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Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee is on its way to the Nintendo Switch. Here is everything we know so far.

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee are two upcoming JRPGs set to release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018. For now, I will keep all known info on one single page. However, once we get closer to the release date, this should transform into a proper strategy guide.

These two upcoming video games are re-imaginings of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which released back in 1996-1999 on the Nintendo Gameboy. A few new mechanics borrowed from the Pokemon Go mobile franchise were added on top to make this the perfect introduction to the main Pokemon RPG franchise.

Version Exclusives

The first thing everyone wants to know is what’s the difference between Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee? The primary difference is the Partner Pokemon you choose at the beginning of your adventure. In Let’s Go, Pikachu, you start off with Pikachu as your partner; in Let’s Go, Eevee, you start off with Eevee as your partner.

Since the starter Pokemon changes from version to version, it might be safe to say your Rival’s Pokemon will be the opposite of yours. Choose Pikachu and he’ll get Eevee. Choose Eevee and he’ll get Pikachu? This is just an assumption at the moment.

Some Pokemon will only be obtainable in one version, and must be traded to another version to complete your Pokedex. Those Pokemon are listed below.

Version Exclusive Pokemon
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Oddish Bellsprout
Gloom Weepinbell
Vileplume Victreebel
Sandshrew Vulpix
Sandslash Ninetales
Growlithe Meowth
Arcanine Persian

It hasn’t been confirmed of Scyther, Electabuzz, Pinsir, and Magmar will be version exclusives like the original Red, Green, and Blue versions.

Trainers and Partner Pokemon

Every player will start out their adventure as a new Trainer on the first day of their Pokemon journey. Choose either a male or female Trainer, and then customize their outfits later on to give them a unique feel. Play co-op to bring the other gendered Trainer into the game at the same time!

Before hitting the road and discovering all the different Pokemon in the world, you must choose which Partner Pokemon to begin your journey with. The Partner Pokemon is based entirely on the game you purchase. Buy Let’s Go Pikachu to have Pikachu as your Partner Pokemon, or buy Let’s Go Eevee to have Eevee as your Partner Pokemon.

Pikachu is the electric mouse Pokemon. It is actually the evolved form of Pichu. Average Pikachu can evolve into the stronger Raichu by simply using a Thunder Stone, but in the original Yellow Version the starter Pikachu was not allowed to evolve into Raichu. Will this mechanic make a return in Let’s Go Pikachu?

Eevee is the evolution Pokemon. It’s known as the evolution Pokemon because it can evolve into one of eight different types. The method of evolution varies on the species and the game you’re playing. More info will be added after the game releases.

Both Pikachu and Eevee can be dressed up and customized just like their Trainers, and their gender will slightly alter the design on their tails.

Rival

Your Rival in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee isn’t quite the same Green / Blue long time fans might be familiar with. While he is still your neighbor, grandson to Professor Oak, and your longtime childhood Rival, this version will be friendly towards you and is even a bit of a coward.

This Rival has been shown in trailers with an Eevee, which would be the same as the Rival in the Yellow Version. However, if Eevee is also a choice for a starter Pokemon in Let’s Go, Eevee, it’s possible your Rival will have a Pikachu.

Region

The Let’s Go Pokemon games are set in Kanto, the very first region introduced in the Pokemon series. Explore the mountains, forest, beaches, cities, and caves as you challenge Pokemon Gyms and earn Gym Badges. Collect all eight badges to challenge the Pokemon League. All areas have been completely redesigned for the Nintendo Switch, but the basic layout remains the same.

The World of Pokemon

Over the past twenty years, the world of Pokemon has grown from just 151 Pokemon to over 800 different species. The developers and story tellers have explained these new species as Pokemon from different regions instead of newly discovered Pokemon. However, Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee claim to only feature the original 151 Pokemon.

In Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green — the GameBoy Advance Remakes of Red, Green, and Blue — some Pokemon were prevented from evolving into newer species in their evolutionary chain until a certain event in-game was reached. Will this be the case in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee? There are quite a few new evolutions for Eevee that won’t be obtainable if this is the case.

Pokemon Gyms

The primary objective in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee is the Pokemon League Challenge – just as it is with most other Pokemon games. Visit eight Pokemon Gyms throughout Kanto and defeat the Gym Leaders to obtain a special Gym Badge.

Based on screenshots, it appears the Gym Leaders will have the same teams from Pokemon Red, Green, and Blue, not the Yellow version.

A new feature in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee is a special requirement to each Pokemon Gym. Before the Trainers in a Pokemon Gym can be challenged, a condition must first be met. The requirement will vary depending on the Gym, but so far we know that your team must contain a certain elemental type or your Pokemon must reach a certain level before the first two Gyms can be entered.

Team Rocket

Defeating Gym Leaders isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing in Kanto. A criminal syndicate called Team Rocket is in the process of stealing special Pokemon technology. Battle and disband the group to free the region from Giovanni and the rest.

Jesse, James, and Meowth also make a return in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. They first appeared in Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition at Mt. Moon, Pokemon Tower, and Silph Co. It’s safe to say they’ll show up in the same locations, and hopefully more will be added. This time each of their encounters will be a double battle instead of a single battle.

Poke Ball Plus

A brand new accessory called the Poke Ball Plus is set to launch alongside Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. The Poke Ball Plus acts as a one-handed joy-con for the Nintendo Switch. It can be used to play the entire Let’s Go Pokemon games.

Additionally, a Pokemon can be sent to the Poke Ball Plus and taken on the road. This is similar to some of the features of the PokeWalker that was bundled with Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

The Poke Ball Plus can be purchased separately for $49.99, or it can be purchased alongside each Let’s Go game for a total of $99.99, giving you a $10 discount. Finally, each Poke Ball Plus will come bundled with the 151st Pokemon Mew. This is the only way to capture the Mythical Pokemon in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee.

Connection with Pokemon Go

Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee don’t simply take features from the mobile game, Pokemon Go. Using the Go Park feature, Pokemon can be transferred from Pokemon Go to Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go, Eevee. Based on trailer information, this area allows you to walk and interact with your Pokemon, but it does not appear that the Pokemon can be used in battle.

Game Mechanics

Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee will include a number of new features and mechanics to keep the franchise fresh. These mechanics have been separated under different headers to make it easier to navigate.

Finding and Catching Pokemon

The way to find and capture Pokemon has been completely redesigned for Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee. All wild Pokemon will now randomly appear on screen. The developers have tried their best to make Pokemon appear in tall grass, flying in the wind, swimming in streams, and more. Simply walk towards a Pokemon to switch over to the catch screen.

Throw as Poke Ball by selecting the ‘Get ready’ option from the main menu and using the motion controls of the joy-con. Again, this is a similar feature to Pokemon Go, and the Poke Ball has to be thrown just right to capture the monster. Throw Poke Balls inside the shrinking ring to increase your chances of catching the Pokemon. The color of the ring will also indicate the difficulty of capturing the Pokemon—with red signifying a tougher Pokemon to capture and green signifying an easier Pokemon to capture.

Each Pokemon now has Combat Points (CP) tied to their stats and level, just like in Pokemon Go. Will this be a new addition to the EV and IV system of the past five generations, or will this completely change Pokemon stats as they did during the leap from Generation II to Generation III?

Battling Pokemon

Pokemon battling appears to be mostly the same as previous games. The battle system is turn-based, meaning each Pokemon takes one turn each. A max of four attacks can be learned, and each attack has an elemental-type attached to it. Just like the other games, Pokemon have abilities, types, genders, and many other statistics to make them unique to other Pokemon of the same species.

As always, meet eyes with another Pokemon Trainer to instantly start a battle. Make all of the other team’s Pokemon faint to win the battle, earn some experience points, and a little extra cash.

Riding Pokemon

For the first time since Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, players can choose which Pokemon will walk alongside their Trainer while exploring Kanto. Furthermore, a select number of large Pokemon can be ridden similar to the Ride Pokemon in Pokemon Sun and Moon!

Will this be a similar feature to Pokemon Sun and Moon that replaced the Hidden Machines, or will we still be forced to give up a move slot to teach an attack that has more use outside of battle than in? While it’s understandable that a Trainer would want to use their Pokemon to get through the world of Pokemon, forcing a companion to use a specific move when they’re limited to only four attacks is a terrible design choice. It would be much better if Trainers could capture a Pokemon and ride or use it in some other fashion to progress through the game.

Support Play Feature – Co-Op

With the new Support Play feature in Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee, two players can game together simultaneously. Simply shake the second joy-con on the Nintendo Switch to bring a second player on screen.

This co-op function allows two Trainers to explore the same area on screen, team up to battle Trainers, and even work together to make capturing Pokemon easier. This feature is great for kids or players just jumping into the Pokemon franchise.

Mega Evolution

The official Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee website has revealed that both games will feature Mega Evolution. However, only the three starter Pokemon have been shown off with their Mega forms at this time.

Through mega evolution, specific Pokemon can transform to Mega Pokemon. This form of evolution only occurs in battle when the Pokemon is holding a special Mega Stone. Once the battle is over, they will revert to their original form.

To initiate a Mega Evolution, each Pokemon must hold their own unique Mega Stone. The stone is always named after the Pokemon, such as Alakazamite. Trainers must also have the Mega Bracelet key item with a mega stone of their own inside.

With both items available, the mega evolution button will become available along with an attack during battle. All Pokemon that choose to mega evolve will mega evolve during that turn, but only one Pokemon per trainer can mega evolve during each battle. A Pokemon’s type and ability may change after this evolution has occurred. When one or both Pokemon have mega evolved, the Pokemon will battle based on the new stats. The Pokemon that has mega evolved will stay in that form until the battle ends, or until they faint. Switching to another Pokemon does not revert its form.