There was a whole lot of new information for us in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet trailer including new monsters, villains and pathways; though one feature that was hardly touched on was the games' newest exploration feature: 'Let's Go!'
In a post published on the official Pokémon Scarlet and Violet website, the company shared some details on this new Auto Battle mechanic, which will allow you to send your buddy Pokémon out on tasks while you get on with your own business — as if getting involved in life-threatening battles wasn't the Pokémon pulling their weight enough.
The 'Let's Go!' function sends your Pokémon off in the direction of your choosing where they can collect items and even perform Auto Battles with any wild 'mon that they come across on their travels. So no, it's not a Pokémon GO-style capture interface as seen in Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee.
But wait, what are Auto Battles? we hear you ask. Can I just switch it on and take down all the gym leaders with a team of OP Pokémon? Er, no.
Auto Battles are a new mechanic where your strong, independent Pokémon can battle others on their own without the need for your guidance. Of course, you can stand by and watch as your buddy uses its top moveset on its wild opponent, but this feature gives you the chance to go and get on with more exploring in the meantime.
By defeating the opponent in this manner, your Pokémon will be able to earn items and EXP, so it's well worth giving yourself some alone time while your travelling companions ensure that the way ahead is clear.
What do you make of this new function? Send your top Pokémon to the comments to let us know!
- Further reading: Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Trailer Breakdown - Everything You Missed