Today is the 20th birthday of Pokemon so Happy Birthday! I remember my dad buying me the Blue version and the Red Version for my older brother. We both were absolutely surprised he bought it for us. I still have many memories of catching Pokemon and battling the Elite Four. I was only about 6 when I got the game and didn’t know everything about type effectiveness and the proper way to train Pokemon. When there was an announcement about the remakes, I asked my parents to get it for Christmas. I was a bit older and much smarter on Pokemon. Whenever I play old Pokemon games, I pick the ones I love over strong ones. This list is all about my favorite Kanto Pokemon. Now in this list, if there is an evolution line, I’m gonna add all the Pokemon in it, but mostly talk about the final evolution since that’s favorable of the evolution. I began nicknaming my Pokemon in FireRed so I will be including the nicknames as well. Now let’s get to it!
I’m sure everybody who played the original Blue and Red games had their first fully evolved Pokemon chain with Butterfree or Beedrill. Mine was Butterfree and it was an awesome feeling to have a final evolution of a Pokemon in the beginning of the game.
If I didn’t have a Fire Pokemon in my team, I would always get Vulpix and evolve it cause Growlithe wasn’t in Blue and Magmar was rare to find. It’s such a elegant Pokemon, so pretty. Would love to have one as a pet.
#10. Hitmonchan (Punch-out)
To this day, I’d still choose Hitmonchan over Hitmonlee. It was pretty sweet to have him learn Mega Punch, Submission, Strength and Counter and annihilate trainers. But in Gen 3, man it was awesome for him to learn strong Fighting moves.
#9. Oddish/Gloom/Vileplume (Petals)
While I couldn’t get one in Blue, I would ask my brother to trade one for a Bellsprout. He loved Victreebell and I love Vileplume so it worked out great. Was very happy when my Gloom learned Petal Dance and then I evolved into a Vileplume. So glad I could get one in FireRed.
#8. Articuno (Avalanche)
Such a pretty bird! Didn’t have many moves leveling up but doesn’t need much since it has a powerful Blizzard with 90% accuracy and a strong Ice Beam. Would also teach it Fly cause usually Farfetch’d was my Flying slave. Love defeating Lance with it. This is the only legendary Pokemon I would use to fight the Elite Four
#7. Gastly/Haunter/Gengar (Spooky)
The only Ghost Pokemon in the game. I caught a Gastly to fight Sabrina like in the show and used it in the Elite Four but was a Haunter, found it would evolve into Gengar by trading when I traded it with a friend which was ironic cause he traded his Kadabra for my Haunter so we traded back. Their sprites were very creepy but that’s how ghosts should be.
#6. Lapras (Plessie)
Wasn’t it great getting a free Lapras at Silph CO.? If I didn’t use Articuno to defeat Lance, I would use Lapras. Besides Speed, it’s stats were pretty good. Teaching it Thunder as well, I could use Lapras to defeat Lance’s whole team.
#5. Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard (Pyro)
Let’s be honest, with the tough choice in the beginning, you would either choose Squirtle or Charmander. While it might be the number one choice for a lot of people, it isn’t mine but if I would start a game over, I would choose it. Though he has strong attack and speed stats, there isn’t much use for it in a whole lot of the game. But I would say, it’s design is the most badass.
#4. Dratini/Dragonair/Dragonite (Draic)
“Dratini comes first when you choose Dragon, but evolution’s the solution if you’re gonna win!” This evolution is the only Dragon type in the game. You can get one either by using a Super Rod in the Safari Zone or exhange coins at the Game Corner. I did the former and it’s rewarding to catch one and level it up to evolve to Dragonite.
#3. Horsea/Seadra (Oceana)
Seahorses were and still are my favorite animal. So when I saw Horsea, I had to go find and catch one. I actually like Horsea more than Seadra cause it’s cuter but that being said, Seadra is such a cool looking Pokemon and love having one in the later games. When I decided to make Pokemon out of Play-Doh, Horsea was the first one I made.
#2. Eevee/Vaporeon (Marina) /Jolteon (Electro) /Flareon (Fluffers)
Of course the Eeveelution was gonna be high on this list! No question that anybody would use any of them in their team and loved them. The choice on which was much more harder than choosing which starter Pokemon. I usually would choose Jolteon since I already had plans on which Fire and Water Pokemon I wanted in my team. The Eeveelutions are some of the best Pokemon in Gen I.
#1. Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise (Aquablast)
Yes, the first Pokemon I ever got js also my favorite which it should be. It’s very rare that I wouldn’t choose Squirtle as my starter. It was my favorite Pokemon from the show as well cause of The Squirtle Squad. Squirtle is so adorable and can be useful during most of the game. When it evolves into Blastoise, it’s such much easier to defeat Blaine and Giovanni. You can teach it Ice Beam and defeat Lance as well. I have loved the Squirtle evolution and always will. There’s so many memories of using it and love making new ones with it.
Happy 20th Pokemon! Thank you for the memories and I will ne with you all the way. So what are your favorite Pokemon from Gen I? Comment below. And expect lists from the other generations as well.