The starter Pokémon for Sword and Shield have been unveiled to the world and it didn't take long for fans to start fawning over Sobble.
For those of us who have been Pokémon fans since the very beginning, it is hard to wrap our heads around how many monsters the franchise has created. Originally, at least when it comes to the games, we were introduced to just three Pokémon: Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur. This was the original trio of starter Pokémon that we were tasked with choosing between before setting off on our journey.
To this day, trainers still argue over which of those original starters is the best. Since then, Pokémon has blessed us with even more starter trios, and we continue to have those same arguments over every single iteration. This week, via the latest Pokémon Direct, the world was introduced to the eighth generation's starters: Sobble, Scorbunny, and Grookey. These are the three that we will be tasked with choosing between once Sword and Shield are released.
As soon as trainers got a first look at the three newest additions to the Pokémon world, they started to cast judgment and fight over their favorites. While Fire-type Scorbunny appears to be the most popular, Sobble has already become an internet darling. The Water-type is being portrayed as a pretty emotional little guy, and apparently it even cries during battle.
That has naturally been a little too much to handle for some Pokémon fans. Twitter reactions have suggested that Sobble is a delicate little flower that must be protected at all costs, and personally, we tend to agree. Of all the social media reactions, the one above is our favorite so far, as it features a Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Pokémon crossover where Sobble is the star. What's not to love?
If you cast your minds back to the seventh generation Water-type starter Popplio, you will remember that fans acted in quite the opposite way to its innocent disposition. While we are glad that Sobble hasn't been receiving that same treatment, what doesn't bode well for trainers is that Pokémon's creators seem to be sticking with a trend when it comes to its Water-type starters. If that is also the case with Scorbunny, prepare yourselves for yet another Fire/Fighting-type once it evolves into its second form.