Which Pokemon to start with in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Every game comes with a dilemma. You’ve got to choose between stuff to determine what the future of the path you’re taking is going to be like.

In the Pokemon game series, the dilemma occurs at the very beginning, when you’re required to choose your starting pokemon.

It can be a pretty easy decision if you take it impulsively; however, making the right decision makes all the difference here.

In Pokemon Scarlet/Violet, when you start your journey, you’ll have to face the same dilemma, however, we’ll be helping you with the same via this guide.

Best Starter Pokemon – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

As the game’s storyline begins, you’ll eventually have to decide between three pokemon. You’ll have to go with one of them, which’ll determine your path ahead.

Your options will be Fuecoco, Sprigatito, and Quaxly. These are fire, grass-type, and water-type pokemons. Here’s an overview on all of them, followed by our ultimate suggestion:

Starter Pokemon Selection Screen in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet


Overview of all Three Starter Pokemons

Fuecoco

Fuecoco - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Fuecoco is the fire-type pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. Fuecoco brings a few things to the table at the expense of being a slow pokemon. For example, it’ll have resistance/immunity towards 4 of the 5-star bases, additionally, in its final evolution, it’ll have 6 resistances and 2 immunities.

Another drawback is that you could place any other fire-type pokemon at the place of Fuecoco if you want to, quite early in the game. Finally, Fuecoco evolves into Fire/ghost type Skeledirge in the final form.

Skeledirge - Final Evolved form of Fuecoco - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Fuecoco’s stats are as follows:

  • Height: 1’4″
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs.
  • Starting Ability: Blaze
  • HP: 67
  • Attack: 45
  • Defense: 59
  • SP. Attack: 63
  • SP. Defense: 40
  • Base Stats: First Form – 310, Final Form – 530

Sprigatito

Sprigatito - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Sprigatito is the grass-type pokemon. It’s a cat-like-looking pokemon that evolves into Grass/dark type Meowscarada in the final form.

Meowscarada - Final Evolved form of Sprigatito - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

This is a good starter hero as it’ll be very useful to you in the beginning, given that it can defeat 3 of the 8 gyms available in its final form. The stats are as follows:

  • Height: 1’4″
  • Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Starting Ability: Overgrow
  • HP: 40
  • Attack: 61
  • Defense: 54
  • SP. Attack: 45
  • SP. Defense: 45
  • Base Stats: First Form – 310, Final Form – 530

Quaxly

Quaxly - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Your final option will be Quaxly, which is a duck-like water-based pokemon. It’ll evolve into Water/Fighting type Quaquaval in its final form.

Quaquaval - Final Evolved form of Quaxly - Pokemon Scarlet Violet

The drawback with this pokemon is that it won’t be very useful to you at the very beginning of the game. Much rather, you’d find a use for it in clearing the path of legends and team-star battles. Quaxly/Quaquaval is ideal for late-game grinds. The stats are as follows:

  • Height: 1’8″
  • Weight: 13.4 lbs.
  • Starting Ability: Torrent
  • HP: 55
  • Attack: 65
  • Defense: 55
  • SP. Attack: 50
  • SP. Defense: 45
  • Base Stats: First Form – 310, Final Form – 530

Which Pokemon to choose in Pokemon Scarlet / Violet?

As you can probably tell, all three of your options have quite similar statistics. However, we’d say that our ultimate suggestion would be for you to go with the Fire-based pokemon Fuecoco.

This is because it’s quite valuable for early and mid-game battles, followed up with the fact that it could be switched for a stronger pokemon in later games.

As for its final form, Skeledirge, you can use it to compete in most Starfall Street bases and Victory-road Gyms, which’ll make you victorious in five out of eight gym battles. 


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That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on November 23, 2022

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