A first in the series, it will now be impossible to speed through all of the Pokémon Let’s Go gyms without having a specific team.
The requirements are bound to vary from Gym to Gym, but it seems as though you’ll have to have a Pokémon in your team that’s typing is super effective against the main type of the Gym Leader.
The example seen here is of Brock’s rock-type Gym. The man at the front of the Gym will only let you enter Pewter City’s challenge should you have a water- or grass-type Pokémon in your team.
This is an interesting thing to ask for, seeing as the beginning routes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue did not allow the player to get any wild water- or grass-types, save for the Starter Pokémon choices.
However, we’re not going to be able to choose between Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander this time around, as the Starter Pokémon you get is predetermined by the version of Pokémon Let’s Go that you buy.
This means that the good ol’ days of overleveling our Pikachu to quick attack Brock’s Onyx to death are over, as they are going to be adding more variety of types to Route 1.
A tried and true way of getting through Brock was to use the fighting-type move double kick that Mankey or the Nidorans could learn. Even if we wanted to, we can’t follow that strategy for Brock solely, as we must at least have a grass- or water-type in our team.
These changes will add a new level of difficulty and strategy to those looking to speedrun Pokémon Let’s Go. If anything, it makes the trades from the mobile game Pokémon Go even more vital.
The games Pokémon Lets Go Pikachu! and Eevee! release on November 16 for the Nintendo Switch.