Do you own one of the recently-released Pokémon Let’s Go games? If so, then you’ve just qualified a freebie once Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches later this week.
No, you won’t get a new character, but you will be able to get either a Pikachu (if you own Let’s Go Pikachu) or Eevee (if you own Let’s Go Eevee) partner spirit for the game’s brand-new Spirit System.
To recap, Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will operate in a similar capacity as stickers did in Smash Bros. Brawl’s Subspace Emissary. They will provide various stat boosts, coming in two different types: primary (which raises attack power) and support (which provide unique protection and special abilities), and various classes (with higher classes having stronger effects), with the boosts they confer being able to be enhanced by feeding them or training them passively in a gym.
Much like many of the other spirits in-game, Pikachu and Eevee will be available by completing challenges, but owning either of the Pokémon Let’s Go games means that players will be able to unlock them without any of that hassle (both are Ace Class, so they’re likely to be somewhat challenging).
As for what they do, both are support-type spirits, with Pikachu providing avboost to attack and speed, while Eevee confers a large boost to attack, defense and movement speed after eating.
The effects are pretty vanilla compared to some of what was shown during last month’s Smash Direct, but they seem perfect spirits to help you hit the ground running.