This page details the difference between the three Starter Pokemon in the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for details about our recommendation for which Starter Pokemon to pick, and tips for acquiring the perfect Starter Pokemon.
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|Sobble||- Learns Water Pulse at Level 12
- Its final evolution Inteleon has high Speed
|Scorbunny||- Learns the powerful exclusive move Pyro Ball
- Its final evolution Cinderace has high Speed
|Grookey||- Has the highest Base HP of all Starters
- One of only a few excellent Grass-type Pokemon
Game8 recommends Sobble as our top pick completing the story. As it learns the valuable Water Pulse from Level 12, a 60-power attack with a chance of confusing its target, Sobble will be strong in the early part of the game.
When selecting the water Pokemon Sobble, players will have a harder time dealing with Grass types, including the Gym Leader of the game's first Gym, Milo. Be sure to train up a Rookidee, a Flying type, to handle pesky Grass types.
Although we recommend choosing Sobble, there won't be any major problems with simply choosing your favorite of the three. The difficulty of the story won't be significantly affected by your decision.
Also, since you can always trade with other players after unlocking access to the Y-Network, you have the option to trade online with other players to obtain the other starters as well.
|1.||Continue the story until the point where you choose a Starter Pokemon.|
|2.||Turn off the game's Autosave Feature.|
|3.||Save your game before choosing a Starter Pokemon.|
|4.||After the battle with Hop, confirm the Stats and Nature of your chosen Pokemon.|
|5.||If you want to try again, press the Home button on your Nintendo Switch.|
|6.||Click the X to turn off the game.|
|7.||Start up the game again and proceed from your previously saved File.|
It will take about 15 minutes of regular gameplay to reach the point where the Starter Pokemon are available. Check our walkthrough for advice on proceeding through the start of the game.
Before selecting your Starter Pokemon, be sure to turn off the Autosave Option from the menu screen. This is automatically set to On at the start of the game, and as the game will automatically save after obtaining your Starter Pokemon, you will need to completely erase your Save Data in order to choose your Starter Pokemon again.
Because of the different characteristics of each Pokemon, we recommend different Natures for each one. By reverting to your previous Save File after obtaining a Starter Pokemon, players who receive a Starter Pokemon with a less than ideal Nature can try again to receive a Pokemon with a different Nature.
For the Pokemon with a high Attack stat, Grookey and Scorbunny, we recommend the Adamant Nature, which improves Attack and lowers Special Attack, and for the Pokemon with a high Special Attack Stat, Sobble, we recommend the Modest Nature, which improves Special Attack and lowers Attack.
|Natures which decrease Speed|
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.
Grookey leads the pack in Attack with its excellent Attack Base Stat. Its Speed may be slow compared to the others, so be sure to balance this out when training it, and Grookey can prove to be an essential asset on your team.
Grookey's final evolution, Rillaboom. As a solely Grass-type Pokemon, it has a few weaknesses to deal with, but with its well-rounded Base Stats, it's guaranteed to be fairly reliable and easy to use on any team.
Scorbunny learns the valuable Nitro Charge at Level 19, a move which both deals damage and increases the user's Speed. As a Fire type, it's super effective against the first Gym Leader, Milo, which makes it a highly useful Pokemon for proceeding through the start of the game. Its Attack and Speed both increase rapidly, so as long as its Level is at least as high as the opponent's, it can quickly burn through an enemy team.
Scorbunny's final evolution, Cinderace. Its exclusive move, Pyro Ball, has an extremely high power of 120, with no clear disadvantages.
Sobble is able to use Water Pulse, an attack with 60 power and a chance of inflicting confusion. Aside from the difficulty of clearing the first Gym, we recommend Sobble for his consistency throughout the early part of the game.
Sobble's final form, Inteleon. With a combined high Special Attack and Speed, Inteleon is a rare pure-Water type within a commonly-mixed type. Its role as a straight shooter of Water moves make it a useful ally we can gladly recommend adding to your party.
|Getting a Good Start|
|Things to Know Before Starting Pokemon||How to Adjust Screen Size||Galar Starters|
|Which Starter Pokemon Should You Choose?||How to Get All 3 Starters||Changing Appearance|
|How to Change Your Appearance||How to Change Your Uniform||Pokemon Battles|
|Type Effectiveness and Damage Output||Fishing for Pokemon|
|How to Run Away||-||Building the Best Team|
|How to Build the Best Team||Train Pokemon Like a Pro|
|Catching Legendary Pokemon||-|
|How to Stop Evolutions||How to Release Pokemon|
|How to Get More PC Boxes||-||Online Features|
|How to Add Friends||How to Get and Use the Y-Comm|
|How to Battle and Trade with Friends||-||Pokemon Camp|
|How to Pokemon Camp with Friends||How to Get Toys|
|How to Make Best Curry||-||Useful Information|
|Things to Do Every Day||Useful Characters and Their Locations|
|List of Unrepeatable One-time Events||How to Get Money (Poke Dollars) Fast||New in Sword and Shield|
|Differences Between Dynamax and Gigantamax||Access Pokemon Boxes on the Road|
|How to Get Sweets||Removed Features|
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