Here's how to find and capture the fan favorite pocket monster Pichu for trainers venturing out into the world of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
It's no secret that the overarching aim of any new Pokemon game is to catch 'em all, but trainers just starting out in Pokemon Sun and Moon will no doubt have certain beasties that take priority. For many players, Ash Ketchum's trusty sidekick Pikachu will be high on the list of creatures to catch.
However, it's not all that easy to find a Pikachu out in the wild on the tropical islands of the Alola region. Indeed, it seems that the easiest strategy is to find a Pichu and take the necessary steps to evolve it into the iconic Poke-mascot, according to a report from VG247.
Fortunately for any trainers that don't mind whether they capture a Pikachu outright or catch a Pichu and evolve it later on, the two Pokemon tend to hang out in the same areas. By wandering around these locations, players will be able to rely upon capturing a Pichu, even if they don't stumble upon a Pikachu.
Pikachu and Pichu both spawn in the earliest area players can access in the game: Route 1 on Melemele Island. This is a great opportunity to play through as much of the game as possible with this particular Pokemon in your party — although it has to be said that both creatures are more copious elsewhere.
The best place to look for these electric-type monsters is in the gardens of Hau'oli City, which is also on Melemele Island. They're more common here than on Route 1, so trainers will likely be able to enter a battle with either a Pichu or a Pikachu without needing to wander around in long grass for quite so long.
After capturing a Pichu, trainers need to make sure it's happy to prompt it to evolve into Pikachu. There are several different methods of doing this, including:
- Walking around with Pichu as a member of the party.
- Finding a Soothe Bell on Route 3 and making Pichu hold the item.
- Battling with Pichu, without letting the creature faint — if it does, that will reduce its happiness
- Using items on Pichu
- Using Poke Refresh to play with Pichu
By combining all these different methods, it should be easy to make Pichu happy enough to transform into a Pikachu. From there, the process of evolving Pikachu into Raichu is as simple as exposing the creature to a Thunder Stone.
Pokemon Sun and Moon are available now for the Nintendo 3DS.