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How to Quickly Level Up Your Pokémon in “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu!” and “Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

Pokémon fans have been able to enjoy leaving their hometown to embark on an adventure to catch, battle, and become Champion since the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in the late '90s. Now, 20 years later, new and old fans alike can enjoy a gorgeous new edition on the Nintendo Switch.

As per most Pokémon releases, there are two versions: Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee! Though the games are almost identical, there are sometimes different Pokémon available to catch, making trading essential for those who want to fill their Pokédex and "catch 'em all." Pikachu! and Eevee! are essentially remakes of Red and Blue, but with many different rules, a different selection of Pokémon for each game, and many minor changes.

As well as catching and battling, leveling up the Pokémon you've caught is essential to success in this game. After all, only by being strong can you defeat the trainers who you meet throughout your adventure and eventually become the Champion.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to make your Pokémon stronger in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Catch Pokémon

No, seriously. Catch a lot of Pokémon.

In previous games, you would battle wild Pokémon you'd meet, using just one of your own as you went. Catching one or two of the same species was normal for adding them to your Pokédex for Professor Oak. Let's Go seems to be a meld of the classic games and the newer mobile game Pokémon Go, where catching is a huge part of the adventure.

Catch every Pokémon you see and rack up those experience points! Catching a new Pokémon gives EXP to all of the Pokémon in your party, so catch many and often as soon as you can. Be sure to stock up on balls whenever you can, too.

Get Catch Combos

Catching every Pokémon you see is all well and good, but you can get serious boosts to your experience points, as well as the chance to encounter rare or shiny Pokémon, by getting Catch Combos.

What is a Catch Combo? If you continuously catch the same Pokémon again and again (for example, you catch a Caterpie, then another Caterpie, then another...) you'll get a Combo Bonus, multiplying your experience points by a lot.

Just be careful not to run into any other Pokémon while you're collecting Combos, or your score will be reset.

Get Your Pokémon in Trade

Traded Pokémon get boosted experience points, meaning that they'll get more every single time than a Pokémon you've caught yourself. If you have a friend who also plays Let's Go, get trading! A permanent boost to your experience points is never a bad thing.

How to Trade

To trade Pokémon with a friend who is physically near you:

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  • Press X to bring up the menu.
  • Go to "Communicate."
  • Select "Play With Others," "Nearby Player," then "Link Trade."
  • Select three Pokémon. it doesn't matter which one you choose, but be sure that your friend has selected the same ones in the same order.
  • You can now trade Pokémon!

With boosted experience points, your Pokémon will be stronger in no time at all.

Throw Well

When you're catching Pokémon, there are all sorts of things that can boost the number of experience points you receive. One of these is Catch Combos, and another is with great throwing skills.

Pay attention to the circle around the Pokémon that opens and closes. To get bonus points for good throwing, throw the ball to hit the inside of the circle. The smaller the circle, the better the throw. They come in three levels:

  • Nice!
  • Great!
  • Excellent!

Making an effort to get awesome throws in boosts your experience points too, so do it as often as possible.

Battle Others

Pokémon battles are the classic way of leveling up! Unlike previous games, where only the fighter Pokémon got the points and maybe one more if you got an Experience Share, all the Pokémon in your Party get a share of points whenever you successfully make a foe faint.

Make sure the Pokémon you want to level up are in your Party (access your Box from the menu, select the Pokémon you want, and choose "Add to Party"). While battling, those experience points will add up even if the Pokémon doesn't fight in the battle.

Feed Your Pokémon Candies

Though they don't affect your Pokémon's level, Candies are also essential to giving your Pokémon the edge in battle. They give permanent boosts to their stats, making them arguably even more effective than leveling up.

Types of Candies include the following.


Health Candy

HP +1

Mighty Candy

Attack +1

Tough Candy

Defense +1

Smart Candy

Special Attack +1

Courage Candy

Special Defense +1

Quick Candy

Speed +1

Pokémon Candy

All Stats +1

You can collect Candies by:

  • Catching Pokémon.
  • Sending Pokémon to Professor Oak.
  • Playing and completing games in the Play Yard in the GO Park Complex.
  • Using the Poké Ball Plus Device to take your Pokémon out when walking in real time.

Experience points are valuable and a necessity if for success in this wildly fun video game! With these tips, you'll be beefing up your Pokémon in no time, ready to face the Elite Four, and even battle online!

Questions & Answers

Question: How long does this take to level up your pokemon?

Answer: It can take several hours depending on the frequency of Pokémon. Some people have gotten their Pokémon to level 100 in about eight hours or so, but that depends on what Pokémon you catch. Chantey is a good chain to get because it yields a lot of experience points, though a difficult one as they don’t appear all that frequently.

Question: Does constantly running level up your Pokémon in Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu like in other games?

Answer: No, your Pokemon won't level up by running.

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