A Guide to Starter Pokemon in PMD Explorers of the Sky
To make this clearer, this is my guide to the pokemon available to you at the outset of the game and how good they are compared to the others.
I will use a scale of 1-10 to judge them.
Summary: Bulbasaur is pretty great, I'm not going to lie. He was my first PMD partner and probably my favorite, despite my rate. His typing allows him to be immune to poison, which is annoying in later levels as toxic spikes can end your dungeon exploration.
Some Notable Moves:Leech Seed, Sleep Powder, Synthesis, Razor Leaf, Bullet Seed, Growth, Swords Dance
While Bulbasaur can put enemies to sleep at a low level and heal itself, both of which are invaluable. The Green Dino also gets ranged moves quite early as well. However, he has no room clearers or speed boosters, and that takes away 1.5.
Summary: I do like charmander. As a pokemon I hink his design is pretty cool and I almost let that influence my rating of him. Unfortunately, he's just really annoying to play with.
Some Notable Moves:Swords Dance, Flamethrower, Fire Spin, Smokescreen
Before you hang me, I'd like to explain myself. It's cool that Charmander gets smokescreen at such a low level. The whiffer status is awesome, I get that. Unfortunately, he gets his first ranged move at a extremely high level. 31. And his best short range move, fire spin, at level 49. That's painful. That combined with his lack of any kind of supporting move set gives him a low score. When he evolves though he does get better, by gaining the move heat wave, but I'm not ranking Charizard right now.
Summary: Squirtle. Just. What? The sprite is pretty cute anyways.
Some Notable Moves: Bubble, Water Pulse, Rain Dance, Protect
It learns bubble at such a LOW LEVEL. Bubble is very awesome with a chance to slow. Water Pulse has a chance to confuse. Anyways, both of these moves are learned earlier than Charmander's Flamethrower, which is why it gets a 7.
Summary:I want to hate you so much Pikachu. But you are a great pokemon in this game grumble grumble. Also the walking sprite of pikachu makes it look fatter than other sprites. It's quite funny.
Some Notable Moves: Discharge, ThunderBolt, ThunderWave, Quick Attack, Agility
Pikachu is quite possibly the greatest starter in this game. It gets the fantastic moves agility and discharge. One is a double speed enhancer for the entire party (Haste-aga) and the other is a room clearer with a paralyze chance. Those two moves alone would rank it the highest. But thunderbolt is fantastic as well as thunder wave, paralyze in this game is like a slightly worse version of sleep.
Summary: Like a slightly better version of charmander, vulpix leaps onto the stage. I'm kind of caught up about vulpix. On one hand, it's a pretty cool pokemon, on the other, its a lot like charmander. =.=
Some Notable Moves:Will-o-wisp, Confuse Ray, Flamethrower, Fire Spin, Safeguard.
Vulpix's moves are just... meh. They are more varied than charmander's but not by much. It basically gets a more varied support movepool. Vulpix also learn's her awesome moves lower than charmander.... but not by much.
Summary:I used eevee once, just so I could use vaporeon late game. But just look at the 4th gen moveset. I think I've made my point.
Some Notable Moves: Quick Attack
Eevee is a bad pokemon. Really, really bad.
Summary:I really, really like chikorita. Probably my favorite of the 2nd gen starters, just because I hated the others so much. In this game, Chikorita is pretty good, and has a varied supportive movepool. Just like in the main games however, don't expect it to do any super high damage.
Some Notable Moves:Synthesis, Razor Leaf, Magical Leaf, Safeguard, Aromatherapy, Swords Dance
Chikorita can heal itself, and its allies through the use of Synthesis and Aromatherapy. Sure, poison doesn't seem to be a lot now, but it adds up. And if you can't find the stairs... well then. Chikorita also learns Razor Leaf at level 6 which is fantastic.
Summary: Cyndaquil was the first pokemon I chose in the original mystery dungeon, and unfortunately for it, hasn't changed much over the years.
Some Notable Moves: Flamethrower, Smokescreen, Rollout, Lava Plume, Eruption, Quick Attack, Will-o-wisp
Unfortunately for Cyndaquil, it learns flamethrower at an even higher level than Charmander. That's ridiculous. However it learns most of the same moves, without firespin. However, Cynda gets a multi hitter a 2 spacer, and a all around-er. That's what separates it from Charmander.
Totodile is pretty cool. I'd use him, and I'd hardly use anything besides a select few starters in this game. Use him if you like water types, he's probably the best of the bunch
Some Notable Moves: Scary face, Hydro Pump, Water Pulse, Ice Beam, Swords Dance, Screech
Totodile gets that big of a ranking just because of how much damage it can do. It can set up a swords dance, chained to a screech, chained to a physical attack and that can do upwards of 300 damage early on in the game. Scary face is also very good.
Summary:Phanpy was like the first pokemon I ever played with in PMD. Anyways, after I got over the shock of them calling me lazy, I kind of enjoyed the challenge of the little elephant.
Some Notable Moves: Rollout, Ancient Power
It got a multi hitting move and ancient power, while Eevee did not.
Summary: I like you treecko, I really do. Especially because Wally had one of you. And everyone knows how much I love that
horrible excuse for a trainer. I just like him because most of his awesome moves involve healing me and damaging the enemy. Which are two of my favorite things
Some Notable Moves: Absorb, Energy Ball, Mega Drain, Quick Attack, Agility, Screech, Pursuit, Detect, Swords Dance, Bullet Seed.
Better than Bulbasaur because even though it takes forever for it to learn a ranged move, you do get agility. And as I've explained above, agility is one of the greatest moves in this game.
Summary: Blaziken is a great pokemon. I mean really when the 5th gen mystery dungeon comes out, I will be all OVER that speed boost Torchic. However right now I'm a bit iffy about the not-so-scrambled egg.
Some Notable Moves:Mirror Move, Flamethrower, Fire Spin, Quick attack
Mirror Move is the only reason it is better than Charmander. It learns Flamethrower later, and that also makes me angry.
Summary: Mudkip was always the pokemon I chose in my original ruby version. Swampert was just everything I wanted to be and more. I don't know about it in Mystery Dungeon though
Some Notable Moves: Whirlpool, Hydropump, Protect
It's a wet Charmander if that makes any sense.
Summary: As a pokemon skitty, I think you are an abomination. I think your eyes are more annoying than anything I've ever seen ever. Your tail is weird, and looks nothing like a cattail. Though you are a good pokemon in this game. *grumble* *grumble*
Some Notable Moves: Sing, Double Slap, Heal Bell, Attract, Fake Out, Dream Eater, Thunder Bolt/Wave, Ice Beam, Calm Mind
I dismiss this pokemon in all playthroughs of my pokemon games. But in this game, Skitty can get rid of status, use a multi hitter, put enemies to sleep, heal it self, attract enemies. And the great ability normalize gives stab to everything it has. A great pokemon. It just needs a speed booster.
Summary: I've never ever used Turtwig in the main games. It just seems... bad. Slow and stuff. In this game it's pretty good. Just not REALLY good. Almost a bulbasaur. Almost.
Some Notable Moves: Mega Drain, Absorb, Giga Drain, Synthesis, Energy Ball, Bullet Seed.
It can heal itself use range moves if you give it some. It just can't boost it's speed and for that I shame it. SSSSSSHHHHHHHAAAAAAMMMMMEEEEE!
Chimchar has to be my favorite Sinnoh starter. Plus it's like the only fire type in the entire region, which quite frankly, is weird.
Some Notable Moves:Fury Swipes, Flamethrower, Nasty Plot, Slack off, Fire spin
The best fire type starter of the game, Chimchar gets a healing move, a boosting move, ranged attack and a multi hitter. If only it got a room clearer or agility. Oh well. At least it isn't Charmander(p).
Summary: Agility is in the egg pool. I repeat. Agility is in the egg pool. Honestly, if only it was in the move set, then piplup would be the best water starter. Now it's only a watery chimchar.
Some Notable Moves: Whirlpool, Hydro Pump, Bubble, Fury Attack
Multihitter and ranged moves. That's all this little penguin has going for it. If only it was cooler. Maybe if we attached jets to it or something.
Summary: I don't really like Shinx and I'll explain the main reason below. The second reason is that all electric pokemon should be mainly yellow. It's just an OCD thing I have.
Some Notable Moves:Discharge, Scary Face
It has a room clearer and a speed impeder. Really that's all it needs. It's still a worse pikachu though. Also it gets crunch, and because everyone likes dark type pokemon and dark type moves, I guess I should mention that. Also people like fox pokemon for some weird reason. Just embrace your furry-ness while onlookers cry in awe and confusion.
*Note* Shinx cannot use confusion.
Summary:Like eevee except with swords dance and screech. Still no possibility of a range move. Kinda wtf.
Some Notable Moves: Quick attack, Counter, Screech, Swords Dance
Oh damn I just did that. Yep no ranged attacks, speed boosts, room clearers, status'rs makes jack a dull boy. Whatever that means. Riolu is lul. It gets a .5 bonus over Phanpy for evolving into a fighting type-Charmander. It gets another .5 bonus for being a fighting type.
I might rate the partners later. here is like ... a spoiler. Meowth is like a worse skitty, and munchlax is like a slightly better Eevee.
(This post was last modified: 01-29-2012 01:35 PM by actionhero112.)