    9. Pignite
    10. Grovyle
    11. Bayleef
    12. Servine
    13. Monferno
    14. Prinplup
    15. Grotle

    Final Stage:

    1. Blastoise
    2. Venusaur
    3. Blaziken
    4. Feraligatr
    5. Charizard
    6. Typhlosion
    7. Swampert
    8. Empoleon
    9. Meganium
    10. Sceptile
    11. Emboar
    12. Samurott
    13. Serperior
    14. Infernape
    15. Torterra

    As you can see, I gravely dislike the Turtwig line. It's really ugly to me.

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    I mainly base my opinions on design.

    First Stage

    1. Totodile
    2. Snivy
    3. Charmander
    4. Turtwig
    5. Treecko
    6. Cyndaquil
    7. Oshawott
    8. Chikorita
    9. Mudkip
    10. Torchic
    11. Chimchar
    12. Squirtle
    13. Piplup
    14. Tepig
    15. Bulbasaur

    Second Stage

    1. Grovyle
    2. Charmeleon
    3. Grotle
    4. Servine
    5. Croconaw
    6. Bayleef
    7. Dewott -
    8. Quilava
    9. Ivysaur
    10. Monferno
    11. Prinplup
    12. Marshtomp
    13. Wartortle
    14. Pignite -
    15. Combusken

    Third Stage

    1. Charizard
    2. Torterra
    3. Serperior
    4. Feraligatr
    5. Samurott
    6. Sceptile
    7. Swampert
    8. Blaziken
    9. Meganium
    10. Typhlosion
    11. Infernape
    12. Blastoise
    13. Empoleon
    14. Emboar -
    15. Venusaur



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    Mostly based on aesthetics

    1st Stage:

    1. Bulbasaur
    2. Squirtle
    3. Torchic
    4. Charmander
    5. Chikorita
    6. Totodile
    7. Mudkip
    8. Cyndaquil
    9. Turtwig
    10. Chimchar
    11. Piplup
    12. Oshawott
    13. Treeko
    14. Snivy
    15. Tepig

    2nd Stage:

    1. Wartortle
    2. Quilava
    3. Ivysaur
    4. Charmeleon
    5. Croconaw
    6. Bayleef
    7. Marshtomp
    8. Combusken
    9. Grovyle
    10. Dewott
    11. Servine
    12. Monferno
    13. Prinplup
    14. Grotle
    15. Pignite

    Final Stage:

    1. Blastoise
    2. Charizard
    3. Typhlosion
    4. Infernape
    5. Meganium
    6. Venusaur
    7. Feraligatr
    8. Blaziken
    9. Swampert
    10. Sceptile
    11. Samurott
    12. Empoleon
    13. Torterra
    14. Emboar
    15. Serperior
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    These are my opinions, and they're mostly based on design. Competitively, the best ones are pretty clear. In-game, anything can be good. So I choose to judge them on their designs and on what impression they left on me when I first saw them.

    Basic Stage

    -Bulbasaur: Favorite Pokemon, bar none.
    -Chikorita: The more hate it gets, the more I love it.
    -Squirtle: Too adorable for words.
    -Totodile: First Pokemon ever.
    -Torchic: First Fire Starter I actually liked.
    -Cyndaquil: This one grew on me.
    -Snivy: It's just so smug.
    -Piplup: I don't watch the anime, so this one's just a really cute penguin in my eyes.
    -Oshawott: Woobie.
    -Tepig: Grew on me, but I'm not the biggest fan of pigs.
    -Treecko: It looks like I could break it in half if I so much as touch it.
    -Turtwig: Derp.
    -Charmander: hahahaha. No.
    -Mudkip: Derp derp.
    -Chimchar: Worst. Starter. Ever. I hate monkeys

    Stage 1

    -Ivysaur: Favorite Pokemon, bar none.
    -Bayleef: Best looking 1st stage Starter there is, IMO.
    -Croconaw: First Pokemon I ever evolved. Plus it looks badass.
    -Quilava: Tough yet adorable. A prime example of what a middle evolution should look like.
    -Wartortle: That sexy tail.
    -Dewott: Samurai otter. Case closed.
    -Grovyle: It looks cooler than Treecko, but still a bit too frail for my liking.
    -Pignite: It's alright. Better than the monkey.
    -Servine: Elongated Snivy. Just lazy.
    -Combusken: Wtf were the on when the designed this thing?
    -Charmeleon: hahahaha. No.
    -Marshtomp: Herp derp.
    -Grotle: Lazy design is lazy.
    -Prinplup: Oh look, an even lazier design than Grotle.
    -Monferno: Worst. Starter. Ever. Also, it has an equally lazy design as its Sinnoh bretheren. I hate monkeys.

    Stage 2

    -Venusaur: Favorite Pokemon, bar none.
    -Meganium: With all the "rawr, I'm scary" Starters out there, I like that this one looks calm and gentle.
    -Blastoise: Cannons. On its shell. I rest my case.
    -Blaziken: A total BAMF.
    -Feraligatr: First fully evolved Pokemon I got. Plus its a badass.
    -Sceptile: Awesome incarnate.
    -Torterra: Unique typing, awesome design, what's not to love?
    -Empoleon: It's typing is unique and gives it many resistances. Also, armored penguin.
    -Serperior: Love the smugness. Love the Contrary Leaf Storm. Love the design.
    -Typhlosion: It's grown on me recently.
    -Samurott: Samurai Sea Lion. I rest my case.
    -Emboar: It looks better than the ones below it.
    -Charizard: hahaha. Hell no.
    -Swampert: Derp, derp. But also, I got a bad first impression. Sorry.
    -Infernape: Worst. Starter. Ever. I REALLY hate monkeys.

    In general, I think Johto had the best looking middle-form Starters of the whole series so far. Now, maybe it's my nostalgia kicking in, but I honestly think that Kanto & Johto were the only two Generations where all the 1st stage Starters actually looked good. Combusken looks awkward, Marshtomp looks derpy, all of the Sinnoh Starters look stupid and kinda lazily designed, and Servine just looks like an elongated Snivy.

    Also, I really don't like the Chimchar line. Does it show?
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    First stage:
    1. Snivy
    2. Treeko
    3. Froakie
    4. Fennekin
    5. Chikorita
    6. Cyndaquil
    7. Chimchar
    8. Torchic
    9. Bulbasaur
    10. Mudkip
    11. Chespin
    12. Turtwig
    13. Charmander
    14. Squirtle
    15. Totodile

    For the first stages, I based them on the looks. I don't think I could base them of off stats, because it's only the first stage.

    Middle:
    1. Grovyle
    2. Servine
    3. Wartortle
    4. Prinplup
    5. Ivysaur
    6. Bayleef
    7. Dewott
    8. Monferno
    9. Quilava
    10. Croconaw
    11. Grotle
    12. Charmeleon
    13. Emboar? (I forget the name, but whatever the second evolution of Tepig is.)
    Don't really have reasons. I think I messed up the counting, though.
    Final:
    1. Infernape
    2. Sceptile
    3. Serperior
    4. Meganium
    5. Typhlosion
    6. Blaziken
    7. Swampert
    8. Feraligatr
    9. Samurott
    10. Torterra
    11. Tepig's final evo
    12. Empoleon
    13. Charizard
    Just based these off of stats and looks.

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