Pokémon Sword and Shield: the starter Pokémon and their evolutions!

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Sword and Shield's starter Pokémon are very cute, but do you already know their evolutions? Knowing this can be decisive in knowing which little monster to choose at the beginning of the game. After all, it's with the last form of the starter that you'll face the most difficult battles in the game, especially those in the Pokémon League!

In this short guide we inform you about various details related to these starter Pokémon. We tell you what type they are, what their stats, abilities, resistances and weaknesses are. Also, we talked a little bit about the types of moves they can learn.



Learn all about the three starter Pokémon Pokémon Sword and Shield and their evolutions!

Grokey - Grass-type Pokémon

The first starter Pokémon is Grookey, a Grass-only Pokémon. It is ranked number 1 in the Galar Pokédex. Of the initial three, it is the creature that has the most HP and defense, especially if we look at the final evolutions of each Pokémon. So if you're looking for a starter that gives you stamina, Grookey is perfect!

To get the most out of Grookey, it's good to know what its strengths and weaknesses are:

  • Strong against: Water, Electric, Plant and Earth
  • Weak against: Bug, Fire, Ice, Poison and Flying

Attacks and Abilities

Remember that this Pokémon and its evolutions are always Grass-type. As for the moves they can learn, they will naturally be able to get the Plant, Normal, and Dark moves. Some examples are Grunt (Normal), Sharp Blade (Plant) or Desarm (Dark).

Along with these moves it is possible to learn much more through TMs. That way, you can also get Psychic, Fighting, Bug, or Fire moves. This will help you have more flexibility and form the most complete combat team possible.



Additionally, Grookey and its evolutions have two specific abilities:

  • Basic skill: Thickness. Increases the potency of Grass-type moves by 50% when the Pok√©mon drops below 1/3 of its maximum health
  • Hidden Ability: Herbogenesis. When it enters combat, it creates a grassy field that lasts for 5 turns. If equipped with floor covering, duration will be 8 shifts

Finally, we show Grookey's evolutions when he reaches a specific level and the basic stats of everyone:

Pokémon Health Attack Special attack Defense special defense Speed

Grookey

50 65 40 50 40 65

Thwackey

(Level 16)

70 85 55 70 60 80

rill boom


(Level 35)

100 125 60 90 70 8

Scorbunny - Fire-type Pokémon

The second Pokémon is Scorbunny, Fire-type only. It is ranked #4 in the Pokemon Pokemon Sword and Shield. In this case, Scorbunny has a good balance of attack and speed, at the expense of HP and defense. It serves a lot to quickly defeat enemies that are weak to Scorbunny's attacks and evolutions.


Speaking of weaknesses, below you can see Scorbunny's strengths and weaknesses:

  • Strong against: Steel, Insect, Fire, Fairy, Ice and Plant
  • Weak against: Water, Rock and Earth

Like Grookey, Scorbunny and its evolutions remain Fire-type. Therefore these resistances and weaknesses will always be applied. If we get into the topic of moves, as you level up you can unlock some of the Fire, Normal, Fighting, Psychic and Flying types. Three examples would be Head Strike (Normal), Boat (Flying) and Counter Attack (Fight).

Also, if you focus on using TMs in Scorbunny, you can make a lot of other moves. In addition to the types already mentioned, you can also have Dark, Bug, Earth, Poison and Electric. As you can see, with these Pokémon there are many possibilities! In the case of Cinderace evolution, there are Steel and Ghost-type moves to unlock.


Finally, Scorbunny, Raboot, and Cinderace have the following two abilities:

  • Basic skill: Flaming Sea. Increases the power of Fire-type moves by 50% when the holder drops below 1/3 of their maximum lifespan
  • Hidden Ability: release. Allows you to change the Pok√©mon user's type according to the move that will be used in the turn. The change occurs before any Pok√©mon attacks

Below you can see Scorbunny's basic stats and evolutions:

Pokémon Health Attack Special attack Defense special defense Speed


Scorbunny

50 71 40 40 40 69

raboot

(Level 16)

65 86 55 60 60 94

cinderace

(Level 35)

80 116 65 75 75 119

Sobble - Water-type Pokémon

Sobble is the third and final starter Pokémon and belongs to the Water-type only. It is #7 in the Galar Pokédex. A strong point of Sobble and its evolutions is its high speed, but the best thing is its powerful special attack, as it has the highest numbers in this stat.

Sobble's strengths and weaknesses are as follows:

  • Strong against: Steel, Water, Fire and Ice
  • Weak against: Electric and Plant

It's more than apparent that Sobble is the Pokémon that has the least resistance and weakness of the starter three. If we look at the attacks he can learn, up to level 36 he can learn Water, Normal, Dark and Bug attacks. For example, it is possible to obtain Hidroramiete (Water), Round trip (Bicho) or Low blow (Dark).

To these moves are added many others that are obtained through TMs. In the case of Sobble, it is possible to unlock Psychic, Flying and Earth-type moves, in addition to those already mentioned, except Dark.

Do not underestimate the skills you have, as they can decide the combat in your favor:

  • Basic skill: Torrent. Increases the potency of Water-type moves by 50% when they drop below 1/3 of their maximum health
  • Hidden Ability: Sniper. Increases damage from critical hits.

In the following table, you can see Sobble's starting stats and evolutions:

Pokémon Health Attack Special attack Defense special defense Speed

Sobble

50 40 70 40 40 70

Drizzile

(Level 16)

65 60 95 55 55 90

Inteleon

(Level 35)

70 85 125 65 65 120
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