What’s New With Pokemon Let’s Go!


What’s new with Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee? The latest game from the Pokemon franchise will see some major changes. For starters, Pokemon Let’s Go will be the first game released on a console rather than handheld. To be honest, this is a huge deal by itself! We are finally getting a Pokemon game that will have the full power of a console behind it. I have spoken with quiet a few old time gamers who have said this is long overdue and can’t wait for the release.

So let’s get digging like a Diglett and see what’s new with Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee!

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Pokemon Let’s Go!

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be taking players back to Kanto. You will start your Pokemon adventure with your partner Pikachu or Eevee. Depending on which game title you choose. While the overall story of both titles will be the same, the core difference between the 2 is what Pokemon you can catch.

Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will only feature the original 151 Pokemon. Which many long term fan’s of the franchise will appreciate, me being one of them! However, you can expect for Alolan versions of the originals to also be within the game.

Both Pikachu and Eevee will not be able to evolve, which is similar to Pokemon Yellow, in which Pikachu would refuse to evolve. Another similarity to Pokemon Yellow is that both Pikachu and Eevee will not be in their Pokeball. Instead, Pikachu will ride on the players shoulder while Eevee will be on the players head. Both Pikachu and Eevee will also have special moves available.

Special Moves

The special moves learned will be based on friendship levels between you and your partner Pikachu or Eevee. These moves will only be available for your partner Pokemon and won’t be available for any other Pokemon in the game!

Pikachu’s special moves include, Pika Papow and a water-type move called Splishy Splash. Pika Papow is also a partner power and can be used when a partner symbol appears in battle! The strength of Pika Papow will increase depending on how strong your bond is with Pikachu. The water-type move Splishy Splash will be able to paralyze enemies.

Eevee’s special moves include Veevee Volley, Bouncy Bubble, Buzzy Buzz and Sizzly Slide. Eevee’s move Veevee Volley will increase in power as you grow a stronger bond with your partner, similar to Pikachu’s Pika Papow. Bouncy Bubble is a water-type move, which will heal Eevee for half the damage dealt to an opponent. Buzzy Buzz is a electric type move and will paralyze an opponent. Finally, the move Sizzily Slide will have a 100% burn rate for an opponent Pokemon hit with the move.

Bonding with your partner

A fairly important part of Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be taking the time to bond with your partner. As mentioned above, by bonding with your partner Pokemon not only will you increase your friendship level, your special moves will become more powerful too!

You will be able to interact with your partner whenever your not in battle. By selecting the Pikachu or Eevee icon in the main menu, you will be able to pet and play with your partner! Which will ultimately improve your relationship with them.

Catching Pokemon

Catching Pokemon is now much different than it used to be. For starters, wild Pokemon now roam free and are visible on screen to players! Which is awesome. This will make it so much easier to avoid bumping into Pokemon you have already caught. Another difference is how you actually go about catching wild Pokemon.

Instead of battling and weakening wild Pokemon to catch them, you will now catch them like you would in the Pokemon Go app. Once you bump into a wild Pokemon, the screen will show the wild Pokemon and a Pokeball. Players will have to use berries and make good throws in order to catch a wild Pokemon, as opposed to battling it. Once you have caught a wild Pokemon the experience points are then shared across your entire Pokemon party.

The Original Trio

Nintendo have recently revealed that Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle will be available to catch in the wild! Although they will be available to catch in the wild, the trio will be hard to find. So players will have to search various areas in order to catch the original trio. However, this is still an exciting development and makes the games more parallel to the anime.

Mega Evolution and Legendary Pokemon

Yes, Mega Evolution makes a come back in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee! The ability to mega evolve is known to be available to Blastoise, Charizard, Venusaur, Gyarados and Kangaskhan currently.

Along with the news mega evolution will be making a come back, we also know that Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos and Mewtwo will all be available to catch in the game!

In order to catch the mythical Pokemon Mew in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee you will have to purchase the Pokeball Plus add-on for the game.

A new Pokemon has also been reveled for the games. First seen within the Pokemon Go app, Meltan is a new and never-before-seen Pokemon! Meltan is a Steel-type Pokemon and will be transferable between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go.

Connecting With Pokemon Go

Pokemon Let's Go

As I have mentioned already, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have drawn inspiration for revamping the catching Pokemon mechanics directly from Pokemon Go. That’s Not all, you will also be able to connect Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go together! By using Bluetooth players will be able to connect up Pokemon Go and Let’s Go to transfer over Pokemon from the app to the game.

Just to make you aware, transfers are only available from the app to the game and not vice versa. Any Pokemon you transfer from Pokemon Go will be stuck in Pokemon Let’s Go and you won’t be able to get them back. Players will also only be able to transfer the original 150 Pokemon and their Alolan forms.

Additionally, transferring between the app and game won’t be available until you have made it a certain way through the main game. Any transferred Pokemon will be available in the Go Park. Players will have to battle and re-catch any transferred Pokemon.

Pokemon Let’s Go Release Date

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on 16th November 2018. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will cost £44.99 and come with an exclusive Pikachu key chain which can be purchased from Game.

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