The following blog post contains material that may be too nerdy for some readers. Side effects include uncomfortable laughter, confusion, and loss of respect. Reader discretion is advised.

If you wanna be the very best that no one ever was, you’ve probably got that one starter Pokemon that always has a special place in your heart. Let’s face it, some games had some setbacks (I mean, look at this), but they’re still great in their own way. However, with the (relatively recent) release of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there’s one starter that seems to get overlooked.

Most people either picked Mudkip because he was the cutest or Torchic because his evolution looks like Chuck Norris. The Hoenn region had amazing starters, and I’d pick all of them if I could. But there’s one little teeny tiny detail people seem to forget about the poor little grass type, Treecko.

Hoenn is a region composed primarily of water. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the three main legendary Pokemon are ground, water, and dragon type. Do you know what has the type advantage over all of these? You guessed it. Our little buddy, Treecko does.

Treecko evolves into Sceptile, who besides looking amazing, also gets a secondary type of dragon when he mega-evolves (much nerd talk in one sentence, I know). Yes, he’s got a boatload of weaknesses, but he’s also got a boatload of advantages.

Grass types get a bad rap. Why have a potted plant when you can have an ocean or a flamethrower? I get that. But what people also seem to skim over is all the wonders of the grass type, especially Sceptile. They’re the only starters that learn moves that drain the opponent’s health and RESTORE THEIR OWN. Sceptile is the fastest of the three, and has pretty amazing stats.

I hate to be a hipster, but Sceptile is one of the best and most underrated starters ever. If you ever get the chance to try him out, do it. Seriously. You won’t be sorry. I mean, look at that face.

Tomy Treecko Keychain

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*If you or your favorite Pokemon was insulted by this blog post, remember that something exists called an opinion. It’s actually not the same thing as fact; it’s what someone personally believes about something. The crazy part is that people can have different opinions and it can still be ok. Just a reminder, because I know favorite Pokemon is a touchy subject for a lot of people. Do you have a favorite Pokemon? You should leave a comment telling me about why it’s the best.*