Three minutes' growth was carried out to investigate the indium-doping effect on initially grown GaN. Indium-doped and undoped samples were grown by low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. Atomic force microscope observation revealed that In-doping modified the morphology of the nuclei. Indium-doping also enhanced wetting between the buffer and nuclei layers, which was also supported by optical transmission. Photoluminescence suggested that indium-doping obviously enhanced band-edge related emission even in the nucleation stage. X-ray diffraction performed on samples grown for 20 minutes indicated improvement of the crystalline quality through indium-doping. The mechanism of the indium-doping effect was discussed.