Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (2023)

So last we left off in Let's Go Pikachu was... the Snorlax segment? There's a whole lot of long routes that opened up in Kanto after that, both of which lead to Fuschia, and I always do love how Kanto has technically-redundant routes between cities, making the world feel a lot less linear than, say, Unova or Kalos. Interestingly, Route 17, previously known as the Biking Road, has been abolished and turned into the "Pokemon Road".

Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (1)It's a bit weird, but apparently the winds here are so powerful that when riding a Charizard (which I owned at this point), you just fly up and can bypass ledges and trainers! It's interesting. Also, the bikers have basically been driven out of this road and sent off sulking in adjacent areas, which is... interesting? I'm not sure what to make of it. It's just different for the sake of being different, I feel, and honestly kind of a bizarre way to get around the fact that the Bicycle isn't available in the Let's Go games.

Fuschia City's Safari Zone has been taken out, though, replaced with the Pokemon Go Park, and I am... I'm very sad, honestly. I've always felt that as annoying as the Safari Zone minigame was, as a set piece, the fact that there's this nature reserve where rare Pokemon thought to be extinct hide around, and that you have a set amount of time to capture them as this little minigame... it's always been something that many fans find annoying, but I has always personally loved the Safari Zones. It's kind of a shame that they're not here.

Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (2)I tried doing some Pokemon importing with my Pokemon Go. It's neat, I guess? Like, you can ultimately only send over Generation I Pokemon, but you do unlock this 'mystery box' in your Pokemon Go account that allows you to have a weird little box that gets active for 30 minutes and allows Meltan spawns. It's a bit weird, though, that you can only evolve Meltan into Melmetal in the Go games? I'm a bit baffled. The gimmick's nice, but I really wish that when we do get Generation VIII, Meltan wouldn't be reliant on this side-game to obtain and/or evolve. It's a decision that I can totally see Gamefreak doing, but I really wish they didn't.

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Anyway, I then fight Koga! I do like the little update to the invisible walls of his gym, where the walls briefly become visible periodically when little smoke machines come up from the floor. That's kinda neat! Koga himself gets to ham it up with some Naruto-style kage bunshins before the fight. It's neat.

Fuschia City is where I find both the Strength and Surf HM equivalents, and it's... it's honestly kind of silly, honestly, since without the Safari Zone making a whole deal of it, I really feel like both of these secret skills or whatever are just straight-up handed to me. Although we do get a Jessie and James little cutscnee, which I thought was kinda precious.

Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (3)Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (4)With Surf... a whole lot of areas are basically unveiled to me. The route to Seafoam Islands, the route to Cinnabar Island... I basically backtrack to the Power Plant, though, to pick up Zapdos! The Power Plant is kind of a fun area, and I do love the goopy Grimers and the Voltorbs and Magnemites just rolling around the place. Of course, at the end of this pretty short 'dungeon' is the legendary bird Zapdos, and the way you fight him is the same with Snorlax. Get his HP to zero in a battle, and then go through the capture mini-game. Zapdos is strong, and at level 50, he wiped out most of my level 40 team with relative ease until I finally brought him down. I still am not the biggest fan of the capture minigame deal, but I do love the brief cutscene that we get of us encountering Zapdos.

Anyway, next up on the gym train is Saffron City, which I actually did explore a while back, but never had the chance to go into the actually important buildings. It seems that the Team Rocket Trio are the plot-movers, because they arrive from Fuschia City to barge their way into Silph Co and knock the random Rocket Grunt dizzy while doing so. Okay, then.

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After a brief detour to beat up the Fighting Dojo, who are pretty much a joke for my Butterfree, I go into Saffron City and meet... both Blue and my rival. And it's honestly kinda weird but also cool to have both of them show up. Blue basically notes that the two of us will storm Silph Co and crush Team Rocket, while Blue himself will go off and take down Team Rocket's operations all over Kanto simultaneously. It's kind of an excuse to get a brief (and honestly disappointing, he's got like two dudes) fight against Blue.

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And Silph Co is huge! I love the animation with the teleport pads that turns you into digital pixels, too, and it's... it's a pretty huge area for sure. The Rocket Grunts and Scientists make it a bit more clear that Team Rocket is there to force Silph Co to mass-produce Master Balls for the evil team.And then we get a tag-team with our rival and the Lavender Town Cubone against Archer later on in the building, which is also pretty fun. I'm surprised how much Archer ends up being a recurring character here! Jessie and James become another roadblock, and then we fight Giovanni again. It's actually a pretty fun -- if extensive -- dungeon to fight through. I've always loved Silph Co and the feeling of rushing into the enemy's base (well, the enemy's current biggest operation, at any case) and crushing it completely.

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Anyway, after that is Sabrina's gym, which... it still has the teleporters, but holy shit it looks a lot prettier with giant platforms and all that stuff. Considering that all of the previous gyms are basically just revamped-into-3D versions of their original ones, Sabrina's got a pretty drastic makeover that is still pretty true to the layout of her original gym. Sabrina herself is a pretty fun gym battle, especially since we've got a somewhat revamped team that swaps out her silly Venomoth from the Generation I games for a Slowbro.

After that... after Saffron City, I just sort of goof around, beating up trainers on the Pokemon Road and the various sea routes, building up my team and catching Pokemon. And that's honestly what I think is one of the biggest appeals of the Let's Go games... the fact that you just wander around this beautiful overworld and capture Pokemon as they spawn out of grass and water and caves and stuff.

I did go through Seafoam Islands, which is still pretty barren and even more boring now that the wild pokemon battles are gone. I find it pretty interesting that the Strength blocks are like, pillars, now. The puzzle seems slightly less complex, although I don't really remember much of the first-generation Seafoam Islands... other than getting Articuno (which I did do here), there really isn't much incentive to go into this maze.

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Let's Play Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Part #2: Koga to Blaine (6)Next up is Cinnabar Island, which I thought was... fun! We get an easter egg of a poster in the Pokemon Center warning people of the active volacno, and canonically it did erupt before the timeline of Gold/Silver, which is a nice little easter egg. The game leads me into the Pokemon Mansion, which is all overgrown and looks pretty fucked up. One of the biggest gripes I had with the old games -- which is that the game really doesn't give much of an indication to tell you where to jump off the ledge to get to the next floor -- is gone now. It's as much of a Rattata and Grimer-infested place... but Pokemon Mansion now actually properly looks like an abandoned lab where experiments on Mewtwo took place. In the original games (both Gen I and the Gen III remakes) there are always hints of the Mewtwo experiments, and that the fancy mansion was actually a base used by Team Rocket, but it's never quite as explicit as it was here, I think. Particularly the basement segment, which is just straight-up a pokemon laboratory out of the anime, complete with Mewtwo's tank. Suddenly it's clear that it was Mewtwo that fucked up this entire mansion and tore it apart.

Not sure why Blaine put his goddamn gym key here, though, telling kids to spelunk into the crumbling building owned by gangsters that engage in genetic experimentation. What an irresponsible man!

Blaine's gym was always the most unmemorable gym to me back in the Generation I games, due to the pretty lame puzzle of being a quiz... but now they updated Blaine into a kooky old man who's all about quizes! His gym has been turned into a goddamn Japanese quiz show, with Blaine as an emcee, and even the little Deadrock statues in front of the gym has Blaine mustaches! You are asked questions, and you get Blaine dolls that rocket off as a prize, before challenging Blaine himself, which is hilarious. Blaine's always been a pushover compared to the others before him, I feel, even on a Bulbasaur run on Red/Blue, but this definitely makes his gym a lot more fun.

Next up, which I reckon will be the last part of this short let's play... Giovanni, the Victory Road and Indigo Plateau.

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FAQs

How do you get to Blaine in Pokémon Let's go? ›

The fastest way to find Blaine is to work your way all the way to the top floor, 4F, and then down the long ladder in the bottom right corner of 4F to a walled-off corner of 1F, and down the stairs from there to the basement, where you'll find the Secret Key to the Cinnabar Island Gym in B1F's bottom left room.

What do you do after you beat Koga? ›

Once you've battled Koga for the Marsh Badge and picked up both of the Secret Techniques, you're all done here in Fuchsia City. Continue on to the south, to Route 19, for the next steps in your quest, or cycle back to our main Pokémon Let's Go walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.

Where is Blaine's gym in let's go Eevee? ›

Cinnabar Island - Gym Leader Blaine.

How do you get through Koga's gym? ›

Fuchsia City's gym is led by Koga, a friend of Poison type Pokémon. Bring a team that contains Psychic, Fire, Ground, Water and Bug Pokémon and you will breeze right through this gym.

How do I unlock the gym in Cinnabar Island Pokemon planet? ›

At first, Cinnabar Gym is locked when players first arrived on Cinnabar Island. The Secret Key is needed in order to enter this gym, which can be obtained by defeating Scientist Chase in Pokémon Mansion F0 of Pokémon Mansion.

Is Koga Elite Four? ›

Koga's battle style as an Elite Four member is designed to confound and destroy his opponent in battle.

What badge does Koga give? ›

For your efforts in defeating the gym, Koga will grant you the Soul Badge as a prize for your victory, allowing Pokémon up to Lvl. 60 to obey you, as well as TM27 - Toxic, the best Poison attack in the game, hitting enemies with poison whose damage increases each turn.

Is Koga the 6th Gym Leader? ›

Koga is the Gym Leader of Fuschia City's Pokémon Gym. He is the fifth gym leader and specializes in Poison-type Pokémon.

How do you get to the 7th gym in let's go Eevee? ›

To do this, head to the Poke Mart in Viridian City, and on your way out, the shopkeeper will ask if you could deliver a special package to Professor Oak, just down the road. If this occurs, then all you need to do is deliver the package, and the Gym will be unlocked.

Where is Gym Leader Blaine? ›

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym. He hands out the Volcano Badge to Trainers who defeat him. He is a highly intelligent man who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon.

Where is the secret key on Cinnabar Island? ›

Every statue in this building has a hidden switch on it, so be sure to check them all. This will open up the door in the south of this room. Jump off the balcony and take the stairs down to the building's basement. You should have no problem finding the Secret Key here (just remember to check the statues).

How do you unlock Azalea gym? ›

City. The Azalea Town Gym is the Gym of Azalea Town which can only be accessed after defeating Team Rocket at the Slowpoke Well. Bugsy is the leader in this Gym, and he uses Bug-type Pokémon, as well as his Trainers.

Why can't I get into the Saffron City Gym? ›

How do I get into the Saffron City gym? You have to defeat Team Rocket's boss Giovanni at Silph Co to gain access to the gym.

How do you get fantina to show up at the gym? ›

Head to the Super Contest Hall and you'll find Fantina, the city's Gym Leader, outside.

Why is the Cinnabar Gym locked? ›

You need to have found the key to this gym in the Pokémon Mansion before you can enter. Walk right in if you already have it.

Is Cinnabar Island destroyed? ›

Cinnabar Island has a population of nine, making it one of the smallest towns in the Pokémon world. The volcano eruption destroyed most of the island, with the Pokémon Center being the only building remaining.

Do you have to go through Seafoam Islands to get to Cinnabar? ›

Articuno You do not need to go to Seafoam Islands to pass the game, but you might want to get there to catch Articuno. If you have yet to defeat the Elite Four you can always Fly to Pallet Town and surf SOUTH until you reach Cinnabar Island.

How do you get the free bike in Pokémon planet? ›

A bike can be purchased from the Bike Shop in Cerulean City for $50,000.

Where is the Gym Leader Cinnabar Island? ›

The Gym Leader is Blaine. Trainers who defeat him receive the Volcano Badge.
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Cinnabar Gym.
Cinnabar Gym グレンジム Guren Gym
LocationCinnabar Island
Gym LeaderBlaine
BadgeVolcano Badge
Dominant TypeFire
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Who replaced Koga? ›

Janine's first appearance was in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Following Koga's promotion to the Elite Four, she succeeded him as the Gym Leader of the Fuchsia Gym.

Is Koga a ninja? ›

These ninja were unmatched mercenaries who conquered castles and were victorious in many battles. Kōka-ryū (“School of Kōka” or “Kōga”) is a hypernym for a set of traditions of ninjutsu (strategy and tactics of unconventional warfare practiced by ninja), originating from the region of Kōka.

Is Koga a villain? ›

Koga Shuko is the main villain from the movie Double Dragon (which is very loosely based on the video game of same name). He was portrayed by Robert Patrick who has also portrayed T-1000.

Does Koga work for Team Rocket? ›

Koga is a character appearing in Pokémon Adventures, who is a member of the Elite Four in the Johto region, was the Gym Leader of Fuchsia City and was an executive of Team Rocket in the Kanto region.

Does Koga have a tail? ›

Kōga has blue eyes and black hair that is always tied up into a ponytail with a brown cord. He is of average height. He wears a brown wolf pelt as a loincloth. He has a tail that is like a bushy wolf's tail, which is the same shade of brown, though it is in fact part of his body.

Is Koga the 5th Gym Leader? ›

Description. Koga is the gym leader in Fuchsia City, and the 5th leader of Project: Pokémon, he's a ninja that focuses on poison types, and he is more than just powerful. You will also have to go through a maze to access him.

How did Gary get 10 badges in Kanto? ›

Unfortunately, Gary's talent is so over the top that it makes Ash look even more incompetent than he manages to look on his own. Ash only traditionally earned three of his eight badges in Kanto, while it can be safely assumed that Gary, thanks to his skill, rightfully earned all 10 of his badges.

Who is Kogas daughter? ›

Janine is Koga's daughter and is the Gym Leader who succeeded/replaced him in Gold, Silver, Crystal and HeartGold and SoulSilver. She both runs the Fuchsia City Gym, and as well as specializing in using Poison-type Pokémon just as her father did in the Kanto based games.

Is Sabrina the 5th Gym Leader? ›

According to the official Pokémon Red and Blue manual, Sabrina's Gym appears to be the 5th gym, canonically speaking. However, this is directly contradicted by the game badge screen itself, which swaps her and Koga's badge positions.

Does TM28 contains the move Tombstony? ›

Question #4: TM28 contains Tombstony? Answer: False.

What level is Giovanni? ›

Level 49

How do you skip the 7th gym puzzle? ›

If you get to the ice tile just below Candice, you can slowly bump into the diagonal tile until it eventually lets you up, bypassing the rest of the puzzle. This saves you a ton of time and is an important step in the most recent speedrun record of just under an hour.

Did Blaine create Mewtwo? ›

In the manga series, Blaine was the creator of Mewtwo, and became Mewtwo's official trainer after catching him. Aside from Mewtwo's creators, he has had other owners as well. Mewtwo was owned by Team Rocket in the anime adaption. He was owned by Red in the Pokémon Origins series.

Can you become a Gym Leader? ›

To become a Gym leader you'll have to take over an enemy Gym by depleting its Prestige. The next step is finding the appropriate Gym to challenge. Take a look at your Pokemon, then find a Gym that your team could feasibly defeat. You're not going to want to take a 117 CP Paras to fight a 1000+ CP Pokemon.

Who is the missing Gym Leader? ›

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Piers is the only Gym Leader absent from the Gym Challenge's opening ceremony in Motostoke.

What does the secret key open? ›

The Secret Key opens up Rotom's Room at the Team Galactic Eterna Building in Eterna City after it has been cleared. It contains five appliances necessary for Rotom to change between its six forms. Rowan comes in when the player changes Rotom's form for the first time, explaining its history.

What's in the mansion on Cinnabar Island? ›

Cinnabar Island. To the northwest is the Pokémon Mansion, a building left in ruins after a violent genetically-engineered Pokémon broke free of its prison and escaped. Fortunately, the Pokémon Lab to the south was spared, so the Fossil resurrection experiment is still operational.

What do I do after Cinnabar Island LET'S GO? ›

When you arrive in town after defeating the Cinnabar Island Gym Leader, it's time to tackle the mysteriously absent-until-now Viridian City Gym. Head over to it and you'll find your friendly Rival there already waiting, but they're pretty stumped by how to enter.

What do I do after Goldenrod gym? ›

After you beat Whitney, go to the building in the northeast corner of the city and talk to the girl there to get a free Squirtbottle. As you leave town to the north, talk to the guard in the guard house. He will ask you to deliver a message to the guy standing next to the Bitter Berry tree on Route 31 (remember him?).

How do I clear my Candice gym? ›

In order to clear a path to the gym leader, Candice, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl players will need to destroy a number of large snowballs by crashing into them at high speeds.

What do you do in Azalea Town? ›

Azalea Town is in no way, shape or form a difficult locale to explore. It's not very big, nor are there too many people to speak with. This town has all of the normal amenities you're likely used to by now -- a Poke Mart, a Pokemon Center, residential areas, a gym, et cetera and so on.

What floor is Giovanni on in Silph Co? ›

explained: fastest solution and how to find and beat Giovanni. Pokémon Let's Go: Silph Co. Entrance Floor - 1F.

What Pokémon should I use against Sabrina? ›

The most likely defensive advantage you will have against Sabrina's team is other Psychic types, like Hypno, Kadabra, and Alakazam; they resist Sabrina's main attacking moves and are in the same ballpark in terms of power.

How do you unlock the Hearthome gym leader? ›

Speak to the boy with the fishing rod, and he'll take you straight to the Contest Hall. When you get there, talk to the woman blocking the entrance. This is Fantina, the gym leader of Hearthome City, who will refuse to battle you for the moment. Go inside the Contest Hall and Keira will be there.

Why is Fantina not at the gym? ›

In order to get Fantina to return to the gym, you will need to head up to Celestic town. You may have already explored this area and by following the path, you will have completely bypassed this location.

When can I fight Fantina? ›

After beating gym leaders Maylene and Crasher Wake, however, players can return to Hearthome Gym and challenge Fantina. Unlike the other gyms in the game, there are no trainers in Hearthome Gym, and players must instead answer a series of math questions to reach Fantina.

How do you get to the 7th gym in let's go? ›

To do this, head to the Poke Mart in Viridian City, and on your way out, the shopkeeper will ask if you could deliver a special package to Professor Oak, just down the road. If this occurs, then all you need to do is deliver the package, and the Gym will be unlocked.

Where is Blaine Pokemon? ›

Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura) is the Gym Leader of Cinnabar Island's (later the Seafoam Islands') Gym, known officially as the Cinnabar Gym.

Where is Blaine's gym? ›

In Generations II and IV, Blaine's original Gym on Cinnabar Island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This forced him to relocate to the Seafoam Islands.

How do you get into the Rocket's Hideout let's go? ›

Battle the Grunt with the single Raticate, that's standing in front of a poster with a Rocket on it, and then interact with the poster to open the secret staircase over on the left!

What do I do after Blaine? ›

Once you beat Blaine, you will receive the Volcano Badge and TM38 (Fire Blast). When you exit the Gym, Bill will show up and take you to One Island. If you agree to go, get on the speedboat with him.

Why does Blaine look different? ›

The reason Blaine had different designs is due to last-minute changes. Blaine was originally meant to be dressed in military garb, but this design was scrapped, most likely due to its similarities to Lt. Surge. This was confirmed in a Twitter post made by Ken Sugimori.

Does Blaine have a moltres? ›

Blaine's Moltres (Japanese: カツラのファイヤー Katsura's Fire) is a Fire-type Basic Pokémon card. It is part of the Gym Heroes expansion.

Is Blaine the 6th Gym Leader? ›

Blaine is a Fire-type specialist. He is the leader of Cinnabar Gym, being the fifth, sixth or seventh gym leader a player can face. Beating Blaine at Cinnabar Gym will award the Volcano Badge, which allows the player to challenge the Viridian Gym.

Where do I go after Cinnabar Island? ›

When you arrive in town after defeating the Cinnabar Island Gym Leader, it's time to tackle the mysteriously absent-until-now Viridian City Gym.

What happens if you say you want to join Team Rocket? ›

After beating the trainers on Nugget Bridge, the final person will ask if you want to join Team Rocket, and then will challenge you. The next encounter with Team Rocket is in Cerulean City. After visiting Bill and beating Misty, you can go into a house.
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Where is Team Rocket's secret hideout? ›

The Team Rocket Hideout (Japanese: ロケット団アジト Team Rocket Hideout), called Rocket Hideout in the Generation I and III games, and also known as Rocket HQ in the Generation I Town Map, is a four-floored underground complex beneath the Rocket Game Corner in Celadon City.

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