Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, take players back to the Sinnoh region. The Sinnoh region has been a fan favorite since its introduction, and for good reason. Pokemon's 4th Generation introduced many powerful and iconic Pokemon to the already enormous roster.

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The Sinnoh region's starter Pokemon are some of the most beloved, and players have strong opinions on which starter is the best. Whether players choose Piplup, Turtwig, or Chimchar, they will need at least five more Pokemon to fill out the team that they will take with them on their journey to become Sinnoh's champion. With so many choices, it can be hard to decide who best suits the chosen starter, but here are some of the best picks for Sinnoh's Fire-type.

10 Alakazam

Pokemon Alakazam In battle stance

A Psychic-type Pokemon that evolves from Abra, Alakazam has a gigantic Special Attack stat that rivals even some legendary Pokemon in the Sinnoh region. With this Special Attack and access to powerful Psychic-type moves like Psychic, Psyshock, and Future Sight, Alakazam can serve well on almost any Pokemon team.

Abra can be caught early in a player's journey on Route 203 or Route 215. Both Abra and Kadabra also be found in the game's Grand Underground. Abra will evolve into Kadabra at level 16, which will need to be traded to evolve into Alakazam.

Alakazam's Stats

  • HP: 55
  • Attack: 50
  • Special Attack: 135
  • Defense: 45
  • Special Defense: 95
  • Speed: 120
  • Total: 500
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9 Lumineon

Pokemon Lumineon in battle

Lumineon is often overlooked when players are deciding who should be on their team. It has admirable stats, though it does fall short of some of the other Water-type options that players have to choose from. Where Lumineon really shines is with its wide variety of move options. With available move types including Water, Bug, Flying, Ice, and even a Psychic option, it has incredible versatility for being a pure Water-type.

Finneon, Lumineon's unevolved form, can be caught in many places using a fishing rodRoute 205, Route 218, Route 219, and Route 220 to name a few. Finneon will evolve into Lumineon at level 31.

Lumineon's Stats

  • HP: 69
  • Attack: 69
  • Special Attack: 69
  • Defense: 76
  • Special Defense: 86
  • Speed: 91
  • Total: 460

8 Weavile

Pokemon Weavile in the air

Weavile is a Dark/Ice Pokemon with great Speed and Attack stats. Its unique typing gives it the ability to cover tough Pokemon with weaknesses to Dark or Ice-type, moves like Metagross or Tyranitar. Unfortunately, its typing also gives it a 4x weakness to Fighting-type moves, which can hinder it in some battles. However, if players are able to avoid these dangers, Weavile is a great choice.

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Weavile evolves from Sneasel, who can be caught in tall grass on Route 216, Route 217, Snowpoint Temple, and Lake Acuity. Sneasel can also be found in the Grand Underground. Sneasel will evolve into Weavile when holding a Razor Claw at night.

Weavile's Stats

  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 120
  • Special Attack: 45
  • Defense: 65
  • Special Defense: 85
  • Speed: 125
  • Total: 510

7 Magnezone

Pokemon Magnezone angry

Magnezone has a powerful Dual-typing of Steel/Electric, giving only 3 weaknesses (Fighting, Fighting, and Ground) and a plethora of resistances, including an immunity to Poison-type moves. Magnezone's Special Attack also gives it the ability to defeat most opponents within a few moves, making it a great asset for gym battles and the Elite Four.

Magnemite, Magnezone's pre-evolution, can be found in tall grass at Fuego Ironworks and in the Grand Underground. Magnemite will evolve into Magneton at level 30, and into Magnezone once players use a Thunder Stone on it.

Magnezone's Stats

  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 70
  • Special Attack: 130
  • Defense: 115
  • Special Defense: 90
  • Speed: 60
  • Total: 535

6 Garchomp

Pokemon Garchomp hands on hips

Garchomp is a fan-favorite and one of the best Pokemon in the series. It's the Sinnoh region's pseudo-legendary Pokemon, with a massive stat total of 600. Its Attack stat in particular makes it a real threat to any opponent. Its biggest downside is its 4x weakness to damage from Ice-type moves, but it compensates for this with a great move pool full of great Dragon, Ground, and Dark-type moves.

Gible, Garchomp's unevolved form, can be caught in Wayward Cave and the Grand Underground. Gible will evolve into Gabite at level 24, and Garchomp at level 48. Players shouldn't struggle to level it up thanks to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's Exp. Share always being on.

Garchomp's Stats

  • HP: 108
  • Attack: 130
  • Special Attack: 80
  • Defense: 95
  • Special Defense: 85
  • Speed: 102
  • Total: 600

5 Gyarados

Pokemon Gyarados roaring in battle

Gyarados is the notoriously powerful Pokemon that evolves from the notoriously weak Magikarp. Its 4x weakness to damage from Electric-type moves is offset by its immunity to Ground-type moves. Its Attack and Special Defense make it a useful addition to any trainer's team, and its Water-typing allows it to pair well with Chimchar.

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Magikarp can be caught in most bodies of water in the Sinnoh region using a fishing rod, and will evolve into Gyarados when it reaches level 20.

Gyarados' Stats

  • HP: 95
  • Attack: 125
  • Special Attack: 60
  • Defense: 79
  • Special Defense: 100
  • Speed: 81
  • Total: 540

4 Floatzel

Pokemon Floatzel in battle

Floatzel is a Water-type that excels in battle with its high Attack and Speed stats. With few weaknesses (Grass and Electric-type moves), Floatzel is usable in almost every battle and can come in handy for Chimchar players when facing Water-type trainers throughout the game.

Buizel, Floatzel's previous evolution, is most easily caught in tall grass on Route 205, Route 213, and Route 224. Floatzel can also be found in tall grass at Fuego Ironworks, Route 213, and Route 218. Buizel will evolve into Floatzel at level 26.

Floatzel's Stats

  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 105
  • Special Attack: 85
  • Defense: 55
  • Special Defense: 50
  • Speed: 115
  • Total: 495

3 Roserade

Pokemon Roserade in battle

Roserade's Grass/Poison typing gives it useful resistances from common typings like Water, Electric, Fighting, Fairy, and Grass. Roserade is one of the best Grass-type Pokemon in the game, and has access to a pool of powerful Grass-type moves that are only strengthened by its hefty Special Attack stat.

Budew, Roserade's baby form, can be found in the Grand Underground (along with the once-evolved Roselia) and also in tall grass at the Great Marsh, Route 204, and Route 212. Budew will evolve into Roselia with high friendship during the daytime, and Roserade when given a Shiny Stone.

Roserade's Stats

  • HP: 60
  • Attack: 70
  • Special Attack: 125
  • Defense: 65
  • Special Defense: 105
  • Speed: 90
  • Total: 515

2 Luxray

Pokemon Luxray in battle

Luxray makes a great addition to any Pokemon team. Catchable early in players' journey through Sinnoh, Luxray has great Attack and Special Attack stats, and with only one weakness (Ground-type moves) it is usable in most battles.

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Shinx, Luxray's unevolved form, can be found very early on Route 202, Route 203, Route 204, and is also available in the Grand Underground. Shinx will evolve into Luxio at level 15 and Luxray at level 30.

Luxray's Stats

  • HP: 80
  • Attack: 120
  • Special Attack: 95
  • Defense: 79
  • Special Defense: 79
  • Speed: 70
  • Total: 523

1 Staraptor

Pokemon Staraptor flying in battle

Staraptor is a great Pokemon to complement any of the three starters. With immunity to Ghost and Ground-type moves, Staraptor's Dual Flying and Normal-typing comes in handy many times throughout the game, particularly against Fantina and Bertha.

Starly, Staraptor's pre-evolution, is available in tall grass on Route 201, Route 202, Route 203, and Route 204. Starly will evolve into Staravia when it reaches level 14, and Staraptor at level 34.

Staraptor's Stats

  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 120
  • Special Attack: 50
  • Defense: 70
  • Special Defense: 60
  • Speed: 100
  • Total: 485

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available for the Nintendo Switch.

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