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What happened to the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game?

Published: 15/Nov/2019 22:07

by Paul Cot

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On the same day it released, some trainers have already completed the new Pokemon game but this has led to questions about the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game.

With so much hype about the Galar region and claims from developers that this would be the Pokemon game everyone wanted, fans had high expectations for what would happen once you finish the initial story.

No Kalos

This, combined with rumors that the Kalos region would the Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game meant Game Freak were fighting a battle that they perhaps couldn’t win. It was made worse when the Kalos region appeared to be teased by Junichu Masuda, also.

Without providing a spoiler it is a mini-story based on the Galar region’s legends where Hop plays a prominent role. For those who don’t want to see the post-game ahead of playing it, a full walkthrough can be watched below.

It will be interesting to see what trainers think of the post-game as more complete Pokemon Sword and Shield.

In addition to the missing Kanto starters, legends from various generations were also found. This suggested these currently excluded species could be part of the post-game story where there would be opportunities to ‘catch ’em all’.

Pokemon CompanyWill Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres make an appearance in Pokemon Sword and Shield down the line?

Now we know what the post-game does entail though, the extra 35 will remain a mystery for the time being.

Mini-campaign

The good news is there is a Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game — the bad news, it’s quite short and basic.

Without providing a spoiler it is a mini-story based on the Galar region’s legends where Hop plays a prominent role. For those who don’t want to see the post-game ahead of playing it, a full walkthrough can be watched below.

It will be interesting to see what trainers think of the post-game as more complete Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Unless there is one of the biggest Pokemon DLCs in history looming, then a revisit to the scene of Pokemon X and Y will remain a fantasy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely.

Pokedex post-game

Elsewhere, a datamine revealed that the Galar region Pokedex would contain 400 entries. However, the same datamine also revealed the inclusion of an extra 35 Pokemon within the game’s code.

These were notable Pokemon too, with the likes of Bulbasaur and Squirtle among them. This made sense given the inevitably negative reaction to excluding to such iconic Pokemon.

In addition to the missing Kanto starters, legends from various generations were also found. This suggested these currently excluded species could be part of the post-game story where there would be opportunities to ‘catch ’em all’.

Pokemon CompanyWill Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres make an appearance in Pokemon Sword and Shield down the line?

Now we know what the post-game does entail though, the extra 35 will remain a mystery for the time being.

Mini-campaign

The good news is there is a Pokemon Sword and Shield post-game — the bad news, it’s quite short and basic.

Without providing a spoiler it is a mini-story based on the Galar region’s legends where Hop plays a prominent role. For those who don’t want to see the post-game ahead of playing it, a full walkthrough can be watched below.

It will be interesting to see what trainers think of the post-game as more complete Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry

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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.