Nidoking does not do it better. Squirtle is the fastest. And if I can have a Pokemon that I get as a starter cover the entire game without any help needed other than a couple of E4 pokemon (mostly for efficiency's sake), how exactly is that not a positive trait when considering in-game tiers? It gets an A in every category, as well as an A++ ubergod grade in Matchups, since he doesn't even need any support (which is the point that you said doesn't matter, which doesn't make sense). -Availability: Can you get them early on and are they easy to get? -Stats: Do they have a usable stat distribution? -Movepool: Do they have a good movepool that needs little TM support? (By that I mean hard to replace TMs such as ones you get from gyms.) -Power: Are they strong enough to sweep through enemies without taking too much damage in return? -Type: Do they have useful STABs and resistances? -Match-ups: Do they fare well in gym and/or boss battles?