Support Play

Support Play is a feature in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! that facilitates co-operative multiplayer during regular gameplay.

While the Nintendo Switch is in TV Mode or Tabletop Mode, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are normally played using a single Joy-Con or a Poké Ball Plus. If a second controller (Joy-Con or Poké Ball Plus) that is synced to the Nintendo Switch is shaken at any time during the game, a second player character will appear as a Support Trainer. The Support Trainer is the player character of the opposite gender to the main player's player character, with the same hair color, eye color, and skin tone as the host character, and wears a matching set of clothing.

Trainer Battles

Elaine and a Support Trainer challenging Blue

In Trainer Battles, if a Support Trainer is present, the host player and Support Trainer will each control one of the Pokémon from the player's party at once, turning a Single Battle into a two-on-one battle in the player's favor. At the start of battle, the Support Trainer will send out the second conscious Pokémon in the player's party.

Wild Pokémon encounters

Attempting to catch a Bellsprout with a Support Trainer
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In wild Pokémon encounters, the host player and Support Trainer throw Poké Balls together, each sharing the of Poké Balls in the host player's bag. When both players hit the Pokémon at the same time, a special animation will play, and the players will receive a Synchronized Bonus, which gives a 2.0× multiplier to experience earned. In addition, Excellent, Great, and Nice throws can still be attained alongside a Synchronized Bonus.

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Pokémon battle variations
Double BattleMulti BattleTriple BattleRotation BattleHorde EncounterSOS BattleSupport PlayMax Raid BattleFull Battle
Contest BattleLauncher BattleSky BattleInverse BattleBattle RoyalDynamax AdventureAuto BattleTera Raid Battle
Battle modes

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