Of the core three types, Grass-Type Pokémon are the most abundant. Grass-Type Pokémon are many and varied and include some of the most iconic Pokémon of the franchise, as well as some of the most under-utilized.
This list covers some of the best in the franchise, based on design, power, and versatility. Of course, all Pokémon are the best Pokémon, but everyone is different and has different strengths. You won’t go wrong with these ten, no matter what you’re looking for in your next partner Pokémon.
Hoppip and its evolutions are a dual Grass and Flying-Type Pokémon introduced in Generation Two. They are cute bits of fluff, but they can surprise you! They are fast, with Speed as their highest stat, and have good defensive stats as well.
They aren’t heavy hitters, but if you’re a fan of utilizing Status Effects and long-term damage strategies, Jumpluff and its pre-evolutions will serve you well.
The Gourgeist line has an interesting quirk in that it comes in different sizes. The change in size affects its base stats, so depending on what you’re looking for in your partner Pokémon will determine what size of Gourgeist you should look for.
Across all sizes though, Defense is its highest stat. It has a number of weaknesses, but none higher than x2, so it’s not likely to ruin your day. Its move set leans heavily on the Halloween theme, which means it has a good variety to round out your team balance. There are not too many Grass-Types that can learn Fire-Type moves!
The Deerling line is one of the ones with multiple forms, with it based on the four seasons. While the variation in Deerling is simply in color, Sawsbuck has four distinct forms with different antlers and fur distribution and subtle patterning.
The different forms, however, have no bearing on its abilities. Its highest stat is Attack, followed closely by Speed. It’s Normal-Type as well as Grass-Type, which makes it immune to Ghost-Type attacks. Its move set includes several HP leeching moves, which is always useful to have.
The Oddish line branches after Gloom, and while Bellossom is very nice, Vileplume is the better designed and more powerful of the two. Vileplume follows the design principles set by the previous two evolutions while still being unique in its own right.
Special Attack is its highest stat, while Speed is its lowest. However, Vileplume isn’t necessarily built for quick hits with high damage, as it’s also a Poison-Type. Rely on its ability to build up damage over time and teach it moves that lessen the opponents’ accuracy.
Leavanny is the final evolution of Sewaddle, evolving from Swadloon with high enough friendship. The attack is its highest stat, which is interesting for a Pokémon that’s also Bug-Type, and its Defense isn’t bad either. It is of course quite weak to Fire-Type and Flying-Type attacks, but it has more resistance than most of the Bug-Type family.
Its natural move set is pretty much what you’d expect, but it has some surprise appearances from some Ghost and Psychic-Type moves when it comes to TMs. However, what really sets it apart is its Overcoat Hidden Ability, which prevents it from taking damage from certain weather and spore effects.
From the Sinnoh region, the Turtwig line is one of the best turtle Pokémon in the game as well as one of the best Grass-Type starters of the franchise. Who doesn’t love a turtle with shrubbery on its back? Not only does it have a rad design, but it has the strength to match.
Its Attack and Defense stats are almost equal, followed closely by HP, which makes Torterra a tough opponent in any battle. It’s four times weak to Ice-Type attacks, but its immunity to electricity and its resistance to Ground and Rock is a fair trade. This Pokémon is a heavy hitter who’s in the battle for the long haul.
The Grass/Fairy-Type line of Cottonee and Whimsicott was introduced in Generation V and is an absolutely adorable ball of fluff. They’re immune to Dragon-Type attacks and have a good chunk of resistance too.
Surprisingly, Speed is its highest base stat, with Defense as its next highest. Status Effects, Stat Changing, and smart usage of defensive moves will be your most useful strategies with Whimsicott as your battling partner.
Skiddo and Gogoat are Pokémon we’re all excited to see making a return in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as they have been absent from the mainline games since their introduction in Generation Six. While you could get them in the Sun and Moon games, that was only through Pokémon Bank.
These guys are heavy hitters with high HP, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for their low defensive stats. Try lowering the accuracy of your opponents before sending Gogoat or Skiddo out to take advantage of their powerful and varied attacks.
Surprisingly to most, Tropius is a Flying-Type Pokémon as well as Grass-Type. It looks like a cousin of the Chikorita line, which seems like a conscious decision since it was introduced in Gen III, so the design offers up some interesting questions about how different lines of Pokémon might be related to one another.
As you could guess by its size, Tropius’s highest stat is HP, but its defensive stats aren’t bad either. It has the weaknesses you’d expect from its typing, so no surprises there. However, it does naturally learn a couple of Dragon-Type moves, which puts it in that odd category of honorary Dragon-Types.
Breloom is a cutie with hidden power, there’s no doubt about that. While you might expect it to be a Poison-Type as well as Grass-Type based on its mushroom theme, it actually has Fighting as its secondary type. It’s one of those Pokémon that get really excited to punch as soon as they gain arms.
Breloom has an incredibly high base Attack stat, which makes it a useful candidate to utilize the Physical Grass-Type moves that often go unused by a lot of Grass-Type Pokémon. And don’t worry, it has plenty of Poison-Type moves it can learn.
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