Similar to the Eevee evolution trick, there’s a Pikachu starter trick that pays homage to the Pokemon TV series. In the TV series, Ash wakes up late on the day he’s supposed to receive his first Pokemon from Professor Oak; Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle, which you’ll also recognise as starters if you’re a player of Pokemon Red and Blue video games. By the time Ash reaches Oak’s lab, he’s too late; all the Pokemon are gone! Well, all except for one; a disobedient Pikachu!
GET PIKACHU AS YOUR STARTER IN POKEMON GO
This isn’t the only way you can obtain Pikachu in Pokemon Go of course – he can be caught in the wild – but depending on your location he may be a lot rarer than the original three starter choices. Here’s how the game replicates the TV series by allowing you have Pikachu as your starter.
To perform the Pikachu starter trick in Pokemon Go, you’ll obviously need to be starting a new game on a new account. If you’ve already picked your starter, this naturally can’t be done as you’ve already begun your game.
When you first start your game, you’ll be greeted by the sight of Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle. There’s not really any way that you’d know a Pikachu is hiding! What you need to do is simply walk away from the starter Pokemon; do not tap on any of them! You’ll obviously need to be outside and able to walk around to perform this trick.
The starters will pop up another three or four times, but keep walking away. Eventually, a fourth Pokemon will pop up alongside the other starters; Pikachu! Simply tap on Pikachu and capture him in the normal way. You won’t fail to catch him, no matter how good or bad your throw is, as you’re intended to catch him to begin your Pokemon Go journey.
FINDING THE STARTERS AND PIKACHU IN THE WILD
Unlike the Pokemon video games, there’s no need to panic; you’ll be able to find Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle AND Pikachu out in the wild (although you could catch all four in Pokemon Yellow or trade to get them). It really doesn’t matter who you choose as your starter; they’ll be a low level and, more often than not, have poor IV’s. The choice is up to you; pick one of the three original starter Pokemon or perform this neat little easter egg trick and grab yourself a Pikachu!
More special easter eggs like this are available in our tips & tricks section.