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Pokémon Go Pikachu: How to get Pikachu as your starter and out in the wild


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When you start your journey in Pokmon Go, after creating a Trainer and setting a username – don’t worry, you can change name and appearance later – Professor Willow will offer you one of three Pokemon to choose from.

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

These three starters are Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle – which long-time players will recognise are the very same as those offered to players by Professor Oak 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 have Pikachu as the starter Pokmon in Pokmon Go instead.

While it’s not the only way to get Pikachu in the game – it can be found in the wild in several real-world locations alongside other Pokmon Types, as well as from certain hatched Eggs – it’s a nice little secret for those that want to bag the electric mouse straight away.

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: