Top 10 Best First Generation Pokemon

The Pokemon series holds a special place in the hearts of many who grew up with some of the most iconic fictional characters ever. Far from running out of steam, Pokemon continues to delight players around the world. Today, we’re inviting you to take a step back in time and discover the very best first generation Pokemon. We’d love to see your own ranking in the comments!

#10 Gengar

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Gengar is a Ghost and Poison-type Pokemon. He’s the ultimate form of Haunter, which evolves from Ghastly – both found in the creepy Lavender Town.

One reason why Gengar is definitely one of the best first generation Pokemon is because it required work to get him. Indeed, the only way to obtain Haunter was through trading.

So not only was Gengar frightening, he was also a very unique (and kinda rare) pocket monster.

#9 Snorlax

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He’s heavy, he’s lazy and he’s just freaking cool. Snorlax is a giant-sized Pokemon and a powerhouse in combat, especially in the first video games. Body slam your way to victory!

Just like us, Snorlax loves to eat and go back to sleep. However, we don’t have to consume 900 pounds of food to be full!

#8 Jolteon

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What happens when you cross a rabbit with a dog? Something akin to Jolteon. This Electric-type Pokemon looks like a more elegant version of Pikachu.

Not surprising at all coming from Eevee, one of the most charming Pokemon to ever grace the series.

#7 Jigglypuff

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The singing prodigy left an indelible mark on a whole generation. Jigglypuff is a special case of being both annoying and charming. Maybe that’s something fairies all have in common? Nope, Navi from The Legend of Zelda was just annoying, that’s right!

Jigglypuff – who looks to be part of Kirby’s family – is a real mischief who enjoys to draw on people’s face. As the original joke character for the series, it’s still one the best. Jiggaly…puff…jiggaly…puff! 🎤

#6 Ninetails

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It’s hard to come up with a list of the best first generation Pokemon without including the graceful Ninetales.

The golden-white nine-tailed creature is based on the Japanese fox spirit kitsune. Ninetales evolves from Vulpix when exposed to a Fire Stone.

Powerful, elegant, Ninetales has appeared in every mainline Pokemon since Red & Blue.

#5 Bulbasaur

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One of the original starters is also an iconic Pokemon from the first generation. Bulbasaur was the very first Pokemon for many players, so part of his appeal is pure nostalgia.

However, the leaf-throwing monster also proved pretty competent in combat, later evolving into Ivysaur and Venusaur.

#4 Squirtle

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Turtles have often been in the limelight. And when you think about it, Pokemon released in the 90s, not so long after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s a stretch, but it might explain why so many players have a soft spot for Squirtle.

Squirtle is a starter Pokemon with water sprays as attacks. He’s adorable and can evolve into the mighty Blastoise. Oh, and did we forget to mention Squirtle sports sunglasses in the anime?!

#3 Charmander

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Dragons have always been popular and Charmander fits the bill nicely. But you know what’s even nicer? A cute, flame-spewing baby dragon!

Charmander is a starter Pokemon with two evolutions (Charmeleon and Charizard). Don’t raise your pitchforks just yet, we do know there’s stuff like mega evolutions too, but that was only introduced much later!

Charmander is cute and a great choice to have in your lineup of fighting Pokemon.

#2 Mewtwo

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Part of the reason why Mewtwo ranks so high on this list is because of what it used to represent for players of Pokemon: the ultimate warrior created by science.

Mewtwo had that otherworldly thing going for it. It was unlike anything else in Pokemon, plus it’s a super strong, powerful character.

#1 Pikachu

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The yellow mouse-like creature of pure electricity awesomeness is the most emblematic Pokemon from the first generation by far (if not ever).

There’s a nice story behind how it became a starter Pokemon for Ash Ketchum. When he visited Professor Oak’s Laboratory in the very first episode of the Pokemon anime, the “holy trinity” of starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) had already been picked by other trainers who arrived earlier.

Pikachu was a consolation prize from Professor Oak: the creature loved to zap everything in its way, including Ash. Later on, Pikachu proved to be a powerful ally for the new trainer.

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