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Starter Pokémon

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[[File:Unova starters anime.png|thumb|250px| [[Unova]] starter Pokémon, as seen in the anime]]
[[File:Kalos starters XY anime.png|thumb|250px|Anime artwork of the [[Kalos]] starter Pokémon]]
At the beginning of their quest, {{pkmn|Trainer}}s are given a '''starter Pokémon''' or '''first partner Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''はじめてのポケモン''' ''Beginning Pokémon'' or '''{{tt|最初|さいしょ}}のポケモン''' ''first Pokémon''; known as '''{{tt|御三家|ごさんけ (gosanke)}}''' ''the big three'' among Japanese fans). This {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} will be used to battle the first [[wild Pokémon]] that the {{pkmn|Trainer}} encounters.
Once another Pokémon is {{pkmn2|caught}}, the starter Pokémon may be retired, but it is often with this Pokémon that Trainers learn [[friendship]] and trust. As such, even advanced Trainers may still use their starter Pokémon, and they will often be the most powerful Pokémon on their respective teams.