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Why do people prefer evolving a Furret when Krabby also does not require any HMs to catch and can learn the exact same HMs without evolving?

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Where has it been said Furret is more popular?
Maybe cuz its cuter?

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Sentret can be obtained extremely early, and it doesn't take very many levels for it to evolve. You have to wait longer to catch a Krabby, meaning you would have to use a different Pokemon before you got it, and you would probably have a Furret already before you got a Krabby. Furret is also able to be of some use in a battle, while Krabby wouldn't perform too well.

Also, the Furret meme is a thing. People may use Furret for the "haha funny joke" aspect it brings to the team, which Krabby doesn't have. Furret is also cuter, which can be a factor in a younger player's decision.

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You only have to wait a little bit (one gym battle) longer to catch Krabby, and I already said that it does not require any HMs to catch.
Sentret is still able to be caught earlier, on the very first Route as opposed to Krabby needing a Fishing Rod, which takes longer to get. My other points also still stand.