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The NWR Pokemon Sun and Moon Starter Debate

Rowlet Leafs The Competition Behind

by Daan Koopman - May 16, 2016, 10:21 am PDT

Finally, two of the most useful types of Pokémon get some loving!

This shouldn't be a shock to anyone, but flying Pokémon are the most helpful creatures in the Pokémon world. With their vast array of moves and their swiftness, they can't be beat in my eyes. Still, there are too many too choose from, and I have a hard time picking the correct one. On the direct other side, there are grass pocket monsters. If I am being honest, I've barely used a grass-type starter outside of Bulbasaur. You could make the argument that they are quite useful in some games, but the designs do matter somewhat. I would usually wait until I saw something I felt like using.

This is where Rowlet kicks in, a hybrid between a bird and grass Pokémon. The design is simple, straightforward, and, above all, adorable. Once he opens his wings, you will see that his feathers are part leaf. With his Leafage move, he will shoot some at his opponent, which is shown nicely in the creature's promotional art. Another nice touch is that Rowlet can turn its head 180 degrees. The idle animation sees him looking at the trainer and back at the opponent he is facing. The critter takes note of his surroundings, which is nice quality for a flying Pokémon!

According to the description on the offical Pokémon Sun and Moon website, Rowlet is quite impressive at flying as well. It can fly through the skies without making a noise, draw near to the opponent and give it a world of hurt by kicking. How cool is that? Not as cool as his perfect round shape with two leaves hanging out at the front, and two huge eyes and a cute beak make up that beautiful face. The little guy is perfect for a place like Alola. I can see him hanging around in trees, looking around and staying away from harm thanks to that handy camouflage!

Next to that, the combo of grass and flying can be incredibly handy, all things considered. With the right moves, it might be able to hold its own against Electric creatures, but the jury is still out on that. At least it has a solid foothold when battling a variety of opponents, which is a nice thing to have. Then again, we aren't sure yet which new monsters will cross our paths in Alola, but I have good hopes. You don't make a cool grass-owl without reason, right? My thoughts exactly!

So yeah, I am pretty pumped to start my adventure with a bird. The struggle to find a nice one was real, and Rowlet is the perfect one right out of the gate. The design behind it, the potential of his attacks and even the background information sounds so brilliant to me. This will be my first grass starter in a very, very long time, and I honestly see no problem with that. There weren't slim pickings with the starters, but Rowlet sits right with me. It combines two standard staples of my party into one nice chunk!

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Talkback

Mop it upMay 16, 2016

I always choose the fire one.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMay 16, 2016

I want that Rowlet bad! Though I always tend to go for the Pokemon that seems to be least loved so maybe I'll go with Popplio.


Really looking forward to their secondary typings as well. Grass flying might hold up but would be cool if it changed into something else. A burrowing owl thats Grass/Ground would be pretty cool. Litten's Japanese name and coloring give the idea of molten rock so I would love if we got a Fire/Rock or Fire/Ground out of it. I don't know what Popplio could be, maybe it's clown theme could lend it's self to Fairy?


None of those typings are unique but with Tropious and Shayman as our only Grass/Flying Pokemon, Camrupt/Primal Groudon as Fire/Ground, Magcargo as Fire/Rock and Azumarril as Water/Fairy I would be pretty content with any of those secondary typings. Doesn't matter if they have quadruple weaknesses, they can join the 4x club with Charizard, Swampert and Torterra.


With the circus theme going we've got the clown, the ring master and I guess just the performing tiger. Not sure how those things could play into their potential typings. When I think of clowns I guess I think of fairy because of Mr Mime. With the others who knows?

OedoMay 16, 2016

I can see all three of them having cool evolutions. I wasn't a fan of Oshawott either (who had a similar circus/aquarium theme to Popplio) and couldn't see how its design could go in a good direction, but Dewott is friggin' amazing and one of my favourite Pokemon designs. They fudged it up a bit with the final evolution, but the point is all three of them can go in any number of good direction from here. I can see myself choosing either of the three after seeing how things shake out.

TOPHATANT123May 16, 2016

Like Pikachu I like it when a Pokemon is designed to be both cute and cool. Litten looks like it's trying too hard to be cool, Popplio looks like it's trying too hard to be cute, and Rowlet is in that perfect middle zone with cuteness and coolness in equal measure.

Evan_BMay 16, 2016

Quote from: Oedo

I can see all three of them having cool evolutions. I wasn't a fan of Oshawott either (who had a similar circus/aquarium theme to Popplio) and couldn't see how its design could go in a good direction, but Dewott is friggin' amazing and one of my favourite Pokemon designs. They fudged it up a bit with the final evolution, but the point is all three of them can go in any number of good direction from here. I can see myself choosing either of the three after seeing how things shake out.

Oshawott was based on the fisherman/merchant/samurai clothing and armor stylings.

Poplio, on the other hand, is just a big, dumb clown seal.

LucarioMay 16, 2016

They all suck, don't think ill use the starter this gen, which makes me really sad.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterMay 16, 2016

Quote from: Lucario

They all suck, don't think ill use the starter this gen, which makes me really sad.

Lucario you are a booty head.

LucarioMay 16, 2016

Booty? XD

nickmitchMay 17, 2016

Someone didn't eat their BootyOs

the asylumMay 17, 2016

Fire.

Always Fire.

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