What Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon anime is his Pikachu are for many coaches with every new generation of players the starter Pokémon of the respective region. Chimpep, Hopplo and Memmeon are called in Galar and are befitting the types of plant, fire and water. However, atypical is that these Pocket Monsters in Pokémon Sword and Shield do not gain a second type over their three stages of development as is usual. This was the last time it happened several years ago in the second generation Pokémon games, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. If you do not want to spoil yourself, you should enjoy the following information with care.
Starter Pokémon: Chimpep – a musical monkey
In Pokémon Sword and Shield you get your partner Pokémon from Delion, the champion of the Galar region. In other ways, these three creatures can be integrated into the own team with a little luck and patience through a barter with another coach. In the Natural Zone, however, you can fight against an NPC opponent who has all three starting Pokémon.
Chimpep is a plant-type chimpanzee Pokémon that evolves to level 16 at Chimpstix and level 35 at Gortrom. The name Gortrom, a password word consisting of gorilla and drum, already indicates that the Pokémon has a musical touch. The base level is in the possession of a single club, which he knocks on the floor and keeps in his head hair while resting. The next development attacks already with two mallets and the final form of the monkey hammering wildly on a drum during his attacks. The Pokémon is more of a physical fighter and therefore has a high attack and a good defense value. In addition, the primary ability "Emergency Fertilizer" increases the strength of plant attacks as soon as the health drops below a certain level.
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However, there is also a hidden ability that the Pokémon can possess. Namely, grass growers change the combat environment into a grass field, causing more damage to plant attacks, regenerating a part of Pokémon's life, and mitigating other attacks. After the second development, Gortrom learns his striking attack maneuver drumbeats. The development series is vulnerable to fire, ice, poison, flight and beetle attacks, but it distributes increased damage to enemies of the water, soil or rock type. Especially effective is Chimpep against the second arena leader Nessa, who sends only water Pokémon in the fight. In Pokémon Sword, there is also an edition-specific rock arena ladder, whose team is largely vulnerable to plant attacks.
Starter Pokémon: Hopplo – sparks under his paws
Hopplo is a fire bunny and develops on level 16 to Kickerlo and on level 35 to Liberlo. Its appearance is similar to that of an athlete and it learns among other things the attack fireball, which warmed up his opponents with a strength of 120 correctly. Particularly heated are skirmishes due to the ability of large fire, which further increase fire attacks in poor health. The hidden ability Libero ensures that Hopplos / Kickerlos / Liberlos type changes depending on the ordered attack. For example, if the Firehare uses the Lehmschuss ground attack, it will become ground even during combat until the next attack, causing more damage to the attack.
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Hopplo is generally very restless and can not keep still for a second. The development series has a very high initiative value and a tremendous physical impact. First arena leader Yarro does not have a good chance against the fire starter with his Plant Pokémon and also the Pokémon Shield Exclusive Arena Leader Mel with her ice-type pocket monsters is not prepared for the heat. It becomes difficult against ground, rock and water attacks
Starter Pokémon: Memmeon – first crybaby, then secret agent
Memmeon, probably a mixture of coward and chameleon, is a whiny and rather shy Pokémon of the type water, which can become invisible in the wet. It is very popular with fans because of its restrained nature. At level 16, it evolves to Phlegleon and level 35 finally to Intelleon. The once-timid chameleon transforms into a sassy Pokémon inspired by a secret agent.
The ability torrent again increases water attacks at low health. The secret ability "Super Sagittarius" in turn increases the damage of attacks for every landed hit. Mememeon's development series is as nimble as that of Hopplo, but sets for the offensive, especially on a high special attack and a balanced mix of near and long range attacks. Against the first two arena ladder Memmeon struggles, as it is not effective against water and earliest at level 24, the beetle attack turn learns to survive against plant Pokémon. However, it is blossoming against the Fire Arena and the Rock Arena in Pokémon Sword. Weaknesses also show up against any kind of electro-attacks.
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