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.

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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, base stats and movesets

Pokemon_Grookey

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

Below you'll find the movesets for Grookey, Thwackey and Rillaboom:

Grooky Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Scratch Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
6 Branch Poke Grass Attack 40 100 40 N/A
8 Taunt Dark Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
12 Razor Leaf Grass Attack 55 95 25 N/A
17 Screech Normal Status Effecting N/A 85 40 N/A
20 Knock Off Dark Attack 65 100 20 N/A
24 Slam Normal Attack 80 75 20 N/A
28 Uproar Normal Special Attack 90 100 10 N/A
32 Wood Hammer Grass Attack 120 100 15 N/A
36 Endeavor Normal Attack ??? 100 5 N/A

Thwackey Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Scratch Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
N/A Branch Poke Grass Attack 40 100 40 N/A
N/A Taunt Dark Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
Evolve Double Hit Normal Attack 35 90 10 N/A
12 Razor Leaf Grass Attack 55 95 25 N/A
19 Screech Normal Status Effecting N/A 85 40 N/A
24 Knock Off Dark Attack 65 100 20 N/A
30 Slam Normal Attack 80 75 20 N/A
36 Uproar Normal Special Attack 90 100 10 N/A
42 Wood Hammer Grass Attack 120 100 15 N/A
48 Endeavor Normal Attack ??? 100 5 N/A
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Pokemon_Rillaboom
Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Rillaboom Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Scratch Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
N/A Branch Poke Grass Attack 40 100 40 N/A
N/A Taunt Dark Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
N/A Double Hit Normal Attack 35 90 10 N/A
N/A Grassy Terrain Grass Status Effecting N/A 101 10 N/A
N/A Noble Roar Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 30 N/A
Evolve Drum Beating Grass Attack 80 100 10 1
12 Razor Leaf Grass Attack 55 95 25 N/A
19 Screech Normal Status Effecting N/A 85 40 N/A
24 Knock Off Dark Attack 65 100 20 N/A
32 Slam Normal Attack 80 75 20 N/A
38 Uproar Normal Special Attack 90 100 10 N/A
46 Wood Hammer Grass Attack 120 100 15 N/A
54 Endeavor Normal Attack ??? 100 5 N/A
62 Doomburst Normal Special Attack 140 100 10 N/A

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

Pokemon_Scorbunny

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
Scorbunny507140404069
Raboot658660556094
Cinderace80116756575119

Below you'll find the movesets for Scorbunny and its evolutions:

Scorbunny Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/ATackleNormalAttack4010035N/A
N/AGrowlNormalStatus EffectingN/A10040N/A
6Ember FireSpecial Attack40100250.1
8Quick AttackNormalAttack4010030N/A
12Double KickFightingAttack3010030N/A
17Flame ChargeFireAttack50100201
20AgilityPsychic Status EffectingN/A10130N/A
24HeadbuttNormalAttack70100150.3
28CounterFightingAttack???10020N/A
32BounceFlyingAttack858550.3
36Double-EdgeNormalAttack12010015N/A

Raboot Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/ATackleNormalAttack4010035N/A
N/AGrowlNormalStatus EffectingN/A10040N/A
N/AEmber FireSpecial Attack40100250.1
N/AQuick AttackNormalAttack4010030N/A
12Double KickFightingAttack3010030N/A
19Flame ChargeFireAttack50100201
24AgilityPsychic Status EffectingN/A10130N/A
30HeadbuttNormalAttack70100150.3
36CounterFightingAttack???10020N/A
42BounceFlyingAttack858550.3
48Double-EdgeNormalAttack12010015N/A
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Pokemon_Cinderace
Raboot and Cinderace.

Cinderace Moveset

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/ATackleNormalAttack4010035N/A
N/AGrowlNormalStatus EffectingN/A10040N/A
N/AEmber FireSpecial Attack40100250.1
N/AQuick AttackNormalAttack4010030N/A
N/AFeintNormalAttack3010010N/A
Evolve Pyro Ball FightingAttack1209050.1
12Double KickFightingAttack3010030N/A
19Flame ChargeFireAttack50100201
24AgilityPsychic Status EffectingN/A10130N/A
30HeadbuttNormalAttack70100150.3
38CounterFightingAttack???10020N/A
46BounceFlyingAttack858550.3
54Double-EdgeNormalAttack12010015N/A
62Court ChargeNormalStatus EffectingN/A10010N/A

Sword and Shield finally here! Our now complete 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 and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all Pokémon Sword and Shield TM locations new Gen 8 Pokémon, Sword and Shield Pokédex, version differences, Galarian forms and Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including guides on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.


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

Pokemon_Sobble

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.

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

Below you'll find the movesets for Sobble, Drizzile and Inteleon:

Sobble Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Pound Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
6 Water Gun Water Special Attack 40 100 25 N/A
8 Bind Normal Attack 15 85 20 1
12 Water Pulse Water Special Attack 60 100 20 0.2
17 Tearful Look Normal Status Effecting N/A 101 20 1
20 Sucker Punch Dark Attack 70 100 5 N/A
24 U-Turn Bug Attack 70 100 20 N/A
28 Liquidation Water Attack 85 100 10 0.2
32 Soak Water Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
36 Rain Dance Water Status Effecting N/A 101 5 N/A

Drizzile Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Pound Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
N/A Water Gun Water Special Attack 40 100 25 N/A
N/A Bind Normal Attack 15 85 20 1
12 Water Pulse Water Special Attack 60 100 20 0.2
19 Tearful Look Normal Status Effecting N/A 101 20 1
24 Sucker Punch Dark Attack 70 100 5 N/A
30 U-Turn Bug Attack 70 100 20 N/A
36 Liquidation Water Attack 85 100 10 0.2
42 Soak Water Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
48 Rain Dance Water Status Effecting N/A 101 5 N/A
Pokemon_Drizzile
Pokemon_Inteleon
Drizzile and Inteleon.

Inteleon Moveset:

Level LearnedMove NameType Move CategoryAttackAccuaryPPEffect
N/A Pound Normal Attack 40 100 35 N/A
N/A Growl Normal Status Effecting N/A 100 40 N/A
N/A Water Gun Water Special Attack 40 100 25 N/A
N/A Bind Normal Attack 15 85 20 1
N/A Acrobatics Flying Attack 55 100 15 N/A
Evolve Snipe Shot Water Special Attack 80 100 15 N/A
12 Water Pulse Water Special Attack 60 100 20 0.2
19 Tearful Look Normal Status Effecting N/A 101 20 1
24 Sucker Punch Dark Attack 70 100 5 N/A
30 U-Turn Bug Attack 70 100 20 N/A
38 Liquidation Water Attack 85 100 10 0.2
46 Soak Water Status Effecting N/A 100 20 N/A
54 Rain Dance Water Status Effecting N/A 101 5 N/A
62 Hydro Pump Water Special Attack 110 80 5 N/A

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

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