A very important choice.

At the beginning of their journey, Trainers receive a starter Pokémon between a choice of three. When they are given to the player, starter Pokémon begin at level 5 and hold no item. Only one of them is obtainable in one playthrough, making the other two and their evolutions unobtainable for the player.

After obtaining the Pokédex , the player can then catch other Pokémon. Generally, players keep their first Pokémon or they also can retire the starter to the PC. But most of the time, the starter is kept and becomes the most powerful Pokémon in a team or even the only high leveled one.


In Pokémon Solar Light & Lunar Dark , the regional Professor Prof Pinewood invites beginning trainers to his laboratory in Soltree Town and give them one of the following Pokémon to begin their journey : 

ForestoneMini Forestone
Grass Rock
MountreeMini Mountree
Grass Rock
PurryoMini Purryo
Fire Ground
FlearoeMini Flearoe
Fire Ground
SalanipMini Salanip
Water Poison
SalaslamMini Salaslam
Water Poison


  • Rodney will always choose the Pokémon strong against the player's Pokémon while Keira, not having too much of a choice, will always have the Pokémon weak to the player's Pokémon.

by attributes abilityegg grouptype
body stylecolorfootprintheightweight
by evolution evolution family
no evolution familytwo-stage familythree-stage familybranched
by in-game stats base stats (by typefully evolved) • catch rateExp/EVs given in battle
gender ratiosteps to hatchwild held itembase friendship
by category starterlegendary (GolemsTrioPollutionGazearGemmany) • fossilroaming
by development needing Sugi artneeding Pokédex entriesneeding crieswith locked stats
new movesnew abilitiesproposed signature moves/abilitiesproposed Hidden Abilities
spritesshiny dumpanimated spritesoverworldsegg spritesSprite Graveyard