Now that I have covered my least favorite and favorite Pokémon as well as my overall opinion on the Kanto games, I now will cover the team that I most typically used. It was a little harder to remember all of the Pokémon I used in Red when I was much younger, so I tried to make my best guess between all of the iterations and times that I’ve done a play through. After compiling these six Pokémon, I also came to the conclusion that if I were to start one of the games right now, this is the team that I would go with for the best results from my own personal knowledge of these Pokémon. I do remember that I used to just only use my starter Pokémon with a few others and only my starter would be super powerful and it just never worked well for the Elite Four. Thankfully though, I have learned to better balance my teams and how to create more well rounded teams. Anyways, let’s get into my team for the Kanto games in order of how I would get them, and counting them as their final evolutions.
I mostly pick Charizard as my starter because it is my favorite of the region and one of my favorite starters. It does well against a few of the gyms and Elite 4 in Red and Blue, but becomes better when you get to Fire Red with the inclusion of the Steel typing. This made the first gym against Brock easier if you leveled Charmander up enough to learn Metal Claw. It’s just a powerful beast of a Pokémon and I would say the best Fire Pokémon in the region. I believe there are more options for Grass and Water coverage if you choose Charmander as opposed to if you didn’t choose it and wanted good fire coverage. I think maybe the best would be Arcanine if you didn’t choose Charizard, but really on any given day I would choose Charizard first. There are of course some challenges using it like against Misty, but if you use one in Fire Red or newer than your match against Lt. Surge is actually easy with the added steel typing unless of course you’re facing Raichu. At this point though you likely won’t have Charizard yet, so no worries on the electric advantage against the eventual flying that Charizard becomes. I can see where Blastoise or Venusaur May be better in other scenarios but I would suggest Charizard.
I will be the first to admit that Pidgeot doesn’t have much coverage throughout the game in any of the big battles except maybe Erika. You already have the flying typing covered by Charizard, so you don’t really need a Pidgeot, but through most of the game it serves well as a solid Pokémon to do some decent damage in most battles. I never found myself using it that much except maybe against Bruno, but I do always remember going to it when I was in a bind. It’s just the perfect middle of the ground Pokémon that really does help more in the early game than in the later portion of the game, but I can’t help but use it every time given how much I really like the whole evolution line. You won’t want to use it in the first gym, but it’ll definitely help you with all of the bugs alongside Charmander in the Viridian Forest. I won’t recommend it for everyone because in this case I have Charizard which can learn a flying move, but I always love using Pidgeot.
This is an absolute must have in these games for any team. As I’ve said before, I’m not a competitive battler and I don’t spend hours on end looking at exact typing matchups and all of the detail stuff, but I use what I learn from results. Nidoran is available early on and it doesn’t really matter if it’s the male or female, I personally prefer Nidoking, but it doesn’t really matter which you choose. You can use it early on and will likely evolve before you even get to Misty. You can get a Moon Stone also before you get to Misty in Mt. Moon so you can get a Nidoking at Lv. 16. You get great poison typing as well as ground typing and an array of moves that you can use. As you get out of Mt Moon you can also get Mega Kick or Mega Punch which is a great move to add early on. On top of that you will eventually get Earthquake and a bunch of other great moves. I always found it useful for most of the gyms in some shape or form and tended to rely on it in tight situations. It was easily my second best on my team behind Charizard. I will always recommend Nidoking or Nidoqueen for any Kanto team.
Yes. I never used a Gyarados when I was playing early on because I didn’t have the patience, but as I grew up I started to use one because it is one of the most powerful Pokémon you can have through the game and is a great substitute for not choosing Blastoise. For all of the newer players that have grown up with Exp. Share as a Key Item, you won’t know how irritating it was to level up. Back in the days of Red or Fire Red I had to start with Magikarp and then switch it out immediately just to give it some Exp. It was a pain and took a little while, but you can get Magikarp as soon as you get to Vermillion City and get the Old Rod. Take the time to level it up to lv. 20 and then there you go, you got yourself a very powerful Water Pokémon to compliment the rest of your team. You won’t get much use out of it against Surge or Erika, but it does it’s job against team Rocket, Blue, and most other trainers as well as the later gyms like Blaine and Giovanni and some of the Elite 4. I see it as being the third strongest Pokémon on the team so far behind Charizard and Nidoking. If you’re willing to put in the work then Gyarados is definitely worth the time.
You may be able to tell by now, but I’m a fan of big powerhouse Pokémon on my team. I like to build a team that is all around brutal to deal with and do brutal damage to most challengers. Snorlax being a normal type is a bit annoying because it does have some weaknesses, but it learns such powerful movies and has a lot of HP so it definitely holds up against most of what you’ll face. On top of that, you have the opportunity to catch two of them. I don’t recommend using two, but you get two chances to get one in case something happens on your first encounter. You get it at a decent level if you search it out as soon as you get the flute and you won’t be disappointed at all when using it. There’s really not much to say because it all depends on the moves you teach it. Just don’t expect much if you try to use it against Bruno.
I picked Victreebell for this last spot because in recent years, I have used it specifically for this team as my Grass type coverage. Bellsprout isn’t available in the beginning, but proves very useful towards the end of the game and can be a very valuable Pokemon to have on your team. Now with that though, my sixth slot is usually wide open and just depends on what I’m feeling for that playthrough. In some instances, I have used one of the legendary birds or even Aerodactyl. I don’t have a real preference for the sixth slot through Kanto, but I will say that Victreebell is very likely the best choice for this position. The only reason I suggest it as a good choice is because it does give you the grass type coverage that you’re lacking with the rest of the team.
This is my recommended team based off of what I typically use when I play through the Kanto games. I’m sure a professional Pokemon game player will tell me that I’m wrong with some of my decisions or that all of them are bad, but this is the team I would and have gone with. It has proved to be very successful for me. Some of these Pokemon are on my favorites list, but not all of them of course. I would like to know what you all think! What would your team be for the Kanto games, do you agree with mine? Comment below or send an email to TowerCityMedia@gmail.com and follow us @TowerCityMedia