The Pokémon Sword and Shield starters were the first Pokémon to be revealed when the game was fully announced in early 2019.

Now, we have some more detail on those three starter Pokémon Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey themselves - although the best stuff like their base stats, attacks and evolutions are still under wraps for now - and so below we'll run through everything we know about each of them.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Grookey: what we know about the Grass-type starter

Grookey is a Grass-type starter and likely to take the first number in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex, as the Grass-type starters always have until now. There are no confirmations of its evolutions or stats, but we do have some basic info about the little grass monkey, including an official description and a peek at some of its moves, too.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Grookey details we know so far

  • Category: Chimp Pokémon
  • Type: Grass
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • Ability: Overgrow

Description: The stick that Grookey holds, originally from the forest where groups of Grookey live, is imbued with special powers after being exposed to the energy within Grookey's body. Its green fur creates energy from sunlight. When Grookey drums with its stick near wilted flowers and leaves, they regain their color.

Grookey moves confirmed so far:

  • Scratch
  • Razor Leaf
  • Growl
  • Taunt
  • Wood Hammer

Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Scorbunny: what we know about the Fire-type starter

Scorbunny is the Fire-type starter in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and is likely to occupy the fourth slot in the Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex.

As with the other starters, we don't have any confirmation of its evolutions or full stats, but we do at least know the basics, and have spotted some of its moves from the trailers.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Scorbunny details we know so far

  • Category: Rabbit Pokémon
  • Type: Fire
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs.
  • Ability: Blaze

Description: Scorbunny uses its powerful legs to confuse and disorient its opponents by running and jumping around them. Because the soles of its feet can become very hot, Scorbunny's kick can burn and damage opponents, too. With a sac in its chest containing viscous fire energy, Scorbunny can increase its heart rate and body temperature by running around. This awakens the true power of its fire energy and greatly increases its physical abilities.

Scorbunny moves confirmed so far:

  • Ember
  • Quick Attack
  • Double Kick
  • Growl

Looking for more Sword and Shield pages like this? Our jumbo guide to the Pokémon Sword and Shield double pack pre-orders, release date, open world, wild battles and everything we know is the place to start, while we also have pages on Sword and Shield Legendarys Zacian and Zamazenta, Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble, and a list of all new Gen 8 Pokémon in the Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex for you to check out, too.


Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Sobble: what we know about the Water-type starter

Sobble is the Water-type starter in Sword and Shield, and is likely to be the seventh Pokémon in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex.

Again, just like the other starters, there aren't any details on its potential evolutions or full stats, but we once again know the basics - and have spotted just the one move from the trailers worth noting, too.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Sobble details we know so far

  • Category: Water Lizard Pokémon
  • Type: Water
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 8.8 lbs.
  • Ability: Torrent

Description: When Sobble touches water, its body changes its pattern and color, allowing it to blend into its surroundings. A rather timid Pokémon, Sobble will secrete the water within its body like sweat and disappear into its surroundings when nervous or embarrassed. With tears that are as potent as a hundred onions, Sobble will start to bawl if it feels threatened, spreading its tears around the area and causing everyone around it to start crying uncontrollably. Sobble will then use this distraction as a chance to escape.

Sobble moves confirmed so far:

  • Water Gun

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