While you can get a special Pikachu at the start of Pokémon Sword and Shield, you need to have played Let’s Go Pikachu to do it. For those who haven’t played that game, there is another way to get your hands on this very popular Pokémon.
Where To Find Pikachu In Pokémon Sword and Shield
Pikachu is on Route 4 after you take the train from Wedgehurst. After you arrive in the Wild Area and doing some exploring, make your way to Route 4.
Pikachu is a pretty rare spawn, and can even be a little hard to see. We suggest crouching and sneaking around until you see it, so you don’t end up getting in a fight with every Pokémon in the area. If you can’t see one, head to the nearby town, then back to Route 4 to reset all the Pokémon spawns.
Pikachu is an Electric-type, so keep that in mind if you need to weaken him to make him easier to catch. Fight him for a couple of turns, then go into your Bag and throw a Poké Ball. You should also keep an eye open for Eevee when you are in this area because it can also spawn here.
It is good to see that Pikachu’s recent success as a movie star has not made him forget his roots, and he is still willing to show up in the games that helped make him famous.