I prefer Turtwig because: 1) High Attack and Defense despite loss of Speed 2) It can use recovery abitlities such as Synethsis and Mega Drain 3) Strong dual atttacks like Eathquake and Rock Slide Overall - He's a tank good for withstanding long batles, either on WiFi or just Battle Frontier in genral
Yeah, when I saw Riolu in the Ranch, I jumped on him. 5th gen problem are that some pokemon designs are... lazy. Like that trash bag pokemon, really... But Black 2 and White 2 do have a lot of pokemons from older gen, so it kind of compensate the problem.
I chose Piplup on Diamond, and used him through to the end, but on Pearl, Chimchar kicked ass. I was trying to make an entire PMD-L team, so I got a female shiny chimchar and named her Melody, and accidentally captured a shiny Arceus who I just used now and then in case Melody died (It was a low level anyway). I only used Melody until I was able to get a Roselia that I could evolve into Roserade, a female Pichu who I evolved into a Pikachu and named Alice and gather the rest of my team (Shuppet named Ebony, a Nincada and a male Riolu named Aaron who knew explosion).
But try to do a lot of training before the first gym and evolve it into Monferno. Because that should get rid of most of the weakness to rock types. And you should even have some good fighting-type moves by then.
I think it's best just to let yourself pick. These people are very different from you, and therefore have different opinions about the starters. You can tell very clearly from the replies you've received so far. It is YOUR opinion that matters. They're not playing your game.
hrrmmm... im considering all of the starters but im leaning towards chimchar myself... im a real hit fast and hard person... not to mention the fact if you but a level 60 torterra against my level 20 garyados torterra goes down in 2 turns... the hail and blizzard combo send's it down like a sack of spuds!
yeah but it's so damn hard! i like chimchar and it's part of my childhood upbringing... he was my starter in pearl and my cousin who was 4 at the time didn't understand pokemon and called infernape fire monkey so it became Blitz's (my infernape) new nickname...
Chimchar will maul the first two badges provided you evolve him into a Monferno before the first. Infernape is a bit of a slow learner in regards of good moves, but he'll get into the swing of things when you need him to. Close Combat and Mach Punch are his ace cards, and Flame Wheel has a nice base power until you teach him Fire Punch or wait 'till Flare Blitz. The fire monkey is an offensive beast, but one good smack and he's got a glass jaw. The good thing is he can learn Thunder Punch and Shadow Claw to cover his weaknesses, but keep in mind that an Alakazam will outspeed him by a mile. (A hard lesson I learned during a Platinum Nuzlocke...)
Turtwig is an interesting sort, carrying a lot of nice bulk, but horrible defensive typing when he goes Torterra. One frosty blast and his bulk counts for nothing, which doesn't help that ice-types are generally swift as a rule. Make sure to nab a good fire type to compliment him! The fact that he learns Reflect and Bite early on make him a nice little wall, and the catastrophic damage he does with Wood Hammer and Earthquake are aided by the benefit of Leech Seed. His TM/tutor versatility is awful, but with incredible STAB attacks and a little help from Leech Seed, he compensates for it.
Piplup starts off with the worst STAB move of the three: Bubble, at a mere 20 base power. Your little penguin isn't going to be killing much, but that's natural for the amazing defensive typing he has in being water/steel as an Empoleon. He'll be lacking in STAB moves until you have your 7th badge, (yikes) but after that, he'll have a nice setup which can include Surf, Flash Cannon, Ice beam, and Grass Knot/Stealth Rock. Like Torterra, he has amazing bulk, but do keep in mind that his unique typing comes with weaknesses to Fighting and Ground attacks while removing his resistance to Fire. To his benefit, he only takes 1/4 damage from ice types, half from dragon, and is completely IMMUNE to poison attacks! Empoleon can be a nice little specially-offensive wall, and much better at the setup game than Torterra.
ummm... god damn this is hard! but looking at your previous message... when infernape comes with moves like shadow claw and thunder punch which are both badass i think i'll go for chimchar...thanks a bunch for the help!
It probably depends on your playstyle; Infernape hits fast and hard whether he's using special or physical attacks, but don't expect him to take a ton of hits. Torterra is slow, but he also hits hard and can tank like a champ. Empoleon doesn't have any specific strengths, but has an awesome typing and is an all-around great Pokemon to have.
In the end, you should probably pick the one you like the best.