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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.



Grookey looks like a green simian-like Pokemon with brown ears and tail, orange hands, feet, and muzzle, and two leaves with a twig on its head.


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

Natural Abilities

Grookey can revitalize plants by touching them with the branch in its fur. It is also capable in tree climbing.

Game info

Game locations

Pokédex entries




LevelingGeneration VIII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Razor Leaf 55 100% 25 Grass Physical
1 Growl -- 100% 40 Normal Status
 ? Taunt -- 100% 20 Dark Physical
 ? Wood Hammer 120 100% 15 Grass Physical
 ? Branch Poke  ?  ?%  ? Grass Physical
 ? Uproar 90 100% 10 Normal Special
 ? Knock Off 65 100% 20 Dark Physical
 ? Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


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  • Grookey shares its species name with Chimchar.


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


Grookey comes from monkey, groove, and possibly ook, the onomatopoeia of a monkey. Grookey can be fully named as Groovy Monkey.

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


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