Partner Pokémon (game)

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Partner Pokémon (Japanese: 相棒ポケモン Partner Pokémon) refers to the special Pikachu or Eevee the player starts with in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! As the names of the two titles imply, players of Let's Go, Pikachu! receive a Pikachu as their partner, while players of Let's Go, Eevee! receive Eevee. While the player can capture and train other Pikachu and Eevee in both games, the partner Pokémon have various special differences from their typical variants.

Partner Pikachu
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 Electric 
Partner Eevee
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 Normal 
Partner Eevee
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 Normal 

Differences

  • The partner Pikachu and Eevee are constantly seen riding on the player's shoulder, similar to Ash's Pikachu in the anime, even when not in the active party.
  • Female partner Eevee have a special heart-shaped pattern around the tip of their tail, similar to a gender difference.
  • The partner Pokémon have higher base stats, and are fixed to join the party with a fixed 31 IVs in every stat, but cannot be Shiny.
  • Similar to Red's Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow, they cannot evolve. Because held items do not exist in the game, items such as Light Ball, Eviolite, and Eevium Z are not applicable.
  • They have special new moves that they can learn via Move Tutor, and can activate partner powers in battle once they have high enough friendship. If activated while they are in battle, they use an exclusive move—Pika Papow or Veevee Volley—which increases in damage based on friendship. If activated while they are not in battle, they boost the stats of the current Pokémon.
  • The partner Pokémon can perform Secret Techniques that take the place of HMs. These Techniques do not take up a slot in the movelist, nor are they moves intended for battle.
  • The player's partner can be interacted with and fed, similar to Pokémon-Amie and Pokémon Refresh in previous games.
  • They can also be dressed in different outfits, including sets made to match the player, and be given different hairstyles when pet in certain ways in the Switch's handheld mode.

Exclusive moves

Partner Pikachu
Move Type Cat. Location
Zippy Zap  Electric  Physical Cerulean City Move Tutor
Floaty Fall  Flying  Physical Celadon City Move Tutor
Splishy Splash  Water  Special Fuchsia City Move Tutor
Pika Papow  Electric  Special Partner Power
Partner Eevee
Move Type Cat. Location
Bouncy Bubble  Water  Special Cerulean City Move Tutor
Buzzy Buzz  Electric  Special Cerulean City Move Tutor
Sizzly Slide  Fire  Physical Cerulean City Move Tutor
Glitzy Glow  Psychic  Special Celadon City Move Tutor
Baddy Bad  Dark  Special Celadon City Move Tutor
Sappy Seed  Grass  Physical Fuchsia City Move Tutor
Freezy Frost  Ice  Special Fuchsia City Move Tutor
Sparkly Swirl  Fairy  Special Fuchsia City Move Tutor
Veevee Volley  Normal  Physical Partner Power

Stat comparison

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Pikachu
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Pikachu
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Eevee
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Eevee
HP
35
45
55
65
Attack
55
80
55
75
Defense
40
50
50
70
Sp. Attack
50
75
45
65
Sp. Defense
50
60
65
85
Speed
90
120
55
75
Total 320 430 325 435

Gift items

Occasionally, the partner Pokémon may give the player a random item from the below list as a gift.

Item Location Games
Beach Glass Beach Glass Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Chalky Stone Chalky Stone Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Gold Leaf Gold Leaf Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Heart Scale Heart Scale Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Leaf Letter Pikachu Leaf Letter Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P 
Leaf Letter Eevee Leaf Letter Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  E 
Lone Earring Lone Earring Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Marble Marble Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Polished Mud Ball Polished Mud Ball Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Pretty Wing Pretty Wing Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Silver Leaf Silver Leaf Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Small Bouquet Small Bouquet Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Stretchy Spring Stretchy Spring Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Tiny Mushroom Tiny Mushroom Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 
Tropical Shell Tropical Shell Sometimes received as a gift from the partner Pokémon  P  E 

Artwork

Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Male Trainer.png Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Female Trainer.png LGPE Sea Skim.png LGPE Sky Dash.png
Chase and Pikachu Elaine and Eevee Sea Skim Sky Dash
LGPE Pika Papow.png LGPE Veevee Volley.png LGPE Walking Pokémon.png LGPE Catching Pokémon.png
Pika Papow Veevee Volley Walking Pokémon Catching Pokémon
LGPE Legendary birds.png LGPE Elite Four.png
Encountering the Legendary birds Confronting the Elite Four

In the anime

Several Pikachu with hairstyles similar to the ones found in Let's Go, Pikachu!
Lana's Eevee, Nagisa

The partner Pikachu and Eevee are based in part by the Pikachu the player receives in Pokémon Yellow, and, by extension, Ash's Pikachu. While a direct counterpart to the partner Pokémon hasn't appeared yet in the anime, elements of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! can be seen as early as The Power of Us, where Risa obtains an Eevee as a starter.

Though precursors of this feature were first seen in the original series with Ritchie's Sparky, Pikachu and Eevee with different hairstyles as identifying elements began appearing in the Sun & Moon series around the time of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!'s release. These hairstyles are generally more varied and may not be ones attainable in the games. The first Pikachu with such a hairstyle appeared in SM090, under the ownership of an Alolan Trainer. In SM091, several other similar Pikachu appeared under the ownership of Pikarla.

An Eevee with hair covering its eyes appears in the Eevee, Where Are You Going? series of shorts. It made its main series debut in SM099, where it was caught by Lana, received the nickname Nagisa, and was given a haircut.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Both the Partner Pikachu and the Partner Eevee appear as a Spirit.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 搭檔寶可夢 Daapdong Pokémon
Mandarin 搭檔寶可夢 / 搭档宝可梦 Dādàng Pokémon
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Partner Pokémon
France Flag.png French Pokémon partenaire
Germany Flag.png German Partner-Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon compagno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파트너 포켓몬 Partner Pokémon
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Partner Pokémon
Russia Flag.png Russian Покемон-напарник Pokémon-naparnik
Spain Flag.png Spanish Compañero Pokémon

See also

  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu and Eevee.


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