Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl starters Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup: Which starter is best?

Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup are the three starting Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

The starter you choose will help you decide how you will play the first hours of the game, especially when facing the first Gym. Will you choose to participate in the Gym Leader battle or will you prefer to take the more difficult approach?

Below you will find information to help you decide which starter Pokémon is best for you.

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Who are the starter Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup?

Choosing your starter Pokémon is one of the most important decisions you can make in any mainline Pokémon game. This single pick will help determine the foundation of your team and could even play a pivotal role in your overall strategy if you decide to keep it.

There are always three starter Pokémon to choose from, each of which is one of three types: grass, fire, or water.

Your options, for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, are Grass-type Turtwig, Fire-type Chimchar, and Water-type Piplup.

Upon reaching their final evolutions, all of these Pokémon will become a dual type; Turtwig eventually becomes Torterra, which is a grass and ground type, Chimchar’s final evolution, Infernape, is fire and fighting, and finally, Piplup’s final evolution is Empoleon, a water and steel type.

Torterra, Infernape and Empoleon are the final evolutions of the starter Pokémon.

What is the best starter Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

Deciding which is the best starter Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is a very subjective choice, as many long-time Pokémon fans prefer a particular type, so it’s important that you choose the right starter Pokémon for you.

If you’ve played the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, you may be worried that the shortage of Fire-type Pokémon in the game before completing the Hall of Fame has continued. Fortunately, there are more Fire-type Pokémon in the wild. Slightly.


The Ponyta and Houndour evolution lines will be available in both games, and Shining Pearl players will have the additional option of the Magmar evolution line. This means that if you don’t want to choose Chimchar as your starter Pokémon, then you have a bit more options available in the main adventure.

Still, if Chimchar is the one for you, expect to have a difficult first gym battle due to it being rock-type themed, one of Chimchar’s weaknesses. After this Gym, however, Chimchar starts to have a big impact, especially in the second grass-type themed Gym. It will also be incredibly useful in the later stages of the main journey, where two gyms are particularly weak to Fire-type Pokémon.

Both Turtwig and Piplup are very effective against Rock-type Pokémon, so the first Gym won’t be a problem for them, but they will stumble in the second; Piplup is weak against grass-type Pokémon and Turtwig will not be as effective because it is the same type. However, like Chimchar, both can become powerful Pokémon if you continue to train them and have advantages in the later stages of the game.

Turtwig and Piplup.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you. However, if you are having trouble deciding, we recommend planning your Pokémon team in advance, so you know what advantages your starter Pokémon will bring. You can also just choose the one you think looks best; that works too.

Have fun in the Sinnoh region with your new Pokémon!

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