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Pokemon Day plans revealed for Pokemon Go, Sword and Shield

Published: 31/Jan/2020 16:49 Updated: 31/Jan/2020 17:01

by Paul Cot


It seems like yesterday that we were being first introduced to Pokemon Sword and Shield at last year’s Pokemon Day. Fast forward nearly a year and plans are already in motion for the 2020 Pokemon Day.

Pokemon Day is an annual celebration of, you guessed it, everything Pokemon. It falls on February 27, which marks the release date of Pokemon Red and Green in Japan. It is widely considered to be the birthday of the Pokemon franchise.

In recent years, it has been seen as a day for announcements and not just celebration. This was evidenced last year with the hugely anticipated reveal of the eighth generation of Pokemon game.

Wurmple Hat
Even Wurmple is getting ready to celebrate the 2020 Pokemon Day…

Announcements teased

With the precedent set, trainers are already earmarking the day for news on the latest happenings in the Pokemon Go world. Now, nearly a month before the big day, the subject of those announcements has been teased. While there are no spoilers, we have been given a rough idea of what to expect.

New Mythical Pokemon

The big announcement appears to be the revealing of a new Mythical Pokemon which will feature in Sword and Shield, and also appear in the upcoming Pokemon Movie: Coco. That movie is set to be released on July 10.

Whether this new “Phantom” Pokemon will be introduced to the Gen 8 game before or after the movie remains to be seen. However, given there is a clear legendary theme in the second of the two Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs – The Crown Tundra – it could well be released in this. That expansion is expected in the fall of 2020.

Could it be the Pokemon featured at the end of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer? Or does its “Phantom” description suggest something else entirely.

Additions to existing games

According to the Japanese Pokemon website, which revealed these details, a special Max Raid Battle will be held within Pokemon Sword and Shield. Given the significance of the event this will likely be a species worth having.

Elsewhere, the ever popular Pokemon Go will have its own special event to commemorate the day. The mobile game had something similar in 2019 which was focused around some classic Kanto species.

New game announcement?

The likelihood of a brand new 2020 Pokemon game has been called into question following the announcement of the Sword and Shield expansion pass. However, that doesn’t guarantee that the Pokemon Company don’t have something big up their sleeves.

A follow on to Sword and Shield would make zero sense but, even with a lot of content for the latest game scheduled, a sequel to Pokemon Let’s Go or a much demanded remake of the Gen 4 games – Pokemon Diamond and Pearl – remains a possibility.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.