Written by Dominic Wright, December 29, 2017, at 4:06 p.m. Tweet to: @Groovycap
When I was a child, I was always hesitant on which Pokemon to choose at the beginning. Honestly, I felt as if this was one of the hardest decisions I ever made in my pre-adolescent life. Trying to pick between Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, always seemed difficult. It was as if, choosing the wrong one could terminate the fun of the game and ruin the chances against gym leaders and your rival. Ultimately, no matter which starter Pokemon you chose, your rival always picked the one who had the type advantage over you.
Personally, I used to choose Bulbasaur. He was my favorite out of all 3 starter Pokemon. Something about grass type Pokemon intrigued me at an early age. Truthfully speaking, I was more fascinated by the evolutions of Bulbasaur more than anything else. Once Bulbasaur evolved into Ivysaur it was as if it became aesthetically pleasing. The real evolution that truly grabbed me was when it turned into Venosaur. A giant grass type Pokemon that was able to poison and seed opponents.
At first, it seems like Bulbasaur isn’t a desirable choice for a Pokemon to start out with because there are numerous Pokemon he is defenseless against. Being that he is a grass type, Bulbasaur is pretty much useless against flying, fire, ice, and grass types. Then again, in the games, the common types always seem to be water types.
Recently, I was playing Pokemon Red and I noticed a few things. For starters, if you choose Bulbasaur then you are more likely to clean house at gyms. Especially the first two. Being that the first gym leader is Brock, he uses rock types (Bulbasaur has the type advantage). Next, you face Misty who uses water types. Again, Bulbasaur has the type advantage.
Whenever you’re playing Pokemon games, you have to remember that water type Pokemon usually always presents issues within the game. Basically, I mean, these types usually have incredibly powerful moves. Not only against types they have advantages over but almost any type of Pokemon you use against them. Certain moves that water types use that usually cause a lot of damage is, Aqua Jet, Bubble Beam, Hydro Pump, etc.
One of my biggest strategies when choosing it is to poison my opponents. Usually, you could buy TMs and HM’s that best suite Bulbasaur as well. Certain moves that are super effective against water types are Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Poison Powder, and Solar Beam.
People look at Bulbasaur and think it is a useless Pokemon. Mainly because it is one of the least favorited Pokemon to start out with. Which is weird to me because I love using it as my starter. Not because, of the evolutions or the moves but mainly because, it is immune to poison. My favorite type of Pokemon to have in my party are Ghost-types. So when I am battling against ghost types to capture them, it helps that Bulbasaur doesn’t get poisoned.