Pokemon Let's Go: How to get Judge – What does judge function do and how to find it (Pic: DS)
Pokemon Let's Go is making some big changes to how Pokemon games work when it comes to 'hidden stats'.
To put it simply, every Pokemon is unique. Underneath the HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed stat, there is another hidden stat that determines how powerful that Pokemon can be.
Each Pokemon's IV (which stands for 'individual value') determines the upper limit of growth you'll see on the creature, and so for maximum efficiency in the title, you'll want to see a team full of well-balanced high-IV Pokemon.
But how do you check this? You need to make some progress in the game first.
How to unlock Judge in Pokemon Let's Go
You'll need to reach Vermilion City in order to unlock the Judge feature.
Once you're at Vermilion City, you'll be able to head East to Route 11. When you see a Snorlax blocking the Route, you'll need to head upstairs in the building between Route 11 and 12.
Once you're there, you'll meet one of Professor Oak's Assistants, who will ask to check your Pokedex.
Make sure you have caught at least 30 species of Pokemon, and he'll reward you with the Judge function.
That means you need to have owned 30 different Pokemon – not just 30 Pidgeys or something, but 30 different species. If you've evolved a Pidgey to Pidgetto to Pidgeot, that will count as three species.
Once you've unlocked Judge, you can head to your Pokemon box (Menu, Party, Y button) and browse through your Pokemon menu to figure out who's the best Pokemon for the job at hand (read: who has the best stats).
How to use Judge in Pokemon Let's Go
Each Pokemon will have a value related to the HP, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed stat.
These can be Best, Fantastic, Very Good, Good or OK. You're going to want to aim for Fantastic or Best in most categories to get your best Pokemon.
The roundup in the top left corner gives you an easy-to-read overview of what to expect from the Pokemon that can be judged as OK (one star), Good (two stars) and Amazing (three stars).
Needless to say – thee star Pokemon are better.
You can catch Pokemon with better stats by chaining catches – consistently catching the same Pokemon over and over again – to increase your odds of catching better Pokemon or shiny versions of that Pokemon.