The upcoming Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! may be inspired by Pokémon Yellow, but the Nintendo Switch games are changing up a lot—including, apparently, new requirements to enter Pokémon Gyms.
In most Pokémon games, entering a Gym is easy. Players just enter the gym and fight a few trainers with thematically-appropriate teams as they wind their way to the Gym Leader (sometimes solving some light puzzles along the way). If you’re too underpowered to take on the Gym Leader, the game won’t stop you from trying. In the new games, though, it seems that you’ll have to meet certain conditions in order to enter each Gym in the first place.
The details were posted to the Japanese version of the official Pokémon: Let’s Go website (translated by Siliconera). According to the site, each Gym will have its own entrance conditions, and may require players to have Pokémon of a certain type or of a certain level before they can enter. In order to meet Brock, for example, players must present either a Grass or a Water type Pokémon.
We’ll have to see how these new restrictions affect the game. It may make it impossible for players who are running self-imposed challenges (such as beating the entire game with just a Magikarp), or players who are running teams with a strategy that doesn’t rely solely on Pokémon’s rock-paper-scissors style type advantages.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! release on November 16th, exclusively for the Switch. They’re compatible with Pokémon Go, available now on mobile platforms.