Five-Day: Starter Pokémon

From five songs about vampires, to five terrible-amazing book title puns, Five-Day is the Friday-specific post series where I bring you five items on a theme. What's the theme this week? Starter Pokémon!

Since I got the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa in the latest event on Wednesday (I also had a bonus day off work AND went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 3D at the Embassy – awesome day), I thought it appropriate to do a Pokémon-themed Five-Day.

I almost did a Legendary Pokémon version, but in the end decided to go back to basics and start with the Starters. The list includes one from each Region save Johto. While (Heart)Gold/(Soul)Silver is one of my favourite games in the series, Cyndaquil just lost out on a placement.


#001: Bulbasaur (Kanto)

“A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.” – Red/Blue

Why does Bulbasaur get the first spot? It’s quite literally number one.

(Blame the joke on my friend Eli. It’s his explanation as to why Bulbasaur is his favourite Pokémon.)

#258: Mudkip (Hoenn)

“The fin on Mudkip’s head acts as highly sensitive radar. Using this fin to sense movements of water and air, this Pokémon can determine what is taking place around it without using its eyes.” – Ruby

Let’s get the meme over with: u herd i liek mudkipz.

Apart from that, look at its little adorable frowny-face. Plus, its next two evolutions are Water/Ground type, which is an amazing combincation. Up yours, Electric-types.

#393: Piplup (Sinnoh)

“Because it is very proud, it hates accepting food from people. Its thick down guards it from cold.” – Diamond

It’s a penguin. Have you ever seen a penguin in real life? With their little waddles and wing-flaps and amazing underwater abilities? They are so so so so awesome.

So a penguin that totally kicks butt? Best thing ever.

#501: Oshawott (Unova)

“It fights using the scalchop on its stomach. In response to an attack, it retaliates immediately by slashing.” – Black

Thanks to Bulbapedia, I now know that the “scalchop” the Pokédex mentions is that shell it carries.

I honestly didn’t know that when I picked Oshawott for my first game. I just thought otters were cute and didn’t want a pig that turned out to be yet another Fire/Fighting type. But now it is up there with my favourites.

Because otters.

#653: Fennekin (Kalos)

“Eating a twig fills it with energy, and its roomy ears give vent to air hotter than 390 degrees Fahrenheit.” – X

Fennekin is, like, the perfect starter for me. It’s cute, it’s a Fire-type and not only is its final evolution not Fire/Fighting, Delphox is beautiful and also a Psychic-type, which is one of my favourite types. (Hello, Espeon.)

And that’s it! My five favourite Pokémon Starters.

Do you play Pokémon? What are your favourite Starters?


Catherine is a writer, reader, and general internet person from New Zealand. As well as designing book covers, she is one of the editors for Bibliodaze and one half of the vampire-themed podcast The Bloodsucking Feminists.

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Kiwi. Writer. Reader. Graphic designer. Video games enthusiast. Bloodsucking Feminist and co-editor of Bibliodaze . Knows way too much about vampires than is healthy. Doesn't care.

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