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Pokemon Let’s Go Nintendo Switch Graphics

Published: 25/Nov/2018 20:33 Updated: 25/Nov/2018 20:38

by Paul Cot


The Nintendo Switch offers the best graphics we’ve seen in a Pokemon RPG to date. We discuss the Pokemon Let’s Go graphics in detail and compare them to previous Pokemon games.

Pokemon in 2018

Pokemon Let’s Go offers the first full HD Pokemon RPG experience. The Nintendo Switch’s hardware has allowed a notable increase in graphical performance from Pokemon’s previous game, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.


Pokemon Graphics

The main properties in determining a game’s graphical power is resolution and frame rate. There are of course other elements such as anti-aliasing, shadow quality, draw distance, etc but these are additional effects. Most gamers won’t focus on these.

Nintendo Switch Pokemon Let’s Go

In terms of resolution, the Nintendo Switch allows its first main series Pokemon game to run at 720p (1280×720). This increases to 1080p (1920×1080) when docked.


There were suggestions that Let’s Go would reach the coveted 60 FPS but this hasn’t materialised. Instead the Switch tops out at 30 FPS with minimal drops.

Whilst the graphics of Pokemon Let’s Go are a big improvement from past games, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Switch to be able to run these graphics at 60 FPS.

Pokemon Let’s Go whilst docked in Full HD

Nintendo 3DS Pokemon Ultra Soon & Ultra Moon

The second newest Pokemon game in the 20+ year series displays at 400×240. It also runs at 30 FPS.

Pokemon Ultra Sun is quite the graphical downgrade after playing Let’s Go…

Nintendo Gameboy Advance Pokemon Fire Red & Leaf Green

We are spoiled with today’s handheld resolution when you consider that Pokemon Fire Red & Leaf Green displayed at 240×160 on the GBA.

Interestingly, the Gameboy Advance’s screen has a 60hz (close to) refresh rate. However, this was at a time where frame rate was considered less.

Let’s Go Graphics Comparison

There will be different opinions as to whether the Nintendo Switch utilises its hardware to the full effect for Pokemon Let’s Go. It is likely Let’s Go is an experiment of sorts and that the currently untitled 2019 Pokemon game will be a refined product.


Pokemon Let’s Go displays 21.6x as many pixels as Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon when the former is docked. Naturally this number, among other graphical details, increases significantly more when you go further back through generations of consoles.

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Pokemon Go: How to defeat Cliff (October 2020)

Published: 15/Oct/2020 19:54 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 19:55

by Paul Cot


The Team GO Rocket leaders have been thrust back into the Pokemon Go spotlight. You will need to beat each of them to complete An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research. We start with how to defeat Cliff in October 2020.

As many of you will know, Team GO Rocket leaders are tough opponents. Grunts are a walk in the park but the likes of Cliff are anything but.


However, if you come prepared you can make Cliff look like a relative amateur, too. Here’s the potential Pokemon he can use:

  • 1st Pokemon:
    • Omanyte
  • 2nd Pokemon:
    • Electivire
    • Machamp
    • Onix
  • 3rd Pokemon:
    • Swampert
    • Torterra
    • Tyranitar
Cliff October 2020
He might be a bad guy but Cliff has a fantastic PokeBall beard…


The Kanto Fossil Pokemon is weak to electric, fighting, grass, and ground-type attacks. It is grass you should focus on though, as it is doubly weak to it.


Fortunately, a couple of Cliff’s other selections are also doubly weak to grass, but that’s only if he selects them.


Electivire’s only weakness is ground-type attacks. This should make you consider using a ground-type Pokemon for Omanyte, or at least have one ready in your team.

Outside of Low Kick and Ice Punch, all of Electivire’s moves will be electric which means double resistance. Beware of Ice Punch though, pure ground-types are weak to it.


Excadrill and Rhyperior are therefore excellent options here. Rhyperior is so strong that Electivire can’t stand much of a chance.


Machamp has a very high attack stat so it can deal a lot of damage. This means that selecting the right Pokemon to face it is paramount.

It has three weaknesses: fairy, flying and psychic. Charizard or Mewtwo are two of the best Pokemon to deal with the iconic fighting-type. If using Charizard, it is important to be ultra cautious of Machamp using Rock Slide as it would likely take Charizard out in one hit.


There are also other great counters for Machamp: Both Giratina forms, Lugia and Togekiss, have double resistance to fighting-type moves, meaning each of them would win with ease.


Onix has two double weaknesses in grass and water. Due to its overlap with Omanyte’s counter, if Cliff uses Onix, the battle as a whole should be fairly straightforward.


Any of Torterra, Venusaur, Kyogre, or Empoleon will get the job done and then some. Make sure they’re utilizing a grass- or water-type Fast Move for maximum efficiency.

Torterra Cliff
If you have Torterra (or any other strong grass-type) chances are you’ll do well against Cliff…


Omanyte, Onix, and Swampert – that’s the dream. If that’s Cliff’s team then the strategy is as simple as use Razor Leaf and the match is all but over.

The difference between Omanyte and Swampert, other than the fact that Swampert is a lot stronger, is the dual ground/water-type only has one weakness: grass. We’re sure you’ve already worked it out – a grass-type Pokemon when battling Cliff is essential.


Cliff’s Torterra is a beast but luckily it has several types it is weak to. Ice attacks work best as they are doubly super effective.

Torterra is also weak to bug, fire, and flying. This means Charizard once again comes into play, all of its moves will cause Torterra a lot of trouble.


Tyranitar is a real problem on paper but is actually very tameable. Options don’t come better than Togekiss, but that’s if you can fit it in your team.

Grass is another weakness of Tyranitar which obviously works out fantastically well with Cliff’s other selections. So, Togekiss may be surplus to requirements.

Overall Cliff is actually pretty easy to defeat considering he is a Team GO Rocket leader. A grass-type Pokemon is an absolute must.

Complement that with Charizard and a ground-type and the chances are you’ll have a comfortable battle ahead of you. If you’re missing any of them then Giratina/Togekiss will work for a more rounded, bulky option.