Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee Versus Pikachu: Which To Get

Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee Versus Pikachu: Which To Get

It’s Pokemon Let’s Go launch day, and trainers around the world are setting off on a new adventure through Kanto with their partner Pokemon. That is, unless they can’t decide between the Eevee and Pikachu versions of the game. We’re here to help. You should definitely choose Eevee. Or maybe Pikachu.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference. While the Pokemon Let’s Go games are remakes of the original Pokemon games, they are far from traditional entries in the series. These are games built for a post Pokemon GO world, where anyone anywhere can catch pocket monsters as long as they have a compatible mobile device. And once caught, those monsters can be transferred to the Nintendo Switch version of their choosing.

So right away we eliminate one of the major reasons to choose between different Pokemon game versions — exclusive Pokemon. In older games if, say, Sandshrew were only available in one version, players would have to trade online or in person for one. Now all they need to do is catch one in Pokemon GO and transfer it over.

So don’t worry too much about the list of exclusive Pokemon below if you have access to Pokemon GO. If you do not, however, then carefully consider the two lists and see if there’s a pocket monster you absolutely cannot live without. If I didn’t have the mobile game handy, I might have gone with Pikachu, because I cannot live without Sandshrew and cannot be bothered to trade with people.

Pikachu Version Exclusive Pokemon

  • Gloom

  • Grimer

  • Growlith

  • Mankey

  • Muk

  • Oddish

  • Primeape

  • Sandshrew

  • Sandslash

  • Scyther

  • Vileplume

Eevee Version Exclusive Pokemon

  • Arbok

  • Bellsprout

  • Ekans

  • Koffing

  • Meowth

  • Ninetales

  • Pinsir

  • Victreebel

  • Vulpix

  • Weepinbell

  • Weezing

With exclusive Pokemon not being that important, the biggest factor in the decision is which of the two partners you prefer. If it’s Eevee, then you’re a good person deserving of respect and love. If it’s Pikachu, then you could be a monster, I really couldn’t say.

Image Look how happy the Eevee player is. See how unsure about life the Pikachu player is.

Only kidding. I love all of you Pokepeople equally, no matter what horrible mistakes you might make. And there are plenty of reasons to chose Pikachu over Eevee. For one, you get to spend the entire game listening to the dulcet tones of Ikue Ōtani, the voice of Pikachu. Every “pika pi” from the electric mouse’s mouth is ridiculously adorable. And since Pikachu has been such a star in the animation, its version feels more official.


That said, we’ve had Pikachu following us around a game before. The little zaprat had his own game in Pokemon Yellow. We need some new blood. We need Eevee.

Eevee is ridiculously cute, especially when wearing a hat and glasses. Its voice, while not quite as iconic as Pikachu’s, is light and charming. Voice actress Aoi Yūki was also the voice of Pascal in Nier Automata, along with countless other anime and video game roles. As an added plus, if your Eevee turns out to be a female (there is a chance of either when the game starts), she’ll have a heart shape on the tip of her tail. How cute!


A lot of this is personal preference, as many normal deciding factors between the two pocket monsters are null and void. Neither of the partner Pokemon evolve — they simply refuse. If you want a Raichu or a Vaporeon, you’ll have to catch an extra Pikachu or Eevee. And both of them appear in catchable form in each other’s game, so it’s not like in choosing one you miss out on the other.

Both partner Pokemon are extraordinary examples of their species, capable of learning special moves no other Pikachu or Eevee can. By the end of the game, both wind up being ridiculously powerful mutant pocket monsters, far stronger than normal.

Both gain access to special partner moves, powerful elemental attacks that cause status effects on opponents. Pikachu can learn three (Zippy Zap, Fally Fall, Splishy Splash), while Eevee can learn five (Sizzly Slide, Buzzy Buzz, Bouncy Bubble, Darky Dark and Glitzy Glow). The powers each Pokemon winds up with towards the end of the game depends on the player, so how useful these extra moves are is up to the trainer.

If abilities aren’t a factor and exclusive Pokemon aren’t important, it all comes down to which of the two you like better. Who do you want to see in cutscenes? Pikachu?


Or Eevee?


Shoulder or head? Electric or normal? Evil or good? (Maybe not that last one.) Just pick the one you love the most. Find someone else with the game and let the two fight to the death. Or flip a coin. They’re both good games, Brent.


If you’re looking for a straight-up recommendation, and answer to the question posed in the headline, Gita and I wholeheartedly recommend Eevee, because we love them. And if all else fails, you can always pull a ‘Why Not Both?’

Image Second verse, same as the first but a bit more electric and a little bit worse.


  • There are exclusive pokemon in each game?


    This isn’t 1990 anymore. There’s no reason to be this greedy. Of course they’d lock the best pokemon, Scyther with the worst, pikachu.

    • It’s been Nintendos strategy for doubling sales since the beginning. It’s why all the pokemon games get released in pairs (red-blue, silver-gold, black-white etc)

  • If you have pokemon go you dont need Both versions.
    I chose Pika, cause my friend was going to get Eevee. I dont know if he ended up doing so.

    • I have 20 growlithes and an arcanine in Pokemon go for that exact reason. I went with Eevee. However @sernobulus got an arcanine in Eevee by doing a quest.

  • Shoulder or head?
    Wierdly this is the bigger question for me. I actually prefer Eevee to Pikachu but something about having one ride on the characters head then entire time just bugs me… I don’t want a pokemon sitting on my head…

    That and what would a Yellow remake be without a partner Pikachu? I’ll just catch an Eevee and have it follow me.

  • Honestly it’s the lesser of 2 gays. Both Pikachu and eevee are dreadful. And you can’t evolve either of them. Pikachu is a logical choice for battling, as it can hold its own without evolving, something eevee can’t do.

    • you didn’t really read any of the article did you?
      as it was already said, both are capable of learning moves not normally available and are far stronger than normal, Eevee can learn moves of most types and some of the unique ones are crazy powerful, one of my favorites has an attack power of 90, dark type move and puts up a reflect
      has almost become my default opening move with Eevee when using him

    • Love how this is OK but I got put in moderation I think for mentioning ‘bugger off’. Pretty sure it wasn’t even in relation to another user.

  • I would recommend going for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! Because Pikachu has been my childhood when I was young back in the 90s and since then Pikachu Libre was introduced as a female Pokemon with a beautiful heart.
    Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! is what I recommend getting for the Nintendo Switch.

  • Won’t even try to pretend to be ashamed about it; I bought both because I am an adult with disposable income and a video game problem.

  • I don’t know if it’s as big of a deal to everyone else as it was to me, but the fact eevee runs around yelling poiPOI! all the time really pissed me off and honestly makes me wish i opted for the pikachu version instead (pikachu still says pikachu in the japanese games)

    Triggered that part of my childhood where all my friends had pokemon stuff and the only stuff i got was cheap knock-off imports from the local markets that were often still in japanese.

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