Pokémon GO: How to catch Pikachu as your first Pokémon
Pokémon Go is the hottest game this summer.Millions of smartphone users have downloaded, signed-up and tried to “Catch ‘Em All” in the real world. Sometimes that’s lead to users ending up in the strangest of places, sometimes in danger, or just lead thousands to crowd up in Central Park.
If you’re yet to give the game a spin, but you’re a fan of the TV show, you know there’s one star, and that’s Pikachu. The little half rabbit-half electrical storm is as cute as he is formidable, and he’s the lead character Ash’s sidekick.
You’ll be disappointed (but not surprised) to know that when you sign up to start the game, he’s not among the first three Pokémon available to catch and start your collection. Instead, you get three options: Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur. But there is a way to get Pikachu right from the beginning.
First up, you need to download the game, which you can find here in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, or from the Google Play Store for Android. Second, you sign up as normal on the initial screen either using your Google account or a Pokémon Trainer Club account.
In the next step, once you’ve started from scratch is to go walk outside. You’ll notice the three startup characters somewhere waiting for you together, instead of walking towards them, walk away from them until your phone vibrates and they appear again on your screen. Keep walking away from them. At some point around the fifth or sixth time they reappear, you should see a fourth character appear next to the original three. It’s Pikachu.
Tap on Pikachu and throw your Poke-ball at him until you’ve caught him, and hey presto, your first character is the little lightning-bunny. After that, you choose your username as we showed you in the get started guide , and start playing.
When you start your journey in Pokémon Go, Professor Willow will offer you one of three Pokemon to choose from – Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle – which are the three starters in debut entries Pokémon Red and Blue.