Actually, it makes perfect sense. When you know Koga uses Poison-type Pokemon, what's the first Pokemon you're going to send out into battle against his Gym's Trainers? Most likely a Pokemon that is NOT well-equipped for taking on some random Hypno at the very start of the Gym.
Plus you get given a coloured monkey that just happens to be super effective against whichever of the first gym leaders you face XD I got the red one (I forgot his name because I nicknamed him, so he's just Louis to me. Pansear?)
Haha I love how the games sometimes seem to be saying, "HINT. HINT!" The Route above Cerulean, which has a Grass-type, then Diglett's Cave. There are a bunch more but I can't think of them right now lol.
Oh! And in Yellow, with Mankey and Nidoran before Brock. Butterfree too.
Start with Bulbasaur. Great against Brock and Misty, resists electricity, immune to toxic against Erika and Koga, and wonderful against Giovanni. It only really misses out against Sabrina and Blaine but by that point you'll have a water type anyway and Sabrina's pretty much fair game to pretty much anything but a poison or fighting type. Just get something with decent SP. Defence and speed and you're set.
I like how the Gen 1 starters are so versatile. I wish the newer gen starters were like that. The closest one was Gen 4's where Torterra could get a STAB with a ground-type move against Infernape; Infernape's fighting-type can get a STAB against the Steel-typed Empoleon, and Empoleon can easily learn any ice-type move leveling up and inflict 4x damage against Torterra.
How were they versatile? Charizard got double the advantages against Venusaur and Blastoise couldn't do anything to Venusaur unless it had an ice-type move. G4 probably is the most versatile when it comes to starter vs. starter.
Yeah, but G4 was basically G1 and G3 combined. A quadrupedal grass type too heavy to move and a fire-fighting type. The only innovative starter was Empoleon, although I don't get the relation between penguins and metal.
What I meant is that Charizard's dragon-like appearance made it versatile to learn Dragon moves and Steel Wing against the rock-types. Blastoise was also versatile. The most disappointing starters were Gen 2's.
Yes they are, and with the added bonus that they learn NO ground type attacks on their own unless you're playing the remakes, where they get ONE ground type attack at level 45. Hope you saved that dig TM!