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The best starter of Pokemon X&Y

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The one thing that I hate about a new Pokemon generation is picking a starter Pokemon. I am a little pedantic about this sort of stuff, it simple isn’t a task of picking one and calling it a day. I always look at these sort of decision from a usable and practical point of view. I want to be the very best, like no one ever was. So it is only natural for me to pick the best of the lot. Here is my opinion of who is the best starter in Pokemon X&Y.

Before, I proceed further, let me say this – that this is purely my opinion so don’t take this as a bible. In fact, it is alright to have a different opinion that differs from mine.

Like in all generations you can pick a starter 3 starter’s: Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie, but accessing them purely on the starter form is counterproductive. Obviously, it would be more appropriate if we judge by the value of the final evolution, that is Chestnaught (grass/fighting), Delphox(Fire/Psychic) and Greninja (Water/Dark).

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pokemon x&y starters

Looks

The art design of the starters is an improvement of the previous generation, I honestly, disliked the designs of Black & Whites starters.  Serperior and Samurott looked lame with Emboar looking the coolest amongst the three. Chesnaught, Delphox and Greninja all looks pretty amazing to me. If I had to pick which one looks the best – my money would be on Delphox closely followed by Greninja. Chesnaught does look badass, but he looks a tad stiff.

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Stats

 

Chesnaught

HP Attack Defense Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
Base Stats – Total: 530 88 107 122 74 75 64
Max Stats Lv. 50 148 – 195 100 – 143 114 – 156 71 – 113 72 – 114 62 – 104
Hindering Nature Lv. 100 286 – 380 197 – 281 224 – 308 137 – 222 139 – 224 119 – 204
Max Stats Lv. 50 148 – 195 112 – 159 127 – 174 79 – 126 80 – 127 69 – 116
Neutral Nature Lv. 100 286 – 380 219 – 313 249 – 343 153 – 247 155 – 249 133 – 227
Max Stats Lv. 50 148 – 195 123 – 174 139 – 191 86 – 138 88 – 139 75 – 127
Beneficial Nature Lv. 100 286 – 380 240 – 344 273 – 377 168 – 271 170 – 273 146 – 249

 

Delphox

HP Attack Defense Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
Base Stats – Total: 534 75 69 72 114 100 104
Max Stats Lv. 50 135 – 182 66 – 108 69 – 111 107 – 149 94 – 136 98 – 140
Hindering Nature Lv. 100 260 – 354 128 – 213 134 – 218 209 – 294 184 – 269 191 – 276
Max Stats Lv. 50 135 – 182 74 – 121 77 – 124 119 – 166 105 – 152 109 – 156
Neutral Nature Lv. 100 260 – 354 143 – 237 149 – 243 233 – 327 205 – 299 213 – 307
Max Stats Lv. 50 135 – 182 81 – 133 84 – 136 130 – 182 115 – 167 119 – 171
Beneficial Nature Lv. 100 260 – 354 157 – 260 163 – 267 256 – 359 225 – 328 234 – 337

 

Greninja

HP Attack Defense Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
Base Stats – Total: 530 72 95 67 103 71 122
Max Stats Lv. 50 132 – 179 90 – 132 64 – 107 97 – 139 68 – 110 114 – 156
Hindering Nature Lv. 100 254 – 348 175 – 260 125 – 209 189 – 274 132 – 216 224 – 308
Max Stats Lv. 50 132 – 179 100 – 147 72 – 119 108 – 155 76 – 123 127 – 174
Neutral Nature Lv. 100 254 – 348 195 – 289 139 – 233 211 – 305 147 – 241 249 – 343
Max Stats Lv. 50 132 – 179 110 – 161 79 – 130 118 – 170 83 – 135 139 – 191
Beneficial Nature Lv. 100 254 – 348 214 – 317 152 – 256 232 – 335 161 – 265 273 – 377

Each respective Pokemon has a base total stat of around 530 ( Delphox has 534), with obvious strength and weaknesses.

Chesnaught: Good Attack, excellent defense but slow.

Delphox: Good speed, good Special defense and excellent Special Attack but poor attack stat.

Greninja: Good Attack Stat, good special attack stat and excellent speed stat but relatively fragile.

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Movepools (Click link, don’t worry its Serebii – the number one source for Pokemon information)

Chesnaught

Delphox

Greninja

In my opinion, in terms of movepools they are quite even with Chesnaught at a slight disadvantage with its risky STABS.

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Signature Move’s

Chesnaught

Spiky Shield: In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker who makes direct contact.

Delphox

Mystic Fire: The user attacks by breathing a special, hot fire. This also lowers the target’s Sp. Atk stat

Greninja

Water Shuriken: The user hits the target with throwing stars two to five times in a row. This move always goes first.

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Competitive Pokemon

In my opinion, Greninja will be the most popular out of the new starters, simply because of his speed and adequate offensive capabilities, not to mention he has a good movepool and excellent offensive typing. Greninja has the potential to be a good suicide lead able to use spikes, late game sweeper and a revenge killer. I’d liken Greninja to a Starmie both fast and versatile water types.

While Delphox does look good on paper, I fear in practice the Fire fox will simply be out of its league, with so many fast and heavy hitting Pokemon running around. Things gets worse, as Delphox weakness to Stealth Rocks doesn’t help its case. Still, Delphox has its perk, especially as a fairly solid fire type. Delphox full potential can be reached with the proper team support.

Chestnut speed is not enough to cause fear in the opponents hearts and his typing isn’t particularly good to run a defensive set. Unfortunately, his movepool isn’t impressive with his strongest stab is the risky Wood Hammer and Hammer Arm. I predict that Chesnaught will fall into lower tier play.

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My Verdict

Overall, I think Greninja is the best of the three, purely for the fact that I believe he is the most lethal. He has all the tools to be an excellent Pokemon, plus he looks cool The other starters, Delphox and Chesnaught are still excellent Pokemon and you cannot go wrong with picking them, especially if you are playing the game purely for fun.

What is your opinion? Which do you think is the best starter of Pokemon X & Y.

Source: Serebii

 

 

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