Availability: Starter Pokemon
Stats: The Chikorita family has fairly balanced stats. They have pretty good defenses, and their attack stats are not great but usable.
Movepool: Chikorita’s level-up movepool is not the best offensively, only giving it Razor Leaf (which has been nerfed in Gen 2) and Body Slam. However, it does learn a ton of great support moves, such as Reflect, Light Screen, PoisonPowder, and Synthesis. It also can learn the always great Earthquake TM, but keep in mind that is a high-demand TM.
Gyms that it fares well against: While Chikorita may struggle against the first two Johto gyms due to a weakness to Flying and Bug, it actually serves as one of the best checks to Whitney’s infamous Miltank due to Reflect + Synthesis. Chikorita hits another bumpy road with Morty’s ghosts, but fairs well against mid game gym leaders. Razor Leaf will deal good damage to Chuck’s Poliwrath, Jasmine’s Steelix, and Pryce’s Piloswine. Meganium can also set up a Light Screen in the face of Clair's Kingdra and take it on, but watch out for paralyze hax or SmokeScreen accuracy drops. When it comes to the Elite 4, Bruno is the main target. Onix is OHKO by Razor Leaf, and a Reflect helps keep Meganium gets by the Fighting moves. In Kanto, Razor Leaf allows Meganium to plow though Brock and Misty. Meganium also resists Electric and Grass, and can be a great help in the battles against LT Surge and Erika. In the battle against Red, Chikorita walls Pikachu and Venusaur, and with a Light Screen up it can take out Blastoise,
Additional Comments: Chikorita is certainly an interesting starter. It struggles in many places, but its a good team supporter and can excel in some of the games harder match ups, such as Whitney and Red. One good early-game partner for Chikorita is Geodude. Geodude can help cover Chikorita's weakness to Flying, Bug, Poison, and Fire types, where as Chikorita can help cover Geodudes weakness to the Water and Grass types.
Last edited by Hemp Man; Dec 16th, 2012 at 10:44:40 PM.