• Starter Pokémon
After selecting your character’s gender and name, you will be thrown into a moving van. Once the van comes to a stop, exit to the right and you will meet your Mom. She will lead you inside your new home, and send you upstairs to your room to check out the clock that your dad bought you as a gift. Set the clock to a time, and head back downstairs.
Once you are done talking to your mom, head to the other house in the town and go upstairs. When you attempt to pick up the Pokéball, your rival will walk into the room and introduce himself. After he finishes talking, head to the Lab. In talking to the scientist, you will find that the professor, your rival’s father, is out doing some field work. Exit the lab and attempt to leave the town via the north exit. A girl will stop you and state that she is hearing noises up ahead. She will then ask you to go and check it out.
Obey, and you will find Professor Birch being chased by a Zigzagoon. He will call for you to go into his bag and take a Pokémon to help him. Your choices are Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko. It is mostly up to personal preference as to which one to take. Once you have selected a Pokémon, you will be sent into battle with the Zigzagoon. It is a very simple battle, so just attack with Tackle/Scratch/Pound until the enemy faints. Once you defeat the Zigzagoon, you will be taken back to the Lab.
In your talk with the professor, you will be complimented on your battling skills. Professor Birch will allow you to keep the Pokémon that you selected, and will then tell you to go see his child, your rival.