Nintendo Switch’s first pair of Pokemon RPGs, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, may be geared toward newer and younger players, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be devoid of challenge, especially once you’ve become the Pokemon League Champion. The Pokemon Company revealed new details about the games’ Master Trainers–tough opponents who’ll only appear around the Kanto region after you’ve conquered the Elite Four.
Each Master Trainer specializes in one particular Pokemon, and The Pokemon Company says there will be one Master Trainer for every monster from the Kanto region. You’ll be able to easily tell them apart from other trainers on the overworld by their different clothing, and each will have a speech bubble above their heads indicating which Pokemon they use.
Most of the Master Trainers will challenge you to a battle, although some will instead have a request, such as showing them a powerful Pokemon. What makes these trainers particularly challenging is that you’ll only be able to compete against them using the Pokemon they specialize in; for instance, you can only battle the Charizard Master Trainer using your own Charizard.
Further ramping up the challenge, their Pokemon will also know unexpected moves that give them an advantage over you; in the reveal trailer, you can see a Master Trainer’s Gyarados using Thunderbolt. You also won’t be able to use any items or switch Pokemon during these battles.
If you defeat a Master Trainer, you’ll earn their title, which you can display in-game to other players when challenging them to Link Battles. You can get a closer look at the Master Trainers in the new trailer above. Make sure to watch to the end, as the video is capped off with a humorous nod to the greatest battle ever depicted in the Pokemon anime series.
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee launch for Nintendo Switch on November 16. We recently went hands-on with the games and thought they made some welcome changes to the series, as well as some concerning ones. We also got to speak with Let’s Go director Junichi Masuda about the challenges of updating Pokemon Yellow and why your rivals aren’t jerks anymore.