Pokemon Research Proves Squirtle To Be Best Starter

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Pokemon Research Proves Squirtle To Be Best Starter

Pokemon enthusiasts, take note: science has settled the age-old argument over which starting Pokemon is the very best.

It's one of the greatest questions of our generation, debated endlessly around the globe: which of the three starter Pokemon should you pick? Everyone has a favorite, and though we're presented with a new trio of pocket monsters to pick from with each set of games, everyone remembers that first fateful choice of Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. In an announcement bound to enrage two-thirds of the world, researcher Kyle Hill has determined that (scientifically speaking), the optimal choice is Squirtle.

Hill explained his research in a Scientific American post. Searching far and wide for data (mostly from WolframAlpha's new Pokemon database), he laid out each of the first generation starters' stats. While Squirtle has the lowest base stats of the three, it makes a huge leap when it evolves to Wartortle, making it a better investment. It's not all about the stats, though; Hill also recorded the rosters of every gym leader in the Kanto region, as well as the Elite Four. Altogether Squirtle is super-effective more often, and not-very-effective less often, than Bulbasaur or Charmander in the battles where it counts.

There are a few arguments that this study doesn't cover, so the debate will inevitably continue. For example, many trainers favor Fire-type starters because wild Fire-types are consistently very rare. Also, Charizard is undeniably rad, and I'm not sure if the research takes that into account.

Source: Scientific American

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Bulbasaur for life!

Only Bulbasaur.

Ponyholder:
Bulbasaur for life!

Only Bulbasaur.

BulbaBros fo lyfe dawg!

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Bulbasaur is best starter. Best starter ever. Fuck science.

You damn right Charizard is rad as hell.

How rad?

Grass type is the only answer.

Leech Seed/poison powder. It's the only true way.

Also, Treecko confirmed to be better than Bulbasaur.

All the bulba love today. Feels good..

Shame is mega form is kinda wonky looking with the pink flower growing off his forehead.. kinda hard to stand that up to living rail gun blastoise and actual dragon charizard...

Score 1 for the Squirteam

Wow that sounds horrible.

Hey guys... guys... can we not call ourselves the Squirteam... how about Team Squirtle?

Yeah! Score 1 for Team Squirtle.

In all seriousness though, I love my blastoise.

Charmander all the way, BURN THE HERETICS.

Bulbasaur can take the first 3 gym leaders by itself. After that you can get some very powerful pokemon, so the starter's significance isn't as high at that point - it definitely doesn't matter by the time you reach the Elite Four.

Whatislove:

Hey guys... guys... can we not call ourselves the Squirteam... how about Team Squirtle?

Any name but Squirtle Squad will always feel wrong.

And Blastoise has one of the best mega forms around, so there's that.

This is just Pro Squirtle propaganda.

ALL HAIL CHARMANDER!

I could have told you this in like 1998.

Squirtle master race.

Pokemon research is wrong.

I assume we're just talking the Kanto starters, in which case Bulbasaur is the clear winner. Sleep Powder, Sludge Bomb, instant Solarbeam? Forgetabowtit!

What can Squirtle do? Bite and spit water, who gives a Muk?

Of course, out of all the starters, this bad boy wins every time.

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STAB Earthquake? Fire types be hatin'.

th3dark3rsh33p:
This is just Pro Squirtle propaganda.

ALL HAIL CHARMANDER!

Indeed, all hail the all mighty Charmander!
Hell, it evolves into Charizard, which has 2 Mega Evolutions when compared to Venisaur and Blastoise's 1!
Plus, it's a fully realized dragon now with one of those forms! >:3

Wartortle, and Croconaw after it, learn Bite. Mudkip is just too likable. Piplup - my very favorite - becomes a Steel-type with great special attack. Oshawott's final evolution learns Megahorn. Froakie... becomes another Fighting-type frog...

EDIT: Oh, wait. Froakie becomes a Dark-type. Yeah, that's great.

the data is clearly flase, Chamander is the only choice.

well, if your a train of any REAL skill that is :p

Screw all you haters. Bulbasaur is where it's at.

BanicRhys:

Of course, out of all the starters, this bad boy wins every time.

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STAB Earthquake? Fire types be hatin'.

Also Torterra. Badass motherfucker.

Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise are your gods! WORSHIP THEM AS THEY DESERVE!!

Xman490:
Froakie... becomes another Fighting-type frog...

Froakie turns into a Water/Dark type though... to keep the weakness cycle between the three starters

-> = Strong against

Fire->Grass->Water->Fire

Psychic->Fighting->Dark->Psychic

Let's see if I can remember my end game team from back in the day...

Mewtwo, Gyrados, Vileploom, Flareon, Beedrill, and Zapdos.

(Wow, how many of those did I misspell?)

What's that? No starter remaining in my group? Maybe that's because the starters are some of the more boring of the Pokemon.

Well in terms of stats and such...yeah I think it was fairly commonly known.

HOWEVER.

TEAM BULBA FOR LIFE.
(Just wait, one day there will be street gangs divided up by which starter type you champion. Gah.)

The ONLY time I didn't choose a grass starter was R/S generation. Blaziken was just too powerful and too cool to pass up.
I did however obtain emerald and take on Sceptile after.

Bitch, everyone knows that out of all the start pokemon, Snivy is the best. Never evolved him because it removes his badass crossed arms.

Bulbasaur is fine as long as you don't care about winning.

hentropy:
I could have told you this in like 1998.

Squirtle master race.

Shell Power!

Chikorita don't take no shit.
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Even if she's a little...clingy.

Cognimancer:
For example, many trainers favor Fire-type starters because wild Fire-types are consistently very rare.

Not in X/Y they aren't. And I can't find a decent grass-type aside from Simisage.
And Charizard is the coolest Pokémon in the universe. FACT.

Alright! I knew back when I played Pokemon Blue that Squirtle was the best and now I have science to back that shit up! It was even logical too because in terms of the actual gym battles the water type had the best overall advantages.

Also yes, Wartortle was awesome.

I like the Smash Bros. Brawl approach: Squirtle is best stage 1, Ivysaur is best stage 2, Charizard is best stage 3.

Although I also agree with Tanis above me; Chikorita is objectively the best of all starters in all games, and I'll stab anyone who says otherwise.

I think the research probably failed to take into account that Charmander is objectively the best starter

Hah! I KNEW it!

Go Squirtle!

All hail the mighty turtle of awesome!

Charizard can mega evolve into a dragon. Therefore it is objectively the best. I dare you to say its not to its face!

...although squirtle is pretty awesome too.

Doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, or where you've been...

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Swampert's got your number.

Cognimancer:
Also, Charizard is undeniably rad, and I'm not sure if the research takes that into account.

It's true, this is a very important factor.

The biggest mistake that this study and most pokemon players make is that your attacks being super effective is not the most important thing. The most important thing is that your enemy's attacks are not very effective. The best defense is a good offense doesn't always apply.

Always ditched my starter as soon as i got a Poochyena. Mightyena's intimidation meant he was the only pokemon i ever needed.

Just a boy and his dog, kickin everybody's asses. Only ever caught the suicune and the other two just so i could store the legendaries in my PC. I'm a dick like that.

So, this guy's scientific research amounts to "his stats get better when he evolves" and "overall Water types are effective against the Kanto League"?

My science project on whether or not there's always room for ice cream was more scientific than that!

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