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Starter Guide to Pokémon Black and White

by: Matthew Weber ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

This Pokémon Black and White Starter Guide provides insight on the three starter characters. Will you choose Tepig, Snivy, or Oshawott to be your first Pokémon?

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    Tepig, I Choose You?

    Pokemon Black and White Logo   Your adventure in Pokemon Black and White begins in humble Nuvema Town. Professor Juniper, the resident Pokemon researcher, has decided to let you and two friends adopt one Pokemon each. Since they were dropped off at your house, it is mutually agreed upon that you should get first choice. You now have three options to select from: Tepig, Snivy, or Oshawott. Our Pokemon Black and White Starter Guide provides some helpful information about all three Pokemon to make your choice a well-informed one.

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    Pokemon Black and White Starters - Tepig

    Tepig   Tepig is a Fire-type Pokemon that resembles a tiny piglet. Fire-types are strong against Grass, Bug, and Ice-types, and weak against Water, Ground, and Rock-types. Tepig is number 004 in the Unova Pokedex and number 498 in the National Pokedex. It will evolve two times over the course of its lifetime. The first evolution occurs at level 17, wherein Tepig will become Pignite. At level 36 Pignite will evolve into Emboar.

    Listed below are all the attacks Tepig will learn in its un-evolved form, arranged by level.

    • Level 1 - Tackle
    • Level 3 - Tail Whip
    • Level 7 - Ember
    • Level 9 - Odor Sleuth
    • Level 13 - Defense Curl
    • Level 15 - Flame Charge
    • Level 19 - Smog
    • Level 21 - Rollout
    • Level 25 - Take Down
    • Level 27 - Heat Crash
    • Level 31 - Assurance
    • Level 33 - Flamethrower
    • Level 37 - Head Smash
    • Level 39 - Roar
    • Level 43 - Flare Blitz
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    Pokemon Black and White Starters - Snivy

    Snivy   Snivy is a Grass-type Pokemon that loosely resembles a snake. Grass-types are strong against Water, Rock, and Ground-types, but weak against Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, and Bug-types. Snivy is number 001 in the Unova Pokedex and number 495 in the National Pokedex. It will evolve two times over the course of its lifetime. Snivy will first evolve at level 17 and become Servine. At level 36, Servine will evolve into Serperior.

    Listed below are all the attacks Snivy will learn in its un-evolved form, arranged by level.

    • Level 1 - Tackle
    • Level 4 - Leer
    • Level 7 - Vine Whip
    • Level 10 - Wrap
    • Level 13 - Growth
    • Level 16 - Leaf Tornado
    • Level 19 - Leech Seed
    • Level 22 - Mega Drain
    • Level 25 - Slam
    • Level 28 - Leaf Blade
    • Level 31 - Coil
    • Level 34 - Giga Drain
    • Level 37 - Wring Out
    • Level 40 - Gastro Acid
    • Level 43 - Leaf Storm
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    Pokemon Black and White Starters - Oshawott

    Oshawott   Oshawott is a Water-type Pokemon that resembles a small otter. Water-types are strong against Fire, Rock, and Ground-types, and weak against Electric and Grass-types. Oshawott is number 007 in the Unova Pokedex and number 501 in the National Pokedex. It will evolve two times over the course of its lifetime. The first evolution occurs at level 17, wherein Oshawott will evolve into Dewott. At level 36 Dewott will change into Samurott.

    Listed below are all the attacks Oshawott will learn in its un-evolved form, arranged by level.

    • Level 1 - Tackle
    • Level 5 - Tail Whip
    • Level 7 - Water Gun
    • Level 11 - Water Sport
    • Level 13 - Focus Energy
    • Level 17 - Razor Shell
    • Level 19 - Fury Cutter
    • Level 23 - Water Pulse
    • Level 25 - Revenge
    • Level 29 - Aqua Jet
    • Level 31 - Encore
    • Level 35 - Aqua Tail
    • Level 37 - Retaliate
    • Level 41 - Swords Dance
    • Level 43 - Hydro Pump

    Check out Bright Hub's Pokemon Black and White Gym Guide, Part 1 for highly detailed walkthroughs of the Striaton, Nacrene, Castelia, Nimbasa, and Driftveil Gyms.

    All screenshots/references from Nintendo's Pokemon Black and White and author's own experience.

Pokemon Black and White Gameplay Guide

Bright Hub's Pokemon Black and White Gameplay Guide provides you with all the information you'll need to become a true Pokemon master. Our guide covers the Unova Pokedex, the available starter Pokemon, as well as the differences between Black Version and White Version.
  1. Pokemon Black and White Pokedex
  2. Starter Guide to Pokémon Black and White
  3. What is the Difference Between Pokémon Black and Pokémon White?

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