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"Pokémon GO" Cheats and Hacks: How to Unlock Pikachu as Your Starter

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Learn how to get Pikachu as a starter Pokémon in the "Pokémon GO" Mobile App.

Learn how to get Pikachu as a starter Pokémon in the "Pokémon GO" Mobile App.

Who Are the Starter Pokémon?

The 'Starter Pokémon' in Pokémon GO are the first monsters that you will encounter. They're the exact same Pokémon as seen in Pokémon 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 Pokémon whose evolutions are Ivysaur and Venusaur. If you're new to Pokémon, 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 Pokémon (in my opinion anyway). Squirtle is the Water-type Pokémon who evolves into Wartortle and then Blastoise. He may look cute but he isn't to be underestimated!

All three of these Pokémon are considered to be 'rare' in Pokémon 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 Pokémon GO!

Where's Pikachu?

But there's one Pokémon 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 Pokémon.

The Kanto Starters: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle

The Kanto Starters: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle

Pikachu: The Poster Pokémon

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

You'll be happy to know that in Pokémon 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 Pokémon!

Introducing: Pikachu!

Introducing: Pikachu!

How to Make Pikachu Appear

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

The ultimate "Pokémon GO" Easter Egg: A tribute to Ash Ketchum and "Pokémon Yellow" Version. Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur all available at the start of the game.

The ultimate "Pokémon GO" Easter Egg: A tribute to Ash Ketchum and "Pokémon Yellow" Version. Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur all available at the start of the game.

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 Pokémon in Pokémon GO is to reject the three Pokés presented to you. As harsh as this sounds, you need to walk away from all three of the Pokémon that pop up at first. They will likely either follow you or 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 Pokémon GO players that you need to walk away from the starter Pokémon as many as four times in order to spawn Pikachu.

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

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Summary of the Pikachu Easter Egg

So as you can see, it is very simple to find and catch Pikachu in Pokémon 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 Pokémon Company. I feel that they've really worked hard to retain the core elements of the original Pokémon games: Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Red and of course Pokémon Yellow. By including the option to choose Pikachu as your starter, they have incorporated the classic Pokémon Yellow beginning into the Pokémon GO game.

As you may know, in Pokémon Yellow you do not get to choose between three Pokémon. 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 Pokémon companion. In Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu hates being inside a PokéBall, so he instead runs around after you wherever you go, which is awesome. I just wish Niantic would allow us to have a Pokémon follow us around in Pokémon GO!

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