Feraligatr vs Empoleon
This is the sister of this thread and it pits the two remaining Water Starters against each other.
Feraligatr and Empoleon are two very interesting Starters to compare. Both are primarily offensive Pokemon. Both have bad speed stats, both have good defenses (Feraligatr's is physical whereas Empoleon's is special) and both thrive on the offensive sides of the scale.
Feraligatr is a fearsome physical attacker with a fantastic physical attack stat and access to Swords Dance (to double it), Agility (for it's mediocre speed) and Dragon Dance (a compromise). Offensive moves of note include Waterfall, Earthquake, Ice Punch and more than anything, Aqua Jet.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Empoleon. A powerful special attacker with a great Sp. Atk stat, access to Agility (for it's terrible speed), Grass Knot, Ice Beam and Surf/Hydro Pump.
In a battle, Feraligatr can hurt Empoleon with non STAB Earthquakes but Empoleon can hurt Feraligatr with non STAB Grass Knots, so it's pretty even.
Physical offense vs Special offense. Much like Meganium and Sceptile, these guys are a very good study in oppposites.
Which one do you prefer?
Which one is more useful overall?
Which one would win in a battle?
I honestly don't know which one to choose here. I technically like Empoleon slightly more than Feraligatr but Feraligatr was my first Pokemon ever, which makes this a tough one. I do like Totodile and Croconaw more than Piplup and Prinplup though. I think I'm going to choose the Johto Starter simply out of loyalty for my first Pokemon, but I don't really have a favorite between these two.
Other Feraligatr Starter matchups:
Blastoise vs Feraligatr
Feraligatr vs Swampert
Feraligatr vs Daikenki
Other Empoleon Starter matchups:
Blastoise vs Empoleon
Swampert vs Empoleon
Empoleon vs Daikenki