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Chikorita
Chikorita
(/ˌtʃɪkɔːrˈiːtə/), known as Chicorita (チコリータ Chikorīta) in Japan, is a Pokémon
Pokémon
species in Nintendo
Nintendo
and Game Freak's Pokémon
Pokémon
franchise. Chikorita
Chikorita
is featured in the Pokémon
Pokémon
anime series, most commonly under the ownership of the main character Ash Ketchum.

Contents

1 Appearances

1.1 In video games 1.2 In anime 1.3 In printed adaptions

2 Reception

2.1 Commercial 2.2 Critical

3 References

Appearances[edit] In video games[edit] Chikorita's debut video game appearance was in the 1999 Japanese release of Pokémon
Pokémon
Gold and Silver. It is one of three starter Pokémon
Pokémon
the player can select at the beginning of the game as well as in Pokémon
Pokémon
Crystal and their remakes, Pokémon
Pokémon
HeartGold and SoulSilver along with Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
and Totodile. In Pokémon
Pokémon
Emerald, Chikorita
Chikorita
and the other starters can be chosen from after completing the Hoenn Pokédex. In Pokémon
Pokémon
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Chikorita
Chikorita
can be obtained from Professor Birch following the Delta Episode. In Pokémon
Pokémon
Sun and Moon, Chikorita, normally unobtainable in the wild, can be found by scanning QR codes while on Melemele Island. Chikorita
Chikorita
has made several appearances in other games. In both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Chikorita
Chikorita
can be used to attack opponents with a Razor Leaf when released from a Poke Ball. In 2017 Chikorita
Chikorita
appeared in Pokémon
Pokémon
Go app, along with Cyndaquil, Totodile
Totodile
and 77 others.[1]

In anime[edit] In the anime, the most notable Chikorita
Chikorita
is the one caught by Ash Ketchum. Ash encountered Chikorita
Chikorita
in the wild, saving it from Team Rocket and befriending it after, causing Chikorita
Chikorita
to consensually join him without a battle and capture.[2] Chikorita
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.[3] She yearned for his attention and became jealous of his Pikachu
Pikachu
to the point of once running away, only to return when Ash showed concern for her feelings. In gym battles, Chikorita
Chikorita
was 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. Chikorita
Chikorita
also appears during the third film, being bested by Lisa's Girafarig.[4] Chikorita
Chikorita
later evolved into Bayleef
Bayleef
protecting Ash from Team Rocket.[5] The first Chikorita
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
Chikorita
appeared under the ownership of Silver, who encounters Ritchie.[6] Chikorita
Chikorita
appears during the Sinnoh arc owned by Lyra, battling in a tag battle. Another Chikorita
Chikorita
also appears during the twelfth film with the other Johto starters.[7] In printed adaptions[edit] In the Pokémon
Pokémon
Adventures manga, Chikorita
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
Pokémon
and is given a star pendant.[8] He soon became effective in aiding her in completing the Pokédex,[9] and would remain on her team consistently from that point on. Chikorita
Chikorita
later evolves into Bayleef
Bayleef
while fighting a Larvitar, contributing to Crystal capturing it.[10] The Magical Pokémon
Pokémon
Journey manga has a Chikorita
Chikorita
named Chiko that is shown to be friends with Bulbasaur.[11] In the Pokémon
Pokémon
Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga, Chikorita
Chikorita
is stolen from Professor Elm's lab by Black, a new trainer who takes it as his starter Pokémon.[12] It later evolved into Bayleef. Another Chikorita
Chikorita
appears in the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon one-shot manga, owned by main character Takashi.[13] A Chikorita
Chikorita
is stolen by Green from Professor Oak and later returned in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga.[14] Tsubaki is seen owning a Chikorita
Chikorita
in the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga, being defeated by Jo's Totodile[15] and later evolving twice. Reception[edit] Commercial[edit] 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.[16] Critical[edit] Authors Tracey West and Katherine Noll wrote that Ash Ketchum's Chikorita
Chikorita
in the anime was "one of his most loyal Pokemon ever" and cited how it evolves into Bayleef
Bayleef
in order to protect him. They added that "any Trainer would be proud to have this Grass Pokemon on his team".[17] VentureBeat's Jasmine Maleficent Rea, however, called Chikorita
Chikorita
the "dumbest-looking Pokémon
Pokémon
in the history of dumpy animated animals".[18] Chikorita
Chikorita
is generally considered the worst of the starter Pokémon
Pokémon
in Gold and Silver. In Nicholas Bashore's list ranking each starter Pokémon, Chikorita
Chikorita
came in 16th place, behind Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
and Totodile, who ranked #7 and #6 place, respectively.[19] Additionally, while receiving praise itself, its evolutions have been critiqued for their lack of defense, further diminishing its popularity.[20] References[edit]

^ " Pokémon
Pokémon
GO update adds 80 new Pokémon". Metro. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2018-01-04.  ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
anime, episode 126, "The Chikorita
Chikorita
Rescue". ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
anime, episode 127, "Once in a Blue Moon". ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
3: The Movie. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
anime, episode 199, "Current Events". ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Chronicles, episode 18, "The Search for the Legend". ^ Arceus and the Jewel of Life. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Adventures, chapter 118. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Adventures, chapter 119. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Adventures, chapter 135. ^ Magical Pokémon
Pokémon
Journey, chapter 36. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, chapter 1. ^ Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon. ^ Pokémon
Pokémon
Pocket Monsters, chapter 64. ^ Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure, chapter 1. ^ "Now Available: Pokémon
Pokémon
GS Limited Edition GBC". IGN. News Corporation. 2001-03-07. Retrieved 2018-01-03.  ^ Tracey West; Katherine Noll (2007). Pokémon
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 Pokémon
Pokémon
Ever, 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 2016-11-29. 

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Pokémon
Pokémon
species

Generation I (1996)

Bulbasaur Venusaur Charmander Charizard Squirtle Blastoise Pikachu Vulpix and Ninetales Jigglypuff Meowth Psyduck Abra, Kadabra, and Alakazam Haunter Gengar Koffing and Weezing Mr. Mime Jynx Magikarp Gyarados Lapras Eevee Snorlax Legendary Bird Trio

Articuno Zapdos Moltres

Mewtwo Mew MissingNo.

Generation II (1999)

Chikorita Togepi Unown Entei Lugia Celebi

Generation III (2002)

Blaziken Mudkip Absol Latias and Latios Rayquaza Deoxys

Generation IV (2006)

Lucario Giratina

Generation V (2010)

Oshawott, Dewott, and Samurott

Generation VI (2013)

Xerneas and Yveltal

Generation VII (2016)

Yungoos an

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