The Pokémon Company has today unveiled a whole lot of information for its upcoming titles, Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! including details on Secret Techniques, Exclusive Moves, and much more.
While we’re still set to get a mainline entry into the Pokémon RPG series, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! are set to be evolutions of classic Pokémon RPGs mixed with Pokémon Go. With that, players both new and old will be able to dive into the game with some familiarity.
That being said, there are set to be a number of features, which might be familiar to some, coming to the games in new ways. The first of which is Secret Techniques, these techniques allow players’ partner Pokémon to help them progress further through the game by clearing the way. For example, cutting down trees with Chop Down, or gliding across the water with Sea Skim.
Now, for veteran players, they’ll likely be aware that moves similar to these are available in the main series, however, it required players to have a Pokémon with a specific TMs to be in their parties. In Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! it works a little different but contextually makes a bit more sense.
In addition to Secret Techniques, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! will also include Partner-Exclusive Moves. Players’ partner Pikachu or Eevee will be able to use moves that no other Pokémon in the game can use. Within the game, Players’ Pikachu or Eevee, once a certain level has been reached, will signal that its Partner Power can be used. This may happen both in and out of battle.
For Pikachu, two of its exclusive moves are Pika Papow and Splishy Splash. Pika Papow is a partner power and can only be used when the partner sign appears in battle, and depending on the players’ bond is with their Pikachu will depend on how powerful this move is. Splishy Splash, on the other hand, is a Water-type power and can paralyze opponents.
As for Eevee, this Pokémon has Veevee Volley as well as Bouncy Bubble, Buzzy Buzz, and Sizzly Slide. Veevee Volley is another move which depends on the players’ bond to determine its power. Bouncy Bubble, on the other hand, another Water-type move, will heal Eevee for half the damage dealt to its opponent. Buzzy Buzz, an Electric-type move paralyzes the opponent, and finally, Sizzly Slide will burn an opponent.
Players will be able to forge stronger bonds with their partner Pokémon outside of battle by petting and playing with their partner. This will improve the relationship and may receive in-game benefits and rewards. This will utilize both the JoyCons and touch-screen.
The Pokémon Company has also detailed one of the cities in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!, Celadon City, one of the main locations in the Kanto region which players can explore. Also known as the “City of Rainbow Dreams” players can purchase new clothing items or play in the arcade. Oh, and the city’s Pokémon Gym is home to Erika “the Nature-Loving Princess” who specializes in Grass-type.
Finally, it’s been revealed that Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! will be offered in an exclusive bundle which introduces Pikachu- and Eevee-themed Joy-Con controllers, a pre-installed copy of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!, and a Poké Ball Plus. The Switch’s dock will also feature Eevee and Pikachu with their silhouettes of both Pokémon are displayed on the back. This will launch alongside the game on November 16. The console can be pre-ordered now.
A trailer highlighting these new features can be seen below: