Starter Pokemon and Evolutions – Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki Guide

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This page includes the 3 starters in Pokemon Sword and Shield: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble plus the official, confirmed starter evolutions.

Similar to its predecessors, players are presented with three different Pokemon Sword and Shield starters. The player has the option to choose between the following three Starter Pokemon: Starter Pokemon are always either Grass, Fire, or Water-types. This way, regardless of which starter you choose, it will be strong against one, but weak to the other.

Continue below for additional info on each of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Pokemon. If you’d like more detailed information, you can click on the Pokemon‘s name to be taken to their individual wiki page.

This following information is sourced from the official Pokemon website for the 3 Pokemon Sword and Shield Starters: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. If you would like to see their evolutions, we have a spoilers tag before they appear. You can scroll towards the bottom of this page, or view it by clicking the Starter’s name to be taken to their page (don’t worry, the evolutions are also tagged as spoilers on those pages).

Category Chimp Pokemon
Ability Overgrown
Height 1′
Weight 11 lbs.

From the official Pokemon website: A mischievous Chimp Pokémon that is full of boundless curiosity.

Grookey‘s Characteristics[edit]

A stick that has special effects


  • The stick held by Grookey was originally a branch from the forest where troops of Grookey live, but it’s no longer a simple branch.
  • The stick has gained special powers after being exposed to the energy within Grookey’s body.

It can give energy to plants

  • Its green fur creates energy from sunlight.
  • Wilted flowers and leaves have been seen to regain their color when Grookey drums with its stick near them.

From the official Pokemon website: A Rabbit Pokémon that is always running about, bursting with energy.

Scorbunny‘s Characteristics[edit]

Its powerful legs are its pride

  • Scorbunny uses its powerful legs to run and jump around its opponents, confusing and disorienting them. *The soles of its feet can become very hot, and Scorbunny can kick opponents to damage and burn them, too!

Scorbunny‘s second heart—its “fire sac”

  • Scorbunny has a fire sac in its chest, which contains viscous fire energy.
  • If Scorbunny is able to increase its heart rate and body temperature by running around and warming up properly, the true power of its fire energy will be awakened and its physical capabilities will greatly increase.

From the official Pokemon website: A somewhat timid Water Lizard Pokémon that shoots out attacks as it hides itself in the water.

Sobble‘s Characteristics[edit]

It disappears when it touches water

  • When Sobble touches water, its body changes its pattern and color, allowing it to blend into its surroundings.
  • Sobble is a bit timid, and so if it gets nervous or embarrassed, it will secrete the water within its body like sweat and disappear into the surroundings.

Tears as potent as 100 onions

  • Sobble’s tears are capable of making others cry. This effect is so strong, it is said that its tears are as potent as 100 onions.
  • If Sobble feels threatened, it will start to bawl and spread its tears around the area, causing everyone around it to start crying uncontrollably. Sobble will then use this distraction as a chance to escape.

Below are the real starter evolutions for Pokemon Sword and Shield. See what Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble look like all grown up and check out their evolution chains to see what level they evolve at.

SPOILER WARNING – The section below contains the official, confirmed starter evolutions from our time with the game. If you don’t want to see the starter evolutions stop scrolling.

Below you’ll find all of Grookey‘s evolutions. Grookey and all its evolutions are mono-type. In this case, that means all of them are only Grass Type.




Grookey‘s Evolution Chain[edit]

Below you’ll find all of Scorbunny‘s evolutions. Scorbunny and all its evolutions are mono-type. In this case, that means all of them are only Fire Type.




Below you’ll find all of Sobble‘s evolutions. Sobble and all its evolutions are mono-type. In this case, that means all of them are only Water Type.



Sobble -> Drizzile -> Inteleon
Lv 16
Lv 35

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