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Let’s Go’s Pok√©mon GO integration works pretty well

While our review of Pok√©mon¬†Let’s Go Pikachu! went live last night, sadly Pok√©mon¬†GO integration was not available in time for publishing. The feature went live this morning, however, and after spending a little bit of time with it earlier today, I’m pleased to say that it works pretty damn well.

It’s a straightforward process ‚ÄĒ all you have to do is link your GO account to your Switch, select the Pok√©mon¬†to transfer, and suddenly they’re in the game. Linking your GO account is fairly painless; you open the settings in both Let’s Go and GO, select “Link a GO account” in Let’s Go and “Nintendo Switch” in GO, and your console will show up in the list of devices on your phone. After tapping that, you’ll have to wait a few seconds, and then you’re ready to go. Transferring Pok√©mon¬†after that is as simple as selecting “Bring Pok√©mon¬†from GO” in GO Park, tapping the Switch button in your list of Pok√©mon¬†in GO, and selecting which ‘mons you’d like to send. The game even filters out any ineligible Pok√©mon¬†, like non-Kantonian Pok√©mon¬†, special Pok√©mon¬†like sunglasses Squirtle, and Mew, which sadly cannot be transferred.

Once your Pok√©mon¬†have made the trip to Let’s Go you can catch them, which shuffles around its stats a little bit, but will mostly keep your Pok√©mon¬†at the same level they were in GO. This means that, if you have a Pok√©mon¬†with perfect IV’s in GO, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll have perfect IV’s in Let’s Go too, with the exception of the Speed stat, which seems to be entirely randomised. Catching Pok√©mon¬†in GO Park works exactly as it does everywhere else in Let’s Go, so you can use whatever balls and berries you’d like. Pok√©mon¬†can run away during the catching phase, but all it does is throw you back out to the overworld where you can speak to the Pokemon to try again.

There’s also a fun little minigame that can be unlocked if you transfer 25 or more of the same Pok√©mon¬†species to Let’s Go. In it, you’re tasked with gathering up all the Pok√©mon¬†and trying to safely get them back to a teleporter, while avoiding hazardous Pok√©mon¬†like Dugtrio, which are pretty much just there to mess up your day. If you collect all the Pok√©mon¬†and get them home safely before the timer runs out, you’ll get a stack of candy for that species, so transferring as many Pok√©mon¬†as you can definitely has its benefits.

While we can’t quite show you all of this in action just yet, I can confirm that everything works perfectly without much issue. You can connect multiple GO accounts to the game just fine, and each GO account that connects is given access to the Mystery Box, a special item that, when opened, activates an incense that attracts the Mythical Pok√©mon¬†Meltan, which can then be sent back to Let’s Go. I did have some slight issues connecting my GO account to my Switch at first, but it turns out that you can’t connect to your Switch while a Pok√©mon¬†GO Plus or Pok√© Ball Plus is connected to your phone. After disconnecting my Pok√© Ball Plus, everything worked flawlessly.

If you haven’t checked out our review of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! yet, you can click here to have a read. And if you’re picking up the game tomorrow, make sure to check out our comprehensive Bargain Guide to make sure you’re getting the best price.

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Oliver Brandt
Deputy Editor, sometimes-reviewer, and Oxford comma advocate. If something's published on Vooks, there's a good chance I looked over it first. I spend way too much on games and use way too many em dashes.
2 Comments
  • Oliver Phommavanh
    November 16, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Cool bananas Ollie, keep us posted with some more Let’s Go goodness ūüôā can’t wait to get this today

  • Blake
    November 19, 2018 at 5:43 am

    “Linking your GO account is fairly painless; you open the settings in both Let‚Äôs Go and GO, select ‚ÄúLink a GO account‚ÄĚ in Let‚Äôs Go and ‚ÄúNintendo Switch‚ÄĚ in GO, and your console will show up in the list of devices on your phone. After tapping that, you‚Äôll have to wait a few seconds, and then you‚Äôre ready to go.”

    “I did have some slight issues connecting my GO account to my Switch at first, but it turns out that you can‚Äôt connect to your Switch while a Pok√©mon GO Plus or Pok√© Ball Plus is connected to your phone. After disconnecting my Pok√© Ball Plus, everything worked flawlessly.”

    I also had a bunch of issues connecting at first, might have been the Poke Ball Plus being attached, just kept fiddling with things until it worked

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