1. Squirtle is the most popular starting Pokemon in the anime
Squirtle was chosen by many trainers as the first Pokemon of his career. In the anime, Ash originally planned to choose Squirtle as a companion, but only because of falling asleep he had to leave with the electric mouse Pikachu. Luckily, Misty’s replacement female coach who befriended Ash on his journey in the first part of the Advance Generations series, found a Squirtle and chose it as one of her first Pokemon.
The film also revealed that one of Ash’s longtime rivals also chose Squirtle as the Pokemon starting his career as a trainer. Finally, in the most recent episodes of the series, the trainer Tierno also has a Squirtle uncle.
2. Also cum Pokemon is used to fight the Gym Leader the most
A statistic made in Pokemon Red and Blue shows that the Pokemon most used in matches with Gym Leader are Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander. Among them, Squirtle shows its advantages compared to the other two Pokemon. Squirtle’s water attack is extremely effective in 42 games, while Bulbasaur has only been dominant in 36 matches, and Charmander has a mere 15 matches. Squirtle is also more effective defensively, only 24 times this tortoise has lost to the Gym Leaders and Elite Four, while Charmander has 38 matches, and Bulbasaur has a marked disadvantage in 41 matches.
While there is much to be said about the effectiveness of a Pokemon in battle, Squirtle’s offensive and defensive advantages make it a first choice for apprentices.
3. Named after the currency in Japanese
While the English name of Squirtle is a combination of squirt and turtle (turtle), highlighting its appearance and power, the Japanese name of this Pokémon is very different and bold. Traditional Japanese culture.
Squirtle’s Japanese name is “Zenigame” (ゼ ニ ガ メ or 銭 亀). “Zeni” means money, and “game” means turtle. The shells of small tortoises in Japan are said to look like coins. Therefore, Squirtle’s Japanese name is a combination of “money” and “turtle”.
4. Ash’s Squirtle never showed any sign of evolution
While many of Ash’s Pokemon have evolved, such as Butterfree, Pidgeot, and Charizard, others are bound to halt their own evolution. Pikachu has repeatedly refused to accept the thunder stone to evolve into Raichu, Bulbasaur decided to stop evolution after participating in the evolutionary festival of the entire species. Squirtle is even more special, it seems that there has never been any sign of evolution. Squirtle continues to maintain his basic form throughout the series.
5. Squirtle used to be color changing
Throughout the history of Pokemon, many characters have undergone a change of appearance when needed. One of them was Squirtle, the shape and design of the tortoise almost remained, but the color scheme was changed several times.
Initially, Squirtle has a light blue color. In the sequel to the game, Pokemon Gold and Silver, it has a darker green color. This change may stem from the limited color palette available on Gameboy Color. As the colors were used richer on the Gameboy Advance, Squirtle again changed to a teal blue. In various games, Squirtle’s colors continue to change depending on the game’s mainstream style.
6. Squirtle’s turtle shell
It is undeniable that Nintendo loves turtles. Bowser is designed based on a turtle, whose shell is similar to koopa troopa. Yoshi was also originally designed to resemble a turtle, with a small hump like a tortoise’s shell on its back.
Squirtle’s design is definitely inspired by the koopas of the Super Mario Bros. series. In the game, a small chance allows the player to receive a special Squirtle, with shiny skin and a green shell. Most Squirtle has red apricot. This is considered by some to be similar to Super Mario Bros., because the two main types of koopa appearing in the game also have blue and red spades.