Which Pokemon Should Be Your Starter in “Sword and Shield”?

By: Talin Vartanian

Which Pokemon Should Be Your Starter in “Sword and Shield”?
Image: Game Freak / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo

About This Quiz

The Pokemon series has come a long way since 1996, which was the year of the Pokemon Red and Green versions. Since then, there have been games like Pokemon Gold, Pearl, Sapphire, Moon and "Black." But what's the latest game in this Poke series? Well, that would be "Sword and Shield!"

Taking place in the Galar region, "Sword and Shield" is available on the Nintendo Switch. It also features new types of creatures, league cards, customizable hairstyles and outfits for your character and plenty of wild areas to explore. Battle against enemies like Team Yell, Bede and Leon, or learn about some new creatures with Professor Magnolia. But don't get too distracted because your mission as a Pokemon trainer involves battling the four gym leaders (Milo, Nessa, Bea and Allister) and eventually winning the Pokemon League. 

But you can't do this all alone, because you'll need a special starter friend to help you out on your travels. These include Grookey, Sobble and Scorbunny, and they each have unique personalities and fighting moves. So, which one should you choose for your next adventure? Leave that big decision to us, because in this "Sword and Shield" quiz, we'll determine which Pokemon starter should be your new BFF!

Pokemon battle When fighting in a battle, you want your starter Pokémon to look ...
Adorable
Tough
Frightened
Happy

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Flames Which of these elements lies within your Pokésoul?
Grass
Fire
Water
Ice

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Pet Bunny If your starter Pokémon was a real-life animal, it would probably be a ...
Chimpanzee
Bunny
Lizard
Fish

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Pokemon Battle Which of these Pokémon moves would you use to defeat your enemies?
Overgrown
Blaze
Torrent
Drum Beating

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Legendary Pokemon What legendary Pokémon will you catch as your "sword" or "shield"?
Neither; let them be free in the wild!
Zamazenta
Zacian
Both, please!

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Woman and bet bunny Which of these adjectives would you use to describe your personality?
Calm
Fiery
Charming
Curious

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Gym Leaders Which of these gym leaders would you be able to defeat with zero problems?
Nessa
Milo
Allister
Bea

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Capturing Pikachu Would you like to choose one of these old-school starter Pokémon as your sidekick?
Bulbasaur
Charmander
Squirtle
Pikachu

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Pokemon Rival Who's going to be your new BFF in "Sword and Shield"?
Sonia
Leon
Bede
Oleana

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Gigantimax Which of these Gigantamax (aka giant Pokémon) will you use to scare away your enemies?
Gigantamax Butterfree
Gigantamax Charizard
Gigantamax Drednaw
Gigantamax Eevee

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Pokemon Sword and Shield character In "Sword and Shield," you can change up your hairstyle! Which of these will you pick from?
High pigtails
Ponytail
Sideswept waves
Short bob

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Pokemon stadium What's your strategy when it comes to winning Pokémon battles?
Always play defense.
Always play offense.
Just go with the flow.
Try to "read" what the opponent is doing.

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Sunshine - Pokemon Which of these weather patterns would be ideal for catching some new friends?
Sunshine
Dry heat
Rain
Thunderstorms

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Team Yell How would you deal with Team Yell, who always seems to be rooting for Marnie?
Try to calmly talk to them, if I can
Challenge them to a battle!
RUN!
Tell Marnie to deal with her followers

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City Which of these towns will serve as your next rest stop?
Turffield
Spikemuth
Hammerlocke
Motostoke

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Pokemon Champion Which of these unique moves is strategic enough for the Pokémon League?
Self-Destruct
Scary Face
Thief
Snore

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Getting dressed You can also change your outfits in "Sword and Shield!" Which of the following would show off your Poké spirit?
Striped sweater with pants
Denim shorts with a leather jacket
Skirt with a cute top
Jeans with a comfy jacket

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Pokemon Starters Overall, you want to catch Pokémon that are ...
Cute
Strong
Lovable
Intimidating

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Zigzagoon Which of these "regional forms" Pokémon would you like to catch in the Galar region?
Ponyta
Zigzagoon
Linoone
Weezing

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Sheep Pokemon Can you pick just one of these adorable Pokémon to include on your team?
Yamper
Rolycoly
Wooloo
Morpeko

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Professor Oak Can you pick just one of these old-school professors to learn a thing or two from?
Professor Oak
Professor Elm
Professor Birch
Professor Juniper

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Lightning Which of these Pokémon types would you stay far, far away from?
Fire
Ground
Electric
Poison

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mint What type of Poké mint will make your Pokémon as happy as a clam?
Calm Mint
Brave Mint
Careful Mint
Bold Mint

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Pokemon Trade Would you want to trade your starter Pokémon for someone much stronger?
No way; that's just mean!
Of course; power is everything!
Well, I want to evolve it at some point.
Ya know, I'm not really sure.

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Pokemon What kind of Poké stat would you focus on increasing?
Special Defense
Special Attack
Speed
Other

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Pokemon cooking Which of these in-game items would you use for a Poké camp cookout?
Pasta
Packaged curry
Moomoo cheese
Precooked burger

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Throwing Pokeball During your adventures, you'll primarily be using what type of Pokéball?
Beast Ball
Fast Ball
Dive Ball
Dusk Ball

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Pokemon friends What does the word "friendship" mean to you?
Always being there for someone
Using someone to get ahead in life
Having fun with someone else
Embarking on new adventures with someone special

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Singing Which of these Pokémon songs represents your path to victory?
"I Want to be a Hero"
"Born to be a Winner"
"Pokérap"
"Team Rocket Forever"

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Pokemon - The Wild Area What kind of season would you and your Pokémon thrive in?
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall

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