The Best 24 Pokémon Starters Across the Generation

Over the past 25 years, eight generations of three unique Pokémon starters have been a part of Pokémon games. 

So whip up a bowl of curry, grab some berries and take a look at these 24 Pokémon starters (excluding Pikachu and Eevee) ranked by a combination of their strength and popularity.  

Charmander

The immense popularity of the Charmander evolutionary line, combined with the impressive firepower of Charizard and Mega-Charizard, makes Charmander a fairly obvious choice as one the best Pokémon starters. 

Mudkip

Even casual Pokémon fans can typically recall starter Pokémon from any of the first three or four generations of Pokémon, which means Mudkip is popular enough to earn its place as a top-tier starter Pokémon.

Torchic

Frankly, Blaziken is only outclassed by Charizard as a Fire-Type starter Pokémon due to the overarching popularity of Pokémon’s Generation 1 starters. 

Squirtle

Of the 24 Pokémon starters on this list, Squirtle perhaps benefits the most from the consideration of ‘popularity’ as a ranking criterion. 

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