Starter Pokémon

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Starter Pokémon are selectable Pokémon that players will start off with as their initial Pokémon when embarking on a region.

Each starter-Pokémon subset comprises a traditional tri-elemental paradigm: one Grass-type option, one Fire-type option, and one Water-type option. The only extension is Kanto's subset wherein the Electric-type Pikachu can be selected as a quaternary option.

Starter Pokémon selected from the lab do not have a shiny chance; the only way to obtain a shiny counterpart of one is by an adventitious encounter of one in the wild, as all starter Pokémon are wild-huntable—predominantly at a tier-9 rarity.

Regional Subsets

Due to the regional linearity of storyline progression, players will start afresh each time they visit a new region while their previous-region Pokémon are temporarily PC-locked; as such, those who advance through all the currently available regions will obtain a Pokémon from each regional subset in regional succession, as they will need to start off with a new Pokémon thereupon landing in the region.

Kanto

Kanto comprises the only regional starter-Pokémon subset with more than three optional selectees—the fourth one being Pikachu.

In order for Pikachu to be selectable, you must first interact with and decline all-three starter-Pokémon options on the table; thereafter, the lightning-bolt Pokéball—a nod to the same next Pokéball that Ash's Pikachu was cooped-up in during Professor Oak's possessorship of it in the anime—that is next to the Pokédex-claimable desk will be selectable.

Should one select Pikachu, they'll unlock access to a plot line of Team Rocket Trio encounters throughout Kanto, in addition to tuteeship for the Surf move. Victor on Route 19 will teach Surf to any Pikachu under your OT registry if you chose Pikachu; it is not limited to the starter-selected Pikachu itself, but the Pikachu must have been originatively acquired by you for it to be a teachable tutee.

Kanto's Starter Pokémon
Type
GrassPoison
Held Item
Oran Berry
Type
Fire
Held Item
Oran Berry
Type
Water
Held Item
Oran Berry
Type
Electric
Held Item
Oran Berry


Johto

Johto's Starter Pokémon
Type
Grass
Type
Fire
Type
Water


Hoenn

By antecedence of Hoenn's introductory plot, it technically is possible to obtain a Poochyena as your first Pokémon; you can do so while battling the Pokémon during its assault on Professor Birch in Littleroot Town's lab, since it is catchable.

Regardless of whether or not you obtain Poochyena as your first Pokémon, however, Hoenn's starter-Pokémon subset will still remain compulsory selectable, as you'll need to obtain one of them before you can advance out of Littleroot Town.

Hoenn's Starter Pokémon
Type
Grass
Held Item
Oran Berry
Type
Fire
Held Item
Oran Berry
Type
Water
Held Item
Oran Berry


Sinnoh

Sinnoh's Starter Pokémon
Type
Grass
Type
Fire
Type
Water


Extraneous Obtainability

Since many of these tend to be highly coveted Pokémon, they have been made obtainable beyond the one-off starter-Pokémon selection; read below for more information.

NPCs

Professor Oak

Main article: Professor Oak (boss)

The Professor Oak-boss NPC randomly rewards a multitude of prizes upon defeating him, including Kanto's starter Pokémon as eventualities—Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.

Professor Elm

Main article: Professor Elm (boss)

Akin to Professor Oak, the Professor Elm-boss NPC randomly rewards a multitude of prizes upon defeating him, including Johto's starter-Pokémon subset as eventualities—Chikorita, Totodile, and Cyndaquil.

Professor Birch

Main article: Professor Birch (boss)

Homologous to the other professorial bosses, the Professor Birch-boss NPC randomly rewards a multitude of prizes upon defeating him, including Hoenn's starter-Pokémon subset as eventualities—Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip.

Naero

Main article: Naero (boss)

PichuPikachu's baby-stage pre-evolution—is one of out 10 potential baby-stage Pokémon that are rewardable for defeating Naero, thereby allowing a more roundabout avenue of obtaining the Electric-type starter Pokémon should one choose to evolve it.

Wild Pokémon

Kanto

Land
PokémonAreaLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
1Icon.png Bulbasaur Route 4 8-12 Morning Day Night 8
1Icon.png Bulbasaur Route 21 7-13 Morning Day Night 8
1Icon.png Bulbasaur Safari Area 2 12-14 Morning Day Night 8
4Icon.png Charmander Cinnabar Mansion 3 15-19 Morning Day Night 8
4Icon.png Charmander Route 6 13-17 Morning Day Night 8
4Icon.png Charmander Route 25 12-14 Morning Day Night 8
25Icon.png Pikachu Hoenn Safari Zone Area 1 28-32 Morning Day Night 5
25Icon.png Pikachu Pinkan Island Forest 17-23 Morning Day 6
25Icon.png Pikachu Power Plant 23-26 Morning 5
25Icon.png Pikachu Viridian Forest 4-8 Morning Day Night 5
Water
PokémonAreaLocationLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
7Icon.png Squirtle Vermilion City Surfing 13-18 Morning Day Night 8

Johto

Land
PokémonAreaLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
152Icon.png Chikorita Route 226 51-55 Morning Day Night 8
152Icon.png Chikorita Safari Johto Grass and Swamp Zone 17-21 Morning Day Night 8
155Icon.png Cyndaquil Mt. Ember 39-45 Morning 9
155Icon.png Cyndaquil Safari Johto Mountain Zone 17-21 Morning Day Night 8
Water
PokémonAreaLocationLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
158Icon.png Totodile Desert Lagoon Surfing 18-22 Day 8
158Icon.png Totodile Safari Johto Wet Zone Surfing 17-22 Morning Day Night 7

Hoenn

Land
PokémonAreaLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
252Icon.png Treecko Hoenn Safari Zone Area 1 10-14 Morning Day Night 8
252Icon.png Treecko Petalburg Woods 5-7 Morning Day Night 8
255Icon.png Torchic Hoenn Safari Zone Area 6 28-32 Morning Day 8
Water
PokémonAreaLocationLevel RangeTimeRarity Tier
258Icon.png Mudkip Hoenn Safari Zone Area 5 Surfing 10-14 Morning Day Night 8