The Three Starters of Sinnoh - Guide for Pokemon Pearl
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1. Introduction 2. The starters 2.1 Turtwig, Grotle, and Torterra 2.2 Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape 2.3 Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon 3. Strengths and Weaknesses 4. Closing 1. Introduction Hello. My name is Joseph. This is my first guide, so read this if you want to know all about the starters and their forms. All these Pokemon evolve twice, and change type at some point. 2.The starters The three starter Pokemon that you choose from are Turtwig, a Grass type, Chimchar, a Fire type, and Piplup, a Water type. They are all Level 5, so choose wisely; you only get one, and you won't be able to get the other two anywhere else (unless you trade with a friend, but I'm not going to go that far). 2.1 Turtwig, Grotle and Torterra Turtwig evolves into Grotle and that evolves into Torterra, which is a Grass-Ground type. My opinion: Turtwig is very easy to riase and does a good job in the first and fourth gyms. 2.2 Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape Chimchar evolves into Monferno and that evolves into Infernape, with both second and final forms being Fire-Fighting types. My opinion: Chimchar is farby the hardest starter to riase, but is the only fire type for quite some time. I don't recommend choosing chimchar unless you're ready to lose in the first and fourth gyms (well, maybe the fourth gym, but you Chimchar users just get lucky in the first gym). 2.3 Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon Piplup evolves into Prinplup and that evolves into Empoleon, which is a Water-Steel type. My opinion: Piplup isn't very hard, yet not so easy to riase. Perfect for beginning and expert trainers. Yes, I really did choose Piplup to start with. Unlike Chimchar, Piplup does a good job in the first gym, but... 3. Strengths and Weaknesses Now to cover the strengths and weaknesses of all the starters plus their forms: Turtwig and Grotle are weak against Fire, Ice, Poison, Flying, and Bug type moves. They are resistant to Water, Grass, Electric, and Ground moves. Torterra is weak against Fire. However, Ice type move cause FOUR TIMES the damage to this Pokemon. Yikes!! It is immune to Electric type moves, but what's the point? Chimchar is weak to Water, of course, Ground, and Rock type moves. It is resistant to Fire, Grass, Ice and Bug moves. Monferno and Infernape are weak against Water, Ground, Flying, and Psychic. They are resistant to Fire, Grass, Ice, and Dark moves. Thanks to that big change, you now have a double Bug resistance. Piplup and Prinplup are weak against Grass and Electric type moves. They are resistant to Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel moves. Empoleon is weak against Electric, Fighting, and Ground moves. It is resistant to Normal, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dragon, and Dark. Thanks to that big change, you now have a double Ice AND Steel resistance plus, an immunity to Poison, preventing the PSN (Poison) status from ever happening. Also, the Steel side prevents the grass weakness, although Fire types now do normal damage. 4. Closing Now you know everything about the starters and their forms, so remember; choose wisely and have fun with it.