Pokémon X and Y make it a lot easier to get your perfect team early, as the games provide you with two different starters. Therefore, it is possible to obtain 2 of the 3 main-types fire, water and grass in the early game. We would recommend you take the starter you like best and then you choose the Pokémon that covers your own starters’ weaknesses when you get your generation 1 starter.
Early game, 2 starters, awesome. But how do we continue? Well it’s quite up to you, but here are our recommendations.
Bonus: Lapras, Snorlax
On Route 6, one of the earlier roads in the game, you can find Honedge, a Steel/Ghost hybrid Pokemon. His first form is nothing to write home about, but it will evolve into Doublade, which has much higher Defense and Attack stats. With a Dusk Stone, you can easily evolve it to its final form, Aegislash, whose Defense is gigantic. Its twin types help a lot in the endgame, as it’s really effective against the last three gym leaders, using Fairy, Psychic and Ice-type Pokémon.
The next Pokémon we would recommend is Amaura, one of this generation’s fossil Pokémon. You get it a few hours into the game, before you get your second badge. Its later evolution, Aurorus, has huge HP as well as Special Attack and Special Defense stats. His ability, Refrigerate, turns normal type moves into ice type moves, which can be pretty handy in some situations. Its Ice/Rock type is really helpful across your journey, up to the Pokémon League.
One of the first Pokémon you’ll encounter is Fletchling. We were really surprised, when it evolved and got a fire type as its second one. Its speed stat is incredibly high, while the rest of its stats are also very usable. It is only weak against Water-, Electric- and Rock-type moves. You can also teach him the HM 2 Fly, which brings you to places you have visited before AND is also a really strong attack. And, needless to say, it looks absolutely badass!
Getting an Eevee early in the game isn’t hard. On route 10 there are bushes with yellow flowers, in which you have a higher probability of encountering an Eevee. We would recommend that you train it to evolve into a Sylveon later on, because the new fairy type is very helpful and Sylveon can be really strong. The only thing is, it takes some time to evolve Eevee into Sylveon, you gotta have a full bar of hearts in the Pokémon-Amie minigame and pet it and feed it for a while to get there. If you have done this, and your Eevee knows a fairy-type move, you can level it up and it should evolve to Sylveon. With those Pokémon you should be able to face the enemies in the storyline without any problems.
Another great Pokémon you get kind of early in the game is Lapras. You get it as a gift from a man, right outside Coumarine City, who will give you his Lapras, because he can’t take care of it anymore. In case you didn’t choose a water-type Pokémon so far, this is the Pokémon to go! It has really good overall stats and some strong special attacks. It also helped me quite a lot with the Elite Four. And if you surf on it, you see that you actually surf on it!
Last, but not least, there’s Snorlax. Old-school Pokémon players will know, why we chose it, but for those of you, who just started or simply don’t know what the hell we’re talking about, we’ll explain it. First of all, you’ll encounter Snorlax as part of the game progress automatically. Precisely, it’s on Route 7, blocking the way as usual. Now to the good part. Thanks to its normal type, it has only one weakness against fighting-type moves. Its HP are astronomically high, with his Attack and Special Defense stat being his second highest stats. So you need pretty much to kill a fully trained Snorlax, which can be a pain for most players.
Here’s our equivalent to this guide for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.