Pokémon Sword and Shield starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey - evolutions, base stats and which starter is best?

Everything we know about Pokémon Sword and Shield's three starter Pokémon.

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble were the first Pokémon to be revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield when the game was first properly announced in early 2019. They also happen to be the three starter Pokémon for the new Gen 8.

Now that the game has been released, we know about the second and third evolution for each starter Pokémon, along with the base stats for each one. We also know more about the abilities each starter Pokémon has.

Hopefully this will help you find the right starter Pokémon for you!

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Which is the best starter Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Picking your Starter Pokémon is by far one of the most important choices you make in any Pokémon game. It determines the early formation of your team or for the entire play-through if you decide to keep it in your party. This means that you'll want to know which starter in Pokémon Sword and Shield is the best.

The answer is - it's completely subjective. (Sorry...)

Since the first three Pokémon gyms are focused around Grass, Water and Fire, in that order, there is no definitive starter Pokémon who can easily walk you through the three gyms. The decision becomes harder as well when you remember that certain gyms leaders are different depending on whether you're playing Pokémon Sword or Shield.

You could pick Scorbunny for a quick walk through the first gym, but then you'll have to find an electric or grass-type Pokémon to help you out in the second. Or you could Sooble and focus on building up your whole Pokémon party, before you face a gym that you truly have an advantage over.


The choice is completely up to you. Though, if you're having trouble picking, we recommend planning out your Pokémon type in advance - that way you'll be able to build your own perfect, balanced, Pokémon type. We've got guides on both the entire Pokémon Sword and Shield Galar Regional Pokédex and all the new Gen 8 Pokémon to help you out!

If you want to know what each final evolution looks like, then check out this video made by ProsafiaGaming. Keep in mind this does contain spoilers for both the starter and legendary Pokémon:

Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Grookey: evolutions and base stats


Grookey is the Grass-type starter for Pokémon Sword and Shield, taking the number one slot in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex, as the Grass-type starters always do.

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16, which will then evolve into Rillaboom at Level 35.

Each one knows the ability, Overgrow. This ability powers up grass-type moves when the Pokémon using them has a low HP.

If you're looking for a powerful physical attacker with a high amount of HP to keep it in the fight, then Grooky is your starter of choice.

Once you reach Grooky's final evolution, Rillaboom, it will have the highest HP base stat out of all three starter Pokémon. This means that Rillaboom can survive some powerful hits from your opponents Pokémon. Match this with its high Attack base stat and you've got a Pokémon that can both survive deadly moves and deal them out.

Below you'll find the base stats (HP, Attack, etc.) for Grookey and each of its evolutions if you want to know more.

Thank you to AnonBB21 from reddit for the help with this information.

Grookey, Thwackey and Rillaboom's Base Stats:

PokémonHP AttackDefenceSp. AttackSp. Defence Speed
Grookey 50 65 50 40 40 65
Thwackey 70 85 70 55 60 80
Rillaboom 100 125 90 60 70 85

Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Scorbunny: evolutions and base stats


Scorbunny is the Fire-type starter for Pokémon Sword and Shield, occupying the fourth slot in the Sword and Shield Regional Pokédex.

Scorbunny evolves into Raboot at Level 16, which evolves into Cinderace at Level 35.

Each one knows the ability, Blaze, which powers up fire-type moves when this Pokémon's HP is low.

Cinderace has the highest Special Defence base stat out of all the final evolutions for the starter Pokémon, which allows it to survive some of the more dangerous moves you might encounter during your Pokémon journey.

Cinderace is also a powerful attacker as well, thanks to its high Attack and Speed base stat. This combination gives Cinderace a better chance of being able to use its strong fire-type moves first in any round of a Pokémon battle, making this Pokémon incredibly deadly to any opponents who is especially weak to fire-type, such as grass-type Pokémon.

Below you'll find the base stats (Attack, Defence, etc.) for Scorbunny and each of its evolutions.

Thank you to AnonBB21 from reddit for the help with this information.

Scorbunny, Raboot and Cinderace's Base Stats:

PokémonHP AttackDefenceSp. AttackSp. Defence Speed

Sword and Shield finally here! Our in-progress Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips can help with the main adventure, and along the way you'll encounter a few new features - from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon, a ??? Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, and the big, open Wild Area, we have lists of new Gen 8 Pokémon, Sword and Shield Pokédex, version differences, Galarian forms and Sword and Shield Legendaries. Elsewhere, there a number of bonuses to unlock - including Sword and Shield Pikachu and Eevee Let's Go reward, Mew in Sword and Shield, a pre-order tracksuit, free gift Meowth and Double Pack Larvitar and Jangmo-o Dynamax Crystals.

Pokémon Sword and Shield starter Pokémon Sobble: evolutions and base stats


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

Sobble evolves into Drizzile at Level 16 and, finally, Inteleon at Level 35.

Each one knows the ability Torrent, which will make their water-type moves stronger, the lower their HP falls.

Sobble has the highest Special Attack base stat out of all the starter Pokémon and this continues as it evolves. When you reach its final evolution, Inteleon, it will also have the highest Speed base stat.

This makes up for Inteleon's relatively low HP and Defence base stat, allowing it to deal some very powerful moves. Inteleon may not be able to stay in the Pokémon battle for very long, but, while its there, it can certainly cause a lot of damage.

Below you'll find the base stats (Defence, Special Attack, etc.) for Sobble and it's evolutions.

We've also included a list of all the moves Sobble, Drizzile and Inteleon can learn by levelling up.

Thank you to AnonBB21 from reddit for the help with this information.

Sobble, Drizzile and Inteleon's Base Stats:

PokémonHP AttackDefenceSp. AttackSp. Defence Speed
Sobble 50 40 40 70 40 70
Drizzile 65 60 55 95 55 90
Inteleon 70 85 65 125 65 120

If you need any more Pokémon Sword and Shield help, then check out our Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough.

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