Chikorita is a Grass type Pokemon introduced in Generation II. It evolves into Bayleef starting at level 16, which evolves into Meganium starting at level 32. Along with Cyndaquil and Totodile, Chikorita is one of the three starter Pokemon of Johto available at the beginning of Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver. Take a look below for 26 fun and interesting facts about Chikorita.
1. Chikorita is a small, pale green Pokemon with dark green buds around its neck.
2. Its head is large in proportion to the rest of its body, and it has big red eyes.
3. It has four short legs with a single nailed toe on each and a stubby tail.
4. On top of its head is a large, green leaf that is usually longer than its body.
5. A soothing aroma wafts from the leaf, which can calm battling Pokémon.
6. The leaf is also used to sense temperature and humidity.
7. Chikorita actively seeks out and enjoys the sun’s warmth.
8. Chikorita can be found in grasslands. However, due to its status as a starter Pokémon, a wild Chikorita is hard to come by and it is generally found under the ownership of Trainers.
9. Chikorita has a docile nature.
10. The Chikorita family is the only evolutionary family of a starter Pokémon to not have their names changed for the English release. Thus, they also keep their Japanese voices in the dub of the anime.
11. In the anime, Chikorita has had the most Trainers of the Johto starter Pokémon. It has been trained by Ash, Casey, Vincent, Silver, and Lyra. However, Ash is the only one who is confirmed to not have received Chikorita as a starter Pokémon.
12. Chikorita is the only starter Pokémon that cannot be used in the Pokémon Jump minigame.
13. In both early artwork and the in-game sprites of Pokémon Gold and Silver, Chikorita’s body is yellow. This was changed to light green in later artwork and the Pokémon Crystal sprites.
14. An early demo of Pokémon Gold and Silver in 1997 shows Chikorita’s name as Happa, which literally means leaf.
15. Chikorita has similarities to sauropods. Its shape and appearance also alludes to that of a pear, or a Belgian endive, a type of chicory.
16. Chikorita is a combination of chicory (a flowering plant) and ita (the feminine form of the Spanish suffix for something small or young).
17. Ash caught a female Chikorita in The Chikorita Rescue. She had such high affections for Ash that sometimes came to a few faults, such as refusing to be switched out for Pikachu. Chikorita later evolved into Bayleef in Current Events while protecting Ash from Team Rocket.
18. Casey’s Chikorita debuted in The Double Trouble Header, which also marked the species’ debut. It was Casey’s starter Pokémon. It evolved into a Bayleef in The Bug Stops Here, and later evolved into a Meganium when Casey was next seen in Here’s Lookin’ at You, Elekid.
19. Chikorita is Vincent’s starter Pokémon that he received from Professor Elm. It evolved all the way to Meganium prior to The Legend of Thunder!.
20. A Chikorita was a member of Team Go-Getters in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!.
21. A Chikorita appeared in The Search for the Legend, under the ownership of Silver. It behaves much in the same way to him as Pikachu does to Ash, including traveling on his shoulder instead of a Poké Ball.
22. A Chikorita appeared in An Egg Scramble!, under the ownership of Lyra. It was used in a battle against Dawn, where it was defeated by Piplup. It reappeared in Bagged Then Tagged!, where it participated in a Tag Battle against Ash and Dawn, battling Cyndaquil and Monferno; it was defeated alongside Khoury’s Croconaw.
23. A Chikorita appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where it assisted Pikachu and Spiky-eared Pichu during the past.
24. A Chikorita appeared in PK23 and Meloetta’s Moonlight Serenade. It became a good friend of Pikachu and his friends’.
25. A Chikorita appeared in PK13.
26. A Chikorita appeared in Off The Unbeaten Path!, where it was seen in a field with an Aron, Azurill, Smoochum, and Igglybuff.