Japanese Fans Pick Their Top 10 "Seriously Useless Starter Pokémon"

Nearly 1400 fans weighed in on which Pokémon doom your play-throughs to infamy and failure

Not all Pokémon are created equal, and a recent online poll on Goo Ranking asked Japanese fans to pick which Starter Pokémon they'd rather start without. The poll ran from April 14 to April 23, 2016, and the results were published on May 20, 2016. Some 1397 would-be Pokémon trainers responded.


The results for the Top 10 "Seriously Useless Starter Pokémon" are as follows:



10.) Tepig in Pokémon Black and White. (69 votes)



09.) Froakie in Pokémon X and Y. (75 votes)



08.) Treecko in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. (78 votes)



06.) Turtwig in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. (89 votes) [tied]



06.) Charmander in Pokémon Red and Blue. (89 votes) [tied]



05.) Chespin in Pokémon X and Y. (90 votes)



04.) Squirtle in Pokémon Red and Blue. (99 votes)



03.) Bulbasaur in Pokémon Red and Blue. (121 votes)



02.) Piplup in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. (137 votes)



01.) Chikorita in Pokémon Gold and Silver. (166 votes)


Disgruntled fans went so far as to compare picking Chikorita as a Starter with being forced to play Pokémon Gold and Silver on a hidden "Hard Mode" setting. It seems some Pokémon simply can't catch a break.



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