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I was thinking of doing a Soulsilver playthrough, and wanted to use a lesser-used Grass type. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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The only pro of using Sunflora would be that you get use a different starter. Its stats are horrible, would not recommend using it
sunflora isn't all that bad in-game. i used it in a hg nuzlocke, it did amazing.
Sunflora has higher special attack.
@CC Any Pokemon can do amazing if it gets enough experience.

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Note: I will not be including typing because they are both Grass types.
Sunflora-
Pros
- Has a good Special Attack of 105
- Has very decent HP and Special Defense of 85
- Access to Giga Drain, Petal Dance/Solar Beam and Hidden Power for special movepool. Sludge Bomb is also viable.
- You can evolve it by a Sun Stone, which is obtainable at the Bug Catching Contest which is at the National Park.
- Can heal via Synthesis, Leech Seed and Ingrain.
Cons
- Horrible defense of 55 and 30 Speed. However, Speed can be doubled by Sunny Day with its ability Chlorophyll. However, it will take a lot of levelling up to compensate.
- It's pre evolution has a base stat total of 180, so good luck until you get the Sun Stone.
- Lacks any Special moveset at all outside of Grass Type moves. All it gets are Hidden Power and Sludge Bomb.
Meganium-
Pros
- Has a 525 base stat total, 100 more than Sunflora.
- Good 100 defenses and 80 HP.
- Basically even attack stats increase its movepool options
- Decent movepool of Facade, Razor Leaf ingame, no move tutors.
- Can heal via Synthesis, however unreliable.
- Can stall with Toxic which suits its role better.
Cons-
-Very poor movepool overall. It doesn't have enough moves to suit the stalling role or sweeping*.
- Facade and Razor Leaf are its only viable moves, unless you want to use Petal Blizzard, to damage Poison and Steel Types that can't be poisoned.
Conclusion:
Overall, Meganium is the clear winner. Its higher base stat total and decent stats all around allow it to last longer and not be concerned about being taken out by a physical attack. While Sunflora probably has a better movepool, Meganium has enough to be able to damage and to stall. Both are obtainable early ingame, so I believe Meganium wins. This is just my opinion though. I also may have !missed a few points.

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Thanks!
Meganium is much easier to evolve.
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Meganium-

Pros-
-Good defenses
-Wide/varied movepool
-Starter (Starters are more likely to receive more attention, which eventually leads them to be overlevelled- if you have a level cap this might be a problem, though)
-Well rounded stats
-Learns a decent amount of HMs
-Decent Speed

Cons-
-Meganium has the most weaknesses out of all the starters
-Meganium also has the most disadvantages with the Gyms (normally this wouldn't be a problem but it's your starter, soooo...)


Sunflora

Pros-
-Good SpA
-Variation between special and physical moves (this can be helpful in a nuzlocke if, say your Sunflora has an Adamant nature)

Cons-
-Horrible Speed
-Poor Defense
-Useless Abilities (both of its Abilities are based on sunlight, don't waste a move spot on Sunny Day- and I highly doubt you'll find a Hidden Ability one)
-Pretty difficult to evolve (You can only find the Sun Stone by winning a Bug Catching Contest or buying it in Pokeathlon Dome. You can also find it on Route 13 in Kanto. You want to evolve Sunkern as quickly as possible- it's weak enough to be infamous for it)

With all that said, you should probably pick Meganium. I normally wouldn't be too picky, but Sunkern is extremely weak unless you overlevel it like crazy. It could seriously affect your nuzlocke.

Hope I helped :)

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