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This guide gives our suggestions for Pokemon teams effective for getting through the story. Read on for for team lists suited to each of the three Starter Pokemon, and Pokemon which are useful to add to your team at each point in the game.

In the early part of the game

If you chose Grookey

Grookey ImageGrookey Rookidee ImageRookidee Bunnelby ImageBunnelby
Magikarp ImageMagikarp Litwick ImageLitwick Toxel ImageToxel

If you chose Scorbunny

Scorbunny ImageScorbunny Rookidee ImageRookidee Bunnelby ImageBunnelby
Magikarp ImageMagikarp Toxel ImageToxel

If you chose Sobble

Sobble ImageSobble Rookidee ImageRookidee Bunnelby ImageBunnelby
Litwick ImageLitwick Toxel ImageToxel

In the middle part of the game

If you chose Grookey

Thwackey ImageThwackey Gyarados ImageGyarados Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form)
Lampent ImageLampent Hattrem ImageHattrem Grapploct ImageGrapploct

If you chose Scorbunny

Raboot ImageRaboot Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form) Diggersby ImageDiggersby
Gyarados ImageGyarados Hattrem ImageHattrem Grapploct ImageGrapploct

If you chose Sobble

Drizzile ImageDrizzile Corvisquire ImageCorvisquire Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form)
Lampent ImageLampent Hattrem ImageHattrem Grapploct ImageGrapploct

In the late part of the game

If you chose Grookey

Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Gyarados ImageGyarados Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form)
Chandelure ImageChandelure Hatterene ImageHatterene Eternatus ImageEternatus

If you chose Scorbunny

Cinderace ImageCinderace Diggersby ImageDiggersby Gyarados ImageGyarados
Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form) Hatterene ImageHatterene Eternatus ImageEternatus

If you chose Sobble

Inteleon ImageInteleon Corviknight ImageCorviknight Toxtricity ImageToxtricity (Amped Form)
Chandelure ImageChandelure Hatterene ImageHatterene Eternatus ImageEternatus

Where each recommended Pokemon appears

Early game

Rookidee

Rookidee ImageRookidee
Type Flying Type Location Route 1, 2,
and others

Rookidee - Locations and Learnable Moves

Magikarp

Magikarp ImageMagikarp
Type Water Type Location Route 2 (Fishing),
Motostoke (Fishing),
and others

Magikarp - Locations and Learnable Moves

Bunnelby

Bunnelby ImageBunnelby
Type Normal Type Location Rolling Fields,
East Lake Axewell,
and others

Bunnelby - Locations and Learnable Moves

Toxel

Toxel ImageToxel
Type Electric Type
Poison Type
Location Receive at Route 5 Day Care,
Bridge Field,
and others

Toxel - Locations and Learnable Moves

Litwick

Litwick ImageLitwick
Type Fire Type
Ghost Type
Location Motostoke
(Gym Challenge)

Litwick - Locations and Learnable Moves

Mid-game

Hattrem

Hattrem ImageHattrem
Type Psychic Type Location Glimwood Tangle

Hattrem - Locations and Learnable Moves

Grapploct

Grapploct ImageGrapploct
Type Normal Type Location Route 9
(Fixed on the Map)

Grapploct - Locations and Learnable Moves

Late game

Eternatus

Eternatus ImageEternatus
Type Poison Type Dragon Type Location Catch during the story

Eternatus - Locations and Learnable Moves

How picky should you be about Natures and IVs?

Avoid Natures which lower Attack and Special Attack

When focusing on getting through the main story, there's no need to be picky about IVs, as it's quicker to simply level up a Pokemon to improve their stats. However, in order to get through the story quickly, it's best to avoid Natures which lower Attack and Special Attack. It's advantageous to have your Pokemon able to deal as much damage as possible to make sure you can defeat each opponent swiftly.

Natures which decrease Attack
Bold Modest Calm Timid
Natures which decrease Special Attack
Adamant Impish Careful Jolly

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