Which version of Pokémon Lets Go should you buy?

Pikachu Eevee Pokemon Lets Go
Pikachu Eevee Pokemon Lets Go (Image credit: Pokemon.com)

Each year the same question arises for Pokémon trainers all over the globe. Which edition of the latest RPG should we get? The choice gets infinitely harder this year with with Pokémon Let's Go. Utilizing the power of the Nintendo Switch, the impossible has happened, Pokémon managed to get even cuter!

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What is Pokémon Let's Go?

Pokémon Let's Go is a remake of the beloved game Pokémon Yellow, which was released for the Gameboy in 1998. It's set in Pallet Town in the Kanto Region where the first 151 Pokémon are based. It's also where the Pokémon Anime character, Ash, started his adventure. So, all generations of players have the chance to go back and experience the Kanto Region again in this journey.

Similarly to the original Pokémon Yellow, your companion for your journey is a partner who is not too fond of their Poké Ball. Instead, they ride around with you on your shoulder or hat! They also have a dislike for evolution. So your starter Pikachu or Eevee will not evolve. Fear not, completionists! Any other Pikachu or Eevees you stumble upon during your journey will be able to evolve. So you can still catch 'em all!

What are the differences between Pokémon Let's Go Eevee & Pikachu?

Move Sets

Depending on which version you buy, your partner for your journey will either be an Eevee or a Pikachu. Pikachu and Eevee have special abilities called "Secret Techniques" (similar to the Hidden Moves (HM) of other Pokémon games).

They also have unique moves exclusive to Pokémon Let's Go :

Pikachu has two exclusive moves.

  • Pika Papow - Pikachu's power will increase depending on how good of friends you are.
  • Splishy Splash - A water type move that has the chance to paralyze your opponent.

Eevee has four unique moves.

  • Veevee Volley - Eevee's power will increase depending on how good of friends you are.
  • Bouncy Bubble - A Water Type move that will heal Eevee for half the damage its done to its opponent.
  • Buzzy Buzz - An Electric Type move that will paralyze its opponent when hit.
  • Sizzly Slide - A Fire Type move that will burn its opponent when hit.

Version Exclusives

Similar to all other Pokémon games in the main series, each edition of Pokémon Let's Go have the same core story, but have some exclusive Pokémon in each version.

Let's Go Pikachu has the following exclusive Pokémon:

  • Oddish
  • Sanshrew
  • Growthe

Let's Go Eevee has the following exclusive Pokémon:

  • Bellsprout
  • Vulpix
  • Meowth

So, what do you think? Which version are you getting? Let us know in the comments below. Remember, Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Pikachu are available worldwide on November 16.

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