A new Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee trailer has showcased a new feature that will be part of the game’s post-game content.
Master Trainers, as the feature is called, are trainers that are highly specialized in using a single Pokémon. From the trailer, we can tell that these trainers will be scattered throughout Kanto after you’ve beaten the game’s Elite 4. Master Trainers do not exclusively trainer fully evolved Pokémon either as the trailer shows that there are even people who are specialized in training Pokémon like Pidgey or Poliwhirl.
The battles themselves will be 1 on 1 battles in which both trainers will use the same Pokémon and no items are allowed. The Master Trainers’ Pokémon seem to be of quite a high level as we can clearly see that the Venusaur used by the Venusuar master is level 75. Whether first stage Pokémon like Pidgey will also be level 75 is still unknown. If level 75 will is the standard, then good luck with training Abra or Magikarp up to that level.
During the battles, the Master Trainers will try to use moves that are super effective on the Pokémon that is being used. We see Gyarados using Thunderbolt, Pinsir using Rock Slide, Kabutops using either Absorb, Mega Drain, or Giga Drain, and Lapras using Solar Beam. Out of all of these, only Lapras cannot actually learn Solar Beam. This means it’s more likely that Pokémon will use moves they can actually learn rather than cheat and learn moves that they cannot learn. It’s very probably that Lapras will thus be able to learn Solar Beam in future games.
Lastly, we see that if you’re able to beat the Master Trainer of a certain Pokémon you will receive that respective title. The trailer confirms that this title is acknowledged in-game as we see nurse Joy address the trainer as Venusaur Master. This is a function that many fans have always wanted after becoming champion of a region as it seems a bit weird that nobody would know that you’re the strongest trainer in the region. Hopefully, now that we have the Master Trainer titles we will also be able to use the title of Pokémon Champion.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee release for the Nintendo Switch on November 16.