Black & White's new starter Pokemon (sort of) revealed

The incredibly Japanese show Pokemon Sunday has once again revealed some new info about the upcoming 5th generation Pokemon games, Pokemon Black & White. These three silhouettes are reported to be those of the game’s new starters, which means we’re likely looking at a fire type a water type and a grass type.


Above: Black & White's new starter Pokemon revealed on Pokemon Sunday

Speculation is running high as to what they look like, with most fans agreeing on the fire/water/grass type spread. If the previous games are any indicator, and given Pokemon's glacial track record for change they certainly are, expect them to be extremely cute initially and then extremely badass at later levels. It seems like the top one might be the grass type given the leaf shapes on its head. Judging by the tail, the left one will be the fire type, and by the process of elimination, the right one will be the water type. But that's just my rambling, this image depicts a different take on their types/looks: 


Above: One of the most stylistically correct fan interpretations

While it’s highly unlikely GameFreak will break from tradition, there is the chance these starters could be non water/fire/grass types. Imagine starting the game with a steel or dark type! Japanese magazine CoroCoro has said they will reveal the starters in their new issue which hits Japanese newsstands this Saturday. It’s a safe bet some intrepid fan will score the magazine early though, so we’ll keep our eyes open for the scans as soon as they surface. The new starters are also set to be revealed on next week's episode of Pokemon Sunday, where we might even get a taste of some new in-game footage.

In the meantime, fans are going wild with speculation, and some talented illustrators have cooked up some interesting theories as to what the new Monz might look like:


Above: While the colors and bodies fit with the Pokemon aesthetic, the hideous faces are unlikely to appeal to fans



Above: This image offers up two takes on the potential fire/grass starters. It seems to be agreed the third one is the water type

Above: Bidoof used Doof Cannon! It's Super Effective!

May 10, 2010




  • Apollomon - May 14, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    @ conman93 hopefully a steel type this time instead of ice when they already have water with ice moves... prob be steel and flying or something i imagine
  • zanthox - May 12, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Must... Know... The Truth!!!
  • GameManiac - May 11, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    With whatever little bit of info revealed by Nintendo/Game Freak, all anticipation breaks loose about it. Personally, I just go with the flow, so whatever the starters look like, I'll be happy to know. It's a good thing that I've developed a newfound sense of patience.
  • Michael622632 - May 11, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    @Hood S. I thought the same thing but it looks like it has legs, and as a general rule of thumb, mermaids don't. And I always thought Dewgong was a kind of seal/mermaid type creature.
  • Conman93 - May 11, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    OOOH mysterious! hopefully we will see the real ones soon. I wonder will there be more eevee evolutions in this one
  • Apollomon - May 11, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    the fire pokemon in the first image looks cute :D @ Schnipke Psychic, Dark and Fighting would not work because Phsychic moves dont work at all against dark pokemon so has an unfair advantage in the triangle- instead of "not very effective" it is not affected at all... fighting, flying and rock would be possible
  • CD73 - May 11, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    These new starters to me just seem like a mix & match puzzle of other pokemon
  • Doctalen - May 11, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    Is it just me or does it seem that the pokemon styles at this point are just mash ups? In the first picture, the grass type kinda looks like Charmander and maybe Starvia combined. The fire looks like Torchic and Spoink combined, and finally the water looks like Piplup mixed with Zigzagoon.
  • Schnipke - May 11, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    I think, and this is only if they do decide to change the starters, that they should be Psychic, Fighting, and Dark types because that is the only other triangle of types that balance each other without using fire water or grass
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - May 11, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    @HoodS Good point, could be big water navigatin tail. I really hope that grass type will look that arrogant in the final version.
  • princeofme - May 11, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    omg the three bidoof types were AWESOME. i hope they really are like that lol jk jk
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - May 11, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    I swore Platinum would be my last pokemon game, but I waaaaaant... Must... Resist...
  • HoodS - May 10, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Is it just me tha thinks that the one on the left is water? Doesn't it look like a mermaid to anyone? We don't have a mermaid pokemon yet.
  • Cyberninja - May 10, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    no matter what is what i will buy this game
  • FearlessRaven - May 10, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    those look somewhat god awful... At least outline wise. Maybe it'll change when things are filled in but for now...
  • loonyman978 - May 10, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I hope that the water is actually good this time. its my favourite type but Empoleon was a pathetic pokemon. I WANT SWAPERALTOISE!! ReCapthcha - feathery John's :S
  • drroxxo1 - May 10, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    these are pretty good

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