But will this new trio stand up to the test of time like the 15 previous starter Pokémon? The original trio of Bulbusaur, Charmander, and Squirtle are so iconic that it’s virtually impossible for any new monsters to outshine them, but at least X/Y’s trinity isn’t out to imitate them. Aside from the originals, we’d say the design of Gen VI’s starters can hold their own against the other sets, and--at this very moment--we prefer them to Gen III (Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip) and IV (Turwig, Chimchar, and Piplup).
When comparing each by type, Chespin ends up the most groundbreaking, making his fur and color scheme a welcome change from a sea of reptiles of varying greens. Meanwhile, Fennekin is singular from the multiple Fire mammal starters of years past, even if he is biting Vulpix’s style. Lastly, Froakie still has a lot to prove to stand out from previous gens, but he’s at least better than that seashell-collecting, otter-wannabe Oshawott.