Pokémon Sword and Shield are finally here, and despite the Dexit controversy, Poké-fans around the world have been digging into the new games.
But after you've conquered Galar's gym challenge, caught 'em all and explored everything the region has to offer, you're left with the real challenge: facing off against other players to prove you're the greatest trainer in the REAL world.
With a more restricted Pokédex, the competitive scene for the 8th generation games is shaping up to be very different to past ones, with old favourites shelved and a whole host of new Pokémon there to take their place, as well as old Pokémon which have gained new uses thanks to added moves and items. To help get you started in destroying your opposition, these are some of the most useful Pokémon to have on your team when heading into battle.
Before you jump into competitive, you should brush up on some of the deeper Pokémon mechanics you might not have encountered before - make sure you understand EVs, IVs and Natures before you build your ultimate team.
All caught up? Then meet your new best friends in monster battling...