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Meet Your Generation VI (6) Starter Pokémon

By Kevin McMinn On Jan 08 2013 08:28 AM

If the thought of an entirely new generation of Pokémon, Generation VI, hasn't hit you yet, it's time to start thinking about it. October will be here soon enough and we'll be picking our Starter Pokémon for our brand-new Pokémon X and Pokémon Y version games for Nintendo 3DS. As with the previous generations of Pokémon, the Generation VI Starter Pokémon will be Grass-type, Fire-type and Water-type.

Here's a better look at them.

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Left to right: Chespin (Grass-type), Fennekin (Fire-type) and Fraokie (Water-type)

While not much is known about our new Generation VI Starter Pokémon, we do know all of their names...in six different languages.

Chespin (English)
  • Español - Chespin
  • Italiano - Chespin
  • Français - Marisson
  • Deutch - Igamaro
  • Japanese - ハリマロン (Harimaron)
Fennekin (English)
  • Español - Fennekin
  • Italiano - Fennekin
  • Français - Feunnec
  • Deutch - Fynx
  • Japanese - フオッコ (Fokko)
Froakie (English)
  • Español - Froakie
  • Italiano - Froakie
  • Français - Grenousse
  • Deutch - Froxy
  • Japanese - ケロマツ (Keromatsu)
Who will you be choosing?

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Comments: 29

I prefer Fynx instead Fennekin ;)
And I'd say its based on a Fennek :)
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I love "Keromatsu" more than "Froakie", TBH. But Fennekin is a cute name. I can already tell that Fennekin will be what most everyone picks out of the three starters though.

View PostCarpetCrawler, on 08 January 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:

I love "Keromatsu" more than "Froakie", TBH. But Fennekin is a cute name. I can already tell that Fennekin will be what most everyone picks out of the three starters though.

Yeah i think that will be the case as well. Most people gravitate to the cutest Pokemon. Also fire types are really sought after as well. I personally will be choosing water as always. I can't wait to trade for the other starters though. I like them all.

Can someone tell me what animal Chespin is based off of? It is cute but I am confused.

Also, I would like to hear what people think are going to be the types? Single or Dual types? I hope that Fire type stays pure. I do not want another Fire/Fighting. The Grass type already seems like it could be Grass/Normal. We only have Deerling and Sawsbuck that type so I am not against it. The Water type already looks like it may become a mix of Water/Ice though I am kind of over that match up already.
I'm sorta leaning towards Fire/Ground for Fennekin. I don't really see anything else for its evolutions, but I can always be wrong. i honestly have no idea for the other two, nor what Chespin is actually supposed to be.
this pokémon don't look very nice
I always pick the fire starter! Im relieved that it made me squeal when I saw it hahahah! I want a fire steel type other than heatran!!!!!!!!! But omg new pokemon!! Im so totally ready for a 3d adventure! I wonder why they decided to use letters instead of colors??? I love it all so far though!
My guess is that it's inspired by the three axes; X, Y, and Z(assuming a third game); of the third dimension, symbolizing the jump to 3DS.
The only problem is that I can't wait until October, lol. X_X

View PostChris, on 08 January 2013 - 11:56 AM, said:

My guess is that it's inspired by the three axes; X, Y, and Z(assuming a third game); of the third dimension, symbolizing the jump to 3DS.

If Pokemon Black and White and Black 2 and White 2 were any indication I think we are done with the "third" games. I, for one would be happy about that. I mean though I loved Platinum, it is really unfair to play a game and then a year later have a "better" version come out.
Pretty sure Chespin is a hedgehog and a chestnut, analyzing its other names

Marisson probably comes from marron (French for chestnut) and hérisson (French for hedgehog)
Igamaro probably comes from Igel (German for hedgehog) and again marron
and then there's the "pin" part of its English name, and "ches" obviously from chestnus.
Its Japanese name is Harimaron (harinezumi = Japanese for hedgehog)

View PostRosa, on 08 January 2013 - 01:41 PM, said:

The only problem is that I can't wait until October, lol. X_X
Agreed. Ill be counting the days.

View PostDarthArk, on 08 January 2013 - 02:06 PM, said:

Pretty sure Chespin is a hedgehog and a chestnut, analyzing its other names

Marisson probably comes from marron (French for chestnut) and hérisson (French for hedgehog)
Igamaro probably comes from Igel (German for hedgehog) and again marron
and then there's the "pin" part of its English name, and "ches" obviously from chestnus.
Its Japanese name is Harimaron (harinezumi = Japanese for hedgehog)

Nice! I think that this Pokemon's creation was based on them having fun with the word hedge-hog. :)
I'll choose Chespin.  This decision is fully based on the fact that I like his little green hat...or whatever that is.

aquizero, on 08 January 2013 - 10:03 AM, said:

Also, I would like to hear what people think are going to be the types? Single or Dual types? I hope that Fire type stays pure. I do not want another Fire/Fighting. The Grass type already seems like it could be Grass/Normal. We only have Deerling and Sawsbuck that type so I am not against it. The Water type already looks like it may become a mix of Water/Ice though I am kind of over that match up already.

Haha, going deep on day one.

Chris, on 08 January 2013 - 11:56 AM, said:

My guess is that it's inspired by the three axes; X, Y, and Z(assuming a third game); of the third dimension, symbolizing the jump to 3DS.
See, I hadn't even thought of that! I was thinking more along the lines of the X and Y chromosomes. But your prediction makes more sense. Perhaps "Z" may even be another legendary Pokémon in the game. X is sort of deer-looking and Y is clearly bird-like so my guess would be that Z would be something like a sea serpent? I like how they resemble their letters. They're like evolved forms of the alphabetic Unknown Pokémon. :P

I love Chespin! I always start with the grass-type, such is my love for grass-types. It's probably because I love plants in real life.

(Admittedly, I started Pokémon White 2 with Tepig because pigs are cute too and I wanted a change to keep things interesting...)

It's strange because all of the grass-starters up until now have been reptile/amphibian/dinosaur-inspired. I think at some point (4th gen, or 3rd maybe?) grass-types who were more forest-animal inspired began to trickle in. Now we have a cute starter, grass-type lovers! Diversity is great. :)
See I'll be choosing Froakie, going on just its physical attributes I would say (and God I hope this is true) its a Water/Psychic. Why? Well it is obviously a water type, no more needs to be said there. But psychic, the hand by its temple, a well-known position for psychics in many cultures. Also the bubble's look to me as if they are like long hair at the back and a short moustache and beard, typically associated with wise/mystics, so probably represented by psychic types.

I think Fennekin will be a Fire/Dark type, as foxes are nocturnal and also sly, an attribute given to foxes in all cultures!

And Chespin I think will be a Grass/Fighting type! It's a hedgehog based one so maybe it'll use leaf blade/spine crossovers as "weapons?"

opinions?
That kind of puts Froakie at a disadvantage, though, given that Dark is immune to Psychic.
No as Water beats Fire?
It makes an interestingly even playing field not based on stats this time too, and a complete rota of types:
Water -> Fire, Fire -> Grass and Grass -> Water.
Then the secondary types:
Psychic (Froakie) -> Fighting (Chespin), Fighting -> Dark (Fennekin) and Dark -> Psychic.
Oh, right. Yeah, that makes sense. Brain fart on my part.
Haha no worries :)
Opinion on it though? I think it might be plausible!
It's certainly possible, and really cool if it turns out to be true.(Personally, I'm hoping that Fennekin will become Fire/Psychic, though.)

However, this image leads me to believe that Froakie's second type may be Ice.
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Hmm I'm a Water fan personally so we may be at odds there!
In terms of that image, could that not just be Ice Beam? It hasn't changed that much in ages, so they could be highlighting drastic changes to move looks? And most water types can use ice type moves can't they? Swampert who had nothing to do with ice certainly could!
Absolutely. I think that Nintendo might be dropping us a subtle hint, though. Fennekin's non-STAB attack looked like it may have been Psychic(I forget what Chespin's was).
Damn :unsure: I love Water types, and Psychic is my second favourite... I really hope it is that combo
Froakie's looked like it might have been Mach Punch or Close Combat <_< Fennekin's did look like Psychic, although it came out of its mouth, so it could be some stat affecting one? (Grabbing at straws here). Chespin's was Solarbeam and what looked like Nightslash...
I was so hopeful because of the way they looked!
My predictions for the Starters are as follows:
Chespin: Grass/ Dark
Fennekin: Fire/ Psychic
Froakie: Water/ Fighting

Also, I'll just leave this here for now...

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Great. Just great, everyone thinks fighting type.... I hate fighting types!
And yeah I saw that pic! But that would suggest Fire/Normal would it not? ;)