Pokémon Sword And Shield’s Starter Evolutions Have Leaked


We’re still a full six months (and change) out from the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield and already, Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble are the stars of the show.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, far from the UK-inspired region of Galar, you should know that Grookey (Grass), Scorbunny (Fire) and Sobble (Water) are about to become your new favorite companions, as they are officially the three starter Pokémon of Sword and Shield.

And as is the case with every new iteration of Pokémon, fans are beginning to wonder what each creature will look like once it’s reached the point of evolution. Well, wonder no more… for the eagle-eyed users of 4chan appear to have uncovered Poké intel which reveals Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble’s respective evolutions.

Feast thy eyes:

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we should warn you that this alleged leak comes to us by way of 4chan, which has a long, spotty history when it comes to video game intel. So it could well be that these evolutions are merely the product of a PhotoShop expert, but even so, they’re pretty damn good.

Let’s begin with Grookey, the “mischievous chimp filled with boundless curiosity.” His secondary evolution is in keeping with the game’s medieval theme, before the third and presumably final evolution reveals a jester-like character with a sword of his own. Scorbunny, on the other hand, appears to grow into a flame-wielding clown, which is fitting when you consider that Nintendo sought inspiration from football players when designing its fiery critter.

And finally, Sobble. The water-spouting Pokémon appears to develop thick armor as it evolves, which actually aligns with previous rumors surrounding Pokémon Sword and Shield. Will these photos prove true? We’ll find out in the fall.