In previous Pokémon games, getting everyone on your team to level 100 was a major milestone in itself. Changes in systems in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Means that power leveling reach level 100 it can be done more easily than ever, if you know how.
In previous Pokémon games, it usually took a monotonous grinding age for a Pokémon to reach level 80. The final 20 levels were even worse, and as a result, I personally rarely bothered to bother with it.
It’s a bit different in Pokemon Let’s Go though, because you can absolutely take advantage of the new game mechanics to play with the system. Over the weekend, I took a Weezing all the way from level 32 to level 100 in less than an hour – many levels, very fast. It was a bit crazy, really, but now Weezing can really fend off almost any trainer in Kanto except for Master Trainer Weezing, apparently, because even after maxing out Weezing’s special attack and training him to be 25 levels higher, “Donnie” still has a better Weezing. Training Weezing to level 100; a supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again. Greetings Donnie.
Anyway, even though my Weezing is still a bit crap at level 100, I’ll let you know how you can get to level 100 quickly. Hopefully your Pokémon is not as inherently weak as mine and can support its weight against other Pokes later in the game.
To level the power, the trainer battles are not that useful, seriously
So do you know the way you don’t have to fight wild Pokémon anymore (unless they’re stationary, that is)? Well, catching them generates experience points for your entire team.
So instead of having to train one Pokémon at a time by grinding the Vs Seeker and battling Bug Catcher Doug’s lovable Weedles, you can actively go and catch them all and build a powerful team while you do it. Speaking of which …
Why you should catch them all (besides becoming the best like nobody else was)
So are you familiar with the catching combos we’ve talked about in a separate combo catching guide and our shiny Pokémon Let’s Go catching guide? Turns out they are useful here too.
Basically, the higher your combo, the higher your experience multiplier. It actually gets a bit ridiculous after a while. I was getting 21,500 experience points per catch over the weekend just for throwing Ultra Balls at an unsuspecting Rhydon in a late game area. I got 10 Pokémon to level 100 in a few hours; It’s true, four of them were already 75+, but it’s still an impressive feat if that’s the kind of feat you’re willing to find impressive.
Ideally, you want to find an area where the Pokémon are level high enough that you can earn more than 62 experience points per catch. I usually use Cerulean Cave (home to Mewtwo), but places like Victory Road and Seafoam Islands work well too. There are also exceptions for Pokémon that are known to be rarer / have better stats, such as the Tauros that roam to the right of Fuchsia City. Just pick a spot with decent level Pokémon that you like and don’t mind catching 100, because you’ll probably catch 200.
The goal is to stack as many multipliers as possible. Catch combos add a multiplier, but you also get size, throw, and technique multipliers. If you catch a Pokémon that is larger or smaller than any Pokémon of that type you’ve caught before, multiply it. If you get an excellent throw on the first throw and you used motion control to get the “technique” bonus, multiply by charges. You understand drift.
Target large or small Pokémon (each worth more EXP) and try to catch them with a single excellent throw. If they break free, you will be better off without them anyway. Another Pokémon will appreciate you for who you are and will feel comfortable the first Ultra Ball you throw. (By the way, Ultra Balls are still for Tories, but Poke Balls don’t really work against big, strong Pokémon. Steal them from in-game Tories; you can literally find Ultra Balls all over the floor in Cerulean Cave, and use them for pure spite.)
Change your equipment constantly
So obviously this technique works. If you get 21.5k experience from a Rhydon every 30 seconds, you will see Pokémon reach level 100 at lightning speed. However, it is important to remember that 100 is actually the highest level, so you should probably change your level 100 to level 12 as soon as they reach the maximum level.
It seems a bit counterintuitive if you’ve played other Pokémon games, as roaming a high-level area like Cerulean Cave with a team of Level 7 Pidgeys would give you a death glare from Nurse Joy’s Chansey faster than you could tell. “Gust. “There are no trainer battles though, so throw caution to the wind and do your best with the Pokémon equivalent of the Renford Rejects.
Why this is the best thing you can do in Let’s Go
Let’s be honest – after you’ve beaten the Elite Four and completed the Pokedex, you’re likely to be brilliant at hunting, fighting Master Trainers, or teaming up for competitive battles. This technique allows you to do all three at the same time, as the catch combos increase your brilliant odds anyway. As stated above, this is also the fastest way to gain experience in Pokémon Let’s Go.
If you want to take on the ultimate post-game content, Master Trainers, you’ll need these high-level creatures to do your bidding. In fact, ideally you will need a level 100 variant of each species of Pokémon in this game.
For reference, defeating Lance’s entire team will earn you less than 10,000 experience points for a single Pokémon on your team. Catching a Chansey on a chain in Cerulean Cave can put your entire team over 50k. Why would you train against the Elite Four? You are already the Champion, right? The best thing you can do when you have the title is to say, “Oh my title of Champion and I are not available to fight right now, sorry!” Also, the Elite Four simply neglect their Pokémon after fighting them a second time. I don’t see Bruno training his Onix to level 100.
Anyway, the gist of it is: fighting the trainers is all well and good, but don’t do it unless you’re stuck for cash. The Elite Four, the eight gym leaders, and the red, blue, and green are absolutely minted. Hit them so you can buy a bunch of Ultra Balls and Lures and then catch a lot of Pokémon in the way mentioned above. That’s the most efficient way to get your Pokes to level 100 and you might catch some glitters while doing it. Glitter may be garbage, but you can train it in exactly the same way and then it will no longer be garbage. This is basically magic.