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A Look at the Starters in Pokémon Black and White

by: David Sanchez ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Let's take a look at the three starter Pokémon for the most recent iteration of the long-running monster-catching series.

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    Pokemon Black and White Starters 

    Even though Pokemon Black and White have already launched in Japan, North American and PAL audiences are going to have to wait just a little bit longer for the releases of the next two Pokemon titles for the Nintendo DS. This generation of Pokemon will offer a number of different monsters to capture as well as three new starters to choose from at the beginning of your adventure. Let’s take a look at the starter Pokemon from the upcoming Pokemon Black and White.

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    The Grass-type starter for Pokemon Black and White known as Tsutarja combines attributes of a reptile with those of a Grass Pokemon, thus garnering it the classification of Grass Snake Pokemon. This little reptilian Grass critter will be able to learn the moves players have come to expect from Grass-types such as Leaf Blade, Vine Whip, and more. Tsutarja will also be able to learn the new moves Grass Oath, Grass Mixer, and Coil, the latter of which is a Poison attack.

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    The Fire-type starter this time around is newcomer Pokabu, a pig Pokemon with the power of fire and a curly tail, making it double awesome. Aside from the standard Fire-type moves that other similar Pokemon share, Pokabu will also be able to learn a handful of new moves, namely Fire Oath, Heat Stamp, and Nitro Charge. Classified as the Fire Pig Pokemon, you can bet this little guy is going to be a force to be reckoned with when he eventually evolves into a Fire/Fighting-type Pokemon.

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    Mijumaru rounds out the starters in Pokemon Black and White. This Water-type starter is classified as the Sea Otter Pokemon, and as such has the ability to learn and perform countless Water-type moves as well as learning the all-new maneuver Water Oath, which summons a huge water pillar to take down your pesky opponents.

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    Fun Fact About Oath Moves

    You may be wondering what else the new Oath moves entail. Well, aside from being effective attacks, they also combine with one another to perform different functions. Grass Oath and Fire Oath combine to deliver damage to your opponents with every turn. The combination of Grass Oath and Water Oath reduces the speed of your victims. Lastly, the Fire Oath and Water Oath combination increases the attack power of Water Oath. It’s definitely going to be interesting seeing how these attack combinations play out in battle.

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    Pokemon Black and White: Starter Pokemon Details

    We’ve still got a few more months until Pokemon Black and White launch outside of Japan. Spring 2011 really couldn’t come any sooner. Until then, try to decide which starter Pokemon you’re going to go with when you start playing. And if you’ve already made up your mind, then keep enjoying HeartGold and SoulSilver for a few more months!