Grookey (サルノリ Sarunori) is the Grass-type Starter Pokémon of the Galar region. It is one of the three Starter Pokémon revealed for the core titles, Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Biology

Physiology

Grookey is a small monkey-like Pokémon with an orange muzzle, a yellow face "mask" around its eyes, and light green fur. It also has pointed brown ears and orange hands and feet. It has a hairdo that resembles two leaves, which holds its stick. Its tail is curved, short and brown and its eyes are black.

Behavior

Grookey is full of curiosity and is quite mischievous. It is considered to be a mood maker as its demeanor can make just about anyone happy.

Natural abilities

Grookey can revitalize plants by touching them with the stick in its fur. It is also good at climbing trees.

Alternatively, the stick it wears can be used as a weapon to hit foes with.

Evolution

Grookey evolves into Thwackey starting at level 16, which evolves into Rillaboom starting at level 35.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Starter Pokémon from Leon in Postwick One


Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.

  • Shield

    It attacks with rapid beats of its stick. As it strikes with amazing speed, it gets more and more pumped.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
50
Atk
65
Def
50
Sp. Atk
40
Sp. Def
40
Speed
65
Total
310


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Scratch Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
1 Growl Type Normal.gif Status 100% 40
6 Branch Poke Type Grass.gif Physical 40 100% 40
8 Taunt Type Dark.gif Physical 100% 20
12 Razor Leaf Type Grass.gif Physical 55 100% 25
17 Screech Type Normal.gif Status 85% 40
20 Knock Off Type Dark.gif Physical 65 100% 20
24 Slam Type Normal.gif Physical 80 75% 20
28 Uproar Type Normal.gif Special 90 100% 10
32 Wood Hammer Type Grass.gif Physical 120 100% 15
36 Endeavor Type Normal.gif Physical 100% 5
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM00 Mega Punch Type Normal.gif Physical 80 85% 20
TM01 Mega Kick Type Normal.gif Physical 120 75% 5
TM10 Magical Leaf Type Grass.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM11 Solar Beam Type Grass.gif Special 120 100% 10
TM12 Solar Blade Type Grass.gif Physical 125 100% 10
TM16 Screech Type Normal.gif Status 85% 40
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM28 Giga Drain Type Grass.gif Special 75 100% 10
TM31 Attract Type Normal.gif Status 100% 15
TM34 Sunny Day Type Fire.gif Status 100% 5
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM56 U-turn Type Bug.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM58 Assurance Type Dark.gif Physical 60 100% 10
TM59 Fling Type Dark.gif Physical ? 100% 10
TM63 Drain Punch Type Fighting.gif Physical 75 100% 10
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM94 False Swipe Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 40
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR00 Swords Dance Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TR07 Low Kick Type Fighting.gif Physical ? 100% 20
TR13 Focus Energy Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR35 Uproar Type Normal.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR37 Taunt Type Dark.gif Status 100% 20
TR65 Energy Ball Type Grass.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR77 Grass Knot Type Grass.gif Special ? 100% 20
TR85 Work Up Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

Generation VIII
Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
Growth Type Normal.gif Status —% 40
Parent Candidates:
Hammer Arm Type Fighting.gif Physical 100 90% 10
Parent Candidates:
Fake Out Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 10
Parent Candidates:
Strength Type Normal.gif Physical 80 100% 15
Parent Candidates:
Nature Power Type Normal.gif Status —% 20
Parent Candidates:
Worry Seed Type Grass.gif Status 100% 10
Parent Candidates:
Leech Seed Type Grass.gif Status 90% 10
Parent Candidates:
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via TM.


By tutoring

Generation VIII
Games Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
SWSH Grass Pledge Type Grass.gif Special 80 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Sprites


Trivia

  • Grookey shares several similarities with Chimchar: both are known as the Chimp Pokémon and have simian-like attributes.
  • Grookey, despite being known as the Chimp Pokémon, has a tail. Real-world chimpanzees lack tails.
  • Grookey is the second unevolved starter to have a weapon outside of its body for attacking with. The first is Oshawott.

Origin

Grookey is possibly based off of a Squirrel Monkey, more specifically an Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey. Its use of sticks may reference how certain primates use items such as rocks and twigs as tools for various tasks.

Etymology

Grookey comes from 'grass', 'grow', 'monkey' and 'ook' (the onomatopoeia of a monkey).

Sarunori comes from 猿 saru (monkey) and ノリ nori (rhythm).

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