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Where to find Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Add the face of the franchise to your team.

To no one’s surprise, Pikachu is available to find and catch in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, which makes sense considering they are the face of the franchise and arguably one of the most recognizable characters in the world. Tracking down and finding this iconic yellow mouse can be time-consuming and frustrating if you just want them on your team or to fill out your Pokédex, and let’s face it: who doesn’t like the series mascot on their team? Here is a quick guide detailing where to find Pikachu and how best to catch one in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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How to catch Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pikachu appears in a few locations across Paldea. You are more likely to find them on the western side of the region. This beloved Pokémon prefers to hang around trees and can be found in plain and grassy areas, so there is no need to go trekking through the desserts or swaps to find them. They are also considered rare in the game, meaning it may take a little time before you stumble upon one.

Your best chance of finding Pikachu is sticking to the map’s west side. You can find them in the grassy hills between Cascarrafa and Medali in West Province (Area Three) and south of Cortondo near the river in South Province (Area Two). They can also be found in small pockets in South Province (Area Four) beside the river in the tree-covered hills, and in East Province (Area one) between Artazon and the Fire Crew’s Base and south of Zapapico.

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We were able to find a decent number of Pikachus in the area south of Cortondo, and given that this area is right next to Mesagoza, it’s the closest area after the introduction you can find one without too much trouble. Plus, it’s on the way to the bug gym, with is a nice bonus.

Pikachus found in this area are around level 10, so be sure to have a Pokémon around that level so you can handle the fight before you capture them. Pikachu is also an electric type, so make sure to bring a dragon, electric, ground, or grass type with you, as electric attacks are weak to those types, and use ground moves as this is electric type’s only weakness.

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Matthew Fuller
Matt is a freelance writer based in the UK and has spent over three years covering and writing about video games. He discovered his love of games journalism while attending Canterbury Christchurch University, where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Game Design and has been writing ever since. He will find any excuse to play and write about games. When he isn't fighting dragons or exploring far-off galaxies, he spends his free time playing D&D, listening to music, or reading a good book. His primary game bests are Diablo IV, the Final Fantasy series, D&D, and anything new releasing that tickles his fancy.