Secret Techniques & Ride Pokémon

Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! include a new feature Secret Techniques, which are essentially a replacement for HMs from previous games. These techniques can be used by the starter Pokémon (Pikachu or Eevee) only - however, many other Pokémon are rideable in the games and a few of these cover similar functionality. Lapras can surf over water, while Charizard and Dragonite can soar in the sky, passing over certain obstacles and fences (though it is limited).

Below we list all the Secret Techniques usable by Pikachu/Eevee, and all Pokémon that are rideable.

Chop Down

Cuts down large trees in the player's path. It's the equivalent of the HM Cut.

Chop Down is obtained from the captain on the S.S. Anne.

Sky Dash

Allows the player to revisit towns and cities using a contraption with balloons attached. It's the equivalent of the HM Fly.

Sky Dash is obtained from the Rocker outside Celadon Game Corner, after defeating Giovanni in Rocket Hideout.

Strong Push

Allows the player to move heavy boulders around. It's the equivalent of the HM Strength.

Strong Push is obtained from the Safari Zone Warden after returning his Gold Teeth (found by Jessie & James south of Fuchsia City).

Sea Skim

Allows the player to cross stretches of Water. It's the equivalent of the HM Surf.

Sea Skim is obtained from the man with the Lapras outside GO Park.

Light Up

Allows the player to light up dark caves. It's the equivalent of the HM/TM Flash.

Light Up is obtained from Professor Oak's aide on Route 2.

Rideable Pokémon

The following Pokémon can be ridden around Kanto:

  • Persian
  • Arcanine
  • Machamp
  • Rapidash
  • Dodrio
  • Haunter
  • Onix
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhydon
  • Kangaskhan
  • Starmie
  • Tauros
  • Snorlax

These Pokémon can surf across water:

  • Gyarados
  • Lapras

These Pokémon can fly - initially they hover just above the ground, however after beating the Elite Four they can go much higher and even fly over buildings and fences!

  • Charizard
  • Aerodactyl
  • Dragonite