Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee
The very first RPG style Pokémon game designed for the Nintendo Switch is almost here! Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee are set to release next Friday. There has been so much talk about Pokémon finally releasing an RPG game for a Nintendo console that I thought the day would never come. It has been such a long wait, but we are so close now and I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
So what’s the deal with Pokémon Let’s Go?
Many have previously speculated that this new RPG style Pokémon game for the Switch would be the 8th generation in the franchise. This has proven to be false, however gen 8 is in the works as we speak, so keep an eye out for that. Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee will take place in the Kanto region just like Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow versions did.
These games will more closely be based on the special Yellow Edition as your partner Pokémon, Pikachu or Eevee, will travel with you outside of it’s Pokéball. This mirrors the anime and Pokémon Yellow where Pikachu travels with Ash and often rides on his shoulder during their adventures. This was one of my favorite features from Pokémon Yellow, so I’m excited to see it come back in Pokémon Let’s Go.
Although Pokémon Let’s Go is very similar to the main Pokémon RPG games, there are some differences too. In most Pokémon games you would battle a Pokémon found in the wild before trying to catch it, but in Pokémon Let’s Go you use berries to make the Pokémon calm or friendly and aim before throwing Pokéballs to catch them.
If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is the same way you would catch Pokémon in Pokémon GO. I’m not sure just how I feel about this approach, as I am so used to fighting and weakening Pokémon first, but it could be fun to switch things up a bit.
Version exclusive Pokémon for Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee
One major difference between a standard Pokémon RPG and Pokémon Let’s Go is the ability to play with a friend. That’s right, you can finally play Pokémon with a friend! Just hand your friend one of the Joy-cons and another trainer will appear to help you on your adventure.
Don’t worry, this second player is not necessary to fully enjoy the game or to complete it. It’s just a nice chance to play with a friend or family member so you can enjoy Pokémon together. This will also help with those siblings who will be fighting for their turn to play. Now they won’t have to fight over the game and they can work together during their adventure.
Most of the game will be pretty similar to Pokémon RPGs from the past. You will embark on your very own quest to become a Pokémon master with your trusted partner Pokémon by your side. You will travel through grass, caves and forests looking for Pokémon and battling trainers along the way.
You will train your team and take on Gym Leaders to collect Gym badges. Then once you have all 8 Gym badges, you can take on the Pokémon League and become the Pokémon League Champion. Don’t forget the fun task of completing your PokéDex.
On your journey you will come across many familiar pocket monsters as well as characters. Some familiar faces include Professor Oak, Misty, Brock and of course Team Rocket. All of the Pokémon your will encounter will be from the Kanto region except for one that is. 😉
You heard that right. A brand new Pokémon will be debuted in Pokémon Let’s Go! It’s a Pokémon that caused quite a stir during one of Pokémon GO’s Community events. A strange Pokémon showed up, but when captured, it transformed into a Ditto. It’s name wasn’t displayed at the time, but it has now been revealed as a new Mythical Pokémon named Meltan.
Well it looks like little Meltan will be able to evolve too! This was just announced by Pokémon GO news and it’s pretty exciting. This will be the first Mythical Pokémon to ever have an evolution. Usually Mythical Pokémon stand alone, but it looks like Pokémon wants to shake things up a bit. I can’t wait to get Metan and it’s evolved form Melmetal and see just what moves and abilities it has.
Meltan is not available for capture in Pokémon GO, but it will be available in Pokémon Let’s Go. Once you have reached the end of the game and you have connected your Pokémon GO game to Let’s Go on the Switch, a mystery box will appear. Opening this box will allow you to encounter Meltan and capture it once and for all.
Being able to connect your Pokémon GO account to your Pokémon Let’s Go game will have some advantages. Being able to catch Meltan of course in one of them.
Another little perk is being able to trade Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Let’s Go. These traded pocket monsters will not just go into your party or storage box though. They will go to a type of in game park where you will then be able to interact with them and have the chance to officially catch then in Let’s Go.
This will definitely come in handy for those few version exclusive Pokémon that can only be caught in either Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee. Now you won’t have to buy both copies to get all the Kanto regions Pokémon.
Only Pokémon from the Kanto region can be traded from Pokémon GO to Let’s Go, so keep that in mind when trading your Pokémon over. This also includes all of the Alola forms of the Kanto Pokémon such as Sandshrew, Vulpix and Exeggutor.
There will also be some mini games at the Go park where you can play with your traded Pokémon. Trading a large amount of the same species of Pokémon will also unlock an even greater surprise. So don’t get rid of all your duplicate Pokémon in Pokémon GO since they will really be put to good use in Let’s Go. I’m not sure what the reward will be for trading all these Pokémon, so you will just have to wait and see once the game comes out.
One small set back with trading Pokémon to Let’s Go is that those Pokémon can not be traded back to Pokémon GO. Once they leave Pokémon GO, that’s it. Just make sure you really don’t want to keep that Pokémon on GO before you trade it away.
Also, you cannot trade any Pokémon from Let’s Go to Pokémon GO. Unfortunately it only works the one way. If any of you have used Poké Transporter, than you know what I’m talking about since it has the same restrictions.
Although most of the game mirrors Yellow version and Pokémon GO, there is an aspect that was copied from Pokémon Sun and Moon, and it’s a pretty good one too. Unlike in Pokémon Yellow version, your will not have to teach your Pokémon HM moves to travel through the region.
HM moves or Hidden Machines were retired in Pokémon Sun and Moon and were replaced with ride Pokémon. This was one of the greatest things, because you no longer have to waste a slot with a Pokémon just used for HM moves. Many fans call that Pokémon an HM slave.
I had forgotten how annoying it is to have to teach your Pokémon HM moves until I recently restarted Pokémon Black version. Now I’m currently trying to plan my team around all the necessary HM moves so I don’t have to waste a full Pokémon slot with an HM slave. At least we don’t have to worry about that with Pokémon Let’s Go.
The Pokémon Let’s Go games were created with newer Pokémon fans in mind. Not everyone who plays Pokémon GO has played a Pokémon RPG game before. Some are brand new to the Pokémon fandom and started out with Pokémon GO, but don’t really know too much about the Pokémon world. Pokémon Let’s Go was developed with these specific trainers in mind.
This game is a great way for Nintendo and Gamefreak to try and entice Pokémon GO players to play a console or handheld Pokémon game. This is actually a great way to try and segue these players over into the Pokémon RPG world. They are trying to use Pokémon GO’s massive fan base and move them over to Pokémon’s main line RPG games. This is a clever move for the creators of Pokémon, but we will just have to see how it all plays out. Do you think this plan will work?
What’s that cool looking Pokéball I keep seeing in the game trailers?
In addition to Nintendo dropping Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee, they are also dropping a special controller that can be used with Let’s Go and Pokémon GO. This exclusive controller is called the Pokéball Plus and it will function much like a Joy-con for the Nintendo Switch.
It will look just like a Pokéball and will have a couple small buttons for functionality as well as a wrist strap for safety reasons. The white button part of the Pokéball will be the joy stick and will be used for moving around in game and selecting menu items or attacks during battle.
The Pokéball Plus can also hold one Pokémon in it from Let’s Go and you can train and interact with it while outside of the game. You can take your Pokémon anywhere while making it stronger and friendlier toward you.
You can also connect the Pokéball Plus to your Pokémon GO account. The Pokéball Plus will work the same way the Pokémon GO Plus works. It will light up and vibrate when a Pokémon or Pokéstop is near. All you have to do is hit the button and you will use one of your Pokéballs to attempt to catch it. If you successfully catch the Pokémon, the Pokéball Plus will light up and vibrate to let you know.
The Pokéball Plus will also spin Pokéstops for you. It can be helpful at times when having the game constantly open or having your phone in your face isn’t very convenient. It’s not as hands free as the Pokémon Go Plus, but it looks and feels pretty darn cool.
One very important thing about the Pokéball Plus is that it comes with a special added bonus. If you purchase a Pokéball Plus, it will come with the super cute Mythical Pokémon Mew inside it.
This is great news for me, because I still haven’t captured Mew in Pokémon GO, so I wouldn’t be able to trade mine over to complete the Kanto Pokédex. Besides, I’d rather keep Mew on Pokémon GO anyways since you can’t trade it back once it’s on Let’s Go. You also will not be able to catch or encounter Mew in Pokémon Let’s GO, so the Pokéball Plus is a great way to capture Mew and complete your Pokédex too.
What can I do after beating the Pokémon League? Is that it?
You’re probably wondering what to do after you catch all the Pokémon, beat all the Gyms and become a Pokémon League Champion aren’t you? Well there are a couple post game challenges you can take on after the Pokémon League. The first one is your chance to encounter and capture the Mythical Pokémon Meltan, but we already covered that one. The other post game challenge is something called Master Battles.
When you encounter trainers, they will have an icon that appears above their head containing the picture of a specific Pokémon. This signifies that that trainer is currently the Master Trainer of that specific Pokémon. All you have to do is approach one of these trainers and take them on in a Master Pokémon Trainer Battle.
The rules are simple; it’s a one on one battle, you must use the same Pokémon as your opponent, you cannot use items, and it will be a mirror match. This means that both you and your opponents Pokémon will be the same level to make it an even match. The only catch is that your opponents Pokémon will know a special move that is only obtainable though TM (Technical Machine) and will be super effective against whatever type you are both battling with.
For example, for a Lapras Master Battle, your opponents Lapras may know a move like Solar Beam. Since Solar Beam is a Grass type move it is strong against Lapras which is a Water type Pokémon. This adds more of a challenge to becoming a Lapras Master or a Master of any Pokémon, so it will really test your Pokémon battling skills.
Once you do beat one of these trainers, you will earn the title of Master Trainer of that Pokémon and characters like Nurse Joy will acknowledge this when addressing you. For example, if you win that Lapras battle, Nurse Joy will cal you Lapras Trainer Ash, or whatever your trainer name is. Isn’t that cool?!
I hope to be a Bulbasaur and Pikachu Master since those are my favorite Pokémon from the Kanto region. There will be Master Battles for every Pokémon in the Kanto region, so you can become the Master of all of them. Yep, that even includes Metapod Master, after a 6 hour Harden battle of course. Can you become the Master of all the Pokémon?
So where can I get Pokémon: Let’s Go and how much does it cost?
Time to mark your calenders for November 16th, because that’s when Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee will be released for Nintendo Switch. If you just want to pick up the game it will cost $59.99. There is also a bundle available that comes with the game and the Pokéball Plus controller for $99.99. You can also just buy the Pokéball Plus for $49.99, if you wanted to buy them separately and are still deciding on the fancy controller.
There will also be a special limited edition Pokémon Let’s Go Nintendo Switch that will have either the Pikachu game or the Eevee game pre-installed and will also include the Pokéball Plus for $399.99. The Joy-cons will be yellow and brown just like Pikachu and Eevee. The dock will also be decorated and will have Pikachu and Eevee’s faces on it. It’s super cute and super limited, so if you want one you should probably pre-order it soon before they are all gone.
If you already have a Nintendo Switch and don’t need the special console, I still suggest pre-ordering Pokémon Let’s Go since it is coming out around the holidays and will be difficult to find. It’s just easier to pre-order so you don’t have to hunt the game down and fight people for it.
You can pre-order the games at any store that carries Nintendo Switch games, such as Gamestop or Target. If you would rather pre-order online, you can do so from any retail store as well as online outlets such as Amazon or eBay.
Well that is just about all you need to know about Pokémon Let’s Go, before you buy it and try it out for yourself. Sorry if that was super long winded, but there is just so much information out on this game that I didn’t want to miss anything. If you have any questions or would like to add anything, just leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!
Until next time……Let’s Go!