This is one of those things you’ll wish you knew when you first started playing Pokémon Go, but hindsight is twenty-twenty, as they say. Hopefully you came to this guide right as you began immersing yourself in the craze that is Pokémon Go.
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Here’s the big news: You can catch a Pikachu right from the get-go. That’s right; you can. However, you’ll have to pass up a Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander to get an adorable Pikachu. Don’t make the same mistake we made, though we didn’t know any better and chose a Squirtle when Pokémon Go started.
Ways to Get Pikachu
First Way to Get Pikachu
At the beginning of your Pokémon Go game, you’ll be greeted with three Pokémon and you’re prompted to choose one. They are Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander; but, if you ignore them and walk or bike past them three times, on the fourth approach Pikachu appears with them. Tap on Pikachu to claim him as your own. He’s now your starter Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Second Way to Get Pikachu
You could possibly hatch a Pikachu from a two-kilometer egg once it’s fully incubated and ready to burst open. Seeing as how Pikachu is a low-level Pokémon, don’t give up if you first hatch a Rattata or a Pidgey from a two-kilometer egg. Keep praying to the Pokémon and Pikachu gods and you might just hatch a cute little Pikachu, eventually. Don’t give up! Keep incubating and hatching eggs.
Third Way to Get Pikachu
Pikachu is an electric-type Pokémon and the chance that you may find one around power source locations is highly likely. So, try finding a Pikachu around places such as science museums and power-providing locations. Important: Please, don’t get zapped by electricity yourself; remember to be safe about it! If it seems too risky, then don’t do it.
Fourth Way to Get Pikachu
If you’ve got an iPhone, we’ve heard of users successfully using the Poke Radar app to track down rare Pokémon such as Mewtwo. So, it wouldn’t be crazy to find yourself a Pikachu with this Poke Radar app as well. We are testing it out—well, we are as soon as we’re able to log back into Pokémon Go. (Please fix the servers, Niantic, we beg you!)
Hopefully our insight on how to catch a Pikachu is helpful in your quest to find one. Though, if you’re a Pokémon Go newbie, we’ve given you an advantage on getting one as soon as you have begun playing the game. Since you’re just beginning the game, you might also want to learn how to level up fast.