Pokemon Scarlet & Violet starters: Everything we know about Sprigatito, Fuecoco & Quaxly

Brent Koepp
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Starters screenshot.
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If you’re looking to find out everything we know about the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet & Violet starters, including Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly’s design and abilities — here’s a full rundown. 

The Pokemon series’ ninth generation will officially launch in November 2022. Titled Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, the new RPG is the franchise’s first open-world title and its region, Paldea, seems to be inspired by Spain.

While the open-world title looks to have many differences across the two versions, one thing remains a constant: the starting Pokemon. Ahead of its release, Game Freak has given us a few small glimpses at these starters that players will get to choose from in Gen 9.

Below, we’ve got everything to know about three new starter Pokemon in the game, their abilities, and what to expect from their evolution line.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet battle screenshot.
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Scarlet & Violet will feature a new region and new Gen 9 Pokemon.

All Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starters

Sprigatito

Sprigatito in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet


  • Type: Grass
  • Category: Grass Cat Pokémon
  • Height: 1’4″
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Ability: Overgrow

“The capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon.”


The first new Gen 9 starter for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to be introduced is the adorable Grass-type Sprigatito. Its name is a combination of Sprig (small leaf) and the Spanish word Gatito (kitten).

While we have yet to see the ‘mon in action other than a few seconds in August’s Pokemon Presents, we have a pretty good idea of its personality based on its official description calling it “capricious and attention-seeking.” Interestingly, the Japanese version of the site describes it differently as “whimsical and spoiled.”

Its ability Overgrow made its debut in 2002’s Ruby & Sapphire and powers up all Grass-type moves by 50% once the player’s HP dips below or equals 1/3 in total.

Fuecoco

Fuecoco, a fire-type starter in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet sitting next to a burnt fruit


  • Ttype: Fire
  • Category: Fire Croc Pokémon
  • Height: 1’4″
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs.
  • Ability: Blaze

“The laid-back Fire Croc Pokémon that does things at its own pace.”


Although not confirmed, it appears the crocodile’s name is a mix between Fuego (fire), and Coco (which could possibly be a reference to the Coco ghost myth in Spain).

Since its debut, Fuecoco has already caused a lot of debate among the fanbase. On the one hand, some players believe its white face is meant to represent the inside of an apple. Others believe it’s meant to be a skull, which would play into the ghost themes.

Both the Japanese and English websites describe the Fire-type as laid-back. Just like the other two starters, its Blaze Ability was originally introduced in the Hoenn region and boosts Fire-type moves if its health drops low enough.

Quaxly

Quaxly, a water type Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet


  • Type: Water
  • Category: Duckling Pokémon
  • Height: 1’8″
  • Weight: 13.4 lbs.
  • Ability: Torrent

“The earnest and tidy Duckling Pokémon.”


Last up in the new trio of starters for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is the cap-wearing duck, Quaxly. Unlike the other Gen 9 starters, its name doesn’t appear to be based on anything in the Spanish language and instead seems to be a play on the sound that the bird makes.

Like Sprigatito, the description for the ‘mon differs based on region. In English, it’s said to be earnest and tidy, while in Japanese it’s detailed as being serious and beautiful.

Its Ability is Torrent, which boosts all Water-type moves when the character’s HP has dropped far enough.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starter evolutions

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Starters painting reveal trailer screenshot.
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The new trio will be your starters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

At the time of writing, Game Freak has yet to reveal the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet starter evolutions. As far as theories go though, some fans believe that Sprigatito could be based on the European fairytale “Puss in Boots.” If so, the Grass-type could evolve into a two-legged musketeer.

There has also been speculation that Fuecoco could be the series’ second Fire/Ghost-type following in the footsteps of Hisuian Typhlosion in Pokemon Legends Arceus. In Spain, the Coco is a mythical ghost monster similar to the Bogeyman. However, all of these are just pure speculation at this point.


So, there you have it — that’s everything we know so far about the new starters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

For more information on everything Scarlet & Violet, make sure to check out the following pages:

What is Terastallizing in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet? | Everything we know about Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet version differences | All new characters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

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