If you choose any other starting Pokémon other than Sobble when the Pokémon Sword and Shield are released on November 15, you make the wrong choice. Sobble, the shy, sad frog-like water type Pokémon is a good boy – a Pokémon you just want to take care of.
In a new interview with Game Informer, Game Freak developers Shigeru Ohmori, Junichi Masuda and James Turner shared new information about Sobble (and the other two starting pokémon – Grookey, the happy green monkey Pokémon and Scorbunny, the evil fire rabbit Pokémon) .
Unfortunately, the developer still refused to share information about the three Pokémon developments, but noted that each is connected to the Galar region in a way that will make sense when people play the games.
It's the first time the startup Pokémon has been so distinct from each other, the developers said.
Sobble is naturally the best Pokémon in Sword and Shield, one that the developers said is a good fit for coaches who are "kind and caring" people who can be bashful or shy – like Sobble. The frog-like water type has a large fin on the head and the entire body becomes transparent as it enters the water. And it's perfect.
The developers said they were not sure how the world would react to Sobble, but knew it would be a hit in Japan. "In Japan, there's definitely a culture of feeling like something is sweet because you feel sorry for it," Pokémon Sword and Shield director Shigeru Ohmori told Game Informer. "So we knew it would be well-received in Japan." But Ohmori said they were not sure how Sobble would be received anywhere else in the world.
It turns out, they had nothing to worry about. Everyone loves Sobble and wants to protect him at all costs.
In his personality, Grookey is the opposite of Sobble. The developers told Game Informer that it loves climbing trees and uses its "mysterious little stick" to infuse life and energy into the world around him. For example, if the grass drops with the stick, it will start to grow.
Who is the right trainer for this Pokémon? The developers said that there is someone who likes to dance or go to parties – someone who wants to have fun.
Scorbunny is the bushy fire-type rabbit Pokémon that is super-energetic – spreads fire on the ground as it goes. It's the kind of Pokémon that may be missing from its Poké Ball when its coach wakes up, the developers said, and laughed, because it always runs out to get in trouble.
In describing its design, the developers said that the patch is a symbolic design decision to express how energetic it is, a design that is common in Japan.
Coaches who can keep up with Scorbunny will enjoy having it around, according to Game Freak.
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield arrive on Nintendo Switch on November 15. This morning, the Pokémon Company revealed that Galarian Ponyta will be an Shield exclusive. Sirfetchad, an evolution of Farfetched, was previously revealed as a sword exclusive Pokémon.