Best Starter Pokemon: Which Starter To Choose | Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (SV)

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Fuecoco is our recommendation as the best starter Pokemon for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (SV). Read on to find out which starter to choose, why it is the best starter, other starter Pokemon matchups, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as the best natures for each of them!

Best Starter Pokemon


Fuecoco ImageFuecoco
Type: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fire Type Icon
Guaranteed fire-type Pokemon early game.
Great offensive and defensive typing.
Final evolution gains the Ghost type.
Has advantage over 6 of the 8 Gym Leaders.
Resists or is immune to 4 of the 5 Team Star Bases
Looks cool!

Guaranteed Fire Pokemon

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Fuecoco is the best starter for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet because of its Fire-typing. Unlike Grass- and Water-type Pokemon, Fire-types are generally rarer than other types and having one in your team from the beginning of the game is always ideal for type coverage.

Although Armarouge and Ceruledge are also fire-type Pokemon, it's quite difficult to evolve Charcadet into them early on in the game. Having Fuecoco by your side from the start of your journey will add variety to your team.

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Great Offensive and Defensive Typing

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Fuecoco's Fire-typing also gives it type advantage over Pokemon that have fewer weaknesses such as Steel. It also resists Fairy-type unlike the other starter types.

Fire is super effective against 4 types while also resisting 6 other types.

Skeledirge gains the Ghost Typing

Fuecoco's final evolution, Skeledirge is a dual Fire Ghost type. This gives it 2 immunities, Normal and Fighting, as well as the ability to hit Psychic and other Ghost type Pokemon for STAB boosted super effective damage. It only picks up 2 additional weaknesses as well in the Ghost and Dark types.
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Has Advantage Over Six of the Eight Gym Leaders

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Grusha and Cetitan

Fuecoco has type advantage over the majority of the gyms in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The Ice-type gym leader Grusha, Grass-type gym leader Brassius, Bug-type gym leader Katy, Ghost-type gym leader Ryme and Psychic-type gym leader Tulip are all weak to either Fire or Ghost. In addition, Skeledirge is completely immune to Larry's Normal-type gym team. This just leaves two gyms with a neutral or unfavorable match up.
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Resists Almost all of the Team Star Bases

With the exception of the Dark type Team Star Base, Fuecoco and its final evolution resist or is immune to all of the Team Star Bases. The 5 Types are Dark, Fighting, Fire, Fairy and Poison. Thanks to its useful type combinations Skeledirge is able to hit all of these types for neutral damage.

Looks Cool!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Fuecoco Happy Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Finally, Fuecoco's design is pretty cool! It looks like a cross between a reptile and a hot pepper which is perfect because it's a fire-type Pokemon. Its wide mouth and short arms are reminiscent to that of Gible - another cute and seemingly harmless Pokemon that evolves into a deadly and strong Pokemon.

Starter Pokemon Final Evolutions and Stats

Evolution Chart

Starter Pokemon Evolution Chart
Sprigatito ImageSprigatito Floragato ImageFloragato Meowscarada ImageMeowscarada
Quaxly ImageQuaxly Quaxwell ImageQuaxwell Quaquaval ImageQuaquaval
Fuecoco ImageFuecoco Crocalor ImageCrocalor Skeledirge ImageSkeledirge
- Evolves at Lv. 16 Evolves at Lv. 36

All three of the Starter Pokemon, Sprigatito, Quaxly and Fuecoco, evolve into their respective evolutions, Floragato, Quaxwell and Crocalor at level 16. They then evolve into their final evolutions, Meowscarada, Quaquaval and Skeledirge at level 36.

Final Evolution Base Stats Comparison

Starter Final Evolutions Base Stats Comparison
Pokemon HP Atk Def Sp Atk Sp Def Speed
Meowscarada ImageMeowscarada Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Grass Type Icon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Dark Type Icon 76 110 70 81 70 123
Quaquaval ImageQuaquaval Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Water Type Icon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fighting Type Icon 85 120 80 85 75 85
Skeledirge ImageSkeledirge Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fire Type Icon Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Ghost Type Icon 104 75 100 110 75 66


Meowscarada is an offensive sweeper with a high Attack and Speed stat. Up until it evolves into Floragato, as a pure Grass type, Sprigatito is quite difficult to use. When it evolves into Meowscarada however, it gains the Dark type, expanding its move pool and type effectiveness and making it much easier to utilize in battle.


As Quaquaval's stats are extremely well-rounded, it is well suited for both defense and offense. Thanks to its additional Fighting typing, it gains access to some powerful fighting Type moves such as close combat, which can deal some impressive damage.


Skeledirge has the highest Special Attack out of the 3 Starters. In exchange for a low Speed stat, both its HP and Defense stats are quite high. Thanks to its additional Ghost typing, it gains an advantage over Psychic and other Ghost type Pokemon, which is sure to give it an edge.

Starter Pokemon Matchups

Gym and Team Star Matchups

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Gym battles are a staple in most Pokemon games and some of them can prove to be more challenging than the others.

Refer to the table below to see how well the starters will do against each Gym Leader.

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Gym Skeledirge Meowscarada Quaquaval
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Advantage Disadvantage Advantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Grass Type Icon
Advantage Neutral Disadvantage
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Neutral Resists Disadvantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Ghost Type Icon
Advantage Advantage Disadvantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Normal Type Icon
Advantage Neutral Advantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Water Type Icon
Disadvantage Advantage Neutral
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Bug Type Icon
Advantage Disadvantage Neutral
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Psychic Type Icon
Advantage Advantage Disadvantage
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Gym Skeledirge Meowscarada Quaquaval
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fire Type Icon
Advantage Disadvantage Advantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Dark Type Icon
Disadvantage Advantage Advantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Poison Type Icon
Advantage Disadvantage Neutral
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fairy Type Icon
Advantage Disadvantage Disadvantage
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV - Fighting Type Icon
Advantage Disadvantage Neutral

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Starter Pokemon Advantages and Disadvantages

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV Gen 9 Starters

Your starter Pokemon will be your trusted partner for most of the game so it's important that you choose the one that you're most comfortable with!

We have listed below the advantages and disadvantages of each starter to help you decide which starter to get.

Pokemon Advantages Disadvantages
Fuecoco ImageFuecoco ・Great offensive and defensive typing.
・Its final evolution gains the useful Ghost Typing.
・Strong against the majority of gyms and Team Star bosses.
・Guaranteed Fire-type Pokemon early game.
・Looks adorable!
Armarouge and Ceruledge are tough competitors since both are fire types.
・Is a little slower than the other starters.
Sprigatito ImageSprigatito ・Great against Water-types since it only has two weaknesses.
・Is a fast utility Pokemon.
・Can use any Tera Type to cover its weaknesses.
・It's a cute cat!
・Has 5 weaknesses
Quaxly ImageQuaxly ・Great against Armarouge and Ceruledge
・Its final evolution, being a Fighting-type, can take on the many Normal-type Pokemon in the game.
Gyarados and Toxapex are tough competitions.
・There are plenty of Water-type Pokemon to choose from.

Gen 9 Starters and Evolutions


Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV Fuecoco

Fuecoco has great offensive and defensive typing. Plus, when it evolves into the Fire / Ghost type Skeledirge, it resists 6 types and gains 2 immunities, as well as dealing super effective damage on 6 types.

Fire-type Pokemon are also rarer than Grass and Water-types so having Fuecoco adds variety to your team in the early game.


Pokemon Scarlet and Violet SV Sprigatito and Character

Sprigatito's typing makes it great against Water-types which only have two weaknesses. It is also very useful thanks to its high speed stat, allowing it to attack most opposing Pokemon of similar levels first.

Sprigatito evolves into the Grass / Dark Meowscarada. but this typing unfortunately makes it very weak to Bug types. When it comes to typing, Fuecoco's final evolution Skeledirge is superior.


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Quaxly evolves into the Water / Fighting Quaquaval. Thanks to this addition of the Fighting typing, this dashing Pokemon has a good matchup against hard-to-deal-with Steel-types. Despite not having an immunity, it can resist 7 types and deal super effective damage to 9 types

However, Quaxly has got tough competition. There are plenty of Water-type Pokemon in the game such as Gyarados - a fan favorite because of its great stats and ability.

Which Starter Would You Choose?

Sprigatito 3394
Fuecoco 3279
Quaxly 1913

Let us know why in the comments!

Best Natures for Each Starter Pokemon

Recommended Nature for Each Starter

Recommended Nature
Sprigatito ImageSprigatito
Fuecoco ImageFuecoco
Quaxly ImageQuaxly

As Quaxly and Sprigatito are Physical attackers, we recommend the Adamant nature as it boosts the Pokemon's Attack while lowering its Sp. Attack.

Fuecoco on the other hand is a Special attacker, making Modest the best nature for it, as it increases its Sp. Attack while decreasing its Attack.

Avoid Natures which decrease Speed

Natures which decrease Speed
Brave Relaxed Quiet Sassy

Having a Nature which hurts a Pokemon's Speed is unadvisable in any situation. We'd especially recommend avoiding any of these Natures in your Starter Pokemon.

Resetting for Natures, IVs, Gender and Shinies

When you select your starter Pokemon the Nature, IV's and Gender are determined out of a number of different possibilities. If you do not get the specific trait or combination you desire, you can simply turn the game off and back on and try again. You can save before selecting your Starter Pokemon to speed up this process.

Unfortunately in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the Starter Pokemon are shiny locked, meaning you cannot reset for shininess. Below is a table with all of the odds for each trait.

Trait Odds
Gender: Female 1 in 8
Nature: Modest 1 in 25
Max IV's in 1 Stat 1 in 31
Specific Nature
Max IV's in 1 Stat
〜1 in 10,000

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