How to get Mew in Pokémon Let's Go

Poke Ball Plus with Mew toy
Poke Ball Plus with Mew toy (Image credit: iMore)

It's no secret that the most elusive Pokémon in the Kanto region is Mew. So how do you get one? The only way is to transfer it from the Poké Ball Plus. You can't transfer it from Pokémon GO and you can't transfer it to Pokémon GO from Pokémon Let's Go. Here's how to add it to your Pokémon Let's Go game.

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How to get Mew in Pokémon Let's Go

  1. Launch Pokémon Let's Go on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Connect your Poké Ball Plus to Pokémon Let's Go.
  3. Press the red button on the Poké Ball Plus to bring up the menu.
  4. Navigate to Communicate.
  5. Select Mystery Gifts.
  6. Select Get with a Poké Ball Plus.

As soon as you select Get with a Poké Ball Plus, you'll feel the Poké Ball Plus vibrate and hear Mew's call.

You'll then want to select Yes when asked if you want to receive Mew.

To get Mew you need the Ball

If you want a Mew, there's only one way to get it and that's with the Poké Ball Plus. Bonus: It's really fun to use instead of those boring old Joy-Cons. Am I right?

Note: Don't risk buying a used Poké Ball Plus if you want Mew. The rare creature is not transferable and can only be downloaded once. If someone else used that Poké Ball, there's a pretty good chance they already got Mew.

The Poké Ball Plus connects to your Nintendo Switch specifically so you can play Pokémon Let's Go (it currently doesn't work with any other games). You can "throw" your Poké Ball Plus, just like a pro and catch 'em all. It also works with Pokémon GO on your phone, so you're getting two gadgets in one!

Nintendo has reinvented the Pokémon story all over again. This time, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. You can travel between towns, catching Pokémon, talking to townsfolk, battling other trainers, and even earning Gym Badges. You can also sync up your Pokémon GO game and transfer all of those Kanto Region Pokémon you've been collecting into Pokémon Let's Go.

Lory Gil

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