Heading further into holiday shopping season — and deals on deals on deals — it’s no surprise that Pokémon: Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go! Eevee have sold more than 3 million copies. Receiving rave reviews from the gaming industry and fans alike, the journey back to Kanto isn’t something to be missed. 

As you begin your journey, it’s easy to see that Pokémon: Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go! Eevee are more than just simple remakes; featuring new mechanics, new ways to play and hours of refreshed fun. If this is the first Pokémon game you’ve played since the Game Boy, chances are thing can seem a little overwhelming in the jump to beautiful 3D.



Here are our tips on how to get the most out of your adventure!

Name Your Pokémon



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This seems like a silly piece of advice, but it really is a cute way to get into the role-playing aspect of the game. As soon as I got my Eevee, my partner and I spent the better part of the evening deciding what to name him. We finally landed on Wilson, after Tom Hanks’ volleyball companion in “Castaway.” I also remembered a couple of the names I gave Pokémon back in the original, so naming my new Pokémon after them was a fun treat. 

Don’t Bank On Pokémon GO To Make You Instantly OP



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The integration between Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let’s Go is pretty seamless. It provides a fun way to take the various Kanto-region Pokémon you captured from the massively successful mobile game and breathes new life into them on the Nintendo Switch. With that said, you don’t actually get to the GO Park (where you can transfer from your phone the game) until later in the game. Those Pokémon you thought were the very best in Pokémon GO? They aren’t actually that powerful, and their stats feel dwarfed by your current party. 

Develop A Sweet Tooth And Use Those Candies



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If you are looking to give your favorite Pokémon a competitive advantage (especially as the difficulty rises in the latter portions of the game), there are a variety of candies you collect by catching and transferring Pokémon to Professor Oak. As you build out your party to take on the Elite Four, using these candies is a vital strategy at taking your team to the next level. 

Talk To Everyone



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As you head out into the Pokémon world, you may be focused on catching ‘em all. Don’t forget to talk to everyone you see. Whether they give you a TM, provide you with some key information about the town you’re in, or shame you for spending money on a Magikarp, sparking a conversation with those you meet enhances your experience. As an aside, some of the Secret Techniques taught to your Pikachu or Eevee is given to you simply by speaking to a seemingly random citizen. 

Have you already made the journey into Kanto? What did you find useful when you first started?