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Keep That Catch Combo Going
Catching wild Pokémon has never been more fun than it is in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and with the right strategy, catching Pokémon can be more productive than ever, too. When you catch Pokémon of the same species consecutively, you’ll start to build a Catch Combo. Your Catch Combo will continue to grow as you catch more and more of the same Pokémon, increasing the odds that rare Pokémon will appear and that the Pokémon you’re catching will have high stats. You might even find a Shiny Pokémon!
Building a Catch Combo is the best way to catch fantastic Pokémon, and the best way to earn lots of Candy and Exp. Points, too. Read on for some tips to get the most out of building Catch Combos in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Catch Combo Basics
The key to achieving the best bonuses from Catch Combos is continuing to catch the same species of Pokémon over and over. The higher your current Catch Combo, the better your odds of netting fantastic Pokémon. You’ll also be more likely to continue encountering the same Pokémon the higher your Catch Combo grows, making it easier to keep building your streak.
You’ll receive lots of Berries, Candies, and Exp. Points as you catch more Pokémon. As your Catch Combo grows, you’ll also be much more likely to encounter Pokémon with high individual strengths and be more likely to encounter Shiny Pokémon, too. You’ll need a Catch Combo of more than 30 to maximize your potential bonuses, so fill your team with Pokémon you want to level up and get ready to hunker down.
Your combo will end if you catch a different species of Pokémon, or if any wild Pokémon runs away from you. Your streak will not end if you flee the encounter instead, so you should bail if you accidentally bump into the wrong Pokémon. Be warned that catching a Pokémon’s Evolution will break the Catch Combo—so catching a Pidgeotto would break your chain of Pidgey, and vice versa. Your Catch Combo will also end if you turn off your game, but putting your Nintendo Switch into sleep mode is fine. Your Catch Combo will not be broken when you move to a new area, so you can always leave to buy more Poké Balls or even continue your Catch Combo on another route where your target Pokémon appears.
Your current Catch Combo will be displayed in the upper-left corner of the screen when you’re engaged with a wild Pokémon and on the screen after you’ve made a catch. The bonuses you’ll enjoy are directly related to the size of your Catch Combo, so it’s important to be aware of your current streak.
It’s much easier to build a long Catch Combo on Pokémon that are simpler to catch, so you may want to start out with lower level Pokémon or with Pokémon that are more docile. Don’t forget you can use Berries like a Razz Berry or a Golden Razz Berry to make it easier to catch wild Pokémon and keep your combo growing. We also suggest stocking up on Ultra Balls—you don’t want to have a long chain broken by a Pokémon escaping, or worse yet, have a Shiny Pokémon slip through your fingers!
How to Find Rare Pokémon
You’ll likely notice your Catch Combos are coaxing rare Pokémon into appearing before you observe any of the other bonuses. Almost every area has a Pokémon that will ordinarily be very rare, but will become more common as your Catch Combo grows. Many of these Pokémon were only available once in the original Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, but with a little work you can get as many as you want in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Pokémon Location Bulbasaur Viridian Forest Charmander Route 3, Route 4, Rock Tunnel Porygon Route 7 Lapras Route 20 Squirtle Route 24, Route 25, Seafoam Islands Hitmonlee Victory Road (2F) Hitmonchan Victory Road (3F) Snorlax Cerulean Cave Chansey Most other locations
Catching any of these Pokémon will still break your Catch Combo if you were building it up on a different species, but they’re well worth it!
Once you gain the ability to ride Pokémon in the sky, you’ll also start to find some rare Pokémon soaring above the Kanto region. You’ll frequently find Charizard and Dragonite when your Catch Combo is large, but rumor has it you might also encounter some Legendary Pokémon you’ve already caught once you become the Champion and if you’re very, very lucky…
How to Find Pokémon with Incredible Potential
Catch Combos are also the key to finding Pokémon with high individual strengths, the innate capability each Pokémon has for each of their stats. Normally, it’s completely random what individual strengths a wild Pokémon will have, but Catch Combos can put the odds in your favor. You can see an estimation of your Pokémon’s individual strengths by using the Judge function on your Pokémon’s summary screen. You’ll get the Judge function from one of Professor Oak’s assistants in the gate on Route 11 once you’ve caught at least 30 different species of Pokémon.
Pokémon with higher individual strengths will have higher stats as a result, so catching Pokémon with impressive individual strengths is a great shortcut toward tackling tough challenges like defeating Master Trainers. You’ll need a Catch Combo of more than 10 before the Pokémon you catch will have the maximum potential for some individual strengths. Once your Catch Combo is more than 30, each Pokémon you catch will have the maximum individual strength in at least four stats. Note that only members of the species of Pokémon you’re chaining will have increased individual strengths—you can’t “cash in” a chain on a different Pokémon.
If you’re searching for a Pokémon to use in battle—perhaps against a Master Trainer—don’t forget that you can also guarantee its Nature by paying a fee to the fortune teller in the Celadon City Pokémon Center.
How to Find Shiny Pokémon
If it’s the rarest Pokémon you seek, nothing can match the distinctly colored Shiny Pokémon. While these Pokémon won’t perform any differently in battle than their more commonly hued counterparts, they’re more fun than ever to show off now that you can let them out of their Poké Balls to explore Kanto alongside you.
Just like with a Pokémon’s individual strengths, you’ll need a large Catch Combo to maximize your odds of encountering Shiny Pokémon. Try to get a Catch Combo of more than 30, when the Pokémon’s individual strengths stop improving. But you shouldn’t expect to find a Shiny Pokémon quickly even with a large Catch Combo! These Pokémon are extremely rare even in the best of times, so it’s a serious accomplishment when you do find one.
There are number of other things you can do to further increase your odds of finding Shiny Pokémon before you head out on the search. You can use any of the Lure items to further increase your odds of encountering Shiny Pokémon. It’s also worth completing your Pokédex before tracking down Shiny Pokémon. After you do, you can visit the GAME FREAK Development Office in the Celadon Condominiums to receive the Shiny Charm, an item that increases your odds of encountering Shiny Pokémon even more.
Have fun reaping the rewards of Catch Combos! Keep an eye on Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon, Let’s Go, Eevee! strategy articles, as well as more Pokémon TCG and video game articles and tournament coverage.