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How to get Pikachu as your starter in Pokémon Go



Literally turn your back on these guys to until you spot Pikachu.

When you start your journey in Pokmon Go, Professor Willow will offer you one of three Pokemon to choose from – Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle – which are the three starters in debut entries Pokmon Red and Blue.

However, in a nod to fans of Pokmon Yellow and the TV show, it’s actually possible to start the game with Pikachu instead.

While it’s not the only way to get Pikachu in the game – he, alongside the other starters can be found in the wild – it’s a nice little secret for those that want to bag the electric mouse first.

How to get Pikachu as your starter in Pokmon Go

When you start the game, and you’re offered one of the three traditional starters, don’t tap on any of them. Instead, you simply ignore all three, and walk away so they appear further and further away on the map. (This means you’ll have to start playing the game outside, as opposed to indoors – so hope you have your shoes on!)

Eventually, when you’re far enough away, these starters will appear again right in front of you again in a bid to get your attention. Again, literally walk away from them until they spawn close by once more.

Do this enough times – three or four attempts should do it – and when the three starters appear the next time, the original trio will be joined by a fourth – Pikachu – ready for capturing.

If you want to see it in action, then here’s GameExplain showing how it works: