Ethan is a user on retro.social. You can follow them or interact with them if you have an account anywhere in the fediverse.

Pick your own starter ! Here are the rules (that I made up, who cares, do your own thing if you wanna):

1) must evolve twice
2) must not evolve using special conditions (friendship, stones, locations, etc)
3) (I don’t think there are many legendaries that evolve twice anyway but) no legendaries

Does the trainer choose the Pokémon, or vice versa?

@Ethancdavenport

There aren't a ton of pokemon that evolve twice and don't evolve using trades or stones in gen I and II.

But Shinx is my answer.

If trading isn't an issue, then Abra, or Ghastly.

If OP isn't an issue then Dratini.

I could have a party that was just those four and a pichu and a mareep and I'd be pretty happy.

@Ethancdavenport I like Shinx.

But also Geodude was my third favorite pokemon as a kid (but Golem is kind of dumb, so ...?)

@ajroach42 geodude also evolves via trade. I love alola geodude a lot though.

@Ethancdavenport
Yeah, but you didn't mention evolves via trade in the original.

I assumed it was disallowed, which is why Poliwag and ghastly weren't on my list.

Ethan @Ethancdavenport

@ajroach42 geodude is real, and he’s my friend.