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Why Pokemon Sword and Shield Needs to Get This Right

Why Pokemon Sword and Shield Needs to Get This Right
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Being over a month removed from the reveal of the eighth generation of Pokemon, everyone is clamoring for more information about the games.  On February 27th, Pokemon Day, the Pokemon Company revealed that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield would be the new installations into their universe.  Pokemon Sword and Shield will take place in the Galar region. A new region in the Pokemon universe, Galar is based on the United Kingdom and is full of all sorts of new Pokemon, the likes of which we have never seen.  At the end of the introduction trailer, trainers got to meet the three starter Pokemon that they would be able to choose from to begin their adventures through Galar. The first starter revealed was the Fire type, rabbit Pokemon, Scorbunny.  Then a small reptile Pokemon made its way out of a fountain and was introduced as the Water type, Sobble. Sobble scampers away as trainers are introduced to the mischievous monkey Grass type Pokemon, Grookey.

Since their reveal to trainers around the world, everyone has speculated on what the final evolutions of our new generation of starters would look like.  Immediately, fans worried that they would be faced with dealing with yet another Fire and Fighting type final evolution for Scorbunny thanks to the bandages on its nose and feet.  Sobble was shown to have the ability to blend in with the water and its surroundings, but gave no clear indication of a possible path for its evolutions. Trainers watched as Grookey banged his stick against a rock, but there was no evidence to indicate any specific correlation with rock or ground being the secondary typing.  Without any concrete information, trainers everywhere have been struggling to determine what the final evolutions will bring.

The Pokemon Company has let us down with final starter evolutions before and no trainer wants to be disappointed when the Generation 8 final evolutions are revealed.  Luckily, I’ve determined exactly what kind of starters Generation 8 should offer. With Sword and Shield being the first main series game playable on the Nintendo Switch, it only makes sense that the final evolutions blow everyone away.  How can the Pokemon Company create brand new, groundbreaking Pokemon that will both help the brand flourish, but also allow them to stick to their roots?  It’s honestly very simple. First, give your trainers type combinations that are still rare amongst the nearly 1000 different species of Pokemon. Secondly, give the trainers sleek and modern designs that fit the new Switch engine that you’re able to utilize.

Scorbunny was the first Generation 8 starter that was introduced for Pokemon Sword and Shield.  Trainers across the globe are begging for Scorbunny not to evolve into yet another Fire/Fighting type.  We’ve already endured three Fire/Fighting type starters in Blaziken, Infernape, and Emboar. Although two of those three starters were fantastic and are still staples in the Pokemon community, it would behoove the Pokemon Company to focus on a typing that we have rarely or never even seen before.  The two type combinations that come to mind would be Fire/Electric or Fire/Fairy. Trainers have only been given one Fire/Electric Pokemon before, that being the oven form of Rotom. The Fire/Fairy typing has never been used before. Pokemon Sword and Shield will be the fifth main series installment with the Fairy typing incorporated in the game and this is the perfect opportunity to bring in a never before seen type combination as one of the faces of your new game.  If Scorbunny was to evolve into a sleekly designed, Fire/Fairy type Pokemon, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that would be opposed.

The second starter Trainers met was the Water type Pokemon, Sobble.  A seemingly timid, reptilian Pokemon, Sobble screams two possible final evolution type pairings.  Being a reptile, people are clamoring for Sobble to ultimately evolve into a Water/Dragon type Pokemon only seen before with the legendary Pokemon Palkia and the second generation Pokemon Kingdra.  However, in the introduction trailer for Sword and Shield, Sobble is seen to be invisible in the water.  Another typing that trainers have presumed could be a great fit for Sobble would be the Ghost typing.  Becoming a Water/Ghost type Pokemon would put Sobble into a class with only Frillish and Jellicent and could lead to some very unique abilities or movesets.

The mischievous monkey Grookey was the final starter Pokemon introduced to trainers.  Grookey doesn’t outright feel like it should be any particular typing. It could eventually evolve into a unique Grass/Rock type, a competitive nightmare Grass/Ground type, or a somewhat common, but fun Grass/Dark type.  Grookey seems to be the one starter shrouded in mystery as to where it could trend. Even with that unknown, trainers don’t seem to be fazed. What will get the approval of trainers for Grookey’s final evolution will ultimately be its design.  As long as Grookey has a unique, powerful, and clean design, trainers will be happy to have a fun-loving monkey companion on their adventures.
Everything is going to come down to the decisions made by the Pokemon Company.  Pokemon Sword and Shield is the perfect opportunity to utterly blow away its players by giving them fantastic concepts on an amazing platform.  Being the first main series installation on the Nintendo Switch, trainers are apprehensive. More news on Pokemon Sword and Shield should be released sometime later this month and could bring everyone boundless excitement or utter disappointment.  Personally, I am really hoping for the former, but unfortunately only time will tell. Believe all or none of the rumors being spread across the internet, but when the final evolutions of our starters are eventually revealed, I hope that Pokemon Sword and Shield really nails this prime opportunity to excite the entire fanbase.