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Pokemon Sun & Moon: starter evolutions guide: stats & move

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Pokemon Sun & Moons starter Pokemon do change a fair amount. Rowlet begins as a Grass-type and flying-type hybrid, but after its evolved twice it drops its flying-type in favour of being a ghost-type Pokemon (rest in peace, Rowlet). Litten the cute little fiery kitten has a high special attack rating early on and looks like itll specialize in fire-based special moves, but after evolving it looks like a buff anthropomorphic wrestler and gains Dark as a second type. At this point it focuses on physical moves, as youd expect for a wrestler.

These are just some of the changes so, what can you expect for the trio once youve evolved them twice? All three starter Pokemon will reach their final form at Level 36 as long as you dont interrupt their evolution. Heres what they become.

Decidueye (Rowlet starter evolution stage 3)

While its first two evolutionary stages are grass-type and flying-type, Rowlets final form Decidueye drops the flying-type classification in favour of ghost-type. This of course has a significant impact on how Rowlet trainers will play with their starter in the late game.

Decidueye is a fairly interesting choice for ghost-type purely because its stats are fairly evenly distributed in all areas, and in particular because its highest single stat is for physical attack ghost Pokemon are usually focused on special attacks instead. Decidueye even has access to some fighting-type moves, making it a strange mix indeed.

Decidueye comes with an ability to match this focus on physical attacks in the form of Long Reach. This move means that when you use physical attacks they wont actually count as having touched the enemy, avoiding any negative status effects that might come with touching them. The move thatll probably see the most use for Decidueye is actually a support move, Spirit Shackle. This is an all-new move for Sun & Moon for Rowlets line and not only deals damage but also shackles the target to battle with ghostly power meaning they cant escape. In team battles this could prove a very powerful move indeed.
Decidueye Base Stats & Move Set
  • Grass-type / Ghost-type
  • Ability: Overgrow (Powers up grass-type moves when HP is low), Long Reach (Moves used by this Pokemon never make physical contact with the target)
  • HP: 78
  • Attack: 107
  • Defense: 75
  • Special Attack: 100
  • Special Defense: 100
  • Speed: 70
  • Base Stats Ranking: 530

Decidueye Move List
    From Level Up:
  • Level 1: Spirit Shackle, U-Turn, Tackle, Leafage
  • Level 4: Growl
  • Level 8: Peck
  • Level 11: Astonish
  • Level 15: Razor Leaf
  • Level 19: Foresight
  • Level 24: Pluck
  • Level 28: Synthesis
  • Level 33: Fury Attack
  • Level 38: Sucker Punch
  • Level 44: Leaf Blade
  • Level 49: Feather Dance
  • Level 55: Brave Bird
  • Level 60: Nasty Plot
    Additional moves:
  • Via TMs: Smack Down, Giga Impact, Low Sweep, Roost, Steel Wing, False Swipe, Shadow Claw, Grass Knot, Solar Beam, Work Up, Toxic, Hidden Power, Sunny Day, Light Screen, Protect, Safeguard, Frustration, Return, Double Team, Facade, Rest, Attract, Round, Echoes Voice, Energy Ball, Swords Dance, Sleep Talk, Nature Power, Substitute, Confide
  • Via Egg: Baton Pass, Curse, Confuse Ray, Defog, Haze, Ominous Wind
  • Move Tutor: Frenzy Plant, Grass Pledge

Primarina (Popplio starter evolution stage 3)

Primarinas second type gained once it evolves from Popplio and Brionne is Fairy. Primarina really seems designed around the Popplio lines all-new and unique ability, Liquid Voice. Liquid Voice makes all sound-based moves become water-type moves, significantly changing their utility in the process.

Several of the Popplio lines moves are impacted by this ability, and even more moves that are affected can be learned via TM or via breeding and eggs. The star of the show is the Sparkling Aria move, however, an all-new move for Primarina and Sun & Moon. Sparkling Aria sees Primarina burst into song and emit bubbles. This move will heal burns but also do significant water-based damage.

In proper competitive play its sounding like Primarina wont be an overpowered option but could still have a role as a hard-hitter thanks to its excellent Special Attack ability.
Primarina Base Stats & Move Set
  • Water-type / Fairy-type
  • Ability: Torrent (Powers up water-type moves when HP is low), Liquid Voice (Turns all sound-based moves into water-type moves)
  • HP: 80
  • Attack: 74
  • Defense: 74
  • Special Attack: 126
  • Special Defense: 116
  • Speed: 60
  • Base Stats Ranking: 530

Primarina Move List
    From Level Up:
  • Level 1: Pound, Water Gun, Sparkling Aria
  • Level 4: Growl
  • Level 9: Disarming Voice
  • Level 11: Baby-Doll Eyes
  • Level 15: Aqua Jet
  • Level 19: Encore
  • Level 24: Bubble Beam
  • Level 28: Sing
  • Level 33: Double Slap
  • Level 38: Hyper Voice
  • Level 44: Moonblast
  • Level 49: Captivate
  • Level 55: Hydro Pump
  • Level 60: Misty Terrain
[list]Additional moves:[*]Via TMs: Blizzard, Ice Beam, Psychic, Shadow Ball, Energy Ball, Giga Impact, Psych Up, Dazzling Gleam, Rain Dance, Work Up, Toxic, Hail, Hidden Power, Protect, Light Screen, Frustration, Return, Double Team, Facade, Rest, Attract, Round, Echoed Voice, Scald, Acrobatics, Swagger, Sleep Talk, Substitute, Surf, Waterfall, Confide[*]Via Egg: Charm, Amnesia, Aqua Ring, Aromatic Mist, Perish Song, Wonder Room[*]Move Tutor: Hydro Cannon, Water Pledge

Incineroar (Litten starter evolution stage 3)

Littens evolutionary line changes quite a lot over the course of the game. It gets faster and has a big jump in special attack from Litten to Torracat, but when it evolves to Incineroar it becomes even slower than in its first form and instead gains a dark-type as its second type and a huge boost to physical attack to match its wrestler physique.

Incineroar is the only of the three starter lines to not get an all-new ability to itself, instead carrying two tried and tested older ones. In exchange it gains a plethora of powerful dark-type moves when fully evolved including Darkest Lariat, which ignores enemy stat changes and Throat Chop, which puts a stop to sound-based moves for two turns handy for battling Popplios line.

Incineroar looks like a professional wrestler, and while some might be disappointed with the shift in focus from what Litten at first looks like itll be, this Pokemon is a bulky tank of a battler, thus the slow speed. It has the sheer power to annihilate anything if youre careful, though it will need to be properly supported.
Incineroar Base Stats & Move Set
  • Fire-type / Dark-type
  • Ability: Blaze (Powers up fire-type moves when HP is low), Intimidate (Intimidates opposing Pokemon in battle, lowering their attack)
  • HP: 95
  • Attack: 115
  • Defense: 90
  • Special Attack: 80
  • Special Defense: 90
  • Speed: 60
  • Base Stats Ranking: 530

Incineroar Move List
    From Level Up:
  • Level 1: Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Throat Chop, Scratch, Ember
  • Level 4: Growl
  • Level 8: Lick
  • Level 11: Leer
  • Level 15: Fire Fang
  • Level 19: Roar
  • Level 24: Bite
  • Level 28: Swagger
  • Level 33: Fury Swipes
  • Level 38: Thrash
  • Level 44: Flamethrower
  • Level 49: Scary Face
  • Level 55: Flare Blitz
  • Level 60: Outrage
  • Level 66: Cross Chop
    Additional moves:
  • Via TMs: Flamethrower, Fire Blast, Flame Charge, Brutal Swing, Quash, Focus Blast, Fling, Hyper Beam, Embargo, Bulldoze, Dark Pulse, Snarl, Overheat, Shadow Claw, Sunny Day, Leech Life, Work Up, Roar, Toxic, Bulk Up, Hidden Power, Taunt, Protect, Frustration, Return, Double Team, Torment, Facade, Confide, Substitute, U-Turn, Rest, Attract, Round, Will-O-Wisp, Acrobatics, Swords Dance, Swagger, Sleep Talk
  • Via Egg: Body Slam, Crunch, Fake Out, Heat Wave, Nasty Plot, Revenge
  • Move Tutor: Blast Burn, Fire Pledge


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Thanks for the tutorial Sean, very detailed and informative