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It's been a while since I've made a thread, so here's a basic question. Which starter trio is your personal favorite?

Blast Turtle
Aug 13, 2019
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Hmm, it’s hard to say because I quite like all of them but if I had to pick...

hee ho table flippers!
Jul 2, 2019
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The Alola Trio is the only one where i think the pokemon stay awesome throughout (except Dartrix)

The Kanto Starters are really solid, but Charizard is my least favorite pokemon of all time so...

The Johto starters are a pretty weak, but I like Chikorita, but Totodile looks kinda ugly and Typhlosion is kinda ugly too.

The Hoenn starters are probably my second favorite, with pretty awesome Pokemon like Sceptile and Mudkip, however, I don't really like Blaziken.

The Sinnoh starters are also pretty weak. The first forms are all cute, but all the middle stages except Grotle look really awkward. I like Empoleon though.

The Unova Starters are actually really good. I don't like Snivy that much, but Serperior looks awesome. I don't like Emboar or Pignite, but Tepig is adorable. Oshawott is my favorite.

I don't like the Kalos starters. All the final evolutions are lack luster, Braixen and Frogadier look fine but Quiladon... oh god... all the first stages are cute though.
Flame Trainer
Jun 5, 2016
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The Sinnoh trio. That's the only trio where I like literally all 9 base, middle and final stages. It’s the only region where I have active difficulty in choosing my starter. Sinnoh, by far. They’re the best starters to ever grace the franchise.
Now with a m̶e̶g̶a̶ Gigantamax
Mar 3, 2013
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I think I'd have to go with the Kalos trio. It's ironic, since none of them are my favorites of any type. However, there's a thematic cohesion among them that I think is something no other generation pulls off.
There is only one king!
Apr 15, 2010
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It's Sinnoh for me. It was the one generation where I couldn't easily pick any one of the three. In other gens I could at least narrow it down to two a little easier.

But I will say Johto and Kalos are pretty good too.
Team Rocket's Enemy
Jan 2, 2003
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I'm going to say Kanto because I like all three final evolutions of the Kanto Starters, with Charizard being one of my favorite Pokémon in the franchise, along with me liking both Venusaur and Blastoise a lot, too. A part of it is nostalgia, but looking back at the starters from other generations, the only other generation where I like the final evolution of all three starters is Gen 3 with Hoenn, with Sceptile being among one of my favorites as well. All the others have some Pokémon that I may really like a lot, such as Serperior from Unova or Greninja from Kalos, but they also have Pokémon that I am either merely lukewarm towards or I actually don't like all that much. With Kanto and Hoenn, though, that's not the case, and what puts Kanto over the top for me is the fact that Charizard is, indeed, one of my favorite Pokémon in the entire franchise.
Well-Known Member
Oct 9, 2012
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If we are going to talk about initial forms only then for me it is DEFINITELY Kalos, as I find all three members to be equally charming.

But in general, I tend to more often favor just one member of the entire trio, not the least because it's the one I pick for my playthrough of that game.
Geek of the Games
Dec 23, 2009
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For me, it's the Unova trio. Even their middle stages seem rather logical, and they're usually the oddball part of the lines. Plus, all three final forms are really great in terms of design, they have the same BST, so it's not like one is technically "stronger" than the others, and they have an interesting dynamic with each other.

Second place goes to Hoenn, as all three are pretty good, though the Mudkip line I'm more meh-ish toward (and it's NOT because of the meme). But all three lines still hold a lot of power and have very good designs. Plus Hoenn is one of my favorite regions.

Third goes to Alola, as all three are pretty solid throughout their evolutions, have great moves and type combos, and generally have pretty good designs. Their biggest downside, however, is their very lackluster Speed, especially in cases like Incineroar, who, despite being my favorite of the three, actually loses Speed upon evolving. So, that drags them down a fair bit. Plus, despite being the starters of their region, they all seem to have some issues with being actually useful in said region, which is another con.

If you want to know what last place is for me, it's the Johto starters. Their designs are just so... bland, their usefulness is very limited, they have such boring types (being mono-typed), and are overall just kinda meh-ish.
Jul 12, 2011
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The Alolan Starters for their initial forms, the Johto Staters for their middle forms, the Hoenn starters for their final forms.
the plasma pokemon
Sep 9, 2008
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I would have to go with the Johto starters. It's the only line where I like all of the Pokemon that are starters. Kanto is a close second though since I like two of the starters in that region.


Gen V was the peak.
Sep 11, 2018
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The Hoenn starters. All stages are really cool. The only trio were I never know which one to pick.

Unlike the other gens where they all have 1 'lesser' line in terms of appearance/usage. Or 2 in the case of Johto, Kalos and Alola.
Informed Casual
Apr 30, 2011
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Johto and Kanto are the two where I can safely say I like all nine starters (11 if you count Pikachu and Eevee in the latter). Johto has a particularly special place in my heart because they were my first “new starters”. I still remember the feels seeing them for the first time in Nintendo Power and Beckett Pokémon Collector.

But like BigBadButterfree said, Kalos gets a special mention because of the “thematic cohesion” between all three. For how unique Pokémon is, it’s still an RPG series and to see those classic RPG tropes accentuated in the final forms (Knight, Wizard, Ninja) is really cool. And Chesnaught is probably one of my favorite starter Pokémon of all time. If only Quilladin wasn’t a thing, but I even don’t hate it as much as most people do.
Cool cat
Jan 20, 2019
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In terms of the final stages, Hoenn starters most certainly, as all three are great. However the first stages of the Sinnoh starters will always hold a special place in my heart; I'm just not the biggest fan of Infernape. I guess Unova starters would be third, followed by Kalos, Johto, Kanto, and Alola.
I <3 Kabu and Raihan
Oct 18, 2012
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Either the Kanto set (hard to beat the classics on this one; sure, them being the first is part of the reason why they're so iconic, but I think there's a little more to it than that in this instance) or the Kalos set (I think their designs are a little more well-rounded and, like BigBadButterfree said, cohesive among themselves as well as with the European setting, plus their typings are on the more interesting side. Based Delphox being the one Fire/Psychic in the modern sea of Fire/melee...)
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Active Member
Sep 23, 2015
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Sinnoh ones are my favourite. They all three look great and are pretty good competively.

Hoenn is close second. I also like all three of them.

Kalos third. I love Greninja and Chesnaught probably is my favourite fully evolved Grass starter.

Alola is fourth place. I dislike all three's design on their base stage but their evolution make up for it. Also another trio of all new type combination for starters.

Kanto are alright. Charizard is overrated, both design wise and especially competive wise. Blastoise looks quite decent but is boring to play. Venusaur is my favourite out of them and is actually a quite good Grass starter.

Johto was meh. I like the designs of all three of them in both base stage as well as final stage. My problem with them is, that they are all three mono type and except for Gen 4 Feraligatr, all have rather lackluster movesets.

Unova is last place. Grass and Water mono type + the third Fire/Fighting starter in a row was a bad idea. I also dislike Samurott's and Emboar's designs and wasted potential. Would've liked Water/Fighting and a fast Fire/Ground way more. Serperior's design is quite good, but movepool is lacking and competively the only saving grace is it's ability. It should've been Grass/Steel. All three are so dissappointing.
Mar 14, 2005
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The base Johto starters are the cutest, and Meganium is my favorite fully evolved starter. Both Quilava and Bayleef are very cool, too.

Kudos to the base Kanto starters, Torchic, Dewott and Rowlet.
the bells of joy are ringing
Jun 26, 2019
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Gen 1: I can't dislike the OG. They weren't the first gen I played, but the first I watched on the television. I think their simple designs and pretty gradual yet distinct evolutions made them all the more charming. I quite liked the simplicity.

Gen 2: They're okay. Not a huge fan of Chikorita, nor am I of anything beyond Totodile. Admittedly, Feraligatr's design scared me as a child. Now, I think they're just middle of the barrel. Although, HGSS helped improve my image of them.

Gen 3: I really liked how it evolved from cute to tough. Gen 3 is one of my favourites, so I liked this one a lot.

Gen 4: My absolutely favourite, since I basically played DPP at least thrice each. I really liked how each of them sort of looked different from the other and had differentiating auras.

Gen 5: I did not play a lot of BW or B2W2. Although, I do find their designs super cute. Not a very huge fan of their evolutions though.

Gen 6: I really only like Fennekin.

Gen 7: One of my more favourite ones. I find each of them super personable and adorable looking in their own way, although I find their middle evolutions to be some of the less desirable ones.