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New Starter Pokemon - Which Starter Is The Best?

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Read this guide about the 3 new starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield (SWSH): Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble! Which the best starter? Which one should you pick? Find it out here!

Table of Contents

New Features - Region, Story, Battle & Systems

Which Starter Pokemon Is The Best?

The 3 Starters Of Pokemon Sword and Shield

Which Starter Pokemon Did You Choose?

Best Starter Pokemon For Early Game

Pokemon Recommendation
Pros and Cons
ScorbunnyScorbunny
★★★

Pros
- Speed and Atk scales well when leveling up.
- Can overpower Steel Pokemon in the latter half of the game.
Cons
- Might have a hard time clearing the 2nd Gym (Water).
Best supported with Grass or Electric Pokemon.
SobbleSobble
★★

Pros
- Great Sp.Atk and Speed scaling.
- Can use Water Pulse to confuse and damage targets.
Cons
- Might have a hard time clearing the 1st Gym (Grass).
Best supported with Fire or Flying Pokemon.
GrookeyGrookey

Pros
- Special Grass Pokemon
Cons
- Low Speed
- Might have a hard time clearing the 3rd Gym (Fire)
Best supported with Water or Ground Pokemon.

All Must Overcome Their Weakness

All starter Pokemon will run into their weak types by the 3rd gym without exceptions, though Scorbunny will bear the brunt sooner. Catch some Pokemon in the Wild Area to supplement this.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

Recommendations Based On Early Game Performance

Please take note that the recommendations above are simply for the early game. These do not dictate how your own gameplay and strategy will change your end-game lineup and you're still free to choose based on your own preference.

Check Out All Story Walkthrough Here!

Starter Pokemon Choice Is Permanent

Starter Pokemon Permanent

No matter the starter Pokemon you choose, make sure you're 100% behind that Pokemon. This decision is permanent and you'll have to restart the game to choose another starter Pokemon.

Check Out Other Points Of No Return!

Build A Team Around Your Starting Pokemon

Progress smoothly by building a team around what you chose, catching other Pokemon that can counter your starting Pokemon's weaknesses.

Check Out Best Teams With Starters Here!

How Important Is Nature & Gender?

Pick A Female!

For Breeding Better Pokemon

Use Female Starter Pokemon For Breeding

While you can beat the game with either a male or female Pokemon, if you consider breeding, the best choice would be getting a female. Breeding with a male can be troublesome as it requires you to find a Ditto.

Check Out Perfect Breeding Guide Here!

Requires Resetting & Restarting The Game

If you really want to get female starter Pokemon, you might need to keep restarting or resetting the game as the probability is very low. This may include require you to delete your save file multiple times until you get a female.

Nature Of Pokemon Can Be Changed Later

Nature Of Pokemon Can Be Changed Later

When starting the game, you don't need fuss over the nature of your starter Pokemon as this can be changed later by using an item called Mint.

Recommended Nature & Stats

Pokemon NameRecommended Nature
GrookeyGrookey
Adamant
Atk ↑ Sp.Atk ↓

Jolly
Speed ↑ Sp.Atk ↓
SobbleSobble
Modest
Sp.Atk ↑ Atk ↓

Timid
Speed ↑ Atk ↓
ScorbunnyScorbunny
Adamant
Atk ↑ Sp.Atk ↓

Jolly
Speed ↑ Sp.Atk ↓

Further develop each of the three starter Pokemon's strengths by assigning them with Natures that make it easier for their base stats to grow. Get Adamant or Jolly for Grookey and Scorbunny to raise their Atk. Timid or Modest for Sobble to increase its Sp.Atk.

Check Out The Nature Guide Here!

Grookey - Stats & Final Evolution

Grookey
Grookey's Final Evolution
(Contains Spoilers)

Final Evolution - Grass-Type Rillaboom

Grookey

Rillaboom is a giant green ape with an even bigger tree trunk drum. It's a pure Grass Type Pokemon and its stats focus on high Physical Atk & Physical Defense.

Rillaboom - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

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HP
 100
Atk
 125
Def
 90
Sp.Atk
 60
Sp.Def
 70
Speed
 85
Total530

Grookey - Status & Information

CategoryChimp Pokemon
TypeGrass
Height0.30 m
Weight5.0 kg
AbilityOvergrow

Grookey is described as a "mischievous Chimp Pokemon" with a curious personality. It has a stick which has gained special powers.

Grookey - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

HP
 50
Atk
 65
Def
 50
Sp.Atk
 40
Sp.Def
 40
Speed
 65
Total310
Check Out Grookey's Stats Here!

Scorbunny - Stats & Final Evolution

Scorbunny
Scorbunny's Final Evolution
(Contains Spoilers)

Final Evolution - Fire-Type Cinderace

Cinderace

Scorbunny's final evolution is called Cinderace. Built for speed and is a pure Fire Type Pokemon. Cinderace has high speed and attack power with well-balanced defense & stamina.

Cinderace - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

HP
 80
Atk
 116
Def
 75
Sp.Atk
 65
Sp.Def
 75
Speed
 119
Total530

Scorbunny - Status & Information

CategoryRabbit Pokemon
Typefire
Height0.30 m
Weight4.5 kg
AbilityBlaze

Scorbunny is the energetic Pokemon of the group. It likes to run fast, and apparently when it warms up its "physical abilities will greatly increase."

Scorbunny - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

HP
 50
Atk
 71
Def
 40
Sp.Atk
 40
Sp.Def
 40
Speed
 69
Total310
Check Out Scorbunny's Stats Here!

Sobble - Stats & Final Evolution

Sobble
Sobble's Final Evolution
(Contains Spoilers)

Final Evolution - Water-Type Inteleon

Inteleon

Inteleon is the final evolution of Sobble. It has long elongated limbs and has high stats in speed and Sp.Atk, making it powerful when using Sp.Atk moves.

Inteleon - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

HP
 70
Atk
 85
Def
 65
Sp.Atk
 125
Sp.Def
 65
Speed
 120
Total530

Sobble - Status & Information

CategoryWater Lizard Pokemon
Typewater
Height0.30 m
Weight4.0 kg
AbilityTorrent

Sobble is the shy one of the bunch, and it has a tendency to start crying and cause people around it to cry too!

Sobble - Base Stats

Base Stats are hidden values that determine the growth of a Pokemon.

HP
 50
Atk
 40
Def
 40
Sp.Atk
 70
Sp.Def
 40
Speed
 70
Total310
Check Out Sobble's Stats Here!

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