Pokemon Go Cheats and Hacks: How to Unlock Pikachu as your Starter Pokemon

Updated on August 23, 2016
How to get Pikachu as a Starter Pokemon in the Pokemon Go Mobile App
How to get Pikachu as a Starter Pokemon in the Pokemon Go Mobile App | Source

Who are the Starter Pokemon?

The 'Starter Pokemon' in Pokemon Go are the first monsters that you will encounter. They're the exact same Pokemon as seen in Pokemon Red and Blue (and Green in Japan) and you can only pick one to join you on your journey.

1. Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur is the Grass-type Pokemon, whose evolutions are Ivysaur and Venusaur. If you're new to Pokemon, he's the little green guy with what looks like a plant/bulb on his back (hence the name).

2. Charmander

Charmander is probably the real fan favourite here. He evolves in to Charmeleon, and then the almighty Charizard! He's the cool red/orange coloured guy on two legs. If you can't spot him, he's the one whose tail seems to be on fire!

3. Squirtle

Squirtle is the coolest of the three starter Pokemon (in my opinion anyway). Squirtle is the Water-type Pokemon who evolves in to Wartortle and then Blastoise. He may look cute but he isn't to be underestimated!

All three of these Pokemon are considered to be 'rare' in Pokemon Go. They don't spawn very often and can be quite annoying to catch - they flee sometimes. Their evolved forms are even more rare, and in fact I'm still yet to find any of them in Pokemon Go!

But there's one Pokemon who's an even bigger fan favourite, and arguably even more sought after. His name is Pikachu, and he's the poster boy for all things Pokemon.

Kanto Starter Pokemon

The Kanto Starters: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle
The Kanto Starters: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle | Source

Introducing: Pikachu!

Pikachu
Pikachu | Source

Pikachu - The Poster Boy for All Things Pokemon

Pikachu is Ash Ketchum's little yellow-tailed sidekick who packs an enormous electric punch. Without a doubt of the the biggest names in Pokemon, this little critter has captured the hearts of the world. He's all over the Pokemon franchise - the anime, the games, the cards, the other mercy. Pikachu is pretty much the OG of the Pokemon world.

You'll be happy to know that in Pokemon Go, Pikachu can actually be caught right from the beginning of the game. In the following sections, you'll learn exactly how to catch him as your first ever Pokemon!

How to Make Pikachu Appear

When you first start the game, after your introduction from the Professor, you're presented with three Pokemon - the starter Pokemon as set out above. You're expected to tap on one in order to engage it in battle, with a view to capturing it what a Poke Ball. However, if you take your time and follow these instructions, you'll have another special Pokemon pop up to join Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.

Pikachu as a Starter in Pokemon Go

The ultimate Pokemon Go Easter Egg: A tribute to Ash Ketchum and Pokemon Yellow Version. Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur all avialable at the start go Pokemon Go.
The ultimate Pokemon Go Easter Egg: A tribute to Ash Ketchum and Pokemon Yellow Version. Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur all avialable at the start go Pokemon Go.

Walk Away from the Starters

It's as simple as the heading sounds. All you need to do to make Pikachu pop up as a Starter Pokemon in Pokemon Go is reject the three Poke's presented to you. As harsh as this sounds, you need to walk away from all three of the Pokemon that pop up at first. They will likely either follow you, of pop up again in your new location. But keep rejecting and walking away from them, and Pikachu will eventually appear - making the decision of who to capture even harder!

It's been said by many Pokemon Go players that you need to walk away from the Starter Pokemon as many as 4 times in order to spawn Pikachu.

I have tried this and it did work for me! It took exactly 4 rejections of the three beloved original starter Pokemon, but it was worth it. Pikachu popped up and I threw my very first PokeBall at him. Luckily, I caught him with ease.

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How to Get Pikachu as a Starter in Pokemon Go: A Video Tutorial

Summary of the Pokemon Go Pikachu Easter Egg

So as you can see, this is a very simple tip on how to find and catch Pikachu in Pokemon Go. It is not a hack, nor is it against the game's terms of service. This is a legitimate and bonafide, tried and tested method of capturing Pikachu.

Personally, I think the inclusion of this little cheat is a brilliant move by Niantic and The Pokemon Company. I feel that they've really worked hard to retain the core elements of the original Pokemon games: Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red and of course Pokemon Yellow. By including the option to choose Pikachu as your starter, they have incorporated the classic Pokemon Yellow beginning in to the Pokemon Go game.

As you may know, in Pokemon Yellow you do not get to choose between three Pokemon. You are in fact given Pikachu, after Gary (your in-game rival and Professor Oak's grandson) decides on starting his adventure with Eevee as his Pokemon companion. In Pokemon Yellow, Pikachu hates being inside a PokeBall, so instead runs around after you wherever you go, which is awesome. I just wish Niantic would allow us to have a Pokemon follow us around in Pokemon Go!

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