Pokémon Go hack: How to get Pikachu as your first, starter Pokémon

Pokémon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world, and after playing it for around two weeks now it’s easy to see why. Sure, it uses augmented reality (AR) and GPS to bring the Pokémon world to life – and that’s amazing. But the best thing about Pokémon Go is the power of nostalgia. If you’re around 20 to 30 years old, you’ll have grown up with the Pokémon craze and probably have seen the cartoon too. Now, gamers have discovered a secret hack that lets you get Pikachu first – just like Ash.

When you first start Pokémon Go, Professor Willow gives you the usual choice of the standard three elemental Pokémon: that’s Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. However in the film, Ash misses this and ends up getting a Pikachu instead. And it turns out it’s pretty easy for you to start off with a Pikachu, too.

How to download Pikachu in Pokémon Go

When you’re asked by the Professor Willow which of the three standard Pokémon you want, just physically walk away from the area with the app open,  and then return. You might have to do this around three times, and you’ll need a good GPS signal too, but soon you’ll be face to face with a Pikachu – everyone’s favourite Pokémon.

How to catch Pikachu without the hack

If like me and a lot of other people, you didn’t know this when you started playing – don’t worry. You can still get a Pikachu in the game, but you’ll just find them at random locations – or from an egg. It will take a little longer, but there are a few things you can do to put the odds in your favour.

It’s worth remembering that, while having a Pikachu as your starter Pokémon might be good fun, you’re better off grabbing a Squirtle and getting yourself a Blastoise if you want a powerful Pokémon further down the line.

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