Chikorita is the grass-type starter pokemon found in Pokemon Gold/Silver. It has a small leaf on its head, which it uses to hide in grassy areas unnoticed by predators. Chikorita prefers status and special-type attacks such as Synthesis and Magical Leaf - attacks that allow Chikorita to stay far out of the centre of battle.
Evolves from: None
Evolves into: Bayleef
Ability: Overgrow - Chikorita's Grass moves become stronger when afflicted with a status ailment.
Requirements: Choose at start
As the grass-type starter pokemon, Chikorita evolves into a total of three stages. At level 16 Chikorita evolves into Bayleef, requiring no happiness or stones to do so.
x2 weak against bug, fire, flying, ice and poison attacks.
x0.5 resistant to electric, grass, ground and water attacks.
Grass type has no immunities
x4super effective attacks against ground, rock and water mixed-types.
x2 super effective attacks against ground, rock and water types.
x0.5 less effective attacks against bug, dragon, flying, poison and steel types.
x0.25 less effective attacks against bug, dragon, flying, poison and steel mixed-types.
Grass attacks are never ineffective.
Grass-type pokemon are super effective against water, ground, rock and their mixed types. Gulping down water's own power, grass pokemon rejuvenate themselves, damaging their opponent in the process. Ground and rock break apart under grass' digging roots, their rigid base leaving them prone against grass.
Grass-type pokemon are weak to bug, fire, flying, ice, and poison attacks. Fire and ice, extreme in either direction, are too harsh for grass' well-being Flying and bug pokemon are natural predators for plants, their attacks more effective against grass' leafy body. Poison disrupts the natural balance of grass, leaving a grass pokemon weak to its damaging power.
Chikorita fights best in battles against pokemon such as Barboach, low level Kabuto and Geodude. These rock, ground and water type pokemon are weak to Chikorita's grassy attacks, their bodies susceptible to grass attacks like Magic Leaf. When they try to attack Chikorita, these pokemon are unable to effect Chikorita as much as usual, giving only half the damage.
Chikorita does poorly in battles against pokemon such as Butterfree, Zubat, and Scizor. These pokemon attack Chikorita with ease, their preditory nature verses Chikorita giving them an edge in battle. Unfortunately for this grass-type pokemon, Chikorita has a hard time breaking through their defences and only does a half or a quarter of the damage against these types of enemies.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Chikorita was one of the first three Pokémon available in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. A Grass-type Pokémon, it emits a delightful fragrance from the leaves on its head and loves to spend its time leisurely sunbathing. When called into battle, it uses its Razor Leaf move to strike at opponents' weak points.
- Pokémon Gold & Silver, 10/00
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
"A Leaf Pokémon. It loves sunbathing and can use the leaf on its head to check the temperature and humidity around it. Chikorita releases a sweet aroma from its leaf to becalm opponents into a slumber. It can also learn moves to help recover all Pokémon allies. Chikorita evolves into Bayleef by leveling up."
- Pokémon Gold/Silver (2000)
Number in Pokedex
Red/Blue ( Yellow): not in this game
Gold/Silver HeartGold/SoulSilver ( Crystal): #152
Ruby/Sapphire ( Emerald): n/a until national dex is unlocked
Ruby/Sapphire (Emerald) National Dex:152
Fire Red/Leaf Green Kanto Dex: n/a
Fire Red/Leaf Green Hoenn Dex: 152
Diamond/Pearl ( Platinum): n/a until national dex is unlocked
Diamond/Pearl (Platinum) National Dex:152