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Pokémon Sword and Shield Sobble guide: Evolutions and best moves

Everything you need to know about Sword and Shield’s sad lizard

Sobble soaking wet and sad Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Everyone wants to take care of Pokémon Sword and Shield’s water-type starter Pokémon Sobble — at least until they saw his leaked final evolution. Sobble is a shy, sad lizard that turns invisible when it gets wet. He cries a lot, but is actually pretty tough.

What is Sobble weak and strong against?

Sobble is a water-type Pokémon, which makes it weak against water, grass, and electric moves. It’s good against ground, rock, and fire Pokémon — but only if you’re using water-type moves. Other moves, some of which are normal, dark, and bug, may not have the same impact.

What does Sobble evolve into?

At level 16, Sobble will evolve into Drizzile — an emo-looking lizard that drops the sad look for a more moody pose.

Its final evolution is Inteleon, still pure water-type, at level 35.

Each of these evolutions, including Sobble, has a passive ability called Torrent, which powers up water-type moves by 50 percent when HP is below 13 of its maximum. The Hidden Ability is Sniper, which ups the power of critical hits by 225 percent, up from 150 percent.

What are Sobble, Drizzile, and Inteleon’s best moves?

Liquidation is Sobble and its evolutions most powerful move, learned at level 28. Rain Dance is learned at level 36, which will power up water-type moves. Drizzile will learn a bug-type move, U-turn, at level 30, which will be important in taking on grass-type Pokémon.

To battle against weaknesses, you might want to teach your Sobble — or its evolutions — moves like TM 27, Icy Wind, or TM51, Icicle Spear, to take on grass-type Pokémon. TM53, Mud Shot, will be effective against electric-types.

Can I get a Sobble if I didn’t choose it as my starter?

There are two ways to get Sobble and its evolutions: pick it as your starter or trade for one with a friend. Using a Ditto to make a copy of Sobble (or, again, its evolutions) is a way to convince a pal to give you one — then they won’t have to give up their own and can just make a copy.