Pokémon: Let’s Go came out this weekend. Both Graev and I picked up the Let’s Go Pikachu edition because… Pikachu, duh! (We will still like you if you picked Eevee.)
As Pokémon fanatics, and Nintendo Switch aficionados, we couldn’t have been more excited for the two to finally come together. Does it live up to the hype and excitement for us?
First, let’s talk about some of the big questions we’ve seen out there. I had a lot of questions going in that I really couldn’t find the answers to in reviews from people who got advanced copies, so I had to wait and experience the game myself. Hopefully these help anyone out there curious about whether or not the game is fun or right for them.
I remember when Pokemon Go came out two years ago. Those were wild times. They lasted about two weeks.
The novelty wore off. Justifiable so, right? Who wants to walk around outside looking like a pariah? I mean, other than the large crowds of people who went to the events that flopped, but would keep going to them despite their issues.
Nintendo has done it again! They've managed to build massive hype for the Switch, and confuse the absolute heck out of me in the process.
I followed yesterday night's live tweeting and announcements from the presentation, and I have to say I was suuuuper confused at first. Now I think I'm a little less confused, but I'm still working out some of the details.
While some of you are likely already well beyond me, I want to share some of the tips I’ve picked up and learned myself that might help some of you newer or struggling trainers. Feel free to share your experiences.
When you tap and hold a pokeball before throwing, the green circle around the target pokemon will shrink . This increases your chances of successfully catching the pokemon and reduce wasted pokeballs.
In the bottom right hand corner of your screen you’ll see pictures or silhouettes of pokemon. If you click on that section it will bring up a list of pokemon near you and their distances. One footprint is close, 3 footprints is far. Choose one you want to catch and start walking in a direction. You’ll know you are getting close when the footprints decrease. This helps you avoid having to randomly stumble upon pokemon. I’ve found several less common Pokemon by roaming off the beaten path.
A big mistake most people make is thinking they should just Transfer of all those crummy 10cp Pidgeys back to Professor Oak. Nope! Hang onto them. When you hatch a lucky egg, evolve as many Pidgeys (or Caterpies or low candy-cost evolves) as you can. Each evolution is a HUGE boost of exp while under the effects of a lucky egg. You’ll easily power-level 4-6 levels at once.
Simply draw a circle or do a spin motion around the pokeball before you throw it and you’ll increase your chances of catching a Pokemon. Pretty simple trick to improve those odds as much as you can when facing a higher CP catch.
I know this sounds counter intuitive to most gamers. You see one team dominating and you think to yourself, “I need to be on that team.” Don’t! If your town is all Red, go Blue or Yellow! You get way more EXP taking a gym than you do training at one.
Just like in the pokemon games, your pokemon type matters. Don’t use fire against water, or birds against electricity. Before fighting a Gym Battle be sure you pick the right type of Pokemon to guarantee your success.[su_lightbox type=”image” src=”https://www.keenandgraev.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pokemon-type-chart.jpg” class=”pointer”][/su_lightbox]
A turn table works too! If you’re like me and can’t possibly imagine the torture of hatching eggs by walking 10 kilometers each, then simply place your phone in a (clean) salad spinner or on a turn table and give it a whirl! Congratulations, you have evolved into the ultimate form of lazy.
Certain pokemon can only be found at certain places or certain times. Need some ghosts? Go to a Graveyard! Yeah, that might be a little disrespectful so don’t make it worse by dancing on a grave when you catch that ghastly. Night time helps with nocturnal pokemon. You’ll find plenty of water pokemon near lakes. My bags are full of Krabby since my place is right on a lake.
This means someone has “lured” pokemon to this location. First, make so the real life Team Rocket aren’t there. It’s usually good to travel in groups in broad daylight. After that, sit back and collect items every 5 minutes + catch lots of Pokemon. Lures last 30 minutes.
When I heard about this on the radio this morning I just had to post about it. “Allegedly” four armed robbers used Lure Modules at PokeStops to attract unsuspecting Trainers. The lures act like beacons to attract Pokemon, and naturally trainers to catch them. When a Lure Module is used on a PokeStop, the PokeStop starts to glow pink with what looks like flower petals.
When the Trainers show up to the dark alley or parking lot,
Team Rocket the robbers strike! They rob the trainers of their devices and whatever else is on them — yep, including their Pokemon! Interestingly enough, right near where I live there’s a walking path by a lake that had four PokeStops lit up with Lures. Yea, like I’m going to walk around the dark lake at night. I’m onto you.
Similar to Team Rocket’s antics, local businesses are also using these Lure Modules to attract trainers. Lure Modules cost coins, and that means these businesses are actually spending money in Pokemon Go to bring players in to their stores. That right there is the largest implication for this Pokemon Go ‘AR’ experience and a big reason Nintendo’s stocks are up. This ‘experience’ is bigger than just those of us playing to catch Pokemon.
Careful out there, Trainers!