Generation 1 (Red, Blue, Yellow/Leaf Green, Fire Red)
In the 1990’s GameBoy classic, Pokémon Red and Blue version, trainers set out on an epic journey to capture and record data on all 150 (or more to see) Pokemon for their Kanto neighborhood professor/psychopath Professor Oak.
At the beginning of the game Oak lets you choose one of three Pokéballs containing either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.
These, of course have become the iconic figures in the Pokémon world.
Bulbasaur, the grass type dinosaur, is a good all around choice. Having a grass type is very handy early in the game as you should be able to fly through the rock type first gym, Mt. Moon, and the water type second gym. Bulbasaur also reaches its final form earlier than the other starters, evolving from Ivysaur to Venusaur at level 32 as opposed to level 36.
Charmander, the fire type lizard, is still one of the most popular Pokémon out there. Not only are fire types cool, they can also be very powerful. Charmander’s final form is the flying/fire (also dragon in some games) type Charizard.
Squirtle, the water type turtle, is the third of the group. Squirtle specializes in defense and also can boast some pretty strong water type attacks. The little turtle eventually evolves into the larger Blastoise with some massive hydro pumps coming out of its shell.
Also part of Gen 1 was Pokémon Yellow version, also for Gameboy.
Yellow version was set in the same Kanto region as Red and Blue, but took themes from the anime such as starting the game with Pikachu as your starter and Jessie and James from Team Rocket.
Generation 2 (Gold, Silver, and Crystal/ Heart Gold and Soul Silver)
Generation 2 of the Pokémon games took place in the Johto region and debuted with Gold and Silver versions for the Gameboy Color.
The three starters in that series were the grass type Chikorita, the fire type Cyndaquil, and the Water type Totodile.
Generation 3 (Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald/ Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire)
Generation 3 explored the Hoenn Region and made its debut on the Gameboy Advance with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
The three starters were the Treecko the grass type, Torchic the fire (evolves to fire/fighting), and Mudkip (evolves to water/ground).
Generation 4 (Diamond and Pearl)
Generation 4 introduced the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on the Nintendo DS.
The three starters are Turtwig the grass type (Evolved to grass/ground), Chimchar the fire monkey (evolved to fire/fighting), and Piplup the water type penguin (evolved to water/steel).
This region is making a comeback on the Nintendo Switch in the form of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl; Available below:
Generation 5 (Black and White)
Generation 5 was the first Pokémon installment on the Nintendo 3DS with Black and White versions.
The three starters included Snivy the grass type, Tepig the fire type pig (evolved to fire/fighting), and Oshawott the water type.
Generation 6 (Pokémon X and Y)
Generation 6 was another installment on the Nintendo 3DS and offered the ability to “Mega Evolve” some Pokémon.
The starters in X and Y were Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie.
Chespin is a grass type (Evolved to grass/fighting), Fennekin was a fire type fox (Evolved to fire/psychic), and Froakie was a water type frog (Evolved to water/dark).
Generation 7 (Pokémon Sun and Moon)
I will admit, this is the only generation I have not played to date, and these starters are a big reason why. They are very plain and basic and leave much to be desired.
There is Rowlet the grass/flying type owl (evolves to grass/ghost), the not-so-cleverly named Litten the fire kitten (evolves to fire/dark), and Popplio the water type Sea World performer (evloves to water/fairy).
Generation 8 (Pokémon Sword and Shield)
Generation 8 of Pokémon is the most recent edition with Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch.
Sword and Shield featured the cast of Grookey the musical grass type monkey, Scorbunny the fire type rabbit, and Sobble the water type gecko.