Pokemon Y best starter

Pokemon Y best starter

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If you've recently started Pokemon Y, we first meet in the Kalos region. You, Pokemon Master, are wandering what is the best pokemon Y Starter ? We can claim loud and clear that the best pokemon Y starter is Chespin.

However, be prepared to face a lot of obstacles along the way. You'll need to build a strong team around you and your starter. That way, you can become a true Pokémon Master. So, without further ado, what is the best starter in pokemon Y ?

Defeating gym leaders by choosing Chespin as a starter

defeat gym leader

First of all, let's not forget that throughout your journey through the Kalos region, you'll have to fight against the gym leaders, the flare team, your rivals, your friends and finally the champion of the Pokémon Arena.

Having chosen Chespin as your Starter, you'll find yourself at the end of your journey with a Chesnaught. Namely, Chespin is relatively effective against the first gym boss as he learns rollout at level 8.

The first duo, Chespin and Fletchling

chespin pokemon plush

To secure the team, we advise you to catch a Fletchling along the way to Santalune City. Therefore, the first complementary member of the team will be, at the end, a Talonflame

With these two Pokémon by your side, there should normally be no problem getting past the first leader of the gym. 

The Kalos starter Squirtle joins your team

Kalos starter Squirtle joins your team

Once you arrive in Lumiose City, you will receive from Professor Sycamore, an additional starter from the Kalos region

We advise you to choose Squirtle as your starter, as he does an excellent job as a tank. Especially when he gets his mega evolution !

To sum up, your team will ideally consist of:

  • Chesnaught
  • Blastoise
  • Talonflame.

Honedge and Helioptile join your team

Honedge joins your team

Once you arrive in Camphrier Town, you will have to go to Route 6 where you will have to catch Honedge and Helioptile which we will also include in your trip. We now have the top five Pokémon in our team.

These five Pokémon alone will cover the majority of your journey. So you won't have to worry about Grant and his rock-style Pokémon, Korrina and Ramos... Thanks to this team, you'll make it through the first four gyms with ease.

Growing difficulty with Clemont, the leader of the fifth gym

Clemont leader of the fifth gym

The difficulty increases in your fifth gym run by Clemont. This is where you need to improve your team. 

So while you're on your way to Lumiose City, you must take Route 13, which is home to many ground-based Pokémon

Gible, the last Pokémon to join our team

gible the last pokemon to join our team

The sixth and final Pokémon on this list will be Gible, which will turn out to be a very powerful Garchomp. With these six Pokémon, there's nothing to stop you. Clemont won't be a problem anymore.

However, you might want to worry about Heliolisk. Nevertheless, you have other Pokémon in your team who can handle it. Heliolisk won't be too much of a threat because you have Chesnaught, who is not only resistant to the electric types, but also has the Hammer Arm attack, which can take care of Heliolisk.

Valerie, the leader of the sixth Gym

Valerie the leader of the sixth gym

Arrived at the sixth Gym in Laverre City, with Valerie's fairy types, you won't have too many problems thanks to Doublade. If you have an Aegislash then make sure he has a royal shield. Aegislash being a steel type, you will be able to handle fairy types and psychic types properly. Likewise, you can use Shadow Ball which can handle the psychic type.

If you want to take care of Mawile and you're not very confident in dealing with Mawile, don't forget that you have Talonflame. He may be able to eliminate him with a fire-type attack.

Olympia, the leader of the seventh gym

Olympa leader of the seventh gym

We are now arriving at the seventh gym in Anistar City with Olympia. Facing Her, it's your Aegislash who's going to have to get to work and take care of her. On the other hand, if your Gabite has evolved into Garchomp at level 48, he will learn the crunch attack. 

Therefore, thanks to Garchomp's high speed and strong physical attack, you will be able to take care of Olympia without much difficulty.

Wulfric, the leader of the eighth Gymn

Wulfric leader of the eighth gym

Facing Wulfric in the Snowbelle City gym, everything will be fine. Thanks to Talonflame, Chesnaught and Aegislash, Wulfric will present no difficulty. At this point, you've defeated the leaders of the Pokemon Gym.

Defeating team flare

pikachu team flare plush

Now we come to the second part of the game, the team flare.

Chespin, the best starter against team flare

chespin versus team flare

First of all, Chespin is undoubtedly the best starter when it comes to facing the team flare. The team flare having fire type pokemon, Chesnaught can easily fight against them, especially with the team you've put together. Thanks to Chesnaught, Lysander, the leader of team flare will no longer be a problem. The only difficulty may be facing his Gyarados. 

Nevertheless, your Heliolisk will take care of it easily. Same with his Honchkrow. However, in your last fight against Lysander, his Gyarados ends up mega evolving. Nevertheless, it will not be any difficulty for your Chesnaught who easily pulverizes the mega evolution.

Defeating your friends


Shauna your friend dresser

Facing her, you won't have too much trouble. 

Shauna has three pokémon that are:

  • Greninja
  • Delcatty
  • Goodra

These three pokémon are easily manageable by your team.


Tierno your friend dresser

Then you have Tierno which can be easily managed by Chesnaught. 

The Roserades and Talonflame of Tierno can also be easily managed by your team.


Trevor your friend

Trevor won't be a problem. With his Raichu, your team's gonna be all over him.

Trevor has three pokémon that are:

  • Aerodactyl
  • Florges
  • Raichu

So, aside from Raichu's nuzzle attack, you won't have too many problems against Trevor.

Serena or Calem

Serena or Calem

Serena and Calem are the game's two main rivals. Depending on whether you choose to be a boy or a girl, he or she will get a Meowstic, an Absol, a Jolteon and a Delphox.

The only thing you really have to worry about against them is their Jolteon. Indeed, this one has volt absorb capability. This can be a problem for you, especially if you are using electrical attacks. 

In conclusion, defeating your friends will be a piece of cake, without much difficulty.

Defeating league 4 



When you go up against Malva, you're going to need:

  • Blastoise
  • Garchomp 



Against Wikstrom, you'll need:

  • Talonflame
  • Garchomp 
  • Aegislash 
  • Chesnaught



Against Drasna, you'll need:

  • Blastoise
  • Garchomp



Against Siebold, you'll need:

  • Chesnaught
  • Heliolisk



Facing Diantha, the great champion, her Gardevoir may give you a hard time. That's because her Gardevoir mega evolves. Gardevoir is therefore her most powerful Pokémon.

But don't worry, your team can handle the rest of her Pokémon with ease. Either way, if all goes well, you'll go through the game with the rest of your team more or less unharmed.

The abilities to put on your pokemon team when you chose chespin as starter

To sum up, your team will be composed of:

  • Chesnaught 
  • Blastoise 
  • Talonflame 
  • Garchomp 
  • Aegislash 
  • Heliolisk

Let's see together the abilities we advise you to put on your pokémon.



With your Chesnaught, the recommended abilities are:

  • Bulk up 
  • Hammer Arm 
  • Seedbomb
  • Stone Edge or Earthquake. 

Note: Earthquake is a little more precise, but you can choose the one you prefer among the two recommended.


Blastoise pokemon hoodie

With your Blastoise or Mega Blastoise, the recommended capacities are:

  • Surf 
  • Ice Beam
  • Scald
  • Earthquake



With your Talonflame, it's a little tricky. We advise you first as your main abilities:

  • Fly 
  • Roost

However, you have the choice between:

  • Flare blitz or Flamethrower...
  • Brave bird or Acrobatics

We advise you to choose Flamethrower and Acrobatics.


Pikachu dressed as garchomp

With your Garchomp, we advise you to choose the capacities:

  • Earthquake
  • Dragon Claw
  • Crunch
  • Rockslide or Flamethrower



With your Aegislash, we advise you to choose as capacity:

  • King Shield
  • Sacred Sword
  • Iron Head
  • Shadow Ball or Shadow Sneak



With your Heliolisk, we advise you to choose as capacity:

  • Volt Switch
  • Thunderbolt
  • Focus Blast
  • Surf

Why choose surfing as a capability on Heliolisk?

The reasons why we advise you to choose surfing as a capacity on Heliolisk are:

  1. Heliolisk can learn to surf
  2. By learning how to surf, Heliolisk fills in its weaknesses.

Of course, even if its main weaknesses are the ground type and the fight type, surfing on Heliolisk gives you an advantage over pokémon with a water weakness. Which is always a plus. 

See also our article on tricks and nicknames to get the Eevee evolution you are looking for


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