'Pokémon Let's Go' Pikachu vs Eevee: Which Version Should You Get?

The Pokémon Company routinely releases new games in pairs. Each version of a new Pokémon game offers small content differences to promote trading between friends. This was the case with Pokémon Red and Blue in 1998, and has continued to the latest release, Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee for Nintendo Switch.

While the version exclusives for each game were already revealed by The Pokémon Company, certain factors may sway Pokémon fans to choose either Pikachu or Eevee.

Here's a breakdown of what's different in each game.

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Both versions of 'Pokemon Let's Go' have their differences Nintendo


Version Exclusives

In Let's Go Pikachu, there are three Pokémon that appear in the wild only in this version. These Pokémon are:

  • Oddish
  • Sandshrew
  • Growlithe
  • Mankey
  • Grimer
  • Scyther

This, of course, also means their evolutions won't be catchable in Let's Go Pikachu. However, trainers can easily obtain these Pokémon by trading with a player using Let's Go Eevee.

Also, Let's Go can connect to Pokémon Go. Trainers can simply transfer them from the mobile game to the Switch, if they have them.

Partner Pokémon

Your partner Pokémon in Let's Go Pikachu is the iconic Electric-type. While your friend won't be able to evolve into Raichu, this special Pikachu is stronger than your run-of-the-mill electric mouse.

Its Individual Values (IVs) are maxed out, but it's the special attacks it can learn along your journey that make it really powerful. Here are the moves your partner Pikachu can learn:

Zippy Zap (Electric-type)

Fally Fall (Flying-type)

Splishy Splash (Water-type)


Version Exclusives

Like Let's Go Pikachu, there are three Pokémon that are exclusive to Eevee. Again, this also means their evolutions cannot be obtained unless it's through trading or connecting to Pokémon Go.

  • Bellsprout
  • Vulpix
  • Meowth
  • Ekans
  • Koffing
  • Pinsir

Partner Pokemon

In the new Pokémon game, Eevee is more powerful than your typical Fox Pokémon. Like Pikachu, its IVs will be maxed out to give you an edge in battle. However, Eevee learns more moves than its counterpart.

Here are the moves that Eevee can learn to help you on your journey. Interesting enough, each represents one of Eevee's evolutions.

Sizzly Slide (Fire-type)

Buzzy Buzz (Electric-type)

Bouncy Bubble (Water-type)

Darky Dark (presumably Dark-type)

Glitzy Glow (presumably Psychic-type)

Have you decided which version of Pokémon Let's Go you'll choose? Let us know in the comments section below.