Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Starter evolution predictions, illustrated by a professional artist

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A new generation of Pokémon is on the horizon, and with it comes speculation and anticipation as rampant as a horde of Tauros. Meanwhile, a new generation’s Starter Pokemon take center stage, especially their final forms. With Pokémon Scarlet and Violet releasing November 18, fans are already anticipating what the three starters – Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly – will look like once they reach the end of their evolutionary lines.

For Pokémon Sword and ShieldGame Freak tried to keep the evolutions of Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble a secret until release, but they were leaked about two weeks before the game’s launch. are already circulating on the internet – we decided to try and see what the Generation IX Starters will look like with the help of a professional artist.

Enter the talented Richard Belle to help us bring our imaginations to life. We’ve looked at past Starter Pokemon trends, considered those nebulous – but still very unconfirmed – rumors, and looked for inspiration outside of the Poké Ball. We then typed up a description and sent it to Bell to illustrate. [Authors note: for the Braviary-eyed among you, yes – Richard is my brother].

Enjoy the results below and let us know which one you think is on the money in the poll at the bottom of the page.

The final evolution of Sprigatito

As always, Grass comes first. We would like to apologize to anyone who did not like Litten evolved into the bipedal Incineroar. We think Sprigatito will also evolve to stand on two feet. But where incendiary roar becomes a muscular fighter, our Sprigatito evolves into a much more agile Pokémon, much like Gardevoir Where Leavanny.

Not only that, we’re predicting that the little grassy cat will adopt a secondary typing of Dark, also like its fiery cousin. In fact, those dodgy rumors that we intentionally don’t link have suggested that’s the case as well.

Let’s look:

Sprigatito
Image: Richard Belle

Bell incorporated a mask we particularly like, evoking another Dark-type hybrid in Crookodile with his bandit look. One of the focal points of Sprigatito’s design that we focused on was its cheerful and playful nature – what would it look like when it evolved? Our result sees playfulness being replaced by a slightly arrogant and mischievous demeanor that suits a Grass/Dark type well – much like changing.

Its large leaf-like tail makes it a perfect Grass and Dark type weapon, allowing it to use moves like Leaf Blade and Brutal Swing.

The final evolution of Fuecoco

Our vision of the Fuecoco differs from other crocodilian starters, todile. Where Totodile maintains a somewhat lean upper body as he progresses to Croconaw so what Feraligarwe wanted Fuecoco to retain a bulkier shape given its round appearance.

We’ve also broken two traditions with fire-type starters. First of all, all Fire-type starters usually correspond to a Chinese zodiac animal. Maybe if you squint, Fuecoco might match the snake, but none of the other remaining animals — hare, ox, cow, and horse — match. We decided to end this trend so as not to get stuck on the design side. Second, all Fire-type Starters evolve to stand on two legs rather than four – seriously. Of Charizard at Cinderella, they are all bipedal. We decided to evolve Fuecoco into a quadruped.

Let’s take a look:

Fuecoco
Image: Richard Belle

We focused on Fuecoco’s passing resemblance to a chili pepper, making our design look like a large crocodilian phantom pepper. Yes, we chose a ghost pepper – one of the spicier ones – because this Fuecoco evolution becomes a Fire/Ghost type. We were quite happy with it.

Bell incorporated an anglerfish-like antenna into the design to attract unsuspecting Lechonk for an easy snack. Maybe this Pokémon will also receive a very spicy signature move.

The final evolution of Quaxly

We’ll be the first to admit we went a little wild with Quaxly’s design, but with her pompadour hairstyle, how can we not? What came to mind when we first considered designing the evolution of Quaxly wasn’t another Pokemon, but rather – stick with us here – two men who wore a similar hairstyle: Cartoon Network’s Johnny Bravo and the king of rock and roll himself, Elvis Presley.

Yes. You read correctly. Observe:

Quaxly
Image: Richard Belle

The fact that we already know that Quaxly doesn’t like to get its hair dirty and that it covers itself with dirt-repellent gel tells us that the evolution of this Pokémon will probably become even more demanding and self-centered about its appearance, thus her hairstyle flourishes. in a majestic spectacle to behold. And to match the secondary typings of Sprigatito and Fuecoco, we think Quaxly could adopt the secondary type Fighting. Great hair and muscles go hand in hand, after all.

In a stroke of artistic genius, Bell took our Quaxly fight suggestion and added a jump collar to a karate-gi outfit. Not only that, he ran with the idea that Quaxly took after Elvis, and gave him a feathered cape reminiscent of his Vegas-era king, concluding the duckling’s eventual evolution as a cocky powerhouse and elegant of a Pokémon that uses moves such as Swagger and Attract as much as Close Combat.

[To Game Freak: if you’re reading this and want to steal our design for Quaxly’s evolution, the Bell Brothers give you our blessing, as we’re certain whatever you actually created will pale in comparison to Johnny Quaxly’s magnificence.]


There you have it, our predictions of what Starters Scarlet and Violet might become, made by a professional illustrator. You can be sure these are pretty accurate because the last time we made Pokemon predictions we got 1 out of 9 correct. And the time before, we got 1 out of 10. That’s pretty good, isn’t it?

We’re excited to see how close we are when the real designs inevitably leak out by November 18th. Which design of ours do you prefer – if any? What would you change? Be sure to let us know in the poll above and in the comments below!

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