Mike Salbato
A Closer Look at Pokémon Sword & Shield's Starters & More
Okay, so a grass monkey, fire bunny, and water tadpole chameleon thing walk into a (milk) bar...
02.27.19 - 2:09 PM

You may have heard that Nintendo finally revealed the new 8th Gen Pokémon game this morning as Pokémon Shield & Pokémon Sword.

As we all know, one of the most important parts of a new Pokémon reveal are the new batch of starters. But first, let's look at the beautiful map of the new Galar region:

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Galar Region Map


Certainly the non-Big Ben portends a cameo by Professor Layton, right? Well, I can dream. Now, let's get on with the starters:

First is the new Grass-type Grookey, perhaps the cutest grass monkey you've yet seen:

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Grookey Artwork


Next is the Fire-type Scorbunny, who seems to accidentally set fire to lawns. But who can't relate to that?

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Scorbunny Artwork


And finally, the Water-type Sobble, who seems to be at least partial chameleon, and will no doubt be the subject of countless memes as time goes on, not to mention ... wow, how is there so much fan art already? Thank you, lovely internet artists.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Sobble Artwork


In our all-new Pokemon Sword & Shield gallery, you'll find the first official batch of screenshots, showing the lovely sights of the Galar region:

Pokemon Sword and Shield Screenshot

Pokemon Sword and Shield Screenshot

Pokemon Sword and Shield Screenshot

Pokemon Sword and Shield Screenshot

Pokemon Sword and Shield Screenshot


Pokémon Sword & Shield comes to Nintendo Switch in late 2019, and we can't wait. As always, we'll bring you the latest on the game(s) as Nintendo reveals it! If you didn't yet see the debut trailer, you won't want to miss it:




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