Temtem starters, their evolutions, base stats and how to make the best Temtem starter choice explained

How to settle on a huge choice at the start of the game.

Choosing which Temtem Starter to begin the game with is a decision that's plagued many a Pokémon player over the years.

Not only do you have to make a start choice between Crystle, Smazee and Houchic within five minutes of starting the game, what makes things even more difficult is there are some clear differences to Pokémon - with a different set of Types to learn and understand, and little knowledge of the meta.

Because of this, and with Temtem in Early Access, there is no clear answer as to the best Temtem starter to choose from. But we can explain what every starter is, their evolutions, and some things you should know about this starter choice to help you make a decision.

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Temtem starters Crystle, Smazee and Houchic base stats, traits and other details explained

Temtem's starters are Crystle, Smazee and Houchic. Each one is level 5 and their stats which are fixed for all players. Here's details of every Temtem starter along with key details worth knowing:


  • Type: Crystal
  • Strong against: Electric, Mental
  • Weak Against: Fire, Earth
  • Trait: Amphibian (When attacked with Water, speed increases)
  • Starting Stats:
    • HP: 27
    • Stamina: 22
    • Speed: 13
    • Attack: 16
    • Defence: 17
    • Special Attack: 14
    • Special Defence: 14
  • Other notes: Crystle's strengths are in defence and HP. Additionally, in the initial Early Access version of the game, it is the only starter Temtem that can be caught in the wild.


  • Type: Melee
  • Strong against: Earth, Crystal
  • Weak Against: Mental
  • Trait: Fever Rush (when getting a status condition, attack increases)
  • Starting Stats:
    • HP: 26
    • Stamina: 22
    • Speed: 16
    • Attack: 17
    • Defence: 14
    • Special Attack: 13
    • Special Defence: 13
  • Other notes: Smazee is a great choice for those who want to focus on attack power and speed.


  • Type: Mental
  • Strong against: Neutral, Melee
  • Weak Against: Crystal
  • Trait: Soft Touch (when attacking a sleeping Temtem, it won't wake up)
  • Starting Stats:
    • HP: 24
    • Stamina: 22
    • Speed: 16
    • Attack: 14
    • Defence: 14
    • Special Attack: 17
    • Special Defence: 15
  • Other notes: Houchic is recommended for those who want to focus on special attacks, and comes recommended for taking down 'common' Neutral Types.

Temtem first starter evolutions Sharald, Baboong and Tental explained

Each starter has one evolution in Early Access, all evolving automatically when they hit level 34. They are as follows:

  • Crystle evolves into Sherald
  • Smazee evolves into Baboong
  • Houchic evolves into Tental

You can see each Temtem starter evolution in the following YouTube video by Xorrunt, alongside their Luma variants:

Temtem second starter evolutions Tortenite, Seismunch and Nagaise explained

As part of the Kisiwa update in July 2020, each starter's second evolutions were made available in Temtem, appearing when hitting level 52.


They are as follows:

Sherald evolves into Tortenite, a Crystal / Toxic type (early look via PlusOP on Twitter):

Baboong evolves into Seismunch, a Melee / Earth type (image via Shotoran on reddit):

Image credit: Shotoran on reddit

Tental evolves into Nagaise, a Mental / Water type (image via Cry0x on reddit):

Image credit: Cry0x on reddit

What else you need to know about Temtem starters to help you make the best starter choice

Even with the above information, making a decision about a Temtem starter isn't easy, but the long and short of it is there is no wrong answer. Here are a few considerations to help narrow things down:

  • Perhaps the most important thing to know is, unlike Pokémon, you can catch other Temtem Starters later in the game - so you won't be excluded from trying the others no matter what you decide. That said, in Early Access only Crystle can be caught in the wild, so it might be a while until the others are available.
  • Another factor worth knowing is the SVs (which are base stats for how strong a potential Temtem can be - like IVs in Pokemon) for each Starter Temtem are fixed, and are pretty average. What this means is these aren't the best versions of each Starter, and since you'll be able to catch each one again later, it actually might be worth focusing on those instead if you're serious about having one as part of your end-game squad. That said, if you aren't into the competitive side of things, then this detail shouldn't worry you too much.
  • Even with the game's meta currently up in the air, there is likely never to be one single 'most powerful' starter choice. That said, the general consensus is Crystle is a recommended choice to help you through the early sections of the game. But you won't be stuck whatever you choose; the opening Dojo is based around Flying and Water Types, and no starter will be particularly effective or weak against them.
  • Regardless of what you choose, you will also be given another Temtem at the start of the game - Tuwai - meaning you'll have multiple battle options at the start of the game.
  • Like all other Temtem, it's possible for a starter to be Nova. But until you can catch them in the wild, that's only if you were a Kickstarter backer of a certain tier, which gave you a Nova version as a starting reward.

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