It's pretty safe to say that Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are shaking up the core franchise in ways that we've never seen before. From the way you catch your favourite critters to the way you travel around the lovable Kanto region, things are playing out a little differently this time around - and Gyms are set to follow this trend, too.
The official Japanese Pokémon website has recently been updated with some new information and, according to a translation by the folks over at Siliconera, taking on Gym Leaders is about to get a whole lot tougher. If you're a fan of the series you'll no doubt be aware of the guide who stands at the front of every gym, usually offering players advice on how best to take on the Leader waiting deep within. Well, he's about to play a bigger role in proceedings, forcing you to meet certain requirements before you can enter.
The translation suggests that these requirements will vary from having "certain Pokémon types, levels, and plenty more", with Brock's Gym being given as an example. In this Gym, the guide will apparently ask you to present either a grass or water type Pokémon before entering the main area. This was actually seen taking place in a screenshot released last month, but was never officially mentioned.
In one way, having extra requirements to hit sounds quite exciting; almost like little side quests, these could present challenges that have you wandering around to discover new things or train up your party of monsters. On the other hand, though, it sounds scarily restrictive. If Gyms force you to make use of certain Pokémon types, this could mean that you'll have to sacrifice the party members you want for other, random Pokémon, just to tick a box. Hopefully, players will be able to show the Pokémon to complete the challenge, and then swap that Pokémon out again before taking on the trainers inside.
It will be interesting to hear more about this with a little more clarification over the coming months, as we no doubt expect that fans won't be happy if they can't use the six Pokémon that they want to.
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