'Pokémon Shield and Sword' Starters: Everything We Know So Far

The Pokémon Company delivered a short look into the Generation 8 games during the Pokémon Direct on Wednesday morning, and it included a lot of tidbits that fans can analyze for months until its release, especially with the new Starters.

Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword will give trainers a brand new partner to start their adventures in the Galar region with. These three Pokémon are Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble.

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The 'Pokemon Sword and Shield' Starters The Pokemon Company

Besides their typing, Wednesday's Direct revealed relatively little information about the three starter Pokémon. However, from the trailer and official site fans can get a sense of what to expect from their choice.

Here's everything we know about Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble so far.

Grookey is the Grass-type starter of Gen 8 Pokemon Company/YouTube


Grookey is the chimp Pokémon, a pure Grass-type. Its description from the Pokémon site describes him as "mischievous and full of boundless curiosity."

During Pokémon Sword and Shield reveal trailer, Grookey uses the stick it holds in its hair as a toy. It's seen banging on a rock to make a loud noise, which scares Sobble.

As it evolves, Grookey may use this stick in battle more prominently, but we'll have to wait and see what the evolutions look like.

Scorbunny is the Fire-type starter of Gen 8 Pokemon Company/YouTube


Scorbunny is the Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon. It's always running about and is full of energy. From the reveal trailer, we see Scorbunny running across buildings. It event leaves fire on the ground when it runs, showing how fast it is.

There's strips of tan-colored fur on the soles of Scorbunny's feet, which could be where the fire comes from and gives the Pokémon its speed. This strip is also found above Scorbunny's nose.

Sobble is the Water-type stater of Gen 8 Pokemon Company/YouTube


Sobble is the Water-type Lizard Pokémon that is described as being stealthy and timid. It's known for shooting water attacks as it hides in the water.

The Shield and Sword reveal trailer shows Sobble can actually use camouflage to make itself looks invisible to its enemies.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield is set to release on Nintendo Switch in late 2019.

What do you think of the three starter Pokémon of Gen 8? Which are you going to choose? Let us know in the comments section below.