Pokémon Sun and Moon are just a few weeks away, and we at Gamnesia wanted to celebrate—that’s why, for the eighteen days leading up to the games’ launch, we’ll be revealing our team’s Top Ten Pokémon of each of the eighteen Types! With Ghost- and Normal-Type Pokémon taken care of, now we’re ready to turn our attention to our favorite members of the plant-loving Grass-Type. It’s one of the most populous groups out there, but we’ve still managed to narrow it down to just ten.
Enough introduction—let’s get started with our Top Ten Grass-Type Pokémon!
“Plentiful in the tropics. When it dances, its petals rub together and make a pleasant ringing sound.”
— Pokémon FireRed Version
Known as the Flower Pokémon, Bellossom caught many of us off-guard when Gen II rolled around simply because of how different it was from Oddish’s original evolutionary line. Seeing the foul-smelling Gloom evolve into a beautiful hula dancer—one which we expect to see quite a bit of in the Alola region—was certainly a memorable surprise. With all due respect to Vileplume, our team far prefers this cheerful, dancing form to the more toxic alternative.
“They appear when the snow flowers bloom. When the petals fall, they retreat to places unknown again.”
— Pokémon Platinum Version
Basing a Pokémon off the abominable snowman seems like a no-brainer, but Game Freak surprised us again by giving that creature a Grass/Ice-Typing. Labeled as the Frost Tree Pokémon, Abomasnow shrugs off Grass’ usual weakness to Ice-based attacks, though the extra Fire weakness is indeed felt hard. Nevertheless, we love Abomasnow’s unique Typing choice, its excellent inspiration, and, of course, its mighty Mega Evolution.
“Treecko is cool, calm, and collected – it never panics under any situation. If a bigger foe were to glare at this Pokémon, it would glare right back without conceding an inch of ground.”
— Pokémon Sapphire Version
Treecko was the Grass starter for Generation III, and despite all the love fans have given Torchic (well, its final evolution) and Mudkip (well, its memes), Treecko always stood out due to its demeanor. The
Sapphire Pokédex says it all: it never panics, even when threatened by larger opponents, staring them down coolly to see if they’ll back down or attack. Getting reintroduced to this creature in ORAS only helped to reawaken our fond memories of traveling with the Wood Gecko Pokémon, and quite a few of us were happy to return to Hoenn with it as our chosen partner.
“Groups of this Pokémon migrating in search of water have been mistaken for “moving forests.””
— Pokémon Pearl Version
Torterra serves as the final evolution of Gen IV starter Turtwig, and this so-called “Continent Pokémon” certainly lives up to its description. While it may not be as big as an actual continent, Torterra is large enough to grow an entire tree on its shell, and sometimes other creatures will make nests and start living on its back; some even spend their entire lives atop Torterra’s shell, supported by the ecosystem built upon it. The battlers in our group also appreciate its added Ground-Typing, which affords it several extra competitive edges.
“It can dissolve toxins in the air to instantly transform ruined land into a lush field of flowers.”
— Pokémon Pearl Version
The adorable Mythical Pokémon Shaymin holds some massive power within its tiny body, capable of absorbing and destroying pollution in the air, which it then converts into power for its signature Seed Flare attack. Its inspiration may be one of the most appropriate puns in the series—it really is a
hedgehog—but it also has an alternate Forme: Sky Forme, which changes it into more of a reindeer. Many of us weren’t able to get a Shaymin of our own until this year’s 20th Anniversary distributions, but even so, we’ve always had a soft spot for this tiny little guardian of mother nature.
“Originally from the tropics, Exeggutor’s heads grow larger from exposure to strong sunlight. It is said that when the heads fall, they group to form an Exeggcute.”
— Pokémon Emerald Version
Let’s not beat around the bush (…I am so sorry): yes, Exeggutor’s brand new, overly-memed Alolan form definitely helped move it up our list, but that’s hardly the only reason for its appearance in our top ten. During the original generation of games, almost every Grass-Type Pokémon came with a secondary Poison-Typing, so Exeggutor switching it up to be part-Psychic was a welcome and powerful departure from the norm. Its design may be a weird one, but that didn’t stop several of us from using Exeggutor as our go-to Grass-Type Pokémon—a trend that will likely return once we enter Alola and gain access to its draconic variant.
“The leaves that grow on its arms can slice down thick trees. It is without peer in jungle combat.”
— Pokémon Black & White Versions
Did I forget to mention that we love Treecko’s evolutions even more than we do the original starter? Because we do. Serving as Treecko’s final evolution, the Forest Pokémon Sceptile takes everything we loved about its starter form and improves on it, making it even cooler while also more combat-ready. It’s agile enough to run circles around many opponents, and the leaves on its arm can slice their foes right open. Its calm demeanor remains intact, and nowhere is that more apparent than with its Mega Evolution, as Mega Sceptile doesn’t even face opponents head-on; it turns its back on them, daring its foes to attack with a sly glance over its shoulder. How can you
not love Sceptile after seeing it like that?
“It loves to bask in the sunlight. It uses the leaf on its head to seek out warm places.”
— Pokémon Crystal Version
Chikorita is the Grass-Type starter of the Johto region, and there’s a certain sweetness to its design that we keep finding ourselves drawn to. We’re not alone in that regard; in-game, the leaf on Chikorita’s head constantly gives off a pleasant aroma that draws in and calms anyone nearby. But beyond just the matter of lore, there’s a sense of calm playfulness that you get from just looking at it. The short little legs, the ring of buds adorning its neck, and the leaf flopping around its head all mix so very well with that friendly smile it gives in pretty much all of its sprites and artwork throughout the generations.
Being based off a dinosaur certainly doesn’t hurt the Leaf Pokémon either, nor do its evolutions. Plenty of us chose Chikorita to be our partner in the second generation of the series, and we have fond memories of fighting through our many gym battles with this little guy in tow, watching it take down our foes and evolve into the mighty Meganium by the end of it all.
“Just like a plant, it uses photosynthesis. As a result, it is always enveloped in clear air.”
— Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Versions
One of Eevee’s two new evolutions introduced in Generation IV, Leafeon is exactly what you’d imagine a floral version of Eevee to be. The way Game Freak worked the leaves and foliage into its design is simple but effective, easily conveying its Grass-Typing while still remaining similar enough to Eevee to be recognizable. Of course, these plantish attributes are more than just decorations; they are constantly performing photosynthesis, leaving the air around it fresh and clean wherever it goes. Leafeon’s also noted to be a peaceful Pokémon, preferring not to fight, though it can obviously do so quite well if necessary.
We’re in love with all of the Eeveelutions in the
Pokémon series, but Leafeon especially maintains its original form’s level of adorableness and continues to draw us in with its appearance alone. Of course it also has access to many of the great Grass-Type moves that we love to employ, but let’s face facts: that cute design, with its perfect blend of plant and animal features, is what’s put it so high up on our list.
I won’t even bother trying to tease our number one choice—no doubt many of you saw it coming from a mile away. So without further ado…
“A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.”
— Pokémon Red & Blue Versions
As I’m sure this list has made apparent, we love our Starter Pokémon, so it’s only fitting that our number one slot be handed to the Starter that started them all: #001 in the Pokédex, Bulbasaur. The original starter is really what gave us our first look at the fantastical side of
Pokémon, cluing us in from the moment we laid our young eyes on it that these creatures were not of our world. A lizard with a burning tail? A turtle that stands upright? Those are cool, but not groundbreaking. An animal with a plant bulb growing on its back? Now that’s something that none of our young minds ever expected to encounter.
Its design is simple but inspired, and its evolutions follow naturally from that original form while still remaining unique and impressive in their own right, with Bulbasaur’s animal side getting larger even as the plant on its back grows and eventually opens into a mighty bloom. From a combat perspective, Bulbasaur remained the starter of choice; in Kanto especially, Grass has a big advantage against the early gyms. This made it the best selection for young Trainers venturing into the world for the first time, and more than a few staff members did indeed share their first gym battle victories with this Grass-Type partner.
Many of us would move on to Squirtle and Charmander in subsequent playthroughs, eager to bump up the challenge of those early gyms, but we still look back fondly at our very first Pokémon partner in the series. As such, we couldn’t think of a better Pokémon to take the top slot of our Grass-Type rankings.
So there you have it: our top ten selections for Grass-Type Pokémon. Do they match up with your own personal lists, or is there a Pokémon missing that you wish had been included? Head down to the comments to share your own thoughts and choices! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Top Ten list of a different Pokémon Type!
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