Zippy Zap is easily my favorite move in Game Freak’s Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! In fact, I almost use it exclusively on my overpowered little electric mouse. The move is taught early in the game by a Move Tutor in Cerulean City. With it, Pikachu gets all electrified and charges his opponent with a pika, pika, PIKA! It’s so damn adorable and damaging, and the move’s animation is one of the highlights of the game.
So, with Pikachu, Zippy Zap, and a bit of a time commitment, I finally infiltrated the Team Rocket Hideout in Celadon City and faced off with Giovanni.
What kind of amazed me about the encounter with Giovanni is his apology for disrespecting my trainer avatar after I whooped his ass. I was not expecting such an “honor among thieves” moment in the game.
Afterwards, it was back to the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town via Sky Dash, a secret technique in Let’s Go which serves as a replacement for Fly. Basically, it’s some Danny Deckchair balloon contraption operated by Pikachu. My first experience flying in a Pokémon game was on Charizard in Moon, so everything by comparison is either ridiculous or lame.
With the Marowak spirit calmed in the tower, I was off to wake and battle(!) a Snorlax, and then ziggety-zag through a bunch of trainers down Routes 12, 13, 14, and 15 to FINALLY arrive in Fuchsia City. FINALLY.
Soon I’ll get to see what this whole GO Park thing is when coupled with Pokémon GO, but for now, I need to make like a Snorlax. Meltan will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.