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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!

Co-op Play

By
Vincent Lau

Let’s Go firmly upholds the Nintendo Switch’s philosophy of “sharing the joy”. At nearly any time during your adventure, you can pass the second Joy-Con (the one you’re not using) to another person and they can play together with you at the same time.

Requirements

For the second player to join in, all they have to do is shake their Joy-Con, after their Joy-Con has synchronized with the Nintendo Switch. You can generally synchronize a Joy-Con by pressing any button and waiting for the LED lights to settle. For it to work, the LED lights must display 2 lights, indicating the Joy-Con is “Player 2”.

Also, there must be a co-op play icon visible on the screen. This will appear in the bottom-right corner when exploring. Or halfway up the screen on the right during battles. Occasionally, this icon will be absent; for example, when you’re in menu screens, in the middle of dialogue or traversing water.

What Player 2 Can (and Can’t) Do

Exploring

The second player can walk around the screen to follow the first player. However, that’s all they can really do when exploring. They cannot interact with wild Pokémon (to trigger battles) or NPCs. Also, the camera will only follow Player 1, so it’s possible for Player 2 to get left behind. If Player 2 gets lost and cannot return to the screen, the game will teleport them back after a while.

Catching

(1 of 2) Even if you’re playing by yourself, you could control two Joy-Con controllers yourself.

Even if you’re playing by yourself, you could control two Joy-Con controllers yourself. (left), The two Poké Balls will merge into one when thrown. How does that even work? (right)

During wild Pokémon encounters, Player 2 can actually be of help. They’re able to use and throw Poké Balls, as well as items. But they can’t flee from the fight or access the Help menu. The main benefit of having Player 2 around is when both players throw their Poké Ball at the same time, there will be an increased chance of catching the Pokémon. This will also grant a “Sychronized Bonus” in the rewards screen.

Battling

Additionally, Player 2 can participate in trainer battles as a “support trainer”. They will control the second Pokémon in your party from the start. Once Player 1 has selected their move, Player 2 can choose their move. Player 2 can do anything Player 1 can do, except use Partner Powers. If Player 1 doesn’t use Mega Evolution, Player 2 will have that choice.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    23 November 2018
  • Last Updated
    19 December 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Welcome to our strategy guide for Pokemon: Let’s Go!

  • A complete walkthrough with strategies to defeat all the Kanto Gym Leaders and conquer the Pokémon League.
  • Encounter tables for all the wild Pokémon, including the rare Pokémon with undisclosed habitats in the Pokédex.
  • Explanations of all the gameplay mechanics for both beginner trainers and Pokémon Masters.
  • Where to find all the Master Trainers and hidden battles after beating the game.
  • A handy mini-Pokédex containing the key details for all 153 obtainable Pokémon and where to find them.

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