temtem best starter

Temtem Best Starter [Top 3]

We will talk about all the starters in TemTem and help you decide which one is the best for your adventuring needs.

Are you a PC gamer? Or maybe consoles are more your speed. Either way, if you are like most people who grew up in the early 2000s, you have an appreciation and deep nostalgia for Pokemon. The entire experience defined some people’s childhood.

At least it did so for us. Sadly, growing up helped us realize some things. The world is cruel and heartless if you don’t own certain things; this was the same with Nintendo Consoles.

Our love for Pokemon was stifled by our inability to spend copious amounts of money on every console that caught our eye, and it was sectioned off forever. That was until we discovered Temtem.

An attempt to reimagine the concept of pocket monsters with unique designs and, most impressive, a fully online multiplayer world with functionality that even Pokemon is yet to incorporate into its recent titles.

The game itself allows for exploration of the highs and lows of this beautiful pastel world that has a cartoonish edge to it, resembling elements from Digimon from back in the day. And like any good pocket monster game, it has starters. So join us as we explain the Temtem Best Starter for your journey in this guide.

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Temtem Gameplay

Starter 1: Smazee

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First up, we have Smazee. A scruffy little orange monkey with a blazing passion for all things fun. To draw parallels to Pokemon, it would be best to describe this little guy as a Chimchar type of Pokemon who is purely combative through melee attacks, hence the Melee typing.

Now Smazee is the first in a three-part evolutionary tree. We will discuss its evolution shortly to determine whether it qualifies for the title of Temtem Best Starter since, near the end, you will be fighting with his final evolution by your side, most likely.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Kick Neutral Physical 32 High
4 Martial Strike Melee Special 50 Normal
8 Tail Strike Neutral Physical 50 Normal
10 Sand Splatter Earth Physical 35 Normal
12 Show Off Melee Status Normal
16 Uppercut Melee Physical 80 Normal
19 Intimidation Mental Status Normal
26 Perfect Jab Melee Physical 30 Normal

There are other moves you can teach your Smazee, but they are through a Technique Course or achieved through breeding, which is a very complex process in itself, so it’s best left for some other day.

Another thing we can talk about is the type of match-ups that favor Smazee. For instance, Smazee takes half-reduced damage from other Melee temtems but twice the amount of damage from Mental and Digital moves. Huh… apparently brain does beat brawn, at least according to Temtems.

So is Smazee the Temtem Best Starter? Well, not so fast. First, we have to glance at its other two forms before deciding on such a monumental task.

Second Form

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The second form of Smazee is achieved after 29 levels are put into them. It is still a Melee-type Temtem but is now referred to as Baboong. It now resembles a baboon more so than a monkey and is bigger.

If we discuss move sets, then Baboong has the same move set as its previous evolution but with some that only it has access to until the final evolution.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
30 Heat Up Fire Status Normal
40 Inner Spirit Melee Special 170 Normal
48 Footwork Melee Status High

The type of match-ups remains the same, but the perks do change alongside the stats.

Final Form

Temtem final starter evolution
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Now, this is the final form of your monkey starter, which has turned into a pure, through, and through gorilla. Its physical appearance stays relatively the same while increasing in size and having an added beard held together Viking style. Twenty-three levels after reaching Baboong, you get access to Seismunch.

This is when you really unlock the full potential of Seismunch. It is now not only a Melee type, but it has an additional Earth typing which opens up the range of the character into muti-typed attack bonuses and new resistances. But first, let’s look at the latest moves it will learn before hitting level 100.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
58 Seismunch’s Wreck Earth + Melee Physical 105 Normal
73 Helicopter Kick Melee Physical 63 Normal
89 Wrenching Massage Melee + Electric Physical 89 Low

With the new Earth typing come resistances and weaknesses to other types. When we talk about Resistances, half the damage is taken from Fire, Electric, Crystal, and Toxic types of Temtems. But talking about Weaknesses, there is double damage taken from Water, Nature, Mental, and Digital types of Temtems.

So can we call the Smazee evolution tree the Temtem Best Starter? Well, not right now, as we still have to discuss the other two, and they might bring something to the table that Smazee and its evolutions simply can not. But still, a very strong character to have on your Best TemTem team, regardless.

Starter 2: Crystle

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The next starter on the block is Crystle, which is unsurprisingly a Crystal-type Temtem known for its defensive capabilities. This little guy resembles a cute green turtle with a hard shell exterior and four legs. Although their kind resembles fauna, they are more like living minerals than actual living beings.

Now Crystle is part of a three-stage evolutionary tree, just like all starters. It provides the user with tank ability and is the one you want to send out to gauge your opponent’s strength. Can Crystle beat Smazee for the Temtem Best Starter position? Let’s find out.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Glass Blade Crystal Physical 32 Normal
3 Mirror Shell Crystal Status Low
5 Nibble Neutral Physical 37 Normal
9 Crystal Dust Crystal + Wind Special 60 High
14 Head Ram Neutral Physical 100 Low
17 Crystallize Crystal Status Normal
27 Crystal Spikes Crystal Special 100 High

There are other moves you can teach you Crystl, but they are through a Technique Course, or they are achieved through breeding which is a very complex process in itself, so it’s best left for some other day.

Another thing we can talk about is the type of match-ups that favor Crystl. For instance, Crystl takes reduced damage from Electric, Mental, and Toxic types but double the damage from Earth, Fire, and Melee types.

So is Crystl the Temtem Best Starter? Well, not so fast. First, we must glance at its other two forms before making such a complex judgment.

Second Form

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The second form of Crystl is achieved after 30 levels are put into it. It’s still a Crystal type Temtem but now referred to as Sherald. It now resembles an enormous turtle that closely parallels Grotle, the second form of Turtwig from the Pokemon series.

If we discuss move sets, then Sherald has the same move set as its previous evolution but with access to only two new moves until its final evolution.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
35 Rampage Neutral + Melee Physical 65 Low
45 Diamond Fort Crystal Status Low

The type of match-ups remains the same, but the perks change alongside the stats. Now, onto the final evolution of Crystl.

Final Form

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Your cute little turtle is now a hulking goliath and a walking attack fortress with an entire ecosystem at its back. They are employed by miners mainly as companions in their mining operations. You can evolve your Sherald into Tortenite after gaining 21 levels as Sherald.

This is when you unlock the full potential of Crystl. It is now not only a Crystal type, but it has an additional Toxic typing which opens up the range of the character into muti-typed attack bonuses and new resistances. But first, let’s look at the new moves it will learn before hitting level 100.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
58 Tortenite’s Garden Toxic + Crystal Status Low
66 Toxic Gas Toxic Special 65 Normal
80 Crystal Deluge Crystal + Mental Special 100 High

With this new Toxic typing come resistances and weaknesses to other types. When we talk about Resistances, there is half damage taken from Water, Nature, Electric, and Mental types of Temtems.

However, with this unique typing comes a four times resistance to Toxic type. But if we were to switch the conversation to Weaknesses, then double damage is taken from Wind, Earth, Fire, and Melee types of Temtems.

So can we call the Crystl evolution tree the Temtem Best Starter? Well, it is an excellent defensive type tank with great stalling capabilities and a surprising amount of damage if played strategically.

Starter 3: Houchin

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The final starter is Houchin, a Mental type Temtem known for its high speed and exceptional attack capabilities. This little guy resembles a small humanoid with purple limbs. Once again, drawing a comparison to Pokemon, it appears this one takes inspiration from Meditite, the small floating psychic type.

Like all the other starters, Houchin is part of a three-stage evolutionary tree. Houchin provides the user with great team sweeping potential and is the one you want to send out to finish off your opponent’s most formidable tanks. Can Houchin beat Smazee and Crystl for the Best Temtem Starter position? You might be surprised by the results.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Psy Wave Mental Special 65 Normal
3 Hypnosis Mental Status Normal
4 Kick Neutral Physical 32 High
8 Tenderness Neutral Status Normal
11 Energy Manipulation Mental + Nature Special 45 High
16 Telekinetic Shrapnel Mental Physical 80 Normal
20 Beta Burst Mental Special 100 Normal
28 Psy Surge Mental Special 100 Low

There are other moves you can teach you Houchin, but they are through a Technique Course, or they are achieved through breeding which is a very complex process in itself, so it’s best left for some other day.

Another thing we can talk about is the type of match-ups that favor Houchin. For instance, Houchin takes half reduced damage from Neutral, and Melee types but takes double the amount of damage from Electric, Crystal, and Digital types.

So is Houchin the Best Temtem Starter? Well, not so fast. First, we must glance at its other two forms before making such a complex judgment.

Second Form

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The second form of Houchin is achieved after 29 levels are put into it. It’s still a Mental type of Temtem but is now referred to as Tental. It has the same body shape but is slightly longer than before.

If we discuss move sets, Sherald has the same move set as its previous evolution but with access to four new moves until its final evolution.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
34 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
41 High-Pressure Water Water + Fire Special 60 Normal
42 Lullaby Mental Status Low
46 Ninja Jutsu Neutral Physical 130 Very High

The type of match-ups remains the same, but the perks change alongside the stats. Now onto the final evolution of Houchin

Final Form

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OK, so… it is not what you would expect, but it’s the most potent version of Houchin you currently have. After grinding 24 more levels from Tental you achieve the coveted final evolution, and what do you see? A tall dude who likes lean.

This is when you unlock the full potential of Houchin. It is now not only a Mental type, but it has an additional Water typing which opens up the range of the character into muti-typed attack bonuses and new resistances. But first, let’s look at the latest moves it will learn before hitting level 100.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
58 Nagaise’s Fury Water + Mental Special 105 Normal
84 Blackhole Mental + Earth Physical 100 Low

With this new Water typing come resistances and weaknesses to other types. When we talk about Resistances, there is half damage taken from Neutral, Earth, Water, Fire, and Melee types of Temtems. However, with this unique typing comes a four times weakness of the Electric type.

But if we were to switch the conversation to Weaknesses, there is double damage taken from Nature, Digital, Crystal, and Toxic types of Temtems.

So can we call the Houchin evolution tree the top Temtem Starter? Well, if played strategically, it is an excellent team sweeper with great tank elimination capabilities and a surprising amount of sustain. 

Bonus Starter: Tuwai

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This one is interesting since this is technically not a starter, but it is gotten around the same time as your starter free of cost. This Temtem resembles a Toucan bird with its bright, colorful beak and beautiful big eyes. This little guy is initially a simple Wind-type Temtem, but this changes later.

The exciting thing about this “starter” is its multiple evolutions entirely up to your choice. You could keep this Temtem as is, which is fine, but you could also evolve them into many different forms. In this regard, it is similar to Evee from the Pokemon franchise, which has multiple evolution forms depending on if certain conditions are met.

We will simply go over the move set and type charting to let you know, but this shouldn’t be your starter since this is acquired after the starter selection.

Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High

Water Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Shrine at Dambi’s Rest. This transforms it into a Water and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Water, Fire, Earth
  • Weaknesses: Nature, Toxic, Electric
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
49 Sharp Rain Water Special 130 Normal
56 Waterjet Water Physical 110 Normal
80 Refreshing Breeze Wind + Nature Status High

Fire Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Shrine at the Altar of the Inner Frame. This transforms it into a Fire and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Fire, Nature, Crystal
  • Weaknesses: Water, Electric
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
50 Fire Tornado Fire Special 145 Normal
62 Fiery Heist Fire + Earth Status Normal
70 Fiery Soul Fire Special 70 High

Earth Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Shrine at Aisha’s Hearth. This transforms it into an Earth and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Earth, Fire, Crystal, Toxic
  • Weaknesses: Water, Nature, Melee
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
52 Stone Ball Earth + Fire Physical 120 Low
68 Rockfall Earth + Fire Physical 75 Normal
90 Turbine Wind Physical 100 High

Crystal Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Shrine at the Son’s of Crystal. This transforms it into a Crystal and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Mental, Toxic
  • Weaknesses: Fire, Melee
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
43 Crystal Plume Gatling Crystal Physical 110 Normal
48 Diamond Fort Crystal Status Low
79 Mirror Shell Crystal Status Low

Digital Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Digital Kami Shrine. This transforms it into a Digital and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Earth, Toxic
  • Weaknesses: Water, Digital, Electric
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
45 Hologram Digital Status Very High
59 Turbo Attack Digital Physical 115 Normal
70 Faraday Cage Digital + Toxic Physical 95 Normal
86 Overclock Digital Status Normal

Melee Form

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This form is achieved when your cute little Tuwai is taken to the Shrine at Cheiftan’s Barrow. This transforms it into a Melee and Wind type with some interesting moves that it shares with the base form of Tuwai.

  • Resistances: Wind, Earth, Melee
  • Weaknesses: Electric, Mental, Digital
Level Name Type Class Damage Priority
1 Peck Neutral Physical 24 Very High
4 Wind Blade Wind Special 40 Normal
6 Shrill Voice Neutral Special 42 Normal
10 Feather Gatling Wind Physical 100 Normal
14 Wind Burst Wind Special 90 Normal
19 Humiliating Slap Neutral Physical 90 Normal
23 Multiple Pecks Neutral Physical 110 Normal
40 Tornado Wind Special 135 High
45 Double Gash Melee Physical 49 Normal
62 Wrenching Massage Melee + Electric Physical 89 Low
80 Show Off Melee + Melee Status Normal
94 Haito Uchi Melee Physical 85 Normal
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