It’s crazy to think it’s been over 4 years since we published our first Starter Showdown. Since then a generation has come, gone and a new one is about to begin. In this time our site has also changed a lot: new content, new members and new things to do. We feel there’s no better time than now to revisit and introduce Starter Showdown: Redux!
The idea is simple: we hold several voting periods in order to determine the favourite overall starter Pokémon, one generation at a time, then we’ll hold a final vote to crown our next Starter Champion. We only select from Pokémon that are available to pick at the start of core series games.
Each round will consist of starter Pokémon available in their native region, meaning our readers will initially have to vote for their top choice from each region. The rounds are as follows:
Note: with Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu games releasing recently, we’ve decided to include two Kanto voting rounds, with Pikachu only appearing in one of those.
Kanto Starters I: Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander
Kanto Starters II: Pikachu and Eevee
Johto Starters: Chikorita, Totodile and Cyndaquil
Hoenn Starters: Treecko, Mudkip and Torchic
Sinnoh Starters: Turtwig, Piplup and Chimchar
Unova Starters: Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig
Kalos Starters: Chespin, Froakie and Fennekin
Alola Starters: Rowlet, Popplio and Litten
Galar Starters: Grookey, Sobble and Scorbunny
Kanto I Results
After counting all of the votes from across our site and Twitter, we have found our first victor! The top pick of the first three Kanto Starter Pokémon is Bulbasaur! Bulbasaur is the very first Grass-type Pokémon in the Pokédex and will be the first Pokémon to go through to our final round later on this year. Stay tuned!
We received a total of 1750 votes in the first round of our showdown and the combined total percentages for each Pokémon can be seen below – Bulbasaur won by a pretty huge percentage. Impressive!
Kanto II Voting
The next round is the only round two have less than three Pokémon. This time we’re featuring Pikachu and Eevee from the Let’s Go! games for Nintendo Switch.
Both these Poeemon are undoubtedly fan favourites and while Pikachu is clearly the mascot of the entire Pokémon franchise, Eevee can certainly give it a run for its money! Vote in the poll below and pick your favourite of the two. Also be sure to check out the tweet over on Twitter for a second chance to vote!