All Pokemon Starters by Generation in Order

These are all Pokemon starters by generation in order rom gen 1 to the current gen 8 Pokemon starters.

If you are a long-time Pokemon fan, then chances are that you have played more than one Pokemon game.

When starting each new game, it is important to think about the starter pokemon that will help lead your team in battles against other players!

This post will list all Pokemon starters by generation in order for you to easily find which Pokemon belongs to which game.

Pokemon Core series

Gen 1 Starters – Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu

Of all Pokemon starters by generation, the classic trio are the most known. The Pokemon gen 1 starters are Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu. Although Pikachu is not selectable in the original Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, you do get Pikachu as your starter in gen 1’s Pokemon Yellow.

In Japan, the first 2 games that were released were Pokemon Red and Green, whereas Red and Blue were released elsewhere. The remakes FireRed and LeafGreen were later released for the Game Boy Advance.

Up until this day, the final evolutions of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are some of the most valuable Pokemon cards for collectors.

Bulbasaur

Generation 1 Starter - Bulbasaur

Ivysaur

First Evolution - Ivysaur

Venusaur

Charmander

Charmeleon

First Evolution - Charmeleon

Charizard

Squirtle

Generation 1 Starter - Squirtle

Wartortle

First Evolution - Wartortle

Blastoise

Second Evolution - Blastoise

Games: Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, FireRed, LeafGreen
Region: Kanto Region
Available On: Game Boy, Game Boy Advance

Pokemon Yellow is the third version of Pokemon games for Gameboy. It was released in Japan on September 12th, 1998, and then worldwide a week later which was on September 28th, 1998. This game was the first ever to allow you to select your character’s gender which is a feature still in use today.

Pokemon Yellow follows the same style as other Pokemon games where you play as a ten-year-old who is trying to become the world’s greatest trainer. Similar to the Anime, Professor Oak gives you a Pikachu as your starter instead of a Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.

Just like the Anime, in Pokemon Yellow Pikachu refuses to evolve.

Pikachu

Pokemon Yellow Starter - Pikachu

Games: Pokemon Yellow
Region: Kanto Region
Available On: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS

Gen 2 Starters – Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile

The Gen 2 Pokemon starters are Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Gen 2’s starter pokemon are from the Johto region which is different from Gen I’s Kanto Region starter pokemon.

Gen 2 introduced an additional 100 Pokemon to the Pokemon World, totalling the number to 251.

The games for Gen II were Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, and their remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Chikorita

Gen 2 Starter - Chikorita

Bayleef

Pokemon Gen 2 - Bayleef

Meganium

Pokemon Gen 2 - Meganium

Cyndaquil

Gen 2 Starter - Cyndaquil

Quilava

Pokemon Gen 2 - Quilava

Typhlosion

Pokemon Gen 2 - Typhlosion

Totodile

Gen 2 Starter - Totodile

Croconaw

Pokemon Gen 2 - Croconaw

Feraligatr

Pokemon Gen 2 - Feraligatr

Games: Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver
Region: Johto Region
Available On: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS

Gen 3 Starters – Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip

The Gen 3 starter Pokemon are Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip. Gen 3 introduces the new Hoenn region to the Pokemon World. In the Gen 3 Pokemon games, you play in all 3 regions (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn) making it the only generation to feature 3 core series regions in one game.

135 new Pokemon were added in generation 3, making the total number of Pokemon 386.

Treecko

Pokemon Generation 3 Starter - Treecko

Grovyle

Sceptile

Pokemon Gen 3 - Sceptile

Mega Sceptile

Torchic

Pokemon Generation 3 Starter - Torchic

Combusken

Gen 3 Evolution - Combusken

Blaziken

Pokemon Gen 3 - Blaziken

Mega Blaziken

Pokemon Gen 3 - Mega Blaziken

Mudkip

Pokemon Generation 3 Starter - Mudkip

Marshtomp

Gen 3 Evolution - Marshtomp

Swampert

Pokemon Gen 3 - Swampert

Mega Swampert

Pokemon Gen 3 - Mega Swampert

Games: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
Region: Hoenn Region
Available On: Game Boy Advance

Gen 4 Starters – Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup

The Gen 4 starters are Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. 107 new Pokemon were added in generation 4, bringing the total up to 493. Turtwig is a Grass type, Chimchar is a Fire type, and Piplup is a Water type. They were all introduced in the Diamond and Pearl games.

One of the most popular starters is Turtwig. He evolves into Torterra, who is a large Grass type that has high defense and attack. Chimchar evolves into Infernape, which is a Fire type that has high speed and higher stats overall than the other starters. Piplup evolves into Empoleon, which is a Water type that focuses on defense over offense.

Turtwig

Pokemon Gen 4 Starter - Turtwig

Grotle

Gen 4 Evolution - Grotle

Torterra

Gen 4 Second Evolution - Torterra

Chimchar

Pokemon Gen 4 Starter - Chimchar

Monferno

Gen 4 Evolution - Monferno

Infernape

Gen 4 Second Evolution - Infernape

Piplup

Pokemon Gen 4 Starter - Piplup

Prinplup

Gen 4 Evolution - Prinplup

Empoleon

Gen 4 Second Evolution - Empoleon

Games: Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl
Region: Sinnoh Region
Available On: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch

Gen 5 Starters – Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott

The Gen 5 Starters are Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott. 156 new Pokemon were added in generation 5, bringing the total up to 649.

Snivy is a Grass type starter, Tepig is a Fire type starter, and Oshawott is a Water type starter that was introduced in the Black and White games.

Snivy evolves into Servine, who is a small Grass type that focuses on special defense over physical offense. Tepig evolves into Pignite, who is a large Fire type that focuses on physical offense over special defense. Oshawott evolves into Samurott, which is a large Water type that focuses on special defense over physical offense.

Snivy

Pokemon Gen 5 Starter - Snivy

Servine

Pokemon Gen 5 Evolution - Servine

Serperior

Gen 5 Serperior

Tepig

Pokemon Gen 5 Starter - Tepig

Pignite

Pokemon Gen 5 Evolution - Pignite

Emboar

Gen 5 Emboar

Oshawott

Pokemon Gen 5 Starter - Oshawott

Dewott

Pokemon Gen 5 Evolution - Dewott

Samurott

Gen 5 Samurott

Games: Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, White 2
Region: Unova Region
Available On: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi

Gen 6 Starters – Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie

Gen 6 takes players to the new region Kalos in the games Pokemon X and Y. The Gen 6 starters are Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie.

Only 72 new Pokemon were added in Gen 6, bringing the total up to 721.

Chespin evolves into Quilladin which further evolves into Chesnaught, who is a Grass type that is bulky and has high HP. Fennekin evolves into Braixen and Braixen evolves into Delphox, who is a Fire type that is fast and specializes in special attacks. Froakie evolves into Frogadier and Frogadier evolves into Greninja who is a Water type with great speed and decent defense.

Kalos is based on France and the starters reflect this with Chespin being a hedgehog, Fennekin being a fox, and Froakie being a frog. Chespin is the most popular starter Pokemon, followed by Froakie and then Fennekin.

Chespin

Pokemon Gen 6 Grass Starter - Chespin

Quilladin

Chesnaught

Fennekin

Pokemon Gen 6 Fire Starter - Fennekin

Braixen

Generation 6 Braixen

Delphox

Gen 6 Delphox

Froakie

Pokemon Gen 6 Water Starter - Froakie

Frogadier

Generation 6 Frogadier

Greninja

Gen 6 Greninja

Games: Pokemon X, Y
Region: Kalos Region
Available On: Nintendo 3DS

Gen 7 Starters – Rowlet, Litten, Popplio

Gen 7 introduced the Alola region and the Gen 7 starters are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

The Grass/Flying Type starter Rowlet evolves into Dartrix and Dartrix evolves into Decidueye. Litten, the Fire Type starter evolves into Torracat and Torracat evolves into Incineroar. The Water Type starter Popplio evolves into Brionne and Brionne evolves into Primarina.

Gen 7 lasted from 2016 until 2019 and initially introduced 81 new Pokemon to the series. When Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were released, they introduced an additional 5 Pokemon, and then with the Let’s Go series, another 2 were introduced. Bringing the total of generation 7 to 809.

New Alola forms were also introduced in Gen 7.

Rowlet

Gen 7 Grass Starter - Rowlet

Dartrix

Gen 7 Starter - Dartix

Decidueye

Generation 7 Decidueye

Litten

Gen 7 Fire Starter - Litten

Torracat

Gen 7 Torracat

Incineroar

Popplio

Gen 7 Water Starter - Popplio

Brionne

Gen 7 Brionne

Primarina

Generation 7 Primarina

Games: Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Region: Alola Region
Available On: Nintendo 3DS

Gen 8 Starters – Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble

The 8th Generation of Pokemon started in 2019 with Pokemon Sword and Shield and is still ongoing to do this day. The gen 8 starters are Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Grookey is a Grass type starter, Scorbunny is a Fire type starter, and Sobble is the Water type starter.

Sword and Shield introduced an additional 89 Pokemon, bringing to total up to 898, however, only 664 Pokemon are available in the Pokedex.

The first Sword and Shield expansion, The Isle of Armor introduced an additional 3 Pokemon to the series.

The second Sword and Shield expansion, The Crown Tundra introduced 15 Pokemon to the series.

Grookey

Gen 8 Grass Starter - Grookey

Thwackey

Pokemon Gen 8 Evolution - Thwackey

Rillaboom

Gigantamax Rillaboom

Gigantamax Rillaboom

Scorbunny

Gen 8 Fire Starter - Scorbunny

Raboot

Pokemon Gen 8 Evolution - Raboot

Cinderace

Generation 8 Cinderace

Gigantamax Cinderace

Gigantamax Cinderace

Sobble

Gen 8 Water Starter - Sobble

Drizzile

Pokemon Gen 8 Evolution - Drizzile

Inteleon

Generation 8 Inteleon

Gigantamax Inteleon

Gigantamax Inteleon

Games: Pokemon Sword, Shield
Region: Galar Region
Available On: Nintendo Switch

Legends: Arceus Starters – Rowlet, Cyndaquil, Oshawott

So far Pokemon Legends: Arceus has introduced 3 new Pokemon to the series, however, more are likely to be introduced. At least 5 regional Hisuian forms have also been shown.

The Legends: Arceus starters you can choose from are Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott. All Pokemon starters have been seen before in previous titles so returning players should already be familiar with their evolutions.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes place in the Hisui region, which is a past version of Sinnoh as the game takes place somewhere before Gen 4. As the name suggest, the Mythical Pokemon Arceus plays a major role in the new Switch game.

Rowlet

Gen 7 Grass Starter - Rowlet

Dartrix

Gen 7 Starter - Dartix

Decidueye

Generation 7 Decidueye

Cyndaquil

Gen 2 Starter - Cyndaquil

Quilava

Pokemon Gen 2 - Quilava

Typhlosion

Pokemon Gen 2 - Typhlosion

Oshawott

Pokemon Gen 5 Starter - Oshawott

Dewott

Pokemon Gen 5 Evolution - Dewott

Samurott

Gen 5 Samurott

Games: Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Region: Hisui Region
Available On: Nintendo Switch

Gen 9 Starters – Sprigatito, Fuecoco, Quaxly

Pokemon Generation 9 kicks off with the starters Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly and also introduces at least 2 new legendary Pokemon called Koraidon and Miraidon.

The first Gen 9 games will be Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which are similar to Legends: Arceus in terms of graphics, but Scarlet and Violet will allow up to 4 players to play together.

At the the time of writing this, not much is known of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet other than that there will be a new rival named Nemona, as well as 2 new professors called Turo and Sada.

Like many new games, Gen 9’s Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will be open world games, allowing you to explore areas in any way you desire.

Sprigatito

Pokemon Gen 9 Starter - Sprigatito

Fuecoco

Gen IX Cocofue

Quaxly

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starter - Quaxly

Games: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Region: Unknown Region
Available On: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 18 November 2022

Pokemon Side series

There are a few side series games in the Pokemon franchise. Games like Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon X: Gale of Darkness, and Pokemon Battle Revolution. These games offer an alternate look at the world of pokemon.

Pokemon Colosseum

Pokemon Colosseum was released for the Gamecube back in 2003 (JP) and 2004 in the rest of the world. Pokemon Colosseum features a completely different story from the main games and is set in Orre. The protagonist of this game, Wes, aims to take down Cipher who plans on using Shadow Pokemon for nefarious purposes.

There are 2 starter Pokemon in Pokemon Colosseum: Espeon and Umbreon. Combat-wise, the game is a typical stadium battle-type game but also allows you to catch Gen 2 and Gen 3 Pokemon in Orre.

Espeon

Espeon - Pokemon Colosseum Starter

Umbreon

Umbreon - Pokemon Colosseum Starter

Games: Pokemon Colosseum
Region: Orre Region
Available On: Nintendo GameCube

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness was released for the Gamecube back in 2005. In Gale of Darkness, you only get 1 starter Pokemon: Eevee. Eevee can evolve into either Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, or Umbreon, this is often referred to as Eeveelutions. The story features a new protagonist who is tasked with stopping the plans of the mysterious ‘Darkness’ organization.

As Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness is the sequel to the previously mentioned Colosseum game the combat remains the same – Stadium battles.

Eevee

Flareon

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness starter Flareon

Vaporeon

Espeon

Espeon - Pokemon Colosseum Starter

Jolteon

Umbreon

Umbreon - Pokemon Colosseum Starter

Games: Pokemon XD – Gale of Darkness
Region: Orre Region
Available On: Nintendo GameCube

Pokemon Battle Revolution

Pokemon Battle Revolution was released for the Wii back in 2007. This game takes place in a new area called Poketopia. Poketopia features various stadiums which is a battle arena that can be used to play various mini-games or compete in tournaments.

In Pokemon Battle Revolution, your starter Pokemon are decided based on the gender you choose for your player. If you chose a male, your starter Pokemon will be Grotle, Monferno, Prinplup, Luxio, Gabite, and Staravia. If you chose female, your starters will be Ivysaur, Charmeleon, Wartortle, Dragonair, Rhyhorn, and Pidgeot.

Male Character Starters

Grotle
Gen 4 Evolution - Grotle
Luxio
Pokemon Battle Revolution Male Starter - Luxio
Monferno
Gen 4 Evolution - Monferno
Gabite
Pokemon Battle Revolution Male Starter - Gabite
Prinplup
Gen 4 Evolution - Prinplup
Staravia
Pokemon Battle Revolution Male Starter - Staravia

Female Character Starters

Ivysaur
First Evolution - Ivysaur
Charmeleon
First Evolution - Charmeleon
Wartortle
First Evolution - Wartortle
Dragonair
Pokemon Battle Revolution Female Starter - Dragonair
Rhyhorn
Pokemon Battle Revolution Female Starter - Rhyhorn
Pidgeot
Pokemon Battle Revolution Female Starter - Pidgeot

Games: Pokemon Battle Revolution (Gen 3)
Region: Pok├ętopia
Available On: Nintendo Wii

Pokemon Masters EX

Pokemon Masters EX is a side series game for the Android and iOS platforms. The games were released on August 29, 2019, in Japan and December 17, 2019, worldwide.

In Pokemon Masters EX, you are a trainer who travels across the regions of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova to compete in the Pokemon Masters Tournament. The game features all the starters from each of those regions available to choose as your partner Pokemon.

Your starter Pokemon are Pikachu, Onix, and Starmie as you are joined by Brock and Misty at the start of the game.

Pikachu

Pokemon Masters EX Starter - Pikachu

Onix

Pokemon Masters EX Starter - Onix

Starmie

Pokemon Masters EX Starter - Starmie

Games: Pokemon Masters EX (Gen 7,8)
Region: Pasio Region
Available On: iOS, Android

Pokemon GO Starters

Pokemon GO is a mobile game that was released on July 06, 2016, in Australia and New Zealand and on July 07, 2016, worldwide.

In Pokemon GO, you are a trainer who goes out into the real world to catch pokemon. The game features all of the starter pokemon from each generation.

When you play for the first time, you will see your three starters Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle close by. If you move away from them 3 times, Pikachu should spawn alongside them on the 4th spawn.

Bulbasaur

Generation 1 Starter - Bulbasaur

Charmander

Squirtle

Generation 1 Starter - Squirtle

Pikachu

Pokemon GO Starter Pikachu

Games: Pokemon GO
Region: Real World
Available On: iOS, Android

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