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Pokemon Sun & Moon Starters: Which Is Best?

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Which of the Pokemon Sun And Moon starters are the best? Pokemon has been the ultimate time sink gaming franchise for over two decades now. The series was created back in 1995 and follows human trainers catching creatures dubbed Pokemon and training them to fight one another. What started as a simple role-playing title for the Game Boy soon blossomed into a massive multimedia franchise. The success of the Pokemon games soon led to a hit anime series and multiple toys, comics and, animated movies.

The franchise remains a best-selling juggernaut for publisher Nintendo to this day with recent successes including the Pokemon GO mobile game and Nintendo Switch titles Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee! The franchise looks set to conquer live-action movies soon too, with Ryan Reynolds lending his voice to the title character in Detective Pikachu, which will almost certainly spawn numerous sequels and spinoffs.

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Pokemon Sun And Moon arrived on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. The game introduced over 80 new Pokemon for players to catch, in addition to extradimensional creatures dubbed Ultra Beasts. Needless to say, fans loved Pokemon Sun And Moon and it quickly became one of the top-selling Nintendo 3DS titles. In keeping with tradition, the game offers three starter Pokemon for players to pick from. In this case, they can choose between grass-type Pokemon Rowlet, water-type Popplio or fire-type Litten. So the question becomes which Pokemon Sun And Moon starter should players select?

The answer, naturally, needs to take personal playstyle into account, in addition to how useful the starter Pokemon's evolutionary stages will become later in the game. Players choosing based on looks usually opt for the mega-cute Litten, but since most of the early opponents in Pokemon Sun And Moon are water-type, Litten can struggle early on. That said, Litten's later forms Torracat and Incineroar even it out to be one of the strongest Pokemon overall.

Rowlet is typically seen as the easiest for players to start out with, especially with the amount of Bug and water-type Pokemon found in Sun And Moon, but Rowlet's weaknesses only become more apparent as the game progresses. The water-type Popplio is quite cute and has a good mixture of strengths and weaknesses and like Litten evolves to become a more powerful creature. Litten and Popplio are typically considered the best Pokemon Sun And Moon starters, but while Litten has something of a tough time in the beginning, many players feel its the best Pokemon to take through the game.

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