New Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu & Eevee Trailer Shows New Techniques

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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The pre-release buzz for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! continues with a new trailer that revealed a slew of new abilities for its mascot monsters and more. Some of this news was teased in the latest episode of Japanese Pokémon variety show, Pokénchi.

In Let’s Go, Hidden Machines (HMs) are being replaced with Secret Techniques that allow Pikachu or Eevee to use field move surrogates such as Cut, Surf, and Fly. These Secret Techniques are Chop Down, Sea Skim, and Sky Dash respectively.

Pikachu and Eevee get exclusive access to brand-new moves that make them more diverse in battle. Pikachu can use Pika Papow and Splishy Splash, while Eevee has a multitude of different typed moves like Bouncy Bubble (Water), Buzzy Buzz (Electric), and Sizzly Slide (Fire).  These moves help compensate for the fact that your starter Eevee cannot evolve into either Vaporeon, Jolteon, or Flareon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.

These new moves are complimented by the new Partner Power ability. When an icon appears in-battle, a shake of the Joy-Con activates an attack that strengthens depending on your friendship level with Pikachu or Eevee. Pikachu’s Partner Power is Pika Papow and Eevee has Veevee Volley. When another of your Pokémon  is in battle, the Partner Power can be used to boost their stats.

Finally, the trailer provided a first look at the revamped Celadon City. This includes a fresh look at the Game Corner, now filled with arcade machines instead of slots, and the Celadon City Gym Leader, Grass-Type specializer Erika.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! launch worldwide on November 16th, 2018. Joining the game’s release is a just-announced $400 Nintendo Switch bundle themed after the games, one bundle for each version. For an alternate look at today’s trailer, the Japanese version is embedded below:

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.