Chikorita (/ˌtʃɪkɔːrˈiːtə/), known as Chicorita
(チコリータ Chikorīta) in Japan, is a
Pokémon species in
Nintendo and Game Freak's
Chikorita is featured in the
Pokémon anime series, most commonly
under the ownership of the main character Ash Ketchum.
1.1 In video games
1.2 In anime
1.3 In printed adaptions
In video games
Chikorita's debut video game appearance was in the 1999 Japanese
Pokémon Gold and Silver. It is one of three starter
Pokémon the player can select at the beginning of the game as well as
Pokémon Crystal and their remakes,
Pokémon HeartGold and
SoulSilver along with
Cyndaquil and Totodile. In
Chikorita and the other starters can be chosen from after completing
the Hoenn Pokédex. In
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire,
Chikorita can be obtained from Professor Birch following the Delta
Pokémon Sun and Moon, Chikorita, normally unobtainable in
the wild, can be found by scanning QR codes while on Melemele Island.
Chikorita has made several appearances in other games. In both Super
Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl,
Chikorita can be used
to attack opponents with a Razor Leaf when released from a Poke Ball.
Chikorita appeared in
Pokémon Go app, along with Cyndaquil,
Totodile and 77 others.
In the anime, the most notable
Chikorita is the one caught by Ash
Ketchum. Ash encountered
Chikorita in the wild, saving it from Team
Rocket and befriending it after, causing
Chikorita to consensually
join him without a battle and capture.
Chikorita developed a crush
on Ash soon thereafter, oftentimes instantly going to show affection
toward Ash instead of battling when let out of her Poke Ball to do so
specifically. She yearned for his attention and became jealous of
Pikachu to the point of once running away, only to return when Ash
showed concern for her feelings. In gym battles,
defeated by Faulkner's Hoothoot and defeated Bugsy's Spinarak but was
defeated by his Metapod. Both gym battles display Chikorita's
weaknesses, namely to Flying and Bug-type Pokémon.
appears during the third film, being bested by Lisa's Girafarig.
Chikorita later evolved into
Bayleef protecting Ash from Team
Chikorita to appear in the anime was that owned by Casey,
who obtained it as a starter Pokémon. It later evolved into a Bayleef
and then a Meganium. Another
Chikorita appeared under the ownership of
Silver, who encounters Ritchie.
Chikorita appears during the Sinnoh
arc owned by Lyra, battling in a tag battle. Another
appears during the twelfth film with the other Johto starters.
In printed adaptions
Pokémon Adventures manga,
Chikorita is the last Johto starter
to gain a trainer, running away from Professor Elm to meet Crystal and
persuade her to let him join her team. She complies with his request
after he passes a test by standing up to her other
Pokémon and is
given a star pendant. He soon became effective in aiding her in
completing the Pokédex, and would remain on her team consistently
from that point on.
Chikorita later evolves into
fighting a Larvitar, contributing to Crystal capturing it.
Pokémon Journey manga has a
Chikorita named Chiko that is
shown to be friends with Bulbasaur. In the
Pokémon Gold &
Silver: The Golden Boys manga,
Chikorita is stolen from Professor
Elm's lab by Black, a new trainer who takes it as his starter
Pokémon. It later evolved into Bayleef. Another
in the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon
one-shot manga, owned by main character Takashi. A
stolen by Green from Professor Oak and later returned in the Pokémon
Pocket Monsters manga. Tsubaki is seen owning a
Chikorita in the
Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga, being defeated by Jo's
Totodile and later evolving twice.
A special edition
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Color was released featuring Chikorita,
Totodile, Cyndaquil, and Pikachu, though the first three were removed
in the United States release.
Authors Tracey West and Katherine Noll wrote that Ash Ketchum's
Chikorita in the anime was "one of his most loyal Pokemon ever" and
cited how it evolves into
Bayleef in order to protect him. They added
that "any Trainer would be proud to have this Grass Pokemon on his
VentureBeat's Jasmine Maleficent Rea, however, called
Pokémon in the history of dumpy animated
Chikorita is generally considered the worst of the
Pokémon in Gold and Silver. In Nicholas Bashore's list
ranking each starter Pokémon,
Chikorita came in 16th place, behind
Cyndaquil and Totodile, who ranked #7 and #6 place, respectively.
Additionally, while receiving praise itself, its evolutions have been
critiqued for their lack of defense, further diminishing its
Pokémon GO update adds 80 new Pokémon". Metro. 2017-02-15.
Pokémon anime, episode 126, "The
Pokémon anime, episode 127, "Once in a Blue Moon".
Pokémon 3: The Movie.
Pokémon anime, episode 199, "Current Events".
Pokémon Chronicles, episode 18, "The Search for the Legend".
^ Arceus and the Jewel of Life.
Pokémon Adventures, chapter 118.
Pokémon Adventures, chapter 119.
Pokémon Adventures, chapter 135.
Pokémon Journey, chapter 36.
Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, chapter 1.
^ Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon.
Pokémon Pocket Monsters, chapter 64.
^ Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure, chapter 1.
^ "Now Available:
Pokémon GS Limited Edition GBC". IGN. News
Corporation. 2001-03-07. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
^ Tracey West; Katherine Noll (2007).
Pokémon top 10 handbook: our
top picks!. Scholastic. ISBN 9780545001618.
^ Dana Laratta (2010-05-16). "The Devolution of Starter Pokémon".
VentureBeat. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
^ Nicholas Bashore (2016-11-14). "Every Starter
Ranked". Retrieved 2018-01-04.
^ "Ranking all 18 starter Pokemon from best to worst". 2dayfm.com.
2016-02-28. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved
Generation I (1996)
Vulpix and Ninetales
Abra, Kadabra, and Alakazam
Koffing and Weezing
Legendary Bird Trio
Generation II (1999)
Generation III (2002)
Latias and Latios
Generation IV (2006)
Generation V (2010)
Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott
Generation VI (2013)
Xerneas and Yveltal
Generation VII (2016)