If you played Pokemon Yellow, you know how great Pikachu is. Now that Pokemon Go has taken over the nation (and soon, the world), everyone wants to know how to find Pikachu in Pokemon Go.
Good news: you can find Pikachu out in the wild, but you can also find Pikachu in Pokemon Go as a starter. But how? When you encounter the starters as you begin your Pokemon Go, you may think that since the three original starters are the only ones available, you can’t get Pikachu at first.
We have good news — learn how to find Pikachu in Pokemon Go here.
How to Get Pikachu as a Starter in Pokemon Go
To find Pikachu in Pokemon Go, you’ll have to not choose one of the three original starters. After you go through the introduction with Professor Willow, you will be dumped in front of Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander.
Don’t worry about not getting those starters — they show up throughout Pokemon Go, and generally earlier than Pikachu does.
Instead, run away from the three Pokemon Go starters. Yes, literally run away. Walk as far away as possible. They will disappear and then reappear. Walking far enough away for them to disappear will take a couple of minutes.
You’ll have to keep running away from Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander to find Pikachu in Pokemon Go. Once you’ve managed to get away from them three or four times, Pikachu will appear as a fourth option.
Be patient: Pikachu will first appear just as the blue circles. After a few seconds, the actual Pokemon will appear. Catch the Pikachu and be on your way with (the best) Pokemon Go Starter!
How to Get Pikachu in Pokemon Go
If you already started the game and don’t want to give up your progress, you can find Pikachu within the game itself. Try to find electricity-related areas to search for Pikachu. Think power plants and factories! Many users have also reported seeing Pikachu more frequently late at night and in residential areas, not parks.
Pikachus are also found in eggs, which are hatched by walking long distances while the egg is in an incubator. Pikachus are found in the 2km eggs. Find out what other Pokemon can be found in eggs here.
Need a visual? Check out this video of how to find a Pikachu starter on Pokemon Go.