What is the Best Starter in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire?

What Pokemon should you pick for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire?

It has been statistically proven that Squirtle is the best starter in Pokémon Red/Blue/YellowSo, with the upcoming release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, who is the "best" Hoenn starter? Lets take a look at the facts.

At the start of your Hoenn adventure, you have the choice between: Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip, the typical Grass/Fire/Water trio. However, these types shift a bit through their evolutions. Looking at the gym and Elite 4 challenges, which starter has the upper hand?


Treecko is the only Hoenn starter that keeps its sole grass-type throughout its evolution. Its speed is the highest out of all the starters once it reaches Sceptile. It has powerful stab moves, but mostly late game. Aside from this, its base stats are not the best. 

Although its speed is impressive, this starter will struggle with many gyms along your journey. After Roxanne, you won't see it do any real damage until the last two gyms. Many of the Water/Ice Pokemon will give it trouble because of its weakness to Ice. Strictly in-game speaking, Treecko is the worst starter of the 3.

Stats:HP 70 250 - 344 ATTACK 85 157 - 295 DEFENSE 65 121 - 251 SP. ATK 105 193 - 339 SP. DEF 85 157 - 295 SPEED 120 220 - 372

How and when you get a Mega Stone in the upcoming game is unknown. Due to this, I can't be sure if Mega Sceptile, who gets an added Dragon-type and Lightning Rod ability, will be present for gym battles. This definitely changes how effective it will be in-game.


Torchic becomes a Fire/Fighting-type  from its second evolution and on. Combusken is a powerful early game Pokémon. In fact, if you choose this starter, you should evolve it quickly or it will have trouble with the first gyms. Its type gives it few weaknesses. It has a high speed stat, and is a good sweeper. Blaziken is easily a favorite. However, its downfall is its terrible defense.

The first gym is hard for Torchic, but once past that, there are no real difficulties until Wallace. Its speed and double-typing give it the upper hand in many situations. It does a lot of Super Effective damage, but its low defense makes it prone to fainting to one powerful attack. With all of this in mind, I believe Torchic is the second best starter for the game.

Stats: HP 80 270 - 364 ATTACK 120 220 - 372 DEFENSE 70 130 - 262 SP. ATK 110 202 - 350 SP. DEF 70 130 - 262 SPEED 80 148 - 284

Mega Blaziken, once you can evolve Blaziken, gets higher Attack power and a Speed Boost ability, making him an even better sweeper. 





Mudkip evolves into a Water/Ground-type. It's a safe choice given that your gym battles are not strong against this Pokémon. It has high defense, good attack, and decent HP. Its move set: including Mudshot, Muddy Water, Earthquake, etc makes it easy to sweep with. Its downfall is its speed. Swampert's stats total up to 535, making it the "strongest" starter in that regard.

Once a Marshtomp, this starter has absolutely no problems with the gyms. There are very few Pokémon that Swampert has trouble dealing with. Its only weakness, Grass, has no gym. The biggest threats are Water and Dragon Pokémon (since it does little damage against them), but even then, it can handle tough blows. Plus, every starter has trouble with Dragon-type Pokémon. It's a great Pokémon for the Elite Four, since it will not go down easy. Mudkip, considering stats, in-game competitors, and weaknesses, is the best starter for Hoenn.

Stats:HP 100 310 - 404 ATTACK 110 202 - 350 DEFENSE 90 166 - 306 SP. ATK 85 157 - 295 SP. DEF 90 166 - 306 SPEED 60 112 - 240
When Mega Swampert makes an appearance, beware. Its boosted Attack stat will make this Pokémon a scary opponent for any Gym Leader, Elite Four Member, or Champion. Swampert has strength and resistance, a powerful combination.

More Info

I made an excel chart with the information from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire to determine which is the best starter for the game. The gyms and Pokémon are likely to change in the upcoming remakes, but it should be very similar to this line-up. This chart describes purely the STAB power against Gym Leader and Elite Four Pokémon, and does not go into their weaknesses.

You can view the enlarged sheet here.

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Published Aug. 18th 2014
  • Will_9979
    i like Treecko, because the first gym is a breeze, but it is hard to deal with team magma with only him. start with him, then get a ralts. I like the way treecko looks but hate the way grovyle looks and love the way sceptile and mega sceptile look. for alpha saphire definently treecko, but omega ruby is harder with treecko.
  • skyguy_4345
    i think Mudkip would be the best to start with.
  • Jhon Cena
    I personally think it was dumb and fan service for Swampert to get better stats. I don't know why the meme is so popular, but it is honestly stupid by how much people like Mudkip more. Don't take it like I'm a pokemon expert, but I like Treecko the best.
  • Ben_8091
    Treeko is the best starter because out of every Pokemon in the league (including Blazeiken/Swampert) Sceptile (Treecko's final evolution) beat a flipping Darkrai!!!!
  • mary_3371
  • Archisman
    I guess the same goes for charizard
  • Archisman
    I agree blaze Ken being fighting doesn't help
  • Archisman
    Blaze Ken boss swam pert boss and tree ko just good for catching pokemon
  • Archisman
    Also Al pokemon seem cool
  • Archisman
    I'm getting both alpha and ruby for Christmas double set off amazon
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  • Cedict
    Blaziken, hands down. Speed boost with availability to Stone Edge, Brave Bird, Hi Jump Kick and Flair Blitz it can destroy anything in it's path, you can also run it with Baton Pass and Swords Dance to setup another party member
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Mudkip is definitely the best one, ground covers up one of water's weaknesses (electric) though it does make it X4 vulnerable to grass...

    Blaziken is good but low def and the fact that adding on fighting type gives extra weaknesses to psychic, fairy and flying (as if fire being weak to water wasn't enough)

    Not too sure about Treecko as I don't use grass starters normally (especially since even Charizard can learn solar beam...)
  • Kate Reynolds
    Senior Intern
    So which one do you think is the best?
  • Valentina Floegel
    Featured Contributor
    Mudkip :3
  • Valentina Floegel
    Featured Contributor
    I'll bold the thoughts now that you mention it
  • Kate Reynolds
    Senior Intern
    Ah! I see where you said it now in the piece. I'm a terrible speed-reader so I miss things sometimes ><

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