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I always liked it when the starters evolved at
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Giving the Grasses L. 32 evolutions was a nice way to balance out the fact that Fire and Water were better offensive typings. In Johto, the starters were much more interesting in my opinion because they had an evolution disparity such that Cyndaquil was easy mode early, hard mode later, Totodile was hard mode early, easy mode later, and Chikorita was middle of the road in both cases.
Sinnoh kind of did the same thing, but Piplup's evolution level scheme was entirely worse than Chimchar's. Empoleon should have come at L. 34 or Infernape should have come at L. 38 to balance it out.