What Are the Differences Between Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee?

Updated on November 18, 2018
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Jennifer Wilber is a teacher and writer. She holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game Design. She is a life-long gamer.

What Are the Differences Between Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee?
What Are the Differences Between Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee? | Source

Should I Choose Pikachu or Eevee?

If you want to play the new Pokémon games on Switch you might be confused about which version you should get. As with the main series Pokémon games, there are two different versions available. The main differences between the two different versions are the Pokémon available in each, and which Pokémon partner you start your adventure with. There are also several exclusive moves for your Pokémon to learn in each version, as well as exclusive special Alolan forms of certain Pokémon available to obtain. Will you choose Pikachu or Eevee?

Your partner Pokemon travels along side your throughout your journey through Kanto.
Your partner Pokemon travels along side your throughout your journey through Kanto. | Source

Partner Pokémon: Pikachu or Eevee

The main difference between the two versions of the new pair of Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch is which Pokémon you get as your partner Pokémon. Your partner Pokémon is a special Pokémon that you have with you throughout your adventure through the Kanto region, so choose wisely. This Pokémon will travel with your every step of the way. You will be able to dress this Pokémon up in outfits, including matching outfits for your Pokémon and your playable character if you choose. This Pokémon will also be able to learn exclusive moves.

Also, keep in mind that your partner Pokémon cannot evolve in this game. You will, however, be able to capture other wild Pikachu and Eevee throughout your journey, which will be able to evolve, so you will still be able to obtain Raichu, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.

This is the move tutor you meet at the Cerulean Pokemon Center.
This is the move tutor you meet at the Cerulean Pokemon Center. | Source

Exclusive Moves for Your Partner Pokémon

Your partner Pokémon has the ability to learn exclusive moves that no other Pikachu or Eevee is capable of learning. These marvelous moves are taught to your partner Pikachu or Eevee by move tutors, who you will encounter in Pokemon Centers throughout the Kanto region. There are more possible exclusive moves for Eevee to learn than for Pikachu. Eevee has nine exclusive moves, which correspond to each of its possible evolutions’ types, despite the fact that your partner Eevee cannot evolve. Pikachu has only four possible moves that it can learn from the move tutor. Two of these are electric type moves, while one is a water type move, and the other is a flying type move.

Pikachu using Splishy Splash.
Pikachu using Splishy Splash. | Source

Pikachu’s Exclusive Moves and Stats

Pika Papow

  • Electric-type
  • Special damage
  • - power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 20 PP
  • Power increases the more Pikachu loves its trainer. This move never misses.

Floaty Fall

  • Flying-type
  • Physical damage
  • 90 power
  • 95 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • May make the target flinch.

Splishy Splash

  • Water-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • May paralyze the target.

Zippy Zap

  • Electric-type
  • Physical damage
  • 50 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Always goes first and always results in a critical hit.

Eevee using Bouncy Bubble.
Eevee using Bouncy Bubble. | Source

Eevee’s Exclusive Moves and Stats

Veevee Volley

  • Normal-type
  • Physical damage
  • - power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 20 PP
  • Power increases the more Eevee loves its trainer. This move never misses.

Bouncy Bubble

  • Water-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Eevee recovers half the amount of damage dealt to the opponent.

Buzzy Buzz

  • Electric-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Always paralyzes the target.

Sizzly Slide

  • Fire-type
  • Physical damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Always burns the target.

Glitzy Glow

  • Psychic-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Weakens opposing team’s Special attacks.

Baddy Bad

  • Dark-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Weakens opposing team’s Physical attacks.

Freezy Frost

  • Ice-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Eliminates all stat changes.

Sappy Seed

  • Grass-type
  • Physical damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Damages the target a little every turn.

Sparkly Swirl

  • Fairy-type
  • Special damage
  • 90 power
  • 100 accuracy
  • 15 PP
  • Heals all your team’s status conditions.

This Vileplume belongs to gym leader Erika.
This Vileplume belongs to gym leader Erika. | Source

Version Exclusive Pokemon

As with the main series Pokémon games, this pair of games also includes version exclusive Pokémon. If you want to complete your Pokedex, you will need to trade with a friend who has the other game.

Version Exclusive Pokémon for Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu!

  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Mankey
  • Primeape
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Scyther

Version Exclusive Pokémon for Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!

  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebel
  • Ekans
  • Arbok
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Koffing
  • Weezing
  • Pinsir

Alolan Geodude is available in both version.
Alolan Geodude is available in both version. | Source

Version Exclusive In-Game Trades for Alolan Forms

There are two exclusive in-game trades in each version of the game, which allow you to obtain exclusive Alolan forms of certain Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Kanto region.

In Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! you are able to trade a regular Sandshrew for an Alolan Sandshrew. You are also able to trade a regular Grimer for an exclusive Alolan Grimer.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee! you can trade a regular Vulpix for an Alolan Vulpix. You will also be able to trade a regular Meowth for an Alolan Meowth.

In both games, you will be able to obtain several other Alolan versions of Pokémon through similar in-game trades as well. The Alolan Pokémon available through in-game trades in both versions include:

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Alolan Geodude
  • Alolan Diglett
  • Alolan Raichu
  • Alolan Rattata

Are you ready to begin your Pokemon adventure?
Are you ready to begin your Pokemon adventure? | Source

Which Game Should You Choose?

Which game you choose ultimately comes down to which set of Pokémon and exclusive moves you prefer. Since you are able to trade for exclusive wild Pokémon to obtain the ones that are not available in the wild in the version you have, you will want to base your choice more on which Pokémon you would rather have as a partner. If you prefer to have the iconic Pikachu from the original Pokémon Yellow, you may prefer Let’s Go Pikachu! If you would rather have Eevee, a Pokémon who has never before appeared as a playable starter in a main series game before, as your partner, Let’s Go Eevee! may be a better choice for you. Either way, you are sure to have fun exploring the Kanto region in these Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch.

Questions & Answers

  • Is Eevee better than Pikachu in Pokemon: Let's Go or vice versa?

    Eevee and Pikachu both have their advantages and disadvantages. It's really down to your own personal preferences.

    That being said, Eevee has a bigger variety of types of moves it can learn, which can put you at a greater advantage if you want to keep your buddy Pokemon in your party throughout your adventure. Eevee can learn 8 different types of moves from the move tutor, which correspond to its different possible evolution (despite the fact that this particular Eevee cannot evolve.) You Eevee has the ability to learn a water, fire, electric, psychic, dark, grass, ice, and fairy from the move tutor. If you chose Pikachu, the types of exclusive moves it can learn are more limited, so you will have to be more creative in assembling your team for each gym.

    If you care about dressing up your Pokemon and your playable character, Eevee also has the advantage, as there are more outfits available for Eevee than for Pikachu. It is possible to obtain outfit sets to match each of Eevee's eight possible evolutions in you choose Eevee. Pikachu only has one evolution outfit to correspond to Raichu.

    Personally, I chose Eevee mainly because I've never had to opportunity to have an Eevee as my starter Pokemon before, whereas I've already partnered with Pikachu in Pokemon Yellow, and Pikachu has always been at the forefront of the series. But if you prefer Pikachu to Eevee, you will have just as much fun with Pokemon Let's Go.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber

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      Lil` pokeboy 123 

      15 months ago

      I would chose Eevee because you could make it learn the super effective moves against the gym leaders AND eevee is so cute i almost died when i first saw it and its "eeveelutions"

    • JenniferWilber profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer Wilber 

      15 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I went with Eevee, but my husband got Pikachu so we can both get all the Pokémon.

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      Poppy 

      15 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great article! I was thinking of buying a Switch next year so this article was useful for me deciding which to get. Like many other potential players, I wasn't sure of the differences between them or even what the games were about.

      The exclusive moves for Pikachu and Eevee have funny names, they almost look fanmade. Based on the Pokemon you can catch, I think I would go for Let’s Go Pikachu! Can't beat Arcanine and Scyther.

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