In the early days of the Pokémon franchise, it was the ultimate goal of most players to become a Pokémon Master. In other words, they either had to collect all 151 Pokemon, or defeat the Elite Four after collecting all eight Gym Badges. To revive the spirit of becoming a Pokémon Master, Game Freak have decided to implement a new feature into Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee, which are set to launch next month on the Nintendo Switch.
After completing the main game, several new NPC’s named Master Trainers will appear around the Kanto region. They will be identified by a sprite of a particular species of Pokémon that hovers over their heads. If you speak to them whilst having the same Pokémon in your current party, you will be able to engage in a one on one battle with that trainer and their beloved Pokémon. You will not be able to use any items during these battles, and they will be able to use moves that a regular version of the species will not learn through regular training.
If you defeat that Pokémon in battle, you will earn the ability to hold that Master Trainer’s specific title. If you decide to use it, other NPC’s such as Nurse Joy will refer to you with that honorific when you speak to them. With the Master Trainer sidequest and several other new features included in the Let’s Go sub-series, it is slowly becoming clear that these two games will be a far cry from a simple port of the original games with next generation graphics, Pokémon Go connectivity and motion controls that require you to use the Joy-Con controllers provided with your Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee are set to be released on November 16th 2018 for Nintendo Switch. If you are interested in finding out more about the game, be sure to visit the official website, watch the Master Trainer trailer provided below, and stay tuned to VGU for more news about the game as it arrives.