Blastoise vs Samurott
Meh, I decided that I might as well go all the way and pit all the starters against their respective Isshu counterparts. I've already done all the Grass Starters vs Serperior, so this time, let's take a look at the Water Starters, yeah?
First up: the classic versus the new. Blastoise, the first Water Starter in existence, vesrus Samurott, the latest.
Who'd win in a fight?
Who's more useful?
Who do you prefer?
Blastoise is my favorite Water Starter of all time, and one of my top ten favorite Pokemon, so this decision is easy for me. I like Daikenki's design a lot, but it's stats, movepool and typing are just too unimpressive and bland for me to seriously consider it. Blastoise, on the other hand, has great defenses, excellent bulk, amazing defensive typing, is actually faster than Daikenki and has great utility with Rapid Spin to get rid of the omnipresent Stealth Rocks. Also, Blastoise has cannons, that alone is enough. So, much as I like Daikenki, Blastoise takes the lead here.
On a side note, how sad is it that both Venusaur and Charizard recieve healing moves (Synthesis and Roost respectively) but Blastoise, the one that needs it the most, doesn't? No wonder it gets outclassed by Milotic.