Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are here, and Square Peg Gamers have prepared an essential guide that will help you on your Pokemon Journey! If it’s items your after we’ve got you covered, or perhaps your curious about that awesome Pokeball controller?
Shiny Pokemon and how to hunt them?
So, you’ve seen your friend’s oddly coloured Charizard and are wanting to find out how to get your very own? Well that darkened variation of the iconic Pokemon is none other than a Shiny Pokemon, a rare version of that species with a different colour pallet. Each Pokemon game has its own method to track down the elusive beasts, and Let’s Go has introduced something new to the tables. The duo of titles introduces Catch Combos, an easy method that requires nothing but pure patience and some degree of luck.
Catch Combos are achieved when you capture a Pokemon of the same species multiple times in a row. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu processes its code as if it were a dice, with multiple rolls and one number representing the chance of a Pokemon being potentially shiny. Catch Combo hunting allows us to manipulate the dice roll for increased odds and has an optimal route for achieving a successful hunt. For this guide, we’ll be utilising Viridian Forest as our hunting grounds where we’ll attempt to capture a shiny Weedle.
The odds of discovering a shiny in Let’s Go is at a standard rate of 1/4096 without any forms of manipulation. Pokemon fans have labelled this as full odds hunting, where you test your luck without any assistance. Catch Combos increase the shiny chance at various intervals, for example a chain of 11 will increase your chances to 1/1024. So, let’s crack on with some hunting, shall we?
Step 1: Find your target
For this guide, we’ll be utilising Virdian Forest and will be tracking down the previously mentioned Weedle. It is recommended to start in an area that you’ll be comfortable with, as Pokemon obtained later in the game can be more difficult to catch.
Step 2: Start capturing
Now that you know which Pokemon you’ll hunting for, start encountering that species and begin capturing it. If you run into another Pokemon, simply run away from it, capturing another Pokemon will reset your chain. We are aiming to achieve a combo of 31. Why 31 you ask? Well, our odds are at their maximum potential at 31 with a shiny chance of 1/341.
A CHAIN WILL ALSO BREAK IF THE POKEMON RUNS AWAY, IF YOU FAIL TO CAPTURE THE POKEMON THREE TIMES, RUN AWAY SO YOU DON’T BREAK YOUR CHAIN.
Step 3: Maximum Shiny Odds
Congratulations, you are at the defining moment of your hunt! Now that you have reached a chain of 31, your chances of achieving a shiny are much greater. If you have any Lures in that pesky bag of yours, activate one as it is reported that they also increase the chance of encountering a shiny. With your odds being maxed out, it’s time to begin the waiting game. We are going to wait around until a shiny appears, if any Pokemon run into you and iniates an encounter just run away. You’ll know you’ve found the shiny when you see a sparkling aura surrounding the Pokemon.
Step 4: Catch that Shiny!
Wait, that Pokemon’s sparkling. Yes, that’s your shiny Pokemon. That patience has paid off, now its time to capture it. It is also recommended that you use two Joycons to capture the Pokemon, as it allows you to simultaneously throw two Pokeballs with a chance of a critical catch. You may also run into a Shiny before you even reach a chain of 31, but it’s all dependent on luck.
There is one other method to increase your shiny chances during Catch Combos. If you 100% complete your Pokedex by capturing all 151 Pokemon, you will be able to receive the Shiny Charm from the GameFreak representative in Celadon City. The Shiny Charm permanently increases your shiny chances for Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. It’s a long road to obtain it, but it is definitely worth it.
Table of Odds:
|Catch Combo||Shiny Rate||Shiny Rate with Lure||Shiny Rate with Shiny Charm||Shiny Rate with Shiny Charm and Lure.|
How to use your Pokéball Plus
The Pokéball Plus is the latest accessory for the Nintendo Switch and launched alongside Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu. Outside of the main game, there are no clear instructions on what can be done with the Pokéball Plus and how to do it, so keep on reading to find out how to make the most of your Pokéball Plus.
The Pokéball plus has three modes, one for Pokémon GO, and two for the Let’s Go games.
1) When using the Pokéball Plus with Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee, the most obvious choice is to use it as a controller to do this you simply need to press the centre white button to choose it on the initial controller menu that can be accessed after selecting your save to load or via the settings menu under ‘Controller Settings’.
2) Any Pokémon captured in Let’s Go via the main game or via the GO park complex can be transferred into the Pokéball Plus. This is done by going to the save portion of the pause menu. It’s the purple icon with the notebook and pen in front of it. Then select the second option down to take your Pokémon for a walk. You will be presented with two options, one for selecting your partner Pokémon (Pikachu or Eevee depending on the version of the game you have) or select any other Pokémon from within your Pokémon box. The purpose of taking your Pokémon for a walk is to earn XP and candy, and yes that includes Rare Candy. XP is rewarded generously depending on the distance walked and the amount that you interact with the Pokéball Plus, including shaking the ball after holding the central white button for several seconds to hear the Pokémon inside.
Worried about your Pokémon making a noise while you walk? Not to worry! The Pokéball plus actually has a mute function that is triggered by holding the top red and central buttons, at once for several seconds, or until a series of vibrations can be felt. It appears that two short vibrations indicate that mute mode is off and one longer, but still short vibration means that mute mode is on.
3) The final main use of your Pokéball Plus is the two ways that it integrates with Pokémon GO. First, it will automatically spin Pokéstops and alert you of wild Pokémon as they appear on the phone, meaning you don’t need the phone active to catch Pokémon, a perfect solution if you’re low on battery. Simply press the central white button when indicated and it will attempt to catch a nearby wild Pokémon, alerting you when it has failed or succeeded via a phone notification.
To use this feature, you must first connect the Pokéball Plus to your Pokémon GO account and thankfully this couldn’t be easier! Simple:
- Open the Pokémon GO App
- Go to ‘Settings’ under the middle button on the starting HUD
- Scroll down toPokéballPlus
- Select the option to connect your GO and Plus
- Follow the onscreen instructions and wait until the devices are connected
And that’s it, all you need to do then is enjoy your newfound phone battery.
Those are all the ways in which you can specifically use your Pokéball Plus with either Pokemon GO, or Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Pikachu. The games have so much more to offer, but that’s a story for another guide!
Mega Evolution Stone Locations
Mega Evolution is a powerful and useful tool in Let’s Go, here are all the places you can find Mega Evolution Stones;
Indigo Plateau Shop
|Blastoisnite||Charizardite X||Charizardite Y|
Mewtwonite X Mewtwonite Y
Key Item Locations
Fossils are items the player can find in game which can be transformed into previously extinct Pokemon – Aerodactyl, Omnyte and Kabuto.
To revive your Fossil, visit Cinnabar Island, Pewter City & Oreburgh Mining Museums or Devon Corp. Here they will be revived into the Pokémon that became extinct.
|Dome Fossil||A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It could be a shell or carapace.||Mt. Moon, Cerulean Cave|
|Helix Fossil||A fossil from a prehistoric Pokémon that once lived in the sea. It might be a piece of a seashell.||Mt. Moon, Cerulean Cave, Cerulean Cave|
|Old Amber||A piece of amber that still contains the genetic material of an ancient Pokémon. It’s clear with a tawny, reddish tint.||Pewter City, Cerulean Cave|
Secret techniques are replacing old style Hidden Moves or HMs such as Fly, Cut and Surf. Unlike HMs however these techniques do not take up a move slot and are only usable outside battle.
Allowing you to access new areas within Kanto by chopping down small trees. To obtain this move speak to the Captain of the S.S Anne.
Light up works like Flash used to – giving you vision in dark caves and making exploring them a lot easier. Obtain Light Up via Professor Oak’s assistant outside a house after exiting Diglett’s Cave. After speaking to him you’ll be taught Light Up.
Next door to the Pokemon Go Park, Fuchsia City sits a trainer and his Lapras. Talk to him and you’ll be given the chance to learn Sea Skim and go on to ride the waves with this Surf equivalent.
The most hard-fought for Secret move, Sky Dash is acquired by beating Team Rocket’s leader Giovanni. Head into their secret base at Celadon City’s Gaming Corner and clear them out. After you leave there will be a man with a flying machine spawned who will teach you Sky Dash.
To earn Strong Push or Strength you need to return to Fuchsia City and return the Warden’s teeth. You can get the teeth by interacting with Team Rocket, found digging in the South of the city. Return these Golden teeth to the Warden in the Pokemon Centre and learn Strong Push.
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