Jennifer Wilber holds a B.A. in English and an Associate's in Computer Game and Simulation Design. She is a life-long gamer.
You Can Catch ‘em All in Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! are essentially remakes of Pokémon Yellow, but with game mechanics similar to the mobile game Pokémon Go. In this pair of games, you can choose between starting your adventure with either Pikachu or Eevee. Don’t worry, however. The three original Kanto region starters from Pokémon Red and Blue are available to obtain early in the game. You will also be able to obtain Eevee and Pikachu in the wild, no matter with version you choose.
In both versions of these games, the three original Kanto starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, can be found in the wild. You can also get one of each of these Pokémon for free from NPCs in the game.
A lady in Cerulean City will give you a free Bulbasaur if you talk to her. She only requires that you have caught 30 Pokémon on your own, to prove that you are a competent enough Pokémon trainer to care for her Bulbasaur. She lives in a house located near the Pokémon Center in Cerulean City. Once you enter the house, you will see a woman standing near a Bulbasaur. Talk to her, and she will ask you if you would like to take the Bulbasaur if you have captured at least 30 Pokémon. If you haven’t, simply go catch some more Pokémon and return to talk to her again.
Bulbasaur in the Wild
Bulbasaur is also available to capture in the wild. You can find it in Viridian Forest, so it is possible to obtain Bulbasaur from the wild before you are given the free Bulbasaur. Bulbasaur is uncommon, so it may take a while for it to appear. To make it more likely for Bulbasaur to spawn in the wild, try to perform a catch combo by capturing several of the same Pokémon in a row. This will make rarer Pokémon, such as Bulbasaur, more likely to appear.
Like Bulbasaur, Charmander can also be obtained for free from an NPC early in the game. You will encounter a man just north of Cerulean City just past Nugget Bridge. He is also looking for a new trainer for his Charmander. To prove to him that you are worthy of caring for Charmander, you must show him that you have captured 50 Pokémon. If you have, he will give you his Charmander.
Charmander in the Wild
Charmander can be found in several places in the wild, but it is very rare. You may be lucky enough to encounter one in the wild on Route 3, Route 4, and in the Rock Tunnel, but you will need to perform a high catch combo before having the chance to encounter this rare Pokémon in the wild.
While in Cerulean City, you will see Officer Jenny chase after a naughty Squirtle. Later on, you will encounter Officer Jenny and Squirtle again as soon as you enter Vermillion City. Talk to her, and she will let you take the Squirtle if you have captured at least 60 Pokémon to prove that you would be a good enough trainer to keep this naughty little Squirtle out of trouble.
Squirtle in the Wild
Like Bulbasaur and Charmander, it is possible to capture Squirtle in the wild as well. You will find Squirtle on Route 24, Route 25, and the Seafoam Islands. Be aware, however, that Squirtle spawns rarely, just like the other two starters. Be prepared to perform catch combos to give yourself a chance to encounter Squirtle in the wild.
If you chose Eevee, or simply want another Pikachu in your party to evolve into Raichu, you will be happy to know that Pikachu can be found easily in the wild. Pikachu is common in Viridian Forest, so you can catch your very own Pikachu early in the game, even if you have Let’s Go Eevee. Later on, wild Pikachu can also be found in the Power Plant.
If you chose Pikachu, you will still likely want an Eevee (or three). If you started with Eevee, you will likely want three more so that you can get each of Eevee’s three original Kanto evolutions. Eevee can be found in the wild on Route 17, to the west of Celadon City. Eevee is rare, so it might take you a wild to capture three wild Eevees, but it will be worth it once you get your water, thunder, and fire stones to evolve your extra Eevees into Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.
These stones can be purchased on the fourth floor of the department store in Celadon City. This is convenient, as you can simply head back to Celadon City after capturing your Eevees to get the evolution stones needed to obtain your three Eeveelutions.
Gotta Catch ‘em All
Whether you chose Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! or Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! you will still be able to collect all of the different Pokémon to complete your Pokedex. Your choice between both versions of the game can simply come down to which Pokémon partner you would like to carry around throughout your Pokémon adventure.
© 2018 Jennifer Wilber
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 19, 2018:
Fantastic! I always wanted to have all three of the starter Pokemon when I was playing the older games as a kid, but my brother and I had to share one GameBoy and we didn't have the trading cables you needed back then. No doubt Nintendo is appealing to people like me who want the nostalgia of the first 150 Pokemon and the ability to easily catch Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. I'll be bookmarking this and coming back to it!