Each new generation of Pokemon carries a whole new wave of adorable new monsters for fans to meet and take into their party. What usually ends up as the most anticipated reveal of each new video game entry are the three new starter Pokemon, and this was an especially big deal for Pokemon Sword and Shield. As the first in the mainline series to come to a home console, expectations were high for the three new starters.
Luckily, these expectations were met and then some with the reveal of Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny. Now fans will have a new way to love these adorable new additions as they have made their full mascot debut in Japan.
サルノリ！ヒバニー！メッソン！— ヒノッチ (@hinopika) June 29, 2019
@hinopika on Twitter shared photos of the starter mascot reveals, and they perfectly encapsulate why fans were so drawn to these new starters. This is especially true for the sad and downtrodden Sobble, whose pouty face and crying water abilities helped it become an icon among the older, more sad and downtrodden fans of the Pokemon franchise. Though Grookey and Scorbunny have their charms for sure, Sobble stood out for just making fans want to protect it. Here's a charming video of them in action too!
Pokemon Sword and Shield are currently scheduled to release November 15th for Nintendo Switch. Though whenever Ash reaches the Galor region in the anime, fans are wondering which of these starters would be the permanent addition to the party. Current support is behind the early favorite, Sobble, of course. If you haven't kept up with the current run of the anime, the Pokemon series is gearing up for the debut of the Alolan League pretty soon, so now is the perfect time to jump in!
Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon is described as such, "What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak.
More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions..."