One of the more defining features of the Pokemon franchise comes in its vast diversity of Pokemon, all of whom carry their own strengths and weaknesses. As an RPG that follows a very similar flow to that of Chess, choosing the right Pokemon from the very beginning is imperative to your long term success. Knowing just what a Pokemon can or can’t do will help to better shape your team building skills, along with having a deep understanding of the fundamentals pertaining to the various Pokemon types. Fire types have always been a popular choice among Pokemon fans since Gen I and still continue to heat things up in the competitive scene. With Pokemon Sword & Shield now currently out in the wild for players to pick up and play, new players may find it a bit challenging to choose their starting Pokemon. Scorbunny, the brand new starter fire-type Pokemon, is a rewarding choice for both new and experienced players and we’ll dive into a few reasons why that’s the case!
Very Strong in the Beginning of the Game
Every generation of Pokemon will provide players with different experiences, which ultimately will guide them towards the exciting end-game. However, before you get that far, it's important to think carefully about your decision from the very start and in Pokemon Sword & Shield, Scorbunny is your best bet. Battling gym leaders in the new Galar Region, much like every other Region in past generations, require you to have Pokemon that are a strong counter to that gym in order to win. Milo is the first gym leader that you encounter in Pokemon Sword & Shield, being a master of the grass-type Pokemon, a type which fire-types have a 4x effectiveness over. Scorbunny can blast his way through this gym relatively quickly, without having to rely on your other secondary Pokemon for assistance. Pair that with Scorbunny’s natural speed stats and you’re pretty much in and out within minutes.
Solid Stats for a Fire Type Starter Pokemon
Stats on a Pokemon can determine whether that said Pokemon can handle its own in battle, and can thrive in the long game once you’ve trained it to a high enough level. Scorbunny is the original evolved form, with Raboot and Cinderace being its second and final evolutions on its life tree. As you continue to level up through the game your stats continue to increase which ultimately allow you to determine just how much potential your Pokemon has. Once you’ve evolved Scorbunny all the way up to Cinderace it becomes an entirely new beast, with its speed stats being the most impactful, and strong attack power to back it up. With its Blaze ability, allowing for a 1.5x fire attack buff at ⅓ or less of its max HP, Cinderace becomes a massive threat when it’s leading the team. It can come in and score some serious damage, allowing for the rest of the team to play around its other weak points, a mediocre defense and Sp.Atk. So if you’re looking for a speedy fiery Pokemon who can dish out some critical hits with a complementary team to back it up, then Scorbunny is the way to go.
Overall Cool Design
Back before Pokemon Sword & Shield released, the internet was going wild about the new starter Pokemon designs, and immediately we were enamored by Scorbunny’s look. For one, Scorbunny took on a different appeal, one that felt refreshing from past fire-type starters, and gave it a unique feel that we fell in love with immediately. You could tell right away that Scorbunny was going to be an incredibly swift Pokemon and perhaps hard to deal with if you didn’t have a counter to his speed. Once the game dropped and we finally had a chance to really dabble with the fiery bunny, we realized just how cool its overall design is, especially in its evolved forms Raboot and Cinderace. Scorbunny is like the small rambunctious child who just wants to go outdoors and explore with all of its heart, with Raboot conveying a more mature yet rebellious teenage version of the once wild child that it had been before. Cinderace shows a lot more maturity and takes on this role as a professional futsal player with fiery kicks and can likely outrun you on the pitch. Every evolution of Scorbunny is a direct reflection of childhood into adulthood, while still maintaining a playful demeanor.
While Scorbunny isn’t the best fire-type out there, it certainly has its perks on any team that needs a speedy Pokemon to get in and outpace the more defensive threats. He can poke his way through with his strong fire attacks, while mixing things up with the ability to learn fighting-based moves such as the powerful High Jump Kick, or the strong dark-type Sucker Punch. Whichever way you decide to play Scorbunny is up to you but one thing is for certain, that this fire bunny means business and it’s here to stay for the long run. Look forward to more articles on Pokemon Sword & Shield along with analysis on the competitive scene!
Until next time!