Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Which Starter to Choose

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are finally out worldwide and there are so many little choices you can make as you play. Picking your starter is possibly the hardest early on. This is what you should know before making your choice of which starter you want in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.


Chimchar is the fire choice in Pokemon Shining Diamond and Brilliant Pearl. He evolves into the fire/fighting type Monferno at level 14 and Infernape at level 36.

When fully evolved, he is equally good in speed, Sp. Attack and Attack so he is pretty malleable. He also focused on both attack types making fire and fighting moves equally viable. This is a solid starter with a decent amount of firepower. This being said, his defences aren't quite as strong as his counterparts.


Piplup is the water type pokemon for Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond. It evolves into Prinlup at level 16 and the Water/Steel type Empoleon at level 36.

When fully evolved, Empoleon has a focus on Sp. Defence and Sp. Attack making him a strong choice that is a little weaker in Defence and Speed.


Turtwig is the grass choice this time. It evolves into Grotle at level 18 and the grass/ground Torterra at level 32.

In regards to its stats, it is effectively the opposite of Empoleon seeing its Defence and Attack stats being its highest.


Which Pokemon Shining Diamond & Brilliant Pearl Starter Should You Pick?

This is always a hard question to answer. It depends on what types you like to play as and what stats you like to focus on. If you want a pure attacker, Chimchar is a great choice. If you're looking to focus on Special moves, Piplup is the best. If you just want to focus on standard attacks, Turtwig is a very solid choice.

You can get all three starters eventually so this decision won't hold you back too much. Try not to worry too much about it.

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