We’re almost there: we’ve almost gotten a Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. Although fan response to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! has been mixed, many who aren’t overly enthusiastic about the games themselves are still excited about the games’ ability to connect with Pokémon Go.
Excitingly enough, you’ll be able to transfer your Pokémon from the app to the Switch game. But who to transfer? We thought we would take a quick look on who would be your best bets.
In many respects, Pokémon: Let’s Go! will have much in common with the original three Pokémon games, as well as the gen III remakes. So it’s probably a safe bet that your partner in Let’s Go, Pikachu! will refuse to evolve. Pikachus aren’t too common in Kanto, so it may be easier to just transfer your own. Plus, you may be able to transfer your cute event Pikachus and Raichus that are all dressed up!
Supposedly, you won’t be able to evolve your partner Eevee in Let’s Go, Eevee!, so it may be a good idea to transfer alternate Eevees to raise in the new game. Better yet, you will be able to save some Pokédough if you just transfer Eeveelutions into the new game rather than buy the otherwise necessary evolution stones in Celadon City.
If you really don’t have any Eevees or Eeveelutions to transfer, you most likely will be able to obtain one from Bill, as in the original and remakes of the first games.
You will be able to gain a big boost by transferring event Pokémon that come with special moves that they may not usually learn. Plus, as mentioned above, event Pikachus and Raichus also have cute little hats!
Again, we don’t know yet if weather-boosts will carry over to the Switch titles. However, if they do, it will provide you with Pokémon that may have stronger attack stats.
The weather-boost could also be expressed as a Pokémon’s Ability, which would automatically give it a boost when fighting in the correct conditions.
We know Mewtwo will be obtainable, and the three legendary birds will most likely be back in their old haunts. Even Mew will be entering the first region for players who opt to get the Pokéball Plus controller.
However, you’ll be able to add any legendaries you have already–want a team of all Mewtwos? Hey, if you were really lucky in Pokémon Go raids, it’s possible! (Maybe you could be really nice and trade one to me, too?)
As with weather-boosted Pokémon, we don’t know if lucky Pokémon will retain their abilities in the new game, or how it will manifest if they do. But luckiness could also manifest as a helpful ability for their trainers, perhaps scoring extra prize money or experience points when they’re used in battle, or even just having boosted stats.
You get lucky Pokémon by trading in Pokémon Go, it would be cool if transferring Pokémon also triggered luckiness!
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Some people really go wild for shinies. You can work out the statistical likeliness of obtaining shinies or try chaining in the new games to get shinies… Or you can save yourself a little bit of work and transfer the shinies you already have over. Shinies don’t necessarily have any advantages over regular Pokémon, but they still bedazzle opponents nonetheless!
It appears as if you will be to transfer Alolan Pokémon into the Let’s Go! games, judging from the artwork on the new games’ official site. In the section of the site that describes how transferring Pokémon will work, the artwork depicts several Pokémon, including an Alolan Vulpix, jumping from a cell phone into a television.
This will add a strategic twist to the game. Of course, because Alolan forms are native to Alola, it seems like transferring may be the only way to get these new forms into the Let’s Go! games to fight alongside (or against!) their original counterparts.
Of course, it goes without saying that you will have your own favorites you’ll want to transfer that fall outside of these categories. Do you have any you already know you’ll be transferring into your Let’s Go games to spend more time with? Let us know in the comments below!
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! will be out for the Nintendo Switch on November 16.