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So with each of the Pokemon games, you generally start with three choices of Pokemon - a Fire, Grass, or Water type. You chose that, and your rival usually chooses the most effective pokemon when compared to your choice, eg: Water against Fire.

I recall that there was a point in a version of Pokemon where you could go back and take the third Pokemon, whichever one got left over. Am I dreaming there, or can you go and get that third Pokemon in a game? If so, which version?

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There is no game where you can claim the leftover Pokemon after choosing your starter.

In some games (such as Black and White), both unchosen Pokemon are given to NPCs. In others (like Red and Blue), the unused Pokemon sits neglected on a table all game long. There is no way for the player to get this Pokemon in any version.

In Pokemon Yellow, it is possible to get all three first-generation starters, although you don't start with any of them, so that still doesn't meet the criteria you set forth.

In some games, it is possible to get starters from past generations by completing certain requirements after beating the elite four. For example, in HeartGold and SoulSilver, you can get a 3rd-generation starter in the Silph Co. building, but you can never pick up the "missing" 2nd-generation starter that wasn't picked early on in the game.

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Yellow seems familiar... how did you get them all in that game? – Simon Sheehan Dec 22 '11 at 1:19
@SimonSheehan In Yellow your "starter" was Pikachu, and you got Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle in Cerulean City, Route 24, and Vermillion City respectively. – Kevin Yap Dec 22 '11 at 1:21
I can't recall if you can aquire eevee in yellow or not. That might be the game in question – Mooing Duck Mar 21 '14 at 22:06

You might be thinking of a trading cheat used in Red and Blue to get all the starters with only two games and not having to do much work.

Once you start a game you could get your starter, get to the point where you could use pokeballs and the pokemon trading center. There you could trade with another person who wanted the starter pokemon for something like a rattata or pidgey. Then you would reset the game, and start the process over again to get a different or more starters. Then when you are done, trade the pokemon back to your game to get 'ALL' the starters.

I remember this because all of my friends had gotten to the fourth gym, but didn't want to trade their starters away or reset their game. Since I just started, my game was the 'reset' game everyone could use to get starters because I hadn't gotten too far.

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In the original silver and gold you could use the cloning glitch with the starters and get all three

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I don't think the asker was looking for a way to glitch or cheat multiple starter Pokémon into their party. – Schism Oct 19 '12 at 23:34

yes! sort of... in pokemon XY at the end game (defeat elite four) you go back to your house and you'll meet shuana she will ask to trade and she will trade frokie if your starter is chespin. chespin if you choose fennikin. fennikin if you choose frokie.

PS:you can trade ANY pokemon in your PC or party so i suggest you trade a common pokemon like pidgey

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Whilst this is true, it isn't the 'leftover' starter, as all starters are technically in use by your rivals/friends – Robotnik Mar 1 '14 at 2:36

I wish this was true but it isnt but you CAN trade with the other game(say you got charmander) get squirtle,then restart the other game choose bulbasaur then trade again, you can do this almost like 5 minutes after starting the game. this is the only way that I can think of w/o cheats

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Not what they were looking for, already stated, 2 year old answered question ;) – Dupree3 Mar 21 '14 at 18:34

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