Pokemon Sword and Shield: Starter Pokemon And Which Is The Best Option?
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Pokemon Sword and Shield: Starter Pokemon And Which Is The Best Option?

Nick Farrell
7 September 2019

Perhaps the most crucial decision players will make, we dive in and explore which one will help you the most

A new set of Pokemon games are rapidly approaching, Pokemon Sword and Shield, with a handful of new pokemon, gym leaders, features and more. New adventures await you on the 15th November 2019 as you visit the Galar region. A new Pokemon game is always one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year and Pokemon Sword and Shield will be no different.

We are quickly approaching the November 15th release date for Nintendo’s Pokemon: Sword And Shield and we are starting to get more information about it, with the looming release date there is aone massive decision that fans will make when they start up their journey throughout the Galar region - who do they pick as their starter Pokemon.

Choosing a starter Pokemon is one of the most pivotal moments in any Pokemon game, it is essentially your life long partner throughout the game and can determine how easy or hard some gym battles may be. So, going into Pokemon Sword and Shield, which is the best starter Pokemon? 

Grookey

The grass type starter has received the least amount of love out of the three since its reveal, with an appearance similar to a monkey, Grookey could evolve into a combination of different types with grass; but for now we do not know its final evolution as of now. 

So far, an abundance of new Pokemon have confirmed to be in Sword and Shield that are also grass-type Pokemon, along with the first gym leader confirmed to be a grass-type leader, Grookey may be at a disadvantage in the early stages of the game. Usually, one of the starter Pokemon struggles immensely in the early stages of the game, but proceeds to level out during the end game. When we get a full glimpse of the gym leaders throughout Sword and Shield we will have a final verdict of Grookey but as of now, it appears it may be the weakest out of the three.

Sobble

Moving on to the water-type starter in Sword and Shield, Sobble is perhaps the cutest Pokemon of the three starters and has been receiving the most love. It has also been suspected that Sobble may evolve into some sort of dragon or lizard as its final state, a water-dragon type is one we have rarely seen in Pokemon games, so this could be one of the best final stages of any starter Pokemon.

Water-type Pokemon have always been some of the best and safest bets throughout any Pokemon game, although with the first gym leader being a grass-type leader, Sobble is already at a disadvantage. It is a safe bet to assume that Sobble will get an easier path throughout the game and water type moves are amongst some of the strongest in Pokemon games, so if you're looking for the safest best for sure pick Sobble. 

Scorbunny

The last starter amongst the three is the fire type Scorbunny, similar to its name, it is a bunny type Pokemon. It does seem to lead into the all so common fire-fighting final evolution later down the line. With its bandage above its nose, it is a safe bet that we could see this combination as we progress in the Galar region.

Personally, fire-type Pokemon have become my favorite starter Pokemon in every Pokemon game, they tend to become some of the strongest in every game and can decimate enemies in the later stages due to their excessively high damage output. As of now, it seems that Scorbunny will be the superior Pokemon in the early stages of the game, whether or not this holds true throughout the game is unknown as of now; our money is on Scorbunny to be the best starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield.

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Written By
Nick Farrell
@NickChris_

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