What We Know About Pokémon Scarlet / Violet’s Gen 9 Starters

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's starters are shown in a painting on the wall.

Image: The Pokemon Company / Kotaku

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet‘s Gen 9 starters have been revealed and they include a cat, a baby croc, and a duck. Do you have a favorite? I certainly do and it’s not my usual type.

The surprise reveal of the next mainline games in the Pokémon series comes just a little over two years since Sword and Shield came out. While some people feel that’s too early, others are ready to dig in and start planning who to journey with through the new games’ Mediterranean-inspired costal country-side. I, for example, will be choosing Fuecoco because he’s adorable and also I am morally opposed to using grass Pokémon that aren’t vegetables or being seen with a duck cosplaying as Donald Duck.

Here’s what little hard information we currently have about the new starters:

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Sprigatito

Category: Grass Cat Pokemon

Height: 1′4″

Weight: 9 lbs.

Type: Grass

Ability: Overgrow

The capricious, attention-seeking Grass Cat Pokémon.

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Fuecoco

Category: Fire Croc Pokemon

Height: 1′4″

Weight: 21.6 lbs.

Type: Fire

Ability: Blaze

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

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Quaxly

Category: Duckling Pokemon

Height: 1′8″

Weight: 13.4 lbs.

Type: Water

Ability: Torrent

The earnest and tidy Duckling Pokemon.

What can we glean from these modest Pokedex entries? Well for one, Fuecoco is an absolute mini-unit at nearly the double the weight of the other two. “capricious” and “attention-seeking” sounds about right for a cat-based Pokémon, though hopefully Sprigatito’s feline instincts will make it an unusually aggro grass type. Meanwhile, Quaxly is “earnest and tidy.” Sounds like a cop to me.

As you would expect, the Pokémon fanart community is already having a field day. All of the starters seem to be getting plenty of affection, though I get the impression Fuecoco is a slight favorite at the moment. In some ways it almost feels like Charmander 3.0. Hopefully it stays as lovable through all of its evolutions.

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