The Pokémon Company has revealed how the series’ Hidden Machines will work in both Pokémon: Let’s Go games, as well as the unique benefits players will gain from having Pikachu or Eevee as a faithful teammate.
As seen in the upcoming games’ new trailer, Pokémon: Let’s Go will replicate the more recent mainline entries by dropping the need for HMs to explore the Kanto region. In the original Pokémon Yellow, players were forced to teach Pokémon in their party HMs that that could let them fly to previously visited locations, chop down trees blocking paths, and more. In Let’s Go, Eevee and Pikachu will learn secret techniques, such as the Cut replacement Chop Down and the new version of Surf called Sea Skim.
It’s unclear if these will be techniques that Pikachu and Eevee will learn organically for use in battle or if players will gain access to them by other means. For example, the skills could work similarly to Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s Ride Pager feature, which allowed trainers to call Pokémon to their aid to traverse certain obstacles.
In addition to the previously revealed hairstyles and clothing options for both starter Pokémon, it appears players will also be able to increase their friendship levels with Pikachu or Eevee to unlock partner powers and exclusive moves. Once players reach a certain level of fondness with either starter, a partner sign will begin to appear in battle. Shaking one of the Joy-Con will activate Pikachu’s Pika Papow or Eevee’s Veevee Volley. Also, Pikachu will be able to learn the exclusive move Splishy Splash, a Water-type move that will be able to paralyze opponents. As for Eevee, it will have access to a trio of elemental moves—Bouncy Bubble, Buzzy Buzz, and Sizzly Slide. The questionably named attacks will either heal Eevee or inflict status effects on the enemy.
The trailer gave a glimpse of Kanto’s Celadon City, too. During it, players were shown a brief look at the Gym fight against Erika and her signature Grass-type team. As the launch date approaches, fans should get a few more teases of the Gym leaders and major fights awaiting them in Let’s Go. For now, players can brush up on their understanding of Mega Evolutions, another recently announced system being carried over from the latest mainline games.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee will launch for Nintendo Switch on November 16th.